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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Women Fill Entire Categories in Country and Rock as Grammys Reset the Scales for Gender-Imbalanced Genres

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For once, the country music patriarchy is riding shotgun.

Country may be renowned as a genre where the women do not always get a fair shake, but you would not guess that from how the nominations for the 2021 Grammys shook out. Female solo artists or bands with women as primary lead singers accounted for all five of the nominations in the best country album category. Moreover, female-fronted material was awarded four out of five slots in two other categories, best country song and best country solo performance. That 80-to-100% imbalance is, of course, pretty much the exact inverse of what a fan of the music will hear on the airwaves.

If the Grammys were making a statement, the Recording Academy wasn’t just making it in country. There was a similar readjusting of the scales happening in some of the rock categories. For best rock performance, all six nominees are women or have a female lead singer. Best rock song and best alternative album are also female-dominated, with women commanding three out of five slots in those two divisions.

Do these strong and sometimes all-consuming showings by women in two of the most male-dominated genres represent a case of activism by rock and country’s respective nominating committees? Maybe. But it could also be a case of a year in which female artists’ contributions were undeniable, even without a vested interest in undoing institutional sexism. At the very least, the separate committee that narrows down the nominees in the top four categories was on the same page, as artists like Phoebe Bridgers, HAIM, Brittany Howard and Ingrid Andress also landed nominations in the genre-agnostic divisions.

Andress, who was nominated for best new artist, is part of the field for best country album, too. Her “Lady Like” debut is up against Brandy Clark’s “Your Life Is a Record,” Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard,” Little Big Town’s “Nightfall” and Ashley McBryde’s “Never Will,” representing an extremely competitive field with no clear front-runner.

For best country song, Andress’ No. 1 hit “More Hearts Than Mine” faces off against Maren Morris’ crossover smash “The Bones,” Lambert’s “Bluebird” and the Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” four juggernauts all. Male artists get a surely-not-token nod with Old Dominion’s “Some People Do” landing the fifth slot.

Best country solo performance has Lambert and Clark again in the race, for the songs “Bluebird” and “Who You Thought I Was,” respectively. Mickey Guyton also picks up a nomination there for her racially charged anthem, “Black Like Me.” The other two slots go to Vince Gill’s “When My Amy Prays” and Eric Church’s “Put That in Your Country Song.”

Guyton, of course, is not just representing for women in country: With her nomination, she becomes the first Black, female solo artist ever to be nominated for a country Grammy… and the first Black woman artist nominated in the field at all since the Pointer Sisters improbably picked up two country Grammys with a crossover hit in the mid-1970s.

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Women Fill Entire Categories in Country, Rock as Grammys Reset Scales

For once, the country music patriarchy is riding shotgun.

Country may be renowned as a genre where the women do not always get a fair shake, but you would not guess that from how the nominations for the 2021 Grammys shook out. Female solo artists or bands with women as primary lead singers accounted for all five of the nominations in the best country album category. Moreover, female-fronted material was awarded four out of five slots in two other categories, best country song and best country solo performance. That 80-to-100% imbalance is, of course, pretty much the exact inverse of what a fan of the music will hear on the airwaves.

If the Grammys were making a statement, the Recording Academy wasn’t just making it in country. There was a similar readjusting of the scales happening in some of the rock categories. For best rock performance, all six nominees are women or have a female lead singer. Best rock song and best alternative album are also female-dominated, with women commanding three out of five slots in those two divisions.

Do these strong and sometimes all-consuming showings by women in two of the most male-dominated genres represent a case of activism by rock and country’s respective nominating committees? Maybe. But it could also be a case of a year in which female artists’ contributions were undeniable, even without a vested interest in undoing institutional sexism. At the very least, the separate committee that narrows down the nominees in the top four categories was on the same page, as artists like Phoebe Bridgers, HAIM, Brittany Howard and Ingrid Andress also landed nominations in the genre-agnostic divisions.

Andress, who was nominated for best new artist, is part of the field for best country album, too. Her “Lady Like” debut is up against Brandy Clark’s “Your Life Is a Record,” Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard,” Little Big Town’s “Nightfall” and Ashley McBryde’s “Never Will,” representing an extremely competitive field with no clear front-runner.

For best country song, Andress’ No. 1 hit “More Hearts Than Mine” faces off against Maren Morris’ crossover smash “The Bones,” Lambert’s “Bluebird” and the Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” four juggernauts all. Male artists get a surely-not-token nod with Old Dominion’s “Some People Do” landing the fifth slot.

Best country solo performance has Lambert and Clark again in the race, for the songs “Bluebird” and “Who You Thought I Was,” respectively. Mickey Guyton also picks up a nomination there for her racially charged anthem, “Black Like Me.” The other two slots go to Vince Gill’s “When My Amy Prays” and Eric Church’s “Put That in Your Country Song.”

Guyton, of course, is not just representing for women in country: With her nomination, she becomes the first Black, female solo artist ever to be nominated for a country Grammy… and the first Black woman artist nominated in the field at all since the Pointer Sisters improbably picked up two country Grammys with a crossover hit in the mid-1970s.

Only the best country duo/group performance category

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