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New Live-Action LOTR Flick in the Works
Gollum Set for
a New Adventure

Gollum Set for a New Adventure

Andy Serkis to direct and star in 'Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum,' due in 2026

(Newser) - A new live-action Lord of the Rings film is coming in 2026. Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum will "explore storylines yet to be told," Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Thursday during an earnings call, per Variety . Warner Bros. announced it had inked a...

Well, Now Bring on the Streaming Service Bundles

Disney+, Hulu, Max are teaming up. You know, kind of like a cable package

(Newser) - In a move that CNBC says is "reminiscent of the traditional cable TV bundle" of yore, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are teaming up to offer a bundle of the two companies' streaming services.
  • What's included? The bundle will include Disney's Disney+ and Hulu, and Warner Bros.

Jury Is Still Out on 'Most Hated Man in Hollywood'
He May Either Save
or Destroy Hollywood

He May Either Save or Destroy Hollywood

'New York Times Magazine' profiles David Zaslav of Warner Bros. Discovery

(Newser) - Debt-ridden mergers, film flops, and strikes upon strikes—it's hard out there for a media mogul. Since he's taken the reigns of Warner Bros. Discovery in April 2022, David Zaslav has been making moves to resurrect the brand's viability in a changing industry—but it remains unclear...

The 'Barbenheimer' Memes Were Fun—Until They Weren't

Warner Bros. apologizes for atomic bomb-themed mashups for 'Barbie,' 'Oppenheimer' movies

(Newser) - The "biggest movie weekend in years" last month was thanks to the phenomenon known as "Barbenheimer"—the opening of both Barbie and Oppenheimer, two completely different films that sparked a slew of memes referencing their unlikely odd bond. Some of those memes, however, have irked the netizens...

Greta Gerwig's '113-Minute Love Letter to Barbie'

Greta Gerwig's
Love Letter
to Barbie'

Greta Gerwig's '113-Minute Love Letter to Barbie'

Willa Paskin takes a deep dive into the director's complicated tribute to the iconic Mattel doll

(Newser) - Greta Gerwig has wondered more than once why Mattel, Warner Bros., and the producers of her upcoming Barbie movie gave her free rein to put her unusual live-action spin on the iconic doll. In her piece on the 39-year-old director for the New York Times , Willa Paskin notes that "...

Coming to the Small Screen: Harry Potter on a Grand Scale

New Warner Bros. series to air over a decade will bring 'depth and detail' to the beloved story

(Newser) - If spinoffs, theme parks, video games, merchandise, and a Broadway play haven't quite tided you over in the 12 years since the last Harry Potter film was released, good news. Warner Bros. is launching a scripted TV series that will retell the now-iconic story of the boy wizard over...

HBO Max Is Changing Its Name
HBO's Changes
Include Its Name

HBO's Changes Include Its Name

Merger with Discovery prompts tweaks to attract subscribers

(Newser) - With HBO Go gone and HBO Now in the past, the streaming service is looking to replace HBO Max, as well. The company, along with a series of changes sparked by its upcoming merger with Discovery+, plans to rename the service Max, Bloomberg reports. Executives of the newly formed Warner...

South Park Is Caught in the Middle of a $200M Suit

Warner Bros. Discovery is suing Paramount, South Park Digital Studios over exclusivity rights

(Newser) - During the peak of the pandemic, homebound Americans continued to receive a bit of comic relief thanks to South Park, which aired a couple of COVID-themed episodes to break the tension. Who's not laughing now: Warner Bros. Discovery, which is suing competitor Paramount for airing new episodes of the...

Report: Studio Holding 'Funeral' Screenings of Batgirl

But the public will probably never see almost-completed canceled project

(Newser) - The Warner Bros. lot in California has been hosting secret screenings of a movie the public will probably never see, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . "Funeral screenings" of Batgirl are being held for cast and crew members before the movie, which was canceled when it was deep into post-production,...

Ezra Miller Sorry for Behavior, Has 'Begun Ongoing Treatment'

'I am suffering complex mental health issues,' actor says

(Newser) - After multiple arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, and felony burglary, actor Ezra Miller has publicly apologized and announced a plan to seek treatment. In a statement to NBC News, Miller said, "Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental...

Directors of Nixed Batgirl React to the Shock Move

'We still can't believe it,' say Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

(Newser) - One studio exec called the move by Warner Bros. Discovery to never release Batgirl, despite the fact that shooting on the film has already wrapped up, "unprecedented." The movie's directors seem to agree with that take. They're now speaking out on the move that has taken...

Shooting Complete on Batgirl, but Film Will Never Be Released

Exec from rival studio calls the move 'unprecedented'

(Newser) - If you'd been looking forward to watching In the Heights actress Leslie Grace play Batgirl, with Michael Keaton reprising his iconic role as Batman, well, you'll apparently never get the chance to do that after all. Despite shooting having already been completed on Batgirl, the movie also starring...

Lawsuit: Warner Let Matrix Sequel Bomb at Box Office

Co-producer says company 'desperately' wanted to boost HBO Max subscriptions

(Newser) - Warner Bros. bungled the release of The Matrix Resurrections so badly that it damaged the entire Matrix franchise, co-producer Village Roadshow claims in a lawsuit against Warner. The Australian company accuses Warner of wrecking the sequel's chances of box office success by releasing it on HBO Max at the...

Dune Sequel Gets Green Light
Dune Sequel Gets Green Light

Dune Sequel Gets Green Light

2023 release will be all-theatrical, Warner Bros says

(Newser) - A sequel Denis Villeneuve's Dune has been confirmed just days after the sci-fi epic hit the big screen. Dune had healthy box office numbers over the weekend despite a hybrid release, and Warner Bros announced Tuesday that the sequel will have an all-theatrical release, reports Deadline . The studio and...

Batwoman Star Accuses Show of Misconduct

Warner Bros. TV argues Ruby Rose was the problem

(Newser) - The original star of TV's Batwoman accused the show's network and studio on Wednesday of running an abusive and dangerous workplace that drove her from the program. Ruby Rose listed a series of injuries and accusations, Rolling Stone reports, which Warner Bros. TV argued in a statement later...

You Might've Seen It Coming. Now, Ellen Confirms It

Her show will wrap in 2022 after 19th season

(Newser) - The end of an era of daytime TV approaches, with Ellen DeGeneres' announcement that her long running NBC talk show will wrap next year. "As great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore," the comedian tells the Hollywood ...

Awards Show Loses Network
Network Drops
Show Under Fire

Network Drops Show Under Fire

NBC says Golden Globes may return to air in 2023 if host organization diversifies

(Newser) - Amid growing pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC said Monday that will not air the Golden Globes in 2022. In a statement, the network said it believes the press association—which is facing possible boycotts from Netflix, Warner Bros., and many Hollywood stars—is committed to reform. "...

Ellen DeGeneres Hemorrhages Viewers After 'Toxic' Allegations

Comedian's daytime talk show has seen a 43% ratings decline since 'toxic workplace' allegations

(Newser) - When Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her daytime talk show's 18th season in September, that episode drew in the highest ratings for one of her season openers in four years. Since then, however, there's been a "startling setback," per the New York Times , which reports on a...

At 90, Clint Eastwood Has New Film Coming Out

'Cry Macho' will be released in the fall

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood may be less than a decade away from being a century old, but he's showing no signs of slowing down. His latest film, Cry Macho, will be released Oct. 22, Variety reports. Eastwood, who also directed the movie, stars as a former rodeo star and horse breeder...

2 Big Pieces of News for Wonder Woman Fans

'1984' installment makes $16.7M in its opening weekend, and a 3rd installment is on

(Newser) - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic having shuttered an estimated 65% of North American movie theaters, Wonder Woman 1984 scored a decent box office win: $16.7 million in its US opening weekend after debuting Christmas Day. That's a pandemic record, USA Today reports, and Variety calls the number "robust...

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