The Christmas Chronicles 2 Has Kurt and Goldie Versus the Belsnickel

Santa Chronicles 2 Trailer
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Pop culture has given us a lot of different versions of Santa Claus. Santa appears on soda cans and children’s books, cartoons, and in TV shows and blockbuster movies.

There have been old Santas and young Santas, modern Santas and old-fashioned Santas, and there has even been a drunken, obscene, Bad Santa.

What we don’t often see is a cool Santa. But we did last year, thanks to Netflix’s original movie The Christmas Chronicles.

In the successful holiday movie, Kurt Russell stepped into the red suit to play a Santa who hotwires cars, sings the blues, and is married to Goldie Hawn. The reveal that Rusell’s real-life partner played Mrs. Claus didn’t come until the very end of the movie, and while it wasn’t immediately announced that Netflix would be making a sequel, it wasn’t a surprise when that sequel was announced.

Now we have our first look at The Christmas Chronicles 2, and it looks like Goldie is going to get a lot more screen time as Mrs. Claus helps Santa and one of the kids from the first movie defend Christmas from the troublemaking Belsnickel. It hits Netflix on November 25th.

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This Is the Way To the Trailer for the Mandalorian Season 2

Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer
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Like most of us, Star Wars isn’t having the best year. Rise of Skywalker disappointed all around – which makes sense now that we know they didn’t even know what story they were telling while they were telling it. Former cast member John Boyega has been active on social media, dropping bombs against the franchise every chance he gets.

On the TV front, the highly anticipated Obi-Wan show starring Ewan McGregor was forced to stop production for some rejiggering before the pandemic arrived to halt production completely.

I hate to use this line, but The Mandalorian is our only hope. Thankfully, based on the new footage in the first trailer for season two of the hit Disney+ show, it looks like it’s going to deliver.

There have been some rumors of unrest on the Mando set too, but those rumors are easy to dismiss when the trailer is this good. Mando is back, along with The Child, aka Baby Yoda, 2019’s breakout star, Apollo Creed, UFC’s Gina Carano, plenty of stormtroopers, and even some Jedi.

Picking up after last season’s showdown with Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon (and his legendary dark saber), Mando is off to find the “race of enemy sorcerers” and give Baby Yoda to them. Based on what we see here, it won’t be easy, but it will be badass!

Adam Sandler Didn’t Win an Academy Award So This Could be His Spite Movie

Hubie Halloween Trailer
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Last fall, when he was doing the rounds for Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler threatened the people who vote for Academy Awards that if he didn’t get nominated he was going to make the worst movie ever as revenge.

He did not get nominated for an Oscar (though he did win Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards, and gave a hilarious speech) and now, this fall, Hubie Halloween hits Netflix.

COINCIDENCE?

Obviously, I haven’t seen Hubie Halloween yet, and based on the trailer it doesn’t so much look like the worst movie ever made so much as a typical Sandler Netflix movie. It’s got all of his friends – and then some – in the cast, it has him playing a sad sack with a weird voice, and it has the kind of jokes my 9-year-old will love.

Hubie Halloween won’t be out for a few weeks, but if you’re brave enough to give it a shot, you’ll be able to judge for yourself if this is indeed the movie Sandler jokingly threatened to sic on the public if he didn’t get an Oscar nomination

Here’s the synopsis:

Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police (Kevin James, Kenan Thompson) and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. Hubie Halloween is a hilarious family film about an unlikely hero with an all-star cast including Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi and Maya Rudolph, produced by Happy Madison.

And the trailer:

Lost 1980s Killer Bear Flick With Clooney and Sheen Getting Released

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Everyone knows the story of George Clooney’s career. Now one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, the charming, handsome, prank-loving actor languished in obscurity for decades. He had roles in B-movies like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and played recurring characters on network TV shows like the Facts of Life and Roseanne before breaking out as Doug Ross in ER.

He soon transitioned into starring as Batman and making Steven Soderbergh movies, ultimately winning an Oscar and generally becoming a beloved member of the Hollywood firmament.

We all know this story. But we don’t know all of it!

One of the movies Clooney starred in during his years I the wilderness literally took place in the wilderness, and remained in the wilderness, until now.

Grizzly II: The Revenge is the sequel to a 1977 horror movie about an 18-foot bear, in a blatant attempt to cash-in on the giant predator craze Jaws started a few years earlier.

Grizzly must have done okay enough, because Grizzly II was put into production, starring Clooney, Laura Dern, and Charlie Sheen, about a bear terrorizing a music festival. But according to Happy Mag, a variety of issues scuttled the film before it could be completed, so it was never completed or released. Until now!

A producer has revived the project and finished the film, even adding some new footage, and is screening it at festivals as we speak. It will be released before the end of the year, and we’ll find out if Clooney could have become a star a lot sooner if only Grizzly II had seen the light of day.

Check out the trailer:

First Dune Trailer Stuns with Sand, Cinematography, and Space Worms

Dune Trailer
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David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune is gross.

I’m not even talking about the quality of the famous misfire; it definitely has fans. I just mean that the experience of watching it is reminiscent of having sand in your underwear. The whole movie just feels sweaty and uncomfortable; it’s actually impressive how visceral the movie is! But I don’t ever want to see it again. If the new adaptation, from director Denis Villeneuve succeeds, I won’t have to.

Villeneuve’s Dune looks a lot different. Yes, it’s working from the same materials, the dense sci-fi novel Dune by Frank Herbert, about the young scion of a ruling family who goes to an unforgiving sand planet to help secure the spice trade, but visually it looks a lot different. At least in the first trailer that was just released.

Timothee Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, with Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem making up the rest of the star-studded cast.

The novel’s synopsis reads “In the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul (Timothee Chalamet), Leto’s son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.”

Expect some changes for the film version, for sure. It’s impossible to adapt an epic novel without making some, especially one as complicated as Dune (and its sequels). But Villeneuve knows his way around sci-fi, having directed the gorgeous Blade Runner sequel a few years ago, and Arrival before that. The franchise is in good hands.

Take a look – and dig that Pink Floyd cover:

Netflix’s Hill House Sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Has a Trailer

Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer
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A few years ago, just before Halloween, Netflix dropped The Haunting of Hill House, and it became a sensation.

Director Mike Flanagan helmed the series that adapted Shirley Jackson’s classic ghost story and expanded it to include a cast of kids and adults, showcasing how childhood trauma lingers and can continue to haunt a person well into adulthood. Pun intended. Now, Flanagan – and some of the original cast – are back for another supernatural Netflix series, and the first trailer just dropped.

It’s called The Haunting of Bly Manor, and here’s the synopsis:

“From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.”

Several previous cast members return in new roles, including Henry Thomas (who played the younger version of the father), Victoria Pedretti (Nell), and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke) in a brand new storyline that takes place in England and is inspired by spooky Henry James stories.

Here’s the poster for the series, which lands on October 9th.

Check out the trailer:

The Batman Trailer Makes The Dark Knight Even Darker

The Batman Trailer
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Just when DC seemed to be embracing the bright and goofy direction Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam seemed to be taking the DC’s movies, Joker blew up the box office and got nominated for Oscars. Then Snyder got his status back when HBO Max funded his vision, and suddenly there was a question: was DC course-correcting away from their colorful course-correction, and suddenly steering into the skid? (You can check out the ‘Snyder cut’ trailer here.)

The first footage of Matt Reeves’ The Batman seems to settle the issue. The trailer, which premiered tonight at DC FanDome, showcases Robert Pattinson in what may be the darkest, most disturbing big-screen version of the Bat yet.

Shortly after the studio confirmed that this Batman doesn’t take place in the same universe as Justice League’s Batman or other DCEU movies, the trailer debuted. If this is in any other movie’s universe, it’s Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Or else maybe it’s Seven’s John Doe. (Or maybe The Crow’s.)

Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne has dark hair and the Grim Reaper’s complexion, and his Batman pulls zero punches when pummeling bad guys. This version of the vigilante superhero seems just as likely to be one of the creepy villains, several of whom are teased, particularly Paul Dano’s Riddler – in very serial-killer fashion. (There is also a brief glimpse of Geoffrey Wright’s Gordon.)

According to Reeves, the movie will see a broken Batman exploring “his shadow-side” as he experiments with being a hero. We’ll also see Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrel) and Selina Kyle (Kravtiz) before they adopt their supervillain personas as The Penguin and Catwoman, and “a version of The Riddler that no-one’s ever seen before.”

Also, there’s Nirvana. (Like I said: The Crow.)

I can honestly say I was not expecting this tone at all.

What do you think?

Justice League Snyder Cut Trailer Premieres at DC FanDome

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A few months ago, HBO Max announced that it was actually going to fund the completion and then release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League. After a years-long campaign to “release the Snydercut,” fans are finally getting what they want.

And today, at the DC FanDome event, the cast reunited with their director to show a trailer of the movie, set to be released in early-to-mid 2021. It was also announced that the four-hour Zack Snyder’s Justice League would be released as a 4-part miniseries before being available as a full movie.

That’s a lot of stuff off the cutting room floor! Maybe it will be more of the same, or maybe it will stand on its own as something vastly different, and even superior to the Franksteined version that was completed and shepherded to theaters by Joss Whedon.

The footage is presented as majestically as possible, set to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It doesn’t look much different than what we saw, aside from a shot of Darkseid and some screen time from Cyborg, and coupled with Snyder’s re-use of the song he notoriously used for a sex scene in his divisive Watchmen adaptation, it seems like more of the same. Just extra-long and somehow even darker!

Check it out:

Netflix Has a New Jurassic World Animated Show and Unsurprisingly, Dinos Escape

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
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The Jurassic World movies, much like its predecessors, may not be the easiest entry point for kids into dinosaurs. But Netflix is producing a new animated show aimed for the younger demographic that’s premiering this fall. “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” drops in mid-September but we have a trailer now. That trailer is…pretty badass, actually.

So maybe not aimed for the littlest of kids, as even the trailer seems pretty intense. But if you have tweens, this could be right up their alley. According to the Netflix release, JW:CC will follow a group of “six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar.” And natch, because it’s Jurassic World, the dinosaurs that were very controlled became less so, and take over.

The formula may be a little standard but guess what, it’s worked for a whole bunch of movies so far, so there’s no reason it can’t work here. Let’s all forget the obvious shortcomings of the parents who would send their kids to an “adventure camp” that is not only full of dinosaurs, but that has also never been run before and only has a total of six attendees (so many red flags there you have to really hate your kids to ignore them).

Netflix is planning for 8 episodes of Camp Cretaceous and, supposedly, they are aimed at ages of all users. The show is set during the same time period as the Jurassic World movie and it marks the first TV series in the Jurassic franchise.

Bryce Dallas Howard Talks ‘DADS’ and the Many Facets of Modern-Day Fatherhood

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Jurassic World actor, Mandalorian director, and all-around delight of a human being, Bryce Dallas Howard, is going all out for Father’s Day this year with a love letter to dads everywhere in the form of a documentary. The feature-length film, appropriately titled, “DADS,” features several fathers from a variety of cultures and backgrounds in an attempt to answer one overarching question: What does modern-day fatherhood look like?

Howard takes a multifaceted approach in finding the answer – interviewing vibrant celebrity dads like Will Smith, Judd Apatow, and Conan O’Brien, but also following a diverse group of stay-at-home fathers who describe what it was like finding their new fatherly identities. Not afraid to get personal, Howard also interviews her own dad, Ron Howard, as well as her grandfather, Rance Howard, and younger brother, Reed Howard—the latter of whom is a brand-new father.

Clearly, this is a topic that’s right up our alley here at The Dad, so we were thrilled when Howard agreed to chat with us via Zoom about her 1-hour 20-minute documentary, which is now available globally on Apple TV+. Once again, she was willing to get personal as we discussed topics like the film’s impact on her perception of fatherhood, her relationship with her own dad, and whether or not Will Smith is actually cool. 


JORDAN: So what do you want audiences to walk away with from this film? What do you want them to have learned, to have garnered, to take away?

BRYCE: Well, I think on the simplest level, this movie is being released Father’s Day weekend—the weekend where we’re meant to celebrate and acknowledge the dads in our lives, and I would love it if this movie aided in that endeavor. So whatever that means to them—if it makes them appreciate their own father, if it makes them appreciate their partner, if it makes them feel inspired and empowered as parents themselves, or as individuals… I hope it’s positive.

Yeah. I can tell you right now that it definitely paints fatherhood in such a good light. I mean, whether it’s reflecting on your relationship with your own father, or on your relationship with your children, it really is something that you walk away feeling it’s a breath of fresh air. Dads are okay, they’re doing it as best as they can, and it’s something truly special.

They’re doing great. Thank you.

At The Dad, one of our foundational goals is to provide not only an entertaining space to share stories and to talk about fatherhood, but create this community to come together. Where people know it’s normal to be tired and scared and not really sure if you’re doing this right, because once you normalize that, then it’s like, “Oh God, I can finally breathe again. I’m not ruining my child.”

Yes. I remember after having my son… I mean, it’s ridiculous to think about this, but I was just like a handful of weeks into it, maybe a month, maybe six weeks. And I went somewhere and I was talking to a group of moms and I was so apologetic, and this mom took my hand and she’s like, “It’s a really long road. You can pace yourself. This is a long journey. You have so much time.”

You were giving yourself a report card a week into the semester. It’s like, calm down, you have plenty of tests and exams to pass, okay…

Yes, yes. And that was so comforting to me, but it took another parent giving me that perspective because how else are we supposed to have perspective?

Right. That’s a lot of what we do. We try to entertain and a lot of that is through comedy because you have to be able to laugh at yourself. You said it in an interview with CBS, you said, “Every day as a parent is a comedy.” Can you elaborate a little more on that?

I mean, it’s so absurd. Being a parent, it’s such a ridiculous thing.

Right, like, what adult is going to ask you what your third favorite jungle cat is? That’s just not going to happen. That’s not going to be a question you get at work.

[Laughing] Yeah, no, not at all. Not one tiny bit. And it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. It’s something that is like the highest stakes in the world and you have to take it so seriously, but then also it’s so funny because you’re taking it so seriously, and the whole thing is so absurd. I think that I was really influenced as a kid being around the set of Parenthood. I mean, that was me hearing the stories of my childhood. I was seven and seeing it come to life and it was through the perspective of the father and it was a comedy. And so, from the get-go, I wanted this [film] to be something with humor and heart.

Growing up, did your dad have any dad jokes or classic dad-isms that he would use as a crutch or a line that you heard all the time?

You know what? He wasn’t, believe it or not, he wasn’t that corny. My dad is so earnest. He’s not trying to crack jokes, he’s just super earnest and sweet. I mean, he’s funny, he’s got a great sense of humor. It was so funny [in the film] to hear Will Smith say that his kids think that he’s corny. You know?

Right, Will Smith is the coolest person I know of on planet Earth.

Yeah. Will Smith. He’s cool, he’s not corny. But I think it is this thing that kids see… They just see this other side of their parents. And I think because my dad has never, ever been someone who’s been cool, we just see him for who he is.

That’s every kid though. People are just like, “Oh, your dad’s cool.” And you’re like, “No, he’s not. You don’t know him like I know him.” Right?

Yeah. But it’s almost the opposite. It’s because he’s so not trying to be cool or anything like that. Like he’ll do something or say something and I’ll be like, “Pretty with it, dad. Oh, yeah, you can kick it with us. You’re good with the youngins.”

Did this whole filmmaking process inform you of anything when it comes to [your husband’s] role as a father? How do you approach that now?

Yeah, you know what I would say is that I’m probably even more protective of him now because I see how the ways in which fathers are simply not included in their children’s lives or in the endeavor of raising people. And it’s assumed that the dads are taking a back seat and that’s just not the case at all… like, at all. Not even close. And so, with Seth, if someone comes to me and doesn’t go to him, doesn’t include him, I’m offended, I’m offended for him.

I just don’t like rude assumptions about men who are remarkable. I mean, listen—he’s been on the front line of our family raising people. And so, since we started, folks have been like, “Wow,” pretty struck by Seth and what an involved parent he is. And so I’m not having to like protect him very often because everyone is like, “Oh yeah, you’re…”

He’s not a babysitter, he’s a father.

Yes, exactly! Exactly. Isn’t that so weird?

Awful, when you hear that, right?

Yeah, it’s so mean! It’s like, what do you say to the dad? Like, what?

What can you say about that evolving relationship [with your dad]? A lot of the film is looking at fathers with young children, but you’re an adult now. What does that relationship look like? Has that evolved? Does it become more of a friendship?

I would say what I have with my dad is definitely a friendship, but it’s kind of always been that way. He really treated me from a very young age, like an equal, not like from a disciplinary perspective, like, “Oh yeah, you can just do whatever you want,” but just an intellectual equal back when I was five. I think that it was because he himself was working at that age. And so he has memories of being a conscious person with responsibilities, making a living, all of that. And so it’s like he projected that onto us or saw that within us. He’s just always treated me with so much respect. And so being an adult is just a continuation of that. And I’m like a very demanding child. I call my parents, it’s too late. I call them, it’s too early. I call them multiple times a day. They’re like, “We’re busy.” They’re still very involved, both of them, so I appreciate it.

What the hell are you getting your dad for Father’s Day, besides this feature-length documentary about how great dads are?

I’m probably going to write him something. I’ll do a card, but not like a lame card, like a legit something he can keep, but…

Something he’ll probably cry over, right?

[smiling] Mayyybe.

Yeah. I mean, we’re not giant gift-givers in our family. We’re very, like, it’s the breakfast in bed thing. It’s that we get to see each other, that kind of thing.

A quality time family.

Quality time, yes.

Space Force Trailer Gives Us Steve Carell, Space, and the Beach Boys

Space Force Trailer
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Soon after the announcement of a Space Force U.S. military branch some of Hollywood’s funniest people turned it into a project of their own, and not only is it getting off the ground more quickly than the government version, it has The Office’s creator and star behind it, so it’s no laughing matter.

Just kidding. It’s very much a laughing matter! Greg Daniels is behind the new Netflix show Space Force, and Steve Carell stars, alongside John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and many others. A few weeks back we got our first glimpse of the show through a collection of official photos, and now Netflix has dropped the first trailer.

It looks out of this world!

Sorry.

It definitely looks funny, with Carell playing a 4-star general put in charge of “militarizing space,” dealing with his rebellious daughter, and singing the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” to decompress in his office.

Take a look:

Star Wars Fan Trailer Casts Keanu as a Famous Jedi and It Totally Works

Keanu as Revan
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We all know by now that Keanu Reeves can do no wrong. He’s a gem of a human being and an amazing talent on top of it all, but is he ready to take the reigns in a starring role that takes place in a galaxy far, far away?

Among rumors about another Star Wars trilogy in the works – this time, taking place in the “High Republic Era” – YouTuber and mashup editor Stryder HD put together a fan trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Supposedly taking place some four thousand years before the destruction of the first Death Star, Reeves would star as the Jedi turned Sith General, Revan, from the Knights of the Old Republic RPG.

Stryder compiled his trailer from a number of fan films, trailers, and other non-Star Wars footage to give the trailer its own feel and energy, specifically avoiding clips from actual Star Wars films since they would probably stick out like a sore thumb.

According to Star Wars Legends continuity, Revan garnered acclaim as a general during the Mandalorian Wars, so the shots from The Mandalorian are clearly a representation of that conflict. The clips of Reeves himself come from the 2013 fantasy action flick 47 Ronin, with superimposed lightsaber effects added to various katanas and a voiceover that now appears to reference the fight between Jedi and Sith factions rather than warring Japanese clans.

The KOTOR version of Revan was thought to have been relegated to Legends canon after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, but fans were overjoyed when his name was referenced in production of The Rise of Skywalker. According to the film’s accompanying Visual Dictionary, various legions of Palpatine’s Sith Troopers were named after ancient Sith Lords – one of which being “The 3rd: Revan Legion,” thereby re-canonizing the popular character, at least in name.

In light of the polarizing sequel trilogy, would you be eager to see a Revan film come to light? Would Keanu be a good fit for the role?