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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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Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead a band of grifting strippers in the ‘Hustlers’ trailer

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STX Films has released the first trailer for Hustlers, the upcoming stripper comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a group of savvy former strip club employees who come together to turn the tables on their unsuspecting, money-grubbing Wall Street clients.

“These Wall Street guys — you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Lopez’s character says. “Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail. The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Scafaria based Hustlers on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” which tells the real-life story of a band of New York City strippers scamming their wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars before eventually being caught by authorities.

In addition to starring in the film, Lopez also serves as a producer on Hustlers alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jessica Elbaum, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay. The film is a co-production between STX and Annapurna.

Hustlers will open in theaters on September 13.

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Daniel Craig suspects foul play in the trailer for Rian Johnson’s star-studded whodunnit ‘Knives Out’

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There is truly nothing better than a classic whodunit story, a genre which I am a sucker for, and so you could probably imagine my excitement when I saw that the trailer for Knives Out, the new murder mystery film from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, had dropped this morning.

The absolutely bonkers first trailer for Knives Out gives us a look into the aftermath of the death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who is found dead at his estate after his 85th birthday party.

Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is commissioned to investigate the writer’s mysterious demise, for which he will have to sift “through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.”

As incredible as that sounds, what’s really catching all my love and attention here is Knives Out‘s all-star ensemble cast, which also includes the likes of a foul-mouthed Chris Evans along with Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell.

I don’t know about you, but Knives Out, which hits theaters on November 27, appears to be very much my shit and undoubtedly just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated of the year list. (As if it wasn’t already at the top of my most anticipated of the year list.)

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The hilarious first ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ trailer is, hands down, the best thing you’ll see today

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By the looks of its first trailer, Jumanji: The Next Level, the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2017 box office smash Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, appears to have the same set-up as its predecessor, only this time around the players (and the rules of the game) have been unexpectedly changed.

Spencer (Alex Wolff) decides, for whatever reason, to dive back into the game, leaving it up to his three friends (Martha Kaply, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain) to follow him and retrace his steps in hopes of finding their missing friend.

But once they’re back inside Jumanji, they discover that Bethany (Iseman) has also now gone missing, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart‘s characters are now being controlled by Danny DeVito (Spencer’s grandfather) and Danny Glover (Spencer’s grandfather’s friend), and Anthony (Blain) is stuck in Jack Black’s body.

Yes, you read that right: Jumanji: The Next Level will see Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart channeling the likes of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover the entire movie and, honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better plot. As the kids say, inject this movie directly into my veins, baby.

Jumanji: The Next Level also stars Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Rhys Darby, Massi Furlan, and Dania Ramirez, and will hit theaters on December 13. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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