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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Will End With Another Cliffhanger

?Stranger Things? Season 2 is shaping up to be an Eleven out of 10.

Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin already told HuffPost that Season 2 of the breakout Netflix series is going to be better than Season 1, and now Gaten Matarazzo is here to hype fans up even more.

The actor is teaming up with Holiday Inn for their ?Summer of Smiles? event, which, among other things, involves chocolate milk happy hours at participating hotels. One of Matarazzo?s most memorable scenes from ?Stranger Things? is when his character Dustin discovers a stash of chocolate pudding in school, so chocolate milk happy hours seem right up his alley. 

While casually hanging out by a pool, the actor filled us in on what to expect in Season 2. (You can watch the interview in the video above.)

Ladies, gentlemen, Demogorgons, get ready for another cliffhanger.

Matarazzo said people can look forward to ?a good amount of explanation that they?ve been looking for, but also there are some new stories coming in that you?re gonna want to hear about if there is a Season 3. Also, we got another cliffhanger in there for ya, so that?s gonna be exciting.?

The actor told HuffPost that the new season is action-packed, and you?ll learn more about the Upside Down.

But we can?t help but think, ?What could the cliffhanger be? And what are the explanations we?re finally going to get??

One revelation you probably shouldn?t count on is that Dustin is one of the test subjects like Eleven. Matarazzo told us that?s the craziest ?Stranger Things? theory he?s heard so far … but he?s into it.

?Who doesn?t want to be like Eleven? Eleven?s awesome,? the actor said.

?Stranger Things? Season 2 is out Oct. 31.

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More Netflix Shows Could Get The Ax

The last few years have been a strange era for television as Netflix and Amazon Prime invest millions and millions of dollars on new shows to try to establish dominance over your streaming time. Unlike the movie and music industries where only the biggest stars seem to get large payouts, your favorite niche comedians can auteur their own series for multiple seasons in this ?golden age.?

Streaming companies often seem to be a patron for the arts, rather than a straightforward cash-grab of combining A-listers with flashy special effects. Or rather, it has made little sense that while the traditional broadcasters only break the bank for lowest-common-denominator-treading sitcoms, the rules don?t apply for Netflix. The streaming service takes on a wide range of projects and rarely cancels its original programming.

But that might be coming to an end.

Netflix, which recently canceled the very expensive ?The Get Down? as well as ?Sense8,? may have more cancellations on the way if founder and CEO Reed Hastings? recent comments are true. 

We should have a higher cancel rate overall.
Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings

Hastings told CNBC in an interview that he?s trying to steer the company in the direction of axing more projects.

?Our hit ratio is way too high right now,? Hastings said, as Vulture transcribed. ?So, we?ve canceled very few shows … I?m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.?

Still, it?s unclear from this one interview if pre-existing shows on Netflix are more in trouble than before; maybe it?s just that Netflix won?t approve some truly ridiculous new shows? 

But with the recent cancellations, it does seem as if the company is making a ? to quote one of the most popular shows on the service ? ?pivot.?

Hastings continued to talk about Netflix?s decisions in the interview and gave some insight into how they?re made.

?It?s a mix [of viewing and subscriber growth],? said Hastings of cancellations. ?Mostly, it is how many people watch. But those are very connected.?

Although Netflix doesn?t release traditional viewership numbers, this quote from Hastings revealed that the metric of sheer popularity is ? at least now ? their ?most? important measure for success. This seems to suggest that the more niche projects could be in trouble.

In the interview, Hastings reiterated that Netflix still plans to keep increasing its spending budget for content. The company is investing $6 billion this year and, according to the CEO, will continue to increase the spending by ?a lot.?

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Iconic Photo Shows Mother Of Portland Victim Embracing Woman In Headscarf At Vigil

?Tell everyone on the train I love them.?

Those were the reported last words of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, who died from a stab wound on Friday, May 26, according to a bystander. The recent college grad was one of the victims in a hate-fueled attack on a train in Portland, Oregon, that targeted two young women, one of whom was wearing a headscarf and was Muslim.

Friends and family described Namkai-Meche as having a ?huge heart? and ?a joyful and magical spirit? ? qualities he appears to have shared with his mother, Asha Deliverance.

Deliverance and hundreds of other Portlanders gathered for a vigil on Saturday to honor the lives of Namkai-Meche and Rick Best, 53, who was also killed in the attack after defending the young women. Micah Fletcher, 21, was also injured in the incident and survived.

During the vigil, Deliverance cried, embraced people in the crowd, and encouraged those gathered to ?Give it up for love.?

A one point a woman wearing a white headscarf approached the grieving mother, who warmly leaned forward and embraced her.

On Monday, Deliverance penned an open letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to be a be a ?President for all Americans.?

?Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another,? the letter reads in part. ?Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so.?

Namkai-Meche, Best and Fletcher intervened on Friday when Jeremy Joseph Christian, the accused attacker, reportedly made anti-Muslim comments directed at the two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. All three were injured in the altercation, Namkai-Meche and Best fatally so.

Namkai-Meche was a recent college grad who worked at an consulting firm focused on environmental issues. The 23-year-old?s family released a statement on Saturday, urging people to ?use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change.?

Best, an Army veteran and a married father of four, worked for the city of Portland and was remembered as a ?hero? by his family. ?He couldn?t just stand by and do nothing. He died fighting the good fight protecting the innocent,? his eldest son, Erik, told KATU News.

Fletcher, a student at Portland State University, said he?s still ?healing? and trying to make sense of what happened. ?I got stabbed in the neck on my way to work, randomly, by a stranger I don?t know, for trying to just be a nice person,? he told USA Today.

A LaunchGood fund initiated by two Muslim nonprofit groups had raised more than $500,000 to support the victims families as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Lorde Invited The Cashier Who Sold Her A Smoothie To See Her At Governors Ball

Lorde is super smooth ? and we?re not just talking about her drink preferences (we?re not sorry).

The ?Green Light? singer went into Liquiteria, a smoothie shop, in New York City on Monday and made fast friends with the bubbly cashier, Ayesha.

After making Lorde a cup of ?Blue Velvet? (not sure that sounds appetizing, but Lorde can do what she wants), Ayesha filmed herself meeting her the songstress. She later tweeted the adorable encounter:

?This is my first smoothie to a famous person ? we got Lorde in the house today,? she giggles in the video. ?She got a Blue Velvet. I am shook.?

Lorde is in New York this week to perform at the upcoming Governor?s Ball in the area this weekend. Which is why, shortly after meeting Ayesha, the singer slid into the smoothie-maker?s DMs to invite her to the show.

Apparently Lorde wanted to invite her new BFF in real life, but ?got shy.? Stars, they?re just like us. 

Friends and Twitter followers alike asked if Ayesha would go to the concert, to which she responded: ?Absolutely.? Because, duh. If Lorde DMs you to come to GovBall, you respond and go with her to GovBall.

We hope the pair have the best time at the show. 

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