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Will Smith and Joel Edgerton embark on one heck of an adventure in the new ‘Bright’ trailer

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Netflix has released the long-awaited second trailer for Bright, the latest big-budget effort from Suicide Squad director David Ayer which carries a hefty $90 million price tag. The film was written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis and stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Ike Barinholtz.

Bright is set in what is described as an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. The film follows two cops from very different backgrounds, Ward (Smith), and Jakoby (Edgerton), as they embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

The newest trailer for Bright comes on the heels of Netflix’s unprecedented announcement that they plan on releasing around 80 original films in 2018 as opposed to the 50 that they will have released by the end of the current year. To put this into perspective, there were just 93 total wide releases in 2016, so we can only imagine what kind of tricks Netflix has tucked up their sleeve.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos believes that, with the release of Bright, “people will start seeing the potential for this original movie initiative, that it could be done on the enormous scale we have on the television side.” One release you can expect from Netflix next year is Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which is being produced for more than $100 million.

Bright will premiere on Netflix on December 22, 2017.

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Natalie Portman ventures into uncharted territory in the new trailer for ‘Annihilation’

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Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for writer-director Alex Garland’s Annihilation, the follow-up to the filmmaker’s Oscar-winning directorial debut, Ex Machina. The upcoming sci-fi film features an impressive ensemble cast which includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy,  Annihilation follows a biologist (Portman) who embarks on an expedition into a surreal universe with four other women to search for clues surrounding the mysterious illness that has been inflicted upon her husband (Isaac).

“It’s actually more surreal than the novel,” VanderMeer told The Watch earlier this year. “There are a couple places where I was like, ‘I might need an anchor here.’ The ending is so mind-blowing and in some ways different from the book that it seems to be the kind of ending that, like 2001 or something like that, people will be talking about around the water cooler for years… Visually, it’s amazing. I must say that and that’s all I probably should say.”

Paramount will be handling distribution duties on Annihilation in the United States, Canada, and China, while Netflix will handle international distribution in other territories. In other words, the film will still open in theaters on February 23, 2018, but will be available on the streaming service about 17 days later.

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The first ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ trailer teases an action-packed dinosaur rescue mission

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Life finds a way! Following a plethora of teasers and behind the scenes footage this past week, Universal debuted the first trailer for their highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Cast and crew preached during production that this installment of the Jurassic franchise would feature more suspense, dinosaurs and practical effects than any of its predecessors—and they really were not kidding.

In the new trailer, we are first greeted by Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) in a desolate bar as they become reacquainted. It is revealed that Isla Sorna and all the prehistoric creatures that inhabit the once thriving island are in peril as volcanic activity threatens their extinction once again. Claire urges Owen to accompany her on a mission to evacuate the island of the dinosaurs. (What could go wrong?)

This is the only true dialogue we get from the trailer that reveals any sort of plot details. What follows is a showcase of colossal-sized action and suspense; explosions echo across the island landscape, characters new and old navigate through scenes of destruction, and, of course, plenty of dinosaur action.

As promised, we are shown an incredible amount of dinosaur footage with species we are familiar with as well as some new to the franchise. The infamous Velociraptor, Blue, makes her return as she reunites with Owen. Many new dinosaur antagonists make their on-screen debut, including Baryonyx, which director J.A. Bayona first teased a while back. The most notable and cheer-worthy moment from the trailer comes when Pratt and crew come face to face with another new species known as Carnotaurus. Just as the beast takes a lunge at our heroes, the Tyrannosaurus from the previous films towers in and snaps the creatures neck, letting out a victorious roar. Oh, and did we mention we get our first look at Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm?

And, if you’re one of the many who were worried about the trailer revealing perhaps a little too much, have no fear. Executive producer Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter to assure fans that everything in the Fallen Kingdom trailer “is from the first 57 minutes” of the film. All that action in just the first half of the film? As a massive fan of the Jurassic franchise, I am thrilled to see what Bayona has in store for this installment.

If this trailer is any indication of what’s to come we are in for perhaps the grittiest Jurassic film yet. At the very least, with Fallen Kingdom, we’re assured visually breathtaking sequences of both CGI and practical effects as they appear to be a dramatic upgrade from Jurassic World, while it also appears Bayona is bringing some of his horror roots back to his latest project.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, and James Cromwell, and will open in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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The first ‘Lean on Pete’ trailer showcases Charlie Plummer’s outstanding breakout performance

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A24 has released the first trailer for Andrew Haigh’s upcoming drama Lean on Pete starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, and Steve Buscemi. The film premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival in August before making the rounds at Telluride and Toronto the following month.

Based on the beloved novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, Lean on Pete is described as a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse named Pete.

“A searching, violently unsentimental coming-of-age drama about all the things we have to offer one another, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete isn’t the kind of heartwarming indie that its opening moments might lead you to expect,” David Ehrlich wrote in his review of the film for IndieWire. Jessica Kiang of ThePlaylist writes that Lean on Pete is “particularly refreshing” for those of who would typically shudder at the term “horse movie.”

Lean on Pete is scheduled to be released on March 30, 2018. You can check out a new poster for the film as well below.

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