Reel Movie News Podcast – James Gunn Returns to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ and MORE.

This is my latest episode of the Reel Movie New Podcast!! Give it a listen!  If you like it, leave a comment and like below and let’s make a discussion out of the topics.

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James Gunn Get Reinstated As Director Of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’!

Last July there was a great disturbance in the force, as if a million Marvel fans suddenly cried out in terror. Of course this is in reference to Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 director James Gun being fired by Disney. The moment the news dropped it was all the internet could talk about and it felt nearly impossible to avoid the topic. Well, it looks like those cries were all for nothing because Gunn has been reinstated by to directed the currently untitled Guardians of the Galaxy 3!

According to Deadline, who broke the story about Gunn’s return, the decision had actually been made months ago and they were sitting on announcing the news until now. Discussions first began between Gunn and Walt Disney Studio chairman Alan Horn in the fall when Horn was persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and handling of the situation. Continue reading “James Gunn Get Reinstated As Director Of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’!”

Disney Finds New Director For A New Marvel Character!

It was announced late last year that Disney was concidering adding the Marvel martial artist character, Shang-Chi, to the already growing roster for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However,  according to reports by Deadline, they have moved passed considering it to hiring a director.

Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton  has been selected to direct Marvel’s first film that will star an Asian protagonist in the leading role.  At the moment Cretton is directing Just Mercy with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan so it is fare to assume Shang-Chi will be his next project.

You can be forgiven for not knowing the character of Shang-Chi, his comic sales were never at the top of the charts. He first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973.  It launched around the time that the globally successful film Enter the Dragon was released.  In the comic Shang-Chi was raised, educated, and trained in martial arts in a Chinese compound closed off to the outside world.  It is in his seclusion that he managed to develop unsurpassed skills in Kung Fu.

At the moment there is no release date for the Shang-Chi movie, but this is to be expected.  Marvel is keeping their lips shut about future projects until after Avengers: Endgame finishes its run in the theater.  However, my estimation is that it will be in the early part of 2021.

What do you think of getting a Kung Fu martial artist added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  Is it a property that you are looking forward to?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

 

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.

 

 

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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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.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ May Get A Reboot!

There are few franchises that have made as much money as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that started all the way back in 2003.  However, all good things eventually come to and end, or at least get a reboot.

According to a report by Deadline, Disney is looking to possibly reboot the billion dollar franchise with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. 

It is still very early in the planning process but it is being reported that Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer is said to continue producing this new rebooted franchise.  However, it is too early to know if Johnny Depp will be playing the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow.

What do you think of this potential reboot?  Should Disney go through with it, make another sequel, or just let the franchise lie?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

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Aladdin Teaser Trailer!!

Disney has finally released their first look at their live action Aladdin in the form of the biggest teaser trailer ever.  Just yesterday we got our first look at a teaser poster, and many speculated, correctly, that they would drop a teaser trailer toady – which you can see below

The film is set to be remake of the beloved animated feature with original and new songs written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul who did music for the beloved musical The Greatest Showman.  The film will star Billy Magnussen as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, and Naomi Scott as Jasmin.

While this teaser trailer doesn’t show much in the form of narrative, nor does it show any of the main characters outside of Aladdin himself, it does give just enough to know that this movie just may be that “diamond in the rough.”

Aladdin is set to be released on May 25th, so be prepared for more promotional material in the coming months.

What did you think of this trailer?  Is it  enough to get you excited, or are you still holding out?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  We can make a discussion  out of it.

Disney Extends Kathleen Kennedy At Lucasfilm For Three Years

According to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has renewed her contract with Lucasfilm to continue being the lead producer and architect of everything Star Wars at least until the end of 2021.

Kennedy has been the president at Lucasfilm since George Lucas sold his company to Disney in 2012 for $4 Billion.  Since then Kennedy has been in charge of overseeing the relaunch of Star Wars – and in that time the four movies that have been released so far have made a combined total of $4.85 billion.  Generally speaking, a producer that is able to generate this kind of profit in such a short amount of time would guarantee that they would keep their job, however, it has not been an easy road for the company at all.

Many fans online have been petulantly screaming that Kennedy has “ruined” Star Wars via The Last Jedi‘s drastic change in storytelling and unforgivable sin of casting a non-white, female heroes  Most of the vile words being pointed to newcomer to the franchise Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in The Last Jedi. After the film came out Tran was racially harassed and had her life threatened on a daily bases by the Star Wars “fandom” to the point that she left social media for months. It is due to this relenting bombardment of negativity surrounding the Star Wars property that the fans online have been labeled by many as “toxic.” Continue reading “Disney Extends Kathleen Kennedy At Lucasfilm For Three Years”