We are inches away from witnessing the birth of the largest media behemoth that has ever existed. Bankers for Disney and Fox have met to ink out the final details of a $60 billion deal that would see Disney take control of 21st Century Fox, FX Network, and regional sports networks. If this deal goes through, Disney would wield unprecedented power in the entertainment industry. It would control 60 percent of Hulu, billions of dollars at the box office and much more. There are demigods. There are titans. And then there is Disney. So, assuming this deal goes through, who wins and who loses? A lot of people. James Murdoch – Winner As the 44-year-old CEO Fox, James Murdoch is probably the biggest winner in this deal. His name has been mentioned as a potential Disney executive and he could be […]

Winners and Losers of Disney’s Fox Deal

It was a week of groundbreaking announcements for Disney. First, people “familiar with the situation” said Disney Parks chief Bob Chapek is first in line to be the next Disney CEO. Then Marvel released the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, breaking records and the internet. Disney Pictures announced that it has found the actress who will play Mulan in the live-action movie. If that weren’t enough, Disney announced it is suing Redbox, and they’ll probably win big. Let’s get into it. Why Fans Should Worry About Bob Chapek No matter what fans think of Bob Chapek or the reports that he could be the next Disney CEO, there are two facts Disney fans cannot dispute. Nearly every decision Bob Chapek has made as a leader has made Disney more profitable. Nearly every decision Bob Chapek has made as a leader has […]

The Problem With Bob Chapek as Disney CEO

There is something special about Coco. I’ve sat in Pixar movies that grab you by the heart, make you cry, and leave you wanting more. I’ve seen beautiful animation, heard great music, and experienced phenomenal stories, but I have never experienced anything like Coco. The problem is that there isn’t just one thing that you can point to as “extraordinary” about Coco. There are several. The voice acting by Pixar’s first all-hispanic cast is phenomenal, especially from Anthony Gonzalez, who is the speaking and singing voice for the lead character Miguel. The music by Pixar veteran Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, The Incredibles) is outstanding but not overwhelming enough to steal the spotlight. A team of songwriters combine to create emotional songs including one refrain that is bound to become a lullaby in homes around the world. And writer and director […]

What Makes Coco So Special

The animation world was rocked this week when John Lasseter, Disney and Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, announced he would take a six month sabbatical for “hugs” and “missteps.”   In part of a statement, Lasseter said he wanted to apologize to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.” A lot has been said about John Lasseter over the last few days. Some have written him off as a powerful white male who was not so secretly also a sexual predator. Others have expressed shock that allegations of sexual misconduct would even be in the same sentence as John Lasseter. But […]

John Lasseter Takes Leave For ‘Unwanted Hugs’

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