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The latest trailer for ‘Creed II’ finds Adonis Creed going head to head with Viktor Drago

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As promised, MGM and Warner Bros. unleashed a new trailer for Creed II this morning, further revealing the next chapter in Adonis Creed’s boxing career, and it looks to be a pretty promising sequel—even if it doesn’t have a shot at being nearly as good as what we got with the first Creed.

Our latest look at Creed II shows just how much of a balancing act life has become for Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) as he gears up for what could be the biggest challenge of his life: going head to head with Viktor (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

But facing off against a ruthless opponent with ties to his family’s past means training around the clock with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone), who has pretty much turned into Mickey Goldmill at this point. However, that also means less time away from Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and his newborn baby—so Adonis obviously has a lot at stake here, especially considering how things ended for his dad when he faced off against the elder Drago.

For Creed II, Steven Caple Jr. is in the director’s chair this time around working from a screenplay written by Stallone himself, while Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed, steps back into an executive producer role. Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Andre Ward, and Phylicia Rashad also star in the film.

Creed II will head into theaters just in time for Thanksgiving on November 21. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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‘When They See Us’ trailer reveals Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the Central Park Five

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Netflix has released the full-length trailer for Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, a four-part limited series which chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape that they did not commit.

Created, directed, and co-written by DuVernay, When They See Us begins in the spring of 1989 and follows the five teens from Harlem—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—into adulthood, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park,” DuVernay wrote in a tweet Friday morning. “Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. When They See Us is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts.”

Despite their exoneration by DNA evidence, and a confession from a man separate from the Central Park Five who took credit for the crime, Trump has continued to push a baseless theory that the five men are guilty over the years, most recently during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced alongside DuVernay through her Forward Movement banner. Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury also served as writers on the series.

When They See Us will debut in full on Netflix on May 31.

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Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team-up against Idris Elba in new ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Hobbs & Shaw, the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff which finds Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham having to team-up to take down a villainous Idris Elba before he wipes out humanity as we know it.

Directed by David Leitch, the film follows Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, as they embark on a mission to stop the cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Elba), who has gained control of an insidious bio-threat.

Along the way, they’ll need help from the brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent who just happens to be Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby), as well as Hobbs’ family, who seems to know a thing or two when it comes to fighting, judging by some of the footage showcased in the trailer.

Chris Morgan, the Fast & Furious franchise veteran who has written each and every installment to date since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, returns to write this one, in addition to producing along with Johnson, Statham, and Hiram Garcia.

Hobbs & Shaw also stars Eiza Gonzalez, Helen Mirren, Eddie Marsan, Roman Reigns, Cliff Curtis, Josh Mauga, and John Tui, and will hit theaters on August 2.

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The long-awaited first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ reveals ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

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The highly anticipated first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted to mighty applause from fans at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on Friday before premiering online, where in just a matter of moments it became the top trending topic on almost every social media platform.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams were on hand at the event to unveil the trailer, which runs just over two minutes and manages to pack in a ton of impressive footage, including one sequence showing Daisy Ridley’s Rey preparing for what appears to be heck of a standoff with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.

“In addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also has to work as its own movie,” Abrams during the Star Wars Celebration event. “It’s about this new generation and what they’ve inherited the light and the dark, and asking the question as they face the greatest evil, are they prepared? Are they ready?”

The Rise of Skywalker will also see the return of Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Joonas Suotamo, and Anthony Daniels. Carrie Fisher, who died in late 2016, will appear in the film by way of unused footage from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“You can’t recast that part and you can’t suddenly have her disappear,” Abrams said regarding Fisher. “The weird miracle of having a number of scenes from The Force Awakens that had got unused, looking at those scenes and starting to understand that there was an actually a way to use those scenes and continue her story so that it would be her. The idea of having a CG character was off the table.”

He added, “Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20.

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