sony hbo max deal

Warner Bros. made history – and a lot of people angry – when they announced they planned to release their upcoming 2021 theatrical slate directly to HBO Max. While the idea is appealing to those who want to view big new movies from the safety of their own home, cinephiles worry that this might signal the death of the theatrical experience. On top of that, creatives – filmmakers, actors, and beyond – are feeling betrayed and annoyed.

Having these titles available to stream could impact box office (the films are still getting theatrical releases the same day they hit HBO Max), which in turn could hurt people financially (lots of actors and filmmakers get an extra payday depending on how well their film does at the box office). To add insult to injury, many of the people involved with the upcoming 2021 Warner Bros. titles say they were never told WB was planning on doing this.

Because of all of this, it looks like the Warner Bros. decision might be benefiting rival studio Sony.

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sony releases

Sony is not going to charge ahead with any big releases until the coast is relatively clear. While Warner Bros. and Disney have both tested the waters by releasing big titles New Mutants and Tenet into the limited theaters that have reopened, Sony has decided to hold back until they can open things as widely as possible. In other words, we might have to wait a little longer to see Tom Hardy climb into a lobster tank again for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

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The Last of Us Part II Review

Let’s start with something you don’t see in a lot of video game reviews: an accessibility disclaimer. There is unprecedented depth to the number of accessibility options within The Last of Us: Part II. This is intended for those visually/sonically impaired, those with physical disabilities (something that I personally am glad is being addressed), or people that simply don’t play video games enough to properly work a controller but that still want to experience a riveting narrative. With that said, I strongly urge someone to read this review even if they have never played a video game before, as maybe this would be a good starting point and that, from this point forward, games will further keep inclusivity in mind and eradicate gatekeeping.

With that out of the way, it must be set upfront that the bar is already set astronomically high for Game of the Decade, as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part II (directed by the sole writer of the first game, Neil Druckmann, scribing the decidedly more female-focused sequel alongside Westworld‘s Halley Gross) delivers on its mountainous ambition.

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Sony IMAX Releases

Remember IMAX movies? You see, kids, once upon a time, we left our houses to go to movie theaters to watch stuff on the big screen! But if we wanted to watch movies on an even bigger screen, we’d head to an IMAX theater. And Sony just announced a whole slew of their upcoming features are getting the IMAX treatment, including Ghostbusters: AfterlifeVenom: Let There Be Carnage, and more.

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Sony VOD

Hollywood is hoping against hope that movie theaters will be back up and running this summer. But what if they’re not? Most major studios are trying to save face with theater owners by stating their commitment to the theatrical experience. But if the theatrical experience as we know it is endangered, what are studios left with? Digital VOD releases, of course. And Sony Pictures knows that.

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Mysterious Sony/Marvel Movie Arriving in 2021

untitled sony marvel movie

Hello there, release date fiends. If you’re reading this that can only mean one thing: you love release date news. Well, good, because we’ve got some. Sony has dated a mysterious Untitled Sony/Marvel movie for the year 2021, should we all be lucky enough to make it that far. What could this be? We don’t know, but we’re going to speculate, because we want to quench your thirst for hot, hot release date gossip.

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fox 2000 team

Elizabeth Gabler and her Fox 2000 team have found a new home after being giving their walking papers by Disney. In a move that surprised everyone, the House of Mouse shuttered Fox 2000 almost immediately after the big Disney-Fox deal was done, leaving Gabler and her team out of a job. Now, Sony has stepped in, and Gabler and her team will produce film and TV content based on HarperCollins books.

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Sony Spider-Man Films

Sony is all-in on their Spider-Man films. After the success of both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Venom, the studio has realized they don’t necessarily need to rely solely on their deal with Marvel Studios to draw an audience. As a result, the studio has already planned the next seven years out for its Spidey-related projects – not just on film, but also on TV. And they have an official name for it all, to boot: Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.

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venom china box office

It’s official: the world loves Venom. The superhero film is already a big hit, and this weekend, it’s opening in China – and it’s opening big. So big, in fact, that it’s on track to earn as much, or even more, worldwide than all of Sony’s other Spider-Man– related movies. People just can’t get enough of Venom and his big, slimy tongue! If you’re a fan of Venom, this is good news, because this means more movies like Venom are on the way. If you’re not a fan of Venom, than this is bad news, because this means more movies like Venom are on the way.

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khali the killer

You may not have heard of the film Khali the Killer, but for a brief, shining moment today, you could’ve watched the whole film for free. Because some unlucky intern at Sony accidentally uploaded the entire movie to the Sony YouTube page, instead of uploading the trailer. Whoops.

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