Netflix Promises Friends 'Will Still Be There for You' Throughout 2019, After Fan Outrage

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“We were on a break!” is a phrase that any Friends fan is used to hearing, but no one expected to hear it from Netflix. When a note on the streaming service reading “Available until January 1” appeared on the details tab of the show, fans went into a collective freak-out.

A Change.org petition was created, begging Netflix to keep streaming the beloved sitcom. According to the petition, removing Friends from the service “is unfair, unacceptable, and downright inhumane.” Fans demanded #Justice4Friends.

On Monday, sensing the panic, Netflix announced via Twitter that Friends will indeed remain a part of the streaming catalog throughout 2019. They have since also removed the expiration warning from the show's details.

Friends has become one of the most popular licensed shows on Netflix since the streaming service bought the rights to all 10 seasons in 2014 for a hefty $118 million. There had been speculation about the four-year-old deal, as WarnerMedia plans to launch its own subscription VOD service in 2019. Some fans have wondered if Friends would be on the list of series being discontinued from Netflix, but others are hopeful that the two companies might reach a new agreement.

Either way, we've got another year to keep re-watching the comic adventures of Monica, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ugly Naked Guy.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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