Additional set photos of Harrison Ford with Phoebe Waller-Bridge have surfaced. View them at JustJared.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
Principal photography has wrapped on Rise of the Beasts, according to director Steven Caple, Jr. on Instagram.
The surviving Ghostbusters (top left), a terror dog (top right), and a Gozer the Gozerian statue (just above the dog to the left) make sly appearances in a new Afterlife poster courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
A brief Welcome to Raccoon City featurette includes side-by-side comparisons of scenes and locations from the Resident Evil video games.
IFC Midnight has released a new trailer for The Feast, an “extreme eco-horror fable” about a family dinner gone awry.
Varietyreports Colin Woodell, Mishel Prada, Hubert Point Du-Jour, Jessica Allain, Nhung Kate, and Ben Robson have joined the cast of The Continental. Woodell will play “a young Winston Scott” while is Prada is a new character named K.D., Point is Miles, Jessica Allain is Lou, Nhung Kate is Yen, and Ben Robson is Frankie.
THR also has word Meryl Streep, Kit Harrington, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, Sienna Miller, Tahar Rahim, Daveed Diggs, David Schwimmer, and Adarsh Gourav have joined the cast of Apple TV+’s upcoming climate change horror anthology series, Extrapolations.
TV Line additionally reports Matt Walsh will appear on Ghosts as Elias, a “gregarious robber baron” and “philandering scoundrel of a man” from the 19th century who “also happens to be the husband of Sam’s ancestor, Hetty. Elias has spent the past 130 years of his afterlife locked in a vault in Woodstone Mansion, left alone to think about the choices he made while he was alive.”
A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts
Deadline reports 108 Media is developing an animated horror anthology based on Ying Chang Compestine’s A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts from writer Tricia Lee and director Lester Hsi. “Set across different epochs surrounding Chinese culture across the world, the series is made up of eight self-contained hungry ghost stories, laid out as eight courses of a banquet in a live-action appetizer/dessert bookends (filmed unique to each language and market) wrapped around its animated main course.”
Mob Psycho 100
A teaser trailer reveals a third season of Mob Psycho 100 is now in production.
The sinkhole gang explores an abandoned fort in the trailer for next week’s episode of La Brea.
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor proclaims “Nyxly is the love of my life” in a trailer for next week’s episode of Supergirl.
Finally, Chucky’s plan to kill Lexi makes major headway in a trailer for next week’s “I Like to Be Hugged.”
As always, you’ve got a few options. You can head over to Apple’s dedicated event page, or if you’ve got the Apple TV you can watch it on there too. Actually, you can watch it on any TV so long as you have the Apple TV app. Apple also streams its events live on YouTube, and you can either watch the embedded video above or go directly to the source. And if for whatever reason you can’t watch it live, Apple makes the recording available after the event. We’ll also be liveblogging everything as it happens.
Will We See the iPhone 13?
Yep, there are no delays for the iPhone this year. We fully expect to see four iPhone 13 models showcased next week. As with the iPhone 12 lineup, expect to see an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 Mini. We’re also not expecting a lot of changes in terms of display size, materials, or the overall look of the phone itself. Design-wise, the biggest change we’re anticipating is a smaller notch, with some speculating that Apple will adopt the hole-punch design you see on some Android phones. Other previously leaked renders showed the notch shrinking by almost half. (Sorry, but the notchless phone we saw in that one Ted Lasso episode was likely a post-production VFX error.)
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Besides the notch, we’ve also consistently heard that the Pro models may get 120Hz displays that utilize LTPO tech. (We’ve seen LTPO displays on the Apple Watch, but it essentially is a more battery-efficient display that enables a variable refresh rate.) The iPhone 13 lineup will also get a new, faster A15 chip, as well as bigger batteries. It’s also probably no surprise that Apple’s beefing up the iPhone 13’s cameras as well. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted earlier this year that the iPhone 13 will feature an upgraded ultra-wide camera and improved low-light performance. We’re also expecting to see more video features, including a video portrait mode, new filters, and ProRes format for editing. Also possible is a stronger magnet array (and a new MagSafe charger), plus support for Wi-Fi 6E.
Another recent rumor we’ve heard is that the iPhone 13 will support satellite connectivity, which would enable users to text and call if they’re in an area without 4G or 5G. However, this is one rumor you should be skeptical of. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman—one of the most reliable Apple prognosticators—says this is a big bag of phooey. According to Gurman, the iPhone 13 might have the hardware to support this in the future, but it’s not something that’ll be announced this year.
The one rumor we’re not too thrilled with is the iPhone 13 lineup may be more expensive than initially expected. It’s unclear whether that’ll be true across all four models, or just the two Pro models. In any case, if the iPhone 13 is pricier, you have the global chip shortage to thank for that.
The AirPods 3 are expected to borrow some design features from the AirPods Pro—think shorter stem and a smaller case. Initial predictions also mentioned silicone ear tips, but those were nowhere to be seen in several leaked photos and renders in recent months. However, it seems that’s about as far as Apple’s going. Don’t expect to see premium features like active noise cancellation or Spatial Audio—you’ll have to splurge on the AirPods Pro for those.
It’s also possible Apple will add the U1 ultra-wideband chip to the AirPods 3. iOS 15 will add Precision Finding in the Find My app for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, and to use it, people will have to link the AirPods to their Apple ID. Apple’s added the U1 chip to many of its more recent products, so it’s not unreasonable to think that might extend to the AirPods 3. (Whom amongst us hasn’t gotten down on their hands and knees searching for a lost AirPod?) Then again, the U1 chip was absent from the ludicrously expensive AirPods Max, so we’ll just have to see.
Will the iPad Mini Finally Get a Redesign?
Pandemic lockdowns translated to stellar tablet sales in 2020, so it’s not surprising that Apple is keen on revamping its iPad lineup. This time around, it looks like it’s the iPad Mini’s turn.
Supposedly, the new iPad Mini will feature the most significant redesign for the product since it first launched. That means slimmer bezels and no home button. We could also see a miniLED display, as we did with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro this past spring. The iPad Mini is also expected to be slightly larger, somewhere in the range of 8.5 to 9 inches.
Spec-wise, the Mini is rumored to getting an A15 processor—the same as the iPhone 13 lineup. It’s also thought the Mini will be getting USB-C and a Smart Connector, which hints Apple’s perhaps cooking up some accessories and peripherals for the device.
What’s All This About the Apple Watch Getting Bigger?
Compared to the Series 6 and the Watch SE, there haven’t been as many rumors surrounding the Apple Watch Series 7. What we do know, however, is that like the iPad Mini, the Series 7 will get the most significant visual redesign since the Apple Watch first launched in 2015.
Leaked photos and renders show a flat-edged design that calls back to the iPhone 12 (and the early iPhones before that). It’s also rumored that the displays will also be slightly larger at 41mm and 45mm. However, it’s also a toss-up as to whether the Series 7 will truly launch next week. Due to the redesign, Apple reportedly had to reconfigure the internal components as well. That’s caused some production issues, and it depends on whether Apple can smooth those problems over in time. We might end up hearing the announcement, but having to wait a while before we actually get to see the product. Or, like last year, Apple might end up holding a separate Apple Watch event.
As for features, don’t expect anything too mind-blowing in terms of health-tracking. While the Series 6 introduced an SpO2 sensor and blood oxygen readings, this generation of Apple Watch—and watchOS 8—is expected to focus more on mindfulness. We do know that Apple is tinkering with a lot of advanced health features down the line, but those are unlikely to debut with the Series 7. For example, we’d heard a few murmurs of blood glucose monitoring for the Series 7, but it increasingly looks like that won’t pan out.
Will Apple Announce New Apple TV+ Shows?
We’re absolutely not expecting a new Apple TV so soon after Apple introduced a new model earlier this year with a refreshed Apple TV 4K. However, it’s really hard to ignore the streaming bit of the ‘California Streaming’ tagline on the event invite. While that could just be a reference to the fact the event is being live-streamed, it wouldn’t take us by complete surprise if Apple decided to announce some new titles for its premium TV service.
When Will We See M1X MacBooks?
We’ve been expecting new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks that use Apple’s next-gen M1 chip for a while now. They’re definitely coming sometime this year. It’s just not that likely that Apple will tack them onto its iPhone event. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman contends that it’s likely we’ll see the computers sometime before the end of November. As we mentioned earlier, it’s increasingly likely that Apple will hold multiple launch events this fall and we expect the two new MacBooks (and possibly a high-end Mac Mini) will debut then. But then again, this is Apple and they always love to surprise you with One More Thing—so who can say?
The wait is almost over, and as always, Gizmodo’s entire consumer tech team will be live-blogging the whole shebang next Tuesday. We’ll be ready with hot takes and analysis, along with a generous helping of chaos, so stay tuned.
Y: The Last Man (September 13, Hulu): After many fits and starts, Hulu’s live-action Y: The Last Man series—based on the comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra—is finally making its big debut. (It also happens to come at a time when its premise about a devastating global pandemic is sure to hit differently with audiences.) After a mysterious plague wipes out the planet’s entire population of mammals with y chromosomes save for Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the world becomes a fundamentally different, more chaotic place. With the fear of the human race’s extinction looming over everyone’s heads, Yorick’s existence represents a certain degree of hope for the future to people like his sister Hero and Agent 355, a bodyguard tasked with keeping Yorick alive.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (September 16, Netflix): We know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t Kevin Smith just release a Masters of the Universe show?” The answer is yes but this is a new, completely unrelated show with different animation and aimed at a younger audience. But if you’re a fan of all the Etheria action, now you have two options.
Squid Game (September 17, Netflix): A variety of people throughout Korea are invited to compete in a special game show for the U.S. equivalent of $40 million. There’s a catch, of course, though none of the contestants read the fine print: while they are playing a variety of childish games from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including the titular one (it’s kind of like tag), the losers of the games will die until a single winner is crowned. From the director of the highly acclaimed movie The Fortress, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s K-drama looks to go hand in bloody hand with another Netflix series, Alice in Borderland.
Star Wars: Visions (September 22, Disney+): Star Wars hands over the reigns of a galaxy far, far away to Japanese animation studios and creatives for an anthology of tales outside of current canon, covering epic duels between light and dark, Tatooine rock concerts, and more, all with an anime twist.
Doom Patrol Season 3 (September 23, HBO Max): With villains like the Candlemaker, the Brotherhood of Evil, and the Sisterhood of Dada on the loose, the Doom Patrol will find themselves stretched especially thin in the upcoming season as the heroes are pushed once again to use their grotesque powers to save the universe from annihilation.
Creepshow Season 3 (September 23, Shudder): The latest installment of Shudder’s breakout horror anthology series based on the Stephen King-George A. Romero cult movies looks chock full of the chilling delights we’ve come to expect, with Michael Rooker, Ethan Embry, and James Remar among the actors mixing with the ghosts and ghouls this season.
Midnight Mass (September 24, Netflix): After the twin successes of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan declared he wasn’t doing another “haunting” show… which we were sad about very briefly until we learned Midnight Mass—which features several Haunting alumni in its cast, as well as a premise that probes the darkness of the human mind (along with, you know, supernatural stuff)—was on the way. When a priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives in an isolated island community, a series of odd events makes some believe miracles are afoot, while others suspect the opposite. Yep, sounds like an essential and spooky binge.
Foundation (September 24, Apple TV+): Isaac Asimov’s acclaimed sci-fi epic began with 1951’s Foundation; in 1966, the books were given a special Hugo for “Best All-Time Series,” beating out a little something called The Lord of the Rings. The author continued exploring the world he’d created with sequels and prequels, the last of which was published posthumously in 1993. Adaptation attempts have been made over the years, but at long last Apple TV+ is giving Asimov’s masterpiece the series treatment, and hopefully, the wait will be worth it. Jared Harris and Lee Pace star.
Wolfboy and the Everything Factory (September 24, Apple TV+): Joseph Gordon-Levitt is among the executive producers of this 10-episode animated series inspired by the work of artist Toff “Wirrow” Mazery. It’s a fantasy about an imaginative oddball named Wolfboy (Kassian Akhtar), who discovers a wondrous place at the center of the planet where every component of life that eventually manifests on the surface (including trees, animals, and intangible things like memories and time) is created by a group of magical beings.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 2 (September 26, AMC): In The Walking Dead: World Beyond’s season one finale, young protagonists Hope, Iris, and Felix all ended up learning what sort of long con that Huck—a member of the Civic Republic Military—was playing from the jump. After sowing distrust between Iris, Hope, and Felix, she was able to get Hope alone and effectively deliver her to the CRM, which had been plotting to capture her for her brilliant mind. The season one finale ended with a now Hope-less Felix and Iris learning that the Campus Colony safe zone they once called home had seemingly been destroyed, and when World Beyond returns this fall, the show’s set to start explaining what went wrong.
The Simpsons Season 33 (September 26, Fox): Springfield’s most beloved family is back, and maybe the 33rd time’s the charm. This season is kicking off with the show’s first-ever fully musical episode, as Kristen Bell guest stars as Marge’s internal singing voice.
Bob’s Burgers Season 12 (September 26, Fox): Maybe Bob’s Burgers isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as it used to be, but it’s still the most consistently funny animated series on TV, which is no small feat. Season 12 doesn’t look to break that trend—upcoming episode titles include “The Pumpkining,” “Driving Big Dummy,” “Seventween Again,” “Beach Please,” “Lost in Bedslation,” and “Fomo You Didn’t”—except in one way: a two-part season finale that according to creator Loren Bouchard says primarily “takes place in Tina’s erotic fiction in which she’s exploring a kind of Blade Runner dark fantasy.” Yes, please.
La Brea (September 28, NBC): Gotta love any premise that begins with the sudden appearance of a giant sinkhole gobbling up a large portion of Los Angeles—including several of its residents, who find themselves battling for survival amid a sort of Land of the Lost–Lost World–Journey to the Center of the Earth-Jurassic Park scenario. The main characters are a family who’s trying to reunite, so don’t expect this one to skew too horrifying, but the first teaser did promise some ferocious beasts.
The Ghost and Molly McGee (October 1, Disney Channel): A grumpy, unpleasant ghost named Scratch has made it his mission to make the world worse. But when he tries to cast a spell on a positive-minded do-gooder named Molly, he accidentally binds them together. It’s a true odd couple—good/evil, optimist/pessimist, compassionate/selfish, alive/dead—that will now need to navigate the world together. Hopefully, you’ll like it, because Disney has already ordered a second season.
Nancy Drew Season 3 (October 8, CW): As a matter of fact, the CW’s supernaturally enhanced, Riverdale-ish adaptation of the long-running teen detective book series is indeed still on the air! And it’s even getting a spin-off series based on another classic book series, Tom Swift! So even though we haven’t tuned in for a while, Nancy and company must be doing something right?
Muppets Haunted Mansion (October 8, Disney+): The Great Gonzo can’t say no when he’s presented with the opportunity to spend a night in theHaunted Mansion, a house filled with both the spirits of departed people and more than a few other Muppets. Hilarity, of course, will ensue.
Ghosts (October 8, CBS): iZombie star Rose McIver keeps things supernatural with her latest series, a sitcom about a couple who inherits a haunted mansion (populated by wacky, era-specific ghosty stereotypes, like a 1960s hippie, a 19th-century robber baron, a 1920s jazz chanteuse, etc.) and decides to turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Legends of the Hidden Temple (October 10, CW): Calling all Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes. The cult 1990s physical game show is back for a new generation. Cristele Alonzo will host and Star Wars animation mainstay Dee Bradley Baker will reprise his role as the voice of Olmec.
Chucky (October 12, Syfy): Child’s Play creator Don Mancini brings his gory, increasingly campy killer-doll saga to the small screen for what looks like both an update of the Chucky saga and a love letter to fans of the long-running franchise. Though the main characters are teens who encounter you-know-who after he turns up looking remarkably well-preserved at a yard sale, the eight-episode series will also feature Jennifer Tilly, original Chucky foe Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, among other series veterans.
Legends of Tomorrow Season 7 (October 13, CW): Wait, didn’t Legends of Tomorrow just air its season six finale on September 5? How can the next season begin after a mere month? You can thank the pandemic for this unusual airtime, which 1) is admittedly appropriate for the time-traveling Legends, but 2) will hasten a great many other CW series, too. Little is known about the seventh season other than Dominic Purcell, who’s played Mick “Heat Wave” Rory since season, has departed the series, along with Matt Ryan’s John Constantine. Ryan, however, will be back as a new character, Dr. Gwyn Davies, an early 20th-century scientist with a secret. Hopefully, it’s how to fix the Waverider, which was blown up in the season six finale by… the Waverider?
Batwoman Season 3 (October 13, CW): The sad saga of the Kane family is (mostly) finished after the facially reconstructed, de-brainwashed former Batwoman Kate (Wallis Day) left Gotham to hunt for Bruce Wayne while actor Dougray Scott elected to not come back as Kate’s father Jacob. Beth (Rachel Skasten) will still be around to mess with the new Batwoman (Ryan Wilder), but the villains won’t be alone—Agent Carter’s Bridget Regan will play major Bat-foe Poison Ivy, with the possibility of the Penguin to come. Luckily, Batwoman will have the new help of Luke Fox’s Batwing (Camrus Johnson) protecting the city, along with GCPD detective and comics favorite Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena, who also played the role on Gotham!).
Legacies Season 4 (October 14, CW): The final four season three episodes of the second-generation spin-off of The Vampire Diaries were so derailed by covid that they now will make up the beginning of season four. So you can rest easy that the werewolf-vampire-witch hybrid Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) vs. the walking hell-portal Malivore (Aria Shahghasemi) confrontation that season three teased will be revealed. On the plus side, it looks like Hope might be getting help from Omono Okojie’s muse Cleo, as the actor has been promoted to series regular.
Day of the Dead (October 15, Syfy): George A. Romero’s 1985 horror classic inspired this new series, which takes its title literally, following six different characters as they try to survive the first 24 hours of a zombie outbreak. It aims to tell a new story while paying homage to Romero—starting with the fact that it will feature old-school zombies slowwwwwly shambling around.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (October 15, Amazon Prime Video): This update of the spooky Lois Duncan YA classic—which inspired a 1990s slasher film that’s also since become a classic—follows a group of teens who do something very bad (presumably, like the source material, it will involve an accidental death…or so they think), and then find themselves stalked by someone hellbent on revenge. The pre-Halloween release should be a hint as to how deep into horror this one’s gonna venture.
Fear the Walking Dead Season 7 (October 17, AMC): Seven seasons in, the companion series to AMC juggernaut The Walking Dead is still going strong, with a lot to follow up on after the season six finale ended with a nuclear explosion. As always, the people cause most of the conflicts here…but there are also still plenty of undead “walkers” roaming around too.
Invasion (October 22, Apple TV+): There’s been exactly one trailer for this sci-fi series, and all it consisted of was a bunch of weird things happening, a bunch of people around the world looking increasingly tense, and a fuzzy shot of some sort of structure that may have just landed on Earth. According to Apple, Invasion is a “sci-fi drama that will make you question what you would do under extraterrestrial threat.” That’s still incredibly vague, so let’s hope more info or footage is forthcoming before it premieres.
4400 (October 24, CW): A reboot of the 2004 USA series, the story focuses on a massive group of abductees from various points throughout the recent past who are all suddenly returned together in the present with no recollection of who took them or where they were. As you might expect, their reappearance alone is cause for alarm, wonder, and confusion. As these people—the 4400—begin to manifest a variety of strange, superhuman abilities, the world has to reckon with the possibility that the 4400 have a larger purpose to change the world in ways society isn’t ready for.
Behind the Monsters (October 16, Shudder): Shudder’s new docu-series explores the movie monsters that terrify us the most, with episodes dedicated to Candyman, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Pinhead, Chucky, and Michael Myers. Guess they’re saving Leatherface for season two?
Star Trek: Prodigy (October 28, Paramount+): Star Trek boldly ventures into the realm of kids and family programming with a CG animated series aimed squarely at younger audiences, the first for the franchise since The Animated Series. Following a cast of young Delta Quadrant species as they discover an experimental Starfleet ship, the USS Protostar—featuring a command training hologram of none other than Voyager icon Captain Janeway (a returning Kate Mulgrew)—Prodigy will blast them off to new adventures in the still under-explored quadrant.
Locke & Key Season 2 (October TBD, Netflix): Netflix’s breakout hit about a family that moves into their ancestral home following a devastating tragedy… only to get pulled into a mystery involving the supernaturally powered keys that keep turning up in its many rooms… finally returns to address all of those cliffhangers that season one left us screaming about.
What’s streaming and on TV in November 2021?
Animaniacs Season 2 (November 5, HBO Max): Hulu must really like its reboot of the classic ‘90s cartoon Animaniacs. After all, the streamer already ordered a 10-episode third season back in February. Besides the return of Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Pinky, and the Brain, season three will feature “pop culture parodies, musical showstoppers, takedowns of historical baddies, and even some important safety tips” according to Hulu. Which, admittedly sounds like the same thing they do every night, try to—er, the same thing they do every season. It’s fine by us.
The Flash Season 8 (November 16, The CW): Even though Crisis on Infinite Earths is over, that doesn’t mean the DC CW crossovers are. The Flash season eight begins with a five-part special titled “Armageddon”—you can probably guess the subject matter—that will bring together heroes like Batwoman (Javicia Leslie), Black Lightning (Cress Williams), the Atom (Brandon Routh), Ryan Choi (Osric Chau), and more. Even better are the returning villains, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh). Alas, Cavanagh will not be returning as a regular in season eight, nor will Carlos Valdes’ Cisco. But after “Armageddon,” Justice League foe Despero (Tony Curran) will arrive to make Team Flash’s lives a merry hell.
Riverdale Season 6 (November 16, The CW): Riverdale’s fifth season hasn’t even finished airing yet, so there are understandably few details about what’s coming to season six. We do have one clue from show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who posted this on Instagram on August 30: “Forces are gathering for the ultimate battle between Good and Evil as the cameras begin to roll on Riverdale season six. But who will stand on which side? And who will live, and who will die? Everything has been a prelude to this.” So there’s clearly a lot of wild things going down in season six, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from Riverdale.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 (November 18, Paramount+): New Captain on the Bridge! After traveling to the 31st century last season, Discovery is back in action as Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finally takes the captain’s chair. The vanguard of the dwindled Federation’s rebuilding efforts, Michael’s gonna have a lot on her plate coming into the new season—especially without her best friend Saru (Doug Jones) by her side, as he spends some time recuperating on his homeworld.
The Wheel of Time (November 19, Amazon Prime Video): A live-action adaptation of Robert Jordan’s giant, sprawling fantasy book series has been in the works forever, but it was Amazon that managed to conquer the beast first. In a world where magic is ruled by women, a sorceress named Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) discovers a group of children, one of whom is prophesied to potentially save the world… or destroy it. A mix of high fantasy, politics, war, and apocalypse, The Wheel of Timeis an old-school epic that ran 15 giant books. It should be very interesting to discover how the show might alter and update the source material.
Cowboy Bebop (November 19, Netflix): Get everybody and the stuff together, because Netflix is about to blow this scene—the legendary sci-fi anime Cowboy Bebopis re-imagined as a live action-adventure series, as the crew of the Bebop (lead by John Cho’s Spike Spiegel) jets off into the stars in search of fame and fortune.
Hawkeye (November 24, Disney+): The man Natasha Romoff’s younger sister Yelena wants to murder is the next Avenger headlining their own Disney+ series. He’ll be joined by a young aspiring hero who dreams of becoming the next Hawkeye. In a world full of superhumans and aliens who regularly save the world, Kate Bishop sees Clint Barton as the Avenger she most wants to be like, something Clint will have trouble understanding when they first meet. Aside from detailing Kate’s journey to becoming a hero in her own right, Hawkeye will also delve more into the time Clint spent as Ronin during the time between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
What’s streaming and on TV in December 2021?
The Witcher Season 2 (December 17, Netflix): Geralt (Henry Cavill) is back in action, as he finds himself returning to his home at the Witcher fortress of Kaer Morhan with young Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) in tow. She now must learn to embrace her hidden powers and the ways of monster hunting herself.
The Book of Boba Fett (December TBD, Disney+): Set after the events of The Mandalorian season two, the next live-action Star Wars series sees Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) team up as the duo try to carve out a slice of the intergalactic underworld for themselves.
Cobra Kai Season 4 (Netflix): Two words: Terry. Silver. That’s the headline for this fourth season of Cobra Kai. The uber-villain of the Karate Kid universe, first introduced in The Karate Kid Part III, is coming to town to team up with John Kreese (Martin Kove) against the newly formed mega dojo combining Miyagi-Do, lead by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Eagle Fang, lead by Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).
Doctor Who Season 13 (BBC America): It’s the beginning of the end for the Doctor! Jodie Whittaker’s final days as the 13th Doctor begin to play out in a new season promising a singular story across its six episodes. She won’t be alone though—at least Yaz (Mandip Gill) and new friend Dan (John Bishop) are along for the ride.
What shows are you looking forward to the most this fall? Let us know in the comments!
We don’t know too much about the plot of James Wan’s latest journey into supernatural horror except that it’s about a woman (Annabelle Wallis) plagued by violent visions seemingly beamed from the dying minds of murder victims… and somehow her childhood imaginary friend is involved. But we do know the name James Wan, which means a) this could be the start of another mega-franchise—like his Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring—and b) it’s highly likely Malignant is going to scare the bejesus out of everyone who watches it. (Theaters and HBO Max on September 10)
Produced by Sam Raimi, directed by David Yarovesky, and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, this one is based on J.A. White’s book. A young boy named Alex who’s always loved scary stories develops a new appreciation for them after he becomes trapped by the apartment-dwelling witch Natacha (Jessica Jones herself, Krysten Ritter) who threatens to kill him unless he can think of a different spooky tale to tell her each night. As Alex befriends Yazmin, another of the witch’s child prisoners, the pair realize that together, they may be able to figure out how to escape if they keep their wits about them. (On Netflix September 15)
Lady of the Manor
In this supernatural tale, Melanie Lynskey plays a slacker who’s half-heartedly trying to get her life together, something that kicks into high gear when she meets a ghost played by Judy Greer. Lady of the Manor is the directorial debut of Justin Long (who co-directs with his brother, Christian Long; they also wrote the script together), and frankly, the ghost stuff is just a bonus on top of the ultimate selling point here, which is “buddy comedy starring Melanie Lynskey and Judy Greer.” (September 17)
In 2021, life on Earth kind of sucks. Don’t you sometimes wish you could just…leave? Well, The Wonderful is a documentary about people who did that. Kind of. It’s about the folks who spent significant time living in space on the International Space Station. (September 17)
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Nicolas Cage plays a criminal who’s taken out of jail and forced on a mission in the English language debut of Japanese director Sion Sono which was written by Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai. He must find the granddaughter of the local crime leader, or else he’ll blow you up. And so Cage goes off to find the woman (played by Kingsman’s Sofia Boutella) and finds a whole new, wild society. Check out our early review here. (September 17)
My Little Pony – A New Generation
The land of Equestria is in danger after generations of peace after the events of Friendship Is Magic, and it’s up to a new group of pony pals to come to the rescue and unite the distrusting horse factions and live in harmony. This one was directed by Robert Cullen and José Ucha and features the voices of Vanessa Hudgens, Kimiko Glenn, James Marsden, Jane Krakowski, and more. (On Netflix September 24)
I’m Your Man
Though most everyone who meets Tom the robot is immediately enamored with her somewhat awkward brand of charming, Alma—the one human woman he’s meant to make happy—finds him deeply unnerving in I’m Your Man. At first, it’s impossible for her to see past the technological truth of Tom’s origins, but as the two begin living together during a short trial period, she can’t help but open up to the automaton and consider whether androids might be able to cry, and if she could end up loving one. Directed by Maria Schrader and written by Jan Schomburg and Schrader, this one is based on a short story by Emma Braslavsky. (September 24)
What films are being released in October 2021?
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The latest Sony/Marvel film is directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (and Tom Hardy??). Eddie Brock is learning to live as the host of an alien symbiote, but when the siren call of the mysterious, murderous Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) comes calling, Eddie and Venom are going to find themselves in for a whole world of carnage. (October 1)
We don’t know much about Titane. The official description reads that “a car accident irreparably changes the course of one woman’s life, sending her down a bizarre, twisted path in the search for love and acceptance.” It looks completely wild, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and is directed by Julia Ducournau, who made the incredible Raw. Sign us up. (October 1)
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
Adam Sandler is gone. Genndy Tartakovsky isn’t directing (this time it’s Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon). And yet, the popular monster story continues. This time Dracula and his family have to deal with a machine that turns them into normal humans. It stars the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and more. (October 1)
After her life of misery leads to a violent twist of fate, a woman named Ana wakes up on an island that at first seems deserted but is actually inhabited by a group of other women who’ve all somehow wound up spending their days luring soldiers to their deaths using radio communications. Ana’s life on the island is strange, violent, and at times otherworldly, but she quickly finds that the world she’s stepped into might be exactly where she needed to be. This one is writer-director Karen Cinorre and you can read our early review here. (October 1)
The Addams Family 2
Like most animated sequels, The Addams Family 2—directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon and written by Matt Lieberman—sees the stars do the most sequel thing imaginable: Go on vacation. And yet, how can you say no to a voice cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Wallace Shawn, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Bill Hader? (October 1)
In a world where witchcraft is very real and illegal, mother and daughter Martha and Claire work as part of a massive underground network of sympathizers working to smuggle magic users across the border into Mexico where they won’t be persecuted for their powers. When the pair take in young witch sisters who’ve yet to master their powers, Claire begins to suspect that she may need to escape her stifling hometown as well in order to live freely, and the women all have to band together in order to survive in their strange world. Directed and written by Elle Callahan, you can read our early review here. (October 1)
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There’s Someone Inside Your House
From mega filmmakers/producers James Wan (Aquaman) and Shawn Levy (Free Guy) comes this adaptation of Stephanie Perkins’ New York Times bestseller about a killer in a small town who haunts you with a mask of your own face. It’s directed by Patrick Brice, the slasher stars Sarah Dugdale, Sydney Park, Kayla Heller, and more. (On Netflix October 6)
Horror streamer Shudder continues its quest to take over all your nightmares with this continuation of the cult-favorite found-footage horror series. Set in 1994, it features segments directed by Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Jennifer Reeder, Ryan Prows, and Chloe Okuno—and elements like an overnight funeral-home stay, a mad scientist, supernatural weaponry, and spooky local legends that come to life. (Shudder on October 6)
No Time to Die
More like “No time to release this movie,” am I right? (Sorry, sorry…) Seriously, it feels like it’s been years since the latest, final, Daniel Craig James Bond film was set to hit theaters. But we think this is it and we’ll finally get to see the grand send-off fans have been waiting a long time for. This installment was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Fukunaga, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. (October 8)
Surprise! (Not!) Last seen getting awfully crispy in a basement trap laid just for him by Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Michael Myers is alive and ready for another round of slaughter in this sequel to David Gordon Green’s 2018 sequel-reboot of the long-running horror franchise. Curtis has said Halloween Kills will address the timely topic of mob mentality, while presumably delivering more frights and setting the stage for 2022’s Halloween Ends. This latest was written by Green, Danny McBride, and Scott Teems.(October 15)
Needle in a Timestack
Written and directed by John Ridley, Needle in a Timestack stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo as a couple who seem to be doing great, until the woman’s ex—played by Orlando Bloom—travels through time to break up their relationship by using the man’s ex, Freida Pinto. What the heck is going on? (October 15)
Ron’s Gone Wrong
Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam) star in Ron’s Gone Wrong, an animated adventure about a boy and his brand new, artificially intelligent best friend robot. The film was directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith, co-directed by Octavio Rodriguez, and written by Peter Baynham and Smith. (October 22)
Thomas Jane (The Expanse), Annabelle Wallis (Malignant), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) star in this sci-fi thriller about an artificial intelligence run amok, as well as some freaky climate-induced terrors. Basically, “Warning” is the title and an actual warning to humanity. This curious adventure was directed by Agata Alexander and written by Jason Kaye, Rob Michaelson, and Alexander. (October 22)
Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve (written by him, Jon Spaihts, and Eric Roth) returns to cinemas with his highly anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Boasting a star-studded cast and visuals that beg (almost literally) to be seen on the big screen, this could be the sci-fi, cinematic event of the year. And it’s just part one. You can read our early review here. (Theaters and HBO Max October 22)
This anthology film builds off the excellent Shudder-produced documentary of the same name, with both new and established Black creators (including Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Ezra C. Daniels, Victor LaValle, and Al Letson) presenting six different horror stories, which will be combined into a single two-hour film. Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer), Tony Todd (Candyman), and Rachel True (The Craft) are among the cast members. (On Shudder October 28)
Last Night in Soho
A fashion student (Thomasin McKenzie) finds that she’s somehow traveling back through time in the body of a 1960s singer (Anya Taylor-Joy). This seems kind of fun until the singer begins experiencing acts of violence and those acts make their way across time. Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and written by him and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, we think this could be the most innovative genre film of the fall. (October 29)
Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer lend their producing bona fides to this Scott Cooper-directed film about a little boy whose teacher (Keri Russell) starts to realize there’s something (literally) monstrous about his home life. Like a lot of films on this list, Antlers—which is based on a Nick Antosca short story and also stars Jesse Plemons—was supposed to come out almost a year and a half ago, but this pre-Halloween bow feels like the perfect time for such a scary-looking tale to make its arrival. (October 29)
Let’s just put it this way: You are not ready for The Spine of Night. It’s a violent, R-rated, animated epic fantasy that has to been seen to be believed. Read our early review from its festival premiere and get ready to be amazed. (October 29)
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission
Plus Ultra! The heroes of UA Class 1-A are back in action for a globe-trotting adventure, as Deku, Bakugo, Todoroki and their friends head worldwide to stop a cult intent on releasing chemical weapons that send people’s superpowered quirks haywire. The film was directed by Kenji Nagasaki and written by Yōsuke Kuroda. (October 29)
What films are being released in November 2021?
Wait, so you’re telling me a group of immortal superheroes has been floating around the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the beginning of time and they’re just popping out of their shell now? Yup. As a result, a whole new sliver of the MCU is about to open up through the Oscar-winning eyes of director Chloe Zhao. The film was written by Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo and stars…Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Selma Hayek as Ajak, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Ma Dong-seok as Gilgamesh, and Lauren Ridloff as Makkari. (November 5)
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, Finch follows a sudden stellar event that leaves most of a planet a desolate wasteland. Aman named Finch (Tom Hanks) and his dog Goodyear manages to eke out an existence beneath the ground where the man uses his knowledge of robotics to develop Jeff, a sentient robot he one day hopes will look after the dog. What little time Finch has left to teach Jeff about the larger world, he wants to make the best of it because he knows that his own mortal time on Earth is limited. This one also stars Caleb Landry Jones, Samira Wiley, Laura Harrier, and Skeet Ulrich. (On Apple TV+ November 5)
Look, if you’re a scientist messing with time and space, don’t you know better than to actually explore it? Well, four scientists ignore that rule and end up in a very bad situation where multiple versions of themselves are running around causing chaos. Marlee Matlin co-stars in a film that comes out at a very hot time for multiverses. This one was previously titled Entangled and was directed by Gaurav Seth with a screenplay from Doug Taylor. (In theaters November 12, On-Demand November 16)
A direct sequel to the original two Ghostbusters films arrives this fall—from none other than the son of the director of those films, Jason Reitman (written by Gil Kenan and Reitman)—and already has seen some positive first impressions. It follows a single mother and her two kids, forced to move to a small rural town, who may just be the descendants of Egon Spengler. Expect lots of surprises and callbacks. The film stars Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’Connor. And reprising their classic roles: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. (November 19)
When multiple people receive mysterious invitations to a chic, exclusive dinner party being thrown somewhere in the Welsh countryside, none of them quite know what to make of the function and its eclectic hosts. As they all settle in for a night of camaraderie and good food however, they gradually realize they’ve been brought together for what might be their last meal, as the party’s not really what it seems. Directed by Lee Haven Jones and written by Roger Williams. (November 19)
Unlike the rest of the Madrigal family of Encanto, young Mirabel is the one member seemingly born with no innate magical abilities—an anomaly given the powerful magical known to run in the family. Though her non-magical status makes her somewhat of an outcast at home, when magic itself comes under attack, Mirabel takes it upon itself to protect the source of her family’s power, and perhaps their future. This one marks Disney’s 60th animated production and stars Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (written by Bush and Smith), it also happens to include songs written by the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda—who we spoke to about the film earlier this year. (November 24)
Netflix and Aardman team up for a heartwarming seasonal adventure, about a young robin who falls from her nest to be raised by a family of mice. Directed and written by Daniel Ojari and Michael Please, this stop-motion story stars Bronte Carmichael and Amira Macey-Michael. (On Netflix November 24)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
The iconic video game horror franchise returns to its roots in a complete reboot of the series, sending us back to the world of Raccoon City and the Spencer Mansion, as the elite forces team STARS investigates a deadly viral outbreak that’s about to put the world as they know it in shambling, brain-hungry danger. Directed and written by Johannes Roberts, this live-action film stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, and Neal McDonough. (November 24)
A Boy Called Christmas
Monster House director (and Ghostbusters Afterlife co-writer) Gil Kenan is at the helm of this animated adventure based on the book A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (screenplay by Kenan and Ol Parker). It’s about a boy and his trusty reindeer who set off on a quest to find the boy’s father, who himself was on a quest to find a mythical village of elves. It features the voices of Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Stephen Merchant, Michiel Huisman, and more. (On Netflix November TBD)
What films are being released in December 2021?
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Shang-Chi, Eternals, and then Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s a good fall to be a Marvel fan and, we think, it could all be leading to this. The trailer revealed Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange mistakenly opened up a multiverse for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. And if Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock shows up, who knows who else could. What will it all mean for the future of Spider-Man? We’ll have to wait and see. Directed by Jon Watts, and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers this Marvel/Sony project also stars Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. (December 17)
Guillermo del Toro’s first theatrical feature since his Oscar-winning triumphThe Shape of Water is based on William Lindsay Graham’s 1946 novel set in and around a seedy carnival (it was previously adapted into a film noir back in 1947). Del Toro’s take—co-written by Kim Morgan—is described as a “psychological thriller” and has a ridiculously robust ensemble cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, and (of course) Ron Perlman, to name a few. Knowing del Toro, the visuals will be stunning and there’ll be plenty of horror to go around, too. (December 3)
Don’t Look Up
When this Adam McKay comedy (story by McKay and David Sirota) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence was first announced, it just seemed kind of smart and silly. They play scientists with proof the world is going to end but no one believes them. Now, with covid-19, vaccinations and more, what was once just a star-studded satire feels more like a horror movie. Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Arianda Grande, and Meryl Streep also star. (In theaters December 10, On Netflix December 24)
The Matrix Resurrections
Whoa. The Matrix is back. And, from the looks of the first footage, it’s back in a way that’s very expected. Resurrections —directed by Lana Wachowski and written by David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon, and Wachowski—seems to suggest Neo and Trinity are going through the motions again. Will they need to be broken out of the Matrix again or is there more at play? What about everything they’ve done in the past? New additions this time around include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, and Christina Ricci. (December 22)
Personally, I didn’t love the first Sing. But it was a massive, massive hit so of course the sequel was coming—written and directed by Garth Jennings. This time, the ragtag group of performers are going to put on their biggest show yet, if only they can get a retired rocker (voiced by Bono) to return. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Offerman, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, Eric André, and Chelsea Peretti. (December 22)
The King’s Man
Before the Kingsmen were the world’s best, zaniest, and most violent independent intelligence operators, they were, well… the King’s Men. Learn the origins of Matthew Vaughn’s spy-fi saga in this World War I era prequel, that sees the original King’s Men unite to stop tyrants from launching a war that will destroy millions of lives. Written by Vaughn and Karl Gajdusek, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. (December 22)
Back to the Outback
Isla Fisher leads a massive voice cast in this animated family adventure about a group of animals at an Australian zoo who decide to escape and find themselves in the Outback. Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, and Guy Pearce also star in this one which was directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, and written by Greg Lessans, and Cripps. (On Netflix December TBD)
A caving expedition investigates rumors of a monster—revealed here to be a bat-humanoid+insect hybrid—in the trailer for It Came from Below, available on VOD September 7.
The Amityville Moon
The Amityville Horror meets The Howling in the trailer for The Amityville Moon — a film that has nothing to do with either franchise.
Deadline reports Yael Stone, Rob Collins, Callan Mulvey and Shantae Barnes-Cowan will star in Firebite, a fantasy series at AMC+ that “follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Collins) and Shanika (Barnes-Cowan), on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert.”
TV Line reports Jennifer Carpenter’s Debra Morgan will appear on the Dexter revival as a “full-fledged series regular.” In conversation with the outlet, Carpenter stated, “I don’t think of her as a ghost [per se, but] more of a link or an echo or an inconvenient truth for Dexter. [She] comes back to sort of haunt and punish and caretake and provoke and love [him].”
“Ghosts from Archer’s past” emerge in the synopsis for “Dingo, Baby, Et Cetera” airing September 22.
Lana makes rookie mistakes as ghosts from Archer’s past haunt him on a special mission.