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"This isn't just any mission for me! This is personal…" NBC's Peacock has unveiled the official trailer for an exciting new adventure spy comedy series titled MacGruber, a continuation of the beloved comedy classic MacGruber from 2010 (that no one saw… or did they?). Picking up where things left off, this one continues with Will Forte back as "America's ultimate hero and uber patriot". The original film opened in 2010 and while fans have been begging for a sequel for years, this is what we get instead. Which is cool! Because this looks fun. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past — Brigadier Comm. Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must reassemble his old team, Vicki St. Elmo and Dixon Piper in order to defeat the forces of evil. This also stars Billy Zane, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne, and Sam Elliott. It's a lot like Peacemaker, but with Will Forte's comedy instead.
"It's so easy to forget how much noise The Matrix pumps into your head." It's almost time… to return to the source. Warner Bros has unveiled a final official trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, which opens later this month. Plagued by strange memories, Neo's life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself back inside The Matrix. The rumor has been that this bright new Matrix is actually another Matrix within the old Matrix to control Neo and his narrative. But we'll have to watch this in the theater to find out the truth. The returning cast includes Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, & Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson. Along with these Resurrections newcomers: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, and Eréndira Ibarra. This looks SO FUCKING GOOD. There's a lot of reveals in this trailer, but none of these seem to give away anything we don't already know. The rest of it is about the experience of watching it all play out - finding out what decision he makes. I. Cannot. Wait.
"You cannot play poker with a gangster without having some cards up one sleeve." Netflix has released an official trailer for Munich - The Edge of War, a German thriller shot mostly in English from filmmaker Christian Schwochow (who also directed the return-of-fascism film Je Suis Karl last year). This premiered at the 2021 London Film Festival this fall, but hasn't shown up anywhere else yet. In Autumn 1938, a British civil servant and a German diplomat cross paths in Munich and conspire to prevent war in Europe. The film sees two young men embroiled in one of the most crucial moments in 20th Century history. Based on Robert Harris' book titled just Munich. The film's cast includes George MacKay as Legat, Jannis Niewöhner as Hartman, Jessica Brown Findlay, Robert Bathurst, August Diehl, Alex Jennings, Sandra Hüller, and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons. Where did this come from?! It looks DAMN good! Not only an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but a provocative movie to think about in relation to today's troubled politics, too.
"A new strain of evil." Get it, get it? Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official trailer for Amityville in the Hood, another ridiculous B-movie creation from filmmaker Dustin Ferguson. He's kind of like Asylum, but not even that good. Another Amityville offering now that the rights are in public domain and anyone can use them to make any bad horror movie. But it might be the best? (The others: The Amityville Murders, The Amityville Harvest, Amityville Uprising). An Eastside gang uses the Amityville property to grow marijuana when they are attacked by a rival gang and their drugs stolen. Soon, it's unleashed on the Westside streets of Compton, where anyone who smokes it suffers one KILLER buzz. Oh lord. The film's cast includes Dustin Ferguson, Jennifer Nangle, John R. Walker, Thom Michael Mulligan, Allie Perez, Pat Kusnadi, Erik Anthony Russo, and Esau McKnight. A haunted marijuana strain? Okay fine, points for creativity.
An early teaser trailer promo has debuted for a horror comedy rock band film titled Studio 666, made by filmmaker BJ McDonnell. The band Foo Fighters made their first feature film during the pandemic - about moving into a studio to record their album but encountering some death and haunting. Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock & roll history to record their new 10th album. "The trouble is, frontman Dave Grohl is creatively blocked, and when evil forces in the house sink into his consciousness, the creative juices begin flowing but so does the blood. Can Foo Fighters' complete the album, with the band still alive to tour?" Dave Grohl is credited for the story, and it was shot at Grohl's own Studio 606. Starring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, & Rami Jaffee, plus Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega, Jeff Garlin. Uh this looks like it's going to be amazing? So far, so good. Wait - is that the Necronomicon book!? It's back.
"Have you ever wondered why we stay here…?" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for Hilda and the Mountain King, a full 80-minute movie based on the animated series "Hilda" set in a world full of fantasy and magic and trolls. The animated series has picked up numerous awards and already has a big audience, and since this trailer is for an entire movie, we can feature it this time. It's set after Season 2 and before Season 3 (due out next year), and it's based on the sixth book in the Hilda series of graphic novels. When Hilda wakes up in the body of a troll, she must use her wits and courage to get back home, become human again — and save the city of Trolberg. Featuring the same voices from the series: Bella Ramsey as Hilda, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo as Frida, Daisy Haggard as Johanna, Oliver Nelson, and Rasmus Hardiker. Plus a big, gnarly Mountain King. And a few trolls. This looks like a fun storytelling twist! It's worth a watch.
"I missed you, too!" Sony has surprisingly dropped the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, now officially titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One. And yes, it's a two-parter! Chris Miller on Twitter: "It's true, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is Part One of two films. Me, Phil Lord, [the three directors], and an incredible crew are working on both films simultaneously!" In this sequel, an epic adventure will transport Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Miles Morales across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered. Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen. Plus Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac (as "Spider-Man 2099" / Miguel O'Hara), but that's all they've named so far. This is a seriously AWESOME first look. Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best comic book movies ever made, and I am anxious this sequel won't be as good, but this is the kind of tease that makes me feel like they might just pull it off. I can't wait to see more.
"In 2022, the face of madness returns." Netflix has surprisingly debuted the first look teaser trailer for the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, another sequel, out in February. This one is officially titled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and will be streaming on Netflix starting in February of 2022. This project has been in development for a while, with the teaser poster (below) unveiled last year. After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends that accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town. Much like this year's Ghostbusters, this is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Leatherface only gets angry when people come to his home. This stars Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope, Jolyon Coy. There's not much footage out yet, but there's enough to whet your appetite. It looks gnarly! Fire it up.
"You can swim all day, you're still gonna drown." 1091 Pictures has unveiled a trailer for Silverback: The Trent Williams Story, a documentary about the NFL player Trent Williams. This one is arriving on VOD later this month, just before the end of the year. There's also two other films about football this December: National Champions and American Underdog. Trent "Silverback" Williams, NFL's best offensive lineman over the last decade, overcame life-threatening cancer on his head and is the highest-paid at his position in NFL history and an accomplished entrepreneur off the field. The 6'5", 320-pound native of Longview, Texas, is also a skilled hooper, capable of 360-degree dunks. This film is a profile of the athlete, executive produced by Williams and his agent. Featuring Lil Wayne, Adrian Peterson, Vernon Davis, Chris Ivory, James Cooper, Kyle Shanahan, Adam Schefter, Dianna Russini, and Seun Adigun. Take a look at the new sports doc below.
"Every time I'm here, I constantly think of what I would say to you or tell you…" Another excellent stop-motion animated short film to watch. The Visit is an emotional short made by a Singaporean filmmaker named Morrie Tan, telling the story of her own visits to a prison to meet her father. Month after month, Ting makes a solo trip to visit her father in prison, talking only through a glass panel in his windowless cell. She is determined to not let anything separate him from her and the realities of the world despite having to shoulder her emotional burdens alone. Featuring the voices of Judee Tan and Huang Jia Qiang. It's only 8 minutes and is another fine example of how animation can be used to tell any kind of story. The filmmaker explains that the film is "a story of longing and reconciliation for a family, and a love letter from a daughter to her father." This is a rather somber film overall, but the honesty makes it all the worthwhile. View below.
"Their anger is a powerful weapon." Gravitas has unveiled a trailer for a "mind-bending political thriller" titled Who is Amos Otis?, arriving on VOD at the end of the year. This searing thriller is in the spirit of The Twilight Zone and based on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. "If you are wondering how fiction could read like our current reality, this is the story for you." After assassinating the President, Amos Otis pleads self-defense and must convince the jury that America was not only under attack by its unhinged ruler - but that his actions saved the country and the world. Inspired by "the daily barrage of headlines & tweets that fueled the dangerously expanding divide among Americans. We are a nation hurtling toward civil war - divided by race, class, culture and religion not seen since the days of Gettysburg… The stakes for our country were too high to do nothing." Indeed. Starring Josh Katawick, Rico Reid, Michael G. Bath, Christine Brunner, Derek Snow, Mike Dennis, and Peggy Allen. This film looks quite compelling, I must admit.
"Robert was pitching this 'little disco movie.'" HBO has debuted a full trailer for the film Mr. Saturday Night, another documentary that's part of the outstanding Music Box series of doc films this fall. It already premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival. This is the next one to launch on HBO Max following Listening to Kenny G and DMX: Don't Try to Understand. Mr. Saturday Night is directed by the filmmaker also behind this year's Gordon Parks doc A Choice Of Weapons. The intro from DOC NYC: "The style. The fashion. The moves. Saturday Night Fever left an indelible stamp on our cultural memory of the 1970s—and there was one man behind it all. Robert Stigwood, a producer impresario, best known for managing the Bee Gees [and Cream], took the swagger of a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn disco, and brought it to the big screen. Although the film's popularity sent his career on a meteoric rise, Stigwood's star-making prowess couldn't guarantee a lifetime of success." It's always so fascinating to hear stories about what really happened behind the scenes.