Stranger Things Producer Weighs In on That Wild Winona Ryder Fan Theory

David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things.
David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is a series obsessed with 1980s pop culture, both in its actual plot and in its artistic choices. This is perfectly embodied in the character of Joyce Byers,who is played by '80s superstar Winona Ryder. In fact, Ryder’s role as both a character in the series and a Hollywood fixture of the decade has given rise to a wild theory—and this week, a Stranger Things producer weighed in on the chatter.

The theory was detailed by Mashable’s Alison Foreman, who noted that, with Stranger Things 3 taking place in 1985, the show’s timeline was only one year removed from Ryder’s debut in the 1986 film Lucas. In keeping with the show’s attention to accuracy with its homages to '80s pop culture, it would seem logical for the show to make mention of a film in which Ryder appeared—opening up the possibility of two Joyces factoring into the plot of the Netflix series.

When asked about the possibility, Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy was a bit bemused. "That's really funny, and I suppose it's possible?" he told Mashable. "We're definitely trying to make the show as quickly as we can. We're not in control of those things, but we don't want to bulls**t about those things."

Levy added that Ryder’s intersection was not something that the team had discussed, but remarked, “Eventually, there will be an interesting new relationship between [the Stranger Things production timeline] and what's going on in the time period we are watching the show in ... But as far as how those two timelines will sync up, I can't predict.”

[h/t Mashable]

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

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's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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