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    After the news of Warner Bros. giving their entire 2021 release slate to HBO Max, can the theaters survive this or will they die a slow, painful death?

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    I blame Tenet

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    Stank83
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    Warner sucks.
    They just killed cinema.

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    No.

    People will still go to cinemas, most foreign cinemas will still get the films exclusively, and there’s no guarantee this will be super successful.

    CinemaCon and next week’s Disney Investor meeting will be interesting.

    I expect Disney to follow suit soon.

    I’m assuming Nolan is up for grabs now…

    Have a great day if you see this!

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    JackO
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    till further notice, yes

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    It depends on what happens with No Time to Die. If it’s delayed again or does a Wonder Woman then bye bye cinemas.

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    I blame Tenet

    living under a rock what happen with Tenet?

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    John Berchmans
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    Short answer, yes.

    Long answer, not entirely. Theaters will continue to exist in some form for people like us who love watching movies in the theater. But they will never be the primary source of revenue for a movie studio, or the way that most people see new movies, ever again.

    John's Best of 2020

    Best Picture: Soul
    Best Director: George Clooney-The Midnight Sky
    Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Actress: Viola Davis-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo-Da Five Bloods
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried-Mank
    Best Original Screenplay: Soul
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Midnight Sky

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    I don’t believe Theaters will entirely die. It will still have it’s fans, and many studios will still try to release films in theaters which explains why No Time to Die keeps getting delayed. And WB still releasing films in theaters along side HBO Max I think helps. I do however think it’s going out of style. So many people just don’t have the energy to see films in theaters or frankly care if it’s in theaters. And that was before COVID-19. And more studios are going to crossover to streaming because of that. We’re definitely living in a new era, thats for sure.

    FYC Oscars: Soul (Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Original Score), Delroy Lindo (Best Actor), Chadwick Boseman (Best Actor), Viola Davis (Best Actress), Paul Raci (Best Supporting Actor)

    FYC Golden Globes (TV): Ted Lasso (Best Comedy Series), Jason Sudekis (Best Actor in a Comedy Series), Hannah Waddingham (Best Supporting Actress), The Boys (Best Drama Series), Anthony Starr (Best Actor in a Drama Series)

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    living under a rock what happen with Tenet?

    In a nutshell

    • Nolan demanded it keep its original July 17th date to play in cinemas no matter
    • it was dubbed “the film to save cinema from corona”
    • played in mid-to-late August forcing already closed cinema chains to re-open early
    • playing to half empty theatres caused lack of profit for the chains
    • cause the re-opened majority don’t have covid-related insurance bailouts or their policy were invalid when they reopened for Tenet
    • with impending debts pilling up, most chains will either have to close locations or get purchased by a larger corporation
    • the latter will easier with paramount decrees laws expiring soon (studios can’t own movie theatres)

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    SN
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    In a nutshell

    • Nolan demanded it keep its original July 17th date to play in cinemas no matter
    • it was dubbed “the film to save cinema from
    • played in mid-to-late August forcing cinema chains to re-open
    • playing to half empty theatres caused lack of profit for the chains
    • cause the re-opened majority don’t have covid-related insurance bailouts.
    • with impending debts pilling up, most chains will either have to close locations or get purchased by a larger corporation
    • the latter will easier with paramount decrees laws expiring soon (studios can’t own movie theatres)

    1) Not entirely right. He wanted to release the film once theaters in the US would reopen. That was not necessarily July.

    2) Agreed.

    3) Cinema chains weren’t forced to reopen. They’d have reopened without Tenet anyway.

    4) Half empty theaters weren’t the main reason (to be honest, most theaters never even reached half capacity during these times lol). The fact that LA and NYC never reopened and low public interest were the main reasons.

    Agree about the rest.

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    HBO is trying to compete in the streaming market. The Wonder Woman announcement helped but their goal is to get people to keep HBO-Max. WW1984 will definitely get more subscribers but it will not keep people there. They need material to hold people there. HBO-Max is more expensive compared to the other services and none of their current airing shows match The Crown or Mandalorian.

    They will do well when House of the Dragon is released but they will need more material to keep up with the other services.

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    HBO Max have the comfort tv options in Friends, Big Bang Theory, Sex and The City, and Fresh Prince. Friends & The Office helped Netflix to retain consumers more than any of their originals. Same with Disney+ and The Simpsons.

    Regarding HBO own original programming, GoT, Chernobyl and True Blood were their only real general audience, watercooler, everybody knows them HITS from the past 15+ years so they’ve never really needed to have a Mandalorian or The Crown.

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    It doesn’t help that’s for sure, the Warner plan is allegedly a one year plan but my problem lies in the fact that no one is naive enough to think that there won’t be some form of it in 2022, with early HBO Max releases after certain windows and such. If they’re pissing money I don’t understand why they don’t just keep some blockbusters for the cinema and fund new high budget franchises for HBO Max.

    On a side note, I do feel like Nolan is partially to blame here with how arrogant and cocky he was. I lost so much respect for him through all this.

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    John Berchmans
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    Same with Disney+ and The Simpsons.

    Well I would argue that The Mandalorian is the biggest draw for Disney Plus subscribers, then Clone Wars, the maybe The Simpsons.

    John's Best of 2020

    Best Picture: Soul
    Best Director: George Clooney-The Midnight Sky
    Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Actress: Viola Davis-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo-Da Five Bloods
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried-Mank
    Best Original Screenplay: Soul
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Midnight Sky

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