Disney Is Finally Closing The Fox Deal!

It has been several years in the making, and it is finally done!

According to a report put out by Disney, the final purchase goes into effect on March 20th at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time.

The deal was supposed to be finalized closer to the beginning of this year, however the Fox regulators in Mexico were holding up negotiations.  The writing had been on the wall for months that the deal would go through, it was just a matter of when.

According to a report that Disney put out, 21st Century Fox shareholders will have until Thursday to choose the amount of cash and Disney stock to receive in this historic transaction that cost an upwards of $71.3 billion.  In the buyout Disney will acquire 20th Century Fox film and TV studios, Fox Television (such as FX), international networks, an additional 30% stake in Hulu (60% in total after the buyout), stakes in National Geographic Partners, Indian television broadcaster Star India, and other key assets.  While this does seem like a lot, because it is, it is not everything that Fox owns. Continue reading “Disney Is Finally Closing The Fox Deal!”

About Time! Disney Drops New ‘Aladdin’ Trailer And It’s Great!

For a couple of months Disney has been struggling with winning people over with their live action retelling of Aladdin.  It is impossible to have missed some of the memes making fun of Will Smith‘s Genie.  However, I have a feeling that they may have just changed the narrative with this new trailer.  Its awesome!

The trailer offers our first real lookat Mena Massoud as the street-rat Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, and Naomi Scott as the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

Check out the trailer below!

The film opens in theaters on May 24, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Is it enough to get you to want to see the film in May?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

March 8-10 Box Office Report

We just finished with the first weekend that featured Marvel’s first film of 2019, and the box office reflects it!

Captain Marvel just released to great success!  The film became the number one opening weekend origin story superhero movie, and became the 10th biggest opening for a comic book based superhero film of all time!  This puts Captain Marvel in such company as The Dark Knight, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The success of Captain Marvel comes on the heels of 2 months of “controversy” claiming that actress Brie Larson did not want to have white males reviewing her film.  Outlets running these headlines created this fantasy in order to try and hinder the box office of a film with a strong female character in the lead, and they failed.  They failed miserably in misogynistic mission to drag Larson and her film through the mud.  The film made over $153 Million!

The rest of the films in the top 5 box office positions did not make much, but that is to be expected.  Captain Marvel was the only newly released film this past weekend, therefore all of the movies were only able to get the scraps left over by the new Marvel film.

Check out the box office breakdown below!

No 1. Captain Marvel – $153,433,423 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $14,685,005. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $119,651,130.

No 3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral $12,465,383 Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $46,295,193.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $3,868,248. Bringing its total gross in its 5th weekend to $97,153,209.

No 5. Alita: Battle Angel – $3,215,344.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $78,361,408.

What do you think of this past weekend at the box office?  Are you surprised by the success of Captain Marvel?  Or did you expect it? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

The New ‘Reel Movie News Podcast’ Just Posted Its First Episode!

Okay, so this is more of a personal post – not exactly “movie news” but exciting news all the same.

I just posted my first episode of the Reel Movie News Podcast where I gave my thoughts on the new Captain Marvel movie. Yes, I already gave my thoughts in a written review already. However, I wanted to add a more personal touch to the Reel Movie News brand and thought a podcast would be the next best step. You can listen to the first review below!

 

Let me know what you think!  This is something new that I’m trying out and would love comments from the community.  If you follow the link HERE then it will take you directly to the feed where you can subscribe and get notifications as soon as a new episode is dropped. 

The episodes will also be available on  iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Alexa devices very soon.  At the time of writing this they are in the process of being approved, so keep an eye out.

Thanks very much for the support I have received so far!  It is because of this community that I have been able to continue doing what I love.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Let’s make a discussion out of it. 

 

 

 

Captain Marvel Review – Not The Best Marvel Movie, Yet A Fun Time At The Theater

Captain Marvel
Source: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame.  However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event.  It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.

Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson.  While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.  While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson.  His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes.  I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Entire Disney Library Will Be Included on The Disney+ Streaming Service

If you weren’t planning on subscribing to the Disney+ Streaming Service after they announced that Star Wars and Marvel shows would be a mainstay on the platform, then you certainly will be signing up now.

According to CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in an investors meeting today that they would eventually, “put its entire motion picture library on the service, including movies that have traditionally been kept in its archives.” This means Disney will open the floodgates and allow viewers to see what is normally kept in the “Disney Vault.”

For those not aware of the “Disney Vault,” it was a marketing strategy implemented by Disney to drum up home video sales. A Disney movie would be released on home video then after a few months the company would stop printing new copies and seal it away in the “vault.” They would stop creating new copies for years at a time, then would make a big deal about opening the vault for a particular movie for a new home video “release.” For example, just this past week the “Signature Edition” for Disney’s The Little Mermaid was just released on Blu-ray after six years of not being in circulation since the “Diamond Edition” was released in 2013.

This is a huge selling point for the Disney+ service, especially if there is a particular movie that you haven’t seen in years and have not been able to find anywhere. In my case, its Disney’s animated 101 Dalmatians. I have been wanting to see this movie for months and have been unable to find a copy anywhere or find it on any streaming service. So to get my fix I would have to subscribe to Disney+.

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March 1-3 Box Office Report

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has managed to stay in the number one spot for the second week in a row, beating out the newly released Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral by just $3 Million. The third movie in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to be a money making juggernaut despite 2019’s trend of being a pretty slow box office year so far.

According to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter Winter 2019 box office revenue has hit an 8-Year low in the U.S, and after this past box office result it has not gotten any better.

Looking at the top 5 movies at the box office there are three films that could be described as “blockbusters,” and yet none of them have created enough revenue to get 2019 out of this box office slump.

Check out the full breakdown of the top 5 box office spots below.

No 1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $30,028,540. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $97,678,815.

No 2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral$27,062,332 in its first weekend or release.

No 3. Alita: Battle Angel – $7,221,417.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $72,452,725.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $6,600,258. Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $91,660,298.

No 5.  Fighting with My Family – $4,661,991.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $14,916,612.

This next weekend will have the release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and we can expect to see huge box office numbers. It has been speculated that this will be the film to kick off the box office this year. However, we will have to wait and see.

What is your take on this past weekend’s box office numbers? Did you go out to see any of these? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix

For the last few years Netflix indie films have been strong contenders at the Academy Awards.  Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma cleaned up at the Oscars this year winning Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture. In previous years there were many nominations in many Oscar categories for Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mudbound, and 13th. However, if Steven Spielberg has his way there will be no more Netflix movies allowed to contend for Academy Award positions.

According to a report put out by IndieWire Spielberg will be putting forth a motion this week at the annual post-Oscar meeting that would keep Netflix films from qualifying for an Academy Award.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told IndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

While the legendary filmmaker is a three-time Oscar winner, he is holding on to a viewpoint that is very much of the past.

His efforts have sparked concern among many in the industry, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2017 directing category for Netflix’s prison reform documentary 13th.

She expressed her concerns in a tweeted on Friday urging the Board of Governors to read statements from directors like her on the matter.

Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns this year for Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the short End Game. Spielberg and others who fall on his side of the argument claim that Netflix’s ability to spend what they do in campaigning for their nominations is unfair to films not tied to a streaming service.

This is not the end of this debate. It may be a hot-button topic for many years to come. However, if Spielberg has his way there will not be any more Netflix films allowed to compete – like Roma.

What do you think of this? Should Netflix films be allowed to compete for Oscars? Or do you agree with Steven Spielberg? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

‘Hellboy’ Red Band Trailer and New Posters Released

Yesterday we got a couple of awesome new posters (below) advertising the upcoming R-Rated comic book based movie Hellboy. And with those posters an announcement of a new Red Band trailer!

Dark Horse Comics announced on twitter yesterday that at the stroke of midnight (Eastern Time) a new trailer would be coming. And as promised, the trailer was delivered. And Wow! It rocks! Check out the new trailer below.


The trailer shows just what fans of the Hellboy series would want – violence, blood, hellish demons, and hilarious quips.

The trailer and posters features David Harbour as the titular Hellboy, a half deamon half human superhero summoned to earth as a baby, raised to fight the hell spawn creatures that find their way to earth.

Alongside Harbour is Daniel Dae Kim, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, and Ian McShane as Professor Bruttenholm (Hellboy’s adopted father.).

The first trailer was released back in December to pretty lukewarm reviews. Claiming that the tone was not what people were expecting. However, after watching this new trailer throw all of those negative feelings out the window! This movie looks awesome! The violent action scenes mixed in with hilarious wisecracks form Hellboy to the heavy tune of Smoke on the Water is perfect. Hellboy just rose to one of the most anticipated movies of 2019.

The film is slated to be released on April 12th!

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New Official Trailer For ‘Dark Phoenix,’ Fox’s Latest ‘X-Men’ Movie

20th Century Fox just dropped their new trailer for their upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix. This newest X-Men film is adapted from the famous Dark Phoenix comic and after watching the trailer it seems to be pulling a few story points from 2006’s X-Men: Last Stand. Check out the trailer below!

The film stars Sophie Turner in the leading role as Jean Grey with James McAvoy returnig as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Larence as Mystique, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver. And also shows Michael Fassbender returning as Magneto alongside Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Red Lotus (Andrew Stehlin), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Now, the point of a trailer is to get people excited for an upcoming project. Did this trailer do its job? For me, no. First off they have spoiled the death of one of the main characters. Its not even an accidental spoiler. The entire trailer revolves around the death of Mystique. And as far as trailer structure goes, its messy – something that is probably reflective of the film its advertising. Up until now its been said that the main threat would be Jean who is taken over by the Phoenix force. But who are those guys on the train with the X-Men in chains?

After seeing this trailer I have to admint, I’m not looking forward to this film. And it is unfortunate, because this may be the last time we see an X-Men film that is handled by Fox. With the Disney buyout of Fox on the horizon this is an almost assured inevitability. Also, I have heard from someone, who knows someone, that has seen early cuts of the film. And their consensus – its not good, not only is it not good, its terrible. I didn’t want to put too much stock in the rumor, however after seeing this trailer I tend to believe it now.

However, take all of that with a grain of salt. We have seen great movies with terrible trailers before.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the new movie, or not? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.