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'Netflix News: 'Heartstopper' Season 2 Shines with High Scores, While 'Dark Universe' Bride Emerges'

Netflix's Heartstopper Season 2 receives rave reviews with a 100% critical score and a 97% audience score, solidifying its success.

Month Three of the ongoing writer's strike has arrived, and as expected, news updates are becoming scarce. However, amidst the struggles faced by the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers in determining fair compensation for writers and actors, Netflix continues to release projects that were filmed prior to the strike. One such release is the highly anticipated second season of Heartstopper. Additionally, Netflix remains committed to providing engaging documentary content, with the recent success of a Jake Paul documentary. Furthermore, the streaming giant is eager to revive Universal's failed "Dark Universe" project.

Netflix's latest hit, Heartstopper, has returned with its second season, much to the delight of fans. Prior to its release, the season received rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, boasting an impressive 100% critical score and a 97% audience score. This remarkable achievement solidifies Heartstopper as a certified fresh show, avoiding the dreaded "sophomore slump" that often plagues TV series. Season 2 continues to follow the captivating love story between Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) as they navigate the complexities of their new relationship. The entire season is now available for streaming on Netflix.

Last year, when Heartstopper initially premiered, it quickly became evident that the coming-of-age narrative resonated deeply with viewers. Consequently, Netflix wasted no time in renewing the show for seasons 2 and 3 shortly after the first season's debut. This ensures that fans need not worry about the show being abruptly canceled during the hiatus between seasons. However, one familiar face will be absent from the halls of Truham High School in the future. It has been revealed that Ben's (Sebastian Croft) cameo appearance in season 2 will mark his final appearance on the series.

Series creator Alice Oseman explained the decision, stating that the character's storyline had reached its conclusion. In the original comics, Ben does not appear beyond the events of season 1. Oseman wanted to provide closure to Ben's toxic relationship with Charlie, ensuring that the character's growth would not go unnoticed. In their final interaction, Charlie expresses his hope for Ben's personal development but makes it clear that he no longer wishes to be a part of his life.

Soulcatcher, a Polish action/sci-fi thriller, has achieved widespread success, ranking in the top 10 in 75 different countries. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, who found the zombie-themed film somewhat cliché, the movie's mindless action proved to be universally appealing. The film's success propelled Soulcatcher to become the fourth-highest-grossing title on global streaming charts. While a sequel has not yet been announced, Netflix has shown a fondness for action franchises with endless potential.

In other news, the documentary Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child has gained significant attention, becoming the sixth most-watched feature-length title on Netflix and entering the top 10 in 27 countries. This documentary delves into the controversial life of YouTuber Jake Paul, sparking further discussion about the need for change and support for the ongoing strike. It begs the question: don't we deserve better? Hopefully, the scheduled negotiations between the AMPTP and the WGA on Friday, August 4, will yield positive results.

A few years ago, Universal Pictures attempted to revive its iconic monster flicks with the ill-fated "Dark Universe" project. Unfortunately, the franchise failed to gain traction and produced forgettable box office flops. Now, Netflix is taking a fresh approach to the concept. Following the success of their Guillermo del Toro-directed Frankenstein adaptation, Netflix plans to expand the franchise with a new film titled The Bride, based on The Bride of Frankenstein.

Renowned actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to helm the project, with her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, and her former co-star from The Dark Knight, Christian Bale, rumored to be attached. Although filming for The Bride is not scheduled to begin until early 2024, the exceptional talent involved both behind and in front of the camera makes this project one to anticipate eagerly.

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