International Max Original Drama Series “Kamikaze” Debuts November 14





International Max Original Drama Series “Kamikaze” Debuts November 14
The story follows the fierce and charming 18-year-old Julie (Marie Reuther) on a journey of rediscovery, after losing her parents and brother in a plane crash.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
International Max Original Drama Series KAMIKAZE Debuts November 14

The Eight-Episode Series Will Premiere Day and Date On HBO Max In 46 Territories

· International Max Original KAMIKAZE will debut with two episodes SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 in 46 countries and territories where HBO Max is available across the US, Europe and Latin America, marking the first Max Original commissioned and produced in Europe that will stream day and date on HBO Max. Two episodes will subsequently debut each week until December 5 in the US.

· Logline: The story follows the fierce and charming 18-year-old Julie (Marie Reuther) on a journey of rediscovery, after losing her parents and brother in a plane crash. Suddenly, she finds herself alone in a large mansion with expensive cars in the garage, and, in theory, everything that most people only dream of: youth, beauty and money – lots of money – but material possessions hold no value to Julie anymore and she is forced to search for a reason to go on. She embarks on a wild and turbulent trip that takes her from her native Denmark to the far corners of the world. The series is based on the novel Muleum by Erlend Loe.

· Cast: The eight-episode drama series stars Marie Reuther (Julie), Charlotte Munck (Astrid, Julie’s mother), Johan Rheborg (Thomas, Julie’s Father), Mads Reuther (Tom, Julie’s brother), Aleksandr Kuznetsov (Krysztof), Carla Philip Røder  (Constance), Vidhi Kastebo (Sofia), Casper Kjær Jensen (Micke) and Anders Matthesen (Psyko-Bo).

· Speaking about the global release, Christina Sulebakk, General Manager HBO Max EMEA quote, said: “The best stories are able to transcend languages or geographical borders. KAMIKAZE is one of those shows that will resonate with viewers wherever they are. As HBO Max goes global, we are excited to give subscribers worldwide day and date access to this masterful piece of storytelling and introduce them to the exceptional performance from lead Marie Reuther.”

· KAMIKAZE is the first Max Original commissioned in Denmark and is produced by Ditte Milsted from the production company Profile Pictures. The series is written and adapted by screenwriter Johanne Algren, conceptualized by Annette K. Olesen and directed by Kaspar Munk. Executive Producers for HBO Max are Camilla Curtis, Hanne Palmquist and Christian Wikander.

· KAMIKAZE was produced with support from the Danish Film Institute (Public Service Fund) and developed with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The series premiered at Series Mania festival in Lille, France where Marie Reuther won the prize for Best Actress in the International Competition.

· HBO Max is currently available in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and, after October 26th, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra.



ax Original “Love & Death” Releases First Look Images of Elizabeth Olsen





Max Original “Love & Death” Releases First Look Images of Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery
Production is currently underway in Kyle, Texas for a 2022 premiere.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Max Original LOVE & DEATH Releases First Look Images Of Elizabeth Olsen As Candy Montgomery

HBO Max has released first look images of Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery in the HBO Max Original limited series, LOVE & DEATH, debuting in 2022. Production is currently underway in Kyle, Texas.

Logline: Two church going couples, enjoying small town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe.

The previously announced cast includes Jesse Plemons, Lily Rabe, Patrick Fugit, Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel, Tom Pelphrey and Krysten Ritter.

Credits: The Max Original is co-produced by Lionsgate. Executive producers: David E. Kelley (who is writing the series) through David E. Kelley Productions; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films; Lesli Linka Glatter (who directs the first four and final episodes); Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly; Matthew Tinker; Michael Klick and Helen Verno. The limited series is inspired by the book “Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs” and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (“Love & Death in Silicon Prairie,” Part I & II).



International Max Original PARADISE (PARAÍSO) Debuts October 28





International Max Original PARADISE (PARAÍSO) Debuts October 28

The international young adult Max Original series, PARADISE (PARAÍSO), debuts with four episodes THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, with the remaining three episodes debuting Thursday, November 4. The 1990s-set mystery hails from Movistar+ and The Mediapro Studio in Spain and is directed by Fernando González Molina (“Palm Trees in the Snow”), who also serves as executive producer.

Logline: Levante (Spain), 1992, the summer is coming to an end in a coastal town when three 15-year-old girls, Sandra, Eva and Malena, disappear without a trace from a nightclub. When the police investigation appears to be taking the wrong direction, Javi, Sandra’s younger brother, takes things into his own hands, along with Quino and Álvaro, his best friends, and Zeta, the class bully. Together they discover the girls are being held by something not of this world…

Cast: PARADISE (PARAÍSO) stars Pau Gimeno, León Martínez, Christian López, María Romanillos, Patricia Iserte, Iñaki Ardanaz, Gorka Otxoa and Macarena García (Goya for Best Breakthrough Actress for “Snow White”).

Credits: PARADISE (PARAÍSO) is created and executive produced by Fernando González Molina, who also serves as director, alongside writers Ruth García and David Oliva, and is produced by The Mediapro Studio.

The series was filmed in 2020 at different venues in Valencia (La Albufera Natural Park, Sueca; El Perelló, Xilxes; Requena; Oliva and Villargordo del Cabri); in Alicante (Benidorm; Altea, Jávea, Altea, Santa Pola, Calpe, Sierra Helada Natural Park and Alfaz del Pi); and in Madrid. PARADISE (PARAÍSO) consists of seven 50-minute episodes.

This young adult series joins the ever-growing slate of international Max Originals, including Spanish series “Veneno” and “Perfect Life (Vida Perfecta)”; the 2021 German TV Awards Best Drama Series “Para”; the six-part true-crime drama “The Murders at the White House Farm”; the powerful 1980s period drama series “It’s a Sin”; the romantic comedy series “Starstruck”; dramedy “Frayed”; and the unscripted heartwarming British animal rescue series “The Dog House: UK.”



Video: “The Price of Freedom” – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “The Price of Freedom” – Official Trailer – HBO Max
The film premieres Tuesday, October 19 on HBO Max.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
The Price of Freedom | Official Trailer | HBOMax

The Price of Freedom exposes the hidden past of the American gun debate and reveals how the outsized political and cultural influence of the National Rifle Association divided a nation and changed the course of American history, costing countless lives along the way. #ThePriceOfFreedom

The Price of Freedom premieres October 19 on HBO Max: http://itsh.bo/hbo-max

The United States is a nation mired in gun culture. Long-standing narratives about how guns are part of the American way intersect with the reality that people in the U.S. are 25 times more likely to die by gun violence than any other developed nation in the world. The only way to make progress is to come together as a country to meet the moment and demand action.

The Price of Freedom is an unflinching look at the gun violence epidemic in America and the role the National Rifle Association, with its outsized political and cultural influence, has played over time. The NRA believes the deaths of innocent Americans are a necessary price to pay for the freedom to own firearms without restrictions. By manipulating the narrative around guns and backing politicians who commit to upholding their agenda, the NRA has cost us far more than we realize. Featuring passionate pleas from President William J. Clinton, Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT); NRA Board Member and former NRA President David Keene, and activists on all sides of the issue — X González (March for Our Lives), Igor Volsky (Guns Down America) and Rob Pincus (Save the Second) — The Price of Freedom presents a compelling case for those brave enough to take a stand against the NRA in defense of our communities and collective future.

The Price of Freedom was directed by Emmy award-winning director Judd Ehrlich, and produced by Judd Ehrlich, Aidan Tumas, and Elena Gaby of Flatbush Pictures, and Tribeca Studios.

Make Your Voice Heard Visit: https://www.thepriceoffreedommovie.com/



Video: “The Sex Lives of College Girls” – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “The Sex Lives of College Girls” – Official Trailer – HBO Max
The series follows four college roommates, Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Renee Rapp) and Whitney (Alya Chanelle Scott) at New England’s prestigious Essex College.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
The Sex Lives of College Girls | Official Trailer | HBO Max

No rules, no regrets. The best years of their lives are about to begin. Created by Emmy(R)-nominated writer/producer Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, the series follows four college roommates, Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Renee Rapp) and Whitney (Alya Chanelle Scott) at New England’s prestigious Essex College. #TheSexLivesOfCollegeGirls



Video: HBO Max Releases “I Am Scene” Sizzle Reel and Social Content Franchises





Video: HBO Max Releases “I Am Scene” Sizzle Reel and Social Content Franchises for Newly Launched Scene in Black Social Platform
As part of this official launch, Scene in Black will begin to roll out new social content franchises for the platform, in addition to a lineup of in-person events that will take place across the country.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
HBO Max Releases ‘I Am Scene’ Sizzle Reel And Social Content Franchises For Newly Launched Scene In Black Social Platform

Scene In Black Social Programming Roll-Out Will Include In-Person Events In Select Cities Throughout The Country

HBO Max Scene in Black, an audience initiative to amplify Black stories and talent, is now live on Instagram and Twitter. As part of this official launch, Scene in Black will begin to roll out new social content franchises for the platform, in addition to a lineup of in-person events that will take place across the country. The platform will kick off with Insecure Fest on October 23, to celebrate the beloved HBO series “Insecure.” Each event will consist of custom content and experiences that feature HBO Max talent and creators, provide resources for discussion and include conversations amongst Black thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers.

As part of this roll-out, a new I Am Scene sizzle reel presents the Scene in Black manifesto, narrated by poet Cyrus Aaron, and highlights “Insecure,” “I May Destroy You,” “Euphoria” “Lovecraft Country” and more beloved programming on HBO Max.

“We continuously strive to develop thoughtful and creative, audience-first campaigns that strategically engage Latinx, Black, Asian-American and LGBTQ+ audiences,” said Jackie Gagne, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, HBO Max and HBO. “With the launch of Scene in Black, we further that mission by curating a space to amplify and celebrate Black talent in front of and behind the camera while creating a path for the next generation of creators to share their stories.”

Social Content Franchises include:

· The Chapter That Changed You: Talent will share an insightful or meaningful film, book or TV show that has impacted their personal and/or professional careers.

· Note To My Younger Self/Creatives Who Look Like Me: Talent shares two to three things they would tell their younger self or up and coming creatives to prepare for what the industry/life will bring.

· Hot Takes: Talent gives their “hot takes” on controversial topics that are typically reserved for the group chat.

· Worst Audition/Worst Interview: Talent discusses their unsuccessful auditions or interviews and how those moments contributed to their future successes.

· Filmmaker Starter Kit: Breaking down the careers of filmmaking legends, framed as a primer or starter kit for those who don’t know, or those who want to know more.

To further celebrate the launch of Scene in Black, HBO Max will host multi-market activations in select cities throughout the country, starting with a live event in Los Angeles in late October to celebrate the fifth and final season of Insecure. Each event experience will feature food, merchandise, musical performances, and a “Past Empowers Future” panel conversation exploring how HBO Max and HBO empowered creatives to make their marks on and off screen. In light of COVID-19, each event will be taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe and joyous celebration. Dates and details for each city will be announced closer to the event.

Tastemakers from the select cities will act as the Planning Committee and hosts for the family reunions, responsible for curating food vendors, opening musical acts, and DJs. Planning committee members include:

· New York City

· Brandon ‘Jinx’ Jenkins is a veteran media multi-hyphenate. He’s a TV host, podcast host, journalist, writer, and DJ.

· Atlanta

· Paige Shari Addison is a live event host and social media marketing strategist hailing from East Atlanta. Along with engaging masses, Paige Shari is able to intimately connect with audiences on the ground.

· Chicago

· Trey White has taken his South Side Chicago persona and has become a media personality seen on Television and heard weekly on WGCI and Nationwide with iHeartMedia.

· Charles Beloved was born and raised in Chicago. He leads talent brand and events for a global fintech company. He is the founder and host of RNBHouseParty event series, and serves as the host for a variety of digital shows.

“When our team brought A Black Lady Sketch Show to HBO, we knew we would be in good hands,” said Robin Thede, creator of A Black Lady Sketch Show. “The multicultural marketing team has become a part of our family and helped us show up directly in the communities that matter most to us. Now with Scene in Black, fans of ABLSS have an official social hub to view exclusive content and learn more about our cast and amazing behind the scenes team. We’re thrilled about what’s to come.”

“The recent shifts that we’ve seen in the industry have opened doors for creatives like myself to share our stories and shape the way our communities are depicted both on and offscreen, said Sophia Nahli Allison, director of Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground. “I am excited about what’s to come in the future and I am grateful that HBO Max will now offer this Scene in Black platform that highlights the work of the incredible creatives behind the scenes that I have the pleasure of working with.”

Announced earlier this month, Scene in Black is an audience initiative that is the home for Black creators, tastemakers, and dreamers, who are culturally connected, socially engaged. Leveraging our rich history in amplifying Black stories and talent, this social platform spotlights the visionaries amongst us, and collectively promotes and supports the telling of stories from the Black perspective.

Under the Our Stories to Tell banner, HBO Max’s audience-first initiative is a platform for visionaries within a dynamic industry, centered in diversity and rich in collaboration, celebration and the elevation of ideas. This audience-first initiative engages multicultural viewers through relatable storytelling and cultural programming at key moments and notable industry events throughout the year. Our Stories to Tell includes HBO Max Human By Orientation, launched in 2020, HBO Max Pa’lante!, which launched in March 2021 and now HBO Max Scene in Black.

Follow @sceneinblack, now live on Instagram and Twitter.



HBO Max Releases First Look At Robin Givens In The Upcoming Max Original HEAD OF CLASS





HBO Max Releases First Look At Robin Givens In The Upcoming Max Original HEAD OF CLASS

All Ten Episodes Of The Max Original Family Comedy Debut November 4

HBO Max shared a first look of Robin Givens as an all-grown-up Darlene Merriman in the upcoming Max Original series HEAD OF THE CLASS, inspired by the 1980s sitcom of the same name.

The multi-camera family comedy, from executive producer Bill Lawrence (“Ted Lasso” and “Scrubs”) alongside executive producers and showrunners Amy Pocha (“Paradise PD,” “American Vandal”) & Seth Cohen (“Paradise PD,” “American Vandal”), will debut on the streaming service on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 35 years after the original series, created by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias, aired.

Character Description: A member of the original Individualized Honors Program (IHP), Darlene Hayward is an ambitious lawyer with a degree from Stanford. She wants what is best for her son and is hyper focused on setting him up for success. Darlene might need a reminder of the positive impact an out-of-the-box teacher can have, but she’s fighting for the good of all students at Meadows Creek High as co-head of the Parents’ Association.

Logline: HEAD OF THE CLASS revolves around a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher, Alicia Gomez (Isabella Gomez – “One Day at a Time”), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.

Cast: Isabella Gomez, Jorge Diaz, Jolie Hoang Rappaport, Gavin Lewis, Dior Goodjohn, Brandon Severs, Adrian Matthew Escalona, and Katie Beth Hall star. Christa Miller and Robin Givens guest star.

Credits: Bill Lawrence (“Ted Lasso,” “Scrubs”) serves as executive producer of HEAD OF THE CLASS alongside Amy Pocha (“Paradise PD,” “American Vandal”) & Seth Cohen (“Paradise PD,” “American Vandal”), Jeff Ingold (“Ted Lasso”) for Doozer, Phill Lewis (“One Day at a Time,” “Mike & Molly”) and Bill Callahan (“Scrubs,” “Spin City”). Doozer’s Liza Katzer (“Ted Lasso”) is co-executive producer. Pocha & Cohen wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Phill Lewis. From Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series is based on the original 1980s comedy created by Rich Eustis & Michael Elias



HBO Max Orders Unscripted Series ATLAS OF THE HEART From Dr. Brené Brown





HBO Max Orders Unscripted Series ATLAS OF THE HEART From Dr. Brené Brown

The Eight Episode Series Is Based On Brown’s Latest Book Of The Same Name

HBO Max has given an eight-episode order to Dr. Brené Brown’s unscripted series, ATLAS OF THE HEART. The series will utilize Brown’s extensive research to explore the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human and provides a new framework for cultivating meaningful connection. Anguish, wonder, awe, anxiety, envy, jealousy, resentment, compassion, empathy, disappointment, regret, and overwhelm are among the wide range of topics that will be examined as the series goes into production in Austin, Texas later this month.

Logline: For ATLAS OF THE HEART, researcher and five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown takes viewers on an interactive journey through the range of emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. Grounded in more than two decades of research, Brown brings together a dynamic mix of powerful storytelling, pop culture references, and a range of impressive researchers to share the language, tools and framework for meaningful connection.

Sarah Aubrey (Head of Original Content, HBO Max) quote: “At HBO Max, we pride ourselves on telling stories representative of all walks of life, and those stories would mean nothing without the language of emotion and the shared experience. By bringing Dr. Brown’s extensive research to life through film, television, and pop culture, we are able to demonstrate deep connection and insight that will resonate with our viewers.”

Dr. Brené Brown quote: “The real gift of expanding our language, practicing this work, and cultivating meaningful connection is being able to go anywhere without the fear of getting lost. When fear, anxiety, and uncertainty leave us feeling adrift and untethered in our lives, our first instinct is to look out into the distance to find the nearest shore. But the shore isn’t something outside of us — the solid ground we’re seeking is within us. It’s not always easy to find, but it’s there. I believe the more confident we are about being able to navigate to that place, the more daring our adventures and the more connected we are to ourselves and each other.”

Credits: ATLAS OF THE HEART is executive produced by Brown for Weird Lucy Productions alongside Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Barb Bialkowski and Jared Morell for Den of Thieves. Meaghan Rady will serve as executive producer and showrunner.



HBO Max Orders Reality Dating Series MY MOM, YOUR DAD, Hosted By Yvonne Orji





HBO Max Orders Reality Dating Series MY MOM, YOUR DAD, Hosted By Yvonne Orji

Greg Daniels And Haley Daniels Team Up With ITV Entertainment For An Unscripted Romantic Comedy With A Twist
HBO Max has ordered MY MOM, YOUR DAD, a new reality dating series hosted by Emmy®-nominated actress and stand-up comedian Yvonne Orji (HBO’s “Insecure”). The format was created by Haley Daniels and Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”) for their first unscripted television series. Haley and Greg have teamed up with ITV Entertainment (“Love Island,” “Queer Eye”) to produce, with Sam Dean (HBO Max’s “FBOY Island” and “12 Dates of Christmas,” Netflix’s “Love Is Blind”) as showrunner.

Logline: MY MOM, YOUR DAD follows a group of single parents who have been nominated by their college-age kids for a second chance at love. The parents move into a house together, unaware that their adult children are right down the street living in a second house, watching their every move through hidden cameras and manipulating their encounters. From humorous cringe moments to heartwarming confessions, the kids will see their parents in a whole new light as they are presented with opportunities to select who they’ll be matched with on one-on-one dates, and who may join the family Thanksgiving for years to come.

Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max quote: “Created by a father-daughter duo who represent the two generational perspectives in the show, the concept of MY MOM, YOUR DAD is heartfelt, hilarious, and cringeworthy. Greg’s comedic brilliance with Haley’s original ideas, combined with the unscripted expertise of ITV Entertainment and the multi-talented Yvonne Orji is sure to result in highly addictive viewing.”

Credits: MY MOM, YOUR DAD is produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment in association with Rombola Entertainment. Executive producers are Greg Daniels and Haley Daniels, David Eilenberg, Simon Thomas, Bernie Schaeffer and showrunner Sam Dean.



Video: “Dune” – Final Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “Dune” – Final Trailer – HBO Max
The film will be available on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max, streaming only on the Ad-Free plan in the US for 31 days from its theatrical release.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Dune | Final Trailer | HBO Max

Called to the desert in his dreams, Paul (Timothée Chalamet) is awakened by visions of a mysterious girl (Zendaya) and violent sandstorms on the distant, desolate planet of Arrakis. The only son of the Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), he’s heir to House Atreides: destined to bring peace to the ravaged lands rich with spice, the most precious and powerful resource in the universe. With their collective fate at stake, they must work together to stand a chance against untamed powers, colossal sandworms and their ultimate fears – but only time will tell what’s to become of their world. #DuneMovie

Dune will be available on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max, streaming only on the Ad-Free plan in the US for 31 days from its theatrical release. http://itsh.bo/hbo-max

Also starring Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune is adapted from a screenplay based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name.