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Super Bowl 2018: the best commercials, trailers, and performances from the big game

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The 2018 Super Bowl is upon us, and people aren’t tuning in just for the big game — they’ll also be watching for a host of new movie trailers, huge commercials, and this year’s half-time show, featuring Justin Timberlake.

Follow along for all the updates, commercials, trailers, and more.

  • Natt Garun

    Feb 7, 2018

    Natt Garun

    Hulu offers free month of live TV to users whose Super Bowl stream cut out

    Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

    Hulu is offering one free month of its live TV service as an apology to the customers whose streams were disrupted during the final moments of Super Bowl LII last Sunday. In an email sent to eligible customers, the company says it will automatically credit one month of subscription to users’ accounts as it continues to investigate what caused the issue.

    Impacted users on Sunday flocked to Twitter to notify Hulu’s support account, citing a variety of error messages from “rights restrictions” to “no content available.” Hulu says only a “small percentage” of users were affected, though it did not specify exactly how many and which markets. “We know this is an unacceptable experience for those viewers, and we sincerely apologize for the interruption,” the company said in a statement.

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  • Kaitlyn Tiffany

    Feb 5, 2018

    Kaitlyn Tiffany

    Watch the first trailer for Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson’s skyscraper movie

    The first teaser trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s China-set disaster movie Skyscraper aired during the Super Bowl tonight.

    Update: The full trailer debuted during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after the game.

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  • Chris Welch

    Feb 5, 2018

    Chris Welch

    Hulu’s Super Bowl stream fails during final moments of game

    Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

    Hulu’s live TV subscription service cut off the end of tonight’s Super Bowl in some markets during the climactic final moments of the Eagles/Patriots game. Tom Brady was making a last-ditch push down the field in hopes of tying the 41-33 contest when Hulu customers lost all video and audio from NBC and U.S. Bank Stadium. Not everyone experienced the abrupt cutoff, which occurred at approximately 10:00PM ET.

    But those who did received an error screen before the game’s conclusion. Error messages ranged from “no content available” to one that said the game couldn’t be shown due to rights restrictions.

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  • Kaitlyn Tiffany

    Feb 5, 2018

    Kaitlyn Tiffany

    The latest Avengers: Infinity War teaser packs a lot of heroes into 30 seconds

    The latest teaser for Avengers: Infinity War debuted during the Super Bowl tonight, and features all your favorite heroes from the various Marvel properties that have been piling and interlocking for the last 10 years.

    Black Panther is there, as is the original set of Avengers, as is the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. This should be fun and very confusing! They’re all teaming up to face down Thanos, the evil space god last seen in a post-credits scene from 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was fully introduced as a primary villain in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but his status as the big bad guy of the extended universe was hinted at in a post-credits scene for The Avengers in 2012. The showdown will extend into an untitled sequel due out in May 2019.

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  • Shannon Liao

    Feb 5, 2018

    Shannon Liao

    NBC's brief blackout during the Super Bowl was due to an “equipment failure”

    Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    The Super Bowl briefly went dark tonight after what NBC has attributed to a "brief equipment failure" during a commercial break in the first half. Instead of any ads, viewers just saw a black screen.

    NBC claims that no commercial time nor game time was missed. If it had lost ad time, the seconds could have cost millions of ad dollars, considering a 30-second spot has been quoted to cost $5 million.

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  • Bryan Bishop

    Feb 5, 2018

    Bryan Bishop

    Westworld’s second season gets its first trailer

    HBO’s Westworld wrapped up its first season with plenty of twists, surprises, and unanswered questions, and now the show’s upcoming second season has just received its first formal trailer. The spot, which aired during the Super Bowl LII broadcast, features Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard Lowe, Thandie Newton’s Maeve Millay, and Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores Abernathy — along with a peek at a frightening new host.

    The spot begins almost like a commercial with the Westworld resort itself, with Dolores commenting in voice-over that “We built this world together... this world where dreams come true.” But things soon turn dark as the spot looks inside the inner workings of the Delos offices, as men with guns take out a herd of synthetic creatures before being trampled themselves. It soon becomes that the hosts are not happy with the things they discovered in the first season of the show. “We can burn it to the ground,” Dolores continues. “From the ashes, build a new world. Our world.”

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  • Bryan Bishop

    Feb 5, 2018

    Bryan Bishop

    J.J. Abrams’ The Cloverfield Paradox is now available on Netflix

    Two years ago producer J.J. Abrams surprised audiences when 10 Cloverfield Lane appeared seemingly out of nowhere. During Super Bowl LII today, the franchise upped the ante with a shocking revelation: the new entry in the series is called The Cloverfield Paradox, and would be coming to Netflix immediately after the game.

    Directed by Julius Onah, the film was originally produced under the title God Particle, and focuses on a group of astronauts that deal with some strange and mysterious happenings in space. There had been long-running speculation that the movie would be part of the Cloverfield universe, but in true mystery box fashion the exact details of how it would fit into the mythology have remained under wraps. The movie was previously scheduled for theatrical release this year, but last month reports surfaced that Paramount was actually talking with Netflix about taking the film instead.

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  • Feb 5, 2018

    Andrew Liptak

    The first trailer for Mission Impossible: Fallout shows high-flying Tom Cruise action

    Paramount Pictures has released its first full trailer for Mission Impossible: Fallout, teasing more death-defying stunts from Tom Cruise.

    Directed by Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie, Fallout is the sixth installment of the franchise. The trailer opens with what looks like the aftermath of a mission gone bad on the part of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, and some plutonium has gone missing. Henry Cavill’s character August Walker points out that Hunt has been betrayed and disavowed by his own government numerous times, and asks when someone would just give up. The trailer then launches into motorcycle chases, fist fights, shootouts, and a particularly hair-raising helicopter chase.

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  • Feb 4, 2018

    Andrew Liptak

    Watch the first teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story

    After weeks of waiting, Disney has finally released the first official look at the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story , in the form of a brief teaser during this evening’s Super Bowl.

    The teaser opens with an Imperial recruiting officer asking a recruit what branch he’s interested in joining, to which he’s told, “I’m going to be a pilot, the best in the galaxy.” Along the way, we get some glimpses of a new-looking Millennium Falcon, Woody Harrelson (playing a new character named Beckett), Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and a brief glimpse of the film’s titular character, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Interspersed throughout are some all-too-quick action scenes involving fighters, speeders, and some massive vehicles that look like Star Wars-ified trains.

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  • Bryan Bishop

    Feb 4, 2018

    Bryan Bishop

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s new trailer looks downright terrifying

    Three years ago, Jurassic World rebooted the Steven Spielberg dinosaur franchise, and the inevitable sequel has just received its latest trailer. The clip from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom builds on the first trailer that was released last year, and sets up the basic premise: the island that the Jurassic World theme park was built on is under threat, and both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters are brought in to help save the dinosaurs from extinction... again.

    The first Jurassic World, which was directed by Colin Trevorrow, ended up grossing more than $1.67 billion worldwide, and marked a dramatic return to form for a film series that had remained dormant for 14 years. The new film is written by the same writing duo of Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, but stepping into the director’s chair this time is J.A. Bayona, the stylish filmmaker behind movies like The Orphanage and A Monster Calls. While Jurassic World tried to stick close to the classic formula that Steven Spielberg established for the series, the promise of Bayona joining the franchise was that he could bring a much darker atmosphere — and judging from the nightmarish imagery in the trailer, he appears to have done just that.

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  • Chaim Gartenberg

    Feb 4, 2018

    Chaim Gartenberg

    Super Bowl 2018: How to watch the big game online

    Super Bowl LII is here, and it’s almost time to join millions of Americans in watching the Philadelphia Eagles challenge the reigning champions, the New England Patriots, for football supremacy. Also to eat chips, watch some beer commercials, and see if Justin Timberlake can make it through a halftime show without causing any major cultural incidents.

    Now, as has been the case for years, the rights to broadcast the Super Bowl rotates between the three major networks that air NFL games: NBC, FOX, and CBS. This year, it’s NBC’s turn to run the show — but given the crazy connected world we live in, with apps, streaming services, over-the-top TV networks, and cable logins, figuring out the best way to watch the game can be a complicated affair. Here’s everything you need to know.

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  • Kaitlyn Tiffany

    Feb 2, 2018

    Kaitlyn Tiffany

    The Verge Playlist: Super Bowl party

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    Photo by Eileen Blass, for The Washington Post via Getty Images

    Something we don’t talk about enough is American football.

    Just kidding! Something we don’t talk about enough is that period of time between September 2016 and December 2017 when Dutch police were training eagles to hunt drones. They had to stop doing it because the eagles didn’t really always feel like hunting drones, and they definitely didn’t feel like following orders from cops. It never really seemed like a great idea, and falconer Robert Muster told the NL Times at the outset: ”If an eagle can not catch his prey, he may become so frustrated that he picks up something else. Eagle talons are so strong that it can easily pierce a child’s head.”

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  • Chaim Gartenberg

    Feb 2, 2018

    Chaim Gartenberg

    Amazon has a clever trick to make sure your Echo doesn’t activate during its Alexa Super Bowl ad

    Amazon’s Super Bowl ad will air this Sunday in millions of homes across the country. But no matter how many times Jeff Bezos bewilderedly mutters “Alexa’s lost her voice?,” no Alexa devices should turn on during the commercial, according to Bloomberg.

    That’s because Amazon has taken steps to ensure that it doesn’t accidentally trigger existing Alexa devices when it’s advertising new ones, with the company commenting to Bloomberg that “We do alter our Alexa advertisements ... to minimize Echo devices falsely responding in customer’s homes.”

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  • Feb 2, 2018

    Dani Deahl

    How the Super Bowl halftime show gets set up in just six minutes

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    VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

    Patrick Baltzell has been the sound engineer for most of America’s most-watched events in the past few decades. He’s sitting alone in the convention halls of NAMM, a trade show for the music making industry. Though I instantly recognize his signature thin frame and curls of white hair, no one looks as Baltzell stands to greet me with unbridled enthusiasm. It’s likely everyone in this room has no idea who he is. But Baltzell was not only in charge of the audio for the past 19 Super Bowls (excluding this year’s) — he also currently designs and mixes sound for the Grammys, Oscars, and presidential inaugurations.

    One hundred-eighty countries will be watching this Sunday’s Super Bowl 52 between the Eagles and the Patriots. And, while everyone will be cheering on the players, the halftime performer, and the person who sings the national anthem, we often forget there is someone, unseen, who has spent months making sure you can hear every word and note. Baltzell talks with The Verge to give an insider’s look at how to make sure everything is heard without a hitch during one of the country’s most-anticipated broadcasts.

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  • Thomas Ricker

    Feb 1, 2018

    Thomas Ricker

    Alexa has very strong opinions about the Super Bowl

    Dan Seifert / The Verge

    Ask Siri who’ll win Super Bowl LII and it’ll tell you that the New England Patriots are favored by exactly 4.5 points over the Philadelphia Eagles. Ask Cortana and Google Assistant and they’ll hedge like a weathered politician, refusing to take sides and responding instead with the game’s start time (Cortana) or the importance of being a good sport (Google). Ask Alexa, however, and you’re in for a real treat.

    Here, take a look at what Buzzfeed’s Alex Kantrowitz discovered:

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