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'Wonder Woman 1984' to Debut Both on HBO Max and in Theaters

'Wonder Woman 1984' to Debut Both on HBO Max and in Theaters

Courtesy of Warner Bros. PicturesAudiences will get to see “” on Christmas Day after all. After , Warner Bros. announced that the superhero sequel will debut on the streaming service HBO Max on Dec. 25, the same day it will open in U.S. movie theaters.Internationally, where HBO Max is not available, “Wonder Woman 1984” will premiere in cinemas one week earlier, on Dec. 16. The film will stream on HBO Max for a month at no additional cost to subscribers.“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to...

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How HBO Max Became 'Wonder Woman 1984's' Best Option

How HBO Max Became 'Wonder Woman 1984's' Best Option

Warner Bros. didn’t have a lot of good options.After the studio released Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” in September to , it was hesitant to unveil another $200 million-budgeted movie in the middle of a pandemic. And yet, just three months after “Tenet” tried and largely failed to reignite moviegoing, Warner Bros. had to make a decision about the fate of “,” the last blockbuster scheduled for 2020 after other major films such as “No Time to Die” and “Soul” had been postponed or opted for streaming debuts.With “Wonder Woman 1984’s” Christmas Day release date looming, the studio had found itself...

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Survival Mode: Movie Theaters Brace for Desolate Winter

Survival Mode: Movie Theaters Brace for Desolate Winter

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Nov 17
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Universal Strikes Deal With Cinemark Allowing Movies to Premiere On-Demand Early

Universal Strikes Deal With Cinemark Allowing Movies to Premiere On-Demand Early

Theatres and Pictures have forged a landmark agreement to bring theatrical movies more quickly to home entertainment.The deal follows an unexpected arrangement that Universal struck months ago , the world’s largest movie theater chain. That pact gave Universal the option to put new movies on digital rental services after 17 days of theatrical release — a decision that sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood because it dramatically shortened the timeframe (typically 75 to 90 days) that films play exclusively on the big screen. In exchange, Universal would share in the digital profits with...

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Johnny Depp Forced to Exit 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise

Johnny Depp Forced to Exit 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise

will no longer portray the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the “” film franchise, the actor announced Friday.“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and I have respected and agreed to that request,” he wrote Friday on Instagram.Depp’s exit from the “Harry Potter” spinoff series comes days after he against The Sun, a British tabloid that published an article in 2018 alleging he was a “wife beater.” Depp said he plans to appeal the ruling.Warner Bros. confirmed Depp’s departure and announced his role will be...

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Christopher Nolan Defends 'Tenet' Box Office Results

Christopher Nolan Defends 'Tenet' Box Office Results

Box office results for “,” ’s sci-fi epic that was unveiled amid a pandemic, have been heavily scrutinized in the weeks since its release. The film has grossed nearly $350 million globally in two months — prompting debates of whether that’s a disappointing or decent figure during the coronavirus crisis.Nolan, speaking to the to promote film critic Tom Shone’s new book “The Nolan Variations,” says he is “thrilled” by ticket sales for “Tenet.”“Warner Bros. released ‘Tenet,’ and I’m thrilled that it has made almost $350 million,” Nolan said. However, he expressed concern that other studios...

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'Ghostbusters' Sequel Moves to Summer 2021

'Ghostbusters' Sequel Moves to Summer 2021

“,” a sequel to the blockbuster comedy, will hit theaters next summer. The movie is now expected to debut on June 11, 2021 — exactly 37 years after the original.Like nearly every film slated for 2020, Sony has hopscotched the release date for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” multiple times during the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to open in July before it was pushed to March 5, 2021. Given the unpredictability of coronavirus and audiences’ apprehension to go to the movies amid a global health crisis, there’s no telling if the latest summer release date will stick.Sony also announced “Don’t...

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Pixar's 'Soul' Skips Theaters for Disney Plus

Pixar's 'Soul' Skips Theaters for Disney Plus

Pixar/Courtesy Rome Film Festival’s “” is skipping theaters and will debut exclusively on Plus in time for Christmas. The animated family film will launch on the streaming service on Dec. 25. In international markets where Disney Plus isn’t available, “Soul” will be released theatrically on a yet-to-be determined date.“Soul” was initially slated to release in June, but it was later postponed to Nov. 20 amid the coronavirus pandemic. that Disney was exploring various release options for “Soul” and was unlikely to move forward with its late November slot. of its animated comedy “The Croods: A...

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'Jurassic World: Dominion' Delays Release to 2022

'Jurassic World: Dominion' Delays Release to 2022

Dinosaurs won’t rule the big screen again until 2022.“: Dominion” will now debut on June 10, 2022 — a year later than originally planned. , the studio behind the sci-fi adventure franchise, initially slated the movie for summer 2021.While announcing the release date change on Twitter, director Colin Trevorrow also debuted the first teaser poster for the film, with the familiar “Jurassic” franchise logo encased in amber, a callback to the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park.”“For the past three months, I’ve worked with an extraordinary cast and crew on a film we can’t wait to share with the...

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'No Time to Die' Release Delayed to 2021

'No Time to Die' Release Delayed to 2021

“,” the latest installment, will be postponed until next year, the filmmakers announced Friday.The film, starring Daniel Craig in his final stint as the agent formerly known as 007, is expected to hit theaters April 2, 2021, a year later than initially planned.Since “No Time to Die” moved to the same weekend as that movie was pushed back to May 28, 2021. Universal, the studio behind the high-octane franchise, is distributing the Bond film internationally., “No Time to Die” was the first major tentpole to shift its release date before the global health crisis caused by coronavirus could even...

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'F9' Release Date Pushed Back to May 2021

'F9' Release Date Pushed Back to May 2021

“” will have to wait a little longer to take a lap in theaters. Universal announced Friday that it has pushed back the debut of the next “Fast and Furious” sequel. It will now hit theaters over Memorial Day weekend on May 28, 2021.The news comes hours after “No Time to Die” delayed its release from November to April 2, 2021 — which was the original date for “F9.” Universal, the studio behind the high-octane franchise, is distributing the Bond film internationally.In March, as cases of coronavirus started to spread, Universal made the bold decision to push back the release of “F9” by an...

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'The Lion King' Follow-Up in the Works With Director Barry Jenkins

'The Lion King' Follow-Up in the Works With Director Barry Jenkins

Courtesy of Disneyis returning to the Pride Lands for a follow-up to “.” , the filmmaker behind “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will direct the upcoming feature based on the beloved family classic.“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said. “Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”The movie will be a continuation of the studio’s 2019...

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'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story,' 'Eternals' Postpone Release Dates

'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story,' 'Eternals' Postpone Release Dates

Courtesy of MarvelDisney has postponed the release of fall blockbusters such as Marvel’s “,” Steven Spielberg’s “” and Kenneth Branagh’s “” by several months. The results are bad news for the exhibition industry, which is facing fierce headwinds after closing for months due to coronavirus.The studio has kept the late November release date of Pixar’s “Soul,” surprising some in the industry who had expected the animated family film to either move to a later perch or get released on Disney Plus. The moves set off a cascade of distribution shifts that will upend the theatrical landscape for...

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Warner Bros. Won't Share 'Tenet' Box Office Data, Angering Rival Studios

Warner Bros. Won't Share 'Tenet' Box Office Data, Angering Rival Studios

People who closely follow box office earnings have noticed a surprising lack of transparency surrounding ticket sales for “,” the $200 million-budgeted sci-fi epic from director Christopher Nolan that released last weekend in U.S. theaters.Since “Tenet” premiered, Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, has parceled out carefully selected breadcrumbs of data to reporters and rival studios. Traditionally, studios share box office information on a daily basis. That’s not the case with “Tenet.”Though it started playing in theaters on Thursday, Sept. 3, Warner Bros. waited until Sunday, Sept....

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'Wonder Woman 1984' Release Date Pushed to Christmas

'Wonder Woman 1984' Release Date Pushed to Christmas

Warner Bros. has postponed the release of “,” the latest development in Hollywood’s rocky plans to return to the movies.The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot, which was expected to debut on Oct. 2, will now touch down in theaters on Dec. 25, 2020.“Patty is an exceptional filmmaker and with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ she has delivered an incredibly dynamic film that moviegoers of all ages around the world will absolutely love,” said Toby Emmerich, Warmer Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman. “We’re very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”Director Patty...

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Lupita Nyong'o Mourns Chadwick Boseman in Heartfelt Tribute

Lupita Nyong'o Mourns Chadwick Boseman in Heartfelt Tribute

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APLupita Nyong’o shared a moving tribute to her “Black Panther” co-star and friend , who died on Aug. 28 at the age of 43 from colon cancer.Nyong’o posted a photo of her and Boseman laughing, with the caption “For the beloved Chadwick Boseman. #TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime.” It’s the first time she’s spoken publicly about Boseman’s unexpected death.“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his...

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'Star Wars' Films, 'Avatar' Sequels Pushed Back a Year in Disney Release Calendar Shakeup

'Star Wars' Films, 'Avatar' Sequels Pushed Back a Year in Disney Release Calendar Shakeup

Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.Audiences looking to escape from the relentless drumbeat of depressing headlines will have to wait a little longer to journey to Pandora or an even more famous galaxy far, far away.With coronavirus cases surging in the U.S. and new hotspots breaking out around the globe, announced major changes to the studio’s release calendar. Most notably, the epic shakeup of film debuts involves delaying its “” movies and “” sequels by a year.The studio still plans to dominate moviegoing around the holidays when theaters are hopefully able to reopen. Each year between...

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'Bill & Ted 3' to Release on VOD and Select Movie Theaters Amid Pandemic

'Bill & Ted 3' to Release on VOD and Select Movie Theaters Amid Pandemic

“” has shifted its release plans, and instead will debut on premium video on demand and in select movie theaters on Sept. 1 as coronavirus cases spike across the country.The announcement comes following the news that Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” has , though its still expected to launch in 2020. Since many theater chains had hoped to peg their reopening dates to “Tenet’s” release, the move caused exhibitors to shift their plans.Already, AMC Theatres — the country’s biggest cinema chain — , and now plans to resume business in mid to late August. Rival circuits like Regal and Cinemark could...

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Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet' Delays August Release

Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet' Delays August Release

Warner Bros. has removed “” from its release calendar, delivering a big blow on the exhibition industry at a time when movie theaters had hoped to peg their re-opening to the late summer debut of ’s sci-fi thriller.Though necessary given the mass uncertainty over when cinemas across the globe can safely reopen, the decision further complicates Hollywood’s already bumpy plan to revive moviegoing. “Tenet” was originally scheduled to debut on July 17 but was pushed back twice until Aug. 12. It’s unclear when it will now welcome audiences, but the studio plans to announce a new release date...

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Studios and Movie Theaters Want to Reopen, but Coronavirus May Still Scramble Plans

Studios and Movie Theaters Want to Reopen, but Coronavirus May Still Scramble Plans

From delaying “” by two weeks to , Hollywood is scrambling to adjust to a new reality. In the era, it’s nearly impossible to predict what the world will look like next week, much less for the rest of the year and even into 2021. Because of this persistent fluidity, studios have been gripped by a new and growing sense of uncertainty.In recent days, as cases have begun to rise again in U.S. cities such as Los Angeles and Houston, and new outbreaks have seized global metropolises such as Beijing, the movie business has tried to figure out how it can go back to the business of making movies,...

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Trump’s Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Spray Painted With Black Lives Matter

Trump’s Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Spray Painted With Black Lives Matter

Patrick Semansky/AP/Shutterstock’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was marked over the weekend, with black spray paint covering up his nameplate. “BLM,” in support of the movement, was also tagged just below Trump’s star.According to multiple social media posts, a bag that appears to contain dog excrement was left on top of the tile.On Sunday, thousands of people marched down Hollywood Boulevard to call for an end to police brutality. Across the nation, protesters have taken to the street to demand criminal justice reform and decry systematic racism after the deaths of George Floyd,...

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'The Batman,' 'Sopranos' Movie Get New Release Dates

'The Batman,' 'Sopranos' Movie Get New Release Dates

Warner Bros. has shaken up the release calendar for many of its upcoming films — including “” and “The Sopranos” prequel, titled “.”“The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, was originally expected to debut June 25, 2021, and will now launch in theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.Numerous films, including “The Batman,” have been forced to put production on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters in the U.S., and in much of the world, have also mandated to close because of the global heath crisis, causing studios to reshuffle movies scheduled for summer and fall...

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'Top Gun: Maverick' Release Pushed to December

'Top Gun: Maverick' Release Pushed to December

’s “,” a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic, is the latest summer movie to vacate its release date as theaters remain closed to stop the spread of the . The anticipated follow-up was scheduled to debut June 24 and will now release Dec. 23, 2020.As part of the release shake-up, Paramount has also moved “A Quiet Place Part II” — which the studio — to Sept. 4, 2020. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” an animated adventure based on the absorbent underwater fry cook, was originally slated to hit theaters on May 22 and will now bow July 31, 2020. Meanwhile sci-fi fantasy film “The...

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'Black Widow,' 'Eternals,' 'Indiana Jones 5' and More Disney Films Get New Release Dates

'Black Widow,' 'Eternals,' 'Indiana Jones 5' and More Disney Films Get New Release Dates

From “” and “The ” to “,” has overhauled the release calendar for most of its upcoming films as movie theaters remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic.“Black Widow” — which was — will now open on Nov. 6, 2020, taking the place of fellow Marvel adventure “The Eternals.” That shift pushed back most impending installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will now launch as follows: “The Eternals” on Feb. 12, 2021, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on May 7, 2021, “Doctor Strange 2” on Nov. 5, 2021 and “Thor: Love and Thunder” on Feb. 18, 2022. “Black...

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Broadway Goes Dark Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Broadway Goes Dark Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Despite efforts to keep doors open amid a growing public health crisis, theaters in New York City are going dark starting March 12 at 5 p.m. because of .N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo restricted gatherings with more than 500 people, except schools, hospitals and mass transit, effective March 13. Citing the governor’s directive, the League announced that performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020. The announcement could mean that several spring debuts never recoup their investment or, in the case of limited runs, get scrapped entirely. The lost revenue could top $100 million.“Our top...

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