Sequel Bits: 'Indiana Jones 5', 'Mission: Impossible 7' & '8', 'Beverly Hills Cop 4', 'Scream 5', and More

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Producer Frank Marshall gives an Indiana Jones 5 update
  • Beverly Hills Cop 4 is still in the works
  • A former Scream franchise star wants to come back for Scream 5
  • What’s the status of Pirates of the Caribbean 6?
  • Simon Pegg talks Mission: Impossible 7 & 8
  • And more!

It’s still extremely weird to think about an Indiana Jones movie being directed by anyone other than Steven Spielberg, but James Mangold is stepping in to helm Indiana Jones 5, and producer Frank Marshall has a quick update on how development is going. Writing has “just started,” he said in a recent interview with Collider. Could that mean that Mangold, a talented writer in his own right, is putting his own spin on the screenplay? Here’s hoping.

Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to direct returning star Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 4 all the way back in 2016, but it’s been slow going on the development side of things.

“We’re still involved in that project, and there’s a screenwriter now on it that’s going to try to write a first draft, or a first treatment at least with the story,” El Arbi said, according to Digital Spy. “So we’re going to see what the first version will be, but we’re very excited and hope that we can work with another icon like Eddie Murphy. That’d be great.”

Lots has been written about the next two Mission: Impossible sequels, even though plot details are still being kept secret. But Collider spoke with actor Simon Pegg, and he confirmed what many of us have heard for a while: that Benji and the rest of the gang are going to go through some major shit over the next two movies.

“It’s become a tradition now. Before production [writer/director Christopher] McQuarrie takes me out to dinner and acts out the whole movie. And sometimes what he’s told me hasn’t transpired,” Pegg explained. “But with this one he has a much clearer idea. The reason we’re splitting it into two is because he’s determined to give everybody a proper emotional arc, a proper emotional detailed character arc. And instead of trying to cram it all into one film, he’s going to allow that arc to spread out over two.”

Spoilers for a decades-old movie ahead: Matthew Lillard‘s character in the original Scream, Stu Macher, dies at the end after it’s revealed that he’s one of the people who was wearing the iconic Ghostface mask. And even though Lillard acknowledges the unlikelihood of resurrecting Stu or creating some sort of retcon scenario in which he somehow survived the ending of that movie, he’s still interested in coming back if the filmmakers behind Scream 5 figure out a way to make it happen.

“Yes, yes, I’m available, yes, yes!” Lillard told TooFab. “There’s nobody that wouldn’t want to come back and reprise a role they got to do when they were a boy and be able to do something different as a man would be exciting. You just don’t get that opportunity often.”

What’s the status of Pirates of the Caribbean 6? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently explained that the writers are “working on a draft right now,” and he hopes that Disney will like what they come up with. “We’ve been working on it for a little bit,” he said. As for whether or not Johnny Depp will be back to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow yet again, Bruckheimer claims they haven’t figured that out yet. “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be. So, we’re going to have to see.”

Let’s wrap things up with a couple of remake stories, because…well, because we don’t have a column called “Remake Bits,” OK? First up, Deadline reports that a remake of the 1991 coming of age comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is in the works, and the new version will be “a present-day retelling centered on a black family.” Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) is writing the script, and Billie Woodruff (Honey, Beauty Shop) is attached to direct.

And finally, director Nancy Meyers took to Instagram to tease some inbound Parent Trap-related news. If it’s not a sequel, it may just be a Zoom reunion with her cast…but maybe, just maybe, it has to do with Disney’s long-rumored potential remake.

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Money Heist season 5 theories: Alicia Sierra revealed as Tatiana’s sister – Here’s how

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The fourth season of Money Heist gave viewers a chance to learn more about The Professor (played by Alvaro Morte) and his relationship with his brother Berlin (Pedro Alonso). The latter was revealed to have been living in a monastery in Italy as he lived with a terminal illness and was hoping to marry Tatiana (Diana Gómez), a concert pianist he had fallen for. The Professor wasn’t convinced by the marriage despite Berlin’s protests. It came after viewers were introduced to Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) in the third series as she led the police operation to stop the robbers from stealing from the Bank of Spain. Are the two related?

Fans have been busy speculating about the importance of Berlin’s marriage to Tatiana.

For some time, viewers of La Casa De Papel believed Tatiana was actually Alicia and was taking revenge on The Professor by disrupting the robbery.

However many fans squashed that theory very quickly insisting it didn’t make sense as Lisbon (Itziar Ituño) knew Alicia before the heist.

Now a new theory has popped up with viewers believing Alicia and Tatiana are sisters working together to take down The Professor.

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Reddit user varshneymehul theorised: “I believe that Tatiana and Alicia were sisters and Tatiana and Alicia knew about Sergio, that’s why she was singing Bella Ciao at the end.

“Also, maybe she had some grudges because Tatiana had died because of Berlin (Andres de Follonosa) and Professor (Sergio). Overall, it will be good.

“There has been already a lot of speculation of some connection between Tatiana and Alecia and maybe this might be the way that writers might go.

“There is obviously some history between Professor’s family.”

They concluded: “Who knows, it can be their sister as well. Their mother was involved in an affair.”

Fans haven’t seen Tatiana since her wedding to Berlin in a season four throwback so it’s likely after his death, she left the monastery and looked to her sister for solace.

Alicia is one to hold a grudge so it’s likely she could have persuaded Tatiana to tell her about The Professor so they could plot revenge – especially if they blame him for Berlin’s death in the first heist.

Once Alicia realised The Professor had returned to try and rescue Rio (Miguel Herrán) after he was captured by police just off the coast of Panama, she could have contacted Tatiana.

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Tatiana knew The Professor, Palermo (Rodrigo de la Serna), Marseille (Luka Peroš) and Bogota (Hovik Keuchkerian) from her wedding to Berlin.

All four of the men are involved in the heist on the Bank of Spain in some way so she can provide some insight to Alicia.

However, with Alicia being sacked from her role at the end of season four, could she join Tatiana on her mission for revenge as she blames The Professor for ruining her career.

Alicia was last seen holding a gun to The Professor’s head – will she shoot him or use him to help her get her career back.

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Now she knows The Professor’s location, she may let Tatiana know so her sister can come and take revenge on Berlin’s brother herself.

Either way, it certainly looks as though The Professor is in a difficult position.

Some fans have agreed with the theory with one replying: “100% agree with this theory!”

However another claimed it wasn’t possible, explaining: “Or there is absolutely no link between the two and the writers just threw that in as a red herring (pun intended) since there is so much symbolism with red in the show.

“They thought let’s throw in two actors with long red hair, who look similar to generate buzz and speculation about how they might be related when there is really no relation at at all.”

Money Heist seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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Tipping Point: Ben Shephard comes under fire by fans for rejecting answer ‘He was right!’

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ITV show Tipping Point sees presenter Ben Shephard guide four contestants through various rounds as they all hope to get the chance to win the jackpot in the final round. One player who failed to make it through to play for £10,000 was Brett but viewers had earlier pointed out an answer he gave in his quickfire round seemed to be correct, despite the host not allowing it. 

Ben guides a group of budding quizzers through a series of rounds, where one of the players gets the chance to pay for £10,000 in the jackpot round. 

Today, players Anita, Katie, Brett and Baz were fighting it out against each other to go all the way in the competition. 

Anita was the first to be eliminated from the show this evening after a difficult first round saw her fail to make a dent on the prize pot.

Katie struggled in round two and only managed to pick up one counter in her quickfire round, picking up no extra money with her one drop. 

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The player made a series of blunders and was soon knocked out, meaning she missed out on the head-to-head round. 

However, earlier on in the quickfire round, Ben left viewers baffled when they believed he had rejected a correct answer from player Brett. 

During his 30 seconds of questions, Brett was asked: “Referring specially to their location, MPs who sit towards are given what name?”

Brett answered “frontbench” but the host told him the answer was instead “frontbenchers” and didn’t allow him a counter in exchange. 

Brett had a tricky set of questions, only getting one right, with Ben clarifying why his answer hadn’t been accepted. 

He told the player: “Brett, just the one correct answer, I’m afraid and I couldn’t accept your frontbench answer because the full answer is frontbenchers.”

Viewers weren’t satisfied with Ben’s verdict, with one commenting on Twitter: “The individual MPs are ‘frontbenchers’ but as a whole, they are ‘the front bench’. He was right. #tippingpoint”

“#TippingPoint Front bench wrong ?? f*****g harsh,” added another. 

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A third wrote: “I would like to accept Brett’s front bench #TippingPoint.”

However, Ben appeared to be asking for the individual term, which would be frontbencher – meaning he was right to not accept the answer. 

Although he made it through to the penultimate round, Brett failed to go all the way, with his opponent Baz getting the chance to play for £10,000. 

Baz made a strong start and managed to get the jackpot counter right by the edge of the machine after just two questions. 

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He slipped-up on the next two but on his second-to-last question, he managed to bag another three counters. 

Brett successfully got the jackpot counter out after just seven counters, which the host noted was “close to the record”. 

Ben said: “Baz, you played an unbelievable game, just a few away from our record, you did it in seven [counters], the record is five.”

As Tipping Point returns with a new batch of contestants, will any of them get lucky and take away the £10,000 prize pot?

Tipping Point airs weekdays at 4pm on ITV. 

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CNN crew arrested on live TV amid George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

A CNN crew was arrested on live TV as they covered protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.

Correspondent Omar Jimenez, and the crew with him, were handcuffed and detained by Minnesota State Police just after 5 a.m. local time, according to the network.

The crew was informed they were being detained because they were told to move and did not, one member said.

Officers in body armor and riot gear moved toward the crew after they first arrested a protester behind them, the live feed shows.

Jimenez identified himself as a CNN reporter, and told the officers the crew would move to wherever they were told.

“This is the scene here playing out in Minneapolis,” Jimenez says on air as one officer holds his arm. “This is part of the advanced police presence we’ve seen here in really minutes, when we saw that the local police showed up with the fire department at the building we showed you which was burning.”

“This is part of the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, scattering the protests at that point for people to leave the area,” he said. “So we walked away, cleared the area.”

At that point, a second officer told him he was under arrest, and the pair handcuffed him.

They did not respond to his questions about why he was being arrested.

Jimenez and the crew had been reporting near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, which was set on fire amid the protests.

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Stranger Things season 4 release: Crew member shares huge filming update

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Filming on the highly anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things was set to begin this year. Unfortunately, the Netflix series has been dealt a severe blow by the continuing pandemic, with fans speculating new episodes may not be completed until 2021. A member of the show’s crew has given a rare behind-the-scenes update.

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The fourth season of Netflix’s 80s throwback is one of the most anticipated releases for the streaming service.

Season three concluded last year after the kids of Hawkins took on the Mind Flayer beneath the Starcourt Mall.

The finale episode ended on a bittersweet note as peace was once again restored, but at the cost of former town Sheriff Jim Hopper (played by David Harbour) being taken prisoner in Russia.

A teaser trailer released earlier this year confirmed Hopper’s survival, but updates on the production of Stranger Things have been sparse as television production across the States continues to be delayed by the coronavirus lockdown.

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Thankfully, a recent interview with stunt coordinator and second unit director for Stranger Things, Hiro Koda, for ComicBook.com has provided insight for the show’s current stage of filming.

Hiro has had an impressive career in TV and movie stunts, and joined the third season of Stranger Things to lend his expertise to the more action-heavy instalment of the sci-fi epic.

During the interview, Hiro confirmed the series had completed two episodes of season four, and hinted at a darker tone for Stranger Things’ next outing.

He said: “All I can tell you is that season four is… It’s darker. It’s going to be epic. There’s lots of great surprises and all your favourite people are in it.

“It’s going to be so good. It’s so epic. I’ve gotten to read through almost eight scripts now, so it’s pretty awesome. I don’t know how many we’re going to get.”

Audiences have speculated the upcoming instalment will be Stranger Things’ last, although Hiro’s comments suggest the series will continue long into the future based on popular demand.

The stunt coordinator continued to share his opinion on how production for the series is set to continue during the current uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.

Hiro added: “It’s really just this pandemic and trying to figure out when productions will be going back. We’re kind of spread out this year.”

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“We usually shoot just in Atlanta, but we’ve been spread out in two different places this year. So trying to figure out the scheduling of it. And then not just dealing with when production is going to actually start in Atlanta, most of the cast is from California.”

Rumours Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder and Brett Gelman have been spotted in Latvia have spurred speculation that the country in Europe will act as the Russian backdrop for the fourth season’s mission to rescue Hopper from the Soviet Labour Camp.

However, the upcoming season’s ambitious shooting schedule has made plans to restart production much more difficult when restrictions begin to be lifted.

Hiro Koda also touched on US President Donald Trump’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions in stages, and how the forthcoming arrangements could further hinder production of Stranger Things and other popular US shows.

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He continued: “Some of the phases allow companies to open up and be like 25 percent employees, and then it goes to 40% or whatever, and then it kind of increases from there. But with us, as a film production, we have to be 100 percent.

“Everybody can wear masks and gloves and whatever, but the actors can’t, they have to take the masks off. They’ve got to be in close contact.”

Although some world leaders have begun plans to gradually ease the ongoing lockdown, television production may not be able to restart until the coronavirus crisis has been completely controlled.

This means Stranger Things fans are preparing for a much longer wait than usual for the highly anticipated premiere of season four.

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Ghislaine Maxwell disappearance: Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now?

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Netflix’s new documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich looks at the financier’s crimes against young women and girls. One of the figures it addresses is Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who has since disappeared from public life. Here’s everything you need to know about her and where she is thought to be now.

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The Netflix documentary Jeffery Epstein: Filthy Rich focuses on the case of paedophile and sexual assaulter Epstein.

Across four episodes, it tells the stories of survivors who were abused across Epstein’s homes in New York, New Mexico, Palm Beach and his private island in the Virgin Islands.

Alongside this, it also focuses on Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.
In the documentary, the British socialite is named by survivors as an accomplice to Epstein who allegedly helped recruit and groom girls for sex crimes.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 before reportedly taking his own life in his prison cell. Maxwell has not been charged with any criminal offence.

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The 58-year-old is currently involved in a number of ongoing civil cases but she has not been seen in person for many months.

She disappeared from public life following a lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre in 2015, which claimed she was involved in Epstein’s abuse.

However, in 2016 she moved out of her New York townhouse and has been out of the public eye since.

According to the Guardian, Maxwell was last seen in August 2019 at In-N-Out burger in Los Angeles.

In March 2020, The Miami Herald reported she had filed a claim against Epstein’s estate.

In this, she asked for compensation for legal fees, accommodations and private security as a former employee.

The lawyers of another one of her accusers Jennifer Araoz have also revealed they were unable to locate her to serve her with a complaint.

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Araoz’s lawyer Bill Kaiser told ABC News: “We have made repeated efforts to locate Ms Maxwell, including engaging surveillance services.

“We have thus far been unable to find her for the purposes of serving her with a complaint.”

Her latest civil lawsuit comes from survivor Annie Farmer who alleges she committed sexual battery against a teenage girl.

Farmer appears in the Netflix documentary series as well where she described how she was assaulted at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch when she was 16-years-old.

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However, ABC reported in May 2020, Maxwell was given a reprieve in responding to questions while another federal criminal investigation into Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators is ongoing.

Maxwell has denied any involvement in what happened and all allegations against her.

Her attorney Laura Menninger said of the Farmer case: “She absolutely denies that she participated in this or any other sexual abuse or trafficking or assault, and no court, judge or jury has ever determined that she has.”

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NCIS fans convinced San Diego spin-off is happening after huge Mac clue

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Viewers were ecstatic when NCIS returned to its roots by bringing back the two co-leads from the original cast of JAG, the popular 90s serial that started it all. With production of the CBS shows currently on hold, fans are now hoping for a lot more NCIS content in the future.

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JAG began on NBC in 1995, though it was cancelled after one season and saved by rival network CBS.

The original legal drama ran for a further nine seasons, and introduced audiences to Harmon Rabb (David James Elliott) and Sarah Mackenzie (Catherine Bell).

After nine years off the air, the duo finally reunited in the season ten finale of NCIS: Los Angeles, and addressed the end of their will-they-won’t-they relationship in the premiere of season 11.

Their introduction back to the franchise was a landmark moment for devoted fans of the world of NCIS, especially those who have been desperate to see ‘Harm’ and ‘Mac’ return to screens after all these years.

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Sadly the JAG pair didn’t seal the deal in NCIS: Los Angeles, but their guest appearances caused a stir among the NCIS community, with many convinced yet another spin-off could be in the works.

Harm dropped the hint when he confirmed Hetty (Linda Hunt) had tipped him off toward a leadership position in another branch of the NCIS, either in San Diego or with the Contingency Response Team.

Given NCIS: San Diego is far catchier, and follows the trend of NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans being named and set in major US cities, another spin-off set in California could be announced at some point by CBS.

Even though Harm and Mac were engaged after their fateful coin toss at the end of JAG, season ten of NCIS: Los Angeles confirms they are once again separated.

If an upcoming spin-off is headed by the former JAG co-stars, sparks could be flying yet again and provide the dramatic throughline of NCIS’ potential third offshoot.

Following their brief appearances on NCIS: Los Angeles, many fans were frustrated their relationship wasn’t explored any further.

Moreover, after a spin-off wasn’t confirmed directly after the hints in the season 11 premiere, several viewers took to Twitter to question when CBS could be going forward.

One fan said: “The #NCISSanDiego drop was interesting. Could another spinoff be in the works? If it has Harm & Mac then I’m definitely on board.”

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While another added: “So was that it for Harm and Mac on NCIS LA or do they have another episode?

“Are they just going to leave everything unresolved if it doesn’t move forward as a spinoff? Because that is really unfair to longtime JAG fans.”

Other viewers had similar thoughts, and were quick to question why Harm and Mac were introduced back to the franchise if their time was up after just two episodes.

Over on Reddit, one fan took issue with the spin-off series undermining the happy ending the JAG couple received in their original series.

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They said: “I do wonder at the purpose of bringing characters back (and undoing their ‘happy ending’) only to ultimately do nothing with them. It serves no purpose other than to anger longtime JAG fans.”

Unfortunately, Mac and Harm did not continue to make guest appearances throughout the rest of the season, though fans are hoping for another reunion when the show returns.

CBS has yet to confirm any spin-off plans, but fans are eagerly waiting for news once television production can restarted after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ozark theories: Agent Maya SAVED the Byrdes in season 3 final scene – here’s how

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Following her introduction in season three of the Netflix series, Agent Maya Miller (played by Jessica Francis Dukes) proved to be a persistent thorn in the side of Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman). Maya was well aware of Marty’s money-laundering operation on behalf of the Navarro Cartel but knew she would need plenty of evidence to build the case – hence why she set up shop in Marty and Wendy’s (Laura Linney) casino. However, as the Byrdes appeared to be heading on a downward spiral with cartel honcho Omar (Felix Solis), a new Ozark fan theory suggests she could’ve been the one to save them.

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Ozark season 3.

Over the course of the series, Maya and Marty had grown rather close, despite their clear differences when it came to their intentions.

Maya was determined to expose Marty’s involvement with the Navarro Cartel and even offered him a lifeline with the possibility of a career with the FBI when he’d served time.

Marty, on the other hand, was convinced he could ‘flip’ Maya and have her work for him while also operating as an agent for the FBI.

Neither plans came to fruition in season three as Marty faced his fair share of deadly challenges elsewhere, something Maya heavily suspected.

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So much so, that in the final moments of the season three finale, it looked like Marty was heading to certain death.

Marty and Wendy were summoned to Omar’s home in Mexico alongside wicked lawyer Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer).

Unbeknownst to the Byrdes, Helen had been working behind their back to scam them out of the operation and effectively render them useless to Omar.

Helen had even forged a false confession under Marty’s name to give up the entire operation to the FBI.

Helen’s plan and air of smugness soon faded away when they all arrived in Mexico, however, as hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) shot and killed the lawyer, sparing the Byrdes.

The moment is one that took the Byrdes and Ozark fans by shock but one eagle-eyed viewer has theorised the murder could have been because of a Maya intervention – here’s how.

Moments before the Byrdes board the plane to Mexico, Maya calls Marty to ask where he is.

When he reveals he’s boarding a plane, Maya urges him not to board it if it’s heading to Mexico and, seemingly, to certain death.

Marty ignored her pleas and got onboard the plane and it’s led to one fan predicting Maya then reached out to Omar directly.

On Reddit, user EdoubleYT explains: “I’ve been debating with friends on how Navarro abruptly executes Helen. Did he know the signed confession warrant was fake through his own observation or was he tipped off?

“A) Navarro realizes that the Byrde’s would never sign a confession with the FBI then willingly hop on a jet to Mexico, thus see through Helen’s ruse and has her killed.

“B) Plan was to execute the Byrde’s when they got off the jet. However, Maya tips off Navarro Cartel that the signed confession is fake.”

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They conclude: “Also providing the notion that Marty had willingly provided incriminating evidence to have the Lagunas Cartel dealt with by the army.”

If theory ‘B’ were to be the correct one, it would certainly prove why Omar decided to kill Helen instead of the Byrdes.

After all, Maya is desperate to keep Marty alive, could she have pulled some strings to warn Omar off and point the blame at Helen?

Ozark is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Stranger Things: Will’s time in Upside Down foreshadowed in major first episode clue

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Netflix subscribers were gripped from the very start of Stranger Things, as one of the most popular streaming shows of all time introduced audiences to the terrifying Upside Down. Returning to old episodes of the series has recently uncovered some revealing clues.

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Season one kicked off the Stranger Things phenomenon as single mother Joyce Byers (played by Winona Ryder) desperately searches for her missing son.

Heavily influenced by the work of Stephen King, rather than being eaten by a monstrous clown Joyce’s son Will (Noah Schnapp) was actually imprisoned in a mysterious alternate dimension.

As the series progresses, Will’s friends and superpowered teen Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) eventually discover the dimension is an Upside Down version of their own town.

The kids of Hawkins soon become prey for terrifying creatures known as Demogorgons, and battled against the sinister Mind Flayer at the end of season three.

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From co-creators the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is an essential watch upon each new release, as well as the perfect series to binge while TV fans remain stuck inside during the coronavirus lockdown.

A recent rewatch of the classic series has revealed several moments of genius in the Duffer Brothers’ script for Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers, as one fan noticed a brilliant piece of foreshadowing in the show’s introduction.

They took to Screen Rant in an article revealing all there is to know about Will’s traumatic abduction in the first season of Stranger Things.

The article said: “Poor Will was doomed the minute he walked out of Mike Wheeler’s house. For just before, they were in the middle of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.”

Dungeons & Dragons was a popular yet geeky pastime in the 80s that endures to this day, and provided the teenage cast of Stranger Things plenty of inspiration for their supernatural adventures.

As Screen Rant revealed, the board game also inadvertently spoiled Will Byers’ first altercation with the gruesome Demogorgons in the show’s opening minutes.

Dungeon Master Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) introduced the RPG adversary in almost the exact same way the Demogorgon makes its first appearance in the series.

He said: “Something is coming, something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.”

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The gang convinces Will to use a fireball spell, but his dice roll is insubstantial and he falls victim to the hideous monster.

Screen Rant continued: “When Will is inside the shed, he locks the door but the Demogorgon appears behind him, just as was foretold.”

Thankfully, Will eventually escaped from his Upside Down imprisonment, though the first season of Stranger Things still stands as an impressive entry into the canon of kid-friendly horror.

As well as using some nifty foreshadowing in the show’s first episode, the introduction to Hawkins’ resourceful school friends laid the groundwork for Stranger Things’ inspiration from all things 80s pop culture.

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In addition to Dungeons & Dragons, the first season pulled heavily from classic kid flicks like E.T. and The Goonies, whilst later instalments referenced Aliens, The Terminator and Ghostbusters.

With series fan favourite Jim Hopper (David Harbour) imprisoned in a Soviet labour camp, the fourth season is set to be one of Netflix’s most highly anticipated release events when coronavirus restrictions are finally lifted.

The streaming service has not confirmed a release date yet, but subscribers are anticipating a 2012 release due to the show’s lengthy filming schedule and ambitious production.

Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.


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