The Future of HBO Max; A Midnight Rendezvous With Weird Al; Thoughts on NOPE


In today's Movie News Rundown: Trouble at HBO Max; a midnight rendezvous with "Weird Al" Yankovic; struggling to understand NOPE; Batgirl star Leslie Grace and the film's directors speak out.

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Weird Al in Toronto at Midnight: Weird: The Al Yankovich Story will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness section on September 8. It will eventually air on the Roku Channel. Here's Weird Al with details

Props: To TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky, who is responsible not only for this midnight rendezvous with Weird Al but also for executive producing two of the films we've been most effusive about in recent days: Franklin Ritch's The Artifice Girl and Mickey Reece's Country Gold.

The Future of HBO Max: Remember almost two years ago, when Christopher Nolan declared HBO Max "the worst streaming service?" Today, thanks to the joys of Sopranos rewatches and fantastic original HBO content from White Lotus to Succession to Euphoria (pictured) to Hacks, as well as pandemic-fueled fast releases of epics like Dune, HBO Max is one of the best. So it may seem there's only one thing to do now: Ruin it. At least, that's the fear of many viewers, in light of the sudden decision to kill Batgirl and the quiet removal of six HBO Max-exclusive films.

What's Happening, Exactly? Maybe nothing! But online fan panic is in full swing because of...

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