Tag

disney

Browsing
Sony Pictures and Disney had a deal which gave Marvel Cinematic Universe legal rights to make Spider-Man movies. Talks between the two companies to renew the deal have recently collapsed.  In a plot worthy of the films themselves, Spider-Man is now set to leave the Marvel Universe. Disney, the owner of Marvel Studios, had demanded a 50/50 funding and profit split with Sony.  Sony declined causing Disney to remove Marvel as producer of future films. A Sony spokesperson expressed disappointment over Disney’s decision while saying that Sony would continue producing Spider-Man movies without Marvel. Sony is already working on Spider-Man spin offs including Tom Hardy’s Venom and Morbius. A sequel to the animated Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is also being produced.  We’ll have to see of these back office battles effect the on-screen results.
2019 has been a big year for Disney; releasing and announcing numerous movie and TV series remakes, the impending release of Disney+ as well as the company’s theme parks having a great year. With the good comes the bad and Disney is now dealing with some harsh accusations from a former company accountant. In a recent statement, a former senior financial analyst for Disney, Sandra Kuba, said that employees in the parks division overstated revenue by as much as $6 billion in the years 2008-2009.  Kuba had worked for Disney for over 18 years. She claimed that employees would double count sales from gift cards, once when purchased and once when used.  At times they would even count them as a sale when a complimentary gift card was given to customers who had a complaint about their experience. Whether the errors were done due to negligence or done intentionally these are serious claims that Disney is denying as it performs its internal due diligence.  Disney stock dropped modestly after the statements were made public, but nothing that would send stockholders into a frenzy.  There may be serious sanctions by the Securities and Exchange Commission on the unlikely chance that these irregularities were an attempt at stock manipulation.
            The movie Finding Dory did not increase demand for blue tang fish, instead it created more awareness about the species. Warnings that this would happen are because of reports that the movie Finding Nemo inspired increased demand for clown fish. Results from University of Oxford research show that there’s no link between blockbuster movies and demand for wildlife. Instead, these blockbuster films sometimes inspire viewers to learn more about the animals they depict. In the past media sources have made false accusations of film influences on consumer behavior. These accusations were often made against very famous movies such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. This same research group at Oxford will be researching the impact of environmental BBC documentaries such as Blue Planet on plastics and Black Fish on attitudes towards cetacean (a type of aquatic mammal) captivity.

Disney’s remake of Aladdin hit the theaters earlier this year was a massive success across the globe. Grossing over $1 Billion dollars, the popularity of Aladdin has Disney thinking that the people are looking for more. With numbers like those, it is hard to disagree with their stance.

The recent resurgence of the Golden Era films from Disney has been based around remaking older titles and not adding sequels films. However in this case, it could make sense. The Will Smith Genie element will be a big draw to bring viewers back in, along with the curiosity of what new angle they will take with the Aladdin title.

Producer Dan Lin had this to say.

“We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell.”

While nothing has been officially revealed, it sounds like the powers that be in the Aladdin franchise are toying with the idea of more for the title.

It has also been rumored that a live action Bambi remake is in the works. After seeing the success of The Lion King, Disney will produce the 1940’s classic Bambi in a similar fashion. Talking CGI animals, mixed into live action backgrounds, and the possibility of an actual human being in the film are among the latest highlights around the underground buzz. Disney has been on an all out blitz of remakes, and Bambi is one of the remaining few titles Disney still has to produce.

Check back in for more Disney news as some of these new rumors unfold and let us know your thoughts on some of the latest Disney buzz!

With Fox being bought out by Disney in 2018, the rights to the Marvel franchise went to Disney. At the time, Marvel still had shows like Luke Cage, Daredevil, and the Punisher among others streaming on Netflix. Disney had only just announced at the time that they were going to start a streaming service of their own (Disney+), and it’s unclear whether or not this announcement triggered Netflix to pull the plug on the Marvel series shows. Regardless of why Netflix pulled the plug, Marvel was not expecting it, or at least not expecting it so soon. Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb had this to say. “The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix, which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet. We weren’t ready to announce that, so there was this space in between it, so it did look like maybe we were going to go out. Then suddenly, we were arising again like the Phoenix.” The Marvel shows will land back on Disney+ when it drops this November, however it doesn’t seem like they’re thrilled about how it all ended with the streaming giant Netflix.
Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. Choice Drama Movie After Choice Drama Movie Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After Choice Drama Movie Actress Josephine Langford – After Choice Comedy Movie Crazy Rich Asians Choice Comedy Movie Actor Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date Choice Comedy Movie Actress Laura Marano – The Perfect Date Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Movie Villain Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Will Smith – Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Naomi Scott – Aladdin Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actress Lili Reinhart – Riverdale Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Shadowhunters Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters Choice Action TV Show MacGyver Choice Action TV Actor Stephen Amell – Arrow Choice Action TV Actress Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest Choice Comedy TV Show The Big Bang Theory Choice Comedy TV Actress Nina Dobrev – Fam Choice TV Villain Cameron Monaghan – Gotham Choice Ship Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actor Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actress Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things Choice Reality TV Show America’s Got Talent Choice Throwback TV Show Friends Choice Comedian Ethan & Grayson Dolan Choice Male Athlete Stephen Curry Choice Female Athlete Serena Williams Choice Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Choice Music Group Why Don’t We Choice Country Artist Dan + Shay Choice Latin Artist CNCO Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Cardi B Choice Rock Artist Panic! At The Disco Choice Song: Female Artist Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations” Choice Song: Male Artist Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us” Choice Song: Group Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Choice Pop Song Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next” Choice Country Song Dan + Shay – “Speechless” Choice Song From a Movie Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)” Choice Electronic/Dance Song Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” Choice Latin Song CNCO – “Pretend” Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]” Choice Rock Song Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Choice Summer Female Artist Halsey Choice Summer Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Summer Group Jonas Brothers Choice Summer Tour BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour Choice YouTuber Sam and Colby Choice Social Star Noah Centineo Choice Female Web Star Emma Chamberlain Choice Male Web Star David Dobrik Choice Comedy Web Star The Dolan Twins Choice Music Web Star Annie LeBlanc Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Hannah Meloche Choice Gamer PewDiePie
What do the following titles have in common: Night at the Museum, Home Alone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper by the Dozen? Answer: They are all titles previously owned by 21st Century Fox, which is now under the Disney umbrella and according to Disney CEO, Bob Iger, they are all due for a millennial makeover. Adding to the hype of the Disney+ streaming service release this November, the four aforementioned titles will be getting a reboot, or rather a “re-imagination,” for a new generation. In its coming battle with Netflix and Amazon, which may ultimately be defined by the original content each service is able to produce, this is yet another example of how Disney plans to make its streaming splash. These makeovers are expected to be different from the originals in more ways than not. They, along with the long line of existing Disney titles and Marvel titles will give users tons of hours of content on which to binge. While there’s no timetable for the release of these remakes, we don’t expect it to take long before they start hitting theaters and streaming out through Disney+.
The buzz is palpable around the release of Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+.  Set to release November 12th, it is entering the market against well established players like Netflix and Amazon, which would not be an easy task for a newbie, but with Disney’s catalog, they will light it up immediately, even if their subscribers are limited to families with kids. Early announcements about pricing for Disney+ suggest that it will come as a standalone, starting price for $6.99 and a bundled price of $12.99 that will include ESPN+ and Hulu. The standalone price for ESPN + is $4.99 while Hulu sits at $5.99. Combing the three services together under one price umbrella is a proper marketing strategy. ESPN and Hulu have been at least partially owned by Disney for some time. Hulu became part of Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The competition lines up as follows: Amazon Prime offers its streaming service bundled with Amazon shipping benefits for about $12.99 a month, Netflix offers its thousands of movies and original series for the same and now Disney + is matching them.  Disney’s advantage is its amazing catalog of classic movies and cartoons for kids and the movies from their other properties; Marvel, Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilm.  No doubt, they will force an adjustment in the market.  To counter what is coming, Netflix is putting up $15 billion to finance original programming.  Take that Mickey.
Facebook is set to launch a new service this fall codenamed ‘Catalina’, which will serve as a larger version of their current Facebook Portal. Portal is like an iPad that primarily serves for making video calls and listening to music. Catalina will essentially be a bigger version of Portal. It will connect with your television, enabling video calls on a massive scale. The device will come with a remote and will steam to other boxes within the household much like Apple TV. Facebook has approached some of the big names in tech and entertainment – Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO – to discuss the prospect of having their services streamed across Catalina. Imagine video chatting with your friends while you are all watching the same movie.  FB is apparently not looking to create content, they seem happy to leave it to others in hopes that major streaming services sign on.  One notable exception is Google’s YouTube, which has apparently not been asked to join the party.  More specifics are expected as we approach this fall’s release date

A stressed-out mom made a viral social media post in which she supported banning childless millennials from Disney World. The rant was motivated by the challenging experience of caring for a cranky three-year-old. She was frustrated by a young adult who bought a Mickey Mouse pretzel before she could get it for her kid. In her post she said mothers with children should be allowed to skip in line at Disney World. She believes that Disney World should be family oriented rather than young adult oriented. That’s challenging for Disney, which has been courting millennials for years. Apparently they are the group more likely than other generations to plan visits to theme parks. Knowing that has guided a shifting Disney business model.  They have been broadening their appeal to include adult activities like adults-only cruises. On mixed-family cruises, the company now offers adults-only areas including pools, lounges and nightclubs. The company has even given up on its alcohol-free policy. Our outraged mom might be happier leaving the kid at home and having a drink by some Disney, adults-only pool.