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Stranger Things Star Reflects On Filming Vecna’s First Big Kills Before The Confrontation With Eleven

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Stranger Things Star Reflects On Filming Vecna’s First Big Kills Before The Confrontation With Eleven

Spoilers ahead for the full Season 4 of Stranger Things on Netflix.

The fourth season of Stranger Things has officially been available to Netflix subscribers for more than a week now, but there’s still plenty to talk about as the wait begins for Season 5. The heroes didn’t definitively defeat the villain in the finale this time around, and Vecna struck some major blows before the final credits rolled. Jamie Campbell Bower made his debut as Vecna in a full suit of prosthetics, but also played Henry/One via flashback. Speaking with CinemaBlend after the finale released, the actor reflected on the order of filming, including the Chrissy and Fred kills before the massacre at Hawkins Lab. 

Jamie Campbell Bower’s casting was announced before the premiere, but fans who went in expecting him to play hospital worker Peter were in for some very big surprises when the show revealed that not only was the man in Eleven’s flashbacks actually One, but also Henry and the future Vecna. When I noted to the actor that he went from being credited as “Friendly Orderly” in early Season 4 to Vecna, he weighed in on whether or not he was able to film in sequence for Season 4: 

Upon reflection, we filmed predominantly in sequence. I started actually filming Vecna first, so we did film relatively in sequence in terms of the story. So I had the Chrissy and Fred kills first of all, and then went back and sort of did most of the scenes with Eleven as Henry in one go, or not in one go, but you know, chronologically, and then went back into Vecna. There were only a couple of occasions where I would have been playing Henry one day in one mode, and then had to jump immediately into Vecna the following day. Those were always interesting moments because they required for me a different preparation. But predominantly in order.

Television shows are rarely able to film in order, so a full season “predominantly” shooting his character in order is a major accomplishment for Stranger Things, and it sounds like one that Jamie Campbell Bower appreciated in his preparation to play Vecna. 

After all, even though Henry/One’s first confrontation with Eleven at Hawkins Lab took place chronologically years before Season 4 took place, those flashbacks came in the middle of the season. He played Vecna before and after playing Henry; considering his comments about how he prepared to play Vecna with and without the prosthetics, it sounds like filming largely in sequence was a perk for Bower.  

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And it wasn’t the standard for the entire filming process of Season 4. Ahead of the season premiere, Joseph Quinn (who played Eddie) noted that the cast “would have days where we were filming scenes from Episode 1 and Episode 9 in one day.” Joe Keery (whose Steve fortunately survived) added that the cast shot previous seasons in blocks of episodes rather than the whole season spread out, and that he didn’t think he “even saw David Harbour” with all the distance between plots in Season 4. 

Quinn and Keery’s characters were part of the same plot based in Hawkins, so their experiences were very different from Jamie Campbell Bower’s when it comes to the order of filming. In fact, Joseph Quinn revealed that filming Eddie’s death scene was “weird” for him and Gaten Matarazzo because it was shot in two parts on different days. Eddie’s death presumably means that Quinn won’t be back in Season 5, but Bower’s Vecna was very much still alive despite the second confrontation with Eleven that happened in the finale. 

Unfortunately, we’re in for a bit of a wait before getting answers to some of the big questions leftover from Season 4. There is no indication of when the show will return for Season 4, and fans can just hope that the hiatus isn’t nearly as long as the one after Season 3. For now, you can check out all four seasons of Stranger Things (opens in new tab) streaming on Netflix, and take a look at the quick things we know so far about Season 5

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

It may not feel like it sometimes, but any upcoming movie has the chance to be named “the greatest movie ever made” by someone out there. However, that honor does have some specific caveats if you’re someone like filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Not only has the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director chosen a Steven Spielberg classic for that very distinction, Tarantino also explained just why that title is very specific. 

In an upcoming interview with our in-house podcast ReelBlend, Quentin Tarantino made his fourth appearance to talk about all things movies; the first since the big live show at the New Beverly Cinema. Promoting his new co-hosting gig on The Video Archives Podcast, Tarantino had yet another spirited discussion about cinema, which led to his pick of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as  the greatest “movie” ever made. That distinction is important, as the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood director made that perfectly clear through the following remarks: 

I think Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. Maybe not the greatest film. But it’s the greatest movie ever made. And then there are other movies that can get in its rarefied air. But as far as a movie, there’s no making it better than Jaws. There’s no ‘better’ than Jaws. It is the best movie ever made. And it shows how badly timed most movies made before Jaws were.

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to separate his tastes in movies into those two separate, important camps: “movies” and “films.” In this case, the designation of a movie almost sounds like it’s shorthand for the blockbuster opuses that Steven Spielberg made a name for himself with. Which means that “films” are presumably more of the independent/art house titles that have higher pedigrees, and usually end up on the lists of best picture nominees every year.

Strangely enough, Jaws is one of six horror movies to have Best Picture nominations, so the line could blur just a bit in that respect. Putting aside the “movies” versus “films” debate, Quentin Tarantino isn’t using that separation to be a snob. Later on in the conversation, he explained how spectacles such as this are their own form of art, and how Steven Spielberg came to be someone who perfected it: 

What I meant by that, to one degree or another, is that Spielberg and a lot of his cohorts grew up seeing those kinds of movies in the theater. Henry Levin’s Journey to Center of the Earth, he’s gonna run to go and see that. Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage. He’s going to run and go see it. Gordon Douglas’s Them! He’s going to run and go see. Now… most of them weren’t directed that well. They were assignments given to journeyman directors who did their best with them. That was how we were used to seeing comic book — that kind of movie experience. As opposed to a Spielberg, who was like, ‘No, this is exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on earth to make. And he’s going to make it, within an inch of his life, as effective as it possibly can be. And, you know, Michael Anderson, isn’t putting that kind of work in Logan’s Run.

Spielberg, and “cohorts” like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Copolla all latched onto genres that were pulpier entertainments in their childhood, only to make them into something new. Through films like Jaws, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, we saw a generation of directors taking movies they loved and reviving them through their own personal lenses. Which is exactly what Quentin Tarantino would do when he stepped onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; and it’s also why he’s such a staunch supporter of the cinematic experience. 

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If this conversation boils down to anything, it’s game recognizing game. Much as Steven Spielberg idolized the movies that helped make Jaws, Quentin Tarantino has reverence for the bearded director and his dedication to making the movies that sparked his love of cinema. Though considering the history his collaborator Samuel L. Jackson has had with sharks, you have to wonder if this has already sparked any sort of humorous conversations between the two?

You’ll be able to watch, and listen, to Quentin Tarantino’s latest appearance on ReelBlend, as it’s set to hit YouTube tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tarantino may not have his tenth and final film in the works just yet, but you can still enjoy the man’s gift for words in two very cool ways. 

Tarantino’s Video Archives podcast, which he co-hosts with friend and collaborator Roger Avery, is currently streaming wherever you find fine listening material. However, if you also want to read the man’s thoughts on ‘70s filmmaking in his upcoming book Cinema Speculation, which you can currently preorder on Amazon (opens in new tab); or any other fine bookseller.

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‘Prey’ Interviews With Amber Midthunder, Dan Trachtenberg And More!

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The stars of “Prey,” Amber Midthunder (“Naru”), Dakota Bevers (“Taabe”), Dane DiLiegro (“The Predator”), director Dan Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers discuss their new “Predator” movie in this interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. They discuss the “Prey” audition moment that landed Amber Midthunder her role and more!

You can stream “Prey” on Hulu on August 5.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / On-Set Rocket), Chukwudi Iwuji (The High Evolutionary) and writer Director James Gunn discuss their upcoming Marvel film and conclusion of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy in this post-Hall H interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

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  • 00:00 – Chris Pratt on Finding “Your Side”
  • 00:35 – Chris Pratt Teases What’s Ahead For Star-Lord and Gamora In GOTG 3
  • 01:24 – Karen Gillan LOVES ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fan Reactions
  • 02:00 – Karen Gillan Weighs In On Nebula Unaliving Nebula in ‘Endgame’
  • 02:32 – James Gunn Teases a “Darker” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
  • 03:20 – Sean Gunn on Baby Rocket’s Difficult Backstory
  • 04:30 –  Pom Klementieff on Welcoming New Marvel Actors to the ‘Guardians’ Family
  • 05:15 – Pom Klementieff Teases A More Badass Mantis In ‘Guardians 3’
  • 05:35 – Will Poulter Teases Adam Warlock Origins in ‘GOTG 3’ 
  • 06:32 – Chukwudi Iwuji on The High Evolutionary and His Motivations
  • 07:20 – Chukwudi Iwugi Praises James Gunn’s Dialogue
  • 08:15 – Chris Pratt Recalls His Last Day of Filming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trilogy
  • 08:55 – James Gunn Is Literally Always Writing and Rewriting Scripts
  • 09:49 – Will Poulter Wants to Play Adam Warlock Again “If Marvel Will Have Me”

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