HBO Max shoots cigarettes from famous movie posters

HBO Max is cutting costs and cigarettes, too.

In a bizarre move that movie buffs have spotted on social media, HBO Max has censored cigarettes from popular movie posters it shows on its streaming site.

Angry movie fans took to Twitter to reveal the missing smoke in the HBO Max feeds, which seemed to be it purified from Popular movie posters for Robert Altman’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” as well as “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.”

In the photoshopped posters, superstars Warren Beatty and Paul Newman no longer hold cigarettes between their fingers, but rather appear to be pretending – oddly – with fingers raised, as they stare into the distance.

An angry movie fan slammed the streaming service, known for songs like “Game of Thrones”, “House of Dragon” and “Succession”, Twitter:

“No Smoking! Twitter users reported that HBO Max removed Warren Beatty and Paul Newman cigars from the movie poster used on its homepage: McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The Life and Times of Roy Bean”.

A photo of before and after shots of the modified posters was included, and it garnered a slew of angry responses.

“Hahahaha absolutely ridiculous. Looking at 90% of the employees at their dad’s WB/Discovery vape tattooed cocaine on their desks,” one user tweeted.

Another user wrote “how ridiculous”. Another added, “I’m so glad I didn’t give a penny to HBOMax.”

Original Poster for The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The ‘Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean’ poster, unchanged.
Warner Bros.
Poster for The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.  In the photo, a cigarette is released from the image of Bean.
HBO Max removed cigarettes from Paul Newman’s hand while serving.

HBO Max has not commented on the reason for the change of photos.

The news was picked up by a few media outlets, including New York Eagle websitewhich indicated that cigarettes were also omitted from the character of Michelle Reese in the promo for Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels, as well as the character of Kirk Douglas in the “There Was a Crooked Man” poster.

The author of The Eagle Essay, Eric Vilas-Boas, chirp Before and after pictures of Douglas poster.

He wrote: “Very weird once you see some of these side by side…”.

There was a crooked man poster
Writer Eric Villas Boas, chirp Before and after pictures of Douglas poster.
Warner Bros.
Kirk Douglas' character cigar was covered in an HBO Max poster.
Kirk Douglas’ character cigar was covered in an HBO Max poster.

Although it is difficult to determine whether controlled cigarettes are part of a larger health-related push, a large number of labels on the service that include smoking remain untouched so far.

They include “The Nitwits,” “The Two Jakes,” “The Last Detail,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and “Many Saints in Newark,” among others.

Fallen Angel's movie poster
The original “Fallen Angels” poster, which shows the characters smoking cigarettes.
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Changed Fallen Angels movie poster
Revised “Fallen Angels” poster with cigarettes removed from the scene.
Keno International

Executives at Warner Bros. Discovery the new mother of HBO Max is making fierce changes as they work Combine the streaming service HBO Max and Discovery+, Home of TLC, Food Network, and Animal Planet.

They’re also working to eliminate $3 billion in costs by 2024 — a promise CEO David Zaslav made to investors after $43 billion mega merger Between Discovery and Warner Media closed earlier this year.

The company started its business this summer, ‘Bat Girl’ cancels tax write-offAnd the Cut up and put up dozens of titles for saleRemoval 200 episodes of “Sesame Street” All this while enacting a large number of layoffs.

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