TNT, TBS, and truTV Airing ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Just Mercy’ Special Combo Event to Promote Social Justice

In an affort to continue dialog on social justice, WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS, and truTV June 19 are partnering for a special one-night-only on-air broadcast of critically acclaimed movies, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Just Mercy, along with reflections from distinguished guests about the personal impact these films had on their lives and the culture.

With limited commercial interruption, Black Panther, which won three Oscars in 2019, will air at 7 p.m., followed by Just Mercy.

Host Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) will be joined by guests, including Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (whom Just Mercy is based on), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and CNN’s W. Kamau Bell. Additionally, Andra Day will perform her Grammy-nominated song “Rise Up.”

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Reginald Hudlin, who wrote for the “Black Panther” graphic novel series, serves as executive producer of the special content, along with executive producer Phil Gurin and co-executive producer Byron Phillips.

In Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the hidden high-tech African nation of Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king, following the death of his father. But when a man named Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) appears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Pitted against his own family, the king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger.

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Just Mercy is based on the thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds — and the system — stacked against them.

DC Universe Members Get Early Access to ‘Birds of Prey’ in Theaters

DC Universe SVOD members will have early access to Birds of Prey (and the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) before its official theatrical release Feb. 7.

Members of the digital subscription service will have access to limited special advanced screenings Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 in more than 30 cities across the country. The series of fan screenings will begin in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York’s Times Square Feb. 4. All other DC Universe screenings will take place Feb. 5 in cities including Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston and Boston.

Starting Jan. 31, DC Universe members will get a link to RSVP to the limited event. Those who are not yet subscribed to DC Universe still have the opportunity to sign-up to take advantage of the offer by visiting https://www.dcuniverse.com/.

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In Warner Bros. Pictures’ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) based on characters from DC Comics, star Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.

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DC Universe, at $7.99 per month ($74.99 annually), is available in the U.S. on Amazon Tablets and Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromebook, iOS, the Roku platform, Xbox One as well as the web and mobile web.

To prepare for Birds of Prey, a curated a list of articles, comics and shows to read and watch is currently available on DC Universe here.

Screening Times and Locations:

Feb. 4

LOS ANGELES  | 8:00 PM
Pacific Theatres at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

NEW YORK  | 7:00 PM
AMC Empire 25
234 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036

SAN FRANCISCO  | 7:00 PM
AMC Metreon 16
135 4th St., Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA 94103

Feb. 5

ATLANTA  | 7:30 PM
Regal Hollywood 24
3265 Northeast Expressway, Chamblee, GA 30341

AUSTIN  | 7:00 PM
Gateway Stadium 16
9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

BALTIMORE  | 7:00 PM
AMC White Marsh
8141 Honeygo Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21236

BOSTON  | 7:00 PM
ArcLight Cinemas Boston
60 Causeway St Boston, MA 02114

CHARLOTTE  | 7:30 PM
Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10
6911 Phillips Place CT, Charlotte, NC 28210

CHICAGO  | 7:00 PM
AMC IMAX Navy Pier
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

DALLAS  | 7:00 PM
AMC NorthPark
8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75231

DENVER  | 7:00 PM
UA Colorado Center
2000 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

DETROIT  | 7:00 PM
MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16
100 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083

HOUSTON  | 7:00 PM
Greenway Grand Palace
3840 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77027

JACKSONVILLE  | 7:30 PM
Regal Avenues
9525 Phillips Highway Jacksonville, FL 32256

LAS VEGAS  | 7:00 PM
Regal Red Rock IMAX
11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

MIAMI  | 7:30 PM
AMC Aventura
19501 Biscayne Ste 3001 Aventura, FL 33180

MINNEAPOLIS  | 7:00 PM
Showplace ICON
1625 West End Blvd

ORANGE COUNTY  | 7:30 PM
Edwards Metro Pointe
901 S Coast Dr Unit 205D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

ORLANDO  | 7:30 PM
AMC Altamonte
433 E Altamonte Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

PHILADELPHIA  | 7:30 PM
Regal UA Riverview Plaza
1400 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

PHOENIX  | 7:00 PM
Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX
5000 South Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282

PORTLAND  | 7:00 PM
Regal Lloyd Center
1510 NE Multnomah St Portland, OR 97232

SACRAMENTO  | 7:00 PM
Century Roseville 14
1555 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661

SALT LAKE CITY  | 7:00 PM
Megaplex Jordan Commons
9335 State St, Sandy, UT 84070

SAN ANTONIO  | 7:00 PM
Santikos Silverado 16
11505 W FM 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78250

SAN DIEGO  | 7:00 PM
AMC Mission Valley
1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108

SAN JOSE  | 7:00 PM
AMC Saratoga
700 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, CA 95130

SEATTLE  | 7:00 PM
Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

TAMPA  | 7:30 PM
AMC Veterans
9302 Anderson Rd. Tampa, FL 33634

WASHINGTON DC  | 7:00 PM
AMC Mazza
5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

Warner Names Andrew Cripps President of International Theatrical Distribution

Warner Bros. Pictures has named veteran film distribution executive Andrew Cripps to the position of president of international theatrical distribution.

The appointment was announced by Ron Sanders, president of worldwide distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures and president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to whom Cripps will report.

In his new role, Cripps will be responsible for overseeing all matters relating to the international theatrical distribution of the studio’s slate of motion pictures, which includes releases from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

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He’ll also work closely with Sanders on the development of theatrical growth opportunities and additional revenue streams for the division, as well as oversee the team that manages sales and distribution efforts across Warner Bros.’ network of affiliates and licensees in more than 125 territories worldwide.

Cripps has more than three decades’ experience leading overseas theatrical distribution for a number of major Hollywood studios, including United International Pictures, Paramount, Imax and, most recently, 20th Century Fox.

“Andrew is the consummate distribution executive, with a wide breadth of experience on both the studio and exhibitor side,” Sanders said in a statement. “With the continuing growth and importance of the international box office, having someone with Andrew’s insight and expertise leading our overseas efforts will benefit the entire Warner Bros. Pictures Group.”

Cripps most recently was president of International Theatrical Distribution for Fox, where he oversaw all strategic and managerial international theatrical distribution activities for the studio.

Before Fox, he served as president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Imax, as well as EVP of the Imax Corp., based in London and responsible for expanding the Imax theater network across the region as well as sourcing content to play across that network.

Prior to that, he served five years as president, Paramount Pictures International, having joined the company after almost two decades at United International Pictures, a joint venture distribution company operated by Paramount, Universal and MGM/UA, most recently serving as its president and COO.

Cripps began his entertainment career as the Representative for Japan and Korea for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, a British film company.

Amazon Partners with Warner Bros. for Early ‘Aquaman’ Theatrical Access

In a first, Amazon is affording Prime members early theatrical access to Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics underwater super heroes movie, Aquaman — beginning Dec. 15.

Directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious), Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman, among others.

The movie, which reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king, will be released in theaters nationwide Dec. 21 in 3D and 2D and Imax.

Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets (via Atom Tickets) and screen the movie at one of more than 1,000 theaters, including AMC, Regal, National Amusement Theaters and ArcLight Cinemas.

“Coming together with Amazon to reach their footprint of Prime members in the U.S. is the ideal way for us to bring Aquaman to moviegoers and their families as they kick off their holidays,” Blair Rich, president, worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, said in a statement.

Unlike Netflix, which has (until recently) shunned theatrical exposure for its feature-length movies, Amazon continues to embrace the traditional theatrical window ahead of retail and streaming via Amazon Instant Video and Prime Video, respectively.

“Prime offers the best of shopping and entertainment and these early showings of Aquaman are yet another pleasant surprise for members, and one that I’m personally also looking forward to,” said Cem Sibay, VP of Amazon Prime.