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‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion Special Hosted by Conan O’Brien Is Now Streaming on HBO Max

Happy Iron Anniversary, “GoT” fans
Jennifer Maas

The Conan O’Brien-hosted “Game of Thrones” cast reunion special is now streaming on HBO Max in honor of the show’s Iron Anniversary.

Previously, this reunion, which was taped with O’Brien and cast members in Northern Ireland in 2018, was only available as a bonus feature included in the “Complete Series” or “Complete Collection” Blu-ray sets for “Game of Thrones.” But seeing as this April marks the 10th anniversary of “GoT’s” series premiere, HBO is now giving fans the ability to stream the special on the WarnerMedia-owned streaming platform.

The special features appearances by cast members Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy and Jason Momoa.

The release of the special to those of us who don’t own a giant Blu-ray set but do have an HBO Max sub is just one of many treats that HBO is planning for “GoT” fans during the month-long celebration to commemorate the David Benioff and Dan Weiss-created series’ 2011 debut and ramp up excitement for the upcoming spinoff series, “House of the Dragon,” which will begin production this year.

As of Monday, HBO Max features a custom “Game of Thrones” spotlight page with personalized curations and over 150 videos of behind-the-scenes extras, cast interviews, clips and trailers, many of which have never been available on the platform before — like the O’Brien-hosted reunion special.

Also this month, HBO will be hosting a “Game of Thrones” binge-watching marathon, releasing special-edition products and even surprising three couples who were married in Westeros-themed ceremonies with “Thrones”-branded barrels of wine, custom chalices, and elaborate cakes designed in partnership with local bakeries to represent the “Game of Thrones” houses of Targaryen, Stark and Lannister.

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Ray Fisher Opens Up About 'Justice League,' Joss Whedon and Warners: "I Don't Believe Some of These People Are Fit for Leadership"
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Jean-Marc Vallée & Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose Inks First-Look Deal With HBO & HBO Max
By Denise Petski

Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross, the Emmy-winning producers behind HBO’s Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, have entered into a three-year first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max via their Crazyrose production company. Under the deal, Vallée and Ross will executive produce both Gorilla and the Bird, a limited series based on the memoir by Zack McDermott which Vallée will also direct, and The Players Table, starring Sydney Sweeney and Halsey to be directed by Annabelle Attanasio.

“We’ve had the incredible fortune to collaborate with Jean-Marc and Nathan for several years now and have witnessed first-hand their brilliant instincts for what resonates with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “As a director, Jean-Marc has an undeniable, distinct, and visceral sensibility which masterfully elevates everything he touches. We could not be more ecstatic to expand our partnership with Crazyrose, and we can’t wait for the stories we will tell with them.”

Vallée and Ross executive produced HBO series Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmys during its first season, including one for Vallée as Best Director. They also executive produced Sharp Objects for HBO which was nominated for eight Emmys. Vallée directed all eight episodes of Sharp Objects and all seven episodes of Big Little Lies season one.

On the big screen, the duo was behind Dallas Buyers Club, which won three Academy Awards, Wild, which was nominated for three Oscars, and Demolition.

Vallée is currently co-writing the authorized John Lennon and Yoko Ono feature film for Universal, which he will direct and he and Ross will produce along with Yoko Ono, Anthony McCarten and Josh Bratman. Other upcoming projects include the recently announced Lady In the Lake starring Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o and to be directed by Alma Har’el for Apple. Portman, Nyong’o and Har’el will also EP, along with Julie Gardner, Chris Leggett and Laura Lippman.

Crazyrose will also continue its relationship with Endeavor Content by extending its first look film and forming a second look television deal with the company. Projects include Lady in the Lake and The Players Table.

“We are honored to formalize our long and fruitful relationship with HBO and to begin a new one with HBO Max, said Vallée and Ross. “We are grateful to Casey, Frannie, and Sarah for their continued partnership and look forward to supporting and promoting storytellers we admire in this next stage for Crazyrose.”

 

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I watched the Snyder Cut last night...and in one sitting!...what an improvement...everything is improved- action, story, pacing, character motivations etc...the basic framework of the story is the same but it feels like a completely different movie...even with the additions of DeSaad, Atom, Darkseid, Martian Manhunter etc the movie didn't feel bloated at all...4 hours just flew by...immediately after watching the Snyder Cut I went back and skipped through the original Justice League movie to make sure I wasn't crazy as so much was changed

I liked the 1.43:1 aspect ratio but not as much as the remastered version of Batman v Superman...in BvS the 1.43:1 scenes were filmed with 70mm IMAX cameras and it looked simply stunning (the non-IMAX 2.39:1 scenes were grainy and soft)...in the Snyder Cut the entire movie was in 1.43:1 and no scenes were filmed with IMAX cameras so it wasn't as amazing...the extra height was nice but I wasn't as blown away...the Snyder Cut image did look a lot sharper and cleaner with way less grain

the only brand new scene shot specifically for the Snyder Cut seems to be the Knightmare Joker scene at the end...it's worth a subscription to HBO Max just to watch the remastered version of BvS and the Snyder Cut...I'm surprised Snyder didn't release a reworked version of Man of Steel...Warner Bros. needs to let the Snyder-Verse continue

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Now if HBOMAX would just eliminate that wide white strip on the right side of most Samsung TVs. Pretty distracting, and they've known about it for quite a while (I think ever since the 4K-compatible version of their Samsung App):
Warner Media wants you to switch to an LG or Sony TV ;)
 

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Man, a Steal! Rare Superman Comic Sells for Record $3.25M

The private sale of an issue of Action Comics #1 bested the previous record of $3.2 million set in 2014.

One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price.

The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced Tuesday.

It narrowly bested the previous record for the comic, set in the auction of another copy in 2014 for slightly over $3.2 million.

The comic, published in 1938, “really is the beginning of the superhero genre," said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.

It told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by Clark Kent.

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in 2018 for slightly more than $2 million.

Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it's estimated only about 100 exist today, and in varying conditions. He said this copy is among the best-kept ones.

“There’s no comic book that you could value higher in terms of a comic book than Action Comics #1," he said.

 

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Sugar Baby Comedy In The Works At HBO From Emma Seligman & Adam McKay
By Peter White

HBO is developing a comedy set in the world of a sugar baby – where an older person dates a younger person with the promise of money and gifts.

Sugar comes from Canadian filmmaker Emma Seligman and Adam McKay and his Hyperobject Industries production company.

The half-hour project follows a young woman in New York who balances her neurotic Jewish family with her life as a college sugar baby.

It is timely given the news about a certain Congressman from a certain southern state.

Seligman will write and direct the pilot and will exec produce alongside McKay and Hyperobject Industries’ Betsy Koch.

Seligman is behind Shiva Baby, which was a SXSW short film that she adapted into a feature film starring Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Fred Melamed and Danny Deferrari. The film was released by Utopia on April. She is also co-writing feature film Bottoms, about two unpopular queer girls who start a fight club to have sex before they graduate, with Sennott for Orion Pictures that is being produced by Brownstone Production’s Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and Alison Small.

It is McKay and Hyperobject Industries’ latest project at HBO. The Big Short director, who is an exec producer on Succession, is behind the network’s 1980s Los Angeles Lakers series and a limited series about Jeffrey Epstein based on Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book as well as a limited series based on Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.

He also exec produced recent HBO documentaries Q: Into the Storm and 537 Votes.

Seligman is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners and McKay is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

 

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WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar: Tentpoles Like ‘The Batman’ Will Get Exclusive Run in Theaters in 2022

“I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what we’re doing right now as any indication that we’re not believers in the

moviegoing experience,” Kilar tells Recode
Brian Welk

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on Thursday confirmed that Warner Bros.’ movies in 2022 will go back to playing in theaters exclusively before they hit HBO Max or the home media market.

Speaking to Vox’s Recode podcast on Thursday, Kilar explained that despite the studio’s success releasing 2021 films like “Godzilla vs. Kong” in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, that will change at the end of the year. After that, if you want to see 2022 movies like “The Batman” when they’re first released, you’ll only be able to see it in a theater first.

“I think it’s very fair to say that a big, you know, let’s say a big DC movie, ‘The Batman’ for example, it’s very fair to say that that would go exclusively to theaters first and then go to somewhere like an HBO Max after it’s in theaters,” Kilar said.

Last month, WarnerMedia struck a deal with Cineworld, the company that owns Regal Cinemas, to offer a 45-day window of theatrical exclusivity on the studio’s films, with certain provisions, beginning in 2022.

Warner’s announcement at the end of December last year led to a lot of industry hand-wringing, as well as some doubts that the studio would be able to put the genie back in the bottle and expect people to return to theaters after providing the day-and-date option, making its entire 2021 slate available on HBO Max for one month the same day it hits theaters.

But Kilar told Recode that he’s “very happy” with the performance of the release strategy so far, citing the strong box office for “Godzilla vs. Kong” of $48.5 million domestically, as well as the film topping HBO Max. He said that the strategy has also helped the new streamer reach new subscribers and reduce churn among existing subscribers.

And while Kilar said there will still be a place for movies that will be produced specifically for HBO Max, he reiterated that the company is committed to the theatrical experience.

“I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what we’re doing right now as any indication that we’re not believers in the moviegoing experience,” Kilar said. “I don’t think you’re going to see the world go back to 2016. The world is changing and that’s the way the world is supposed to work.”

Movies like “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “The Suicide Squad,” “Dune” and “The Matrix 4” are still on the horizon for Warner Bros. in 2021, but anticipated films like “Sesame Street,” “The Batman,” the untitled Elvis biopic and “Black Adam” are some of the movies expected in 2022.

Kilar did however express some regret at the rollout of the studio’s 2021 release strategy, which infuriated top filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve and came as a shock to agents and exhibitors alike.

“I think it would’ve been very hard to make everyone happy in terms of before an announcement was made. If I had the chance to do it over again, I think it’s very fair to say that we would have taken a couple more days to see if we could have had even more conversations than we were able to have. There is a challenge to that, which is you lose the ability to have your story, the rationale as to why you’re doing it, be cleanly communicated,” he said. “There’s no doubt that it was bumpy back in early December of last year.”

 
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