It was a rough news week for Disney. The one bright spot was a story about how Disney and 21st Century Fox have been in on-again, off-again talks for its studio division. That news was largely positive. The rest of the week – not so much. Thor: Ragnarok became the 14th Marvel movie to pass $500 million at the global box office, but that news was overshadowed by Disney’s incredibly misguided blackout of the LA Times. And let’s not even get started on Disney’s disappointing 4th quarter results. That said, let’s start with the good news. Disney In Talks To Buy 21st Century Fox Studio Division 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., excluding the news, sports and national network channel. According to people familiar with the situation, the talks have taken place over the last […]

Disney In Talks To Buy Fox

It was an interesting news week for Disney. There were highs, including the release of the cast for The Lion King, and lows, like barring The Los Angeles Times from screenings for Thor: Ragnarok. Still, it’s always a positive week when a service you haven’t even launched yet gets valued at $25 Billion. Anyway, here is the news. Disney Releases Cast List for The Lion King Disney released the cast list for the new Lion King movie that hits theaters in 2019. Donald Glover will voice the character of Simba and Beyoncé will voice Nala. James Earl Jones, who was in the original 1994 film, will return to lend his voice as Simba’s father, Mufasa, once more. A trio of comedians, John Oliver, Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner, will play Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. You can see the full list below. Beyonce wouldn’t be my […]

Beyonce is Nala and Disney is The Empire

There’s a reason Thor: Ragnarok is the best reviewed MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Put simply, it’s good. It won’t hit the high numbers of Iron Man 3 or the flash of The Avengers, but without a doubt, Marvel is putting its best foot forward with Ragnarok. It’s clear Director Taika Watiti was given a lot of creative freedom and he used it to resurrect one of the weakest series in the MCU. Similar to the first movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his hammer. Similar to the second film, Thor teams up with his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddelston). That is where the similarities end. Ragnarok combines hilarious comedy, intense action, and deep drama to create a well-rounded film that almost anyone can enjoy. There are plenty of funny one liners, like the “Friend from work” line that […]

Thor: Ragnarok Shows The Best of the MCU

Fans have more power than ever before to kill a movie. Between Rotten Tomatoes, Facebook, and blogs, a movie’s fan base can literally swing the box office by millions of dollars. What you may not know is that even fan speculation can change the course of a movie. In a recent interview with The Wrap, Marvel head Kevin Feige talks about how they changed the ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron simply because fans were speculating that Marvel would do a Planet Hulk movie. Originally, Director Joss Whedon planned to have Hulk fly into space, until the executives read a story that placed fan speculation on Planet Hulk before Ultron even wrapped production. (At the time, Marvel had no plans to make a Planet Hulk movie). “We said, ‘Joss, we can’t do that because he’s not going into space and people are […]

How Fans Change Disney Movies

This week Lucasfilm released the full trailer for The Last Jedi and our hopes are high! Disney partnered with the other studios to launch a new App and will end Disney Movies Anywhere. ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill after she told people to Boycott advertisers for the Dallas Cowboys. And, it is raining Cats and Dogs at Disney world. For the week of October 16, 2017, this is episode 153 of The Disney Movie Review. How Good Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi Be? I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but this trailer is amazing. Based on this trailer, I think this might be the best Star Wars film ever. I’m just throwing it out there. Disney Partners With Other Studios Movies Anywhere launched in the U.S. this week with an unprecedented five Hollywood studios and four major digital retailers on board. […]

Jedis, Free Speech, and Dogs

Disney has partnered with the other four other major movie studios to launch a new app that will house all the digital copies of movies from the studios in one convenient location. Movies Anywhere launched in the U.S. this week with as a union between Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment. As a result, Disney will end Disney Movies Anywhere, the digital library it created to house its movies for users who purchase digital copies. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access the digital copies of their movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Movies Anywhere syncs users’ libraries across their connected accounts, so consumers can watch their purchased and redeemed digital movies […]

Disney Ends Disney Movies Anywhere.

I do my best to keep the “outside world” separate from this podcast. But I couldn’t act like everything was normal this week. Nothing was normal about the what happened in Las Vegas. And I kept hearing the same thing over and over: “Nothing is going to change.” The reason behind that statement was that Congress won’t do anything to change the laws. The right won’t talk to the left, and the left won’t talk to the right. But to me, the problem is bigger than that. We, as Americans, won’t even talk to one another. We demonize people who don’t agree with our beliefs. Anyone who is for gun control is a “leftist liberal hippy,” while anyone who opposes it is a “conservative gun clinger.” We, as Americans, won’t even talk to one another. We demonize people who don’t […]

EP152: Guns, Race and Politics

Movie Theater chain AMC has invested $10 million into a Los Angeles-based virtual reality (VR) startup that is headed by a former Chief Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering. In addition to the initial investment, AMC will invest an additional $10 million to finance VR content productions with the startup. Dreamscape Immersive is headed by CEO Bruce Vaughn, who spent nine years as Chief Creative Executive for Disney Imagineering. Now Vaughn is pushing Dreamscape into the world of location-based VR. AMC and Dreamscape plan to open six VR centers across the US and UK. One thing that makes Dreamscape unique is that their version of VR is completely untethered. Participants wear VR headsets powered by a computer carried around in a custom backpack, which allows them to walk through a stage that combines real physical cues with virtual worlds.  One […]

Former Disney Imagineer Works To Revolutionize Theaters