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Friends Reunion Is Still Happening, Lisa Kudrow Has Already Shot a Little Something

Friends Reunion Is Still Happening, Lisa Kudrow Has Already Shot a Little Something
Even though Friends ended seventeen years ago, the show remains one of the most popular pieces of sitcom programming ever created. So much so that HBO wanted to kickstart their new HBO Max streaming service with a Friends special reunion episode. The special was scrapped in view of the global health emergency last year. In a recent interview, Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the show, confirmed that they still plan to shoot the special in "the early spring".

"There's different facets to it; some already-shot [video] packages of things. I don't know, fully. I really don't, but I pre-shot something for it already, so we're definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something."

After Friends ended, the main cast of actors went on to varying success in film and television. Over the years, while the six leads always expressed affection for each other and their time spent together on the show,
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Veteran HBO Marketing Exec Lucinda Martinez Exits Company

Veteran HBO Marketing Exec Lucinda Martinez Exits Company
Lucinda Martinez, a veteran of HBO’s marketing department, has left the company. Martinez, who spent more than two decades at the company, most recently served as exec VP of brand marketing for HBO and HBO Max.

Among her accomplishments, Martinez led marketing efforts directed toward African American, Latino, Asian and LGBTQ+ communities and worked to establish the HBO Latino brand.

“This has been a year of reflection for me. I arrived at HBO 20 years ago excited to tackle a new job at a new company,” Martinez said in a statement. “It became so much more than I could have ever wished. I’m grateful to all those, too many to name, that mentored and guided me along the way. Most importantly, I’m proud to have built and led a diverse team of supremely talented creatives and executives, proving you can equally stand for the right values and deliver across all metrics of success.
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‘His Dark Materials’ Renewed For Third & Final Season At HBO & BBC

‘His Dark Materials’ Renewed For Third & Final Season At HBO & BBC
His Dark Materials is officially coming back for a third and final season.

HBO and BBC One have renewed the drama for a third run with the eight-episode season set to close the story. The latest season, which is based on Philip Pullman’s novels, begins production in Cardiff, Wales in 2021.

This comes as the second season of the Bad Wolf-produced drama concludes on Monday, December 28 on HBO.

Last month, Bad Wolf co-founder Jane Tranter told Deadline that Jack Thorne and a team of writers were working on scripts and that the series will be based on The Amber Spyglass. In January, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Deadline that he was particularly pleased that the drama had been a co-viewing hit with families.

The second season, which consisted of seven episodes due to Covid-19, follows Lyra, played by Dafne Keen, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world.
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HBO Chief Doesn’t Think ‘Game of Thrones’ Franchise Will Get as Big as Marvel or ‘Star Wars’

HBO Chief Doesn’t Think ‘Game of Thrones’ Franchise Will Get as Big as Marvel or ‘Star Wars’
Casey Bloys, the chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, does not think the Game of Thrones franchise will grow to the size of the sprawling, interconnected universes that Marvel Studios has established in its superhero storytelling or that Lucasfilm is aiming for with its Star Wars franchise. In a new interview, Bloys seems […]

The post HBO Chief Doesn’t Think ‘Game of Thrones’ Franchise Will Get as Big as Marvel or ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on /Film.
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The Flight Attendant Takes Off for Season 2 as Kaley Cuoco Confirmed to Return

The Flight Attendant Takes Off for Season 2 as Kaley Cuoco Confirmed to Return
Cassie may have said goodbye to alcohol, but she hasn't said goodbye to the high drama.

HBO Max on Friday booked a return visit to The Flight Attendant, confirming that it had picked up a second season of the Kaley Cuoco-led drama.

Given that The Flight Attendant Season 1 exhausted the source material of the novel from Chris Bohjalian, it's exciting to imagine where the series will possibly go next.

The Flight Attendant Season 1 Episode 8 found Cassie overcoming her demons, and the many people trying to kill her, to return to her job.

There were already some distinct differences between the TV series and the source material, but it will all come down to the execution of the sophomore run.

There were certainly clues about where the series could go in Season 2, what with the bulk of the cast surviving, and Cassie seemingly being headhunted by the CIA.

Could she
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‘The Flight Attendant’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max

‘The Flight Attendant’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO Max
The day after “The Flight Attendant” season finale premiered on HBO Max, the streaming service announced Friday it was renewing the Kaley Cuoco-starring series, which appears to be one of the nascent streaming service’s first-word-of-mouth hits. The stylish, eight-episode dramedy thriller premiered to strong reviews on Nov. 26, and ended its first season by tying up its central mystery, while also setting the table for further adventures for its lead character, Cassie Bowden (Cuoco). The announcement was made by Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max.

The show, based on Chris Bohjalian’s novel, was adapted by Steve Yockey, and is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Cuoco and Yockey are executive producers, and Suzanne McCormack is co-executive producer.

Both Cuoco and Yockey have said that even though “The Flight Attendant” was designed to be a limited series,
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‘The Flight Attendant’ Renewed For Season 2 As More Of HBO Max’s Kaley Cuoco Series Cleared For Takeoff

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‘The Flight Attendant’ Renewed For Season 2 As More Of HBO Max’s Kaley Cuoco Series Cleared For Takeoff
HBO Max has renewed the Kaley Cuoco series The Flight Attendant for a second season, it was announced Friday by Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max.

The series, based on the book of the same name by bestselling author Chris Bohjalian, centers on alcoholic, globe-trotting flight attendant Cassie Bowen (Cuoco) who becomes embroiled in an espionage plot following her affair with a first class passenger, who winds up murdered after their night together. Flight Attendant was originally intended to be a limited series, but series creator and EP Steve Yockey knew there was more string he could pull upon.

The series finale that landed on the streamer this week leaves Cassie in a position to encounter more global intrigue, and Yockey teased some possibilities to us in our Season 1 finale interview with him yesterday.

HBO Max reports that the first season of Flight Attendant saw week-over-week growth
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HBO Max Teases Upcoming Titles, ‘House of the Dragon’ Set for 2022

HBO Max Teases Upcoming Titles, ‘House of the Dragon’ Set for 2022
WarnerMedia teased a variety of its upcoming titles in a brand spot on Thursday, which included brief first looks at high-profile projects such as “Succession” Season 3 and Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 “Justice League” superhero film.

HBO Max originals featured in the spot include “Gossip Girl,” a reimagining of the iconic YA series for a new generation; “Nicki Minaj,” a docuseries offering a look inside the superstar’s life; crime thriller “No Sudden Move,” directed by Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast including Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm and Ray Liotta; the much-anticipated “Friends Reunion Special;” and Snyder’s director’s cut of “Justice League.”

WarnerMedia also featured a handful of upcoming originals coming to the network in the spot, all of which will be also available on HBO Max. Those titles included the limited series “Mare of Easttown,” with Kate Winslet
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Alex de la Iglesia Brings Spanish Horror to U.S. Screens with HBO’s ’30 Coins’

Alex de la Iglesia Brings Spanish Horror to U.S. Screens with HBO’s ’30 Coins’
Álex de la Iglesia’s spot on the Mount Rushmore of Spanish genre filmmakers was cemented long ago thanks to cult classics such as “The Day of the Beast” and “Common Wealth,” finding more recent success with local hits like “The Bar” and “Perfect Strangers.”

The filmmaker has now turned his attentions to TV with his new high-end horror series “30 Coins,” already a hit in Spain where it is has been wowing local critics and trending on social media for the three weeks since its release. Produced by de la Iglesia’s Pokeepsie Films for HBO, the series will cross the Atlantic and debut with a two-episode double-feature on HBO’s linear network in the U.S. on Jan. 4, and be available to stream on HBO Max.

“’30 Coins’ presents a fantastic opportunity to highlight the great work being done within this company internationally. The uniquely captivating world created by
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Chappelle’s Show Is Now Being Pulled From HBO Max As Well

Chappelle’s Show Is Now Being Pulled From HBO Max As Well
HBO Max has announced that they’re complying with a request by Dave Chappelle to remove Chappelle’s Show from their library. Chief Content Officer for HBO, Casey Bloys, revealed the news during the first day of Variety’s Virtual FYCFest, saying in his keynote conversation that he’d spoken with Chappelle and agreed to take it down.

“I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got. So at the end of the year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”

This comes on the heels of Chappelle also convincing Netflix to stop streaming the iconic sketch comedy series. Aired between 2003 and 2006 on Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show consists of a mere 28 episodes but is considered a straight-up masterclass in the genre, with the comedian’s impressions
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HBO Max Joins Netflix in Pulling ‘Chappelle’s Show’ From Service at Dave Chappelle’s Request

HBO Max Joins Netflix in Pulling ‘Chappelle’s Show’ From Service at Dave Chappelle’s Request
HBO Max is joining Netflix in acceding to comedian Dave Chappelle‘s request to remove Chappelle’s Show from their streaming services. The WarnerMedia streaming platform has confirmed that it will pull the sketch comedy series from its platform by the end of the month. HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys confirmed with Variety that, starting January 1, Chappelle’s Show will […]

The post HBO Max Joins Netflix in Pulling ‘Chappelle’s Show’ From Service at Dave Chappelle’s Request appeared first on /Film.
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HBO Max to Take Down ‘Chappelle’s Show’ After 2020 at Comedian’s Request

HBO Max to Take Down ‘Chappelle’s Show’ After 2020 at Comedian’s Request
HBO Max will follow Netflix’s lead in taking down “Chappelle’s Show” at the request of Chappelle himself.

“We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got,” Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, said Tuesday during a Variety event. “So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”

HBO Max’s decision follows a similar move made by Netflix last month, which took down the Comedy Central series after less than a month.

Chappelle has complained multiple times, and at times pointed the finger partially at himself, for the licensing deal with ViacomCBS for his popular, but short-lived series, which ran for two seasons between 2003-
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Dave Chappelle Called Out HBO for Streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show’ After Rejecting It — Now It’s Being Pulled

Dave Chappelle Called Out HBO for Streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show’ After Rejecting It — Now It’s Being Pulled
HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys has confirmed with Variety that “Chappelle’s Show” will be removed from HBO Max at the end of the month at the request of series creator and star Dave Chappelle. Per Bloys’ statement: “We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got. So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”

The decision to remove “Chappelle’s Show” off HBO Max follows in the footsteps of Netflix pulling the sketch comedy series from its streaming platform at the end of November. Chappelle urged his fans not to stream “Chappelle’s Show” on various platforms because series owner ViacomCBS has not paid him for licensing out the Comedy Central hit.
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Casey Bloys on How He Will Build Up HBO Max: ‘You Go to Places Where HBO Hasn’t Been’

Casey Bloys on How He Will Build Up HBO Max: ‘You Go to Places Where HBO Hasn’t Been’
Casey Bloys is exploring a whole new range of programming options as he takes the creative reins at HBO Max.

Bloys has been at the helm of HBO programming for a few years now, but was promoted to chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max back in August. In a keynote conversation on day one of Variety‘s Virtual FYC Fest, Bloys said that overseeing the streamer means looking at genres the premium cabler has not traditionally aired.

“HBO got to about 35 million subscribers, and that was about the cap,” Bloys told Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway. “So the idea is, how do you broaden out the programming? And when we looked at it, obviously you go to places where HBO hasn’t been traditionally.”

Among the programming Bloys pointed to was DC Comics shows like the upcoming “Peacemaker” series starring John Cena or the Green Lantern series from Greg Berlanti.
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‘Chappelle’s Show’ to Be Pulled Off HBO Max at Dave Chappelle’s Request, Casey Bloys Says

‘Chappelle’s Show’ to Be Pulled Off HBO Max at Dave Chappelle’s Request, Casey Bloys Says
HBO Max is honoring a request by Dave Chappelle to remove “Chappelle’s Show” from the streaming service at the end of this year.

Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, made the revelation during the keynote conversation on day one of Variety’s Virtual FYCFest.

“We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got,” Bloys told Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway. “So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”

Chappelle previously got Netflix to take the show which bears his name down as well. In a lengthy video of one of his standup sets posted to Instagram, Chappelle explained that due to
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Peter Bart: For One At Least, The Pandemic Has Made Movie Theaters An Anachronism

Peter Bart: For One At Least, The Pandemic Has Made Movie Theaters An Anachronism
With movies, as with marriages, it’s always best to dwell on the best moments: Cringing at Get Out, convulsing at Borat, wiping tears at A Dog’s Journey. As a confirmed ticket buyer, I’ll never forget seeing Parasite with a mostly Korean audience, hearing their laughs at jokes I’d missed.

But with 2020 almost behind us (gratefully), journalists are supposed to reflect on the “big trends” and mine is one of regret: I have concluded that I don’t miss movie theaters anymore. I am resigned to the fact that the plexes and the Landmark Theaters have become part of my past.

That admission is a relief in some ways, but also a source of alarm. The movie theater has always represented a cool, dark escape, and also a mini-island of cultural civility. And if it disappears, how will “special” movies get made? What will become of those fragments
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WarnerMedia reveals international plans for HBO Max

WarnerMedia reveals international plans for HBO Max
Head of HBO Max Global outlined the streamer’s plans.

WarnerMedia’s streaming platform HBO Max will be available in Europe and Latin America “by the end of next year” said Andy Forssell, head of HBO Max Global, at online technology conference Web Summit on December 3.

The news came hours after Warner Bros announced it will launch all its 2021 releases in the US simultaneously on the platform for 30 days, dismantling the theatrical window that has structured film releases for decades.

Warner Bros has not revealed how long the theatrical window will be for either Wonder Woman 1984 or any of its 2021 films in individual international territories.
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HBO Max Plotting Local International Originals Based On DC Comics IP As WarnerMedia Steps Up Global Rollout Of Streaming Service

HBO Max Plotting Local International Originals Based On DC Comics IP As WarnerMedia Steps Up Global Rollout Of Streaming Service
HBO Max is looking to make original DC Comics-based content outside of the U.S. for the first time.

Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max, revealed that it was exploring what DC-related content it could make outside of the U.S. based on its library of genre titles.

This would build on HBO Max’s upcoming DC series including Peacemaker, a spin-off of James Gunn’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie starring John Cena and spin-off of Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman film as well as its DC Universe originals such as Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Titans and Swamp Thing, which air on the streaming service.

“We’re also going to work to see DC content in other countries outside of the U.S,” he said at the virtual Web Summit conference.

Bloys, who took oversight of programming for the streaming service in August, said, “One of the
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‘House of the Dragon': Here’s Your First Look at the Dragons in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff (Photos)

‘House of the Dragon': Here’s Your First Look at the Dragons in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff (Photos)
The first concept art for HBO’s upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” was revealed by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar Thursday, giving fans their first look at the fire-breathing stars of the show.

The images, which you can see below, were shared by Kilar at the very end of a blog post announcing all of Warner Bros. 2021 films will debut in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max simultaneously.

“Principal photography starts on the next Game of Thrones series, House of the Dragon, in a few months,” Kilar wrote. “Look out for dragons overhead!”

HBO’s “House of the Dragon” will be filmed primarily in England rather than Northern Ireland, the location that the original series famously used for the majority of its eight-season run.

House of the Dragon,” which takes place hundreds of years before “GoT,” will be shot at Leavesden Studios in Watford, which is just north of London,
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Dana Walden Merges 20th TV & Touchstone TV Under Karey Burke, ABC & Hulu Original Content Under Craig Erwich In Sweeping Reorg; Bert Salke Gets Producing Deal

Dana Walden Merges 20th TV & Touchstone TV Under Karey Burke, ABC & Hulu Original Content Under Craig Erwich In Sweeping Reorg; Bert Salke Gets Producing Deal
Disney is the latest traditional media company to consolidate its content creation across streaming and linear as traditional media companies adjust to the streaming age.

Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, today unveiled a major restructure of the television production and original content businesses under her purview. The shakeup includes Hulu’s SVP content Craig Erwich adding oversight of ABC original content in a return to broadcast 13 years after he left the top programming post at Fox. He is being named President of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.

He takes over responsibilities held by ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke who, after a successful tenure at the network, is taking on a big new role as President of 20th Television, the combined operation of 20th Television and Touchstone Television as the cable/streaming-focused studio is being folded into 20th TV. With ABC Studios and ABC Signature merged earlier this year,
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