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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.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC and Disney executives pushed hard for big Oscar changes: You are facing irrelevance!
For years, Disney and ABC executives have pressured the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make changes to the ceremony that would make it shorter and, thus, more watchable for viewers at home. And for years, the Academy refused. But then, according to Variety's Daniel Holloway, "ratings fell off a cliff" for this year's Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony, the lowest-rated ever. Days later, a "come-to-Jesus meeting" was held with the Film Academy, where "the TV people walked through the lousy ratings at a granular level, identifying precise moments during the show that prompted viewers to stop watching," according to Holloway. "They made several recommendations about the ways that the telecast’s length could be reigned in, and proposed a 'best blockbuster' category that would reward films that had been seen by larger audiences. They also argued that viewers had become fatigued by the ever-increasing number of televised awards shows — including the Golden Globe Awards, whose viewership has been relatively stable in recent years — and that the Oscars should be moved to an early calendar period." Holloway reports that ABC and Disney executives are relieved following today's announcement, and they are unmoved by the social media backlash. As Holloway points out, ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks that doesn't broadcast the Super Bowl. So having a hit Oscar telecast is of the utmost importance.
- "The Popcorn Award" will ruin the Oscars, turning it into the People's Choice Awards
- "Below the line" film workers express outrage that speeches in their category won't air live: “I’m afraid this will end up being a little demeaning"
- It makes sense that Disney would push the Academy for a "popular film" award that could benefit its Marvel films
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Disney expects to launch its streaming service in late 2019
Disney CEO Bob Iger suggested during an earnings call Tuesday that Disney's service will be cheaper than Netflix since it will have a smaller library of content.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday will be celebrated with an "elegant" ABC primetime special
The two-hour special, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, will be filmed at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. It airs Nov. 4.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars is expected to cost $100 million, or $10 million an episode
The New York Times reports that Disney's unnamed streaming service has taken on the nickname "Disneyflix" in Hollywood, after Netflix. The Times also reports that the streaming service is expected to spend $10 million an episode for 10 episodes of the live-action Star Wars. Favreau says the streaming service "affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters." The cost would make the show one of the most expensive on TV.
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 10:11AM EDT
Report: Disney tried and failed to buy back Star Wars movie rights from Turner Broadcasting
Bloomberg News reports that in 2016, before firming its streaming service plans, Disney sold "certain rights" to the Star Wars movies to air on TNT, TBS and other Turner cable channels, as well as online, through 2024. Disney recently tried and failed to get back the rights to the Star Wars movies to use for its upcoming streaming service.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Roseanne Barr is "disgusted" by the groundswell of support James Gunn is receiving following his firing from Disney
"I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand," Barr tweeted last night.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for Disney's streaming service
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The announcement was made at Comic-Con's 10th anniversary panel for the animated series. “It’s an anniversary," creator Dave Filoni told the crowd. "It’s 10 years. And you guys deserve something for being so great. A present, if you will,” Filoni told the audience. “We got together and we thought, if there is one thing we could give you what would it be? So here you go.” Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been picked up for a 12-episode season.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
America's Got Talent champion Grace VanderWaal lands the lead role in Disney's Stargirl film
VanderWaal, 14, who won the NBC reality competition in 2016 at age 12 will make her acting debut in the film based on the young adult novel Stargirl by author Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl is one of the first original films that will go through Disney's new streaming service.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Disney is coming out with a food-themed Disney Eats online network
Source: New York Post
Disney Eats will be part of the Disney Digital network, with shows like Tiny Kitchen, which will have chefs create small replicas of food from Disney films.