Warner Bros. Pictures Greenlights Three Films For Its 2023 Worldwide Theatrical Slate

Three new films have been approved for production by Warner Bros. Pictures, including a Mad Max prequel, a classic Looney Tunes adaptation, and a musical twist on a Steven Spielberg classic.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced the release dates for three upcoming theatrical titles: Furiosa, Coyote vs. Acme, and The Color Purple musical feature. Each film is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide in 2023. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Up first in the lineup will be writer, director, and producer George Miller’s Furiosa. It is a prequel to his hit Mad Max: Fury Road that introduced the wildly popular character. Set for June 23, 2023, it will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller penned the script and produces alongside his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell.

Warner Animation Group (WAG) delivers the live-action and animated hybrid Coyote vs. Acme, which will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023. Directed by Dave Green, it will feature the age-old rivalry between the Roadrunner nemesis and his preferred mail-order supplier. The screenplay is written by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch. It is based on the Wile E. Coyote character and fictitious Acme corporation from the Looney Tunes, the Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and the fictional New Yorker magazine article entitled “Coyote v. Acme,” written by Ian Frazier. Chris DeFaria and James Gunn will produce, the latter under his Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey production banner.

The Color Purple musical feature comes to theaters around the globe on December 20, 2023. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, the film will be directed by Blitz Bazawule. It will be produced by Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Entertainment), Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones. The executive producers are Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Adam Fell. The script is written by Marcus Gardley, and the score includes the music and lyrics from the stage musical by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The new film and Gardley’s script are based on Alice Walker’s book, the 1985 Warner Bros. Pictures film, and the Broadway stage musical.

MasterClass Announces Issa Rae to Teach Creating Outside the Lines

The American actress shares inspiring lessons on finding your own unique story and paving your own path.

MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that Issa Rae will teach a class on creating outside the lines. Through a series of empowering lessons, the Emmy® Award-nominated star and creator of HBO’s Insecure uses her signature do-it-yourself ethos, humor, and voice to offer members the motivation and tools they’ll need on their creative journey, from developing their own voice to taking ideas to the next level. Rae’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Issa is one of the most celebrated creators in recent history because of her authenticity and unflinching boldness when it comes to storytelling,” said David Rogier, founder, and CEO of MasterClass. “Her MasterClass at its core is about inspiring action and not being discouraged by roadblocks; our members will walk away feeling motivated and ready to act on the ideas and stories that have been brewing within them.”

In her MasterClass, Rae will empower members to stop waiting for the right opportunity to land at their feet and instead share their stories by collaborating, using available resources, and finding the right platforms. Breaking down scenes from her series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Insecure, Rae will teach members how to develop a pilot, build multidimensional characters and dialogue, and work with and through feedback. She will also share practical advice and exercises to help members shape their creative process, establish good writing habits, and get started on their writing journey. With engaging, candid storytelling, Rae shares anecdotes of personal failures and past disappointments to help inspire and push members to pursue turning their vision into a reality.

“A lot of people enter the industry thinking their ideas have to be perfect and fit into a specific kind of box, but that’s never been part of my process,” Rae said. “In my MasterClass, I want to tell you everything that I’ve gone through, every mistake that I’ve made, and everything that I’ve learned so far so that you can do better than I did. If you have a desire to create, this class is for you.”

Rae jump-started her career in 2011 with the award-winning web series and accompanying New York Times bestselling book of the same name, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Originally launched on YouTube, the series quickly generated critical and commercial acclaim. It won a Shorty Award for Best Web Series in 2012. The series laid the foundation of success for Rae to write and produce her own award recognized HBO series, Insecure. Working as co-creator with award-winning host and producer Larry Wilmore, Rae set out to make a series that examined “the complexities of ‘Blackness’ and the reality that you can’t escape being Black.”

With its unique humor and authenticity, the show has been celebrated for the relatable and often-overlooked portrayals of the Black experience. Rae has opened a range of new doors in the acting space, making her film debut in the acclaimed drama The Hate U Give and later Netflix’s romantic comedy Lovebirds. Recently she appeared in HBO’s political-satire drama Coastal Elites. Outside of her screen credits, Rae has been honored for her influence and impact as a Black creator. In 2018, she was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

Launched in 2015, MasterClass is the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best. With an annual membership, subscribers get unlimited access to over a hundred instructors and classes across a wide range of subjects, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more. Step into Anna Wintour’s office, Ron Finley’s garden, and Neil Gaiman’s writing retreat. Get inspired by RuPaul, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes, and discover your inner negotiator with Chris Voss. Each class features about 20 video lessons, at an average of 10 minutes per lesson. You can learn on your own terms—in bite-size pieces or in a single binge. Cinematic visuals and close-up, hands-on demonstrations make you feel like you’re one-on-one with the instructors, while the downloadable instructor guides help reinforce your learning. Stream thousands of lessons anywhere, anytime, on mobile devices, tablet, desktop, Apple TV®, Android™ TV, Amazon Fire TV®, and Roku® players and devices.

AIM TV Group Launches “Raw Travel Plus” Channel on YouTube

The new travel-themed YouTube channel offers tips, practical advice, and an escape for viewers.

AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV) announced that their signature travel program Raw Travel® is officially launching Raw Travel Plus, a new YouTube channel. The latest effort from the syndicated television show capitalizes on the show’s eight-season library of web content, travel tip vignettes, themed destination content, and behind the scenes footage.

The digital-only offering has content on the channel currently with plans to add more daily. Raw Travel Plus will also grow to include bonus original, first-run content not seen on the TV show. The effort will also be supported by the current RawTravelTV YouTube channel, which serves as a promotional vehicle for the syndicated show.

“Raw Travel Plus will be much more robust than what we’ve offered in the past on YouTube, which was limited by design. At that time, we wanted to stay focused on producing content solely for broadcast syndication and international licensing,” says Executive Producer, Creator, and Host, Robert G. Rose.

“But now that our library is so extensive and so much of it still under or completely un-exploited, it makes sense to provide a digital outlet for that content. Raw Travel Plus will be a destination for those who crave authentic, on-demand, travel-related content, themed videos, travel tips, and eventually, never-before-seen, digital-first videos,” Rose continued.

The target audience for Raw Travel Plus is two-fold. The first is the core loyal Raw Travel linear TV viewer that wants more show content than can be offered in a half-hour television environment. Secondly, the show hopes to super-serve online users craving authentic travel content, researching new and different travel experiences and destinations post-pandemic, and providing a much-needed virtual escape during the pandemic and for those unable to travel. The channel will appeal to people who may or may not know the TV show. The TV show will help grow Raw Travel Plus and vice versa.

The nationally syndicated, linear TV show currently airs each weekend in the USA on over 200 broadcast affiliates (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.) in over 173 markets in 95% of the U.S. The show enjoys multiple airings each week in many major markets. Raw Travel is currently garnering affiliate renewals for its 9th and 10th seasons, respectively, giving the green light for new episodes through 2023.

To find a local television station airing episodes of Raw Travel, visit here: rawtravel.tv/wheretowatch

In addition to domestic growth, Raw Travel continues to expand its international footprint on various outlets worldwide. Raw Travel is also exhibited on several In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) offerings on airlines such as American, Delta, Air Canada, Virgin America, and more.

Raw Travel is an adventure travel and lifestyle series. Each episode showcases socially and environmentally aware independent travel. Uniquely, the series weaves together themes of eco-tourism, voluntourism, underground music, and authentic culture. Each weekend the show is seen in over 173 U.S. cities on major broadcast affiliates and several international territories (Asia, Africa, Europe). It can also be found on several major airlines. AIM Tell-A-Vision Group produces the show and oversees its domestic and international distribution and internationally. Visit RawTravel.TV for more information.

Raw Travel Plus is the official YouTube channel for Raw Travel TV. It is dedicated to going beyond the show’s content, travel tips, themed destinations, and travel advice. The channel can be found at RawTravelPlus.com or by searching YouTube for “Raw Travel Plus”.

AIM Tell-A-Vision (AIM TV) Group is an independent production, content, and distribution company founded by media veteran and entrepreneur Robert G. Rose. Since 2000, AIM TV has been producing and distributing positive, compelling content that reflects a mission of presenting “Media That Matters.” Visit AIMTVGroup.com for more information.

Raw Travel Plus is exclusively available on YouTube