Redbox-Disney Legal Battle Escalates With Amended Redbox Complaint
The legal battle between Redbox and Disney — a case that stemmed from download codes to Disney movies being sold at discount prices, as Deadline was the first to report — is getting more intense.
The movie kiosk company filed court documents accusing the Burbank entertainment giant of copyright abuse and unfair business practices. The amended complain follows Disney’s renewed efforts to have a federal court judge stop Redbox from selling digital download codes for its… Read
Mark Hamill On Rian Johnson’s Polarizing Take On Luke Skywalker In ‘The Last Jedi’: “He’s Always Right” — SXSW
It’s been mor than three months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released and since then, the eighth installment of the iconic sci-fi franchise has been in the frontal lobe of pop culture. The intergalactic space opera continued at SXSW with the premiere of the Anthony Wonke-directed documentary The Director and the Jedi, which follows Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the blockbuster.
Johnson took the stage to talk about his… Read
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Watch Drone Footage Of Construction At Disneyland
This is not the drone footage you’re looking for. Wait, yes it is. Disney has released new flyover video of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the sprawling themed area that’s set to open next year at Disneyland in Anaheim.
Yes, there’s lots of scaffolding and not all that much to see yet, but the footage gives an idea of the sheer size of the project. It ends with an animated shot at how the park will look upon completion — X-wing Fighter not included.
Attendees will be… Read
Disney’s Bob Iger To Shareholders: “I Was Rooting For Fox Searchlight” At Oscars
Some of Disney’s annual shareholder meetings over the years have brought high corporate drama, but today’s edition in Houston was more of a chance for celebration.
There was a brief business portion of the meeting, during which directors up for nomination were introduced. All of them were approved. The roster includes Susan E. Arnold; Mary T. Barra; Safra A. Catz; John S. Chen; Francis A. deSouza; the company’s chairman and CEO, Bob Iger; Maria Elena Lagomasino; Fred H… Read
Will John Williams Step Back From Scoring Future ‘Star Wars’ Movies?
The 86-year old composer who recently received his 51st Oscar-nomination for Star Wars: The Last Jedi admitted in a recent KUSC radio interview that after J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, he’s finished with writing music for Star Wars movies.
“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now for next year that I will hopefully do for him, and I look forward to it,” John Williams said. “It will round out a series of nine and be quite enough for me.” The Oscar winning… Read
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Promo Blitz Has Its Brand Partners — Including Solo Cups
Lucasfilm has pulled the curtain back on its worldwide promotional partners for the spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story. They include a half-dozen brands that will promote the Ron Howard-directed pic starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler who will become a rebel hero in the Star Wars universe.
The brands taking part in the galaxy-wide promo push are Denny’s Corp, Esurance, General Mills, Nissan, Symantec Corp and — in a natural-born pairing — Solo cups.
"Our six… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Had No Time For ‘Star Wars’ Sketch: Watch It Here
NBC’s Saturday Night Live frequently posts cut-for-time sketches on its YouTube site, and sometimes the exclusions aren’t exactly easy to figure out. Here’s one: “Star Warriors”, an elaborate, Star Wars-themed digital short that didn’t make it to air last night.
Introduced by J.J. Abrams, the clip is designed as a trailer for a (not real) Star Wars standalone film, The Mos Eisley Five, arriving in summer of 2019. “It’s the story,” says Abrams, “of a group of smugglers… Read
How VFX Supervisors Brought Supreme Leader Snoke Into The Room For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
Taking on The Force Awakens, followed directly by The Last Jedi, Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisors Ben Morris and Mike Mulholland have been living in the Star Wars universe for years now, and they wouldn't have it any other way.
On The Last Jedi, the pair would encounter ample creature work—typically involving a combination of practical and visual effects—finding one of their greatest challenges in the character of Supreme Leader Snoke.
While Snoke (Andy Serkis)… Read
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