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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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‘The Lovebirds’ trailer finds Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae trying to solve a bizarre murder case

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“Every happy couple has one moment that defines their relationship,” is the tagline for The Lovebirds, the upcoming rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae which is set to have its world premiere at SXSW in March.

For Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae), that moment seems to be when they realize they’ve been caught up in a bizarre murder mystery and need to work to clear their names and solve the crime before the night is over.

The film, which was written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, reunites Nanjiani with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and also stars Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer.

If Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night was your kind of thing, it appears The Lovebirds will be right up your alley as well. I mean, who can resist a little crime-infused romantic comedy?

The Lovebirds hits theaters April 3.

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Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn in the excellent final trailer for Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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As someone who has felt pretty underwhelmed by much of the DC Extended Universe over the years, I’m pleased to report that I’m actually feeling pretty enthusiastic about whatever Cathy Yan has in store for us with Birds of Prey, which debuted its final trailer this morning.

Written by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey finds Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn teaming up with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down Roman (Ewan McGregor), a dangerous Gotham City villain who has placed a target on the head of a young girl named Cass (Ella Jay Basco).

If you want to see Margot Robbie eating spray cheese directly from the can, accidentally snorting a whole lot of cocaine, or taking care of her extremely large hyena named Bruce, you can check out the final trailer for Birds of Prey — which opens February 7 — for yourself below.

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Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ trailer reveals the long-awaited adaptation of the graphic novels

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The streaming wars will only be getting more intense in 2020 and Netflix really appears to be stepping up their game heading into the first quarter of the new year as evidenced by all of the trailers they’ve released today, including this one for the first season of Locke & Key.

Based on the best-selling graphic novels by Joe Hill, Locke & Key follows three siblings who move to their ancestral home following the death (OK, murder) of their father and discover a set of magical keys that grant them with a wide array of powers and abilities.

Little do the siblings know, however, that a sinister, demonic entity occupies their home as well and is deadset on taking the keys for itself and will stop at nothing to obtain them.

Carlton Cuse, Aron Eli Coleite, and Meredith Averill developed the series, which stars Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Sherri Saum, Griffin Gluck, and Darby Stanchfield.

As someone with little to no knowledge about the source material, I think this looks pretty great! The synopsis sounds intriguing enough and the whole visual aesthetic of the show is right in my wheelhouse; consider me sold.

Locke & Key hits Netflix on February 7.

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