HBO Max is chopping again on prices — and cigarettes, too.
In a weird transfer noticed by movie buffs on social media, HBO Max has been censoring cigarettes from choose iconic movie posters that it shows on its streaming website.
Angry movie followers took to Twitter to disclose the lacking smokes on HBO Max’s feeds, which seemed to be scrubbed from iconic movie posters for Robert Altman’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in addition to “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.”
In the photoshopped posters, stars Warren Beatty and Paul Newman now not maintain cigarettes between their fingers however as a substitute seem like posing — bizarrely — with digits raised, staring off into the space.
One irritated cinephile slammed the streaming service, which is understood for hits like “Game of Thrones,” its prequel, “House of Dragon,” and “Succession,” tweeting:
“No Smoking! Twitter customers report HBO Max eliminated Warren Beatty’s and Paul Newman’s cigars from movie poster artwork used on its residence web page: McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The Life and Times of Roy Bean.”
A photograph of earlier than and after photographs of the altered posters was included, garnering a slew of outraged replies.
“Hahaha completely ridiculous. Considering 90% of employees at their mum or dad WB/Discovery vape and sniff cocaine at their desk,” one person tweeted.
“How ridiculous,” one other person wrote. “I’m SO glad that I don’t give a penny to @HBOMax,” added one other.
HBO Max didn’t touch upon why the photographs had been altered.
The information was picked up by a handful of shops, together with New York’s Vulture site, which famous that cigarettes have additionally been scrubbed from Michelle Reis’s character within the promo nonetheless for Wong Kar-wai’s “Fallen Angels,” in addition to Kirk Douglas’s character within the poster for “There Was a Crooked Man.”
The writer of the Vulture article, Eric Vilas-Boas, tweeted out earlier than and after photos of the Douglas poster.
“So weird when you see some of these side-by-side…,” he wrote.
Although it’s laborious to say if the censored cigarettes are half of a bigger health-related push, there are nonetheless a slew of posters on the service that do embrace smoking and have been untouched thus far.
They embrace “The Nitwits,” “The Two Jakes,” “The Last Detail,” “The Man who Knew Too Much,” and “The Many Saints of Newark,” amongst others.
Execs at HBO Max’s new mum or dad firm Warner Bros. Discovery have been furiously making adjustments as they work to combine the HBO Max streaming service with Discovery+, residence to TLC, Food Network and Animal Planet.
They are additionally working to cull $3 billion in prices by 2024– a promise CEO David Zaslav made to buyers after the $43 billion mega-merger between Discovery and Warner Media closed earlier this 12 months.
The firm bought right down to enterprise this summer season, canceling “Bat Girl” for a tax write-off, slashing and putting up for sale dozens of titles, eradicating 200 episodes of “Sesame Street,” all whereas enacting a slew of layoffs.