Iger Says Disney’s OTT Service “Will Spend Less On Volume” Than Netflix Due To Strong Brands
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company’s direct-to-consumer service, slated to launch in 2019 after the company adds Fox assets to its stable, will be able to compete with Netflix but will “spend less on volume” than the streaming incumbent.
Speaking to Wall Street analysts during the company’s fiscal first quarter earnings call, Iger did not specify a specific budget for content. Compared with Netflix’s increasingly hefty outlays ($8 billion this year and headed upward)… Read
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Teaser: Cue The Origins Tale Of The Best Pilot In The Galaxy
On Sunday, Disney for the first time availed itself of the Super Bowl to launch a Star Wars movie, dropping a 45-second teaser for its Memorial Day spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story during the Big Game. Today, we’ve got the first full teaser trailer. Check it out above.
Ron Howard directs Solo, having stepped in for Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, who were dropped six months into production on the Lucasfilm title. Howard teased photos from the Pinewood set all throughout… Read
‘Star Wars Rebels’ Series Finale Trailer: Final 6 Episodes To Roll Out Over 3 Weeks On Disney XD
These are not the final episodes you’re looking for — wait, yes they are. Disney XD said today that the series finale of Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars Rebels will roll out over three consecutive Mondays. The beginning of the end launches at 9 PM ET on February 19.
The cable net also released a trailer for the final countdown (watch it above). It shows Emperor Palpatine making his Rebels debut, voiced by Ian McDermid, who played the character in The Empire Strikes Back, R… Read
CAS Awards Nominations Announced For Film & TV Sound Mixing
The Cinema Audio Society is out with its nominees for the 54th annual CAS Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in film and TV sound mixing for 2017. The hardware will be presented February 24 during a ceremony at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.
The Motion Picture – Live Action category will be a battle among the teams behind Baby Driver, Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Wonder Woman. On the toon front, the Cars 3 mixers… Read
Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill Pay Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death
UPDATED, December 27: Billie Lourd honored her mother Carrie Fisher after the one-year anniversary of her death by taking a trip the beautiful, awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Lourd took to Instagram to mark the occasion with a heartwarming post saying, "My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her. We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might 'see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling… Read
Mark Hamill Goes ‘Last Jedi’ On Ted Cruz Over Net Neutrality & Darth Vader
Probably never a great idea to get into a Star Wars argument with Luke Skywalker, advice Ted Cruz might wanna take to heart.
In a battle encompassing net neutrality, Darth Vader, Jedi values and internet porn, Mark Hamill and the Texas Republican senator are crossing lightsabers and taking no prisoners.
See the tweets below.
The sparring started Saturday when Hamill, taking some time away from promoting The Last Jedi (or maybe not) posted a tweet, complete with… Read
Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains plot details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman — the writer-director and producer team behind Looper, The Brothers Bloom and Brick — are exhausted. I meet them at the end of the London stop on their world press tour for their latest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, after they’ve spent a week on the road talking up the picture. But this is manna for them, because it’s the first time since Johnson was announced as the… Read
Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Is Out: From Blockbusters To Specialty Pics
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for Visual Effects Oscar nominations to 20, ranging from blockbusters and would-be blockbusters to specialty fare and two films that haven’t hit theaters yet.
The list includes seven of the year’s 10 biggest domestic grossers including the top four —Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming. It is peppered with others such huge-grossing films as Thor: R… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Promo: “Light, Darkness — And Something Else”
“Reach out,” Luke Skywalker tells Rey, “What do you see?” “Light, darkness — and something else,” she replies. “It’s calling me.” Check out the latest promo for Star Wars: The Last Jedi above.
In the spot titled “Tempt,” Mark Hamill’s crusty warrior tries to keep Daisy Ridley’s fresher warrior from leaning the wrong way. Will he succeed? Is that really what’s at stake here? These questions and more hang heavy in the latest installment of Disney and Lucasfilm’s… Read
Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Set For ADG Awards’ Highest Honor
The 22nd annual Art Directors Guild Awards has its career honoree. Kathleen Kennedy, the eight-time Oscar nominee who heads Lucasfilm, is set to receive the group’s Cinematic Imagery Award during the ADG Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland.
“We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful… Read
Top Exhibitor AMC Reports Q3 Weakness Amid Studio Merger Talk
UPDATED with executive comment, 4 PM: With questions swirling about the possibility of Fox and Disney merging their film studios and some TV assets, AMC Entertainment reported third-quarter results that showed weakness that the company blamed on the “quantity and subject matter” of Hollywood movies.
Revenue of $779.8 million represented a 51% gain from the year-earlier period, but net earnings of $30.4 million swung to a net loss of $42.7 million.
CEO Adam Aron said the… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Darkness Rises In New Teaser Shown During World Series
“This is not going to go the way you think.” A new look at Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi aired tonight during Fox’s coverage of Game 7 of the World Series. Check it out above.
The 45-second spot opens with a cloaked Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) revisited a familiar place and goes on to feature some footage we’ve seen before.
In writer-director’s Rian Johnson’s film, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join galactic legends in an… Read