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New trailers: House of Cards, Halloween, and more

New trailers: House of Cards, Halloween, and more

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I’m in the middle of reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time after being a huge fan of the 2005 film adaptation for at least a couple years. It’s been fascinating to see the differences between the book and the movie (what they cut, the lines they shifted around, how they adapted a multipage explanatory letter into a dramatic scene). But the thing that’s stood out to me the most is just how inseparable the actors’ performances have become from the lines I’m reading on the page.

In a lot of ways, I suspect it’s like reading Shakespeare after seeing it performed — particularly because the lines aren’t entirely in modern English, and especially because Jane Austen’s dialogue is laced with so much understated sarcasm and quiet judgment. So having the performances and voices in my mind, even in dialogue that’s unique to the book, has brought the whole thing alive in a way that I don’t think I would have experienced otherwise.

I’m still not finished. But everything is very dramatic now, and I’m excited to keep finding the small differences in how it all plays out.

Check out 11 trailers from this week below.

House of Cards

Netflix is more than happy to make it known that it ditched Kevin Spacey. This very brief teaser for the final season of House of Cards has Claire Underwood standing in front of Frank’s grave and insulting him, but it may as well be Spacey she’s talking to. The final season premieres on November 2nd.

Halloween

There have been many, many forgettable Halloween sequels and reboots, but Universal and Jamie Lee Curtis are giving it another go, and this one actually looks like it could be worth bringing everyone back. It doesn’t just look creepy; it looks big and fun at the same time. The story pits Curtis and Michael Myers against one another as two people singularly focused on revenge.

The Dragon Prince

Netflix put out a full trailer for The Dragon Prince, a new animated series about a group of teens in a fantasy world who are trying to heal a cultural divide and stop an oncoming war. Two of the show’s creators have backgrounds working on Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I think is easily among the best TV shows (or just trilogies, in general) ever made. And some very good news: my colleague Patricia Hernandez says there’s plenty of Airbender influence to be found, including its habit of creating truly complex characters that are never just one thing, even a villain. The show’s first season comes out on September 14th.

Quincy

Netflix made a documentary that looks at the life and career of music legend Quincy Jones and the many artists whose work he influenced and elevated. Making the documentary even more interesting is the fact that it’s directed by Jones’ daughter, actor and filmmaker Rashida Jones. On one hand, that means it’ll be far from objective. But it also allows for a kind of intimate access that few other documentarians can match. It comes out on September 21st.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

I’ve never actually watched American Horror Story, but it’s always fun checking out the show’s trailers to see where it’s going each season. This one seems to be taking things in a lot of different directions, but, as always, the visuals look incredible and all the characters look big and ridiculous in very fun ways. It starts up again on September 12th.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

I keep posting trailers for Nutcracker, and every time I write that, I am immensely suspicious of how it’ll turn out. But you know what, I don’t care anymore. This looks cool, and I love it. It comes out on November 2nd.

The Favourite

Speaking of movies with royalty and fancy dresses, here’s the trailer for a film that looks very weird in a very different way. The Favourite comes from Yorgos Lanthimos, who made The Lobster, and it looks like a very tense tale of betrayal and revenge. It comes out on November 23rd.

An Eternity’s Gate

The director behind The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, who is a painter himself, has turned his focus to Vincent Van Gogh for a biopic of the painter’s struggle to have his work accepted. There’s a great cast, and at the very least, it looks like it’ll be fun to see the film’s visuals echo Van Gogh’s famous works. It comes out on November 16th.

Anna and the Apocalypse

It was really only a matter of time: here we have a zombie-musical-comedy. The Shaun of the Dead comparisons are unavoidable, but that’s hardly a bad thing. In her review of it last year, my colleague Tasha Robinson said Anna and the Apocalypse “isn’t a particularly memorable movie,” but she also compared it to Buffy’s musical episode, which makes me think this film will be able to find some fans. It comes out on November 30th. 

Narcos: Mexico

Netflix’s Narcos built a following after what initially seemed like a slow start. And now, the show is shaking things up with a new focus and a new location. Here’s a first look at where things are headed when the season premiers on November 16th.

Wildlife

Carey Mulligan looks enthralling in Wildlife, in which she plays a woman in a very classic 1960s family whose marriage is falling apart. The film is an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, and it’s also the directorial debut of Paul Dano, who doesn’t actually seem to appear in the movie. It comes out on October 19th.

Today’s Storystream

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Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Andrew WebsterSep 24
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Andrew WebsterSep 24
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Thermae Romae Novae.
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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.