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+.
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”
We are just under 6 months away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Anthology film out of Star Wars lore that depicts the events leading up to the rebels stealing the first Death Star Plans. The film promises to show a different side to Star Wars not yet seen, while still having plenty of familiar elements from the classic Saga. However, there is one change that may happen that could be unforgivable in the eyes of some die-hard Star Wars fans.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, discussed some of the differences that we could see in this film from the traditional Star Wars Saga and the topic of the iconic crawl text came up. When talking about those differences she said:
The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.
If Lucasfilm lands on the side of not putting the iconic crawl text in the film then it will probably set a precedence for the other Anthology films to come. Meaning no opening crawl text for the young Han Solo coming out in 2018 or for the still rumored Obi One Kenobi trilogy. Continue reading “No Opening Crawl Text for ‘Rogue One’?!?”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in trouble and is going into expensive reshoots over the summer!
What does this mean for the franchise?
According to a source talking with Page Six the executives at Disney are not pleased with the first cut of the film by director Gareth Edwards.
According to the source, “The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, and Diego Luna. And this is going to be the first of several spinoff films that take place in various times in the Star Wars timeline.
So is it time to start screaming all is lost for Star Wars? Is this the return of the prequels?
This December, we are treated to another Star Wars movie! For that movie, we got the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which debuted on Thursday, April 7, on Good Morning America. The standalone film, starring Felicity Jones and martial arts legend Donnie Yen, is set to premiere on December 16, where we will finally get to see the Rebels steal the first Death Star plans. And if the rumors are true, a pre Star Wars: A New Hope Darth Vader!
After the crazy success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, actress Daisy Ridley is well on her way to being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. According to a report from Deadline the young actress is at the top of a casting list to take the lead role of Laura Croft in a new Tomb Raider remake. The film has been talked about at Warner Brothers and MGM for quite some time now, but the film seems to be picking up momentum. In the same report Deadline does cautions that it is still very early in the casting process and that a new lead for the film is still not set in stone.
A release date has not yet been set for the film. However, with the rise of video game based movies in Hollywood, and the growing popularity of the new Tomb Raider video game, it is a pretty safe bet that we could see Laura Croft return to the big screen within the next two years. Continue reading “Daisy Ridley our new Tomb Raider?”
Hey guys! I got two questions to answer here, but both are going to nice, short, and sweet.
Remember, if you would like your question answered you can send it in on my Facebook Page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Once a week I will take a few questions and answer them. If you do not see your question one week I will eventually get to it.
Both questions are written in by Michelle Blackwell. Her first question is:
Which film earned the 2nd highest domestic box office earnings in history after adjusting for inflation?
A quick note about this before getting to the meat and potatoes of the question. Adjusting for ticket price inflation is not an exact science and can only be used to give us a general idea of what a movie might have made if released in a different year. And that’s assuming it sold the same number of tickets. A movie that sold 1,000 tickets in 1950 may not sell 1,000 tickets today. But I can’t account for that. Continue reading “Q&A: Ticket Inflation and More!”
If you had told me last week just how much money Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to make in the first day of ticket pre-sales I would have laughed at you and called you an idiot. And let’s be honest here – I don’t think you can fault me for this because these numbers are insane!
IMAX Corp said Monday’s pre-sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens far exceeded first day sales for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers and also 2013’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which were all in the $1million pre-sale range.
‘We anticipated the ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to break records, however the pace in which this film has achieved this is remarkable,’ David Seargent, group managing director of Event Cinemas’ parent company AHL, said in a statement.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sold $6.5million across 390 screens in the United States. That’s Six Times the amount of the previous record holders. But those aren’t even the crazy numbers.
“I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny! It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”
-Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, Han Solo
Not Anymore! Han Solo believes in the Force, the Dark Side, and the Jedi. Kylo Ren worships at the altar of Darth Vader. Finn (John Boyega) may be well on his way to becoming a Jedi, and the junk scavenger, Rey, (Daily Ridley) seems to be the glue holding all of this together.