Entertainment

The 'Matrix 4' Website Has a Trippy Countdown to Thursday's Trailer

Will you choose the red pill or the blue pill?

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

With studios pulling and delaying their movies every few weeks as things in the world bounce back and forth between “OK to go see a movie in the theater” and “not OK to go see a movie in the theater,” The Matrix 4 is one of the last blockbuster holdouts of the year, sticking with (for now) its release date of December 22, 2021. Officially titled The Matrix Resurrections, the film is directed by Lana Wachowski and stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett-Smith reprising their roles from the original trilogy, as well as newcomers to the series Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Christina Ricci, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff.

Warner Bros. is promising a first trailer this Thursday, and to promote it they’ve released a teaser website, thechoiceisyours.whatisthematrix.com, hearkening back to the digital viral marketing schemes of the turn of the millennium. If you go to the site, you’ll get a white screen with two pills, red and blue, either of which you can click on to get a taste of the upcoming footage in the trailer. Depending on which pill you click, and what time of day it is where you are, you’ll get a different voiceover from a different character over the traditional green text on a black screen, as well as a lightning-fast look at different shots. You could conceivably do this all day!

Obviously it looks incredible, and we genuinely can’t wait for the first trailer, let alone the movie itself. The Matrix Resurrections will open in theaters on December 22, and will also be available to stream on HBO Max for a month on that same date, unless Warner Bros. changes their mind.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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