“Really Wish My Dad Was Around to See This,” The Rock Shares “Young Rock” Trailer

Young Rock Trailer
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His dad was on his mind when Dwayne Johnson finally unveiled the trailer to the “Young Rock” show, along with announcing the February 16th premiere date for the new show. The Rock took to social media to share the trailer just one day after the one-year anniversary of his dad’s passing, writing “I really wish my dad was around to see this one. Maaaaan he would’ve been proud.”

His dad (on the show) makes a cameo in the trailer, telling young Dwayne “When you dream big the sky’s the limit,” which prompts little Rock to ask for a vodka martini, before asking for their finest tequila (a nod to his current tequila empire).

 

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The Rock joked about kicking puberty’s ass at 15 and having the tequila tycoon mindset even as a preteen, and said he “can’t wait to make you and your families laugh a little and share the life lessons I’ve learned along the way.”

His dad, the former WWE star, was obviously on his mind. He took to Instagram and talked about the influence his dad had and how he still hears his dad’s advice.

 

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He raised a toast to his old man, saying “when a loved one dies, it reminds us how we should live.” And concluded “this toast is to all of you out there and your loved ones who are no longer with us. Let’s live with all we got, all our passion, love, ambition, humor, empathy, humanity, all of it. As the show must go on.”

We can all drink to that.

Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy are Back in Coming 2 America Trailer

Coming 2 America Trailer
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The Eddie Murphy renaissance continues!

After years in the wilderness, making children’s movies and generally not being funny, the megastar has been making a comeback over the past few years. His Netflix movie about Dolemite was super entertaining, his appearance on Saturday Night Live was one of the best episodes in years, he’s reportedly working on Beverly Hills Cop 4, and hopes are high for the upcoming sequel to Coming to America.

Revolving around an American son he didn’t know he had, Coming 2 America sees the whole gang reuniting, including Eddie and Arsenio as Prince Azeem and his best friend, James Earl Jones as the King, Shari Headley as the Prince’s wife, and some new friends, like Wesley Snipes and Lesley Jones. The Prince returns to the States in pursuit of his son, and along the way is sure to have all sorts of fish-out-of-water hi-jinks!

There’s even an appearance by the barbershop crew from the first movie, with Murphy and Hall reprising multiple roles, and a return engagement from Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate hit the screen!

Check out the trailer for the movie, which hits Amazon Prime on March 5, then pray to the movie gods for that rumored Beverly Hills Cop Bad Boys crossover.

Marvel Announces Fantastic Four Movie, Secret Invasion Show, and Trailers Galore

Marvel Announcement and Trailers
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And you thought the Warner Bros/HBO Max news was big!

Disney has one-upped all rivals with the news they released on yesterday’s investor day, during which they laid out their plans for the next few years to their stockholders, and those plans are enormous. 10 new Star Wars shows, a whole bunch of animated content, and not only a bunch of Marvel news concerning new shows, but also some trailers for the first round!

And did I mention a new Fantastic Four movie?

That’s right, Reed Richards, Sue Richards, Johnny Storm, and the Thing are finally entering the MCU, and are sure to play a major role in whatever sprawling storyline the next 10 years of movies end up covering in Marvel’s attempt to match – and exceed – the Infinity Stone saga. The Fantastic Four will be directed by the Spider-man trilogy’s Jon Watts, who will try to finally get the foursome right after several botched attempts.

The Ant-Man sequel for a title, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and a villain, Kang the Conqueror, to be played by Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country). Guardians 3 was also officially announced, to be directed, again, by James Gunn, once he’s done with DC’s Suicide Squad, and arrive in 2023. He’ll also direct the Guardians Holiday special, set to premiere next winter.

Speaking of TV shows, we already knew about a bunch of them. The Star Wars news was basically all brand new, with a few exceptions (the Andor show, the Kenobi show), but we’ve been talking about Marvel’s shows for a while. We got confirmation that Hawkeye is filming with Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld (as Kate Bishop) and Pizza Dog, and that Tatiana Maslany is playing She-Hulk, and that Mark Ruffalo will appear, as well as Tim Roth, reprising his role as The Abomination from the Ed Norton movie that is officially in the MCU but no one cares about. And we learned that the Ms. Marvel show will not only premiere in late 2021 but that the character will show up in Captain Marvel 2. A Moon Knight show was also confirmed but no mention of Oscar Isaac

They also announced several new shows, including Secret Invasion, based on the legendary comic crossover event, and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, Armor Wars, which brings Don Cheadle to Disney+ as War Machine, dealing with the fallout of Stark’s tech landing in enemy hands, Ironheart, an Iron Man spinoff focusing on a female inventor.

Last but not least, we finally got some footage from the first round of shows hitting Disney+ in 2021.

Disney released a new trailer for WandaVision, which continues to look weird AF, a trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier which makes clear that this will be a buddy action-comedy, a time-twisting look at Loki, with Owen Wilson, that has a totally different vibe from these other shows, and a look at What If…’s animated alternate realities.

Check them out below!

WandaVision:

What If…:

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:

Loki:

A Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie Is Coming in 2021 and People Are Divided

Clifford Live Action Movie First Look
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For better or for worse, we’re all aboard a nostalgia train that shows no sign of slowing down. Movies and TV shows from our childhoods are being revived left and right – some beautifully, some, well, less so. The most recent victim, uh – subject of the nostalgia storm is none other than the alarmingly large, fire-engine-red dog that everyone was somehow just OK with, Clifford.

Though a pre-first-look was leaked about a year ago, it wasn’t until recently that Paramount willingly gave us a sample of what’s to come. The movie will be mostly live-action, aside from the title role which will be played by a giant dog-shaped blob of CGI. The movie is set to follow the same premise as the classic books, in that a little girl ends up with an enormous dog (again, that nobody really acknowledges with any sense of urgency).

Stars of the film include Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Kenan Thompson, Paul Rodriguez, Rosie Perez, John Cleese, and David Alan Grier. The all-star cast will bring Norman Bridwell’s iconic children’s books to life, and though filming was delayed, the movie is set to premiere on November 5, 2021.

The movie’s Twitter page gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come. The caption read, “It’s here: your very first look at Clifford The Big Red Dog! #CliffordMovie hits theaters next year, but today we’re celebrating the pets who inspire us to #LoveBig.”

The teaser then invited Twitter users to celebrate by sharing pictures of their pets, which a few people actually did. Mostly though, as Twitter so readily invites, people provided their unsolicited feedback. Some thoroughly clowned on Paramount’s newly-announced project, while others defended their depiction of our favorite big red dog.

One user compared the Clifford teaser to the Sonic fiasco, during which Paramount went back and fixed their animation after the public response was less than ideal.

Another user compared the sneak peek to the books themselves, and noted that the movie-version of Clifford didn’t compare to the colossal cutie in the books.

If you remember from the books, Clifford wasn’t always so massive. He was actually the runt of the litter, until something strange happened under the care of his new best friend, Emily Elizabeth. So who knows, maybe CGI Clifford wasn’t fully animated yet.

And then there’s Twitter user Carson, who we could all stand to be more like. Carson approached the teaser with the enthusiasm we all likely would’ve had upon seeing this trailer a couple decades ago.

Though we’ll have to wait almost a year to see the full movie, there will undoubtedly be many more previews (and perhaps some changes?) to come. Regardless of the first slew of feedback, a round of appaws to Paramount for a solid attempt.

“History of Swear Words” With Nic Cage Will Make the Start of 2021 F*cking Epic

Nic Cage History of Swearing
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When it comes to swearing, there is one undisputed champion: Samuel L. Jackson. This is undeniable. Even if the bean counters discovered he doesn’t have the quantity, he has the quality.

But when it comes to being ridiculous, Nic Cage holds the belt. So the fact that Cage is the one hosting the new Netflix series “The History of Swear Words” is forgivable.

Especially once you see the trailer.

Netflix describes the 6-part series thusly:

“Soon you’ll learn the history of something so potent, so crucial, so vital to our culture. The f*cking sh*t we live for. History of Swear Words with Nicolas Cage is coming to Netflix January 5, motherf*ckers.”

But the trailer doesn’t contain a single curse word. At least not a spoken one. What it does contain is a minute-plus of one of Hollywood’s most insane, deranged, and over-the-top actors being ridiculous. About the only thing missing is John Travolta hamming it up next to him, or Cage screaming about bees.

Check it out, and check out The History of Swear Words, which lands on Netflix on January 5. 2021 is looking better already!

There’s a Dark ‘The Hardy Boys’ Series Coming and Here’s the Trailer

Hardy Boys Trailer
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When I was a kid, I read a whole bunch of Hardy Boys books. They were easy-to-read adventures and mysteries that served as a nice bridge between the Bunnicula and Judy Blume books I read in elementary school and the Anne Rice and Stephen King books I read in high school.

They were fun and simple and I was a kid with brothers too. I also loved to pretend I was a detective and that something sinister was always afoot in my boring Connecticut suburb. It was kind of a more realistic Scooby-Doo, and I suspect a lot of guys my age read them, just as girls my age read Nancy Drew.

Well, now our kids can find out about the Hardy Boys, in a much darker and sexier way! Hulu is hopping on the teen soap strain, picking up the baton from the CW’s Riverdale and bringing the sibling detectives to the small screen.

Based on books created in 1926, the TV series follows Hardy brothers Frank, 16, and Joe, 12, as they move from NYC to Bridgeport, CT (I was right!) and quickly become suspicious that there’s a conspiracy in town – and that their parents may be involved.

Check out the trailer for the show, which hits Hulu on December 2nd:

Netflix Creates Bizarre Christmas-Themed Witcher Promo

Netflix The Witcher Christmas Promo
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I’m not entirely sure that I would associate swordplay and dragons and monsters and Henry Cavill with Christmas, but I don’t work at Netflix.

Cavill stars as The Witcher in Netflix’s popular adaption of the videogame, and about the only thing he has in common with Santa Claus is the white hair. And maybe the enormous arms, I’ve never seen St. Nick with his shirt off. But that didn’t stop the streaming service’s social media people, who cobbled together a bunch of Witcher scenes and made a little holiday video out of it.

So far, Netflix has only aired one season of the show, and a making-of documentary and season 2’s production has been delayed by COVID, like everything else. So they don’t have a lot of new footage to work with, but they did their best, layering a Christmas song over clips from the show in a strange effort to connect it to the holiday season. They’ve even added Christmas lights and presents and more, for some reason!

Not sure how seeing a bunch of people get stabbed in the throat is the reason for the season, but gotta respect the effort!

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Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley Team up For Mind-Bending “Chaos Walking” Flick

Chaos Walking Trailer
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Just because movie theaters aren’t open doesn’t mean Hollywood isn’t continuing to make movies, especially not with all this intellectual property lying around, and all these young stars waiting for the next project.

The new Star Wars trilogy may have ended and the next Spider-Man movie may be delayed, but Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland aren’t having any trouble finding work. They’ve been paired up for Chaos Walking, a sci-fi action flick based on a best-selling novel.

The official synopsis says: In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Directed by Doug Liman, who knows his way around young stars (Go), action movies (The Bourne Identity), and sci-fi (Edge of Tomorrow), directs Spidey and Rey Skywalker as the mingle and ultimately square off against Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen). The trailer looks heavy on the world-building and potentially annoying as hell, thanks to “the Noise,” aka, the men’s inner thoughts, which are being presented as buzzy projections that seem designed to provoke headaches.

The first trailer just landed, take a look:

According to New Trailer, Lavagirl and Sharkboy are Parents Now, Sorry

We Can Be Heroes Trailer
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Want to feel old? The kids in the Lavagirl and Sharkboy movies are parents now. (Of course, if you’re actually old, you’ve never seen any of those movies and barely know what those words even mean.)

Those kids are the main characters in a franchise that started back in 2005 with Robert Rodriguez’s The Adventure of Lavagirl and Sharkboy 3-D hit theaters, and starred future Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy. Lautner has not returned for the latest installment, called We Can be Heroes, and coming to Netflix on New Year’s Day, but it may be just as well since neither character plays a big role.

Instead, their daughter does, as director Rodriguez announced over the summer. “Sharkboy and Lava Girl show up as superhero parents who now have a daughter who has shark and lava powers,” Rodriguez said in July. The movie introduces “a new generation” of superheroes with cheesy powers.

The synopsis of the film, which features Mando himself, Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, Priyanka Chorpa, and more, describes the plot:

When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno (Yaya Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal). Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). If they’re going to save their parents, they’ll have to work together by using their individual powers — from elasticity to time control to predicting the future — and form an out-of-this-world team.

Check out the trailer:

Be Thankful for the Fresh Prince Reunion Trailer

Fresh Prince Reunion Trailer
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We may not be getting a lot of the big movies we thought we were going to get in 2020, but we have been getting plenty of TV. We’re also getting plenty of reboots and reunions.

Friends has a reunion coming at some point, The West Wing did a special live reading episode on HBO Max, and now the Fresh Prince cast is back together for their own special on HBO’s streaming service, and we finally have a trailer.

The project was announced months ago, shortly after Smith hosted a virtual reunion, and began filming on the 30th anniversary of the show’s original premiere on NBC. It includes the entire cast, even, as teased on Instagram, a reconciliation with the woman who played the first Aunt Viv.

What else is in store? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Here’s the official synopsis for the reunion:

30 years later, we’re bringing the Banks family back together! Join Will and Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff, for a funny and heartfelt night full of music and dancing in honor of the show that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. Streaming November 19 on @HBO Max.

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s the trailer:

Mando Gets a Jetpack in New Season 2 Footage

Mandalorian Special Look
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If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait until the end of October. Not only does the month culminate in Halloween – which will be (safely) celebrated one way or another, COVID be damned!, it also brings the premiere of season two of The Mandalorian.

The new season hits Disney+ on October 30th, and over the past few months, we’ve got a trailer and a bunch of hits about what the second season will entail. We know Mando is attempting to take The Child, aka Baby Yoda, to find his people, and that the bounty hunter is avoiding the wrath of Moff Gideon and his darksaber as he does so.

He will have the help of his two friends, Greef (Carl Weathers) and Cara (Gina Carano), who are wary of encountering “a race of enemy sorcerers,” and may or may not run into Ahsoka Tano, who may or may not be played by Rosario Dawson.

According to the new footage Disney+ just released, Mando will also be seeking assistance from his fellow Mandalorians (“If I can locate other Mandalorians, they can guide me,” he says), and the jetpack he coveted last season.

Check out the new footage, and get ready. Only ten days away!

New ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Trailer Leaves Us at the Edge of Our Seats

Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer
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In October of 2018, Netflix released its chilling original series, The Haunting of Hill House. The series exploded in popularity, becoming one of Netflix’s most beloved series. The story followed five adult siblings with pasts that continued to haunt them. The show brilliantly alternated between the lives of the adults and the horrible things they endured growing up at Hill House, beautifully demonstrating how their traumatic childhoods followed them like ghosts as they tried desperately to escape their pasts.

The 10-episode series was so enthralling, social media blew up with discussions and praise for the show within roughly the amount of time it would take a person to watch all 10 episodes consecutively. Fans asked, and now Netflix is delivering – season two of the show, The Haunting of Bly Manor, will premiere on October 9.

The show is set in 1980s England and is based on the 1898 horror novella by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. Henry James steered away from typical horror tropes, choosing instead to give everyday situations and seemingly normal people sinister twists. Mike Flanagan, creator of The Haunting of Hill House returned for The Haunting of Bly Manor, meaning we can likely expect a similar level of elegant terror in season two.

The synopsis explains, “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.”

The show’s second trailer is somehow more beautiful and unsettling than the first, with the stunning cinematography and the spine-chilling music that help make this series far more evocative than your typical horror flick. Watch the full trailer below, and look out for The Haunting of Bly Manor on October 9.

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.

Check it out: