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After a turbulent year for entertainment and media companies — the Sony hack, a net neutrality fight, attempted mergers and acquisitions — volatility in executive pay overall appears to have gone off script. The 2014 pace-setter so far is Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, whose compensation ballooned to a massive $63.6 million — up 400 percent from 2013’s $12.6 million — on the heels of the success of the fiscal year’s “Hunger Games” installment and fuelled by Feltheimer’s stock options. Even Disney’s Bob Iger couldn’t compete with that — though his compensation also soared 35 percent. On the flip side, ailing media mogul Sumner »
- Tony Maglio
Walt Disney Chairman Bob Iger has shown a willingness to write big checks, plunking down nearly $16 billion to purchase Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. This marks the first year these big bets will result in such a nuclear-powered slate that the other Hollywood players are scrambling to replenish their own arsenals. In the process, the movie industry has transformed into a business dominated by one superpower, a handful of favored states and a few rogue nations.
The Burbank studio’s upcoming 2015 movie lineup features a new “Star Wars” picture from Lucasfilm; two offerings from Marvel, a sequel to “The Avengers” and an “Ant-Man” entry; a pair of films from Pixar, “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur”; plus Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” with George Clooney, from Disney’s own movie unit.
Forget the Magic Kingdom. This is how a cinematic empire is built. “Disney is the new high-water mark with brands,” says Tony Wible, »
- Brent Lang
One of the less talked about but no less important panels of the Star Wars Celebration convention over the weekend was a panel held with the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group - a group of employees in charge of the new 'Star Wars' canon.
Created by President Kathleen Kennedy and headed up by Kiri Hart, these Lucasfilm employees have to make sure that not just the films but all the new tie-in media efforts including books, comics, TV shows, video games, etc. are all part of this new continuity and don't contradict each other.
One interesting revelation though (via Slashfilm) is that while the Expanded Universe characters and stories have been wiped clean, there are plans to reboot or reintroduce characters from that world in the canon.
As 'The Old Republic' video games are set millennia before the original films, they're presently working under the assumption that »
- Garth Franklin
At this very moment, three of the most crucial people in the world of Star Wars are J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger. One is the co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the second is the President of Lucasfilm, and the third runs Disney, which owns Lucasfilm and, effectively, Star Wars. Those three people […]
- Germain Lussier
During the last day of Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm threw a panel to promote their upcoming standalone – or “Anthology,” as they’re calling them – Star Wars films. Josh Trank was expected, but ended up being very sick; as it happens, after announcing his absence, not a word was said about Trank or his film.
But Gareth Edwards did show up, and he did have some new details on his film, Star Wars: Rogue One. The concept art that had been premiered at Bob Iger’s investor’s breakfast was shown again, and thanks to the official Star Wars blog, you can see it in this post.
And, just like he did with Godzilla at Comic Con a few years back, Edwards showed off a teaser trailer that he has put together before the film itself has even gone into production. This is fast becoming Edwards’ thing, it seems. »
- Brendon Connelly
Star Wars Celebration kicked off yesterday with the first panel, where several actors from Star Wars: The Force Awakens appeared on stage, and fans finally got to see the first full-length trailer. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the whole panel, though, was the reveal that lovable ball droid Bb-8 is an actual, practical robot. When Bb-8 was introduced in the first teaser trailer last year, many fans thought and/or assumed that the droid was a digital creation, since it is literally a rolling ball with a head somehow attached. But many fans looked on in wonder as Bb-8 literally rolled out onto the stage. How is this possible? Forbes reveals the company that developed the technology behind Bb-8 is called Sphero, a Boulder, Colorado start-up company.
In a moment that Jedis across the galaxy have waited for, today's Star Wars Celebration opened in Anaheim, CA with a special panel devoted to Jj Abrams's highly-anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Empire managed to keep a tight lid on the sequel 30 years in the making for quite some time, but today saw the release of a new trailer and revelations about the biggest blockbuster of the year.
Digital Spy was in Anaheim for the once-in-a-lifetime media event as Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy welcomed cast members old and new onto the stage for a peek behind the curtain. While secrecy remains over several key elements of the film, today's panel certainly shed light on what fans can expect when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this Christmas.
Below, we take a look at nine major developments that were discussed at the Star Wars Celebration »
More than a year after the sequel was announced, “The Incredibles 2″ is finally chugging along.
“I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors at the company’s shareholders meeting in March of 2014 that Pixar was planning a sequel to “The Incredibles,” as well as a third installment of its “Cars” franchise. “The Incredibles” was released in late 2004 and went on to gross $631.4 million worldwide.
Bird also provided the voice of costume designer Edna Mode in the toon. “I was exceedingly cheap and available,” he told NPR about the experience.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Though a sequel to The Incredibles was announced last year, director and scrennwriter Brad Bird just told NPR [via ScreenRant], that he's only just now sat down to work on the script. This actually makes perfect sense as Bird has been busy filming Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. With the sci-fi action flick set to hit theaters next month, it appears that Bird is finally free to start work on The Incredibles 2. Announced by CEO Bob Iger last March during a Disney shareholders meeting, it sounds as if The Incredibles 2 is still a long ways off. Related Content: "I Have Been Thinking About It," Brad Bird On The Incredibles 2 »
If I learned anything from my trip to Pixar for Inside Out, it’s that it takes them a long time to develop a project. We’ve known that Brad Bird has been toying with ideas for The Incredibles 2 for quite a while and Disney even confirmed that the film is in development last year, but apparently Bird is first starting to write the script now. Check out what he told NPR (via The Playlist): “It’s percolating … yeah, I mean, I’m just starting to write it, so we’ll see what happens.” [caption id="attachment_389451" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Mondo[/caption] Clearly there’s not much to go on there, but if Bird is indeed writing a script, that could mean the Pixar team has settled on a story idea. However, based on the typical Pixar timeline Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera revealed while discussing making Inside Out, that doesn’t »
- Perri Nemiroff
Of all the titles in the Pixar catalog yet to be touched by the lucrative wand of sequels and spinoffs, "The Incredibles" is the notable exception. However, of all the Pixar movies, this is the title fans have been most vocally advocating for a sequel for years. And inch by inch, it's getting closer to happening. A year ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that Brad Bird was working on a followup, and now comes more concrete news from the writer/director himself. Chatting with NPR, Bird confirmed that the sequel was "percolating," adding: “I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens.” Granted, it's not much to go on, but it's been eleven years since the animated movie first dropped, so we'll take what we can get. So hold out hope folks, there may be more "The Incredibles" on the way. It's just that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pixar's "The Incredibles" remains one of the few films in Pixar's back catalogue that has yet to receive a sequel, despite much fan demand for such a film.
This week, Bird himself was chatting with NPR and confirmed that a sequel is indeed being considered - though it remains early days: "I'm just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens."
Bird's latest film is "Tomorrowland" which is slated to hit cinemas late next month. »
- Garth Franklin
We.ve been waiting a long, long time for The Incredibles 2. After all, the first film ended with a rather fun hint that we would see further adventures of the Parr family . and yet it.s been more than a decade since the characters have been on the big screen. Thankfully, however, our wait is almost over, as the sequel is now officially in the works over at Pixar Animation Studios. News of The Incredibles 2 first broke in March of 2014, as Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the sequel was in development, but what exactly can we expect to see in the new movie? We.re here to separate the facts from the fiction as the film moves forward, so read on to find out what we know so far! The Filmmakers At this time, The Incredibles 2 is evidently developing without an official director attached, but fans can »
"I can't talk about it. It's really, really exciting but I can't talk about it," she said in a recent interview.
The film was confirmed by Disney's Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting in San Francisco earlier this month.Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will begin directing this summer. The movie is scheduled for a Dec. 16, 2016, release.
Jones, 31, said she has had "a fantastic, fantastic few months." She was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and she says all the women nominated in that category supported each other.
"It felt very uncompetitive which was really nice," she said. "It felt like we were all supporting each other." (Julianne Moore won for Still Alice. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
The more valuable a tentpole property is, the more rules you have to play by, not only to protect the brand, but also to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. And as Disney knows, it's young people who have the most disposable income, so they want to makes sure their movies reach those impressionable minds with few barriers. The Wrap reports that during a shareholder meeting last week, CEO Bob Iger revealed that the company's on screen smoking ban was now being extended to pretty much every shingle under their umbrella — Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar. “We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board: Marvel, Lucas, Pixar and Disney films,” he said. The only exception will be when "we are depicting a historical figure who may have smoked at the time,” and that means real people, not Marvel characters. This will be a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yesterday's announcement of the 'Rogue Nation' subtitle for the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film had many cracking jokes about the use of the word 'Rogue' becoming one of the most overused title words since 'Rises' in recent times.
This was of course a reference to Disney & Lucasfilm's "Star Wars" spin-off film "Star Wars: Rogue One" which announced its title only a few weeks ago. It turns out that Ethan Hunt's latest adventure actually scored its title first.
THR reports that Paramount registered and cleared the title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, two months before Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the 'Rogue One' title.
Disney did not clear its title either, so Paramount could have fought to block Disney and Lucasfilm from using it despite the film opening a year and a half later in December 2016.
Instead, a compromise was reached. So, with the exception of the »
- Garth Franklin
In news first revealed a couple of weeks ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that the ban on the depiction of tobacco used on screen will extend from Disney films to include Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel properties as well. Despite no Disney movie showing smoking over the last fifteen months, 43% of Marvel films showed smoking on screen. Studies have shown a direct link between depictions of smoking and tobacco use in minors. This ban will impact films regardless of MPAA rating with only »
- Alex Maidy
Disney has banned smoking in all future films rated PG 13.
The ban will include productions from Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar, reports The Telegraph.
However, the ban will not apply to films which use smoking as an historical accuracy surrounding a real-life figure, such as Abraham Lincoln.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said: "We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board."
Clarifying the exception to the ban, he added: "For instance, we've been doing a movie on Abraham Lincoln, he was a smoker, and we would consider that acceptable.
"But in terms of any new characters that are created for any of those films, under any of those labels, we will absolutely prohibit smoking in any of those films."
Disney characters that have been shown smoking in the past include 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil, Alice in Wonderland's caterpillar and also Pinocchio. »
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the first "Star Wars" spin-off following director Jj Abrams' reboot "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", will be titled "Rogue One" to be directed by Gareth Edwards:
"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').
The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (' »
- Michael Stevens
Film and celluloid is going the way of vinyl. The shift from tactile mediums to ones and zeroes has happened so quickly that for a while it had looked like these records and film strips that we had used to record our artistic history for the entire 20th century would suddenly become obsolete and erased forever. While vinyl has experienced a resurgence among those who truly love music, the already struggling movie theaters and multiplexes have all but done away with film in place of digital projection. Kodak’s film sales have dropped 96 percent in the last decade.
In fact, you can almost count on two hands the number of major filmmakers still actively using film when making studio pictures today: Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams (who is making Star Wars: Episode VII on film), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Christopher Nolan.
Nolan this week spoke at an »
- Brian Welk
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