HBO Max’s new Looney Tunes get back to basics—and that’s refreshing

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Instead of dragging Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck into the 21st century, these new cartoons celebrate their 1940s roots, with classic gags and funny drawings. Nearly 20 months after AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced plans to meld content from its myriad brands into a streaming service, HBO Max is finally launching today. And one of its signature shows stars an 85-year-old, an 83-year-old, and an (almost) 80-year old—veteran entertainers who once starred in some of the greatest comedy films ever made. Read Full Story

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HBO Max pulls ‘Gone with the Wind’ for its romanticized depiction of slavery

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As Black Lives Matter protests continue, HBO Max is reevaluating how the film should appear on its platform. HBO Max has temporarily removed Gone with the Wind from its library so that it can figure out how to proceed with a much-needed discussion about the movie’s problematic nature. The 1939 drama has long been concerning for its romanticization of the Confederacy, its positive view of slavery, and the fallout surrounding Hattie McDaniel, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting actress (and became the first black person to win an acting Oscar), but couldn’t sit or celebrate with her costars at the ceremony because it was held at a segregated hotel. Read Full Story

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HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ brings drag to small towns—and life-changing experiences to locals

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Drag stars Shangela, Eureka O’Hara, and Bob the Drag Queen lead the charge in the fabulous, full-hearted ‘We’re Here.’ We talked with the creators and stars about putting it together. The final touch in prepping for a drag performance, if not necessarily the pièce de résistance, is the tuck. It’s an anatomical concealment that helps reveal these performers’ true selves. Read Full Story

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Yvonne Orji’s HBO special ‘Momma, I Made It!’ is the laugh the black community needs right now

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We break down her new comedy special, why her ‘Insecure’ character Molly is misunderstood, and how she’s shining a brighter spotlight on African stories. For the past four years, we’ve gotten to know Yvonne Orji mainly through her role as Molly Carter in HBO’s Insecure . But Orji has been hustling on the standup circuit for years, selling out shows at New York City’s Carolines and opening for Chris Rock. Read Full Story

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HBO documentary ‘Showbiz Kids’ isn’t the tabloid drama you’d expect

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Director Alex Winter unpacks a host of issues many child stars have experienced, including sexual abuse and parasitic parents. But there’s more to the story. For director Alex Winter ( Downloaded , Deep Web , The Panama Papers) , there was a moment while interviewing a subject for his latest HBO documentary Showbiz Kids that the story he’d been trying to tell for seven years finally clicked into place. Read Full Story

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