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New trailers: Us, Stranger Things, The Punisher, and more

New trailers: Us, Stranger Things, The Punisher, and more

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I saw a whole bunch of movies over holidays, and the one I was by far the most excited for was Vice. I had, no joke, probably watched the trailer for it a dozen times, which is something I never do. (After watching through two dozen trailers for this column every week, I’m hardly going to watch any trailer more than I have to).

Vice was immensely entertaining and very funny. The thing that really stood out to me was just how comfortable director Adam McKay is in toying around with the medium. Much like the explanatory interruptions in The Big Short, the edit of Vice is constantly used to address the viewer directly, explaining things to them, making jokes or excuses, even transporting them into essentially a different timeline.

It’s the kind of thing that could easily feel really jarring or tiring if done wrong. But somehow, McKay does it in a way that feels like you’re all in on the joke — perhaps it’s just that, realistically, if you’ve come to see Vice or The Big Short, you probably are in on the joke.

Check out nine trailers from the last week or two below.


Here’s the trailer for Jordan Peele’s next horror film, and it looks like the movie is going to be a far scarier one than Get Out. It stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents whose family is suddenly haunted by evil duplicates of themselves, who seem to be inescapable. It looks great, but also like it might be pushing things well beyond my (very low) personal tolerance for scary stuff. It comes out March 15th.

Stranger Things

It would hardly make sense to tease Stranger Things with a video any less cryptic than this. As best I can tell, New Year’s Eve and Independence Day are connected, there’s a hip new mall, and presumably a lot of things are going wrong. The new season debuts July 4th.

Teen Spirit

I mean, it’s Elle Fanning singing Robyn. The film has Fanning playing a teenager who enters a singing competition packed with covers of pop songs, including pieces from Tegan and Sara and Carly Rae Jepsen. It seems like a very fun approach to a story we’ve seen a few times recently. The film comes out April 5th.

The Punisher

Netflix may have canceled most of its Marvel shows, but it isn’t done with them all. The Punisher is returning for a second season, and a short teaser released this week reveals it’ll be coming back very soon — on January 18th.


Noomi Rapace stars as a highly trained bodyguard tasked with protecting a wealthy businesswoman in Close, a thriller that seems to be all about women fighting greedy, dangerous men. The film comes out January 18th.

Miracle Workers

TBS has a goofy new sitcom coming up that has Steve Buscemi playing a burnt-out God and Daniel Radcliffe playing a member of a small team trying to turn things around with a few good miracles. I’m not convinced this is going to be the funniest show in the world, but it does look pretty charming. It debuts February 12th.

Carmen Sandiego

Netflix has picked up a kids show that reimagines Carmen Sandiego as a thief who steals for good, to return treasures taken by others. It’s a cute premise, and it’s kind of neat to see such an old and memorable character brought to a new medium — though I do wonder how much familiarity kids will have with the name. The show comes out January 18th.

The ABC Murders

After airing on the BBC, Amazon will debut this three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. It doesn’t look like the most exciting Christie adaptation, but it’s always fun seeing great actors like John Malkovich take on the role of detective Hercule Poirot. The show debuts February 1st.


This looks like it could be a fun thriller. Arctic basically just stars one explorer, played by Mads Mikkelsen, as he tries to survive in the Arctic after a crash. That lonesome element seems like it’ll be a good mix with the puzzle-like survival moments we’ve seen in similar films. It comes out February 1st.

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Andrew Webster5:33 PM UTC
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 Webster4:28 PM UTC
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.

A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
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.

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.

Spain’s Transports Urbans de Sabadell has La Bussí.

Once again, the US has fallen behind in transportation — call it the Bussí gap. A hole in our infrastructure, if you will.

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Jay PetersSep 23
Doing more with less (extravagant holiday parties).

Sundar Pichai addressed employees’ questions about Google’s spending changes at an all-hands this week, according to CNBC.

“Maybe you were planning on hiring six more people but maybe you are going to have to do with four and how are you going to make that happen?” Pichai sent a memo to workers in July about a hiring slowdown.

In the all-hands, Google’s head of finance also asked staff to try not to go “over the top” for holiday parties.