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Disney Takes Full Control Of Hulu

The Disney media empire continues to grow to enormous size, as today it was announced that they have now acquired majority control of Hulu.

The announcement came via a press release from Disney, who explained they have “full operational control” of the streaming service at a price of $71.3 billion.

Comcast still owns a 33% stake in the company through its subsidiary with NBC Universal. They have the ability to enforce an option to sell its 33% stake in Hulu to Disney in 2024 at a valuation of at least $27.5 billion.

According to a report from CNBC, “Comcast could either sell its stake in Hulu at a valuation $27.5 billion or whatever Hulu is appraised to be worth in five years. Comcast is guaranteed at least $5.8 billion for its Hulu stake, according to the agreement.”

Hulu went into business in 2007 and has expanded strongly over the years. However, the company has a lot of debt to deal with, so a sale made good business sense.

Last month, AT&T sold its 9.5% stake in Hulu to Disney and NBCU for $1.43 billion, valuing Hulu at $15 billion. Disney and Comcast agreed to allocate that purchase on a pro-rata basis, giving Disney a 66% ownership and Comcast/NBCU a 33% equity stake.

It’s been a busy year for Disney, with their acquisition of Fox as well. It won’t be long before they own everything, so enjoy your freedom from Uncle Walt while you can!

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Disney Studios Announces Updated Film Release Schedule Through 2027

The Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its upcoming slate following the recent acquisition of the Fox film studios, including changes to previously dated films and a number of major additions.

After kicking off with the record-setting success of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdin on May 24, Fox’s Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox’s Stuber on July 12, and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to Aug. 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will release on Aug. 23, while three films move to later dates: Ad Astra (9/20/19), The New Mutants (4/3/20), and Artemis Fowl (5/29/20).

The Studios’ 2019 slate rounds out with Fox’s The Woman in the Window on Oct. 4 and Ford V. Ferrari on Nov. 15, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Oct. 18 and Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 on Nov. 22, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20, and Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, moving from September to Christmas. Among early 2020 titles are Fox’s Underwater on Jan. 10, a new Kingsman movie on Feb. 14, and Call of the Wild on Feb. 21, followed by Pixar’s Onward on March 6 and Disney’s Mulan on March 27.

The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021. In the holiday corridor for 2020, Fox’sWest Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, will debut Dec. 18 in the pre-Christmas slot, with Disney’s Cruella opening Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the long holiday weekend.

“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”

2019 Films
5/10/19 FSL TOLKIEN
5/24/19 DIS ALADDIN
6/7/19 FOX DARK PHOENIX
6/21/19 DIS TOY STORY 4
7/12/19 FOX STUBER
7/19/19 DIS LION KING, THE
8/9/19 FOX ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, THE
8/23/19 FSL READY OR NOT
9/20/19 FOX AD ASTRA
10/4/19 FOX WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, THE
10/18/19 DIS MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
11/15/19 FOX FORD v. FERRARI
11/22/19 DIS FROZEN 2
12/20/19 DIS STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Wed 12/25/19 FOX SPIES IN DISGUISE

2020 Films
1/10/20 FOX UNDERWATER
2/14/20 FOX UNTITLED KINGSMAN MOVIE
2/21/20 FOX CALL OF THE WILD
3/6/20 DIS ONWARD
3/27/20 DIS MULAN
4/3/20 FOX NEW MUTANTS, THE
5/1/20 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
5/29/20 DIS ARTEMIS FOWL
6/19/20 DIS UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION
7/3/20 FOX FREE GUY
7/17/20 FOX BOB’S BURGERS
7/24/20 DIS JUNGLE CRUISE
8/14/20 DIS ONE AND ONLY IVAN, THE
10/9/20 FOX DEATH ON THE NILE
11/6/20 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
11/6/20 FOX RON’S GONE WRONG
Wed 11/25/20 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION
12/18/20 FOX WEST SIDE STORY
Wed 12/23/20 DIS CRUELLA

2021 Films
2/12/21 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
3/5/21 FOX NIMONA
3/12/21 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
5/7/21 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
5/28/21 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
6/18/21 DIS UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION
7/9/21 DIS UNTITLED INDIANA JONES
7/30/21 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
10/8/21 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
11/5/21 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
11/24/21 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION
12/17/21 FOX AVATAR 2

2022 Films
2/18/22 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
3/18/22 DIS UNTITLED PIXAR
5/6/22 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
5/27/22 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
6/17/22 DIS UNTITLED PIXAR
7/8/22 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
7/29/22 DIS UNTITLED MARVEL
10/7/22 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
11/4/22 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
11/23/22 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION
12/16/22 DIS UNTITLED STAR WARS

2023 Films
2/17/23 DIS UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION
12/22/23 FOX AVATAR 3

2024 Films
12/20/24 DIS UNTITLED STAR WARS
2025 Films
12/19/25 FOX AVATAR 4

2026 Films
12/18/26 DIS UNTITLED STAR WARS

2027 Films
12/17/27 FOX AVATAR 5

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“Avengers: Endgame” Earns $1.2 Billion To Become Biggest Opening Ever

We all knew the grand finale to phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be big, but did anyone expect it to be this huge?

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” earned an estimated $1.2 billion worldwide for its opening. This staggering amount makes it the first and only film in cinema history to break the billion dollar mark for its debut.

The record for biggest opening weekend before this was “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, but this new amount leaves everything in the dust.

The film took in an estimated $350 million domestically this weekend, and an estimated $859 million overseas. Much of the international money can be attributed to China, where it also broke records, and earned over $330 million.

Marvel Studios has made nearly $20 billion at the worldwide box office over the last 10 years.

Who can topple a giant like Disney and Marvel Studios, and ever break a record like that? Time will tell but my guess is no one is touching that number for many years to come.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Has biggest opening night In History Of Cinema

It’s still technically only been not even a full day since “Avengers: Endgame” was released in US theaters, but it’s already broken some serious records.

On opening night, “Avengers: Endgame” made $60 million at the domestic box office for its preview showings on Thursday night, according to an article from CNN. That makes it the biggest opening night in history.

The previous record was from 2015, when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made 57 million on opening night.

To put these numbers into perspective, “Avengers: Infinity War” made $39 million for its preview showings last year before going on to have the highest-grossing opening weekend in history at $258 million. It’s pretty certain that, barring a nuclear apocalypse, Endgame will topple those numbers.

Anaylsists are estimating that the movie could make over 260 million in North America and over $800 million globally this weekend alone. It’s already made over 300 million in China, the biggest opening day ever in that country.

Were you able to see “Avengers: Endgame” on opening night?

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Simpsons Cast Member: “Fox Would Rather Cancel The Show Than Let Disney Mess With ‘The Simpsons'”

The news that Disney acquired Fox will easily be one of the biggest business stories not only of the year, but possibly of the decade. It’s an acquisition that will have ramifications for years to come, with the life of many franchises up in the air. One of the properties many fans are concerned about it “The Simpsons”, a staple from Fox that is older than most other shows on TV. With so many franchises in jeopardy, one cast member believes that Fox would rather kill the series than see it be messed with by Disney.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) said, “When you’re dealing with something that is still so culturally relevant, and sort of such a pillar of our culture.”

“If you’re going to mess with that, that’s some pretty risky territory.

“So my feeling is — and I could be completely wrong — is that they would cancel it before they would change it [creatively].”

With the purchase still so fresh, no one really knows if the company plans on screwing with any of their new franchises, nor do we know if those changes could have a positive or negative impact on them. The litmus test may be what happens to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, but it seems there is no plan yet for either to integrate into the current MCU.

Disney has yet to announce its plans for the show, which first aired in December 1989. Before the merger happened, “The Simpsons” had been renewed for another two years.


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First Trailer Arrives for Disney’s CG “The Lion King”

“The Lion King” trailer has finally been revealed by Disney for their upcoming CG remake, and it’s quite the trip down nostalgia lane.

It’s not just a line-for-line remake, as the trailer shows us that they seem to have expanded things a bit, and matured the visual language they used to tell this story. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

Check out the trailer below:

Directed by Jon Favreau, “The Lion King” remake includes an all-star cast featuring Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, and more.

“The Lion King” arrives in theaters this July. It will be joined by “Aladdin” later this year as well.

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Disney Announces “Monsters Inc.” TV Spinoff “Monsters At Work”

Earlier today, Disney announced their plans to start a new streaming service called Disney+, which will feature tons of original new TV content from across the gamut of Disney’s properties (and will attempt to put a dent in Netflix and other streaming competitors). This includes Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and Disney itself, starting with their a spinoff from the highly successful Pixar film, “Monsters Inc.”

The Hollywood Reporter has the details about “Monsters at Work”, which says Billy Crystal and John Goodman will be reprising their roles from the films as Mike and Sully in this new show. Also returning will be John Ratzenberger as Yeti and and a new character named Bernard, Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae, and Bob Peterson, who voiced Roz in the original film and will now voice her twin sister, Roze.

The series takes place six months after the original movie, and will focus on a monster named Tylor Tuskmon (voiced by Ben Feldman), described as “ an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley.”

D23 has even more info, including character breakdowns and the voice-over cast:

Monsters At Work also stars Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Val Little, Tylor’s lifelong BFF; Henry Winkler (Barry) as scatterbrained boss Fritz; Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) as an opportunistic plumber named Duncan; Alanna Ubach (Coco) as Cutter, a monster who always plays by the rules; Stephan Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team; and Aisha Tyler (Archer) will lend her voice to the role of Millie Tuskmon, Tylor’s mom.

The animated series will premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2020, with the streaming service set to launch later this year.

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“Aliens” and “Planet of the Apes” Franchises Could Continue At Disney, X-Men To Reboot

CinemaCon is going down right now in Las Vegas, and some big news came out of Disney, who recently gobbled up 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, and most of their assets.

At the event, Disney showcased new footage from The new Lion King and Aladdin movies, as well as a fair amount of scenes from “Avengers: Endgame”, but a major focus was on that Fox merger. Indeed, perhaps due to that nothing new was shown from Star Wars: Episode IX, Frozen 2, Avatar, Artemis Fowl, and many other highly anticipated movies coming from the studio.

The biggest news for us was the announcement that Disney was interested in keeping some Fox franchises alive, specifically Aliens and Planet of the Apes.

A tweet from Jeff Bock, Senior Box Office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co., said the following:

Alien and Planet of the Apes sound like they’re still in play at Disney, as they were highlighted onscreen at CinemaCon as franchises they are actively continuing to develop.— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) April 3, 2019

“Alien and Planet of the Apes sound like they’re still in play at Disney, as they were highlighted onscreen at CinemaCon as franchises they are actively continuing to develop.”

They also added that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was going to be “the perfect sendoff for our epic X-Men series,” meaning this is the end of that team (and potentially cast), and if these merry mutants ever return, it will be as a reboot.

On the plus side, they also said that Deadpool would be here to stay for “years to come”, so that means if the Merc with a Mouth crosses over, he may be the only character to remember the Fox years.

Things are certainly changing for Disney with their devouring of Fox for $71.3 Billion, so it will be interesting to see how this develops long-term for them, and what it will mean for many of our favorite franchises.

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What Happened To The “New Mutants” Movie? Maisie Williams Has No Idea

Remember all the excitement and hoopla over the “New Mutants” movie coming out by Fox? It was their attempt at making something in their Marvel universe, but adding horror elements to separate it from the other films. It’s been ages since we heard any updates about it, and according to one star of the film, the wait will not be ending anytime soon.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Maisie Williams was asked about the Marvel movie, and was just as baffled as the rest of us. Williams, who was cast to play Wolfsbane but you may know better as Arya from Game of Thrones, said the “New Mutants” movie is stuck in limbo waiting for production to continue. A good portion of blame may be placed on the recent Fox acquisition by Disney, which could also lead to the movie flat-out being canceled.

She doesn’t mince words on the situation. “Who knows when the fuck that’s gonna come out,” she says. There were supposed to be reshoots to “make it scarier,” she explains, but they haven’t actually taken place. She says she saw one of her co-stars, Charlie Heaton, the other day and asked him, “What the fuck is going on with this movie?” He didn’t know either.

She smiles. “Hopefully this interview will make everyone hurry up a little bit!” If it does ever come out, both she and Turner — who plays Jean Grey over in the main X-Men movies — are dying to get their characters together. “It would be ridiculously stupid if they didn’t do that,” Williams says.

The film was originally slated for an August 2019 release, but it’s safe to assume that date is very inaccurate.

“New Mutants” was directed by Josh Boone, and starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga, as well as Antonio Banderas as the villain of the film. I look forward to seeing if this movie ever does get completed, and wonder what sort of mess it will be at that point. Delays like this never make things easy, and factor in Disney taking over – who knows what this movie will be when (and if) it gets finished?

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First Full Trailer For “Toy Story 4” Is Here, And Bo Peep Is Back!

When I first heard that there would be a fourth Toy Story movie, I yawned and blew it off. We already saw the end of the story for Buzz, Woody, and everyone else when the trilogy concluded in 2010. Nine years later, we have another movie, and it seemed like a shameless money grab. Based on the latest trailer that finally reveals more details to the story, this movie is starting to look good.

In “Toy Story 4”, a new toy is introduced – Forky – who Bonnie made in school. Forky is not so into being a toy, and tries to escape, which leads Woody to hunt him down. Far away from home, the two end up discovering the location of lost toy Bo Peep, who is quite happy living away from kids with other childhood mementos that went missing. From there, Buzz leads the others to search for Woody and Forky, and who knows what hijinx will ensue. It looks like it will be a funny and heart-warming story that we come to expect from a “Toy Story” film, but don’t take my word for it.

Check out the new trailer below:

Here is the official synopsis from Disney:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

We only have a few more months to go until the release of this movie, and after seeing this trailer, I am finally excited to see where this adventure leads them.

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