Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer Looks At All The Updates In Steven Avery’s Case

Back in 2015, Netflix blew up the true crime genre with the powerful and captivating series Making a Murderer, which drew national attention to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Hallbach and the convictions of accused murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Get ready to dive back into those small town politics once more for Making a Murderer Part 2, the second season of the hit series that’ll be hitting Netflix on October 19. You can check out the very first trailer below.

Perhaps it’s because we’re already aware of everything that went down in Season 1, as well as much of the courtroom aftermath that followed it, but the trailer for Season 2 was slightly less invigorating, slightly less frustrating and slightly less enjoyable to watch. Rather than vaulting over to a different murder case, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos slid their hooks back into Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for another enlightening look at the legal processes within small town America.

As seen in the trailer, Making a Murderer Part 2 will keep part of its focus on Kathleen Zellner, the newest wrongful conviction attorney to step in to defend Steven Avery. Zellner takes the place of the first season’s defense team, made up of Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, and will be leading the charge to try and reverse the charges that Avery was slapped with. If she’s successful, it would be the second time that Avery would get released from prison after having a wrongful conviction overturned. (He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully accused and arrested for sexual assault.)

Kathleen Zellner made a name for herself in the world of wrongful convictions, and she is possibly the best bet that Avery and the Making a Murderer team have of changing things. Assuming the filmmakers’ beliefs about Avery and Dassey’s innocence hold true, that is.

In the weeks and months following the release of Making a Murderer, fans could find updates popping up from national news media outlets, and viewers were not shy about making their opinions known to prosecutors like Ken Kratz. Several times, it seemed like Steven Avery and/or Brendan Dassey might have earned a successful appeal or retrial. Nothing permanent every happened on that front, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to announce the follow-up season, knowing that its customers would be interested in keeping up with the complicated legal case. And we’ll be doing just that later this month.

Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer Looks At All The New Updates In Steven Avery’s Case

Back in 2015, Netflix blew up the true crime genre with the powerful and captivating series Making a Murderer, which drew national attention to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Hallbach and the convictions of accused murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Get ready to dive back into those small town politics once more for Making a Murderer Part 2, the second season of the hit series that’ll be hitting Netflix on October 19. You can check out the very first trailer below.

Perhaps it’s because we’re already aware of everything that went down in Season 1, as well as much of the courtroom aftermath that followed it, but the trailer for Season 2 was slightly less invigorating, slightly less frustrating and slightly less enjoyable to watch. Rather than vaulting over to a different murder case, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos slid their hooks back into Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for another enlightening look at the legal processes within small town America.

As seen in the trailer, Making a Murderer Part 2 will keep part of its focus on Kathleen Zellner, the newest wrongful conviction attorney to step in to defend Steven Avery. Zellner takes the place of the first season’s defense team, made up of Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, and will be leading the charge to try and reverse the charges that Avery was slapped with. If she’s successful, it would be the second time that Avery would get released from prison after having a wrongful conviction overturned. (He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully accused and arrested for sexual assault.)

Kathleen Zellner made a name for herself in the world of wrongful convictions, and she is possibly the best bet that Avery and the Making a Murderer team have of changing things. Assuming the filmmakers’ beliefs about Avery and Dassey’s innocence hold true, that is.

In the weeks and months following the release of Making a Murderer, fans could find updates popping up from national news media outlets, and viewers were not shy about making their opinions known to prosecutors like Ken Kratz. Several times, it seemed like Steven Avery and/or Brendan Dassey might have earned a successful appeal or retrial. Nothing permanent every happened on that front, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to announce the follow-up season, knowing that its customers would be interested in keeping up with the complicated legal case. And we’ll be doing just that later this month.

Why Venom’s Michelle Williams Decided To Join A Superhero Movie

As popular as comic book movies have become, not every actor seems to be interested in becoming part of one. There’s still something of a division between the popular film genre and the “artistic” movie scene that makes up the sort of the films that you tend to see on awards shows. Michelle Williams, a multi-time Academy Award nominee, would generally be part of this latter group, but it turns out she really wanted to join the comic book movie genre, because she thought it looked like a fun challenge. According to Williams…

While some may turn their nose up at movies based on comic books, Michelle Williams is not one of those people. In fact, quite to the contrary, she sees a unique challenge in being in a movie like that. The actress sees actors on screen in some of the most fantastic and unbelievable situations one could imagine, but on screen, it all looks so real. Williams saw that as a different sort of challenge as an actor. Some might think acting against a green screen or performing opposite a tennis ball on a stick might not be something to strive towards, but if you’ve never done it, how do you know how well you could do it?

Michelle Williams also points out that comic movies, generally speaking, look to be a lot of fun on screen and whatever your job is, it’s nice when you can really enjoy doing it from time to time.

However, Michelle Williams tells Collider there was also one other reason that she chose to make Venom specifically. She wasn’t simply interested in making a comic book movie, she was also interested in making one with this particular lead actor.

Based on what Michelle Williams has said recently, it sounds like she enjoyed making Venom as much as she would have hoped. She has called the possibility of playing She-Venom in a future film, something that could be in the cards based on the character she plays in Venom, a “dream come true.” It’s one thing to have been part of a comic book movie. It’s apparently another to actually play the hero, or in this case, anti-hero.

Based on the initial box office response, it’s quite possible Michelle Williams could get that chance. Venom crushed the October box office in its opening weekend. If it keeps going in that direction then you can be sure that a sequel is going to be on the way, and probably sooner rather than later.

Microsoft Reveals New Game Streaming Project

One of the most talked about initiatives that Microsoft has attempted to undertake this generation was game streaming. It’s been one of Microsoft’s most desired outcomes for the Xbox One, and it hasn’t always gone down well with the community, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from trying… yet again.

According to the Microsoft website, there’s an announcement about Project xCloud, which is a new game-streaming service that allows you to play anywhere and on any cloud-enabled device.

Corporate vice president of cloud gaming at Microsoft, Kareem Choudhry, detailed the new streaming service based on cloud technology. The streaming service will be based on cloud computing that will then allow gamers to pick up and play the games they want through smartphones, tablets, or other smart devices.

Microsoft will continue to tap into its own Azure cloud data centers to introduce the streaming service, which is something that the company wanted to do since the inception of the Xbox One and its subsequent announcement and release back in 2013.

Things didn’t go over so well five years ago when it was first brought to the forefront of gaming via former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick, but the company believes that the climate has changed enough over the last half decade to try again.

This time, however, it will be rolled out in a long-term fashion across various developmental steps that will include the gaming community. According to the blog post on the Microsoft website, Project xCloud will be a “multi-year journey” and the first public trials will begin at some point in 2019 with specified regions and locations picked for the trials.

At the moment, the company is currently testing Project xCloud in closed environments across various devices using the prototypes that have been built so far. The game-streaming service will support wireless Xbox One controllers through Bluetooth connectivity, along with touchscreen support for Surface tablets and other compatible devices. This has also required the team to implement software to take advantage of touchscreen support for devices that are not controller-enabled.

Obviously, the most important facet of this endeavor is being able to deliver high-quality, AAA gaming to casual and core gamers alike through low-latency service at any place in any location. This is why Microsoft is touting having more than 54 Azure data centers located around the world, and there are plans to further expand those data centers for even better connectivity.

Latency has always been a hot button topic when it comes to game streaming, and it was one of the things that initially proved to be a rather significant obstruction for making PlayStation Now a viable service in the early days, and one of the big challenges that gamers questioned in regard to the cloud-based physics that Sumo Digital’s Crackdown 3 was supposed to utilize.

We’ll see how well all of this comes together once the public tests get underway, and we’ll also see if the general market has warmed to the idea of cloud-gaming compared to when it was first introduced in a big way back in 2013.

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Follow-Up Is Building A Phenomenal Cast

Although Rian Johnson really only became a household names thanks to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he’s been working with great actors for years. Between Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper – his first three films – his record of collaborations include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Brody, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. and Jeff Daniels. Now he’s putting together the cast for his next feature, Knives Out, and he’s made three stellar selections so far.

We only heard first heard about Knives Out at the start of last month, minimal details revealing that it will be a classic whodunit murder mystery, but in the last few weeks we’ve learned about some incredible talent coming aboard. And without further ado, let’s start with the latest, shall we?

The report that inspired this little write-up comes from Deadline, which says that Lakeith Stanfield has signed on to Knives Out to play a detective. Sadly, not much more is known about the part, but we can certainly hope it will be worthy of his talents.

Stanfield only made his feature debut five years ago, but already he has proven to mass audiences that he is a remarkably gifted actor. Everything started with a brilliant turn opposite Brie Larson in the shattering drama Short Term 12, but since then we’ve witnessed further greatness in movies like Get Out and Sorry To Bother You, not to mention the genius FX series Atlanta.

Set to join Lakeith Stanfield as a detective in Knives Out is Daniel Craig, who was the first actor to come aboard the project. Given that the movie is getting ready to start shooting later this year, it’s unclear how it will coordinate with the production schedule for Bond 25 – but given the setup and presumed scale of this project, it probably won’t be filming for very long.

It’s worth mentioning that Craig has a bit of experience in the murder mystery genre, having previously starred in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. We can’t say at this point how much further similarities will go from there, but hopefully one area in which they will match is quality level.

Finally we have Chris Evans, who is attached to Knives Out in a mystery role. Given the information we have, we can probably rule him out as another detective, but that’s really as far as details go.

Given Evans’ recent posts on social media, it might wind up being that Knives Out will be his first film to come following the end of his run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which lasted for a full eight years. Of course, given the size of the actor’s fanbase, and the awesome talent demonstrated during his time as Captain America and in other roles, this certainly will only be the first of many great post-Marvel titles to come.

With production gearing up before the end of 2018, it’s very likely that we will get to see Knives Out in its finished form at some point in 2019. Right now the film definitely has our attention, and we’ll be sure to keep delivering new details about the project here on CinemaBlend as they become available.

Overwatch May Be Getting Its Own Breakfast Cereal

There may be an Overwatch cereal set to land on a grocery store shelf near you. No, this is not a joke. The team-based shooter may end up getting a breakfast cereal based on the characters that appear in the first-person action game, if certain images and a loot box promotion are to be believed.

There could be a cereal called Lucio Oh’s in the works, which will feature the rollerblading Brazilian. The DJ could be making the leap from being one of the most played supports in Overwatch to helping support kids with a healthy breakfast before they trot off to learn about all the wonderful things school has to teach them.

The reports indicate that the new cereal will supposedly launch on December 3rd to coincide with a loot box event that Blizzard Entertainment will be hosting.

According to The Junk Food Aisle, when you purchase a box of Overwatch’s Lucio-Oh’s between December 3rd, 2018 and December 31st, 2019 you’ll need to take a picture of your receipt and then head to the Kellogg’s website, register an account and log in, and then submit each receipt within 30 days of purchase. You’ll have up until January 30th, 2020 to submit receipts.

So, what do you get for going through the trouble of collecting all those receipts? Well, there’s a “Loot Boost” campaign that will take place, which gives Overwatch players an opportunity to open up an additional loot box the next three times you level up within the game. The loot box will appear within 72 hours of when your receipt was submitted, and you must have a legitimate and active Overwatch account through Blizzard’s service to participate. Additionally, you will have up until March 31st, 2020 to retrieve the loot boxes.

If you live in Belgium or the Netherlands things may not go over so well for you, given that premium loot boxes are banned in Belgium, and Blizzard — along with Valve and 2K Games — were forced to remove the loot boxes from Overwatch. Other games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the NBA 2K titles were also affected, and FIFA was supposed to have its premium loot boxes removed, but Electronic Arts decided to reject the gambling commission’s standards and defy Belgium law.

I do wonder if Blizzard and Kellogg will even bother to release the cereal in the regions where loot boxes are banned, given that it seems like a large part of the incentive for purchasing the cereal is to partake in the Loot Boost program.

The cereal itself seems to be the standard Fruit Loops-style cereal with fruity O’s featuring artificial flavor. In this particular case, the Lucio Oh’s are going to be themed around “sonic vanilla.”

If the rumors are true and the box is anything to go by, you could be seeing this cereal appear on a grocery store shelf near you by the end of this year, starting December 3rd.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Getting New ‘Mixtape Matchmaking’ Mode

When the next update hits Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it’ll let players pick and choose what games and modes they want to play in something 343 Industries is calling “Mixtape Matchmaking.” If you want to get extremely granular with your next Halo throwdown, this mode sounds like a godsend.

The above tweet comes from Brian Jarrard, community director at 343 Industries. As he notes, The Master Chief Collection is going to have a Match Composer, which is more commonly referred to as Mixtape Matchmaking. In short, players will be able to fine-tune their gameplay experience, selecting the games and modes they want in rotation while going toe-to-toe with their fellow Spartans.

While the tweeted image shows that you can choose the number of minimum and maximum players in your rounds of multiplayer combat, it doesn’t appear you can narrow things down to maps, specifically. That’s a bit of a bummer but, still, it’s nice that 343 Industries is giving Halo fans some extra control over their online battles. Do you only want to play maps from the original Halo and Halo 4? Do you want to play maps from the first three Halo games, but only team deathmatch? Are you open to all of the games, but you only want to play rounds of capture the flag? With Match Composer, you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

According to the announcement, the Match Composer will soon be ready in a public build, which means it’ll ship out to community testing for feedback. If you have ever been part of the community testing for The Master Chief Collection or if you just own the game, my understanding is that you’ll be able to join in and give the Composer a spin.

While a feature like this would be welcome in other shooters, there typically aren’t enough maps, modes and the like to allow players to get so specific with their matchmaking options. With MCC, though, we’ve got basically five games’ worth of maps and modes to pick from, so it makes sense the developers would want to give players a bit more control over what, exactly, they play.

As for the game itself, you can pick up The Master Chief Collection on store shelves both physical and virtual. It’s also part of Xbox Game Pass, which seems like a solid way to bolster the online community. The game also got a massive update over the summer, offering a bunch of new features, enhanced visuals, better matchmaking and more. Reception of the game was a bit lackluster due to technical issues in the early goings, but fans seem to be pretty happy with the improvements made in the most recent update.

Hopefully, the Match Composer will help tide series fans over for a while, because it’s likely going to be a long while before Halo Infinite is finally ready to roll.

Nick Cannon Is Developing His Own Late Night Talk Show

Nick Cannon made a name for himself on the network TV circuit thanks largely to his role as host of America’s Got Talent for years until a joke resulted in his departure from the series. The good news for Cannon fans is that he could make a big splash with a new network TV project. He is currently developing his own late-night talk show for an unexpected network.

The prospective series is in the works at Fox, which had generally stayed out of the late-night sphere and left the post-primetime talk shows to CBS, NBC, and ABC. Given all the changes in store for Fox, perhaps exploring late-night programming could help the network become more competitive on network television than ever. Nick Cannon could certainly be the ideal host to attract an audience.

He’s a recognizable name and won a fanbase over on America’s Got Talent, to the point that even AGT judge Howie Mandel was openly hoping he would return rather than AGT landing a new host. All of this said, the series as it is currently in development would not be a show along the lines of The Tonight Show or The Late Show. If ordered to series, it would be a weekly topical show rather than something that airs every weeknight.

The project is in development with Nick Cannon teaming up with Talking Dead executive producer Michael Davies. In addition to Cannon as host, episodes would tackle pop culture and showcase interviews with celebrities, musical performances, and stand-up comics. THR reports that Cannon is on board as an executive producer as well. Interestingly, the description doesn’t mention politics. Most late-night shows nowadays cover the latest in political developments, with Stephen Colbert’s Late Show actually thriving thanks to his political commentary. Perhaps Cannon’s currently untitled series would give provide a politics-free block of entertainment.

As part of the potential late-night series, Nick Cannon and the Talking Dead producer would also help curate only segments for social media distribution along with Fox’s digital team. This isn’t the first time that Cannon has joined the Fox team for a project. He is next slated to host the upcoming game show called The Masked Singer, which will see celebrities face off against each other in musical battles but their identities will be hidden from their opponents. Yes, masks will be involved.

Nick Cannon will executive producer as well as host The Masked Singer, which will premiere in January 2019, although no exact premiere date has been revealed at this point. The Masked Singer is only one of a number of new game shows in the works; for now, Cannon’s late-night show seems to be the only one of its kind in development. We’ll have to wait and see if Cannon will prove more successful as a Fox late-night host than Chevy Chase in 1993, Joan Rivers and Arsenion Hall in 1986, and Wanda Sykes in 2009.

For your viewing options sooner rather than later, swing by our fall TV premiere guide. There are plenty of shows heading to the airwaves as well as available in late-night slots.

Rambo 5 Has Added Its First New Actor

Sylvester Stallone has been teasing the development of Rambo 5 for months now, but in that time the casting department has been silent. We’ve known that Stallone will return as his second most iconic character in the sequel, but there has been no news regarding his co-stars. That period ended today, however, as Paz Vega has reportedly signed on for a key role and has become the second member of the movie’s ensemble.

Titled Rambo 5: Last Blood (a reference to the original John Rambo movie, First Blood), the new film will see the titular hero facing off against the Mexican drug cartels when he learns that the daughter of a friend has been kidnapped. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paz Vega will be a key ally of the gun-loving Vietnam veteran John Rambo, playing a character named Carmen Delgado.

The trade report describes the character briefly, and notes that she has two significant connections to the main plot. The first is a professional connection, as she is a reporter whose beat is the Mexican drug trade. The second is that the young girl who is kidnapped is her sister.

Paz Vega’s career started back in the late 1990s when roles on multiple Spanish television shows, but her big breakout came when she played the titular role in Sex and Lucia in 2001. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni in Spanglish, and has continued to go back and forth between work in Spain and America. Recently she was featured in the first season of the series The OA on Netflix.

While Paz Vega is the first actor we’ve heard about starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in Rambo 5: Last Blood, apparently that hasn’t stopped the production for barreling ahead. The trade report revealing Vega’s announcement notes that the movie is already shooting, with locations set up in Bulgaria and Spain. Adrian Grunberg, who previously directed the Mel Gibson action movie Get The Gringo, is at the helm for the second time in his career, with most of credits being for his work as a second unit director.

Sylvester Stallone is credited as the co-writer on the film with Matthew Cirulnick, whose most significant credit is the Amazon original series Absentia. The actor has had a hand in the scripts for all of the Rambo movies to date, so it makes all the sense in the world that he would have a hand in bringing the franchise to a close.

Millennium Films is producing the film, though exactly when and how it will wind up getting to audiences is unclear. Not only does the project not have a release date yet, but it also doesn’t appear to have a domestic distributor. This is definitely a project we’re keeping an eye on, so be on the lookout for more updates here on CinemaBlend.

Connie Britton’s New Show Dirty John Looks All Kinds Of Messed Up In First Trailer

Along the lines of the old adage, the truth is sometimes more startling than fiction, and in the case of Bravo’s upcoming miniseries, Dirty John, that is incredibly accurate. The podcast sensation is making its way to television by way of a limited series starring 9-1-1‘s Connie Britton and Eric Bana, along with a few other recognizable faces. The home to the Real Housewives has unveiled a first look at the new series with its official trailer. Check it out for yourself before we regroup below:

The trailer opens with the frantic 911 calls that served as the basis for the podcast of the same name. The stunning true crime tale is brought to life with Connie Britton as Debra Newell, a divorcee who is swept off her feet by the mysterious John Meehan, who introduces himself as a doctor.

The rapidly-developing romance alarms Debra’s daughters, Terra and Veronica. The sisters’ suspicions surrounding John and their mother’s enduring faith in him set off a schism within the family. As the trailer hints, there will be consequences. The glossily-filmed trailer is teeming with tension and appears to have captured the urgency felt listening to the podcast. In the trailer, you get a strong sense of what the cast will be bringing to the table in their respective roles.

In the first look alone, it is apparent that Connie Britton and Eric Bana have captured a sparkling screen chemistry, as Bana hints at John’s true nature seeping beneath the surface during certain snippets. Playing Debra’s daughters are Vinyl‘s Juno Temple and Ozark‘s Julie Garner, with the latter trading in Ruth’s southern-style Missouri accent for Terra’s California girl lilt. For those familiar with Garner’s work on the Netflix crime drama, her casting as Terra will offer her a fresh opportunity to show off her impressive range even more.

One of the most spine-tingling moments of the podcast involves a woman Debra and John find inside the former’s house when they arrive home. As visualized in the adaptation, it is equally bizarre. The trailer does not tip its hand in teasing John’s past leading up to when he meets Debra, which means prospective viewers have not had everything given away to them. There are so many twists and turns in this story that the trailer could not possibly hint at them all.

When it comes to showing the unnerving side of the story, the limited drama’s trailer makes its point. The wait for the podcast adaptation will require a bit more patience. Dirty John will premiere Sunday, November 25 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. The true crime drama is among a slew of new series making their returns or premieres this fall. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in entertainment news.