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September 27, 2018

Big changes are on the horizon for the X-Men franchise.

Fox just released the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the latest installment in the X-Men series in which the team of mutants must save one of their own, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who is corrupted after gaining terrifying new powers. It's based on the popular Dark Phoenix Saga, a comic storyline from 1980. The cast from the previous three films returns, with Jessica Chastain also joining as a shapeshifter who serves as a mentor to Jean.

Dark Phoenix has had a bumpy road to the big screen, as it was originally set to release in November 2018 but was pushed back to go through reshoots in response to test screening feedback, per Collider.

This sequel is likely to be the conclusion of this iteration of the X-Men, even if it wasn't originally intended to be. After all, the movie franchise is currently owned by 20th Century Fox, but when the Disney purchase of Fox is finalized, these characters will be incorporated into Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. At that point, a full reboot, complete with the recasting of every character and a reset in continuity, will almost surely be required.

It remains to be seen how conclusive Dark Phoenix itself is, seeing as it was mostly written and shot before the Disney purchase was announced, but the trailer does open with a telling song lyric: "This is the end."

Dark Phoenix hits theaters on Feb. 14, 2019. Watch the trailer below. Brendan Morrow

September 25, 2018

Netflix's true crime sensation Making a Murderer is making a return.

Netflix announced Tuesday that its documentary series about a Wisconsin man convicted of murder in 2007 will return with 10 new episodes on Oct. 19. The first installment of Making a Murderer, which was released in 2015, focused on Stephen Avery's conviction for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted of life in prison after confessing to helping murder Halbach, but the documentary suggested his confession was coerced. Avery also insisted that he did not kill Halbach, and the show framed his defense as truthful and the case against him as flimsy.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos say that while the first set of episodes focused on the experience of being accused of a crime, part two will be centered around "the experience of the convicted and imprisoned." Viewers will be introduced to Kathleen Zellner, Avery's post-conviction lawyer, and there will be plenty of interviews with Avery and his family as well. Meanwhile, Dassey's new lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, have attempted to appeal his conviction, and they'll also be in the new episodes. So far, Dassey's conviction was upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case in 2018. But Nirider has pledged to "continue to fight to free Brendan Dassey."

Netflix on Tuesday released a new teaser for the upcoming episodes. There isn't any new footage to parse, but the clip does include some interviews about appealing convictions. Watch below. Brendan Morrow

September 20, 2018

British audiences have been going nuts over the drama series Bodyguard — and now, the rest of the world will see what all the fuss is about.

Netflix has picked up the distribution rights to Bodyguard, a massively popular six-part BBC miniseries starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, per Deadline. The show will air its finale Sunday before coming to Netflix on Oct. 24; the streaming service bought the rights to showcase the series outside of the U.K. and Ireland.

Created by Jed Mercurio, Bodyguard is a thriller revolving around a war veteran who is assigned to protect an important government official, with whom he soon begins a relationship. It has been a huge hit in the U.K., with the first episode scoring an audience of 10.4 million viewers — the best debut for any new drama in the U.K. since 2006, per BBC. Deadline reports that Netflix has been involved with Bodyguard since the writing phase.

This is the latest example of Netflix releasing a British series to audiences outside of the U.K., having previously distributed shows like The End of the F***ing World, Wanderlust, and Black Mirror. With Black Mirror, Netflix fully took over the show from Channel 4 rather than just release episodes that were produced in Britain, and The Telegraph reports that there may be a fight between BBC and Netflix over the rights to a possible second season of Bodyguard should one go into production. Brendan Morrow

August 2, 2018

On Thursday, Annapurna Pictures released the first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk — and it's an emotional doozy. The film, based on James Baldwin's seminal 1974 novel of the same name, chronicles the rollercoaster love story of a young couple separated by a wrongful imprisonment.

Set in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in the 1970s, If Beale Street Could Talk chronicles 19-year-old Tish and 22-year-old Fonny's relationship as Fonny is framed for rape and jailed — after which Tish discovers she's pregnant. The trailer eschews linear plot moments in favor of conveying an overarching mood, using a series of striking quick cuts to capture moments of emotion in the couple's quest to free Fonny from jail in time for the birth of their child.

The film will be directed by Moonlight's Barry Jenkins, and will star Stephan James as Fonny and Kiki Layne as Tish. Regina King plays Tish's supportive mother Sharon. If Beale Street Could Talk will hit theaters this fall; in the meantime, catch the visually arresting trailer below. Kimberly Alters

July 17, 2018

Queen fans, get ready to belt your hearts out: Bohemian Rhapsody is just a few months away.

20th Century Fox released a new trailer Tuesday for the Freddie Mercury biopic, calling it "a foot-stomping celebration" of "one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet."

Framed by some of the band's most famous hits, including "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," and of course the titular "Bohemian Rhapsody," the trailer gives us a look at the very beginnings of Queen and their unexpected rise to stardom. We also get brief glimpses of Mercury as he wrestles with his bisexuality and his struggle with his AIDS diagnosis, despite speculation that those parts of the story would be left untold.

Starring Emmy award-winning actor Rami Malek as Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to be released on Nov. 2, 2018. Watch the full trailer below. Shivani Ishwar

April 23, 2018

The latest version of President Trump's travel ban faces a showdown in the Supreme Court this week. The justices will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in a challenge to the policy. The first two versions of the ban targeted people from only a handful of predominantly Muslim countries. The third version also includes restrictions on certain travelers from North Korea and Venezuela, although those restrictions were not challenged. The lead plaintiff, the state of Hawaii, argues that the policy still violates the Constitution by favoring people of other faiths over Muslims. The Supreme Court in December ruled that most of the ban could take effect while the legal challenge was working its way through the courts. Read more at Reuters. Harold Maass

March 12, 2018

Apple is adding its first animated series to its growing television lineup, Variety reported Tuesday.

Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob's Burgers, and Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in Frozen, will team up as the writers and executive producers of Central Park, a musical comedy that revolves around a family of caretakers who live and work in the park. The show's cast features impressive names such as Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci, The Hollywood Reporter revealed.

Apple has ordered two seasons of the show, with a total of 26 episodes. It will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television, which is famous for similar animated comedy titles such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Futurama.

Central Park joins other Apple-funded projects including a thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, a comedy starring Kristen Wiig, and a revival of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology. Read more about the upcoming show at The Hollywood Reporter. Shivani Ishwar

February 16, 2018

James Comey speaks! Or at least the former FBI director will very soon, in a mid-April interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, BuzzFeed News reports.

While Comey has kept relatively mum since being fired by President Trump last May, he is at the center of some of the biggest White House scandals. Comey's interview will come just ahead of the publication of his highly-anticipated book, A Higher Loyalty. The title is apparently a wink at an event that took place a week after Trump's inauguration, when the president allegedly invited Comey to a private dinner and demanded his loyalty.

The ABC interview will be one of the first opportunities to hear Comey's perspective on some of the most controversial subjects of the past year. "According to the people familiar with the matter, no topic is off limits and the extended interview is likely to cover both Comey's career and the recent controversies — ranging from Clinton to Trump to Russia," BuzzFeed News writes. Jeva Lange

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