HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge; Zaslav Defends Cutting 'Batgirl'; Spacey Must Pay $31M to 'House of Cards' Producer

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August 05, 2022

HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Into Single Streaming Platform Starting in Summer 2023

Warner Bros. Discovery announced a timeline for HBO Max and Discovery+ to be fused together.

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Warner Bros. Discovery CEO Defends Axing 'Batgirl': 'We're Not Going to Put a Movie Out Unless We Believe in It'

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav addressed the decision to cancel the release of 'Batgirl,' during the company's Q2 earnings call.

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Kevin Spacey Ordered to Pay $31 Million to 'House of Cards' Producer for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay 'House of Cards' production company MRC about $31 million for his alleged sexual misconduct.

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Writers Guild of America Triumphs in $42 Million Arbitration With Netflix

The Guild sent communication to its members Thursday that they prevailed over underpaid residuals for the 2018 film 'Bird Box.'

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Lady Gaga Confirms 'Joker 2' Role Opposite Joaquin Phoenix in New Musical Teaser

Lady Gaga is joining Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker 2."

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AMC Losses Narrow, Theater Chain Rewards Retail Investors With 'Ape' Dividend

AMC Theatres shows improvements in revenue, narrows losses thanks to summer blockbusters.

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Netflix's 'The Sandman' Keeps the Spirit of Neil Gaiman's Sweeping Comic Intact, Avoiding (Most Of) the Usual Streaming Pitfalls: TV Review

Netflix's 'The Sandman' finally brings Neil Gaiman's comic book series to life onscreen, with Tom Sturridge playing Dream aka Lord Morpheus.

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Kevin Feige, James Gunn and Edgar Wright Reached Out to 'Batgirl' Directors After Warner Bros. Axed Their Film

Kevin Feige sent his condolences after Warner Bros. shelved "Batgirl" from ever being released.

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Box Office: 'Bullet Train' Takes $4.6 Million in Thursday Previews

Sony's "Bullet Train" has picked up $4.6 million at the domestic box office in Thursday night previews.

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Why HBO Max May Already Have Lost the International Streaming Race - Analysis

Even as it plans for a merged HBO Max and Discovery+, WBD should consider that it may never fully catch up in international streaming.

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Zaslav's Contrarian Bet on the Future of the Media Biz

New VIP+ Analysis: The WBD CEO’s real test lies ahead, as investors await proof that his back-to-basics strategy is the right move.

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