Let Kingo’s Finger Guns Point the Way to a Spate of Eternals Goodness

Eternals: New Clip, Characters, and Kumail Nanjiani Finger Guns

I very much assumed the clip was titled “Run” because Ikaris (Richard Madden) or Kingo (Nanjiani) would have told that dumb kid to run, but clearly it’s referring to the super-speed of Makkari (The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff), which she uses to save the kid and spirit the rest of the primitive humans under attack to safety.

Unfortunately, Makkari’s not one of the Eternals featured—yet—in these tiny, but very stylish bio vids from the Marvel HQ YouTube channel. But given that the Eternals still aren’t well known (in either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the real world) you could spend your time in less productive ways. Here’s Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ajak (Salma Hayek), and Kingo:

You can head here to watch the vids for Ikaris and Thena, and then you can keep an eye out because surely Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Druig (Barry Keoghan), and Makkari are on the way.

Finally, Kingo and Ajak’s alter egos were on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote the film and, uh, talk about Keanu Reeves’ ass, apparently. But they also discussed Kingo’s superpower, which as you can see in the clip up top is unquestionably finger guns, and were called such on set by director Chloé Zhao herself (it starts at 8:45 in the vid):

I’ve always known in the back of my mind that the actors playing these superheroes have to do some really goofy things to provide the footage that gets augmented with VFX to look like awesome powers. But the idea of poor Kumail Nanjiani literally pretending his hands were guns, like a child would, for the entirety of filming the movie, is absolutely next-level bonkers. It’s going to be utterly impossible for me to not think about this every single time Kingo blasts something in Eternals—and now you, too, most likely. You’re welcome! Eternals is out in theaters November 5.

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Could Blade’s New Movie Be Coming Sooner Than We Thought?


Eternals

Meanwhile, Thena spears an orange in a new TV spot for Eternals.


Interview With the Vampire

According to The Wrap, Bailey Bass has been cast as Claudia in AMC’s Interview With the Vampire.

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The Boys

Deadline reports Frances Turner, Kristin Booth, and Jack Doolan have joined the cast of The Boys’ third season. Turner will play Monique, “the wife” of Mother’s Milk, while Booth and Doolan have been cast as the super siblings Tessa and Tommy, aka the TNT Twins.

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Lightyears

According to Deadline, Lily Cardone and Lowrey Brown will play the younger incarnations of Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons’ characters on Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi/drama, Lightyears.

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The Flash

John Wesley Shipp has confirmed to CBR that Jay Garrick makes another appearance on The Flash in season eight.

I would… and they’ve set it up. I can tell you that I will be going back in about a week and a half to shoot more Flash.

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Moon Lake

Deadline also reports Heavy Metal Studios is teaming with Barel Entertainment for an animated series based on Dan Fogler’s graphic novel anthology, Moon Lake. Hosted by The Man in the Moona captive of alien “moon-men” since childhood—The Man “prevents these aliens from attacking Earth by keeping them endlessly entertained with shocking tales of gruesome horror and hilarity. Each episode follows a different deranged set of characters in a strange new setting; whether it be following a ghost-whispering cave-woman on prehistoric Earth, a murderous cheerleader at a modern-day high school, or fighters in a bizarre alien war in space, each story plays into campy classic monster, horror, and sci-fi tropes in a hilarious way.”

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Evil

The team investigates a flesh-eating college student in the synopsis for “C Is for Cannibal”— the October 10th season finale of Evil.

Season finale. The team is sent to meet on campus with Mitch Jasper, a student with a growing compulsion to eat human flesh.

Written by: Rockne S O’Bannon

Directed by: Alethea Jones

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Star Trek: Lower Decks

Boimler makes a friend in the synopsis for “wej Duj” (that’s “Three Ships, for those not brushed up on their Klingon)—the October 7 episode of Lower Decks.

Boimler tries to find a bridge buddy while the U.S.S. Cerritos crew has down time during a long warp trip.

Written by: Kathryn Lyn

Directed by: Bob Suarez

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Y: The Last Man

The Amazons close in on Marrisville in the synopsis for “Victoria,the November 1 episode of Y: The Last Man. 

As the Amazons close in on Marrisville, Nora reaches a breaking point. Yorick makes a new connection while 355 faces her past. Written by: Eliza Clark, Directed by: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer

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La Brea

A plane crashes in the synopsis for La Brea’s fourth episode, “The New Arrival.

The sight of a crashing plane spreads a wave of unexpected hope through the clearing as Eve and the other survivors search for its fallen pilot. Gavin and Izzy seek help from an unlikely source after the government permanently suspends their mission into the sinkhole.

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Chucky

Syfy has six new Chucky TV spots animated by fans of the Child’s Play franchise.


Supergirl

Nyxly kidnaps William in the trailer for “Hope for Tomorrow,next week’s episode of Supergirl.


Stargirl

Meanwhile, everyone’s still mad at Pat in the trailer for next week’s episode of Stargirl.


What If…?

Finally, The Watcher scares the hell out of Thor in a new clip from today’s season one finale of Marvel’s What If…?


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Sounds Like Keanu Reeves’ Stunt Double on The Matrix Had a Hell of a Time

The Matrix: Keanu Stunt Double Explains Lobby Scene Stunt

(You can see the stunt at 1:20 in the above video.)

Luckily for Stahelski, Silver, the Wachowskis, and audiences, he didn’t miss! But man, the stress of trying to pull that stunt off while knowing you only get two takes—two very expensive takes—would have been more than enough to psych most people out, even without getting threatened by a major Hollywood movie producer. So full kudos to Stahelski for pulling it off, since his work on The Matrix helped make it a blockbuster, which led to him starting his own stunt company and eventually becoming a movie director, too.

He’s got some other great anecdotes about making the movie—including how he showed up for his first audition with a bleeding head wound—as well as some enjoyably enthusiastic thoughts about how The Matrix transformed action movies, so the full interview is absolutely worth the read.


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Updates From Halloween Kills, Peacemaker, and More

Halloween Kills Footage Teases Big Deaths, New Peacemaker Photo


Halloween Kills

Two new TV spots for Halloween Kills appear to suggest Cameron Elam does not survive his latest encounter with Michael Myers.


Dune

A new Dune featurette hypes the heat between Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet.


No Time to Die

Meanwhile, a new No Time to Die featurette introduces Agents Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Paloma (Ana de Armas).


Supergirl

Thomas Lennon revealed Mr. Mxyzptlk enjoys his own musical number on tonight’s episode of Supergirl in a recent interview with The Wrap.

[A full musical episode] would have been fun. I know. It would have been fun. And I will say that, between takes, Melissa and I do a tremendous amount of singing. But no, I know. It’s a shame. It’s a shame that this is a weird solo number, where they also picked weirdly one of the people with, like, probably the least amazing singing voice. But I do make up for it in super, super high kicking. So there is that.

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Peacemaker

James Gunn and Entertainment Weekly revealed a new photo of his The Suicide Squad spinoff Peacemaker.

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Chucky

There are three new images from “Death by Misadventure” — the premiere episode of Syfy’s Chucky.

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Roswell, New Mexico

KSiteTV has a synopsis for “Angels of the Silences, an upcoming episode of Roswell, New Mexico named after a Counting Crows song.

SINNERS AND SAVIORS – Liz (Jeanine Mason) and Max (Nathan Dean) race to find Heath (guest star Steven Krueger) in the hopes that he can help find a way to get Jones out of Max’s body. Meanwhile, Michael (Michael Vlamis) and Isobel (Lily Cowles) try to get through to Dallas (guest star Quentin Plair). The episode was directed by Laura Petzke and written by Danny Tolli & Onalee Hunter Hughes (#310). Original airdate 9/27/2021.

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La Brea

Finally, the first five minutes of NBC’s Land of the Lost-esque new series are now available to watch online.


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The Matrix Resurrections’ Lana Wachowski Says Neo and Trinity Helped Her Grieve

The Matrix Resurrections: Lana Wachowski on Returning to Story

While Lana didn’t expand on her sister’s reasons for moving on from the Matrix franchise, she did speak about how their parents’ deaths also impacted her feelings about Resurrections and her decision to make Neo and Trinity a core part of the new story.

“My brain has always reached into my imagination and one night, I was crying and I couldn’t sleep, and my brain exploded this whole story,” Wachowski said. “And I couldn’t have my mom and dad, yet suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, arguably the two most important characters in my life.”

The Matrix Revolutions’ first trailer features a couple of glimpses of Neo (Keanu Reeves) within the Matrix where he encounters Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who seemingly doesn’t remember him outside of a vague sense of déjà vu when they first meet. Though at least some of the past comes back to Trinity and Neo—who also doesn’t fully recall the events of the previous movies—the trailer definitely makes Resurrections seem like it could feel like a soft reboot meant to remind audiences what it felt like to see The Matrix for the first time. For Lana Wachowski, bringing Neo and Trinity back was both cathartic and healing.

“It was immediately comforting to have these two characters alive again, and it’s super simple,” Wachowski reasoned. “You can look at it and say: ‘ok, these two people die and ok, bring these two people back to life and oh, doesn’t that feel good?’ Yeah, it did! It’s simple, and this is what art does and that’s what stories do, they comfort us.”

The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max on December 22.


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The Matrix Resurrections Trailer Wants to Free Your Mind (Again)

Matrix 4 First Trailer: The Matrix Resurrections Keanu Reeves

Even though that trilogy of films by the Wachowskis put a bow on the story of Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie Anne-Moss), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and the rest—The Matrix Resurrections is doing exactly what its title promises: resurrecting the series. Lana Wachowski writes and directs the latest film which brings back Reeves and Moss are along with newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff.

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We’ll have a full, detailed breakdown up later today but let’s talk overall first impressions. Interestingly, most of the stuff that was available earlier this week as a tease on the official WhatIsTheMatrix website isn’t in this trailer, which is rather exciting. Beyond that, there has to be some kind of time-loop, replay-of-reality narrative happening here. Is Abdul-Mateen playing a young Morpheus? Or is he someone that’s related to Morpheus? The similarities are strikingly intentional. If he is a younger version of the character, could this have all happened before the events of the original films? Is this a story of Neo and Trinity forever destined to save themselves and free Zion? Does Zion even exist in this world anymore? Who is even controlling the Matrix? The questions we have about the world itself are innumerable.

The trailer shows a similar arc to the original movie too; Thomas Anderson is stuck in his tech-obsessed reality, then begins to liberate his mind, learn to fight (or maybe just relearning?), and eventually become very powerful with his abilities to manipulate the computer world of the Matrix. The woman with the Alice in Wonderland book has very big Oracle vibes. We see people fighting agents, running up walls, a little bit of everything. Really the main difference between this trailer and what we remember of the original is that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are each 20 years older.

Everything about this looks fantastic though, it could be a movie that reignites a passion for cinema much in the way the original film did back in 1999. That’s a tall order to be sure—but if anyone can do it, it’s the team behind The Matrix. The Matrix Resurrections opens in theaters, and on HBO Max, December 22. And don’t forget to check out our fall movie preview for the other genre films releasing the next few months.


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Matrix Resurrections’ First Look Is Here, But You’ll Have to Work for It

Based on nothing, and pulled completely out of thin air: my theory is that the Neo and Trinity in this film are programs created by a rogue faction of machines as tribute to the original characters, and that they’re training the new protagonist (a new One) for some purpose.

I don’t have any particular evidence or reasoning. Let’s see how it goes.

From Spider-Man to The Matrix, the Best Things We Saw at CinemaCon 2021

10. A new look at DC’s The Batman

There wasn’t a lot of new footage from The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, mainly just a replay of last year’s first trailer (seen above), but scattered among a few new shots were quotes from writer-director Matt Reeves saying he believes this is the most emotional Batman movie ever. It’ll be released March 4, 2022.

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9. More Halloween Kills

After the first trailer for Halloween Kills, I don’t want to see any more. It gives away so much. And yet, new footage was screened at CinemaCon that was even better and, somehow, even more spoilery. It really focused on how, in this film, the whole town is teaming up to take down Michael, lead by his former victims. The footage ended with someone (maybe Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) desperately trying to rip Michael’s mask off. Halloween Kills is out October 15.

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8. A first look at The Northman

Robert Eggers is a heck of a filmmaker. The Witch. The Lighthouse. And his new film, The Northman, which is about Vikings. It won’t be out until next year but seems like it could top them both. CinemaCon saw the first footage from the film and the best way to describe it was The Witch meets Braveheart. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy, among others, and will open April 8, 2022.

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7. The Black Phone is revealed

The latest film from the team behind Sinister stars Ethan Hawke and is based on a Joe Hill story. It comes out next year and we dove into the details at this link.

6. Jurassic World: Dominion unleashed

IMAX audiences have seen the opening of Jurassic World: Dominion, out next year, but CinemaCon was shown even more footage that looked like a Jurassic Park movie crossed with Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Jason Bourne. Read our write-up here. The film, which unites Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, roars into theaters June 10, 2022.

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5. The opening of Top Gun Maverick

Top Gun Maverick isn’t really an io9 movie but I don’t care, I have to tell you about it. Paramount showed the film’s first 10-15 minutes which included the opening credits and first scene. As a die-hard, long-time Top Gun fan, I think it was perfect. The opening credits are exactly like the original. The text, the font, the music, “Danger Zone,” and then the film goes into its first scene with Maverick (Tom Cruise) flying a supersonic jet Mach 10 and then being mistaken for an alien. Oh, hey, maybe it is an io9 movie! Maverick opens November 19.

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4. An epic Mission Impossible 7 stunt

Speaking of Tom Cruise, he can apparently fly even without one of those Top Gun planes. Or at least it will appear that way when Mission Impossible 7 opens next summer. Paramount showed a video of Cruise attempting his latest, greatest stunt for the action franchise which consists of driving a motorcycle off a cliff, free-falling, and then pulling a parachute. MI:7 brings back Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby, among others, and you can read many more details about the stunt here.

3. Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

This is only footage on this list that was actually released to the public, so that’s why it’s a few slots below the next two things. You can check out the Sony/Marvel trailer above if you missed it and check out our in-depth breakdown here. No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, and others, and opens December 17.

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2. The Matrix Resurrections

CinemaCon saw not just the first official confirmation of the title to the upcoming fourth Matrix movie, but a screening of the first footage, which has a lot in common with the 1999 original. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, it’s called The Matrix Resurrections and it stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, and more. It opens December 22 and you can read all about the footage here.

1. All of Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Sony Pictures surprised everyone at CinemaCon by screening, in its entirety, November’s highly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman and starring McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, and Finn Wolfhard. Seeing a movie that I’m very excited for—three months early (it opens November 11) and completely spoiler-free—was simply magic. I’m not allowed to say much more than that but you can read some general reactions here.

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