(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: 30 Coins
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: An over-the-top phantasmagory of body horror, religious horror, and cosmic horror, 30 Coins follows a disgraced exorcist who is banished to a small town in Spain. Once there, all sorts of spooky shit starts happening, and the priest is forced to join up with a curious veterinarian and a surprisingly ripped mayor to combat the forces of evil.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Vulgar, scary, endlessly entertaining, and more than a touch sacrilegious, 30 Coins is like 30 different horror movies packed into one series. So if you’re craving new horror, here’s the show you’ve been looking for.
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HBO Max’s upcoming Peacemaker series seemed to come out of nowhere — all of a sudden, John Cena was going to star in a limited series spin-off of James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad, reprising his character in a movie that hadn’t even come out yet. And in a sense, the whole thing — which was announced and put in development in the span of weeks — was all unplanned, according to Gunn.
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Zack Snyder‘s Justice League has transformed from a movie, to a years-long internet campaign, to a miniseries, and now, back to a movie again. That is, according to the filmmaker himself, who revealed a few new details of his highly anticipated “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, which is coming to HBO Max this year.
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Warner Bros. Pictures is shaking up the theatrical release model this year by releasing their entire movie slate simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max for a limited time. Wonder Woman 1984 was the first to try out this strategy, but the studio wanted to take it much further by sending movies like Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, and more to the streaming service. Now a new HBO Max sizzle reel teases all the same-day premieres coming throughout 2021. Read More »
Godzilla vs. Kong has been delayed several times over the past year, but the most recent delay from November 2020 came as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Though movie theaters likely aren’t going to be back at their normal operating capacity in this first half of 2021, that’s not stopping Warner Bros. Pictures from releasing the movie during that window. That’s because of their new release plan to send all of their movies into theaters and onto HBO Max simultaneously. In fact, Warner Bros. just bumped up the Godzilla vs. Kong release date to March, two months earlier than originally planned. Read More »
Tessa Thompson is making big moves behind the scenes. The Sylvie’s Love actress has launched a new production company, which already has a first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max. And if that’s not fast-moving enough, Thompson already has two projects underway under this first-look deal.
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Doug Liman resists paths of convention. The director, who’s always prided himself as a rule-breaker, typically doesn’t follow trends but establishes them. Look at The Bourne Identity, Swingers, and even Mr. & Mrs. Smith – other movies have tried to copy their success. Once again, Liman ventured into uncharted territory with Locked Down.
Liman shot the heist movie, which is more of a relationship drama, during the ongoing lockdown in London. There is a third act heist involving the garish Harrods department store, but it’s not the main focus of the HBO Max release. The first 90 minutes of Locked Down are a suitably, dizzyingly claustrophobic experience that depicts a couple crumbling during the pandemic.
It was only months ago when Liman started shooting the Steven Knight-written movie, which was quickly filmed, edited, and sold to HBO Max. As Liman stated, the surreal experience began when he flew his “little prop plane” over the Atlantic on a two-day journey to London.
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When Warner Bros. announced it would be releasing its entire 2021 film slate in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max, it sent shockwaves through the film industry – and the reverberations were felt most strongly by the people who were directly involved with many of those movies, because none of them were told about the decision before it became public. Several big-name directors and actors (and their representatives) were none too pleased about potentially losing out on the financial bonuses they would normally receive from their movie hitting certain performance benchmarks at the box office, and now, weeks later, WB is still scrambling to clean up its own mess. Read More »
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They’re back, folks! Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed revival of the beloved animated comedy series returns with new episodes this month. HBO Max has released a new Looney Tunes Cartoons trailer unveiling the release date of brand-new episodes. Watch the Looney Tunes Cartoons trailer below.
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HBO Max is developing a sci-fi tech drama called The Future, which is based on author Dan Frey‘s upcoming book. Matt Reeves (The Batman) is set to executive produce the series alongside Aneesh Chaganty, Natalie Qasabian, and Sev Ohanian, the trio behind films like 2018’s innovative Searching and last year’s thriller Run.
Plus, Sony’s Stage 6 has announced that it has found a pair of directors to helm Searching 2, which will be set in the same universe as the first film but follow a whole new cast of characters. Get the details on both of these projects below. Read More »