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    • Jimmy Kimmel hosts a recurring "Mean Tweets" segment where celebrities read tweets from people dragging them.
    • This time, he invited country music stars.
    • They had fun with it.
    • "When Cassadee Pope goes to the bathroom, her name is Cassadee Poop," Cassadee Pope read.
    • "I want to throw Blake Shelton off a highway overpass by his legs and watch him get obliterated by a Peterbuilt [truck] holding a big stupid house," read Blake Shelton.
    • Watch all the insults below.

     

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    • The "Stranger Things" stars appeared on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" Wednesday night.
    • They pre-recorded a skit that told a fictional story of them being in a Motown cover band with Corden prior to being cast on "Stranger Things."
    • In the skit, Corden is their high school friend (who was held back a few grades). 
    • Corden "auditioned" to play Eleven, but didn't get the part. 
    • But the band gets back together for one real performance.
    • Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), and Noah Schnapp (Will) all appear onstage with Corden and break out in song.
    • The young actors and Corden sing "I Want You Back,""My Girl," and "I'll Be There."
    • McLaughlin and Matarazzo got their start on Broadway, performing in "The Lion King" and "Les Miserables," respectively.
    • Wolfhard also sings in a band as a side-project, so they're all really talented vocalists.
    • Watch the video below. The singing performance begins right around 3 minutes in.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode five of "Riverdale," titled "When a Stranger Calls."

    Wednesday's episode of "Riverdale" was emotional on multiple fronts.

    Fans were crushed when Betty and Jughead, referred to as Bughead, broke up; Jughead joined the Southside Serpents; and Nick St. Clair made his "Riverdale" debut during which he drugged and attempted to rape Cheryl Blossom. 

    As always, the show did manage to squeeze in some pop culture and comic references, and INSIDER worked with Archie Comics to shed light on some of them.

    Here are six details you might have missed:

    Nick St. Clair is a bad boy from the Archie Comics, but has a different background.

    Nick St. Clair was a character introduced to Archie Comics in 2007. The show version of the character has him as a wealthy kid with a passion for music production, but, in the comics, the rebellious biker teen moves to Riverdale to live with his aunt and uncle. He meets Veronica and the two form a brief relationship. 



    Hot Dog makes his second appearance and gets to spend time with Jughead.

    After a brief introduction on season one, Hot Dog is brought back to "Riverdale" when the Southside Serpents take "the beast" to Jughead. He has to take care of the dog as part of his initiation into the Serpents. 

    The dog first debuted on "The Archie Show" in the 1960s and then later made his debut in the comics. Initially, he was Archie's dog and then later became Jughead's. Hot Dog even had his own series.



    The Pussycats channeled "Rent" during their performance.

    In case you didn't recognize the song Veronica and Josie were singing in the episode, "Out Tonight" is from the hit Broadway musical "Rent."



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    • "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour (Jim Hopper) has been very active on Twitter.
    • One fan asked him how many retweets it would take to get him to come and shoot her senior yearbook photos with her.
    • Harbour said 25,000 — and fans hit that number in less than one day.
    • Now he tells INSIDER that they've arranged to do the photo shoot by February 2018.
    • "We will allow the internet to see the ridiculousness of me as a very sincere high school student taking senior photos," Harbour said.

    Less than two days after the premiere of "Stranger Things 2," actor David Harbour — who plays police Chief Jim Hopper — found himself in the midst of a Twitter storm. He had told a fan that, on the condition that she could conjure up 25,000 retweets, he'd take senior yearbook photos with her.

    "Seriously, someone should be in charge of my life," Harbour told INSIDER when asked about the Twitter promise. "I'm such an idiot."

    In less than a day, both the original fan tweet and Harbour's retweet had more than 25,000 retweets apiece.

    "People always say stuff like 'How many retweets to come to my house for Thanksgiving?' or all these things, and then finally when this girl said, 'Take my senior high school photos with me,' I just thought that was so funny," Harbour told INSIDER.

    Not only did Harbour promise to take the senior photos, but he lumped on an addendum of wearing her school sweatshirt and holding a trombone.

    "The idea of me in a small size sweatshirt of some high school, holding a trombone with this poor girl trying to take her high school photos seriously, I just thought that was so funny," Harbour said.

    INSIDER also spoke with the fan, Damaris, via Twitter. She's a senior at Orestimba High School in Newman, California, and says she was shocked when her notification alert told her David Harbour had retweeted her request.

    "I was a shaking mess," Damaris said. "I was like, 'Wow did that really happen?'"

    Her notifications and mentions quickly overwhelmed her, with thousands of fellow "Stranger Things" fans and even other cast members (like Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers) sharing the post.

    "I no longer controlled my phone after that — the phone controlled me," Damaris said. "There were so many notifications and people telling me they hope I made the goal."

    Once the goal was met, Harbour tweeted again at Damaris and told her to direct message him to set up a time for the photo shoot.

    "Yes, 'friends don't lie,'" Harbour told INSIDER, quoting the "Stranger Things" line. "I am completely committed. We have set up a date in January when I'm back from Bulgaria."

    Harbour is currently in Bulgaria filming the upcoming "Hell Boy" reboot he's starring in.

    "We're gonna take these photos by the time February hits," Harbour said. "She can use them or not use them, because I think they'll be completely ridiculous, but we will allow the internet to see the ridiculousness of me as a very sincere high school student taking senior photos."

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    Damaris tells INSIDER she's a bit nervous about the upcoming photo shoot.

    "It's intense because I play basketball, so I'm just hoping it's not a day we play our rivalry school," Damaris said. "I have no idea whatsoever what to wear, which is nerve racking for me. People are telling me to dress up as characters from the show, but it is my senior photos you know!"

    As for Harbour, he's just stoked to be connecting with "Stranger Things" fans through social media as the hype over season two builds.

    "I have this weird relationship with Twitter where I'm sporadically on it," Harbour said. "So when the show drops, I find that the social media love for the show is so profound that I really do enjoy hearing what people have to say about it and engaging with them."

    For more insight from David Harbour, including his thoughts on the "Hopper Dancing" meme, read our additional interview segments here.

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    • After five women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report, a clip about masturbation from C.K.'s show "Louie" began to circulate online.
    • In the clip, C.K. defends masturbation in a fictional Fox News debate. 
    • In the Times report, two women accuse C.K. of masturbating in front of them, while three other women accuse him of sexual misconduct related to masturbation. 

     

    Five women came forward to accuse comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report published Thursday.

    As the allegations surfaced, a segment from C.K.'s FX show "Louie" began to circulate on social media. In the clip, C.K. defends masturbation in a fictional debate on the former Fox News show, "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld."

    Among three other allegations of sexual misconduct in the Times report, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, a Chicago-based comedy duo, said that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them in an Aspen, Colorado hotel room after taking "all his clothes off."  

    In the "Louie" scene, C.K. is introduced by Gutfeld as "the only person" who "would defend masturbation," in a televised debate with a woman who represents an anti-masturbation organization called "Christians Against Masturbation."

    "Well, I like it," C.K. says of masturbation in the clip. "It's easy, and it's fun, and no one gets hurt."

    A number of Twitter users posted or referenced that "Louie" clip following the Times report.

    Masturbation has been a recurrent theme throughout C.K.'s career in standup comedy and television.

    In 2015, an article from Death and Taxes compiled a 27-minute supercut of C.K. referencing masturbation. An article from The Cut, published Thursday, also referenced 17 "creepy masturbation" jokes C.K. has made.

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    The famous brother and sister duos of Hollywood prove that, in some cases, talent does run in the family. Many of these celebrity siblings have starred alongside each other in movies and TV shows, but whether on or off the screen, these famous pairs will always have a place in our hearts.

    Keep reading for a look at 13 sibling pairs who are each a star in their own right.

    Danielle Jackson contributed to a previous version of this article.

    Julianne and Derek Hough

    This dancing duo is best known for their time spent on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," though they've both appeared in other notable projects. Julianne Hough starred in the 2011 remake of "Footloose," while Derek has appeared on multiple episodes of ABC's "Nashville," and has guest-starred on "Jane the Virgin."



    Jussie and Jurnee Smollett

    Both of these siblings' acting careers go way back, but you most likely recognize Jussie Smollett from his role as Jamal Lyon on Fox's hit series "Empire," and Jurnee Smollett from "Friday Night Lights." She's also known for sitcoms like "Full House" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." Jussie and Jurnee appeared on the WGN's "Underground" together last year.



    Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty

    Shirley Maclaine is a six-time Academy Award nominee who won best actress for 1984's "Terms of Endearment." Once she got into acting her younger brother, Warren Beatty, quickly followed in her footsteps.

    Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards — four for best actor, four for best picture, two for best director, three for original screenplay, and one for adapted screenplay — winning best director for "Reds" in 1981. He's also been nominated for 18 Golden Globe Awards, of which he won six.



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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season two.

    The second season of "Stranger Things" is streaming now on Netflix, and the cast and creators recently celebrated the premiere in Los Angeles. While the adventurous characters are often dirtied up from exploring the Upside Down or dressed up in 80s style costumes, the cast cleans up nicely on the red carpet.

    Keep reading to see what the main characters of "Stranger Things" look like in real life.

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    Jane (best known as Eleven) is the star of the series with her telekinetic/psychic powers and a tragic backstory.



    In real life, 13-year-old actress Millie Bobby Brown often wears her hair more straight.



    Mike Wheeler is arguably the leader of his friend group (which they call the "party" due to their Dungeons and Dragons obsession).



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    It's that time of year. Not the holiday season, although that's coming up.

    Right now, it's the time of year when we learn which freshman TV shows will survive, and which are destined to die. 

    This year the pickings were weak, which means only a few will survive. So we rounded up the shows with the highest risk of getting canceled. And you might be watching some of them. 

    If you're in love with one of the shows on this list, tune in while it's live on the air. Maybe you'll be the one to save it from cancellation! 

    Here the new fall TV shows that will probably get canceled:

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    8. "The Mayor"— ABC

    Unfortunately, "The Mayor" debuted with mediocre ratings, which have gotten even worse since. A season two order is a long shot, but we're rooting for it, since it's an absolute delight, and one of the best new shows of the season. 



    7. “Ten Days in the Valley” — ABC

    As a limited series, ABC probably wasn't planning on ordering a second season for this series anyway, but it's one of the lowest rated new shows, and struggled so much in its Sunday night time slot that it was moved to Saturday nights (aka TV wasteland). Not even the amazing Kyra Sedgwick can save this show from getting the ax, which is sad because she's very good in it. 



    6. "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World"— ABC

    "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" didn't have good ratings from the start, and they have dropped since the premiere. Kevin (probably) won't be saving the world much longer. 



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    The time is finally right to buy a 4K/HDR television — the next step up after HD.

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    I just bought one, which is saying something — I despise buying electronics, and that goes doubly so for TVs.

    I'm not a videophile, and I don't buy bleeding-edge tech. I only considered the concept of buying a 4K/HDR TV because I had to review the newest Xbox One, which exists solely to provide 4K/HDR visuals.

    After spending an inordinate amount of time digging in, I was convinced: It finally makes sense for the average person to consider buying a 4K/HDR TV. Here's why!

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    1. The prices are finally reasonable.

    I started looking for a new TV with a price in mind: I wouldn't spend over $1,000. If I couldn't buy a good 4K/HDR TV for $1,000 or under, then I would wait another year.

    Turns out that was no problem whatsoever — I actually ended up spending well below $1,000.

    I started by reading up on TVs at my favorite review-focused publications: CNET and The Wirecutter. I spoke with colleagues who know more about displays than I do. (Thanks, Tony and Jeff!) I went back and forth over whether to wait for OLED TV prices to come down. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube.

    In the end, I went with the TCL P-series you see above. It's Wirecutter's highest-rated TV, period.

    "It's the best value we have ever seen in a TV," Wirecutter's Chris Heinonen said. "It produces images with more detail, brightness, and color than most TVs that cost hundreds more. Even when viewed side-by-side with TVs that cost 250 percent more, our viewing panel picked the TCL."

    I've had the TCL set for nearly a month, and I love it so far. It cost $599.99 plus tax — significantly under the budget I set for a TV that's received universal praise from critics and buyers alike.

     



    2. From Apple TV to Roku to Fire TV, the newest version of every set-top box comes with support for 4K and/or HDR.

    If you're buying one of the newest set-top boxes, like the Apple TV, you've already got a device that's capable of powering a 4K/HDR television. You can download films and TV, and then watch them in 4K/HDR on your new TV. 

    Perhaps you prefer Amazon's Fire TV stick, or Roku's various devices? There are 4K/HDR options from every set-top box maker at this point, and plenty of content to boot.



    3. Streaming services are all there already.

    Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video all offer streaming video in 4K, with HDR support, right now. Netflix charges a bit more for the ability to watch the higher quality stream, which is unfortunate, but it offers a ton of content for streaming in 4K/HDR. Even YouTube has 4K content.

    HBO Now/Go, unfortunately, does not — it's one of the few big streaming video services that still lacks support.



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    Netflix has won over critics with a number of its original series, but the company has had its share of critical flops, too.

    But critical reception can often mean next to nothing to the everyday viewer, who will flock to shows that critics have condemned, like the Netflix original comedy "Friends From College."

    To find out which critically panned Netflix series are still beloved by audiences, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to see which shows had significant discrepancies between their "critic" and "audience" scores.

    We then ranked the shows by their audience scores, and we used the larger discrepancies to break any ties.

    Here are 13 Netflix original shows that critics really hate, but audiences love:

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    13. "Hemlock Grove"

    Critic score: 38%

    Audience score: 70%

    Difference: 32%

    Netflix description: "Secrets are just a part of daily life in the small Pennsylvania town of Hemlock Grove, where the darkest evils hide in plain sight."



    12. "Girlboss"

    Critic score: 32%

    Audience score: 70%

    Difference: 38%

    Netflix description: "Rebellious and broke, Sophia stumbles into creating an online business and learns how to be the boss. A comedy inspired by the best-selling memoir."



    11. "Between"

    Critic score: 22%

    Audience score: 71%

    Difference: 49% 

    Netflix description: "After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them."



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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" followed King Ezekiel and his men after the fallout from the end of last week's episode leading to a very somber moment near the episode's end. There was even a brief reunion with Rick and Daryl going after some Saviors, but there are a few smaller moments you may have missed.

    See everything you may have overlooked on Sunday's episode, "Some Guy."

    King Ezekiel tells a young boy, "Fear not, young master Henry. You will be brave because you are brave."



    He's speaking to Benjamin's little brother Henry who he has looked after as his own.

    Ezekiel has watched over Henry ever since his father died. Ezekiel was seen reciting Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech to Henry at his bedside in season seven.

    Now that his brother Benjamin is gone, Ezekiel is one of the few father figures he has outside of Morgan.



    Ezekiel pauses when he sees one of his men killed before letting out a scream.



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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's "The Walking Dead."

    King Ezekiel lost a lot of his men along with his beloved tiger Shiva on Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead." He also sustained an injury of his own and it was one that actor Khary Payton didn't have to completely act out.

    Payton went slightly method for Sunday's episode to look convincing on screen.  

    "Khary decided to take a rock — the sharpest, heaviest, dirtiest rock — he pointed it straight up and then put his heel in it," said costar Andrew Cooper, who plays Ezekiel's right-hand man Jerry, in a behind-the-scenes clip from Sunday's episode.

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    Payton said he heard that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick, did a similar thing in season five when acting out an injury on set.

    So, why shouldn't he do the same?

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    In the end, Payton learned it may be a little easier than it looks. 

    "This rock hurts," said Payton. 

    No pain no gain though, right?

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    • John Oliver tackled the latest controversies of the Trump administration on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight."
    • He addressed a tweet from Trump on Saturday, in which the president said he "would never" call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "short and fat."
    • Oliver went on to say that Trump's agenda-pushing strategies resemble what he called an "old Soviet propaganda tool."  

     

    In the season finale of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver devoted nearly the entire show to the latest controversies of the Trump administration.

    Oliver started by addressing a recent tweet from President Trump, which Trump sent as he wrapped up a trip to Asia last week.

    "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!," Trump's tweet read.

    "This would be the stupidest possible reason for all of us to die," Oliver said of the tweet.

    "I'm serious: If the entire country simultaneously tripped while putting on its underwear and fell face-forward into the toilet, got stuck, and drowned, it would be considerably less stupid than if that tweet caused a nuclear apocalypse," he continued.

    The "Last Week Tonight" host went on to address the three strategies he sees Trump using to push his agenda: delegitimizing the media, whataboutism, and trolling. Oliver called these tactics an "old Soviet propaganda tool."  

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead."

    Sunday's "The Walking Dead" brought a lot of sorrow to King Ezekiel and the Kingdom. After getting ambushed at the end of last Sunday's episode, nearly all of Ezekiel's men were gunned down at the hands of the Saviors. 

    But the hardest loss came near the episode's end when Ezekiel's tiger Shiva swooped in at the last minute to save him, Jerry, and Carol from a group of walkers.

    Shiva sacrificed herself to let the trio get back to the Kingdom as she was slowly torn apart by the undead. 

    Fans were sad to see the tiger go so early in the season.

    But if you're an eagle-eyed fan, you knew this moment was coming. Shiva's death was teased earlier this summer in the show's season eight trailer which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con.

    Ezekiel's tiger could be seen getting ready to fend off a group of zombies. It's from the same moment in Sunday's episode.

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    Comic fans will recognize the moment from the comics. In issue #118, Shiva also comes to Ezekiel's aid when he's trapped among a group of the undead.

    This time, it's only Ezekiel who's trapped.

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    "It's a huge turning point for Ezekiel," said creator Robert Kirkman on the series' aftershow "Talking Dead.""Losing Shiva, losing his people, this is a big deal for him. But Shiva, you know, somebody that has protected him, that he's protected, they've got a great relationship. It's a big loss for him. It's a big loss for everyone."

    Despite the show bringing the scene to life, the moment didn't have the same weight as the comics.

    In Kirkman's comic, Ezekiel recounts Shiva's death through a narration to Michonne of how he made it home alive. In the end, he says he believes Shiva went looking for him when she didn't see him anywhere and gave her life for his. It's a heartwrenching moment in the comics. 

    "She knew there were too many, she knew I'd never get away otherwise," Ezekiel narrates in the comics. "There was no other way. No other way for me to live."

    His words appear side by side with images of Shiva clawing her way against the undead until she can't any longer.

    Though Sunday's episode plays the scene out somewhat similarly, it failed to capture the same emotion the comic elicited. That may have been because the episode really teased the tiger's death with flashbacks of Ezekiel speaking about Shiva at the zoo even though we've heard about them before in season seven. 

    Others caught on to that, too.

    The unnecessary repetition seemed to seal Shiva's death earlier in the episode before it even happened making her on-screen demise fall a bit flat. 

    You can follow along with our coverage of "The Walking Dead" here

    You can watch Shiva's last scene from Sunday's episode below.

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    Amazon announced Monday that it had acquired the rights to adapt "The Lord of The Rings," J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel series, into a multi-season TV series.

    Amazon Studios will produce the original series, which the company said will "explore new storylines" preceding the Tolkien novels, which were previously adapted into an Oscar-winning film series (starting with "The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2001).

    The announcement follows a recent strategy shift at Amazon Studios that was reportedly orchestrated by CEO Jeff Bezos. 

    Roy Price, the former head of the studio, said in September that Amazon would be pursuing a "big show" in the vein of "Game of Thrones."  (Price resigned in October following sexual harassment allegations made against him).

    Bezos tweeted the "Lord of the Rings" announcement Monday afternoon, writing "Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth."

    Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, also provided the following statement on the series:

    "'The Lord of the Rings' is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen. We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking 'The Lord of the Rings' fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth."

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season two.

    Netflix's breakout series "Stranger Things" has been captivating audiences with its numerous '80s movies references and stellar young cast since its debut in 2016.

    For the actors, it was exactly a year between the start of filming on season one in November 2015 and returning for season two exactly one year later in 2016. About the same amount of time transpired for the characters between the seasons as well and it's pretty astounding how much had changed for them over the course of the show so far.

    Let's take a look at how far Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the characters have come since we first saw them last year.

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    Mike Wheeler was introduced as the de facto leader of his group — always coming up with plans and standing up for his friends.

    Mike and his friends, who call themselves "the party" in reference to their Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, were the odd ones out in school. Mike was usually the one to stand up to the bullies or reassure his buddies when things were looking dire.



    After meeting Eleven and then seemingly losing her, Mike spent much of season two in a much darker mindset.

    At the start of season two, it's apparent that the events of the first season left Mike seemingly depressed and prone to acting out. He was heartbroken by Eleven's disappearance, but sprang back into old-Mike action when it became clear Will needed his help once more.



    Eleven appeared on the first season as a scared but capable young girl with a very limited understanding of the world.

    Though Eleven was a powerful child with psychic powers, she had been raised in abusive captivity and didn't know basic concepts like friendship, promises, or Eggo waffles. But when she met Mike and his friends, her entire world changed.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season two.

    The final scene of "Stranger Things 2" was about as perfect as can be. From Dustin's totally tubular new Steve-inspired hairdo to Mike and Eleven's sweet reunion, the middle school Snow Ball dance was a phenomenal way to close out season two.

    When INSIDER spoke with David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper, we had to ask him one simple question: Did Hopper really help Eleven get ready for the school dance? 

    "There are two great mysteries of 'Stranger Things' and they have nothing to do with monsters or the Upside Down," Harbour said. "One great mystery is how Joyce and Hopper managed to put together that map of scribbles that Will drew. That is a tremendous mystery to all of us. And the second mystery is how the hell did Jim Hopper do Eleven's hair and makeup as well as he did?"

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    Fans have been emotional at the thought of Hopper helping his newly adopted daughter "Jane," aka Eleven, get ready for her first middle school dance. 

    Harbour is definitely giving Hopper all the credit for helping Eleven in his new official role as father.

    "Maybe there is a secret talent that we don't know about Jim Hopper and his cosmetology school upbringing," Harbour said. "I think one of the things that is interesting is how this is a big deal, for him to let her have that night out."

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    In addition to Eleven's new dress, Hopper also gave her an important accessory — the blue bracelet he always wears.

    Harbour told INSIDER the meaning behind the bracelet, which you can read more about here. The bracelet is an old hair tie his daughter, Sara, used to wear. Hopper keeps it around his wrist as a reminder of "his struggles and his guilt around not being about to save his child," as Harbour explained.

    But Eleven is wearing it at the Snow Ball, signaling that Hopper has given this precious memento to his newly adopted daughter.

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    "I don't want to get too into that because that's something we may talk about sometime in season three," Harbour said. "It's something we'll delve more into in terms of Jim's daughter and him confronting this Eleven relationship and what that means."

    Even though Harbour didn't want to elaborate on the connections between Eleven and Sara, he wasn't shy about explaining how important the Snow Ball night was for both Hopper and Eleven.

    "Someone [online] caught me in an off-camera thing and I have a tie on," Harbour said. "The idea was perhaps that Hopper even puts on a tie for the first time in 20 years to bring his adopted daughter to this dance. So I think Hopper put a lot of effort and work into it, so maybe he went to Marissa, the librarian, and got some books out on how to do little girls' makeup."

    "So if it was done well, he doesn't only build trip wires and know how to kill Demogorgons — this guy is also an amazing makeup artist," Harbour said. "You're welcome internet."

    For more details you might have missed on "Stranger Things," read our breakdown of 13 more callbacks and references you might have missed on season two.

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    • "Jimmy Kimmel Live" features a segment where stars read mean tweets about themselves. 
    • In a reverse move, Kimmel's favorite stars read horrible tweets about the late night host.
    • The twist on the segment was their way of celebrating Kimmel's 50th birthday.
    • Most of the tweets were written by miscellaneous people on Twitter.
    • But Kim Kardashian West read a real tweet husband Kanye West posted in 2013.
    • "Jimmy Kimmel, put yourself in my shoes," the tweet said. "Oh no, that means you would have gotten too much good p---- in your life."
    • Though West's Twitter account is currently deactivated, you can read reports about the 2013 Twitter feud between West and Kimmel.
    • Clearly Kimmel and West are on good terms these days, since Kardashian West used the old tweet as part of Kimmel's mini birthday roast.
    • Watch the full clip below (Kardashian West's tweet comes at 3:20).

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    • Philo has launched a $16-a-month internet TV package with programming partners like A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom.
    • The package cuts out sports, a major source of cost for most TV packages, but that means it also cuts out the major broadcast networks.
    • In the long run, Facebook founding member and Philo CEO Andrew McCollum wants build a truly "social" TV platform, though he's not the first to try.


    If you love cable TV but don’t like sports or CNN, a startup called Philo has a new internet TV package to sell you for $16 dollars.

    Over the last year, a slew of companies — from DirecTV to Hulu to YouTube — rolled out "over-the-top" TV packages that deliver your favorite shows over the internet, like Netflix and Hulu do. They joined the first movers in that market, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. While these new entrants touted slick interfaces, the packages they delivered were largely similar to cable TV ones, and at comparable prices in the $30 to $40 range.

    There's a reason for that: most had sports as a central component, and sports programming is expensive. (In 2016, ESPN alone cost $6.10 in carriage fees per subscriber.)

    But then around April of this year, we began to hear rumblings in TV land about a package designed to break from that tradition and cut sports (and therefore the broadcast networks who rely on sports) out of the equation.

    That “entertainment” TV bundle has finally arrived, and it comes from Philo, a startup that began by providing on-campus programming to colleges, and whose CEO Andrew McCollum was a founding member of Facebook.

    Philo has strategic investments from five of its programming partners, totaling $25 million: A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom. And these companies provide the most compelling programming to the service — from AMC, to The Discovery Channel, to the Food Network, to Comedy Central, the History Channel, and so on. But the lack of sports giants means not just programming holes like ESPN, but also news heavyweights like CNN or Fox News that are owned by companies with lots of sports rights.

    So what's it like to use?

    Philo has a snappy interface, robust search functionality, 30-day DVR, and thoughtful touches (like being able to navigate as easily forward as backward in time in the guide). It's easy to get the hang of and use, though the initial rollout is limited to platforms like Roku, web browsers, and iOS. That has been the case for many of these internet TV services, which gradually expand to encompass most devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, and so on).

    But the truth is that the primary calculation for consumers is going to come down to the programming: Is this set of channels worth $16 to you? If not, it’s not going to fundamentally reinvent TV for you.

    But Philo does have that ambition.

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    Is it time to revisit "social TV?"

    The most differentiated piece of McCollum’s pitch, which should perhaps not be surprising considering his past work at Facebook, is that he wants to build the first real social TV platform.

    “TV will be transformed by making it more social,” McCollum told Business Insider. “None of the TV products have any social functionality built in at all.”

    For now, that statement applies to Philo as well, since the social components that McCollum showed me — like being able to see exactly what spot a friend of yours is at in a TV series, seeing who is actively watching something, or synchronizing your viewing of an on-demand show with someone else — will not be available until some time in 2018. But they look nifty.

    “Social TV” might seem like a no-brainer at first.  I love to to debate and discuss the shows I watch with my friends, and you probably do too. But other companies that have tried to implement features like Philo's have seen lackluster enthusiasm from customers. I’ve had multiple Netflix executives tell me the company has tested social features in the past, but none of them quite popped. Customers just didn't want them.

    Still, with our TV landscape becoming more fractured, and consumption patterns moving more toward on-demand, I for one would love to have a way to keep track of what my friends watch. And if there are well-designed features to help me do things like sync up viewing, so much the better.

    "Your friends and social network are the best recommendation algorithm in the world," McCollum said. That rings true to me, as I more often trust my friends than I do even Netflix's much-lauded algorithms.

    But the more pressing question for Philo won't be how much people will take to its social elements, but rather how big of a market there is for its sports-free package. Without sports and most news, two of the main drivers of cable TV, it seems a very niche offering.

    But as a matter of professional and personal curiosity, I hope Philo can get enough traction to really test its social features, which could be applicable to companies from Netflix to Amazon to Hulu. My TV viewing is starting to feel a bit more solitary in the binge-heavy age, and I could use some help to push it back a bit more social.

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    Here is the full list of channels for the main package ($16):

    • A&E
    • AMC
    • Animal Planet
    • AXS TV
    • BBC America
    • BBC World News
    • BET
    • Cheddar
    • CMT
    • Comedy Central
    • Discovery Channel
    • DIY
    • Food Network
    • FYI
    • GSN
    • HGTV
    • History
    • IFC
    • ID
    • Lifetime
    • Lifetime Movies
    • MTV
    • MTV2
    • Nickelodeon
    • Nick Jr.
    • OWN
    • Science
    • Spike
    • Sundance Channel
    • TeenNick
    • TLC
    • Travel Channel
    • TV Land
    • Velocity
    • VH1
    • Viceland
    • We TV

    And here are the other channels for $4 more:

    • American Heroes Channel
    • BET Her
    • Cooking Channel
    • Destination America
    • Discovery Family
    • Discovery Life
    • Logo
    • MTV Live
    • Nicktoons

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    • Host Jimmy Fallon returned to NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" a week after his mother, Gloria, died. 
    • She died November 4.
    • In an emotional tribute, Fallon described how he and his sister used to squeeze their mom's hand three times and said they loved her. 
    • "And… last week I was in the hospital and I grabbed her and squeezed I love you. I just knew we were in trouble, you know?" he said.
    • He thanked the audience for their support through his loss.
    • "We're going to continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world," he said. "Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you."
    • Watch his tribute below. 

     

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