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Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Disney announces Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of shorts using original dialogue and sounds from the Star Wars films
The first six animated shorts debut Nov. 30 on the new Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, which contains an official trailer for Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
Tom Hiddleston reacts to reprising Marvel's Loki for a Disney+ TV series
Source: Just Jared
Hiddleston wrote on Instagram over the weekend: "More stories to tell. More mischief to make. More to come."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Will the Star Wars prequel series to Rogue One feature Jabba the Hutt?
Source: The Ringer
Diego Luna has always wanted to touch Jabba the Hutt. "The texture of his skin is just something that obsesses me," he has previously said. “The texture of Jabba is something I need to discover.”
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
Disney announces a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series starring Diego Luna
Luna will reprise his role as rebel spy Cassian Andor on the live-action spinoff series that is being developed for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+. The show will unfold in the early years of the Rebellion and is described as a “rousing spy thriller," according to Variety. It will become the second Disney live-action Star Wars TV series, joining Jon Favreau's The Manalorian on Disney's streaming service. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” says Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
Disney unveils the name of its new streaming service: Disney+
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the news Thursday during an earnings call, saying the streaming service is on track to launch in late 2019. Disney+ shares a similar name to Disney's ESPN streaming service, ESPN+
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
ABC is throwing Mickey Mouse a 90th birthday celebration on Sunday: Here's what to expect
Source: TV Insider
Mickey’s 90th Spectacular will celebrate 90s years of Mickey Mouse with a splashy, star-studded taped last month at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. "We approached it as if Mickey was a real person," says executive producer Charlie Haykel. ALSO: Disney re-created the 1990s Mickey Mouse Club clubhouse for a pop-up in New York City.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Marvel's Falcon and Winter Soldier are set to team up for a limited Disney streaming service series
A potential series based on the Avengers characters is the first of the proposed Marvel series for Disney's streaming service to find a writer: Empire's Malcolm Spellman. It's not known if the proposed series would include Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, who have respectively played Falcon and Winter Soldier on the big screen.
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Luke Cage's abrupt cancelation begs the question: Is the Marvel TV universe falling apart?
Netflix's decision to cancel Luke Cage on a Friday night was shocking enough, but why do it on the same day it launched the third season of Marvel's Daredevil? "It’s been four months since the second season of Luke Cage came out," says Phil Owen. "Marvel and Netflix have had since June to make a decision about the show, but waited until this exact moment to tell everybody. They could have waited another week. They could have announced it in tandem with the Iron Fist news. Instead they chose to cancel Luke Cage not only on launch day, but at a time in the evening when many people on the East Coast were probably just settling in to watch Daredevil. And that’s not even taking into account that it took less than half that long for Iron Fist to get the axe after its second season." The reported decision that the cancelation was for creative reasons also doesn't make sense, he says, pointing out that Marvel and Netflix have had no qualms with replacing showrunners -- Daredevil and Iron Fist have had six showrunners combined. "Of course," he adds, "Disney/Marvel could just as easily be eyeing a gradual fresh start, especially since the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been increasingly distant from the movies. Most notably, Thanos’ finger snap has had no affect on any of the shows that came out after he wiped out half the universe. It wouldn’t be impossible to simply roll out completely new versions of these characters and make like their Netflix versions don’t share the same universe." ALSO: Iron Fist star Finn Jones expresses solidarity with Luke Cage in an Instagram post.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Netflix is dominating streaming by spending $18.6 billion on content
Source: The New York Times
"That’s why investors are mad for Netflix," explains Edmund Lee of Netflix's outsize spending that's far more than traditional companies like Disney and NBCUniversal. "They’re betting on its unorthodox media model: spend big now and reap a massive subscriber base (and big profits) later. Possibly much later. The service’s current tally of 130 million customers beat Wall Street estimates, but investors are ultimately counting on 300 million, or more. The size of that number explains why Netflix is valued so highly relative to other entertainment businesses. The company’s market capitalization currently stands at approximately $156 billion. Disney, by comparison, is valued at about $174 billion. Those figures look out of whack when comparing the size of the companies. Netflix had $14.9 billion in revenue and $1.3 billion in profit for the last 12 months. Disney generated $58 billion in revenue and $10.1 billion in profit for the 12 months ending June 30...In other words, Disney made eight times more money than Netflix, but it’s only worth about 12 percent more. Another way to consider it: Netflix investors are paying about $120 for every $1 of profit it generates. For Disney, investors are paying about $17."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals Star Wars TV series details, announces The Mandalorian title
In an Instagram post, Favreau revealed his live-action Star Wars series for the Disney's new streaming service will be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe," he wrote, in the style of Star Wars' iconic opening crawls. "The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…” As TVLine notes, The Mandalorian is "a reference to a legendary tribe of warriors in Star Wars canon. Bounty hunter Boba Fett, a cult favorite from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wore Mandalorian armor in honor of the tribe."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Star Wars live-action TV series set pictures surface on the web
Source: The Mary Sue
The set pics for the upcoming Disney Play streaming service series definitely have a "Tatooine vibe to it."
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Zoë Kravitz to star in High Fidelity TV series for Disney's streaming service
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Big Little Lies star will take on the John Cusack role in the gender-reversed reboot of the 2000 film based on the Nick Hornby novel. Kravitz's mom, Lisa Bonet, played Cusack's ex-girlfriend Marie DeSalle in the movie. The 10-episode High Fidelity TV series, created by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, is a reimagining of the 2000 film, told from a female point of view. Kravitz, who will also serve as executive producer, will play the "ultimate music fan and record store owner who is obsessed with pop culture and top five lists."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Disney streaming service may enlist Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch for limited TV series
"These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies," reports Variety's Justin Kroll, who was unable to get Disney and Marvel to comment. "There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however," he adds. "The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows. Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions. Each series is expected to include six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
High School Musical: The Musical will be shot as a docuseries about students putting on a production of High School Musical
Disney has released details of its previously-announced new High School Musical TV project that will be made available on Disney's streaming service, including cast descriptions. The 10-episode scripted series will document the production of a high school musical, with each episode featuring a "new rendition" of a High School Musical song plus a new original song.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Disney fires back at Michael Jackson estate's copyright lawsuit over ABC TV special
Source: New York Daily News
Disney argues that The Last Days of Michael Jackson, which aired on March 24, qualifies as a documentary, so its use of "limited" music qualifies as fair use.