‘Solo’ A No-Go Due To “Poor Marketing,” Not Franchise Fatigue, Analyst Says
Solo: A Star Wars Story has mustered only $264 million at the worldwide box office, but one prominent voice on Wall Street blames the misfire on “poor marketing,” not a larger issue with the franchise.
Doug Creutz, a veteran media analyst at Cowen, issued a report to investors… Read
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: Han, Chewy & Lando Save The Day In Rip-Roarin’ Origin Story
By now everyone knows of the troubled production history of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which saw its directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord replaced halfway through the shoot by veteran Ron Howard. It supposedly was due to “creative differences,” but whatever happened in bringing the origin story of Han Solo to the screen doesn’t matter much once you consider the end product.
The film delivers a rip-roaring summer entertainment and perhaps the key entry in this… Read
‘Star Wars’ Sets Off Fireworks In Cannes As ‘Solo’ Brings Some Disney Mojo To The Croisette
After a solid week of reliving the trials and tribulations of Ukrainians, Iranians, Italians, Egyptians, Russians, Poles, Tunisians, Chinese, Japanese, French and countless other countries depicted in wrist-slashing ways on the screen (not to mention the latest from the likes of Lars Von Trier and Gaspar Noe!), it was a pleasure to see some good old-fashioned Hollywood showmanship return to the Croisette in the form of Han Solo, Chewy and Lando all shooting up Cannes with… Read
New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Featurette Marks “Great Expansion Of The Han Solo World”
With the May 15 world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story barely two weeks away, Disney has released a new featurette (watch the video below) pitching the cool factor and comprehensiveness of Han Solo’s back story.
The two-minute piece, titled Becoming Solo, includes numerous new shots likely to get the fan base salivating, though there has been angst in some corners as the May 25 commercial opening approaches. There was a major jolt during production when Howard replaced… Read
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