Skip to main content

New trailers: Martin Scorsese’s passion project, a young Barack Obama, and more

New trailers: Martin Scorsese’s passion project, a young Barack Obama, and more


All the shows and movies you should be looking out for

Share this story

Barry movie production still
Linda Kallerus / Netflix

Hey everyone, I just got back from seeing The Edge of Seventeen, which was every bit as sharp, smart, and funny as its trailer let on.

So many high school movies seem to exist in a weird fantasy world where, even amid the drama, its characters are having a good time — but The Edge of Seventeen doesn’t. It’s main character gets to be quick and funny, but it also makes her truly isolated and lost in a way that so few teen films actually make their stars. It conveys an uncomfortable and frustrating experience that I suspect a lot of people will identify with.

That’s my recommendation for what to see this weekend, but we also have this handy guide if you’re looking for something else to see with your family in between shopping.

Check out nine trailers from this week below.


It's not really a question whether Fences is going to be any good: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are already award winners for playing these roles on Broadway, and it looks like they haven't missed a beat bringing that work to the screen. The film is out Christmas Day.

Cars 3

Cars has always been an outlier among Pixar's roster of hits, focusing a little too much on goofy adventure and fun and never quite tapping that tear-jerking emotional vein the studio's other films manage to hit. So it's surprising to see the first trailer for Cars 3 be… this. It's unexpected and surprisingly scary. It may actually be interesting to see what comes next. The film comes out June 16th.


Silence is like Taken in reverse, with Liam Neeson gone missing and others trying to track him down. Seriously though, Silence looks like a fascinating film — it's the latest from Martin Scorsese, and it's apparently one he'd been trying to make for decades. It's out on Christmas Day.


Netflix's next movie turns Barack Obama's time at Columbia into a coming-of-age drama that shows him developing the perspectives and talents that would later propel him to the presidency. Barry has gotten good reviews out of festivals so far, and given how much a lot of us are going to be missing Obama soon, it's easy to see why Netflix wanted to pick this one up. It's out on December 16th.

When We Rise

When We Rise is an eight-episode miniseries from Dustin Lance Black, the writer behind Milk, telling the history of the gay rights movement through the stories of a diverse cast of characters in the LGBTQ community. This trailer's worth paying attention to for the powerful subject and the fantastic cast behind it (it’s also the latest project giving a nod to Leonard Cohen this month). It starts in February.


Girls is ending next year and I already don't know what to do with myself. The series starts up again February 12th.


Attraction comes from Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk, who Deadline reports set a box-office record in his home country with his 2013 film Stalingrad. Bondarchuk's latest is an alien invasion film with a lot of shiny CG effects, but also with some pretty interesting aliens who are a bit unlike what you're used to seeing — it was enough to grab my attention. It'll be out in Russia on January 26th.

Emerald City

NBC has a new spin on The Wizard of Oz that's basically completely insane. It's like if you took the weirdo Return to Oz and mashed it up with Game of Thrones, and also Tarsem Singh is directing it for some reason. I can't underscore how weird this is, except maybe to say that at some point in this trailer, someone in Oz definitely has an Apple earbud dangling from their ear, and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there or not. The series starts January 6th.


Based on this trailer, Passengers seems to be what would happen if you mashed up every great space sci-fi film ever, slammed a Michael Bay filter on it, and cast the two most bankable beautiful actors in starring roles. I'm very intrigued, but I'm also very skeptical. It'll be out December 21st.

Today’s Storystream

Feed refreshed An hour ago The tablet didn’t call that play by itself

The Verge
Mary Beth GriggsAn hour ago
We’re about an hour away from a space crash.

At 7:14PM ET, a NASA spacecraft is going to smash into an asteroid! Coverage of the collision — called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — is now live.

Emma RothTwo hours ago
There’s a surprise in the sky tonight.

Jupiter will be about 367 million miles away from Earth this evening. While that may seem like a long way, it’s the closest it’s been to our home planet since 1963.

During this time, Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye (but binoculars can help). You can check where and when you can get a glimpse of the gas giant from this website.

Asian America learns how to hit back

The desperate, confused, righteous campaign to stop Asian hate

Esther Wang12:00 PM UTC
Emma Roth7:16 PM UTC
Missing classic Mario?

One fan, who goes by the name Metroid Mike 64 on Twitter, just built a full-on 2D Mario game inside Super Mario Maker 2 complete with 40 levels and eight worlds.

Looking at the gameplay shared on Twitter is enough to make me want to break out my SNES, or at least buy Super Mario Maker 2 so I can play this epic retro revamp.

External Link
Russell Brandom7:13 PM UTC
The US might still force TikTok into a data security deal with Oracle.

The New York Times says the White House is still working on TikTok’s Trump-era data security deal, which has been in a weird limbo for nearly two years now. The terms are basically the same: Oracle plays babysitter but the app doesn’t get banned. Maybe it will happen now, though?

Richard Lawler6:54 PM UTC
Don’t miss this dive into Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio flick.

Andrew Webster and Charles Pulliam-Moore covered Netflix’s Tudum reveals (yes, it’s going to keep using that brand name) over the weekend as the streamer showed off things that haven’t been canceled yet.

Beyond The Way of the Househusband season two news and timing information about two The Witcher projects, you should make time for this incredible behind-the-scenes video showing the process of making Pinocchio.

External Link
Russell Brandom4:29 PM UTC
Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship.

The NSA whistleblower has been living in Russia for the 9 years — first as a refugee, then on a series of temporary residency permits. He applied for Russian citizenship in November 2020, but has said he won’t renounce his status as a U.S. citizen.

External Link
Emma Roth4:13 PM UTC
Netflix’s gaming bet gets even bigger.

Even though fewer than one percent of Netflix subscribers have tried its mobile games, Netflix just opened up another studio in Finland after acquiring the Helsinki-based Next Games earlier this year.

The former vice president of Zynga Games, Marko Lastikka, will serve as the studio director. His track record includes working on SimCity BuildIt for EA and FarmVille 3.

External Link
Andrew J. Hawkins3:37 PM UTC
Vietnam’s EV aspirant is giving big Potemkin village vibes

Idle equipment, absent workers, deserted villages, an empty swimming pool. VinFast is Vietnam’s answer to Tesla, with the goal of making 1 million EVs in the next 5-6 years to sell to customers US, Canada and Europe. With these lofty goals, the company invited a bunch of social media influencers, as well as some auto journalists, on a “a four-day, multicity extravaganza” that seemed more weird than convincing, according to Bloomberg.

James Vincent3:17 PM UTC
Today, 39 years ago, the world didn’t end.

And it’s thanks to one man: Stanislav Petrov, a USSR military officer who, on September 26th, 1983, took the decision not to launch a retaliatory nuclear attack against the US. Petrov correctly guessed that satellite readings showing inbound nukes were faulty, and so likely saved the world from nuclear war. As journalist Tom Chivers put it on Twitter, “Happy Stanislav Petrov Day to those who celebrate!” Read more about Petrov’s life here.

Soviet Colonel who prevented 1983 nuclear response
Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images
The Verge
James Vincent3:03 PM UTC
Deepfakes were made for Disney.

You might have seen the news this weekend that the voice of James Earl Jones is being cloned using AI so his performance as Darth Vader in Star Wars can live on forever.

Reading the story, it struck me how perfect deepfakes are for Disney — a company that profits from original characters, fans' nostalgia, and an uncanny ability to twist copyright law to its liking. And now, with deepfakes, Disney’s most iconic performances will live on forever, ensuring the magic never dies.

External Link
Elizabeth Lopatto2:41 PM UTC
Hurricane Fiona ratcheted up tensions about crypto bros in Puerto Rico.

“An official emergency has been declared, which means in the tax program, your physical presence time is suspended,” a crypto investor posted on TikTok. “So I am headed out of the island.” Perhaps predictably, locals are furious.

The Verge
Richard Lawler2:09 PM UTC
Teen hacking suspect linked to GTA 6 leak and Uber security breach charged in London.

City of London police tweeted Saturday that the teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking has been charged with “two counts of breach of bail conditions and two counts of computer misuse.”

They haven’t confirmed any connection with the GTA 6 leak or Uber hack, but the details line up with those incidents, as well as a suspect arrested this spring for the Lapsus$ breaches.