Saturday, July 24, 2021

IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    PlayStation 5 Owners Access Free HALF A YEAR of Apple TV+

    PlayStation 5 owners were treated to a gift earlier today, as Sony announced on Thursday that owners of the new console will be able to get a six-month trial of Apple TV+ for free. RELATED: The Big Door Prize: Apple Orders Series Adaptation from David West ReadThe promotion is available only to PlayStation 5 owners and requires both a PlayStation Network account and an Apple ID. PS5 owners can redeem the offer anytime between now and July 22, 2022, and must have at least some payment method on file on their Apple account, because the plan will renew for $4.99/month after the trial period ends. If you’re a PS5 owner and looking to claim the offer, all you have to do is find the Apple TV app on your PS5 console’s search bar, or by navigating to the “All apps” section in the Media home. From there, download and open the app and follow the on-screen instruments, sign in with your Apple ID, and you’re done. RELATED: Echo 3: Michiel Huisman Joins Luke Evans in Apple’s Thriller SeriesBetter yet, the free trial promotion isn’t limited to just new customers. Existing Apple TV+ subscribers or users that are already using a free trial of the platform can take advantage of the free six months, provided that you own a PlayStation 5. With a ton of great programming including Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest, and more, it’s a great time to dive into the streaming platform. 

    Diane Ademu-John Joins Dune: The Sisterhood as Showrunner

    Dune is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, and ahead of its release later this year, HBO has found the showrunner for its television series based on the famous franchise. RELATED: The Battle For Arrakis Begins in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune TrailerAccording to a report from Variety, Diane Ademu-John will join the prequel series as writer, showrunner, and executive producer of Dune: The Sisterhood. Jon Spaihts was initially attached to run the series but stepped down in November 2019 in order to focus on writing the script for a second Dune reboot film. Dune: The Sisterhood will be set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic Dune novel series, and is told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Armed with extraordinary abilities, this group of women weaves through the feudal politics of Dune, pursuing their own plans that ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis, and the events of the upcoming film. RELATED: Dune Character Posters Highlight Its All-Star CastAdemu-John has most recently worked as an executive producer and writer on Netflix’s horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor. Before that, her credits include stints at Fox’s Empire, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries at The CW, and NBC’s Medium and Crossing Jordan. 

    Three Women: Shailene Woodley to Star in Drama Series Adaptation at Showtime

    Showtime has given a straight-to-series order to Three Women, based on the nonfiction New York Times bestselling book by author Lisa Taddeo, with Emmy nominee Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) attached to star, according to Deadline. Taddeo will reportedly adapt her debut nonfiction novel for the Showtime project.RELATED: Jennifer Carpenter to Reunite with Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s Dexter RevivalIn Three Women, described as an intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire, three women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever.Pick up your copy of the book here!“Shailene Woodley is an undeniable powerhouse who never fails to give an unflinchingly honest performance,” said Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks. “We are beyond thrilled that she will be at the forefront of this electrifying show. Three Women promises to be a riveting and immersive exploration of female desire, told by women in charge of their own narratives. Lisa Taddeo and Laura Eason’s adaptation crackles with emotion and edge and, coupled with Louise Friedberg’s exceptional direction, this Showtime series promises to be everyone’s next obsession.”The book, published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster, tells the story of three American women who suffered private and/or public backlash for their sexual desires. It took Taddeo “a decade to research, report, and write it,” with the author moving to the towns of her novel’s subjects in order to “achieve complete authenticity.” Gia’s storyline in the project mirrors Taddeo’s experience developing the novel.RELATED: Kiefer Sutherland to Play President Roosevelt in Showtime’s The First LadyThree Women is executive produced by Taddeo along with showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric, and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg (Y: The Last Man) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

    Interview: Top Chef Amateurs EP Cat Sullivan Explains How Series Had become

    Top Chef Amateurs is the latest spin-off from the popular Top Chef franchise. This sees fans of the show getting to team up with some of their favorite chefs and get their cooking talents tested by a panel of expert judges. New episodes air Thursdays on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with Magical Elves and Top Chef Amateurs executive producer Cat Sullivan about the series and what makes it so unique.Tyler Treese: Top Chef Amateurs is such a fun spin on the normal format. Has this idea been discussed behind-the-scenes for a while now or how did it come to be?Cat Sullivan: I came on to the process when the show was kind of already formed, but we spent a lot of time formatting and trying to figure out exactly what Top Chef Amateurs meant and what that would be. We spent so much time researching Top Chef and really digging into what people love about the show. We spent a lot of time going through everything that makes Top Chef what it is, and kind of whittled that down to what you see on Top Chef Amateurs.A chef and a contestant working together is such a really interesting format. Sometimes they gel really well, but their styles might not always match up. Are there any personality clashes to expect later in the season?Honestly, our mentors and our Top Chef Amateurs, they all got along very well. And our chefs that we’re so familiar with at Top Chef, sometimes they were impressed or they were learning things from our amateurs, so it was really this amazing communal experience. There was never really a clash, it was always very supportive between the contestants and also between the mentors. I think the mentors had fun competing against each other, but it was all in good fun. There was never any sort of big clash.What went into the decisions of which chefs to bring back in this sort of mentor/all-star role?I think for the mentors, we were just really looking to bring back some of the favorites from across the Top Chef seasons. We knew that anyone that we would bring back from Top Chef would be an amazing addition in this role, but unfortunately we could only pick a few. Since we couldn’t have everyone come back, we really just looked at – how do we bring back a mentorship group that comes from different backgrounds and different cooking methods, and bring them all together to really create a dynamic show and get our amateurs excited too. Our amateurs also had certain mentors that they were really drawn to or maybe really admired, so it took some time to pair them up and really create those dynamic teams.(Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)What I love about the show is the human element. I’m not a big cook, but I’m still rooting for the people from their interviews and it’s such a fun watch. Can you discuss how important it is to not just show great food but the people that make it as well?For us, when we were casting the show, that was a big, big part of how we put the show together. We were looking at not only could these amateurs cook, but also who were they on a personal level, what kind of stories did they bring, and what connections did they have to the main show Top Chef. A lot of our contestants had their own personal experiences from watching season after season of Top Chef. And on top of that, they had their own personal experiences or their own backgrounds, that they were able to bring different cuisines to the forefront that we may have not had on the show before. I think one of the really interesting backgrounds I love is that we had a contestant who actually went and cooked every dish of Melissa King’s finale dinner from Top Chef All Stars, and she did that because she just loves the show and loves watching everything. So it definitely was a huge consideration when we were casting and putting people on the show. Really just wanting to show that Top Chef is a show that is unique because it’s able to bring people together in unexpected ways, and even though none of our cast members had met before they all shared this one love for Top Chef.I enjoy the diversity of the chefs and getting to see such amazing food from all around the world. Can you discuss the importance of diversity and how it has helped Top Chef find audiences all over the world?Diversity is hugely important, I think, in representation on television, but especially on Top Chef. Going into the casting process and going into the challenges that we were choosing, we’re always thinking about – how do we allow people to express themselves and bring their own backgrounds into the show, so that we can expand our audience’s knowledge of different cuisines and different techniques, and things of that nature. I think Top Chef is one of the shows that really expands people’s minds and it has such a great audience, and that audience is willing to learn. When those audience members, and now our Top Chef Amateurs, would see things on the Top Chef,  they would take that home and be like – how do I learn how to do that? What is that? They want to experiment, they want to go into areas that they might have not found on their own and explore those areas. And for Top Chef Amateurs, we really took a focus on how do we bring in different cuisine types, and expand people’s knowledge, and really highlight cuisines that we maybe necessarily don’t see, or backgrounds and diversity that we necessarily don’t get to see on TV on a day to day basis. We’re really fortunate that Top Chef has such an expansive audience, so we’re able to bring that to the forefront and really show off what our cast can do.Whether you’re a Top Chef fanatic or someone checking it out for the first time, this is a very natural and easy way to get into the franchise with the amateur contestants. Can you tell our readers why this is a good jumping-on point if they’re not familiar and why it’s a good reason to return if they haven’t watched in a while?I think that Top Chef Amateurs is so unique because it takes every iconic challenge or moment from Top Chef and it brings it into one show. It’s so approachable, if it didn’t have “Top Chef” on the front of it, you would still want to watch it. It’s just a great show, you’re watching two people compete, you’re watching people make amazing food, they’re getting to do very interesting challenges, and most importantly, they’re home cooks just like everyone who’s watching at home. So there’s a lot of connection there, you know, it’s just as easy for the people watching to be able to do what our contestants are doing on the show. I think Top Chef Amateurs is a very approachable way to get into the Top Chef world. And hopefully, if anyone hasn’t seen Top Chef, they’ll want to go and watch some seasons and learn about these moments, and see what the professionals are doing. Or maybe they love a mentor and they want to see how they were as a contestant on Top Chef. So, it’s definitely a very approachable way to watch and get into that Top Chef fandom and really learn why people love it.

    Month on Hulu pen15 Animated Special Releasing Next

    As part of its Season 2, Part 2 rollout, a brand new animated special from Hulu’s PEN15 will be released next month. RELATED: Interview: PEN15 Director Sam Zvibleman Explains the Show’s EvolutionAccording to a report from Vanity Fair, the animated special – titled “Jacuzzi” – will follow Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) as they go on a vacation to Florida with their families. The trip only serves to expose the duo to brand new insecurities, which they’re forced to confront after a mystical turn makes their self-doubt impossible to forget. The episode will reportedly pick up after the events of PEN15’s Season 2, Part 1 finale, and will feature both live-action and animated elements. The animated special was initially planned as a stand-alone, 40-minute live-action special that used prosthetics, but was retooled during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We got really excited about prosthetics. Before COVID, we were on the track. We were getting fitted for prosthetics; we had all these amazing digital pictures made of what we were going to look like. It was killing me, I was so excited,” Konkle said. “We had the choice when COVID happened: Should we try to wait and do this when things open up, or should we get this out sooner and just do it animated? We needed to be passionate about it being animated to do it; it couldn’t just be like second fiddle to the ideal. So we started digging in creatively.”RELATED: California Wildfires Taught Sam Zvibleman to ‘Play Jazz’ Directing PEN15PEN15’s animated special will air on August 27, 2021. 

    Adventures Await the Zoo Crew Pals in Madagascar: JUST A LITTLE Wild Season 4 Trailer

    DreamWorks Animation has released the Madagascar: A Little Wild Season 4 trailer, teasing six all-new episodes coming to Hulu and Peacock on August 6.RELATED: Peacock Inks Multi-Year, Accelerated Pay-One Deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment GroupIn Madagascar: A Little Wild Season 4, fearless pals Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are back with even bigger adventures in their concrete jungle of New York City. This season features special guest star Grammy Award Winner Alanis Morissette as “Starlene” a talented hermit crab with stage fright.Check out the Season 4 trailer below:[embedded content]Loveable foursome Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo steal the show in Madagascar: A Little Wild, executive produced by Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny). Capturing the iconic personalities of each of the four dynamos, Madagascar: A Little Wild showcases the team as kids residing in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. They might be small, but like everybody who lands in New York City, these little guys have big dreams, and Madagascar: A Little Wild will follow all of their adventures.RELATED: Hulu August 2021 Schedule: New TV & Movie AdditionsVoice actors include Tucker Chandler as Alex, Amir O’Neil as Marty, Shaylin Becton as Gloria, Luke Lowe as Melman, Jasmine Gatewood as Kate, and Eric Peterson as Ant’Ney.The animated series is co-executive produced by Dana Starfield (Monster High: Welcome to Monster High).

    Phillipa Soo Joins Elisabeth Moss in Apple TV+’s Shining Girls Series

    Coming off from securing her first Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Hamilton star Phillipa Soo has officially been tapped for a series regular role opposite Elisabeth Moss in Apple TV+’s forthcoming series adaptation of Shining Girls. Soo is set to portray the role of Jin-Sook, a character described as an intelligent and sure-footed woman who works in the research department at the Adler Planetarium. Soo will also next be seen in Hulu’s forthcoming limited series Dopesick.RELATED: 2021 Emmy Nominees Unveiled Including WandaVision Earning 23 NomsBased on Lauren Beukes’ best-selling novel, Shining Girls centers around a drifter named Harper Curtis in Depression-era Chicago as he finds a key to a house that opens to various points in time, but in order to travel he must kill bright young women who burn with potential known as “shining girls.” After stalking them through their different eras, he meets his match in 1989 when one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and begins hunting him back. Pick up your copy of the novel here!The series adaptation will be led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Kirby, a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker. Joining her are Jamie Bell (Rocketman) as Harper, and Wagner Moura (Narcos) as Dan.RELATED: Elisabeth Moss Joins Isaac & Gyllenhaal in Making of The Godfather FilmShining Girls will be written and executive produced by Silka Luis, who is also set as the showrunner. The long-in-development project will be executive produced by Moss and Lindsey McManus through their Love & Squalor banner along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davidson for Appian Way. It is a production by MRC Television, with Beukes and Alan Page Arriaga also attached to executive produce.

    Mindhunter’s Anna Torv Joins HBO’s THE FINAL folks Series

    Mindhunter and Fringe star Anna Torv has joined the cast of HBO’s The Last of Us series adaptation in a recurring guest star role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Torv will play Tess, described as “a smuggler and hardened survivor in a post-pandemic world.”RELATED: HBO’s The Last of Us Series Budget Exceeds Eight Figures Per EpisodeThe Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-pandemic America. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to premiere in 2022.Click here to purchase the original hit game!Along with Game of Thrones’ Pascal and Ramsey, the series also stars Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) as Tommy Miller, Nico Parker (Dumbo) as Joel’s daughter Sarah, Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) as Frank, Jeffrey Pierce (Bosch) as Perry, Con O’Neill (Chernobyl) as Bill, and Merle Dandridge (The Flight Attendant) as she reprises her role from the video games as Marlene, the leader of a resistance group known as the Fireflies.The Last of Us hails is executive produced and co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, who serves as showrunner, and original game writer Neil Druckmann. The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions.Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog president Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. Kantermir Balagov is attached to direct the pilot episode.RELATED: Leslie Grace to Star as Barbara Gordon in DC & Warner Bros.’ BatgirlDeveloped by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game that has already sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. The series adaptation will tackle the events of the first game with the possibility of additional content based on the upcoming video game sequel.

    HBO Max August 2021 Schedule: New TV & Movie Additions

    The full lineup for new movie and TV titles coming to HBO Max this August 2021 has been unveiled which you can check out below, along with the titles leaving the streaming service next month. This includes HBO Max originals such as the upcoming third season of DC’s Titans; a brand new docuseries titled Sweet Life: Los Angeles from Insecure‘s Issa Rae; and an original documentary Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.Next month will also see the world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC movie The Suicide Squad, which hails from director James Gunn. It will once again feature the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller along with DC newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and more. Westworld creator Lisa Joy’s directorial debut film Reminiscence starring Hugh Jackman will also be available for streaming this August. Both movies will have simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max releases.RELATED: HBO Max Developing The Final Girl Support Group Series with Charlize TheronHBO Max August 2021 AdditionsAvailable August 12 Days in the Valley, 1996 (HBO)9/11: Fifteen Years Later, 2016A Mighty Wind, 2003 (HBO)A Walk Among the Tombstones, 2014 (HBO)The Accidental Spy, 2002 (HBO)The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, 2005 (HBO)Americano, 2017 (HBO)Anna to the Infinite Power, 1982 (HBO)Backtrack, 2016 (HBO)Basic Instinct, 1992 (HBO)Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, 2006 (HBO) (Extended Version)Best in Show, 2000 (HBO)Betrayal at Attica, 2021The Birdcage, 1996 (HBO)Black Death, 2010 (HBO)Blue Ruin, 2014 (HBO)Brown Sugar, 2002 (HBO)Changeling, 2008 (HBO)Chasing Mavericks, 2012 (HBO)Collateral, 2004 (HBO)Constantine, 2005Deep Cover, 1992 (HBO)The Devil’s Double, 2011 (HBO)Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 1988 (HBO)Dolphin Tale, 2011 (HBO)The Double, 2014 (HBO)Empire of the Sun, 1987The End, 1978 (HBO)Envy, 2004 (HBO)Epic, 2013 (HBO)Extranjero (aka Foreigner), 2018 (HBO)For Your Consideration, 2006 (HBO)Freejack, 1992 (HBO)The Fugitive, 1993Ghosts of Mississippi, 1996The Great Gatsby, 1974 (HBO)The Great Gatsby, 2013 (HBO)Gun Shy, 2017 (HBO)Hangman, 2017 (HBO)Heaven Can Wait, 1978 (HBO)Hitchcock, 2012 (HBO)Horror of Dracula, 1958How to Deal, 2003 (HBO)Hudson Hawk, 1991Humpday, 2009 (HBO)Imperium, 2016 (HBO)Inception, 2010Joe, 2014 (HBO)Johnny English Reborn, 2011 (HBO)Julia, 2009 (HBO)Last Action Hero, 1993The Lincoln Lawyer, 2011Malcolm X, 1992Man Down, 2016 (HBO)The Man in the Iron Mask, 1998 (HBO)Mean Streets, 1973Mr. Soul!, 2018New in Town, 2009 (HBO)Nobody Walks, 2012 (HBO)Nurse 3D, 2013 (HBO)One Hour Photo, 2002 (HBO)The Out-of-Towners, 1999 (HBO)Popeye, 1980 (HBO)The Pope of Greenwich Village, 1984 (HBO)The Prince, 2014 (HBO)The Reader, 2008 (HBO)Red, 2008 (HBO)Red Riding Hood, 2011Requiem for a Dream, 2000Scary Movie, 2000The Score, 2001 (HBO)Sex and the City, 2008Sex and the City 2, 2010The Shawshank Redemption, 1994Spawn, 1997The Spirit, 2008 (HBO)The Square, 2017 (HBO)Stand and Deliver, 1988 (HBO)Tango & Cash, 1989Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, 2006Thirteen Ghosts, 2001Vice, 2015 (HBO)War, 2007 (HBO)Woodstock (Director’s Cut), 1994You’ve Got Mail, 1998Available August 2Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump, Documentary Series Finale (HBO)Available August 3Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 1993Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, Documentary Premiere (HBO)Available August 5Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets A Puppy, Max Original Special PremiereThe Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021Available August 6Sin Aliento (aka Breathless), 2020 (HBO)Available August 7All My Life, 2020 (HBO)Available August 8A Different WorldAvailable August 10Hard Knocks ’21: Dallas Cowboys, Sports-Based Reality Series Premiere (HBO)Available August 12FBOY Island, Max Original Season FinaleThe Hype, Max Original Series PremiereTitans, Max Original Season 3 PremiereAvailable August 14Jurassic Park, 1993 (HBO)Jurassic Park III, 2001 (HBO)The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997 (HBO)Available August 15The White Lotus, Limited Series Finale (HBO)Available August 16Hard, Season 3 Premiere (HBO)Top Gear, Season 29Available August 17Godzilla vs. Kong, 2021 (HBO) (Available in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in English Only on supported devices)Available August 19Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground, Max Original Documentary Special PremiereMarlon Wayans: You Know What It Is, Max Original Special PremiereSweet Life: Los Angeles, Max Original Series PremiereAvailable August 20Half Brothers, 2020 (HBO)Reefa, 2021 (HBO)Reminiscence, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021Available August 22100 Foot Wave, Documentary Series Finale (HBO)Available August 24Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, 2021Available August 25Lincoln: Divided We Stand, 2021Available August 26The Other Two, Max Original Season 2 PremiereAvailable August 28Magic Mike XXL, 2015 (HBO)HBO Max August 2021 Movies and TV Shows LeavingLeaving August 5The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, 2019Leaving August 11A Mermaid’s Tale, 2017Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti, 2016Against The Wild, 2014Alpha & Omega 5: Family Vacation, 2015Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs, 2016Blue Valentine, 2010Earth Girls Are Easy, 1989The Escape Artist, 1982Hecho En Mexico, 2012Jennifer Lopez Dance Again, 2016La Mujer de Mi Hermano, 2005Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers, 2015Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade, 2014Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team, 2014Love and Sex, 2000Mistress, 1992Mother’s Day, 2012Tender Mercies, 1983The Men Who Stare at Goats, 2009Turtle Tale, 2018Leaving August 14Leapfrog: Numberland, 2012Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, 2019Leaving August 15Joker, 2019 (HBO)Space Jam: A New Legacy, 2021Leaving August 27Dead Silence, 2007 (HBO)White Noise, 2005 (HBO)Leaving August 29Assault on Precinct 13, 2005 (HBO)Leaving August 30Serendipity, 2001Leaving August 3154: The Director’s Cut, 1998 (HBO)40 Days and 40 Nights, 2002, (HBO)A Cinderella Story, 2004A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits, 2016A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, 2011Alpha and Omega: The Great Wolf Games, 2014 (HBO)The American President, 1995Another Cinderella Story, 2008Astro Boy, 2009 (HBO)August Rush, 2007Babe, 1995 (HBO)Babe: Pig in the City, 1998 (HBO)The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949Barnyard, 2006 (HBO)Barry Lyndon, 1975Battle for Terra, 2009 (HBO)The Bay, 2012 (HBO)Be Cool, 2005 (HBO)Beverly Hills Cop, 1984 (HBO)Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987 (HBO)Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994 (HBO)Beyond the Sea, 2004 (HBO)Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, 1991 (HBO)Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 1989 (HBO)Billy Elliot, 2000 (HBO)Black Hawk Down, 2001Blade, 1998Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2007Blow, 2001The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990Bright Young Things, 2004 (HBO)Butter, 2012 (HBO)Cannery Row, 1982Capricorn One, 1978 (HBO)Carefree, 1938Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005City of God, 2003 (HBO)City Slickers, 1991 (HBO)City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, 1994Clifford, 1994 (HBO)Closer, 2004Code 46, 2004 (HBO)Cold Creek Manor, 2003 (HBO)Cold Mountain, 2003Countdown, 1968The Crow, 1994 (HBO)The Crow: City of Angels, 1996 (HBO)The Crow: Wicked Prayer, 2006 (HBO)Daddy Day Care, 2003Dave, 1993The Dirty Dozen, 1967Dream House, 2011 (HBO)Eight Legged Freaks, 2002El Chata (aka The Sparring Partner), 2019 (HBO)Freddy vs. Jason, 2003Free Willy, 1993Free Willy: The Adventure Home, 1995Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, 2010Free Willy 3: The Great Rescue, 1997Frequency, 2000Get Shorty, 1995 (HBO)Gone, 2012 (HBO)The Hard Way, 1991 (HBO)Harry and the Hendersons, 1987 (HBO)Heidi, 2005The High Note, 2020 (HBO)The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012Home Alone 4, 2002 (HBO)Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 2012 (HBO)Hudson Hawk, 1991The Hundred-Foot Journey, 2014 (HBO)Innerspace, 1987Inside Moves, 1980 (HBO)The Interview, 2014Jack The Giant Slayer, 2013Jackie Brown, 1997Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 2011 (HBO)The Last Exorcism, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)Lay the Favorite, 2012 (HBO)Let’s Go to Prison, 2006 (HBO)Life is Beautiful, 1998 (HBO)Live by Night, 2016 (HBO)Logan’s Run, 1976Lolita, 1962Look Who’s Talking, 1989Malice, 1993 (HBO)Man on a Ledge, 2012 (HBO)Menace II Society, 1993Miss Congeniality, 2000Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 2005Monkey Trouble, 1994Mr. Nanny, 1993National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989National Lampoon’s European Vacation, 1985National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1983No Eres Tu Soy Yo, 2011Ocean’s 11, 1960The Omega Man, 1971On Golden Pond, 1981 (HBO)On Moonlight Bay, 1951Osmosis Jones, 2001Our Brand Is Crisis, 2015 (HBO)Over the Hedge, 2006 (HBO)Parental Guidance, 2012 (HBO)Pathfinder, 2007 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996Pinocchio, 2012Point Blank, 1967Popstar, 2005Prometheus, 2012 (HBO)PT 109, 1963Replicas, 2019 (HBO)Running on Empty, 1988Ruta Viva, 2018 (HBO)Saw, 2004 (Extended Version) (HBO)Saw II, 2005 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Saw III, 2006 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Saw IV, 2007 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Saw V, 2008 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Saw VI, (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Saw: The Final Chapter, 2010 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Shall We Dance, 1937Sherlock Holmes, 2009Sinbad: Beyond the Veils of Mist, 2000 (HBO)Sling Blade, 1996 (HBO)Some Came Running, 1958South Central, 1992Spies Like Us, 1985Spooky Buddies, 2011 (HBO)Steel, 1997Still of the Night, 1982 (HBO)Striptease, 1996Stuart Little, 1999Stuart Little 2, 2002The Stunt Man, 1979 (HBO)Summer Catch, 2001Sweet November, 2001Swimfan, 2002 (HBO)The Tank, 2017 (HBO)This Must Be The Place, 2012 (HBO)Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, 2005The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997 (HBO)Twister, 1996Un 4to de Josue, 2018 (HBO)Unforgettable, 2017 (HBO)Unlocking the Cage, 2017 (HBO)Vegas Vacation, 1997Wanderlust, 2012 (HBO)Wedding Crashers, 2005Within, 2016 (HBO)Wolves at the Door, 2017 (HBO)The Year of Living Dangerously, 1983

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