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The first trailer for HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ series reveals a world where superheroes are outlaws

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for Watchmen, the new drama series from executive producer Damon Lindelof based on the original DC Comics graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The show will debut on the network in the fall of 2019.

Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own,” according to the show’s official logline.

The series features an all-star cast that includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, the creative team for Watchmen includes executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director Nicole Kassell; executive producer Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director Stephen Williams; and executive producer Joseph Iberti.

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Ben Affleck struggles with alcohol addiction, recovery in Gavin O’Connor’s ‘The Way Back’ trailer

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Way Back, which finds director Gavin O’Connor reuniting with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck for what appears to be a heavier sort of sports drama that explores alcohol addiction and recovery.

Affleck stars here as Jack Cunningham, a one-time high school sports prodigy whose life is spiraling downward due to the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life for himself.

However, Jack’s opportunity for a better life eventually comes when he’s asked to go back to his alma mater to coach the basketball team, which has been underperforming and desperately needs new leadership in order to succeed this season.

Slowly but surely, the team starts to get their act together and manages to start winning some games, proving Jack’s ability to coach, but whether that’s enough to help him cope with his addiction and set him on the road to redemption remains to be seen.

Brad Ingelsby scripted the film, which is produced by O’Connor along with Gordon Gray, Jennifer Todd, and Ravi Mehta. Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman also star alongside Affleck.

The Way Back opens in theaters March 6, 2020.

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‘Seberg’ trailer finds Kristen Stewart playing French New Wave icon, activist Jean Seberg

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Amazon Studios has released the trailer for Benedict Andrews’ Seberg, which finds Kristen Stewart taking on the titular role of the French New Wave darling and Breathless star who was targeted by the FBI in the 1960s.

Written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, the noir-ish thriller follows Seberg as her life and career are destroyed by J. Edgar Hoover’s overreaching surveillance and harassment in an effort to suppress and discredit her activism.

Particularly, Seberg was a target of the bureau’s counterintelligence program Cointelpro, which used covert and illegal tactics to disrupt domestic political groups, including the NAACP and Black Panther Party; two organizations Seberg had close ties to.

The film, which also stars Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, and Vince Vaughn, debuted to mixed-to-negative reviews on the fall festival circuit earlier this year, earning a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Seberg hits theaters December 13.

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Final trailer for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ teases a bittersweet ending to a beloved saga

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Disney has released the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the latest chapter in the intergalactic franchise from writer-director J.J. Abrams that will — supposedly — mark the conclusion of the long-running Skywalker saga that began in 1977.

The Rise of Skywalker will see the return of much of the principal cast, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, as well as the late Carrie Fisher, who will appear in the film by way of unused footage from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“You can’t recast that part and you can’t suddenly have her disappear,” Abrams said at the Star Wars Celebration event in April. “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 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.”

The film will also see Ian McDiarmid reprise his role as the villainous Emperor Palpatine and Billy Dee Williams as the iconic scoundrel Lando Calrissian.

“In addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also has to work as its own movie,” Abrams also said. “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?”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20.

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