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Movie Theaters, Live Venues Would Get Billions in Aid From Stimulus Package

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About 60% of the movie theaters in the country — though not the major chains — would be in line for several billion dollars in grants if Congress can agree on a coronavirus stimulus package.

Negotiations on a bill were jumpstarted on Tuesday, when a bipartisan group of senators offered a $908 billion plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated his own framework that would provide about $500 billion.

Both proposals include $15 billion for live event venues and movie theaters, aides on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Variety. So while the sides remain apart on several other issues, there is broad agreement about bailing out theaters, restaurants and music venues.

McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on Thursday, as hopes rose that a deal could be achieved.

“Compromise is within reach,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on

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10 Great Movie Santas, from Kurt Russell to Paul Giamatti (Photos)

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As the embodiment of kindness, generosity, and Yuletide beneficence, Santa Claus presents some mighty big black boots, much less a red suit, for any actor to fill. But jolly old Saint Nicholas has appeared in the movies for as long as the movies have existed, and here are some of our favorite actors who’ve steered the sleigh (not counting Billy Bob Thornton and anyone else who has played a guy who is pretending to be Santa):
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Kurt Russell in “The Christmas Chronicles” (2018) and “The Christmas Chronicles 2” (2020): There’s more than a little bit of Russell’s trucker character from “Big Trouble in Little China” in his take on Father Christmas, but that blue-collar bravado and dad-bod energy make this character, in the words of critic Nathan Rabin, “a Santa who f–ks.”

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Jim Broadbent, “Arthur Christmas” (2011): In this delightful animated adventure

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Warner Bros.’ HBO Max Move May Be ‘Nail in the Coffin’ for Struggling Movie Theaters



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Warner Bros. shocking decision to release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously may have been prompted by unprecedented circumstances — the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down theaters worldwide, with full reopening postponed to some distant future. But what Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff called a “unique one-year plan” threatens permanent changes to movie theaters that have been under strain even before this year.

“It’s a nail in the coffin for theaters who have been vulnerable for a long time — you are witnessing the single biggest blow to cinema since COVID-19,” the Patriarch Organization CEO Eric Schiffer told TheWrap, noting that WarnerMedia parent AT&T “has made a business decision that the traditional movie experience is less important” than growing the company’s six-month-old streaming platform.

Warner’s announcement includes likely blockbusters such as DC Films’ “The Suicide Squad,” the

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Cynthia Erivo Is Going to Star in a Movie About Princess ‘Gifted’ to Queen Victoria

Cynthia Erivo is taking on a big new role.

The 33-year-old Harriet actress is set to star in and produce a film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess who was “gifted” to Queen Victoria after she being orphaned and enslaved by a West African king, Deadline reported.

Here are more details: “Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put Sarah at the centre of British aristocracy but did not shield her from public scrutiny, personal suffering or the dangers of a capricious court that was fundamentally suspicious of her as a strong, educated Black woman.”

According to the report, the biopic is meant to be a celebration of Sarah Forbes Bonetta as a

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By betting big on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has hastened the future of the movie business

A mere two weeks after announcing Wonder Woman 1984 would be released in movie theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, Warner Bros. has upended the film business again. In a jaw-dropping move, the studio declared Thursday that its entire 2021 film slate would do the same, including such boldfaced titles as DuneThe Suicide Squad, and The Matrix 4. It’s a strategy with massive implications for the future of the industry — but also one clearly born out of desperation and a dearth of options, as the COVID-19 pandemic looks likely to keep many movie theaters shuttered well into next year.



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a man standing on a beach with a mountain in the background: By betting big on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has accelerated the changing nature of the movie business and streaming.


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By betting big on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has accelerated the changing nature of the movie business and streaming.

“It’s probably most shocking because they’re doing it before Wonder Woman‘s release, and not

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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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