Bird Box Challenge: Netflix Pleads With Viewers to Please Stop Trying This at Home


Even if you haven't found time to watch Bird Box (2018), the new Netflix horror movie with shades of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place (2018) and M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (2008), you've probably seen the memes. The film has ignited a rather dangerous viral sensation known as the Bird Box Challenge that is getting so popular that Netflix has warned viewers against taking part, Forbes reports.

Like other online challenges, the Bird Box Challenge involves recording yourself doing something stupid and uploading your attempt to YouTube or some other video platform. In this case, the challenge is to blindfold yourself then try (and usually fail) to get around. The movie takes place in a world where looking at mysterious creatures outside compels people to kills themselves, so the characters must be blindfolded at all times in order to survive.

Without the threat of monsters, the Bird Box Challenge isn't quite as dangerous as some of the other challenges to go viral, like the Tide Pod challenge or the cinnamon challenge. But enough people have shared videos of themselves running into walls to prompt Netflix to take action. In a tweet, the streaming platform urged viewers to please "not end up in the hospital due to memes."

The warning may have came too late for many people who ended up with bruised knees—and egos—after trying it for themselves. Some of the most popular videos of the Bird Box Challenge gone wrong show people tripping, falling, and barreling into furniture.

[h/t Forbes]

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.

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]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte


Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]