Warner Bros. Is Releasing Its Entire 2021 Slate of Movies on HBO Max

'Dune,' 'In the Heights,' 'The Suicide Squad,' 'Matrix 4,' and other upcoming movies will all come to your home at the same time they hit theaters.

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is going all in on HBO Max. After the big announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 will hit HBO Max on Christmas-the same day it will be released in whatever theaters are open-the studio has doubled down on its commitment to the streaming service. It revealed today that all of the movies in its 2021 slate will premiere there the same time they are released in theaters. 

What does this mean for you? 

That you’ll be able to watch the likes of DuneThe Suicide SquadIn the Heights, Matrix 4, and many, many more movies from your couch. These films will be available for viewing on HBO Max for one month following their domestic releases. After that month, they will only be available theatrically. 

What does it mean for movie theaters? 

It sounds like a death knell for the theatrical experience, which has already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most major releases were pushed off the 2020 calendar with the hope that by 2021 theaters will be open again by then. Now, Warner Bros. is all but abandoning in-person moviegoing for at least the coming year. The company is framing this as a short-term plan, given that it’s nearly impossible to predict when exactly a vaccine will be widely available and audiences will feel safe to return to darkened rooms with strangers munching on popcorn. 

“No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021,” WarnerMedia Studios Chair Ann Sarnoff said in a statement. “With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.” 

What titles will be available? 

So what movies does this include aside from the massive aforementioned titles? The full WB 2021 slate for now is: 
The Little Things

Judas and the Black Messiah
Tom & Jerry
Godzilla vs. Kong
Mortal Kombat
Those Who Wish Me Dead
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Space Jam: A New Legacy
The Many Saints of Newark
King Richard
Cry Macho

That’s a wide range of films that includes a Godzilla sequel, a Space Jam sequel, a Conjuring sequel, a Sopranos prequel, a Mortal Kombat reboot, and prestigious fare like Judas and the Black Messiah

Is anyone mad about this? 

Well, yes, plenty of people on Twitter, but also Legendary Entertainment, producer of Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong, which, according to Variety, may sue Warner Bros. unless it gets a good deal out of this. Per that same report, filmmakers whose movies are being dropped on the platform like Denis Villeneuve aren’t too jazzed either.

What now? 

The question is: Will other studios follow suit? Will Disney, which has already bumped the live-action Mulan and Pixar’s Soul to Disney+, start putting other big events like Black Widow on their streaming platforms? What about the one million Avatar sequels? All we know for sure is that WB has made a move that will send shockwaves through the entertainment industry. Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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