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Watch HBO Max’s New Looney Tunes Cartoons Episode

HBO Max has released a new episode of its new series Looney Tunes Cartoons, featuring three brand-new shorts starring Tweety and Sylvester, Bugs and Elmer, and Daffy Duck.

Starring the cherished Looney Tunes characters, Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven, and visually vibrant stories. The new series from Warner Bros. Animation is comprised of animated shorts that vary in length and include adapted storylines for today’s audience.

Featured talent includes Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Taz, Marvin the Martian, and Beaky Buzzard.

The series features the voices of Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, and Fred Tasciore. The show is executive produced by Emmy nominee Sam Register, the President of Warner Bros. Animation, along with Peter Browngardt.

Looney Tunes Cartoons will premiere on HBO Max on May 27.

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Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut of Justice League To World Premiere Exclusively on HBO Max In 2021

After global passionate fan calls to action and the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that it will exclusively world premiere Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the Warner Bros. Pictures/DC feature film Justice League in 2021. Snyder surprised fans with the news this morning during a live online commentary of his film Man of Steel with Henry Cavill.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a passionate rallying social media cry among fans in 2017 and has not let up. From countless press articles and hundreds of thousands of social media mentions, it became a powerful global movement among cinephiles and comic book fans.

“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,” said Snyder.

“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. 

The Justice League screenplay is by Chris Terrio, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, and Chris Terrio.

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HBO Max To Adapt Stephen King & Joe Hill’s ‘Throttle’ Into A Feature Film

WarnerMedia has enjoyed large success adapting the extensive literary library of Stephen King and now its upcoming streaming service HBO Max has acquired the rights to King and son Joe Hill’s novella Throttle for a feature adaptation.

Originally published in 2009, the story centers on a father and son who lead a biker gang that are terrorized by a big rig truck driver on an isolated stretch of the American desert. The novella was published in a limited edition anthology He Is Legend honoring Richard Matheson, whose short story “Duel” served as inspiration for Throttle, with a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing debuting i 2012.

The adaptation is set to be penned by Leigh Dana Jackson, a writer and executive producer on Netflix’s Raising Dion, with David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator: Dark Fate) set to produce alongside Keith Levine through their Phantom Four banner.

WarnerMedia and their various distribution labels have been one of the primary sources for King adaptations for the past 40 years, going all the way back to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and immediately following it with Creepshow and Carrie and bringing to life everything from The Green Mile and It to The Mangler and Dreamcatcher, with the most recent coming in the form of last year’s well-received Doctor Sleep from Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House).

Hill has seen a number of his own projects find their way to the TV and feature-length worlds, including AMC’s hit vampire psychological thriller NOS4A2, which is set to premiere its second season on June 21, and Netflix’s Locke & Key and In The Tall Grass, which he co-wrote with King.

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HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen’s Comedy Film, An American Pickle

HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to Seth Rogen’s upcoming comedy feature An American Pickle. The project comes from Sony Pictures and is set to be released this summer on the digital streaming service under its Warner Max label.

An American Pickle is an adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out by Simon Rich, who adapted his own script. Brandon Trost, the cinematographer of Rogen films This Is the End, Neighbors, and The Interview, will direct. You can read the 4 part story from the New Yorker HERE.

Rogen will star in dual leading roles in the film. Rogen will play Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film. We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible,” said Rogen. “We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it.”

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HBO Max To Launch May 27th

WarnerMedia today announced that its highly anticipated streaming platform HBO Max will officially launch May 27th, 2020 and has unveiled its slate of premium Max Originals that will be available to viewers on day one. The slate includes the scripted comedy Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick; Sundance 2020 Official Selection feature documentary On the Record; underground ballroom dance competition series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTube sensation LaurDIY; the all-new Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation; and Sesame Workshop’sThe Not Too Late Show with Elmo. Starting May 27th, HBO Max will offer an impressive direct-to-consumer experience with 10,000 hours of premium content including the entire HBO service, together with beloved franchises, titles past and present from Warner Bros., the best of the best from around the world, and a monthly offering of new Max Originals which guarantee something for everyone in the house – from preschoolers to teens to grownups – with scripted and unscripted series, docs, animation for kids and adults, and movies. 

Today’s announcement comes with an exciting first look at the line-up of Max Originals to debut on the platform on day one.

After the initial launch, Max Originals will continue to premiere on the streamer at a regular cadence through summer and fall including The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by Kaley Cuoco, from Berlanti Productions and based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian; the highly anticipated Friends unscripted cast reunion special; all-new original episodes of the critically acclaimed DC fan favorite Doom Patrol; the return of the critically beloved mystery comedy Search Party with a brand new season; the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy, an unfiltered and intimate view into comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy; sci-fi series Raised by Wolves from director and executive producer Ridley Scott, the award-winning creator behind The Martian, Gladiator, and Blade Runner; the adult animated comedy Close Enough, from J.G. Quintel (creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning Regular Show), a hilarious look at the surreal life of a millennial family living with roommates; and Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, the first of four breakout specials resurrecting Cartoon Network’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning franchise Adventure Time.

HBO Max will pull from WarnerMedia’s deep library of fan favorites including motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros.’ 100-year content collection, New Line, library titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM, and more. HBO Max will also offer an extensive selection of third-party acquired series and movie titles that stand out in the expanding marketplace.

Inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence, unparalleled quality, and innovative, award-winning storytelling, the new offering will be bundled with the HBO service including all of HBO’s premium originals such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Veep, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Succession,Watchmen, Barry, Euphoria, The Jinx, The Sopranos and more.

Highlights of the extensive WarnerMedia portfolio of programming and acquisitions that will be available on day one include the libraries of Friends; The Big Bang Theory; (new) Doctor Who; Rick and Morty; The Boondocks; The Bachelor; Sesame Street; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; CW shows such as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene; the first season of DC’s Doom Patrol; The O.C.; Pretty Little Liars; the CNN catalogue of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; and much more. Soon after, the platform offering will continue to grow adding the libraries of South Park, Gossip Girl, The West Wing, and more within the first year of launch.

In addition to series, specials, and docs, HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 feature films within the first year. Audiences will be able to watch 700 blockbuster films via the HBO service, including Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, and Joker, as well as films acquired specifically for HBO Max via Warner Bros., the Criterion Collection, and the acclaimed Studio Ghibli. Streaming for the first time ever in the U.S., 20 films from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli animation house will be available on HBO Max at launch, including Academy Award® winner Spirited Away and Academy Award nominees Howl’s Moving Castle and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, as well as fan favorites My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Fans of all ages will be able to enjoy these wonder-filled films any time they want.

In addition to the premium acquired content on the platform, the WarnerMedia portfolio gives HBO Max the opportunity to curate from 100 years of the most iconic films ever made, as well as access to a library of new theatrical hits. Available films will include Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, The Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane, Gremlins, and the Lego movies, along with every DC film from the last decade, including Wonder Woman, Justice League, and every Batman and Superman movie from the last 40 years.

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HBO Max Orders Shining Series From J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Productions

HBO will continue its partnership with J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Productions by ordering a new adaptation of The Shining.

Overlook, is a horror-thriller series inspired by and featuring iconic characters from Stephen King’s masterpiece The Shining. Overlook explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction and reunites Bad Robot with King and Warner Bros. Television, who previously collaborated on the acclaimed psychological-horror series Castle Rock for Hulu.

Overlook will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams and its Head of Television, Ben Stephenson. Rachel Rusch Rich, Bad Robot’s Executive Vice President of Television will serve as a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will be the global distributor for the programs.

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The Friends Cast Set To Reunite For Exclusive HBO Max Special  

It’s official, Friends fans! After 15 years, nine months, and innumerable fan requests from around the globe, we now have the ‘brand-new information’ you’ve been waiting for. The Friends cast will be reuniting exclusively for an untitled unscripted special for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering debuting in May 2020.

Series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will return to the iconic comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a celebration of the beloved show. The unscripted cast reunion special, along with all 236 episodes of the Emmy-winning series, will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

Ben Winston will direct the special and will executive produce along with Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. The special hails from Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and Fulwell 73 Productions. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer will also executive produce the special. Emma Conway and James Longman are co-executive producers.

To get caught up on original Friends episodes, sister WarnerMedia network TBS recently announced that for the next four weeks every episode of Friends will air on TBS and livestream on the TBS app, weekdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Additionally, the network has curated an experience for fans offering the best of the series on their digital platforms. 

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Friends Reunion Special In The Works At HBO Max

It has been a month since the 25th anniversary celebration of Friends in September, and it looks like fans will get to continue to celebrate the iconic sitcom with The Hollywood Reporter bringing word that HBO Max is currently in the process of developing an unscripted Friends reunion special with the six major cast members and series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman still in early negotiations.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends had lasted over ten seasons from 1994-2004 which followed the story of six friends who lived in New York City. Even though 25 years had passed since its debut, the 62-time Emmy Award-nominated series stood the test of time and is still garnered as one of the best TV series of all time and had also become a pop culture phenomenon known to all ages.

If the deals have push through, the long-awaited reunion special would be featuring Jennifer Aniston Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, who have portrayed the roles of Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Chandler and Joey.

Last July, it was reported that WarnerMedia had successfully won back the exclusive streaming rights for all 10 seasons of Friends. That’s why it is set to leave Netflix by end of the year and will again be available for streaming on HBO Max when it launches next year. According to the outlet’s sources, it was Warner Media Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who was responsible for pushing to develop a Friends reunion special.

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Arrow Producer,  Greg Berlanti To Bring Green Lantern Inspired Series & DC Anthology, Strange Adventures To HBO Max

Arrow producer Greg Berlanti is developing a “Green Lantern inspired series” and Strange Adventures, an anthology series for HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service.

“Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television,” said Berlanti via a statement. “An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”

Strange Adventures will feature several superheroes from the DC Universe, including Adam Strange. According to EW, the series will also tell “close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and super-humans.” There are certainly no shortage of cosmic heroes to choose from. Additionally, the large cast of Green Lanterns means there plenty of options for that show as well.

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HBO Max Acquires Studio Ghibli Library For Streaming

WarnerMedia has revealed that its upcoming streaming service HBO Max is expanding its already stacked library as it has acquired the rights to the entire library of Studio Ghibli works, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

The deal between HBO Max and Studio Ghibli marks the first time the acclaimed Japanese studio has reached a licensing agreement with a streaming platform, with WarnerMedia and GKIDS reaching the agreement after the latter company partnered with Studio Ghibli in 2017 following 20 years of collaboration with Disney.

In addition to featuring films from the Oscar-winning writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, the deal will also include other Studio Ghibli offerings not from the director including Oscar-nominated films The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

The films will debut on HBO Max upon its launch, which is set to occur sometime in spring 2020.

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