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New trailers: Shaft, The Twilight Zone, Child’s Play, and more

New trailers: Shaft, The Twilight Zone, Child’s Play, and more

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One of the reasons I maybe wasn’t super eager to see Eighth Grade when it came out last year was just how sharp the film appeared to be at recreating the immense awkwardness of middle school. And now having actually watched it, I can confirm that the movie is just as good at evoking that awkwardness as its trailers made it appear.

Eighth Grade does an excellent job at everything it’s doing, but it also has one sequence, which I won’t detail here specifically, that is just so painful to watch (like, legitimately, I might just hit fast forward kind of painful) that I have to wonder if there are other ways a director could have approached the scene that kept the same takeaway for its main character, but spared audiences from watching effectively a slow-motion car crash.

In particular, I’ve been wondering what would have happened if a woman had been the writer or director here. The film very much respects the teenage girl it focuses on, but I wonder a lot about a director’s responsibility to their audience. Events on screen can be legitimately painful to watch, and Eighth Grade — an otherwise lighthearted movie about awkward pre-teen years — gets there.

Check out 11 trailers from this week below.


Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, is behind the script for the revival of Shaft, which brings together two previous generations of film-adaptation Shafts to pass the torch along to yet another generation. The movie looks like it strikes a very fun balance between cool action movie and ridiculous comedy. It comes out June 14th.

The Twilight Zone

Jordan Peele is bringing back The Twilight Zone, and CBS aired a wonderfully eerie first teaser during the Super Bowl last week. There’s not much to see, but it seems to be hitting all the right notes. The show debuts April 1st on CBS All Access.

Child’s Play

I love the slow reveal in this first trailer for the revival of Child’s Play, which starts out just like any generic video from a tech company trying to get you to buy their never-as-good-as-it-looks new gadget. It’s a fun twist on the origin story of the murderous doll. The film comes out June 21st.

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel put out new Avengers: Endgame footage during the Super Bowl last weekend. It’s a short spot, but it’s a moody one, giving a clearer look at the bleak world the film takes place in. Plus, there are some odd clues in it for fans to search through. The film comes out April 26th.

Captain Marvel

I feel like Marvel has gotten better and better at advertising Captain Marvel as the movie’s gotten closer to its release date. This spot run during the Super Bowl is filled with fun and seriously energetic new footage that makes it look like a rollercoaster straight through. The film comes out March 8th.

Doom Patrol

DC hasn’t revealed much about Doom Patrol yet, but this short teaser suggests it’ll be worth paying attention to. The show is about a team of not-quite-super superheroes who seem to be struggling with the responsibility placed on them. It’s a dynamic we’ve seen more and more often lately — but hey, it’s a fun one. The show will be exclusive to DC’s streaming service when it debuts February 15th.

What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have taken their movie about a houseful of confused, immature vampires and expanded it into a TV series that looks like it’ll be a plenty of fun. The show comes to FX on March 27th.

The Case Against Adnan Syed

HBO has a new documentary series coming up that dives into the case made famous by Serial. It’s not clear that this series pushes the story much further, but it does catch up on what’s happened since the podcast and put faces to the voices people already know. The four-part series debuts March 10th.

Ash is Purest White

The opening scene to this trailer is just wonderful. Ash is Purest White has a ton of great reviews from when it debuted at Cannes last year, with The Playlist calling it a “feminist take on the gangster film.” Now it’s finally headed to the US for a limited release on March 15th.

Our Planet

I don’t think there’s any end to the number of incredibly-filmed, David Attenborough-narrated nature documentaries that people will watch. Netflix was smart enough to scoop up the latest, which comes from the creator of Planet Earth. The eight-episode series debuts April 5th. 

Pet Sematary

Creepy children are a standby of horror, but creepy children the main characters are responsible for creating and have a familial attachment to are way, way scarier. The Stephen King adaptation comes out April 5th.

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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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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.