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Joel Schumacher Made a ‘Darker’ 3-Hour Cut of ‘Batman Forever’

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While the late Joel Schumacher’s tenure as director of the Batman franchise tends to get boiled down these days to the camp madness of Batman & Robin, his legacy is a bit more complicated than that. Schumacher’s first Bat-film, 1995’s Batman Forever, is a lot closer to the Tim Burton movies than some remember. It’s got its outsized comic moments — mostly thanks to Jim Carrey’s bombastic interpretation of the Riddler — but it rarely gets credit for all the ways it’s weird and dark.

Apparently, it could have been even weirder and darker, too. Variety has confirmed a rumor that began circulating since Schumacher’s death that the director had initially made a “170-minute cut” of Batman Forever that was “much darker in nature” than the theatrical release. Clearly, Schumacher took the movie’s title very literally.

Here’s how they describe the differences in this longer cut:

This version opens with a sequence involving the villain Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) escaping from Arkham Asylum, and features extended scenes with the Riddler (Jim Carrey) when he invades the Batcave and uses his signature cane as a weapon. The bulk of this version’s runtime focuses on the emotional and psychological issues that led Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) to decide to become Batman, including a sequence of Wayne facing down a giant, human-sized bat.

Schumacher did talk about some of these cut scenes in interviews and on DVD supplements. And there are deleted scenes featuring this material — including the giant bat:

Still, no one has ever seen a longer cut of the movie that would have maintained Schumacher’s original vision. So will we get to see it now? Variety contacted Warner Bros, who says there are “no discussions about distributing a director’s cut of Batman Forever,” if the extended version even survives somewhere in a vault. (Forever is now 25 years old.) Of course, fan outcry has led to studios ponying up to finish coveted director’s cuts before— Warner Bros. is currently finishing Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League. So why not a #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut movement?

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‘Mulan’ Gets Bumped Back to Late August

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Let’s just call it what it is: The summer movie season is all but officially over.

While a few titles had held on to dates in mid and late July, with a couple movies to follow in August, it’s become increasingly clear that audiences will either not be able to return to theaters in a few weeks — or won’t want to for fear that they might get sick as coronavirus cases around the country have risen steadily. Yesterday, Warner Bros. moved Tenet from July 31 to August 12. And today, Disney moved its live-action remake of its animated classic Mulan from July 24 to August 21.

Here was Disney’s Alan Horn’s statement on the news, via Deadline:

While the pandemic has changed our release plans for ‘Mulan’ and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance. Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.

The movement of the summer’s last two tentpoles caused a ripple effect through the releases of the smaller movies still hoping for their own theatrical runs in July and August. Most notably, Bill & Ted Face the Music jumped from August 14 (where it would now have to compete with Tenet) to August 28.

Of course, all these little moves assume that the situation around the country will improve next month. At this moment, there’s scant evidence available that will happen. I’m not entirely sure why you would push a movie back just a few weeks at this point, unless these studios believe there’s some chance the larger markets around the country might be open again soon — or if these constant, small moves are a good way for a steady flow of free press because any time they adjust the release calendar sites like this one have to write about them. Either way, I’m more skeptical Mulan and Tenet will open this summer now than at any other point. But I would be happy to be wrong.

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HBO Max Will Keep Its DC Comics Movies Available After All

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DC fans were understandably a little upset when they learned that just weeks into HBO Max’s existence, the new streaming service was already removing a bunch of its superhero titles. That was despite the fact that a whole subsection of the HBO Max, including a prominent tab on the home page, was supposed to be devoted to DC Comics and its stable of characters. After subscribers raised a stink, HBO decided to reverse course. Via press release, they’ve announced that “by popular demand” the DC Comics movies will be sticking around “through December 2020.”

The full list of Warner Bros. DC movies that will be available through the rest of the year on HBO Max is:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Justice League
  • Suicide Squad
  • Superman: The Movie
  • Superman II
  • Superman III
  • Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
  • Superman: Unbound
  • Watchmen (movie)
  • Wonder Woman

WarnerMedia, which owns HBO Max and DC Comics is the awkward position of having two different streaming services with slightly overlapping content — because they also have a DC Universe streaming service that offers many of these same films, plus other TV series inspired by DC superheroes along with a selection of comic books. Limiting some superhero stuff to DC Universe might get a few people to subscribe to both services … but when you’ve already got people paying a hefty $15 a month for HBO Max, it’s tough to tell them they need to pay more if they want to watch Suicide Squad. 

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Pushed Back Again

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As coronavirus cases continue to rise around the country, particularly in the South and West, it’s become less and less likely that the delayed summer movie season would begin as (re)scheduled in mid and late July. According to the New York Times, the U.S. saw 36,975 new cases yesterday, almost 50 percent more than the daily total two weeks ago, while many states are reporting their highest number of infections of the entire pandemic. Even if theater chains follow through with their announced plans to reopen by July, they may not be legally allowed to operate in many parts of the country. Audiences might be too scared to show up even if they can leave the house.

So this news is not shocking: Warner Bros. is pushing back Christopher Nolan’s Tenet a second time. It had initially been scheduled for release on July 17, then moved back slightly to July 31 to accommodate theaters slowly reopening their doors. Now the movie will not come out until August 12 at the earliest. If anything, the surprising part is that Warner Bros. only delayed the film for another two weeks. What difference will two weeks make? In two weeks, things could be drastically worse than they are now. It’s hard to imagine them looking drastically better.

That leaves Mulan as the last holdout in July; it’s still technically slated to premiere on July 24. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, that movie is “expected to push back” from that date as well. If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t put any money on either of these titles arriving before the fall. And if I was a sane man, I wouldn’t go near any theater showing them before then, even if they do come out.

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The New ‘SpongeBob’ Movie Will Skip Theaters, Go Straight to VOD

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To the growing list of family films that have abandoned theatrical releases in favor of video on demand during the coronavirus pandemic, we can now add The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. This third SpongeBob SquarePants movie — the first rendered in 3D CGI style — was originally scheduled to open in theaters on the winter of 2019. It was pushed back several times until it arrived at a May 22, 2020 debut that was then postponed because of the pandemic.

Sponge on the Run was previously rescheduled for a release on August 7, but now it will instead premiere on VOD before it becomes available exclusively on Viacom’s CBS All Access streaming service in 2021. The site is also touting that it will soon add SpongeBob SquarePants episodes as part of an “expansion” of its catalog.

The move comes after several other high-profile spring and early summer family films skipped theaters and did relatively well on VOD, including Universal’s Trolls World Tour and Warner Bros.’ Scoob. Movie theaters around the country are preparing to reopen in mid-July in time for blockbusters like Mulan and Tenet, but even as those plans are underway coronavirus cases are beginning to rise again in numerous parts of the United States.

Here was the official synopsis of Sponge on the Run:

After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

Also Keanu Reeves is in it. Hopefully he’s okay with this decision.

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Michael Keaton ‘In Talks’ to Play Batman in ‘The Flash’ Movie

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I absolutely hate when people start articles about Batman with the old “Holy ______, Batman!” cliché. However, in this case I will make an exception, because this news is potentially that big and that surprising:

“Holy reboot, Batman!”

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s “sources,” Michael Keaton is “in talks” with Warner Bros. to return to his most famous role, as the Batman from two of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s, in the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics’ The Flash. The movie will star Ezra Miller as the Fastest Man Alive, reprising his role from Justice League. It and It: Chapter Two filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct the film.

But that is potentially the tip of the Bat-iceberg. (Look, if I get one post to use Batman clichés, I’m using all of them.) THR says that “the role being envisioned for the veteran actor is akin to the role played by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something of a mentor or guide or even string puller,” and that Keaton could also potentially appear in the Batgirl that Warner Bros. also has in development.

That would be an interesting use of Keaton, who turns 69 in September and hasn’t played Batman since 1992’s Batman Returns. In DC Comics, the Flash can use his super-speed to hop between alternate Earths, so he could easily jump to another Earth where Batman is a grumpy old man akin to the guy seen in Frank Miller’s famous comic book series The Dark Knight Returns. There have been rumors that The Flash will adapt the comic book series Flashpoint, where a time-traveling villain altered the history of the DC Universe, which results in a strange, dark world where only the Flash remembers the way things used to be and the Batman is actually Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father. That could also be a role that work for an older actor like Keaton.

Whatever way they reintroduce him, the chance to see Keaton back in the cape and cowl would be a huge hook for a Flash movie, and would easily make it amongst the most anticipated DC superhero movies of the last decade.

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Warner Bros. Teases Major Announcement in September

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Warner Bros. seems to be looking towards the future amidst the chaos of the coronavirus. Last week, the studio announced the delay of seven different titles, including Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, DC Comics’ Wonder Woman 1984, and Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4. And yet despite this, Warner Bros.’ social media accounts have been dripping with teasers for undisclosed announcements to come in September. The three projects alluded to on Instagram are The Goonies, Sherlock Holmes, and Beetlejuice.

The first video for The Goonies is a short CGI-clip featuring an animated treasure map. The map leads to the word “September,” which of course means we’ll have to wait until then to learn any new details.

The second is a bizarre clip of Robert Downey Jr. sashaying around an ornately decorated room before adding the final letter to the word “September” on his typewriter. Gladstone is also lounging on the floor, minding his own business. We can really be grateful that Downey Jr.’s Sherlock doesn’t attempt to communicate with Gladstone a la Dolittle.

Finally, Warner Bros. shared an iconic clip from 1988’s Beetlejuice, featuring an insanely young Winona Rider as she summons the miscreant ghost. At the end of the clip, Warner Bros. added the text (you guessed it), “Coming This September.”

These posts honestly create just as much confusion as they do excitement. What are we looking forward to? Are we getting sequels or reboots? Or something entirely different. Guess we’ll just have to wait until September.

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DC’s Online Con Will Feature ‘The Batman’ and Snyder Cut Reveals

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Fans jonesing for that Comic-Con experience this summer even though all the actual cons are canceled will be able to get their fix in virtual form. San Diego Comic-Con has already announced that they will be programming a “Comic-Con At Home” event available to all. Now Warner Bros. has announced they’re going to be holding their own online convention for DC Comics as well.

It’s called “DC FanDome,” and the press release describes it as “an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: AquamanThe BatmanBatwomanBlack AdamBlack LightningDC Super Hero GirlsDC’s Legends of TomorrowDC’s StargirlDoom PatrolThe FlashHarley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice LeagueLuciferPennyworthSHAZAM!The Suicide SquadSupergirlSuperman & LoisTeen Titans GO!TitansWatchmenYoung Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.”

Comic conventions have become a huge industry in recent years. Fans travel from all over the world to San Diego Comic-Con and other such events. But an online version, where you don’t have to leave the house, where you don’t have to wait overnight outside in a line just to get a seat in Hall H, where there are no aromas of nacho cheese and B.O. actually sounds … like a better version of Comic-Con? You can even do online sales of exclusive con merchandise. without all the hassle of lines or getting shut out. What if after this is all said and done, people don’t want to go back to the way cons used to be?

DC and Warner Bros. also promise “new announcements” about DC games, movies, TV shows, and comics. The whole thing will be accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com on August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT.

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‘Jurassic World’ Filming Will Resume With $5 Million Safety Plan

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Jurassic World: Dominion is set to resume filming at Pinewood Studios in London on July 6th. Deadline reported that Universal’s decision comes with a hefty price tag of $5 million in safety protocols. The Colin Trevorrow-directed picture is the first major Hollywood production to restart filming in the U.K. after the coronavirus forced many productions to stop altogether.

The new safety restrictions include: “Covid training for all cast and crew, on-site doctors, nurses, and isolation booths, 150 hand sanitizer stations, nightly anti-viral ‘fogs,’ more than 1,800 safety signs put up around Pinewood, and ‘Green Zones’ for shooting cast and crew.” Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will need to undergo a two-week quarantine period upon arriving in the U.K., per government regulations. That sounds like an exhausting way to make a movie, but Universal production executives feel confident that production can move forward with “limited delay.”

The third installment of the Jurassic World franchise is jumpstarting filming ahead of other U.K.-based Hollywood productions like Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Warner Bros.’ The Batman. It’s only a matter of time before the other studios follow suit, but it may prove to be challenging for some — such strict rules aren't easy or cheap to implement. “Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home,” a Universal production executive told Deadline. “We want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety."

Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled to be released June 11, 2021.

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‘The Matrix 4’ Delayed a Full Year

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Warner Bros. continues to readjust their release schedule as more and more movies get delayed because of coronavirus. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet got bumped back slightly to July 31, 2020. Wonder Woman 1984 moved from the middle of August to early October. And The Matrix 4, the long-awaited continuation of the popular sci-fi series directed by franchise co-creator Lana Wachowski, was pushed back a full year. Originally planned for May 21, 2021, the movie will now premiere on April 1, 2022.

The stars of the first three Matrix films, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, are both returning for the new sequel; the new cast includes Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Reeves recently said the reason he returned for the movie was Lana Wachowski’s screenplay, saying she wrote “a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated” with him. “That’s the only reason to do it,” he added. “To work with her again is just amazing.”

Warner Bros. also removed the remake of The Witches, originally scheduled for October, from its calendar completely, and pushed Godzilla vs. Kong, which was supposed to come out on November 20, 2020, into The Matrix 4’s previous date on May 21, 2021. Someday, these movies will all actually come out in movie theaters that will be open for customers. (We hope.)

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Gets Pushed Back

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For months, one 2020 movie after another postponed or canceled its theatrical release because of the coronavirus. Through it all, one film held fast: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. It was always supposed to open in theaters on July 17, 2020, and that is exactly where it stayed. According to reports, Nolan wanted his movie to be the first to reopen theaters after the the threat of the coronavirus passed.

But the threat has not passed. And when the most recent Tenet trailer premiered online it ended with the language “Coming to Theaters” without specifying a date. With cases on the rise in many parts of the country, and with the New York City market still closed because of the pandemic, Warner Bros. today announced they were finally pushed Tenet back — from July 17 to July 31. According to Deadline, in the interim Warner Bros. will put a 10th anniversary print of Nolan’s Inception into theaters, which will include “a never-before-seen look at footage from Tenet.”

With Tenet finally moving, that means Disney’s Mulan is now the next major blockbuster on the release calendar; it’s scheduled to debut on July 24. But with Tenet — the film that seemed the most insistent on not getting pushed back — finally bowing to reality, it seems possible that more delays are ahead. Maybe a lot more delays.

Here’s the most recent trailer for Tenet:

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IMDB TV May Remove ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Over Its Confederate Flag

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The picture above pretty much sums it up. While the show remains popular in syndication and online, The Dukes of Hazzard also unfortunately features a very prominent Confederate flag adorning the roof of the famous General Lee car driven by Bo and Luke Duke. As symbols of the Confederacy have become increasingly controversial, so too has The Dukes of Hazzard. In 2015, Warner Bros. stopped producing replicas of the General Lee with the Confederate flag on top. That same year, TV Land stopped airing Dukes reruns.

Now, reports Variety, The Dukes of Hazzard is back in the spotlight again, as one of the many shows and films being reconsidered amidst ongoing protests about racism and police brutality throughout the country and the world. The trade claims Amazon is “considering pulling the show’s seven seasons off [the free streaming service] IMDb TV because of the Confederate flag’s association with the history of racial intolerance and slavery.” Amazon declined to comment

Frankly, it’s kind of shocking the General Lee lasted as long as it did; they made a big-screen Dukes of Hazzard movie in 2005 with Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott, Confederate flag and all. In 2005! That’s unbelievable — but it happened. It‘s one thing to make that car (or watch a show with that car) in the late 1970s, it’s another thing entirely to do it today. Regardless of the outcome with IMDb TV, DVDs of the Dukes of Hazzard show and movie are still available for purchase.

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A Bunch of DC Movies Are Already Leaving HBO Max

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If you want to watch the recent DC Comics movies on HBO Max, you better do it soon. Deadline reports that many of the DC movies on the service — including Justice League, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad — will all be leaving on July 1.

Apparently, this is not a rights issue as much as a deliberate strategy of cycling content on and off the service. More, via Deadline:

HBO Max will rotate a collection of DC films on the platform which launched on May 27. As the aforementioned films will fly up and up and away from the streamer, fans will still have the chance to watch Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, Green Lantern and Supergirl. There will also be a new batch DC film hitting HBO Max in July and another in August.

The movies leaving in July will be back, but no timeline was given for their return.

As to why you would want to limit the amount of content your fans have available on a month by month basis, cycling movies onto the service every few weeks does at least create the illusion that there are “new” things to watch month after month. If you can convince customers that new stuff is always being added, that may encourage people to keep their subscription indefinitely.

On the other hand, HBO Max already charges customers a steep $15 a month, which is almost double what some of their competitors charge. One way to justify a subscription like that would be if HBO Max actually had all the Warner Bros. DC movies, and allowed you to watch them all together. (WarnerMedia also operates a DC Universe streaming service, with its own content library.) There’s a whole DC Comics tab in HBO Max. It seems odd to intentionally keep it from being as exhaustive and complete as it could possibly be. Regardless, you have a few more weeks to rewatch Halle Berry’s Catwoman before it disappears for a while.

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Cinemark Won’t Require Guests to Wear Masks When it Reopens

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We continue to creep closer to the mid-July timeframe when movie theaters around America are tentatively scheduled to reopen their doors for the first time since mid-March, and Hollywood studios are tentatively scheduled to begin releasing major motion pictures again. The chains are expected to make some big changes to their operations and policies as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

For example, Cinemark has begun to unveil its plan for social distancing in its theaters, but it will apparently not include a requirement for all guests to wear masks. The company confirmed to TheWrap that “outside of those areas where it is required by local mandates, Cinemark will be encouraging — not requiring — guests to wear face masks.”

All employees will be required to wear masks, in addition to several other policies:

Cinemark will also increase its cleaning and sanitation measures to levels that meet or exceed the CDC and WHO guidelines; minimize physical interactions at the box office and concession stands, while installing plexiglass screens; frequently disinfect high touch areas, including theater seats every morning and before each screening; provide hand and seat sanitizing for guests; screen employees before each shift; and stagger showtimes to minimize crowds.

Cinemark also announced that they plan to begin a phased reopening of its theaters starting on June 19, with the goal of all of its multiplexes around the United States reopened by July 10, one week before Warner Bros. is scheduled to open Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Personally, while I’d love to see Tenet on a big screen — hell, I’d love to watch Battlefield Earth on a big screen right, that’s how much I miss going to the movies — I’m not sure I’m going to feel safe in any movie theater next month, much less one that allows customers to use their own discretion whether to wear a mask or not.

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AMC Theatres Says It Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Its Future

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It’s been pushed off the front pages in recent days by other urgent issues, but the coronavirus has not gone away. Thousands around the country are still sick, and many businesses are still shuttered — including most movie theaters. Most of the big exhibitor chains have said they hope to resume something like regular business in July, when Disney is scheduled to release Mulan and Warner Bros. hopes to premiere Christopher Nolan’ Tenet. But with much of the country still under various stay-at-home orders, there’s still a lot of doubt about that.

According to Variety, the nation’s biggest theater chain has doubt too — about its own ability to stay in business. In “public filings” this week, AMC Theatres stated it had “ … substantial doubt exists about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time.”

This declaration came as the company announced it had lost more than $2 billion in the first quarter of 2020:

That is largely attributable to a $2 billion impairment charge related to the coronavirus shutdown.  Net losses for the quarter increased to $224.5 million,  up from $101.8 million in the prior-year period, while revenue fell to $941.5 million, down from $1.2 billion in the same quarter in 2019.

The company did state that they they did “believe” they would reopen its theaters later this summer. But there’ uncertainty about that as well, and they added that they “never previously experienced a complete cessation of our operations, and as a consequence, our ability to be predictive is uncertain.” AMC has already raised some $500 million in new debt during this crisis. Like they said: Substantial doubt.

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David Ayer Says ‘Suicide Squad’ Was Originally a ‘Soulful Drama’

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You can’t begrudge a guy for trying — especially when he’s watched others get exactly what he want doing exactly the same thing. Fans, spurred on by director Zack Snyder, hounded Warner Bros. until they agreed to fund a director’s cut of Justice League, and now Suicide Squad director David Ayer wants exactly the same thing. Since the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is supposedly coming to HBO Max next year, Ayer has repeatedly talked up the possibility of doing something similar for Suicide Squad, which was a much bigger hit than Justice League, despite its compromised version of Ayer’s original vision.

After initially revealing that his director’s cut of the movie has “never been seen,” Ayer has now described how far the released film strayed from his initial intentions. Ayer tweeted that his version of Suicide Squad was a “soulful drama” until it was “beaten into a ‘comedy’” by Warner Bros. as a result of two market forces: The overwhelming success of the first Deadpool movie and the relative flop of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also by Zack Snyder:

The released cut of Suicide Squad didn’t have a lot of soul — but hey, that’s exactly what Ayer’s saying executives took out.

Still, the same issue for any sort of #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement remains: Suicide Squad is already getting a sequel, The Suicide Squad, which is due in theaters next summer from a whole new creative team, including Guardians of the Galaxy architect James Gunn. Warner Bros. almost certainly wants to focus attention on the new movie, with its own approach and cast, rather than remind people of the film that most people didn’t like. With Justice League, they have nothing to lose. With Suicide Squad, they do.

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The Biggest Movies Missing From HBO Max

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HBO Max is officially up and running, and users have already noted the impressive (and slightly exhaustive) amount of content available on the streaming platform. HBO is owned by AT&T as a part of its WarnerMedia film and television division, which means that HBO Max features a large amount of Warner Bros. titles, including movies starring the heroes of DC Comics and all eight Harry Potter films. It's also the new home to several Studio Ghibli films, which have never been available for streaming in the US until now.

But you should know, HBO Max comes with a pretty price tag. At $15 a month, HBO Max offers more content than you can find on the HBO channel or HBO Go. Before making the switch, be aware that there are some surprising gaps in HBO Max's catalog. For example, the launching of DC Comics' own platform DC Universe has led to the absence of quite a few superhero films. Here are 10 popular movies currently not available for streaming on HBO Max.

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Henry Cavill In Talks To Play Superman Again

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Back in November, Henry Cavill said he had “not given up the role” of Superman yet and promised “There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into.” But it had already been years since Cavill had played Superman, and Warner Bros. seemed to be focused on adapting new characters from DC Comics characters.

Well, Variety reports that Cavill’s words are coming true after all. Details are scant at this point, but Cavill is apparently “in talks to return as Clark Kent in an upcoming DC Comics movie.” Whether this would be a solo film or a team-up remains to be seen, along with what the creative team for such a project would be.

It would be quite a reversal from just a couple years ago, when the DC Extended Universe looked to be on death’s door after the poorly received Suicide Squad and the disastrous Justice League. Now Zack Snyder is working on a director’s cut of Justice League for HBO Max and The Suicide Squad sequel is about a year away. Despite the movies’ flaws, Cavill always made a very good Man of Steel. And hey, Superman came back to life after he was killed by Doomsday, too. Maybe this guy really is perfectly cast in this role.

Gallery — Every DC Comics Movie Ranked, From Worst to Best:

Every Movie on HBO Max at Launch

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By our estimates, there’s more than 1600 movies on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max, at launch. They’re listed below — yes, all of them — in alphabetical order. They range from silents that are 100 years old like Battleship Potemkin, to films from last year, like the Oscar-winning Joker. There are HBO original movies, films featuring the DC Comics stable of superheroes, the entire Studio Ghibli library, classics from TCM, and many (many) more.

HBO Max lets you create your own list of titles to watch so if anything here looks good, search for it over there and then click “Add” when you scroll over its image. And then come back here and look for some more stuff to watch:

Every Movie on HBO Max at Launch

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown
12th and Delaware
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
2001: A Space Odyssey
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
24/7: Kelly Slater
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
The 39 Steps
4 Little Girls
The 400 Blows
42nd Street
The 47 Ronin Part 1
The 47 Ronin Part 2
5 American Handguns – 5 American Kids
50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus
8 1/2
Abortion: Desperate Choices
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now
Abuela’s Luck
The Abyss
Adam’s Rib
The Adjustment Bureau
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of The Panda Warrior
The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
The Aftermath
Against the Wall
Agent Cody Banks
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
Air Buddies
Akeelah and the Bee
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day
Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Alice Telefilm Part 1: The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Alice Telefilm Part 2: The Last Night


Alien 3
Alien Resurrection
Alita: Battle Angel
Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
All of Me
All the Way
Almost Heroes
Along Came Polly
Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom
Alpha and Omega: The Big Freeze
Alpha and Omega: The Great Wolf Games
Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
American Animals
An American in Paris
American Pie
American Pie 2
An American Rhapsody
American Son
American Splendor
American Wedding
American Woman
Americans in Bed
Analyze That
Analyze This
…And God Created Woman
And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself
And the Band Played On
Andre the Giant
An Angel At My Table
Angel Rodriguez
The Animatrix
Another Earth
Another Stakeout
Antes de que nos olviden
Any Given Sunday
Any One Of Us
Apocalypse Now
The Apollo
The Apollo Moon Landings
An Apology to Elephants

Warner Bros.

The Art of Getting By
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Arthur Miller: Writer
As You Like It
Ashes and Diamonds
Astro Boy
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
Atomic Homefront
Au Revoir les Enfants
Autism: The Musical
Autism: The Sequel
Autumn Sonata
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Babe: Pig in the City
Babe Ruth
Babette’s Feast
Baby’s Day Out
Bad Education
Bad Girls
Baghdad ER
Baltimore Rising
Bansky Does New York
Bark Range
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Batman Forever
Batman: Gotham Knight
Batman Returns
Batman & Robin
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2
Batman: The Killing Joke

Warner Bros.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman vs Robin
Battle For Terra
The Battle of Algiers
The Battle of amfAR
Battleship Potemkin
The Beales of Grey Gardens
The Beautician and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Becoming Jane
Becoming Mike Nichols
Becoming Warren Buffett
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Behind Closed Doors: Part 1
Behind Closed Doors: Part 2
Behind the Candleabra
Being Julia
Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching
Belle de Jour
Ben 10: Race Against Time
Benny & Joon
Bernard and Doris
Betsy’s Wedding
The Beverly Hillbillies
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
Beware the Slenderman
Bicentennial Man
Bicycle Thieves
The Big Green
Big Momma’s House 2
Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son
Big Top Pee-wee
Bigger Than the Sky
Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer
Birthday Girl
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Black Girl
Black Knight
Black Narcissus
Black Orpheus

Focus Features

Blast From the Past
Bleed Out
Blinded By the Light
Blithe Spirit
The Blob
Blood DiamondBlood Simple
Body Heat
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bonnie and Clyde
Bowling for Columbine
A Boy Called Sailboat
Boy Erased
Boy Interrupted
Boys and Girls
Boys Don’t Cry
Brave New Voices 2010
Breaking the Waves
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists
Bridge to Terabithia
The Bridges of Madison County
Brief Encounter
A Brief History of Time
Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Brillo Box (3 Cents Off)
Bringing Up Baby
Broken Arrow
The Bronx, USA
The Brood
Brute Force
Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory
Bud Greenspan’s Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory
Gud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory
Buena Vista Social Club
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Bye Bye, Love
Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory
Can a Computer Write a Hit Musical?
Can’t Buy Me Love
Can You Keep a Secret?
Cannery Row
Capturing Mary
Capturing the Friedmans
Carnival of Souls

Warner Bros.

The Case Against 8
Casino Royale (1967)
Casino Royale (2006)
Cast a Deadly Spell
Cast Away
Castle in the Sky
Cat People
The Cat Returns
Cedar Rapids
Celebrity Habla
Celebrity Habla 2
The Cheshire Murders
Cheyenne Autumn
A Child’s Garden of Verses
Child’s Play 2
Child’s Play 3
Chimes at Midnight
A Christmas Story
Cinema Paradiso
Cinema Vérité
The Circus
Cities of the Sea
Citizen Kane
Citizen USA: A 50 State Road Trip
Citizen X
City Dump
City Lights
City of Angels
Class Divide
Clear History
Cleo From 5 to 7
The Clint
Clinica de Migrantes
Cold Around the Heart
The Cold Blue
Cold Mountain
Cold Pursuit
Collision Course
The Condemned
The Condemned 2
The Conjuring 2
Cooking the Perfect Burger
Cooking the Ultimate Steak
Cool Hand Luke
Corky Romano
Cowboys and Aliens
Coyote Lake
The Cranes Are Flying
The Crash Reel
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cries and Whispers
Cries From Syria
Crimson Peak
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Critters 2
Critters 3
Critters 4
The Curse of La Llorona
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Dangerous Liaisons
A Dangerous Son
The Darjeeling Limited
Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers
David Bowie: The Last Five Years
David McCullough: Painting With Words
A Day in the Country
A Day’s Pleasure
The Daytrippers
DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games
DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis
Dead Man
Dead Men Talking: An Autopsy Special
The Dead Pool
Dead Silence
Deadwood: The Movie
Death at a Funeral
Deep Blue Sea
Defending Your Life
Desde el principio
Desert Hearts
Destroy All Monsters
Devil’s Advocate
Diagnosis Bipolar
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules


Dick Tracy
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard With a Vengeance
Diego Maradona
Diez Minutos Antes
Dinner With Friends
The Diplomat
Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana
Dirty War
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Divorce, Italian Style
Do You Believe in Miracles?
Doctor Zhivago
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
A Dog’s Life
Dolores Claiborne
Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules For Parents on Divorce
Don’t Look Back
Dope Sick Love
Down By Law
Down to You
Downton Abbey
Dragged Across Concrete
Drop Dead Fred
Due Date
Dunston Checks In
Dying of the Light
Eagle Eye
The Earrings of Madame De…
Earthday Birthday
East of Eden
Easy Money
Eating Raoul
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Ebola: The Doctors’ Story
Edge f Darkness
The Education of Mohammad Hussein
Eight Legged Freaks
Einstein and Eddington
El Abogado
El amor menos pensado
El Angel
El Astronauta
El Baile de la Gacela
El Chata
El Diablo
El Espiritu de la Salsa
El Lavaplatos
El mejor verano de mi vida
El Norte
El ombligo de Guie’dani
El Pacto
El Paramo
El Piedra
El Rio
El ultimo romantico
El ultimo traje
Elephant Kingdom
Elevator to the Gallows
Elizabeth I (Part 1)
Elizabeth I (Part 2)
Ella Enchanted
Elvis Presley: The Searcher – Part 1
Elvis Presley: The Searcher – Part 2
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
The Emperor Jones
The Emperor’s Newest Clothes
Empire Falls (Part 1)
Empire Falls (Part 2)
Empire of the Sun
En El Septimo Dia
En tu piel
The End
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy Mine
The Enemy Within
The Entertainer

American Film Institute

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
Esta es tu Cuba
Europe ’51
Eve’s Bayou
Evelyn x Evelyn
Every Brilliant Thing
Everyday People
Everyone’s Hero
Everything Is Copy
Eyes Without a Face
F For Fake
Fahrenheit 451
Failure to Launch
Fall to Grace
Fame (2009)
A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration
The Family Stone
Fanny and Alexander
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Planet
Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
Farruko: En Letra de Otro
Fast Five
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Fat Girl
Fellow Traveller
The Fence
The Fever
Fight Club
The Fighter
The Fighting Temptations
Filly Brown
The Final Year
Finding The Way Home
First Cousin Once Removed
First Man Into Space
A Fish Called Wanda
The Fisherman
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games
Five Fingers
The Flintstones
The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas
Flirting With Disaster
Fly Me to the Moon
Footlight Parade
For All Mankind
For Love of the Game
For Neda
Foreign Correspondent
Forget Paris
The Four Feathers
Fox and His Friends
Frankie & Johnny
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Freddy vs. Jason
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
Friday Night Lights
Friday the 13th
Friends of God
The Frighteners
From Up On Poppy Hill
The Front Page
Full Beat
Funny Games
Galaxy of Terror
Game Change


Game of Thrones: The Last Watch
The Games of the V Olympiad: Stockholm 1912
Games of the XXI Olympiad
Gangs of New York
Gasland Part II
The Gathering Storm
Germany Year Zero
Get Carter
The Getaway
Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster
Ghosts of Abu Graib
Gimme Shelter
The Girl
Girl Crazy
A Girl in the River
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Glengarry Glen Ross
Gloria: In Her Own Words
Go Tell It On the Mountain
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla: King of the Monsters!
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1935
The Gold Rush (1942 version)
The Gold Rush (1925 version)
Gone Fishin’
Gone With the Wind
Good Boys
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
Good Will Hunting
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
Gran Torino
The Grand Olympics
Grandma’s Boy
Gray’s Anatomy
The Great Dictator
Great Expectations
Great Expectations (1974)
The Great Gilly Hopkins
The Great White Hype
Green Card
Green Lantern

Warner Bros.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens
Grosse Pointe Blank
Guerra Ajenas
Gun FightGus Van Sant’s Last Days
Habana Boxing Club
Habla Men
Habla Texas
Habla Women
Habla y vota
Half NelsonHall Pass
A Handful of Dust
The Hangover Part II
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
Hanzo the Razor: Who’s Got the Gold?
Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day 2UHappy Feet
Happy Feet Two
Hard as Nails
A Hard Day’s Night
Hard Times
Harlan County, USA
Harold and Maude
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harsh Times
Havana Street Party Presents Orishas
Have You Seen Andy?
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
Head Full of Honey
Head Office
Hear and Now
Heart and Souls
Hearts and Minds
Heaven & Hearth
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal
Heir to an Execution: A Granddaughter’s Story
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Henry V
Her Body
Her Smell
Heroin: Cape Cod, USAHey Arnold! The MovieThe Hidden Fortress
The Hitcher
The Hoax
The HobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Hobson’s Choice
Holy Rollers
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Home Videos
Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County
The Honeymoon Killers
The Honeymooners
Hoop Dreams
Hope Floats
Hostel Part II
The Hot Chick
House of Saddam
House on Haunted Hill
How Stella Got Her Goove Back
How the West Was Won
How to Dance in Ohio
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Human Face of Big Data
The Hunt for the Slave Ship Gerrero
Hunter Killer
I Am Evidence
I Am Sam
I Can Be President: A Kid’s Eye View
I Can’t Do This, But I CAN Do That
I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me
I Love You, Now Die
I Love You Phillip Morris
I Married A Witch
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
I Shot Jesse James
I Was a Teenage Zombie
Ice on Fire
The Iceman and the Psychiatrist
The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman
The Iceman Tapes: Conversations With a Killer
An Ideal Husband
The Idle Class
If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
Imaginary Hearoes
The Immigrant
The Immortal Life f Henrietta Lacks
In a Valley of Violence
In a World…
In Bruges
In Pursuit of Honor
In Tahir Square
In the Bedroom
In the Gloaming
In the Mood For Love
In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11
In Vanda’s Room
In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye
The Indian in the Cupboard
Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable
Indictment: The McMartin Trial
Infinite Rainbow
Iniciales S.G.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
Into the Storm
Intolerable Cruelty
Invasion of the Astro-Monster
The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley
The Invisible
Ira Sleeps Over
Irma Vep
Iron Jawed Angels
The Island
Isn’t It Romantic

Warner Bros.

It: Chapter 2
It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It
It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise
Ivan The Terrible: Part 1
Ivan the Terrible: Part 2
The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam
IX Olympic Wintergames, Innsbruck 1964
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Jason Silva: The Road to the Singularity
Jason X
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws the Revenge
Jersey Girl
Jetsons The Movie
Jim: The James Foley Story
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
Jingle All the Way
Joe’s Palace
John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls
John Tucker Must Die
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Johnny English
Johnny English Strikes Again
Jonah Hex
Josie and the Pussycats
Journey Into Dyslexia
Journey to Italy
Journeys With George
Joyful Noise
The Judge
Judge Dredd
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Jules and Jim
Juliet of the Spirits
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Jungle Book
Justice League
Justin Bieber’s Believe
Kany Garcia: Soy yo en vivo
Kareem: Minority of One
Keeper of the Flame
Keeping Up with the Steins
The Kid
The Kid Who Would Be King
The Kids Are All Right
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
King Arthur
A King in New York
King in the Wilderness
King Kong
The King of Kings
Kingdom Come
The Kitchen
The Kite Runner
Knife in the Water
Koran By Heart
Kung Fu Panda
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
La Ceinaga
La La Land
La Notte
La Piel de Ayer
La Serenata
La Strada
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
The Lady in Red
Lady Snowblood
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance
The Lady Vanishes
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
The Land Before Time VII: Stone of Cold Fire
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
The Laramie Project
Larry Kramer in Love & Anger
Las Herederas
Last Chance Harvey
The Last Emperor
Last Holiday
Last Letters Home
The Last Metro
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
The Last Outlaw
The Last Seduction
Last Tango in Paris
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
The Last Unicorn
The Last Wave
Late Autumn
The Late Shift
Late Spring
The Latin Explosion: A New America
The Latino List
The Latino List: Volume 2
Laws of Attraction
Le Samourai
Lean On Me
Leaving Neverland
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward

Warner Bros.

The LEGO Batman Movie
LEGO Batman The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite
A LEGO Brickumentary
The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Leisure Class
The Leopards Take Manhattan
Les Miserables
Lesson #7 B Alberto Ferreras
Liberty: Mother of Exiles
Life According to Sam
Life on the Line
Life Support
Lillehammer ’94: 16 Days of Glory
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season
Lino, Una Aventura de Siete Vidas
Little Black Book
Little Boy
The Little Drummer Girl
Little Giants
The Little Penguin Pororo’s Racing Adventure
A Little Princess
The Little Rascals
Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later
Little Shop of Horrors
The Little Stranger
Living in OblivionLiving With Lincoln
Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island
Locos de Amor 2
The Lodger
Lola Montes
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
The Lonely Guy
Long Gone By
Long Shot
The Long Voyage Home
Look Away
Look Back in Anger
Looking: The Movie
Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Los Silencios
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Lost in Space
Love Actually
Love Crimes of Kabul
Love in the Afternoon
The Lovely Bones
The Loving Story
I love you.
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: The Musical
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
Magnum Force
Major Barbara
Make Love Great Again
The Maltese Falcon
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Man Bites Dog
Man of the House
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate
Mann v. Ford
The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombinb
March of the Penguins
Maria Full of Grace
Mariel Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Mary and Martha
Mas sabe el diablo por viejo
Masculin Féminin
Match Point
Max Keeble’s Big Move
McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice
Me 3.769
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?

Warner Bros.

The Meg
Mel Brooks: Unwrapped
The Merchant of Venice
Message Erased
Meth Storm
Mi Querida Cofradía
Mi Tesoro
Michael Clayton
Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry
Midnight SpecialThe Mighty Ducks
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Mikey & Nicky
Mildred Pierce
Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Mermaid
Miriam Miente
Miss Bala
Miss Evers’ Boys
Miss You Can Do It
Mob Stories
Modern Times
Mom and Dad Save the World
Momentum Generation
Mommy Dead and Dearest
Mon Oncle
Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa Smile
Mondays at Racine
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
Monsieur Verdoux
Monsters vs. Aliens
Monte Carlo
Monterey Pop
The Moon’s Spell on the Great Barrier Reef
Moonlight Mile
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements
Moonwalk With Me
The Most Dangerous Game
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Moulin Rouge!
Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mr. Magoo
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Soffel
Much Ado About Nothing
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Multiple Maniacs
Murder By Numbers
Muriel’s Wedding
The Music In Me: A Family Special
The Music In Me: Children’s Recitals
MXP: Most Extreme Primate
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Brilliant Career
My Dinner With Andre
My Dinner With Herve
My Dog Skip
My Left Foot
My Life As a Dog
My Name Is Maria De Jesus
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors The Yamadas
My Night At Maud’s
Mystery Signal From Space
Nagan ’98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory
The Naked City
The Naked Kiss
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Nanook of the North
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind
Native Son
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Never Back Down
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
Next of Kin
Nice and Friendly
The Nice Guys
A Night in the Show


Night of the Living Dead
Night on Earth
The Night Porter
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Nina errante
Nine Months
Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words
No Contract No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike
No Me Digas Solterona
Nocturnal Animals
The Normal Heart
North By Northwest
The Norwegian Fjords
Notes Form the Field
Nothing Left Unsaid
Notting Hill
Now, Voyager
The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm
The Nun
The Nun’s Story
Ocean Waves
The Odd Couple II
Odd Jobs
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
An Officer and a Gentleman
The Official Story
Ola de Crimenes
Oliver Twist
The Olympic Games: Amsterdam 1928
The Olympic Games: As They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece
The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
The Olympics in Mexico
On the Record
Once Upon a Crime
Once Upon a Time in the West
One Fine Day
One Nation Under Dog
One Nation Under Stress
One Survivor Remembers
Only Yesterday
Open Range
Opening Night
Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland
The Origami Code
Orphans of Ebola
Osaka Elegy
The Oslo Diaries
The Others
Our Violent Sun
The Out List
Out of Africa
Out of the Cradle
Out to Sea
Outside the Bubble: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi
The Outsiders
Overnight Delivery
The Pacifier
Birds of Passage
Pandora’s Box
Papi Chulo
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Paris, Texas
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Pat and Mike
A Patch of Blue
Path to War
Pather Panchali
PauL Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
Pay Day
Paycheck to Paycheck
Pearl Harbor
The Pelican Brief
Pen Pals
The Pentagon Wars
Pepe Le Moko
A Perfect Murder
Permanent Vacation
Pet Sematary
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Real Women Have Curves
Rebel Without a Cause
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Red Desert
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Red Planet
Red Riding Hood
The Red Shoes
Regarding Henry
Regular Show: The Movie
Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.
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Requiem For a Dream
Requiem For the Dead: American Spring 2014
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Reversal of Fortune
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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Rock and a Hard Place
Rock n Roll High School
Rock Star
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Rolling Stones: Stories From the Edge
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Rome Open City
A Room With a View
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book
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Running With Beto
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RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee
Safety Last!
Salt Lake City 2002: Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory
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Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
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Santa Buddies
Sapporo Winter Olympics
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Save the Last Dance
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Saving Pelican 895
Sawdust and Tinsel
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
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Scenes form a Marriage
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Seance on a Wet Afternoon
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The Secret of My Success
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Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery
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Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate
Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Set It Off
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The Seventh Seal
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She’s Funny That Way
She’s the One
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Shoot the Piano Player
The Shooting
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Shot Heard ’Round the World
Shoulder Arms
Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech
Shutter Island
Side Effects
Silencing the Song: An Afghan Fallen Star
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Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
Singin’ in the Rain
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
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Six Days, Seven Nights
Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War
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The Skulls II
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Sbredosis de Amor
Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison
Some Kind of Wonderful
Someone Had to Be Benny
Someone Like You
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Something the Lord Made
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Sometimes in April
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The Song Remains the Same
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A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born
Starter For 10
State of Play: Trophy Kids
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Stealing Harvard
Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped By Boko Haram
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The Stranger
Stranger Than Paradise
A Streetcar Named Desire
Strike Up the Band
Strip Search
Stuart: A Life Backwards
Student Athlete
Studs Turkel: Listening to America
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Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights & Dark Shadows
Suicide Squad
The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sunset Limited
Sweet Dreams
Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age
Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory
The Take
Taking Chance
The Tale
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earths
Talkin’ Dirty After Dark
Taste of Cherry
A Taste of Honey
Tea War: The Adventures of Robert Fortune
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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Teen Witch
Temple Grandin
Terror at the Mall
Terror of Mechagodzilla
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Thank You, Mr. President
That Hamilton Woman
That Thing You Do!
There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
These Colors Don’t Run
They Came Together
They Shall Not Grow Old
The Thief of Bagdad
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
The Thing About My Folks
Thirteen Days
This Means War
The Thomas Crown Affair
Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop
A Thousand Words
Three Colors: Blue
Three Colors: Red
Three Colors: White
3 Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks
Three Fugitives
Three Kings
Three to Tango
The Threepenny Opera
Throne of Blood
Through a Glass Darkly
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Time Bandits
The Times of Harvey Milk
The Tin Drum
A Tiny Audience
To Be Or Not to Be
Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A
Tokyo Olympiad
Tokyo Project
Tokyo Story
Tom Jones
Too Big to Fail
Top Science Stories of 2019
Top Ten Monks
Torn Apart: Separated at the Border
Tortilla Flat
The Town
Toxic Hot Seat
Traffic Stop
The Trans List
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Treasure Buddies
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Tree of Life
Trek Nation
The Trial of Joan of Arc
The Trials of Ted Haggard
Triangle: Remembering the Fire
Tropic Thunder
Trouble in Mind
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality
True Lies
The Truth About Killer Robots
Tsunami, The Aftermath
The Tuskeegee Airmen
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Twist of Faith
Two English Girls
Two Weeks Notice
Ulee’s Gold
Umberto D.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Un 4to de Josue
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Unlawful Entry
Unlocking the Cage
Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist
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Valentine Road
Van Helsing
Varsity Blues
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Vida en Marte
Viruses: Destruction and Creation
Vivre Sa Vie
Voyage of the Damned
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A Walk to Remember
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War and Peace
War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend
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Warning: This Drug May Kill You
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Water for Elephants
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We Are Not Done Yet
We Are the Dream
We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company
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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Well Groomed
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What Animals See
What Happened on September 11
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali
What Women Want
When I Knew
When Marnie Was There
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
When Trumpets Fade
When You Wish Upon a Pickle
Which Way Home
Whisper of the Heart
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
White Mile
Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
Who Killed the Neanderthal?
The Whole Truth
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Wide Awake
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Wild Hogs
Wild Strawberries
The Wind Rises
Wings of Desire
Wings: Sky Force Heroes
Winter’s Bone
Wise Blood
Wishful Drinking
The Witches of Eastwick
Withnail & I
Without Love
Without Warning: The James Brady Story
Witless Protection
Witness Protection
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The Wizard of Lies
The Wizard of Oz
The Woman in Red
A Woman of Paris
Woman of the Year
A Woman Under the Influence
Women of Troy
Wonder Woman (animated)
Wonder Woman
The Wood
Woodstock: The Director’s Cut
The Words That Built America
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XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
Yo, imposible
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You Don’t Know Jack
Young and Innocent
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Your Highness
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David Ayer Says His ‘Suicide Squad’ Has ‘Never Been Seen’

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If you thought Warner Bros. finally acquiescing to fan demands and releasing a director’s cut of Justice League would be the end of social media campaigning for new versions of widely disliked films, you would be wrong. With a Snyder Cut of Justice League in the offing, DC fanboys are now turning their attention to another recent movie that was only shown in theaters in butchered form: Suicide Squad.

Released before Justice League in the summer of 2016, Suicide Squad was an enormous financial success — grossing almost $750 million worldwide — and hated by critics and many readers of the original comic books. On ScreenCrush’s entirely scientific ranking of every DC Comics movie ever (seen below), Suicide Squad ranked third from the bottom, below infamous stinkers like Steel and Green Lantern. It is not good.

But Suicide Squad director David Ayer says that is not his version of the story. Responding to growing calls to release his preferred cut of Suicide Squad on HBO Max like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Ayer says his cut of the film “would be easy to complete” — and that his concept of Suicide Squad “has never been seen.”

Fans hoping for a #ReleaseTheSnyderCut 2.0 should know that there is a big difference here. Justice League was basically dead in the water right now. Unlike Suicide Squad, that movie flopped, and the odds of getting a sequel in the near future were slim and none. WarnerMedia has nothing to lose there, and a lot to gain; Synder’s Justice League can be a big ticket item for HBO Max at relatively low cost, and it might even restart the franchise.

Suicide Squad, as crappy as it was, made money. And there’s already a sequel on the way: The Suicide Squad from director James Gunn. Debuting a new version of the old film might remind folks how much they disliked the first Suicide Squad and keep them away from the second. It could also make the continuity between films even more confusing. Plus, Warner Bros. already released an “Extended Cut” of Suicide Squad on Blu-ray — and it was even worse than the theatrical version.

In other words, a #ReleaseTheAyerCut movement seems like a long shot, if not a Deadshot. (Sorry.) Then again, a lot of people claimed Snyder’s Justice League would never get release, so who knows?

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Zack Snyder Announces ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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It’s official: The Snyder Cut of Justice League is real. And now we’ll all get to see it.

That was the stunning news announced by director Zack Snyder at the end of today’s Man of Steel watch party. Snyder left Justice League during production to attend to personal matters and the movie was finished — to basically no one’s satisfaction — by Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon. Even though Snyder is the only credited director on Justice League, it is not his vision of the material — and for years, die-hard Snyder fans have insisted that his version existed and should be made available to the public.

Now it will. HBO Max announced today that the new streaming service will be the home to what’s being called Zack Snyder’s Justice League, his vision for the movie before he left the project. As Snyder succinctly put it on Twitter, “this is real”:

What we’re learning now is that technically, Snyder’s director’s cut didn’t exist all along — at least not in any kind of finished form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the work will now begin on finishing the film to Snyder’s specifications, and it is “is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.” Their sources claim Warner Bros. is spending anywhere from $20-30 million to complete the director’s cut.

Here was Snyder’s comment on the news, via a press release:

I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.

No specific date in 2021 was given for the new version of the film. HBO Max itself debuts on May 27. I imagine a lot of DC fans will be signing up after this news.

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Zoe Kravitz Has ‘No Idea’ When ‘The Batman’ Can Resume Shooting

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Around the country and the world, businesses are taking tentative steps to resume work despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus pandemic. For some businesses, that is more difficult than others. In the world of movie and TV business, with so many crew members and actors, and scenes where social distancing is impossible, it’s particularly tricky.

A new report in Variety details some of the pitfalls faced by movies and television as they try to resume the work that was suspended back in February and March as the threat of Covid-19 became clear. And amidst all the other details, there’s an important and not-very-encouraging tidbit on the status of The Batman from star Zoe Kravitz, who plays Catwoman in the latest reboot of DC Comics’ Dark Knight. She told Variety that even if some studios are readying production, she’s not sure when she will get back to work. She added that…

…part of her is ‘hoping to wake up every day to an email or a phone call saying, ‘We’re ready to go.’’ But when that could be remains unclear. ‘I’m in touch with everybody, and everyone’s ready to go when it’s safe,’ she says. ‘But no, we have no idea.’

Production on The Batman shut down in mid-March. Director Matt Reeves has said that the film was only about 25 percent complete when the cameras stopped rolling, which means even when the crew gets back to work they still have a long way to go before the movie will be ready for audiences. The release of The Batman has already been pushed back once. Initially scheduled for June 25, 2021, the film is now due in theaters on October 1, 2021. There’s no guarantee it won’t get delayed again.

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‘Scoob!’ Review: You Can’t Teach Old Dynomutts New Tricks

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Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Incorporated have appeared in something like 40 films in addition to their dozen or so television series since 1969. But Scoob and the gang never made it to the big-screen in animated form. That was supposed to change with Scoob! which was designed as a blockbuster reboot of the long-running kids franchise — until the coronavirus pandemic sent the movie straight-to-VOD like so many other Scooby-Doo mysteries.

Premiering at home might not have been the worst decision for Scoob! On the big screen, this film would have looked like very small potatoes, even with an excessive amount of guest stars from the Hanna-Barbera library and a ham-fisted attempt to capture the zeitgeist by shoving most of the classic characters to the side and adding a bunch of superheroes into the mix.

Yes, Scoob! is much more of a two-hander, or at least a one-hander-and-one-pawer, with Shaggy (Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker, the original voice of Fred and the regular voice of Scooby since 2002) dominating the story. A prologue reveals how Shaggy and Scooby first met as kids, and even where Scooby got his wacky name and signature blue-and-gold collar, in case those were things you ever wondered about. Fast-forward ten years and Scooby and the Mystery Incorporated crew are looking to expand their business — only to find that the timid and clumsy Shaggy and Scoob are too much of a liability for their potential investors.

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That sends Scooby and Shaggy careening off on their own, and into a team-up with the old Hanna-Barbera heroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, who’ve been revamped so Falcon is the bumbler (voiced by Mark Wahlberg) and his dog sidekick (Ken Jeong) is the competent one. They’re also partnered with Dee Dee (Kiersey Clemons) from the old Captain Caveman show, and together they’re on a quest to stop Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs), best known as the sniveling baddie from the Wacky Races cartoon, from collecting some mystical trinkets and unlocking a gateway to the underworld.

There are plenty of homages to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, including a new version of its original credits sequence and lots of exaggerated sound effects that could have been lifted straight from the Hanna-Barbera archives. Still, even with all the throwbacks, Scoob! doesn’t really feel like the old shows. The laidback vibe of kids fighting supernatural threats and bad cases of the munchies has been replaced by enormous action setpieces. Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez) are barely in the film. In their place are a lot of high-tech gadgets, and a ton of schtick involving Blue Falcon, who inherited his mantle and might not be cut out for crimefighting. Instead of updating the material, Scoob! mostly exchanges it for other stuff. Good old Fred doesn’t even get to wear a neckerchief.

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Redesigned costumes aside, Scoob! at least looks fairly good. Director Tony Cervone, an animation veteran who directed many direct-to-video Scooby-Doo films, finds a CG visual style that honors the elastic physics and angular characters of old 2D animation. (The new version of Dynomutt is particularly fun to watch as he unfurls his extending limbs and gadgets.) Without question, this is the best the Scooby-Dooers have ever looked. And the new Mystery Incorporated voices are good when they’re onscreen. Efron makes a suitably starchy Fred, and Forte nails the spirit of Shaggy without doing a slavish imitation of Casey Kasem.

The movie just doesn’t seem that interested in doing anything with them beyond polishing up some dusty IP for another shot at the mainstream. Look, I’m the guy who once wrote an op-ed called “Scooby-Doo Is Dumb,” so I’m definitely not the target audience for Scoob! But I’m not sure there is a target audience for Scoob! Who would it be? Folks who claim to like Scooby-Doo, but don’t care for most of the actual characters or the fact that the supernatural ghouls and monsters are always just dudes in rubber masks? Die-hard Dynomutt and Blue Falcon fans? This is a mystery not even Mystery Incorporated could solve.

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‘The Matrix 4’ Aims To Resume Production By July

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By this point, we know the staggering impact the coronavirus has had on the film industry. Pushed back releases and production delays have become the norm for major motion pictures in the US. But according to Variety, the team behind The Matrix 4 is only looking ahead. In fact, they hope to resume shooting by early July. Produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix 4 is the first film in the franchise in over 17 years. But filming for the long-anticipated sci-fi flick was halted in mid-March, where the crew was set up in Berlin.

With the recent news that overseas productions in New Zealand and Prague have slowly begun filming again, Warner Bros. has announced that it plans to continue with The Matrix 4 in the coming weeks. The movie’s cast — which brings back original franchise members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith — has signed an eight-week extension that lasts until July 6th.

The fact that The Matrix 4 would resume filming in Europe rather than Stateside means that a July date might just be possible. Since European countries were hit with the virus a few weeks before the US, their timeline may allow for production to resume before it can happen here. As of now, The Matrix 4 is set to be released on May 21, 2021. This may change depending on when they get the green light to continue filming, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

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LeBron James Reveals Official Title and Logo For ‘Space Jam 2’

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It’s really happening. We really are going to get ready to jam again.

Space Jam 2 is real. It’s an actual movie. Or at least it will be next year. Today, LeBron James revealed the film’s title and logo to his 63 million followers on Instagram. Granted, the logo was backwards because he shot it with the front-facing camera on his phone. But all you need to do is flip it horizontally and you can see: The film is called Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Here’s James’ Instagram post:

For sake of comparison, here’s the original Space Jam logo on the first film’s theatrical poster. Note the similar circular pattern, only rotated so it’s vertical instead of horizontal:

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The original film, starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes cast, was released in 1996. Despite a mixed reception on its release, it’s become a cultural touchstones for young viewers who grew up watching it over and over on TV. A sequel has been discussed for years and years — and a version with LeBron in the lead human role was announced all the way back in 2014. Although shooting on the sequel supposedly started last summer, we’ve yet to see any teasers, trailers, or images from the movie. After all this time, it looks like the sequel is finally nearing release. Barring any unforeseen delays, Space Jam: A New Legacy will open in theaters on July 16, 2021.

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Texas Movie Theaters Will Be Permitted to Reopen on Friday

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On Monday, April 27, movie theaters in Georgia could reopen to the public — although many chains have already said they won’t or can’t welcome back customers yet, either because they’re not prepared to do in light of staff furloughs or layoffs, lingering fears about the coronavirus pandemic and customer safety, or, in the case of AMC Theatres, they’re waiting until Hollywood begins releasing blockbusters again.

The theaters that do choose to reopen in Georgia will soon be joined by those in Texas, as its governor, Greg Abbott, announced today that the state was prepared to let its stay-at-home order expire on Friday, May 1. “Phase One” of the state’s reopening begins then, at which point “all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, libraries and museums will be allowed to open, but the occupancy rate is capped at 25 percent.” If all goes according to Abbott’s plan, Phase Two of the reopening can begin on May 18, when these businesses’ occupancy rates will be allowed to expand to 50 percent.

There are some Texas business that cannot open yet, including gyms, salons, and bars. And outdoor sports are only permitted if they involved less than “four participants.” Abbott also noted that his announcement regarding theaters, malls, and other Phase One businesses was a “permission to open, not a requirement.”

That last part is key; for a lot of moviegoers and a lot of theaters, this announcement will amount to a formality because their local multiplex will choose to remain closed at least for the short-term. Even if the theaters do open, they won’t have new product to screen for at least several months, when Warner Bros. plans to release Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney has Mulan. And even then, audiences have to feel confident enough that they won’t get sick if they buy a ticket and head to their local theater. If you do go a theater in Georgia, Texas, or anywhere else in the weeks ahead, tell us what you’re seeing on Twitter or Facebook.

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AMC Won’t Reopen Its Theaters Until It Has New Movies to Show

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In some parts of the country — like Georgia, for examplemovie theaters will be able to open as soon as next week. The key word there is able. Just because they can, doesn’t mean they will, as exhibitors weigh the risks of opening their doors before the coronavirus pandemic is fully under control.

The other issue for theaters is figuring out what to show even if they do reopen next week. The 2020 summer movie season is basically postponed at this point, with every major studio delaying all of their big titles from April, May, and June until later this year or even into 2021. Today, the nation’s largest theater chain, AMC, announced that its theaters will remain closed at least until Hollywood resumes something like a regular release schedule.

Here is their statement on the news (via THR):

As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theatres. Those blockbusters are scheduled to return this summer, beginning with Warner Brothers’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, with many more major titles scheduled immediately thereafter.

Tenet is currently scheduled for release on July 17; Mulan was originally expected in theaters on March 27; it’s new release date is July 24. Of course, it wouldn’t take much for either of those dates to move. If the country experiences a new rise in cases some time in May or June, that could be the last straw for Warner Bros. and Disney. If AMC holds to this plan, and something delays Tenet and Mulan, then they wouldn’t open until some time around August 14, when Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled. Unless that gets bumped back too, and so on and so forth.

This shows you just how tricky it will be to get movie theaters back up and running. It’s not just a matter of getting the virus under control. There needs to be movies to show too — and a lot of these movies cost so much to make and market that studios will not take a piecemeal approach to a release. If theaters in Georgia are open, for example, but the rest of the country remains closed, Disney’s not going to let them show Mulan. Enough theaters need to be open to make it worth their while financially. Which means we might be waiting for theaters for reopen even longer than we thought.

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‘The Batman’ Officially Delayed Due to Coronavirus

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This truly is a dark night.

We already knew that The Batman was only 25 percent finished when production was recently shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The longer filming was stopped, the greater the likelihood of what now has happened: The Batman has been delayed.

Originally scheduled to open in theaters on June 25, 2021, the film has been bumped back to October 1, 2021. A little over three months isn’t the biggest delay incurred by a film since the pandemic started — we’re going to be waiting an entire year for F9: The Fast Saga, for example — but any delay for one of the most anticipated films of next year stinks anyway.

Warner Bros. shuffled a number of its other productions today as well. Shazam 2 will now open on November 4, 2022, a delay of more than seven months from its original April 1, 2022 release date. The Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, is now scheduled for a March 12, 2021 release, instead of its intended September 24, 2020 opening. And the Elvis Presley biopic from Baz Luhrmann that stars Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, which previously held The Batman’s new October 2 2021 release date, is now bumped back to November 5, 2021.

The worst part of all this is there’s no way of knowing whether these release dates are final or temporary. Coronavirus cases are falling around the United States, but most health experts say without adequate testing it will be difficult to reopen the economy — and it’s unclear how Hollywood productions will be able to resume in the era of social distancing. The Batman already lost at least one crew member to the disease, dialect coach Andrew Jack. No movie is worth the cost of someone’s life. So the reality is we might not see any of these movies on these dates. Right now, the future is very unclear.

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