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Cinemark Responds to Warner Bros. Streaming 2021 Movie Slate on HBO Max

Cinemark has responded to the unprecedented Warner Bros. 2021 release strategy. The studio announced earlier today that they will be releasing all of their 2021 movies in theaters and HBO Max simultaneously. After one month, the movies will move from the streaming platform and will be screened solely in movie theaters. Large theater chains have been trying to negotiate deals since the beginning of this year with varying degrees of success. As of this writing, the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) is still trying to get Congress to help out with money before everything has to shut down again.

It does not appear that Warner Bros. talked with theater chains when making their hybrid decision. Cinemark says, “In light of the current operating environment, we are making near-term booking decisions on a film-by-film basis. At this time, Warner Bros. has not provided any details for the hybrid distribution model

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Wendy Williams’ Relationship Drama Featured in First Trailer for Lifetime Movie — Watch!

The first trailer for Wendy Williams’ upcoming Lifetime biopic is here! The dramatic trailer debuted on Thursday, showcasing the media mogul’s rise to fame, issues with addiction and the demise of her marriage to Kevin Hunter. 

Williams is an executive producer on the biopic, which stars Ciera Payton (The Oval, She’s Gotta Have It) and Morocco Omari (P-Valley, Empire). The script was written by Leigh Davenport (Run the World, Boomerang) and Scarlett Lacey (Magnum P.I., The Royals), and the TV movie was directed by Darren Grant (The Chi, God Friended Me). 

“Before I had you, I had me, and not you, nor anyone else has the power to take away my gifts!” Payton’s Williams yells in the trailer, before declaring she’ll “turn this city out.” 

Watch the trailer in the video player above.

In April 2019, Williams filed for divorce from

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How Warner Bros.’s HBO Max Announcement Will Impact the Movie Business

Warner Bros. sent the movie business spinning on its axis when it announced Thursday that it was releasing its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max at the same time as the movies debut in cinemas. It’s a group of potential blockbusters that includes “Matrix 4” and “Dune,” as well as awards hopefuls such as “Judas and the Black Messiah” — high profile projects that it would have been unthinkable to view as straight-to-streaming endeavors just a few months ago.

Of course, the whole notion of a theatrical debut has been dramatically altered during pandemic times, as major markets like New York City and Los Angeles remain closed, with other cinemas reopening only to shut back down again as crowds failed to materialize for Warner Bros.’ “Tenet,” a sci-fi epic from director Christopher Nolan. And yet, Warner Bros.’ decision is, to use a hackneyed phrase, a game changer, one that could

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Warner Bros. to release every 2021 movie on HBO Max at same time as theaters

Whoa: Warner Bros. is going all-in on HBO Max.

The studio is taking the unprecedented step of not just releasing Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max this month, but also every one of its films in 2021 — the whole slate, from Dune to The Matrix 4. Every film will be released day-and-date in theaters and on the new streaming service.

The lineup of 17 films includes The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho, and Matrix 4. The company released a promotional video, above, touting the news.

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner

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Warner Bros. will release every single movie in 2021 simultaneously on HBO Max

WarnerMedia is pushing even more aggressively into streaming by releasing every single movie in 2021 simultaneously on HBO Max.





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There are some limitations to the new business model. The movies will only stream on HBO Max for one month before leaving the platform for a period of time. They will also play in theaters, keeping the relationship with movie theater distributors like AMC and Regal. The plan is to run this experiment for one year.

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The movies Warner Bros. is planning to release include: The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4. All

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New Sleepaway Camp Movie Is in the Works Says Original Star Felissa Rose

One defining aspect of the horror-slasher genre is the ability of a movie to shock the audience, preferably in the goriest way possible. 1983’s cult slasher classic Sleepaway Camp provides one of the most notorious examples of this, with a wild twist ending that has been talked about and dissected for decades. Felissa Rose, star of Sleepaway Camp and its sequels, revealed to Bloody Disgusting that the franchise might be adding a new chapter soon.

“I will say this, because there’s been so much looming around the Sleepaway Camp universe for so long. Will they remake it? Will there be another sequel? I know that something’s in the works. I don’t even really know exactly how it will be, but I can tell you that definitely like-we just had our 37th anniversary-I would love to say that, mark my words, by the 40th, something will be out.”

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House Democrats Voted On Best Christmas Movie, And No One Agrees

The best Christmas movie is, obviously, The Muppet Christmas Carol, followed by Gremlins. (Gremlins is a better movie overall, but it’s a year-round masterpiece; Michael Caine-as-Scrooge dancing with the Ghost of Christmas Present hits differently in December, y’know?) But “Marley and Marley” was nowhere to be found during a practice vote among House Democrats on Thursday. If you want to use this as an example of everything wrong with the Democratic Party, I will not disagree.

“House Democrats voted today on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections, per a person familiar,” Natalie Andrews, the Wall Street Journal‘s Congress reporter, tweeted. “Choices: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street.” And what did they pick? Miracle on 34th Street, presumably the black-and-white version from 1947, not the 1994 version

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Chloe Zhao on “Nomadland,” “The Eternals” and Writing Fan Fiction

Critically-acclaimed director Chloe Zhao’s latest film, “Nomadland,” became an early Oscar favorite after bowing at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, and could see her make history as the first Asian American female to win the best director prize.

The film stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a widow who has been left houseless after the gypsum mine that had propped up the town of Empire closes for good. Fern lives and travels through America in her white van, encountering other real-life nomads on her journey. Zhao spoke to Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast about “Nomadland,” listen below!

Zhao, the critically-acclaimed director behind “The Rider” and “Songs my Brothers Taught Me,” says she had “always wanted to make a road movie,” especially one that looked at the American West. Her new film is based on the nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder, and Zhao says

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Aubrey Plaza and meta-movie doings in the Adirondacks

It’s a good, if perplexing, time to be a fan of Aubrey Plaza, the darkly magnetic actress who has risen over the past decade through TV comedy support (“Parks and Recreation”) to indie movie queen (“Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Ingrid Goes West”). On Hulu, Plaza is subverting the new holiday movie “The Happiest Season” as the girlfriend Kristen Stewart should end up with, and in “Black Bear,” a festival favorite now coming to major VOD platforms, she gets to stretch in an ambiguous but emotionally sprawling dramatic role.



Aubrey Plaza wearing a white shirt: Aubrey Plaza in "Black Bear."


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Aubrey Plaza in “Black Bear.”

The latter film is one of those meta-fictional puzzlers that turns in on itself, prompting audiences to wonder whose story is being told and in what order. This can be exciting and challenging or it can be tedious, and “Black Bear” is a mix of both. The set-up seems straightforward: A writer

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Can the superhero movie survive the Covid-era switch to streaming? | Film

Wonder Woman’s origin myth is well known: Princess Diana of Themyscira quits her beloved fantasy island of Amazonian warrior women and sets out into the human world to help save us from our worst instincts, like a sort of kick-ass female Jesus in red, blue and gold. You might think Gal Gadot’s battling goddess would be better off heading home, given we’re in the middle of a pandemic, otherwise it probably won’t be long until she needs a little saving herself, along with all the other superhero movies out there.

Covid 19’s ability to shutter cinemas worldwide could fundamentally alter the way these big-budget productions are put together in future. It was reported this week that forthcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first film screened in 4K Ultra HD on the new US streaming service HBO Max, from Christmas Day. It’s also heading to cinemas at the

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