Everything Available On Disney+ At Launch

Disney+ will debut this year with a number of new shows and movies available at launch. The Walt Disney Company announced its hotly awaited streaming platform Disney+ to a flurry of headlines and excited fan responses. With the service set to launch in North America on November 12, with staggered releases internationally, the $6.99 a month ad-free platform seems guaranteed to be a huge hit. It may also present the first real competition that undisputed streaming giant Netflix has ever faced.

When Netflix got into making original programming, it benefitted greatly from being most people’s go-to platform for watching the stuff they already loved, and while Netflix’s subscriber numbers have risen and its own films and TV shows have gone great, by and large, they are still best known as the place to stream old episodes of Friends. That’s where their audience loyalty lies.

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So, in that aspect, Disney has already won half the battle because they’re the home of some of the past century of Hollywood’s most beloved properties, even without the substantial acquisitions like Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and the recent Fox deal. Netflix has a head start in terms of sheer quantity of content, but Disney+ has already promised that by the end of their first year, they will house more than 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of TV, which is extremely impressive.

Not every show and movie owned by Disney will be immediately available in the Disney+ library due to various rights issues and licensing agreements still in place with other platforms, but the aim is for the streaming service to be the ultimate and completely comprehensive home of the company’s historic output.

Here is a more detailed look at what we know will be available on Disney+ on the day of launch, both new and old.

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Arguably the most anticipated original Disney+ series of the lot, The Mandalorian represents the historic first step into live-action television for Star Wars (not including the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special or Ewok Adventure TV movies). With Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) at the helm, the directors attached to the first season include Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi and actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). Set before the rise of the First Order and after the fall of the Galactic Empire, the series will follow a lone gunfighter “in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic”. The all-star cast includes Pedro Pascal in the lead, as well as Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, and none other than Werner Herzog. The Mandalorian will be available on Disney+ for its November 12th launch.

When the Disney Channel screened the TV movie High School Musical in 2006, few could have predicted how big a deal it would be. It became the most watched Disney Channel Original Movie upon its premiere, its soundtrack was the highest selling album of the year, it spawned two sequels (one of which got a theatrical release), and it helped to make Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens bona fide stars. The ten-episode scripted series that will premiere on Disney+ has been described as a meta take on the material, centering on a group of students who are performing their own production of High School Musical. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will be available on Disney+ for its November 12th launch.

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Disney got its start as a company making animated shorts and that tradition has continued throughout their many decades of business, winning them many Oscars and introducing future animation stars to the world. Disney+ will be home to many new animated shorts from the company: These include SparkShorts, the short films of Pixar, “designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio”; and Forky Asks a Question, a series of shorts focusing on the newest star of the upcoming Toy Story 4. (Lamp Life, another Toy Story shorts series, this time focusing on the return of Bo Peep and filling in on where she’s been since Toy Story 2, will premiere at a later date).

The Good Place and Frozen star Kristen Bell will be the executive producer on this documentary about a group of former high school musical cast members who reunite to perform the shows they did as teenagers. Imagine High School Musical with a nostalgic twist. Encore! promises help from Broadway’s best and big performances of some musical classics. Encore! will be available on Disney+ for its November 12th launch.

The work of Disney’s Imagineers has helped to craft decades of the company’s most beloved and iconic theme park attractions. With Disneyland and its various theme park siblings launching into a new era of industry-wide domination thanks to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, it makes sense that Disney+ would want to focus in on that work, if only for promotional purposes (it’s also a proud part of Disney’s history as Walt Disney himself would present television specials that promoted the park and his various enterprises, winning him a few Emmys along the way). This documentary promises to chronicle over 65 years of Walt Disney Imagineering, with new behind-the-scenes footage of Disney’s parks and interviews with the people who made them. The currently untitled documentary will be available on Disney+ for its November 12th launch.

The series, produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with MaggieVision Productions, will focus on the real-life young heroes making a difference in their towns and communities, with Marvel celebrating the good work they do. It’s another example of Marvel’s growing influence, not to mention how Disney+ will allow them to dominate outside of cinema. The series will be available to view at launch.

Beloved actor Jeff Goldblum has giddily embraced his meme status over the past few years, and now Disney+ is taking advantage of that with the wonderfully titled series The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The show will follow Goldblum as he goes full Bill Nye in explaining the wonders of science, history and the stories behind the familiar objects that fill our lives. The series will be available to watch on launch.

Disney continues its recent tradition of live-action remakes of animated classics, with this take on the 1955 film being the first exclusive to debut on the streaming service. Lady & the Tramp will be directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and has a screenplay by indie icon Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls). The voice cast includes Thor: Ragnarok‘s Tessa Thompson as Lady and The Leftovers‘ Justin Theroux as Tramp. The dogs won’t be CGI here. It’s all real and highly trained canines in the main roles. Lady & the Tramp will premiere with the service’s launch.

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Disney+ will serve as the exclusive streaming home of The Walt Disney Company’s major releases, which has proven to be their primary selling point so far. The press release makes a point of noting that all the major releases of 2019 will be Disney+ exclusives, although it does not give specific dates for their arrival on the platform. The listed recent releases include: Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Frozen 2, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Interestingly, Disney’s press release did not state every film that will be available at launch on Disney+. Instead, they offered “a sampling of content”, which included some of the biggest name properties. Key to this was, of course, Disney and Pixar’s illustrious back-catalog of animated classics. Not every animated film was named, but that’s not to say they won’t eventually premiere or even do so on the launch day. Many of those films are still tied up in other streaming and distribution deals. The big animated films by Disney and Pixar listed on the press release are: 101 Dalmatians, A Bug’s Life, A Goofy Movie (and its sequel), Bambi, Big Hero Six, Cars, Fantasia, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Frozen, Fun and Fancy Free, Hercules, Inside Out, Lady and the Tramp, Lilo & Stitch, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, Moana, Monsters University, the first volume of the Pixar Short Films Collection, Ratatouille, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Steamboat Willie, The Good Dinosaur, The Incredibles, The Prince & the Pauper, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Sword in the Stone, The Three Caballeros, Toy Story, Up, Wall-E, and Zootopia.

The Star Wars canon was always expected to be a crucial part of Disney+, although it is only with the Fox acquisition that Disney are able to offer the complete original trilogy since Fox still owned the distribution rights for  the recently retitled Star Wars: A New Hope. As the press release notes, the first seven Star Wars films will be available on launch, as will Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the entire animated series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (including the revival season 7), but Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story are not currently listed.

Netflix losing the streaming rights to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is certainly a loss that will sting for the platform. Disney+ promises “unprecedented access to the best content” from brands like Marvel, although the press release only lists Iron Man and Thor: The Dark World right now. It is hoped that by the end of their first year, Disney will have the full library.

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In addition to Disney’s rich library of acquisitions and animated classics, Disney has plenty of live-action titles to show off on their streaming service. The Disney+ press release lists a handful of them: High School Musical, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Remember the Titans, The Parent Trap (the original version), The Princess Diaries, The Rocketeer, and Tron. Their live-action output also includes several documentaries, such as Born in China and this year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar winner Free Solo (a National Geographic title that came with the Fox acquisition). Interestingly, not many Fox titles are listed here, although that is expected to change.

As part of their aim to get over 7,500 episodes of television on the platform within its first year, the TV output of Disney+ includes plenty of Disney Channel favorites, including Andi Mack, Boy Meets World, both versions of DuckTales, Goof Troop, Kim Possible, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey Mouse Shorts, Raven’s Home, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and That’s So Raven.

Another key feature of their TV output is National Geographic series: Amazing Planet, Brain Games, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Dr. K’s Exotic Animals, Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet, Drain the Ocean, Earth Live, Great Migrations, Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things, Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, The Incredible Dr. Pol, Unlikely Animal Friends, and Wicked Tuna. Fox programming features briefly in the press release too, most notably Malcolm in the Middle. But the real jewel in the crown is much bigger than that.

If Disney only needed one reason to move forward with the much-discussed acquisition of Fox, then having the exclusive streaming rights to every episode of The Simpsons would certainly be a pretty good one. FXX has been hosting the show’s streaming rights for a while now, with the network launching the occasion with a marathon of every episode ever made at the time. Given the show’s popularity, its immense influence, and the sheer joy of binge-watching it, this element could very well end up being the biggest selling point of Disney+ to cynics who aren’t all that invested in the studio’s own products.

NEXT: Ranking All The Streaming Services In The U.S.

2019-04-20 11:04:50

Kayleigh Donaldson

Disney+ Won’t Have Song Of The South; Dumbo’s Crow Scene Will Be Cut

Disney+ won’t include Song of the South, and Dumbo’s crow scene will be cut. As the race to create the most in-demand subscription streaming service continues to heat up, Disney has quickly become a prominent source of interest for many. The Mouse House has been making some pretty big moves as of late, and their new streaming service (which launches this fall) isn’t immune to those changes.

Disney is currently busy with their acquisition of Fox, paying a whopping $71.3 billion for the privilege and reeling in a lengthy list of titles, franchises, and still in-development projects that may or may not now see the light of day. With the details of that acquisition still being sorted out, Disney then went and bought out AT&T/Warner from the previous four-way joint ownership of Hulu, making them and NBCUniversal its sole owners. The move now makes Disney the major stakeholder in Hulu, taking a 60 percent share of the popular streaming platform. And, as if all this weren’t enough, Disney has been offering glimpses of what potential subscribers can expect from their upcoming family-friendly streaming service.

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The latest bit of news to be revealed about Disney+ comes to us courtesy of Boardwalk Times and deals specifically with the new service’s content. Though Disney+ will offer subscribers access to their extensive list of titles, one title Disney fans won’t be seeing on offer is the 1946 Oscar-winning film Song of the South. Disney+ will also cut the Jim Crow scene from the original version of Dumbo.

Song of the South, which takes place just after the American Civil War, has long been unavailable on home video due to its insensitive manner of dealing with America’s slave-owning past and the insinuation that life on a plantation was enjoyable for those forced to be there. The snappy, upbeat “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1947, despite its at-odds nature when played alongside inaccurate depictions of plantation life. Though the film introduced the characters of Br’er Rabbit, Fox, and Bear to the Disney family, who later became part of the beloved Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland and Disney World, it remains a relic of a bygone era. As far as Dumbo goes, the Jim Crow scene has already been cut from Tim Burton’s live-action remake. The original animated film sees the crows help Dumbo learn to fly, but due to their manner and name (Jim Crow refers to America’s period of segregation laws beginning in the mid 1960s), Disney has dropped it.

Some might bristle at Disney’s decision to erase aspects of its history and will instead cite the WB approach (via: @CLXcool) of warning viewers beforehand that what they are about to watch is from another era, but Disney is making the smart choice here. With its recent increase in content, plus its own already monstrous selection, Disney has plenty to offer without having to provide programming that has no relevance in 2019. Some might argue that to remove aspects of or deny these productions is to sanitize history, but the fact of the matter is that history can be found in a myriad of other, much more reputable sources. Family programming should first and foremost always be open and friendly to all.

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Source: Boardwalk Times, @CLWcool

2019-04-20 04:04:05

Mike Jones

How Dark Phoenix’s Marketing Has Changed Since The Disney Deal

The new trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix may look on the surface to be just the latest part of the marketing push for the much-belated mutant outing, but it’s, in fact, the first involvement of Disney in the franchise. Dark Phoenix was originally supposed to release in November 2018 before being pushed back to February 2019 and eventually this coming June, a series of delays that mean its marketing campaign has been in full swing for seventeen months.

Much has been made about how this will be the last main-series Fox X-Men movie. Now that Disney has bought Fox 2000 and all its assets, the rights to these characters are under Marvel Studios’ remit, with plans to eventually reboot the mutants in the MCU. But before that happens, the Mouse House needs to release the movies that are in the can: both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants will technically be Disney releases.

Read More: Every Fox Movie Disney Is Still Going To Release

Dark Phoenix‘s new trailer would appear to be the first under the eye of Walt Disney Studios. The movie was already part of Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon earlier this month, but now it’s going wide. Indeed, President of Marketing Asad Ayaz has been hyping up the drop since yesterday on his Twitter:

As first pointed out by Trailer Track‘s Anton Volkov, the new synopsis includes the phrase “It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies“, a turn of phrase Marvel fans will be all too familiar with from the marketing for both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. This ending angle was never pushed by Fox (of course, they couldn’t acknowledge the imminent changeover) but now brings the X-Men and MCU, if only by marketing spiel, in line.

The resulting trailer is also interesting. The most striking and evocative tease for Dark Phoenix yet, its careful presentation of story beats alongside core character conflict is different to the vaguer and moodier drive of previous trailers – and much more in-keeping with Disney’s house style (except on the more heavily-secretive Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame). It’s unknown who edited the trailer and whether it was commissioned before or after the Disney purchase of Fox was finalized, but it definitely has hints of a shift towards more standard Marvel marketing.

What the new Dark Phoenix trailer really shows, though, is how forward the release will be. It had been speculated since the Fox deal was first mooted that the remaining X-Men films would be released on streaming services – likely Hulu – but the eventual truth is the exact opposite, with the push behind at least the prime X-Men film comparable to any other summer release. The question now falls to whether New Mutants will get similar attention.

Next: Everything Dark Phoenix Has Copied From X-Men: The Last Stand

2019-04-17 10:04:20

Alex Leadbeater

Disney Won’t Change Deadpool, Says Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the Deadpool movies won’t change, now that Disney owns the X-Men rights. The Mouse House finalized its purchase of Fox’s assets last month, giving it full control over their IPs like Avatar, Alien, and The Simpsons, to name but a few. It also gave Disney the rights to both the Fantastic Four and X-Men films, which includes the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool and its sequel (not to mention, the PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool cut). Of course, this begs the question: what comes next for The Merc With a Mouth and his pals?

In the past, Disney CEO Bob Iger has indicated that the studio will be pretty hands-off when it comes to the Deadpool franchise, given its current success. The Mouse House even plans to release more R-rated Deadpool movies in the future, though probably separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being (lest it lose its family-friendly, PG-13 brand). Feige, for his part, seems to be on the same page with Iger, as far as Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool property and its potential spinoffs (like X-Force) are concerned.

Related: Here’s Everything That Disney Now Owns From Fox

Speaking to Variety, Feige touched briefly on Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool franchise. As he put it:

“When we were purchased, Bob [Iger] said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”

Reading between the lines, it seems the tentative plan is for the Deadpool movies to carry on business as usual, post Disney-Fox deal. They might not be included in the MCU anytime soon (something Feige also hinted at during his Variety interview), but that could honestly be for the best. Arguably, a big part of the reason that Reynolds’ take on The Merc With a Mouth has worked is because he’s been free to play in his own version of the X-Men universe, untethered to the continuity of the mainline films. With the X-Men expected to be rebooted for the MCU after Dark Phoenix hit theaters in June, the Fox era of the franchise is about to come to an end anyway – so why start pretending that Deadpool is really all that connected to his mutant peers (and, in turn, due for a similar makeover for the MCU) now?

If there’s a downside to this, however, it’s that Deadpool is unlikely to share the screen with the superheroes of the MCU in the immediate future. As much as fans would want to see Wade Wilson hang out with Peter Parker in New York or show up at the Avengers’ headquarters, that’s not going to happen until his movies suddenly become PG-13 rated or Marvel Studios start making R-rated MCU films in general. Still, who knows: Once Upon a Deadpool suggested that Reynolds’ version of the character could ultimately work in a PG-13 world without completing sacrificing his “edgier” qualities, so a compromise might be in order to make an MCU crossover possible. If not, then at least Wade can still crack wise about Mickey Mouse keeping him on a long leash in Deadpool 3.

NEXT: Every Fox Movie Disney is Still Going to Release

Source: Variety

2019-04-17 10:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

The Lion King Will Be Disney’s Biggest 2019 Movie – Not Avengers: Endgame

The Lion King remake is most likely going to be Disney’s biggest movie of 2019, not Avengers: Endgame (and perhaps not even Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker). With so many sequels, remakes, and superhero movies releasing this year, Disney is on track to have their biggest year ever at the box office. Of course, the two major players here are Endgame and The Rise of Skywalker, but it’s nonsensical to consider The Lion King an underdog in this race, despite the fervent fanbases that Marvel and Star Wars have developed over the years.

Avengers: Endgame is regarded as one of the biggest movies of all-time, and rightfully so. As the concluding chapter if Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga, Endgame is projected to break box office records worldwide over its opening weekend. But what about after? This year’s Avengers movie faces stiffer competition than Infinity War did in 2018. Rather than competing with another superhero movie (Deadpool 2) and a somewhat anticipated prequel (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Endgame is going up against heavy hitters like Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, both of which come from franchises that carry heavy weight in international territories.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have To Be A Good Film To Succeed

Aside from the upcoming Godzilla sequel being hugely anticipated worldwide, the Pokemon franchise is already the biggest media franchise in entertainment history – and the first live-action Pokemon movie is something the entire world is excited to see. Both films may dent Endgame‘s box office run, but only so much that it may not become the year’s biggest release. Sure, Endgame will gross astronomical numbers domestically, but it’s the foreign markets that will decide its success. It’s been that way for all Marvel movies, especially with the Avengers series. What’s telling is that Infinity War didn’t even beat Black Panther‘s domestic gross, despite having the actual Black Panther character in the movie.

But that’s where The Lion King comes in. Even though no one expects The Lion King remake to flop at the box office, people are surely wondering just how well it might perform. Perhaps the best comparison at the moment, then, is Jurassic World‘s box office win compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron. In 2015, no one thought that a Jurassic Park sequel – a sequel to a franchise that had waned off in quality and had been dormant for more than a decade – could beat the sequel to one of the biggest movies of all-time: The Avengers. But it did. What we’re looking at with The Lion King is that type of success but on the level that Disney is used to seeing with their remakes. So, Jurassic World… but amplified. It’s the nostalgia factor versus hype factor.

Another comparison here – and the most recent time that nostalgia worked heavily in Disney’s favor – is Beauty and the Beast. The 2017 remake grossed over three times more worldwide than its 1991 predecessor did, earning $1.264 billion at the global box office. If The Lion King matches that multiplier, based on its original theatrical run, it will earn approximately $2.3 billion worldwide; that’s much more than Infinity War and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Note that when The Lion King released in theaters in 1994, it became the second highest-grossing movie of all-time, behind only Jurassic Park.)

While Endgame will draw in millions upon millions of people, especially in its opening weekend, it’s inherently geared towards fans and people with casual interests in the superhero genre. Nuclear families may not come out of the woodwork for a film like that, but they would for The Lion King. It’s a specific type of film that will bring in entire families for weeks and weeks. And with very few actual competitors coming out until the holiday season gets underway, The Lion King can steadily rake millions of dollars over the course of several weeks – similar to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (another strong family film) – and ultimately come out on top.

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2019-04-17 03:04:27

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame Rises In Popularity After Cathedral Fire

Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame has risen in popularity after the titular cathedral’s fire. Originally titled Notre Dame de Paris, it wasn’t until 1833 when author Victor Hugo’s tale about the famous Parisian cathedral and its hunchbacked bell ringer Quasimodo was translated into English, officially becoming The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Since then, the character of Quasimodo and his devotion to its protagonist Esmeralda has made The Hunchback of Notre Dame one of the most widely known tales of all time. Oddly enough, however, Quasimodo’s difficult life and the subsequent care that Esmeralda showed for him were not at the forefront of Hugo’s intent when he wrote the novel. Instead, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was actually written to renew interest and respect for French architecture, particularly the enormous Notre Dame cathedral, which Hugo felt was at risk of being forever altered by newer architectural styles. Since its initial release, the book has gone on to spawn a host of adaptations, though perhaps one of the best known is Disney’s 1996 animated take.

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With news of the tragic fire that destroyed much of the 856-year-old Notre Dame cathedral still pouring in, the world’s eyes have been on Paris and what remains of the ancient structure. Perhaps as a means of coping with the devastation, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is currently the most popular streamed content in the world on major streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and DirecTV. The news comes to us courtesy of KNNP-TV (via CBR), who reveal that Disney’s animated hit is now experiencing an increase of 306 percent in streaming.

Largely considered to be one of Disney’s darker animated adaptations, The Hunchback of Notre Dame differed substantially from Hugo’s novel, with the main focus of the film being that of Quasimodo and his struggle to have the world see him as the kind and loving person that he is. The cathedral still plays a significant role in Disney’s retelling, with three of the story’s characters (and friends of Quasimodo) being gargoyles that live in the beautiful Gothic structure. The film was the highest-grossing release of 1996 and was nominated for an Oscar for its original score, yet to date it doesn’t get the same degree of recognition that other Disney favorites from that era such as Aladdin, The Lion King or The Little Mermaid continue to have. Given this recent upsurge in the film’s popularity, however, as well as a planned live-action remake, The Hunchback of Notre Dame could take on new significance.

As officials continue to take stock of what was lost and what can be replaced at the real Notre Dame cathedral, people around the world are left only with footage of a beautiful historic structure reduced to rubble. Perhaps then, it makes sense why so many would wish to recall the cathedral in a happier light. The Hunchback of Notre Dame may not be the answer to this horrendous Parisian fire, but clearly it provides some form of comfort and joy during what’s a difficult time for many.

More: Adapting The Hunchback of Notre Dame & Phantom of the Opera Won’t Be Easy

Source: KNNP-TV (via CBR)

2019-04-17 03:04:19

Mike Jones

10 #HowStarWarsShouldEnd Tweets Disney Should Seriously Consider

The end of the franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, draws near with the recent announcement by J. J. Abrams. It is a sad time as we reminisce on the power of the movies which sparked a fandom like no other. Fans have become so invested in this film series they have created a hashtag to provide the world with their idea of how the narrative should come to a close.


#HowStarWarsShouldEnd is the trending platform fans are using to share these suggestions which Disney should seriously contemplate. They are filled with a creative and unusual nature only Star Wars lovers would be able to think of. Keep reading to find out which ten #HowStarWarShouldEnd tweets Disney should consider using to end the series!


People have always been baffled by Darth Vader’s breathing machine and why it was the only option provided to him. One would assume after appearing in five movies someone would have come up with a better life-support system. Science advances every day and this Twitter user makes a good point when he recommends using a CPAP machine to stabilize the breathing sounds.

It is a wonder why no one in the Star Wars universe had thought of it before, but it would settle the long-standing issues we have faced throughout the years if the series was ended this way.


Dancing is a Disney specialty and what better way to end the series than with a giant dance number. It will be a fantastic way to close by bringing everyone in to dance it out on a single stage.

Jedis and the Sith will swing their hips together for a final number, which will leave fans with a feeling of nostalgia. We could have them kill each other off, but the brutality has to stop eventually, and it should, at the end of the series.


Scooby has been coming to the rescue for decades, providing us with plentiful amounts of suspenseful excitement. The best way to end the entire compilation of Star Wars films would be to bring in this classic character and have him demask Darth Vader.


Fans would be expecting Anakin’s face to appear, but instead, Old Man Jenkins would be revealed as the true perpetrator. It would be the twist to end all twists and it is something Disney would be foolish to pass up.


This would be the greatest ending of all time as the band creates a new song for us to appreciate. This ending could even be combined with the dance number from a previous tweet, creating a masterful and heartfelt ending to the series.

Their special tunes and unique instruments would come together for a new number that would knock the rolls right off of Jabba the Hutt. We would be swaying right along with him as we listen and attempt to sing along with the nonsensical word combinations.


Who doesn’t love Wookiees? Chewbacca stole our hearts time and time again, so the only plausible way to end the franchise would be to bring in a baby Wookiee. It would be cute and adorable, with a cry which would bring tears to anyone’s eyes.

People will be naming their children after the baby Wookiee because they hope their child will grow to be as awesome as it is in this final scene. There may not be a rhyme or reason behind the appearance of this creature, but rest assured, no one will be complaining.


There are other fans who desire the entire Star Wars entity to end for good, by killing every major and minor character involved. The creative mastermind behind this tweet recommends recruiting Jason to finish them off.

Jason’s methods are creative and contain a finality the series ender needs to be successful. He could rip them apart with his bare hands or use their own lightsabers against them. It may be a bit gorier than most fans are used to, but it would be another added bonus as to why Disney should use this as the ultimate ending.


The Star Trek versus Star Wars debate has been going on for years and the ending to the Star Wars franchise could settle it once and for all. They could involve the fandoms and invite them to put their skills to the test on the big screen.


The fans could wield their weapon of choice and don the appropriate costume to join the fight to the death. Disney could increase the revenue of their movie by creating an official betting pool on who will win the final showdown, as they pit these two groups against one another in the series ending scene.


A new twist to Darth Vader could be to prove he is not actually Luke’s father. It would create mayhem as fans fret over who Luke’s father actually was, even though they will never have the chance to find out.

It would create the greatest mystery in any franchise history as the secret remains buried within the Star War’s vaults of hidden knowledge. Fans would be begging for a new movie to explain the madness of the ending scene, and it would drive people to the theaters to witness this game changer for themselves.


Disney could take a different route and actually take notes from the Game of Thrones by interrelating everyone in the movie series. We thought there was only one family incest drama happening, but in reality, everyone was a part of this interconnected genetic world.

It could explain why some of the characters looked funkier than others, as the mixed genes failed to form correctly due to incorrect mixing of the gene pool. It would be the disturbing ending fans never forget and give Disney the ratings they were hoping for.


The final tweet, and possibly the most realistic ending Disney should use, is to offer Princess Leia a tribute after Carrie Fischer’s unfortunate passing. No one can ever replace her as Leia, but they should create a memorial for her in the ending of the franchise, as she was a key part of the success of the series.

Everyone loved her presence within the films and not including her in the final film would do her character a disservice. They should not recreate her image, but rather, create a reel of her shining moments throughout the Star Wars movie series.


2019-04-17 01:04:32

Rebecca Knauss

Disney Bought Fox Primarily Because of Disney+, Says Bob Iger

Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox was primarily based on the decision to move forward with their own streaming service, Disney+. After a lengthy and complex legal process, The Walt Disney Company’s purchase of Fox’s entertainment assets was completed in March 2019 in a $71.3 billion deal.

Last week, Disney announced the streaming service will launch in North America on November 12 this year, and will be rolled out around the rest of the world over the next two years. By 2021, the streaming service will be a formidable rival for other streaming networks, most notably Netflix and Amazon Prime, airing new content as well as having access to the Disney back catalogue and the complete library of Fox assets.

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Disney+

In an interview with CNBC, Disney chief Bob Iger spoke about the decisions in the lead up to the acquisition, stating clearly that the reason this action was taken was based solely upon Disney’s plans to enter the streaming market:

“The opportunity to buy Fox first came up later that year. In fact, just a few months after the board approved us buying the majority share of BAMTech — which was done for one reason, to go into the direct-to-consumer business — Rupert and I sat down and talked about a transaction. We would not have done that transaction had we not decided to go in this direction. Because — if we hadn’t, we would have been looking at that business and through a traditional lens: ‘Oh, we’re buying TV channels. We’re buying more movie-making capability, et cetera.’ But by the time the acquisition opportunity came up, and we knew we were going in this space, we evaluated what we were buying through this new lens of: ‘Wow, what could National Geographic mean to us?’”

Iger continued by talking of the relationship that Disney has with its customer base that buys movie tickets, downloads films, visits their theme parks and takes their cruises, describing Disney+ as a way to tighten the relationship with them. And with content such as Disney feature films, the Star Wars franchise and films from Marvel Studios, and original content, including shows from the Star Wars universe, in addition to all of Fox’s assets, they will have a huge head start. But despite everything, Iger was keen to iterate that acquiring the likes of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and now Fox, was a way of staying true to the company’s roots as well as protecting and growing its business interests, stating that great storytelling was and always will be a motivating factor for Disney, and that such storytelling will always be relevant and successful.

The launch of yet another major streaming service is proof indeed that the landscape is changing considerably when it comes to tv and movie services, and one which will no doubt have an impact on rival services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, which are now becoming more than just streaming services, having ramped up their efforts to produce new content for their brands. With one of the world’s most iconic and successful media brands to compete with, the next two years will be one to watch when it comes to the future of streaming services worldwide.

More: Every Star Wars Show Coming To Disney+ (Rumored & Confirmed)

Source: CNBC

2019-04-16 07:04:10

Melanie Smith

Hulu Now Co-Owned By Disney & Universal After AT&T Buyout

Hulu is now co-owned by Disney and Universal after buying out AT&T’s stake in the service. With just over ten years of experience in the rapidly growing subscription based streaming market, Hulu was one of the few original names that attempted to compete with Netflix, back when Netflix was first beginning to flex its streaming capabilities.

Today, Hulu’s service, while successful in its own right, has numerous characteristics that prevent it from branching out and reaching a wider range of subscribers. The fact that the service isn’t available outside of the United States (with the sole exception of Japan), has arguably stifled Hulu’s growth at a time when every subscription based streaming platform around seems to be doing all they can to reel in subscribers and create interest. And as the streaming landscape continues to shift, adapt and grow, Hulu still seems to some as though it continues to struggle with some basic concepts that customers expect from a streaming service in 2019.

Related: Can Netflix Stay On Top as Streaming Competition Grows?

Now, however, it appears that Hulu is undergoing another substantial change in its ownership. According to Deadline, Hulu – which was once jointly owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal and AT&T WarnerMedia – is now owned solely by Disney and Universal, after AT&T sold its stake in the venture back to the other two shareholders. AT&T’s 9.5% stake in the joint venture will now be divided between Disney and Universal, with the sale netting AT&T $1.43 billion.

What this now means for Disney is that given its recent acquisition of Fox, the Mouse House is Hulu’s majority stakeholder, claiming 60% of Hulu, with the additional 9.5% previously owned by AT&T WarnerMedia to be divided up among Disney and NBC Universal. Still dealing with last summer’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T will use its profits from this most recent sale to lessen its debt. As things currently stand, the idea that Disney could eventually own all of Hulu is a very real one, with Disney already making moves to promote the service as a key feature in its rapidly growing entertainment empire. And with Disney only months away from launching its own highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+, the streaming market looks as though it’s set to undergo yet another big change.

Though Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has previously stated that he’s not concerned about competition in the coming years, the steady growth of Disney in such a short amount of time is absolutely worth paying attention to. That being said, however, Netflix has been spending their time wisely, and working hard to develop their own, often highly successful original programming. Disney may be setting themselves up for a greater stake in the streaming market, but while they put in the work to get things up and running, Netflix continues to move forward on their own empire, having already dealt with many of the growing pains that Disney is still likely to face.

More: The 25 Best Movies On Hulu Right Now

Source: Deadline

2019-04-16 04:04:59

Mike Jones

The Best Disney/Pixar Movie Bracket

The Disney/Pixar bracket that swept the internet in 2018 sparked a lot of arguments and debate, but which of the brackets was the best? Walt Disney has been producing animated films since the 1930s and has created some timeless classics over the decades, from Dumbo to Bambi and Aladdin, to their modern-day greats like Frozen and Moana.

Pixar is a subsidiary of Disney and their first feature film was 1995’s Toy Story, which became an instant classic. In addition to the film’s various sequels, their reputation for quality would only improve over the years, thanks to The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Inside Out. While not every single one of their films is regarded as a classic, their track record for producing great work speaks for itself.

Related: Disney+ Will Stream All Disney, Pixar & Star Wars Films

Both Disney and Pixar have produced any number of great animated adventures that have thrilled and inspired entire generations, so there’s no real need to pit the quality of their work against one another. Of course, the internet is always there to stoke spirited debate, which led to the creation of the Disney/Pixar bracket. This fiendish bracket originated with Twitter user @yeeitsanthonyy who created a blank bracket and challenged others to pick their top Disney and Pixar movie until only one survived.

While this bracket inspired many, many others that either added more movies to the line-up or created slightly easier matches, the original bracket remains the best. It’s exactly because it features so many great movies and forces people to select one undeniable classic over another that makes it so challenging. Deciding whether Finding Nemo is just a little better than Inside Out or Aladdin is more of a masterpiece than The Little Mermaid is near impossible – but it certainly inspires debate. Some picks feel easy also since most people would tend to agree Toy Story 3 is somewhat better than Cars 2. Then again, others could disagree, which is when a personal bracket can get very interesting.

That’s one reason this original Disney/Pixar bracket went viral and launched plenty of arguments. In the end, the bracket is intended to be fun and that’s the spirit it should be approached with. Roaring debates over whether The Lion King deserves to triumph over Wall-E should only be used to fuel discussion over how good they both are. The choices are always going to be subjective, so if someone comes away with The Good Dinosaur as the clear winner of their personal Disney/Pixar bracket, that’s fine too.

Next: Toy Story 4 Can Give The Series The Ending It Actually Deserves

2019-04-15 12:04:35

Padraig Cotter