Gotham City is coming to HBO Max. The streaming service has given a series commitment for a spinoff of Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” that will be set inside the Gotham City Police Department.Per HBO Max, the untitled series “will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.”“Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter will write the project, with Reeves and his 6th and Idaho production company producing with Warner Bros. TV. Reeves and Winter will executive produce alongside “The Batman” producer Dylan Clark.Also Read: 'The Batman' Director Matt Reeves Signs Overall TV Deal With Warner BrosReeves is helming Warner Bros.’ newest take on the Caped Crusader, which will see Robert Pattinson take over the role. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters in October 2021, and also stars Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, Peter Sarsgard and Andy Serkis. It is not clear yet if any of the film’s cast will appear in this new series, though Wright is portraying Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream,” said Reeves.The series would be the second to focus on the Gotham police, following Fox’s “Gotham” which starred Ben McKenzie as Gordon in the days before Bruce Wayne became Batman. It joins other DC Comics-based TV projects at HBO Max, that include a “Green Lantern” series from Geoff Johns, a J.J. Abrams-produced “Justice League Dark” and an animated Aquaman show. Elizabeth Banks the executive producing the comedy “DC Super Hero High” as well.“We are so fortunate to have such great partners in Matt, Dylan, and Terry and unprecedented access to a wealth of IP from our partners at Warner Bros. and DC,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.Along with creating “Boardwalk Empire,” Winter co-created the short-lived “Vinyl” and served as a writer, director and executive producer on “The Sopranos.”The HBO Max series will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan; Rafi Crohn will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.Read original story TV Spinoff of ‘The Batman’ About Gotham City PD in the Works at HBO Max At TheWrap
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HBO Max has signed an overall deal with Marlon Wayans that will see the comedian and actor star in a semi-autobiographical comedy, “Book of Marlon.”Additionally, Wayans will produce an hour-long stand-up special and host a “multi-act” special. HBO Max will also have a first look deal at his scripted and unscripted projects.“Marlon is a ‘triple threat’ with an impressive resume that speaks to his acting talent and comedy prowess” said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and animation for HBO Max. “We are thrilled to have his unique voice and comedic vision join our growing family of creators.”Also Read: 'Gone With the Wind' Back on HBO Max With Disclaimer Film Ignores 'Horrors of Slavery'“Book of Marlon” is co-created with Wayan’s longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez. It stars Wayans as a fictionalized version of himself as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with…being Marlon.“I’m excited to be in business with HBO Max. Rick and I have had a lot of success in the streaming space and are excited to work with a company that is equally excited to work with us” said Wayans. “We look forward to helping both brands grow rapidly and internationally. HBO Max is a great place to continue our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces.”Wayans and Ugly Baby are repped by 3 Arts, WME and Lawrence Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.Read original story Marlon Wayans to Star in HBO Max Comedy ‘Book of Marlon’ as Part of Overall Deal At TheWrap
HBO has returned Gone With The Wind to its streaming service HBO Max, including a preceding video explaining that the movie 'denies the horrors of slavery'.
Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin is aiming to release the latest book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series next year.
After temporarily removing iconic movie Gone With The Wind from its streaming platform last week, HBO has revealed how it will reintroduce the title to its catalogue.
Team-Downey produced Perry Mason series is ready to be aired on HBO come 22 June, and interestingly, the show comes at a time when the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests are sweeping the world.
HBO's new streaming platform HBO Max has temporarily removed Gone With The Wind from its service over its outdated depiction of the American south during slavery.
Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd are now unarmed, thanks to the reboot of the classic Looney Tunes characters on HBO's new streaming platform.
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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 7 of “Westworld” Season 3.)“Westworld” Season 3 ends this Sunday in an episode that will see Aaron Paul’s Caleb attempt to enact whatever plan was given to him by the A.I. Solomon. And while we have no idea what that plan is, Serac does — at least that’s what Vincent Cassel tells TheWrap.Cassel plays Serac, the man who constructed Solomon with his brother Jean Mi and then abandoned it, and his “outlier” brother, in favor of the more stable, controllable A.I. Rehoboam — an instrument he’s used to help Incite create paths for humanity in order to bring about what he believes to be a better world. But now, thanks to Dolores’s and Caleb’s interference, Serac’s plan is under threat for the first time in a long time.“Listen, you have to know something that will be my only answer to this: Serac knows everything,” Cassel said, when we asked if Serac is prepared for what Caleb is coming at him with. “If you want to destroy Serac, you have to mess up with his logic. But in terms of information, you cannot go through.”Also Read: Everything That Happened in 'Westworld' Season 3 Ep 7, ExplainedDuring last week’s episode, the seventh and penultimate installment of Season 3, we were treated to a holographic message from Serac that Dolores and Caleb stumbled upon in the facility where Solomon is housed. This recording was meant for Serac’s brother Jean Mi to find one day, should be he rehabilitated from his outlier status and be released from his pod. So when did Serac record this, and what the heck did he mean when he said he could not be there himself to see his brother, as the man he was when he taped the message “no longer exists”?“Wow. That’s a very tricky question,” Cassel told us. “Well, first of all, as we know, we can dematerialize people at that point of the story. So people can be there but are they still alive or not, it’s another story. So we don’t know how long from he recorded that message, that that message was supposed to be heard, really. That’s one thing. And about the finale, I think, I guess now for Serac question is– is he gonna be able to do what he wants?”Now, we have no idea what that is and Cassel — a series newcomer for Season 3 — definitely won’t tell us, but he says that you will “definitely” find out in the finale, as “the resolution of that part of the plot” comes by the end.Also Read: 'Westworld': What Happened When Dolores Flipped That Switch?“I think it’s a very satisfying finale and to be honest, it’s a real resolution to this whole moment of ‘Westworld,'” Cassel said. “And as a big fan of the first two seasons, what I found very interesting was that watching the new season, I never think about the Western and all those things. Those images don’t come back to me anymore. It’s been so reinvented and it works for what it is, that I never miss that feeling of the Western. And so in that sense, in that new season of ‘Westworld,’ with all those worlds and cars and stuff, I feel the finale is very satisfying because it’s the epitome of this high-tech world, I would say.”If you’re worried about the fact Cassel says Season 3 has a definite conclusion for this Serac plot, meaning you won’t see him in Season 4 — which “Westworld” was recently renewed for by HBO — don’t, because Cassel says his story doesn’t end with what we’ve seen so far.“Honestly, when [creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] first approached me, they told me a story — that’s the only thing I can answer — they told me the story of Serac on a really big scale,” he said. “And then I discovered things that they tell me over the phone, in the different episodes, with everything they told me, it’s not in Season 3. So who knows.”The “Westworld” Season 3 finale airs this Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.Read original story ‘Westworld': Vincent Cassel Says ‘Serac Knows Everything’ and His Story Goes Beyond Season 3 Finale At TheWrap
Just under two weeks out from its third season finale, “Westworld” has been renewed for a fourth season by HBO.Season 3 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi series premiered on March 15 — almost two years after its second season debuted in April 2018 — to 901,000 linear viewers on HBO and 1.7 million total viewers when counting streams on HBO Go and HBO Now. The episode, which was directed by Nolan, has now surpassed nine million viewers across all platforms.Just two more episodes remain in the eight-episode season, with one new hour airing this Sunday and the finale set for May 3.Also Read: HBO Reveals 'Westworld' Episode Titles, Descriptions for Back Half of Season 3“Westworld” Season 3 stars returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as William/Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore and Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton. Series newcomers for the year include Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi a.k.a. Kid Cudi, Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Ealy and Tommy Flanagan.“From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement Wednesday. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”“Westworld” was created for television by Nolan and Joy based on the 1973 film written by Michael Crichton. Nolan and Joy are showrunners and executive produce the series alongside Denise Thé, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis and Ben Stephenson.Also Read: 'Westworld' Star Ed Harris on Whether William Will Really Be 'The Good Guy' NowThe drama hails from Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films and Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.Readers can find our interview with Ed Harris about last Sunday’s episode here.“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT on HBO.Read original story ‘Westworld’ Renewed for Season 4 by HBO At TheWrap
The “Friends” reunion special will not be available when HBO Max launches in May.The cast of the classic NBC sitcom was to reunite on the show’s set for a retrospective to help kick off the new streaming service from WarnerMedia in May. But production for the special, which “Friends” star Courtney Cox said was supposed to be filmed on March 23 and 24, was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The reunion special, which will feature behind-the-scenes footage from the 10 seasons, is still planned though it’s unclear when it can be filmed.Also Read: 'Friends' Reunion Special for HBO Max Pushes Back ProductionBen Winston is set to direct the special and will executive produce along with original “Friends” executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. The special hails from Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and Fulwell 73 Productions. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will also executive produce the special. Emma Conway and James Longman are co-executive producers.HBO Max doesn’t have a specific launch-date outside of sometime in May, but it will cost $14.99 a month, the same price as an HBO subscription. All 236 episodes of “Friends” will be available when the service launches.“Friends,” produced by Warner Bros. TV, aired for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994-2004 and is among the most popular TV sitcoms in history.Read original story ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Delayed on HBO Max, Will Not Make May Launch At TheWrap
The costume company behind the award-winning drama Chernobyl is donating all of its protective equipment to key workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Westworld went full HBO brand meta-synergy in the latest episode of the sci-fi series' third season.
“Avenue 5” has been renewed for Season 2 at HBO, the premium cable channel announced Thursday.Created and executive produced by “Veep” mastermind Armando Iannucci, the comedy is set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The show’s nine-episode first season premiered Jan. 19.“Avenue 5” stars Hugh Laurie as Avenue 5 Captain Ryan Clark; Josh Gad as billionaire Herman Judd, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Zach Woods as head of customer relations Matt Spencer; Rebecca Front as strong willed passenger Karen Kelly; Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right hand woman; Lenora Crichlow as engineer Billie McEvoy; Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.Also Read: Jameela Jamil Says She Isn't MC of HBO Max Voguing Competition Show After BacklashGuest stars for Season 1 include Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Karen’s husband Frank; Jessica St. Clair (“American Housewife”) and Kyle Bornheimer (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as feuding couple Mia and Doug; Neil Casey (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) as Cyrus, an Avenue 5 engineer; Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”) as Rav’s deputy Alan Lewis; Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”) as stand-up comedian Jordan Hatwal; Paterson Joseph (“Timeless”) as Judd’s business rival Harrison; and Daisy May Cooper (“This Country”) as Sarah, a member of the bridge crew.“We’ve loved every minute of ‘Avenue 5’s’ inaugural voyage,” HBO’s executive vice president of programming, Amy Gravitt, said. “Armando Iannucci and his team are masters of smart and incisive comedy, and the ensemble cast, brilliantly captained by Hugh Laurie, is second to none. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for our hapless heroes in season two.”“It was so great to be back again with HBO for the first season of ‘Avenue 5,’ so I’m doubly thrilled that HBO have now seen fit to put Captain Ryan Clark and his passengers and crew through even more physical and emotional hell next year too,” Iannucci said. “Nobody provides angst-ridden laughs better than Hugh Laurie, and we’re looking forward to seeing what further impossible situations and existential crises we can plunge him, Josh Gad and the rest of our fantastic cast into next. To the end of season one and beyond (into season two)!”Also Read: Winter TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)“It’s thrilling to discover that space isn’t finite after all,” Laurie added. “I’m very excited to be continuing on this journey with Armando and HBO, and also an amazing group of actors and writers who make me laugh every day. Here’s to the future!”“Avenue 5” is executive produced by Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith, co-executive produced by Peter Fellows and Becky Martin, and produced by Steve Clark-Hall.The series is a co-production with Sky UK.“Avenue 5” airs Sundays at 10/9c on HBO.Read original story ‘Avenue 5’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO At TheWrap
George R.R. Martin has teased that the upcoming Game Of Thrones book will have a different ending to the TV show.
Hotly anticipated "Game of Thrones" straight-to-series spinoff "House of the Dragon" is likely to premiere in 2022, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety at the Television Critics Assn. tour on Wednesday, calling that his "best guess." He was not able to narrow down a more precise premiere date at this stage of development. No […]
HBO announced Wednesday that the first project in its multi-film deal with Ronan Farrow is a documentary on threats, intimidation and violence against journalists.Farrow will work with Academy Award-nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films on the project, which will use domestic and international examples to focus on journalists working to expose corruption and abuse by governments, corporations and other powerful interests.“Around the world, journalists are under fire. They’re being spied on using new surveillance technology, imprisoned, even murdered. And we’re seeing evolving tactics deployed against reporters in the United States, too, against the backdrop of a new era of misinformation campaigns and rhetoric that seeks to undermine the very idea of objective reporting. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Rachel, Heidi, and HBO to tell these stories,” Farrow said.Also Read: Ronan Farrow Praises Fox News' Handling of Sexual Misconduct Accusations: 'Great Job' (Video)Farrow has experience being targeted himself.“Harvey Weinstein hired former Mossad agents with a firm called Black Cube who in turn hired contractors who surveilled me, tracked me, built dossiers on both me and survivors of alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein to try to squash this story,” Farrow said on “Good Morning America” last October, reiterating details from his best-seller, “Catch & Kill.”Farrow said that he’d been advised by sources to buy a gun and had been forced to move out of his home, then added, “Around the world, the stakes are even higher: journalists get killed for reporting stories. It’s gotta stop and we have to protect this precious institution.”“Now more than ever, as evidenced by Ronan’s recent reporting, unbiased investigative journalism is both essential and under siege,” said president of HBO programming Casey Bloys Wednesday. “We’re excited to provide a platform for Ronan, Heidi and Rachel to shed light on the harrowing circumstances thrust upon journalists in their tireless pursuit of the truth.”Read original story Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation At TheWrap
The first episode of the new dramatisation of Philip Pullman's beloved His Dark Materials aired on BBC One last night.