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‘Friends’ Reunion Special Is Officially Happening at HBO Max!

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The one with the reunion.

We couldn’t be any more excited to be reuniting with our Friends for the upcoming unscripted special.

After a lot of back-and-forth and negotiations, all six members of the cast have signed of for the reunion, which will air exclusively on HBO MAX, according to TV Line. 

The cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — will reunite in the original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank California for the special. Hopefully, they’ll be on the orange couch!

They will also be joined by original series EP’s Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max (and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV), said in statement. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

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It’s important to note this is not a revival or reboot, but if we all wish hard enough, maybe it’s the first-step to something bigger? Those involved with the serious previously turned down the idea claiming a revival would only “disappoint.” And why ruin something great, right?

Plus, we have the cast on Instagram where they’re all still friends and have been hanging out, sharing photos, and breaking the Internet.

However, this will be the first time they’re all together on-screen since the show’s end in 2004.

While the show has been off-air for years, generations are still discovering the series and becoming fans.

When Netflix pulled Friends off their streaming service this January, fans riled and it caused a spike in DVD purchases of the seasons. The series will head to HBO MAX.

Jennifer Aniston teased the reunion posting a photo of the cast on Instagram with the caption: “it’s happening.”

The special is set for May!


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Chess Boards Are Sold Out and You Can Thank Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

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Queen's Gambit Causes Major Spike in Chess Board Sales

Queen’s Gambit is taking the chess world by storm.

In a case of art influences life, sales of chess boards have skyrocketed thanks to the Netflix limited series. 

The series, set in the 1950s, trails the rise of a young orphan, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who finds chess to be an outlet, leading her to become a female prodigy. 

Spin Master, a Toronto-based toy merchant, said that chess sales have increased by “triple digits” since the show’s premiere on October 23. 

Goliath Games has also noted a surge of more than 1,000 percent, NPR notes. 

“Our October sales for chess were up 178% over the same period last year,” Mary Higbe, director of marketing at Goliath Games, said. “That’s a big increase. But something else unexpected happened at the end of the month. Now, she says, “our chess sales are up 1,048%.

EBay has made similar findings, reporting a 215 percent spike in sales of chess sets. 

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The New York Times found that wooden sets have trumped plastic sets. 

Even before the series debuted, interest in chess sets was spiking due to COVID.

Will this make finding a Christmas present harder?

Toy analyst Gerrick Johnnson told NPR: “Good luck finding a chess set this holiday!”

The popularity also extends to groups such as the US Chess Federation, which revealed that membership also jumped for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. 

To sum it up… 2020 is the year where both chess sets and toilet paper are scarce. 


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You Can Get Free Streaming Subscriptions in December Thanks to Beautyrest

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Beautyrest Upgrade My Streaming this Holiday Season

The one thing that has been keeping us all sane through what feels like a never-ending pandemic? TV shows!

Especially now as the winter months creep in and it becomes darker earlier than every, we’re turning to streaming services to find some comfort. 

If you’re a TV show lover, like myself, you’re probably subscribed to several services because you watch an array of shows and the costs ADD UP! 

Well, how would you like it if all of those streaming services were free in December? That means all the Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and more for free!

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect Christmas gift?!

Beautyrest, the ultimate brand in luxury mattresses, wants to cover streaming subscriptions during the month for 100 lucky people. 10 of those lucky people will even snag a Beautyrest mattress so that they can catch some R&R this winter (while watching shows, of course).

How can you enter the contest?

Now through December 5, send an email to BeautyrestUpgrade@icfnext.com with one sentence on why you deserve an upgrade for a chance to win.

Beautyrest will choose 100 winners through a random drawing on or around Monday, Dec. 7. If you’re a winner, you’ll be notified via email. You’ll need to reply within 48 hours to the email, so make sure you check your inbox! 

Visit Beautyrest.com/FirstClassUpgrade for full rules and additional information on how you can score the ultimate binge-watching experience in bed. 

 


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‘Freddy Krueger’ Actor Robert Englund is Coming to ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

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Freddy Krueger is coming to Stranger Things

We already know Stranger Things Season 4 is going to be the scariest to date — that’s what Joe Keery (Steve Harrington told us months back!), but this takes the scare-factor to a whole new level.

Why? Because Freddy Krueger is headed to Hawkins to haunt your nightmares!

Horror icon Robert Englund is joining the Netflix series in a recurring role, according to TV Line. He’ll be playing a convicted murderer. He will play Victor Creel, “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.”

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Englund isn’t the only new face that we’ll be seeing. The series, which is filming in Georgia after a long COVID-19 production delay, is adding seven new series regulars. 

Here’s the breakdown of each character. 

Jamie Campbell Bower of Twilight joins as Peter Ballard, a caring man working at the psychiatric hospital who is tired of all the brutality he witnesses.

Eduardo Franco from American Vandal is Jonathan’s new bestie, a stoner and pizza delivery driver.

Joseph Quinn from Howard’s End is Eddie Munson, an 80’s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Obviously, this means he’ll find himself right in the middle of the mystery.

Sherman Augustus from Into the Badlands is Lt. Colonel Sullivan, a man who believes he can stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all. 

Mason Dye from Bosch is a handsome and rich sports star dating the most popular girl in school. But the evil brewing in town begins to unravel his perfect life. 

Nikola Djuricko from Legends is Yuri, a Russian smuggler. 

Tom Wlaschiha from Game of Thrones is a Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends our favorite Sheriff. 

 

While the cast sounds promising, let’s hope this doesn’t mean less screen time for our faves like Eleven, Will, and Hopper (who yes, is alive, but not well somewhere in Russia). 


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