Warner Bros Sets Entire 2021 Movie Slate To Debut On HBO Max Along With Cinemas In Seismic Windows Model Shakeup

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WarnerMedia didn’t have to wait until Wonder Woman 1984 debuted both on HBO Max and in theaters: The Burbank, CA-based Warner Bros is putting its entire 2021 theatrical slate on HBO Max for the films’ respective first month of release, concurrent with a global cinema release.

Following the one-month HBO Max access period domestically, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title.

And get a load of what you’ll be able to see in-home next year: Denzel Washington’s 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.

This morning’s release reads, “The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic.” Movie theaters aren’t apt to be entirely happy with this and it will be interesting to see what they charge for admission to the Warner Bros’ movies. Exhibition busted their butts to get open for Tenet, and today’s news may come to some a thumb in the eye.

That said, look at WarnerMedia’s dilemma: Is it better for the studio to re-shelve its entire slate and collect dust and interest charges? And for those theaters that are open, is it fair that they don’t have any notable product to play? How does the studio commit to $40 million P&A domestic spends in advance when the U.S.-Canada marketplace may not be open or is unpredictable?

Exhibitors, like AMC, may perceive this model as some sort of manna from heaven. As my mother-in-law says, “There’s no such thing as a coincidence,” and well, what do you know? AMC has 200 million shares up for sale as of today.  Buzz hit on Thanksgiving eve that WarnerMedia shoved off a $200 million bid by Netflix for Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong so that it could make a play at putting the movie on HBO Max. Warners denied that, saying the pic was committed to theatrical. That was only half true.

Today’s gravity-defying announcement was made by Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group (of which Warner Bros. is part) and Jason Kilar, CEO, WarnerMedia.

There were murmurs at rival studios that WarnerMedia was going to drop a bombshell in December — no one knew it would be this big. Even some of the creators close to the movies, I can tell you, weren’t in the fold on this decision (except those with financial stakes). This is clearly a top-down corporate decision as the the conglom bets aggressively on HBO Max, which hasn’t been an immediate triumph out of the gate. The new streaming service’s hurdle has been distribution, with only

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No. 22 Irish women fall to Ohio in Ivey debut, 86-85

ATHENS, Ohio — Cece Hooks scored 32 points, Erica Johnson added 24 and Ohio rallied to upset No. 22 Notre Dame 86-85 on Friday, spoiling the debut of Irish coach Niele Ivey.

Ivey, who replaced Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw, saw her team trailing 41-30 at the half and fall behind by 14 before outscoring the Bobcats 35-21 in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Dara Mabrey in the final minute put the Irish up three.

Mabrey, who had a career-high 34 points, scored 18 in the third quarter, including three of her seven 3-pointers.

The Irish pushed the lead to seven midway through the fourth quarter before the Bobcats scored eight straight and had a 13-4 run to go up 83-81 with 1:16 to play. Mabrey’s layup tied the game with just under a minute to go but Hooks pushed the ball up court and scored at the rim.

Following an Irish miss, Hooks made a free throw with 17.6 seconds to go. Destinee Walker was fouled on an offensive rebound and made two free throws with 3.6 seconds to play to pull Notre Dame with one. Ohio missed two free throws with three seconds to play but Notre Dame, out of timeouts, couldn’t get off a final shot.

Ivey played on two Notre Dame Final Four teams and was an assistant coach for the other seven trips the Irish made to the Final Four. She was an assistant with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies last season when a young Irish team went 13-18 in McGraw’s 33rd season. McGraw won 936 games and Ivey was part of 386 of them over 17 seasons.

Walker finished with 16 points and Anaya Peoples had 16 with 11 rebounds. Notre Dame shot 40% in the first half and 57% in the second.

Mabrey followed her two older sisters to Notre Dame after playing the last two seasons at Virginia Tech.

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Balenciaga made a video game to debut its next clothing collection



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Luxury fashion company Balenciaga will debut its next clothing collection in a video game on December 6th, according to WWD. Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow is an “allegorical adventure” set in the year 2031, in which “a hero avatar advances throughout distinct zones, motivated by tasks and interactions.” As game descriptions go it’s not the most detailed — it could apply to every video game from Super Mario through to Wolfenstein — but obviously the focus here is the company’s fall 2021 collection. Input reports that the Afterworld will be playable through browsers.

Like many other industries, the world of fashion has had to reckon with how to drum up excitement in a year where big in-person launches are impossible. Approaches have differed between fashion houses, The Guardian reports, with some opting for small-scale runway shows with a limited number of attendees, while others have turned to livestreaming their events online. Belenciaga has already experimented with an online format to show off its Summer 21 pre-collection that consisted of a slickly produced video set to the song I Wear My Sunglasses at Night.

Apparently the fashion house’s upcoming collection is based on the theme of human destiny, “as seen by an interactive, gamified journey.” It shows “the slow return to a healthier balance of nature and industry,” and completing the game rewards you with a “a real-life breathing exercise set in a virtual utopia.” In other words, don’t expect this to be the next high-octane eSports hit.

Over the years, video games have provided the venue for numerous non-video game launches. In 2017 Porsche debuted the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS onstage at Microsoft’s E3 conference when it announced the car would be on the cover of Forza Motorsport 7, and Guns n’ Roses song ”Shackler’s Revenge” debuted in Rock Band 2. Even Weezer got in on the action when it debuted songs from its Black Album in Fortnite.

The world of video games and fashion have been particularly frequent collaborators recently. League of Legends developer Riot Games announced last year that Louis Vuitton would be designing new in-game and real-world items themed around the game. Other high profile collaborations have included Travis Scott’s incredibly limited-edition PlayStation sneakers, and fashion brand Acronym actually made a jacket inspired by Death Stranding and sold it for $1,785. There have also been more accessible fashion collaborations thanks to Animal Crossing, where 100 Thieves released virtual versions of its clothing earlier this year.

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Stay Tuned column: A reimagined ‘Black Beauty’ makes its streaming debut – Entertainment – Austin American-Statesman

Thanksgiving week means a lighter TV schedule, except for many, many hours of holiday programming. In non-holiday choices, a famous horse story gets reimagined and a popular romance drama returns for season two.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Fox ordered the new series, “Game of Talents.” The unscripted variety show focuses on contestants guessing performers’ hidden talents, based only on their first impressions and clues. Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) hosts and executive produces the show, which will premiere in 2021.

Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that HBO Max ordered a docuseries about her. She promised that the six-episode show will be a “raw, unfiltered” look at her life.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Here are a few holiday specials airing on Nov. 27: “Frosty the Snowman” (CBS, 8 p.m. ET), “Frosty Returns” (CBS, 8:30 p.m. ET), “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (ABC, 8 p.m. ET), “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), “Minions Holiday Special” (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET), and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (The CW, 8 p.m. ET).

Anna Sewell’s classic novel, “Black Beauty” (Nov. 27, Disney+) gets reimagined with Kate Winslet as the voice of Black Beauty and Mackenzie Foy as Jo Green, the spirited teenage girl who forges an unbreakable bond with the wild mustang. This version follows Black Beauty, who is captured and forced to leave the freedom of the American West for life at Birtwick Stables. As Beauty is sold to different owners, Jo is determined to reunite with her.

Season two of “Virgin River” premieres (Nov. 27, Netflix). The romance drama, based on the book series by Robyn Carr, will continue its focus on small-town love stories and give more backstory for Marines, Jack (Martin Henderson) and Preacher (Colin Lawrence).

Comic and ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, premieres his first special for Comedy Central in six years called, “Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last Minute Pandemic Holiday Special” (Nov. 27, 8 p.m. ET).

The “2020 Soul Train Awards” are hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold (Nov. 29, BET, VH1, BET Her and MTV2, 9 p.m. ET).

“The Disney Holiday Singalong” returns for a third installment (Nov. 30, ABC, 8 p.m. ET) with performances and appearances by Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Michael Buble, Ciara, Katy Perry and many others. The special also includes performances from members of the Broadway casts of “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin,” and North American Touring companies of “Frozen.”

In non-holiday themed programming, “Atlas of Cursed Places” (Dec. 1, National Geographic, 9 p.m. ET) follows author and adventurer Sam Sheridan around the globe as he searches for the most cursed places on the planet.

Also on National Geographic is “Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller” (Dec. 2, 9 p.m. ET). The eight-part series follows van Zeller as she explores smuggling networks, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at these criminal underworlds.

Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: The “Supernatural” (The CW) finale delivered the show’s largest audience since April

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