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Filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun

6 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossing over two billion dollars in less than two months, Disney must be feeling very confident about the upcoming onslaught of Star Wars films which are in the pipeline. During Walt Disney Co.’s quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke ecstatically about the financial success of The Force Awakens and revealed that filming has... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Production has begun on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII

6 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Star Wars Episode VIII was recently delayed from next May until December 15th, but production on the movie has already begun. CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news during the Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings call earlier today, mentioning that production was actually supposed to begin last month before news of the release date delay came out.

The post Production has begun on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Josh Wilding

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Filming underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII

11 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s release date may have been pushed back seven months to December 2017, but filming is now officially underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney’s Bob Iger making the announcement today during the studio’s quarterly earnings call.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” said Iger (via EW). “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Star Wars: Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

See Also: Rumour: Ewan McGregor in talks to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Iger also went on to give a brief update on the Anthology movie Star Wars: Rogue One, which is set for release this December: “Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. »

- Gary Collinson

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Officially Enters Production

12 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII may be arriving later than expected, though Disney CEO Bob Iger recently confirmed that filming for the sci-fi sequel is now underway.

News first came to light earlier today during the company’s investor call, confirming that Episode VIII has set down roots in London to commence principal photography.

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Technically speaking, sequences for the next chapter in Disney and Lucasfilm’s rejuvenated franchise have already been captured. Late last year, reports surfaced that Rian Johsnon and Luke Skywalker himself plot course for Skellig Michael – the primordial Irish isle glimpsed during the closing scenes of The Force Awakens – to film what will either be flashback sequences of Luke searching for the all-powerful first Jedi temple, or a continuation of Rey’s first encounter with the wayward Skywalker.

Now that production has officially eased into motion on Star Wars: Episode VIII, »

- Michael Briers

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Yes, 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is already filming

13 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII may have been pushed back, but the production is now up and running. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news on an investor call, according to Entertainment Weekly. Per a transcript of the call on Seeking Alpha, Iger said filming has "already commenced" and production on Episode IX "has also begun." Oh, and Rogue One is nearly done filming and the Star Wars spinoff coming after that (Iger didn't specify, but it's the young Han Solo film) is in preproduction and still looking at a May 2018 release date. As Screencrush points out, while it's great to know Star Wars VIII is on track, principal photography was actually supposed to start in January, so we're actually a month behind. But seeing as the film isn't scheduled to open until December 2017, there's plenty of time for writer-director Rian Johnson to catch up.    »

- Sara Morrison

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Starts Filming, Han Solo Film Release Date Revealed

13 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

While the world is still reeling from the success that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney knows that the only place to look is forward. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost completely in the can, but coming out of The Force Awakens, most fans are itching to see what happens next in the overall saga in Star Wars Episode VIII.

Yes, the film may have recently been pushed from May of 2017 all the way to December, but that hasn't done a whole lot to delay the picture's shooting schedule. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the filming of Episode VIII has already begun, with director Rian Johnson at the helm.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in »

- Joseph Medina

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Filming Has Commenced On Star Wars: Episode VIII,' And Production Started On 'Episode IX'

14 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there's no doubt that Disney's $4 billion investment in Lucasfilm will be paid back and then some, Disney CEO Bob Iger is more involved than most studio heads would be in the day-to-day business of "Star Wars." In a recent Vanity Fair profile of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, she revealed that during the filming of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Iger watched footage from very early on.  “My phone would ring in London, and he’d be giving me his notes on the dailies he just looked at,” she said. “My involvement in ['The Force Awakens'] is unusual, but it’s unusual for a very obvious reason,” Iger noted. Of course, he's doing his job of making sure that Disney is spending their money wisely, and that the final product is shaped to be both creatively and financially successful. But he's also a fan, too. And it's a safe bet he'll be just »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Star Wars 8' Begins Shooting

15 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just two months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, breaking box office records worldwide, the next chapter in this sprawling sci-fi saga is underway. Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that shooting on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun. This comes with news that writer and director of the sequel Rian Johnson is making a few special modifications to that galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: Episode VIII was originally supposed to start shooting this past January. Principle photography was pushed back a few weeks to mid-February, just as the release date moved from May 2017 to December 2017. After confirming that the cast was back on set, Bob Iger proceeded to give an update on the entire Star Wars universe as it currently stands. This news all came form The Walt Disney Co.'s quarterly earnings call.

First on the agenda was championing The Force Awakens' incredible haul at the box office. »

- MovieWeb

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Frozen Is Heading to Broadway and TV: All the Details

18 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Frozen won't "Let It Go." Walt Disney Animation Studios' megahit—which earned $1.28 billion at the global box office after its 2013 release and spawned a short film, Frozen Fever, in 2015—is officially heading to Broadway. Disney Theatrical Group announced Tuesday that a musical adaptation will open in the spring of 2018 after a limited pre-Broadway engagement in the summer of 2017. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the film's original music and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Let It Go," will write the score for the live-action stage show. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in 2014 that Frozen would "be going to Broadway," following in the »

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Despite Earnings Records, Disney CEO Bob Iger Forced to Defend Espn

9 February 2016 4:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite record results for most of its units, the blockbuster success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and soaring predictions of future growth from Disney CEO Bob Iger, some analysts and the market continued to be less than bullish about the company because of perceived weakness at Espn.

Disney shares declined slightly in after-hours trading after the conglomerate announced its first quarter results for fiscal 2016. The fall-off came despite a 10th straight quarter of increased earnings per share (now at $1.73) and new highs in revenues ($15.24 billion) and operating income for Parks and Resorts (up 22% to $981 million), Studio Entertainment (up 86% to more than $1 billion, for the first time) and Consumer Products/Interactive (up 23% to $860 million).

Instead of focusing on those booming results, many questions for Iger during Tuesday’s earnings call centered on continued concerns about the number of television subscribers receiving the sports network Espn. The Media Networks unit was »

- James Rainey

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Espn Subscribers Growing, Disney Chief Bob Iger Claims

9 February 2016 2:32 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger defended embattled cable flagship Espn Tueday, saying that the sports network has added subscribers. “We’ve seen an uptick recently in Espn subs,” Iger told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin on “Closing Bell” Tuesday just after the company reported first-quarter earning for 2016. “We did reference in the August call that we had seen some sub erosion and that was the case. But the last few months in particular have been encouraging.” Iger said that the growth in subscriber levels was due in part to increased consumer interest in so-called “skinny bundles” such as Dish Network’s Sling, »

- Daniel Holloway

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The Big Difference Between Lucasfilm Before And After George Lucas Left

9 February 2016 2:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012, many expected big changes, and there have been some.chief among these is the Star Wars universe expanding at a rate we.ve never seen before. But Disney CEO Bob Iger is also known for keeping things relatively the same in the companies the Mouse House acquires, for not going in and mucking up a formula that works. Though Kathleen Kennedy retained her position as President of Lucasfilm after the sale, she admits there is one thing that.s different in the post-George Lucas era. George Lucas is obviously the one who was the driving force behind Star Wars since its inception. It was his baby, and as such, Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity Fair that there was a deference to his vision, though that.s not the case anymore. She said: I think this company, for a long time, was »

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‘Star Wars,’ Theme Parks Power Disney to Record Q1 Earnings

9 February 2016 1:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On a dreary day for its competitors in the entertainment sector, Disney reported on Tuesday record quarterly earnings of $2.9 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 2, with earnings of $1.73 per share exceeding both analysts’ estimates and year-prior performance.

Led by revenues of $15.24 billion, Disney posted double-digit increases over a year prior for revenue, operating income, net income and free cash flow.

Among the driving forces behind the performance, Disney cited the more than $2 billion worldwide box office for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which it said drove the record income in both its studio entertainment and consumer products/interactive units. The studio’s income was up 86%, while consumer products/interactive grew by 23%.

Led by its domestic destinations, Disney also reported big growth in its parks and resorts operation, where operating income grew 22%.

A consensus among analysts before the report had predicted earnings of $1.45 per share on revenue of $14.75 billion.

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- James Rainey

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Oscar Telecast Will Be ‘Most Diverse Ever,’ Says Producer at Luncheon

8 February 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscar show “will be the most diverse ever,” producer David Hill told Variety on Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon. Despite the lack of acting nominees of color — which the Academy has no control over — Hill and fellow Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin have been working since September to make sure the Oscars “will have true diversity and will represent what the world looks like.”

The remarks were made at the 35th annual event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hudlin said that an Oscar nomination is “an amazing moment in the life of any nominee,” and that the lunch is intended to celebrate their accomplishments.

They agreed that it’s crucial for the entire film industry to attain inclusion, but there is also room to celebrate the great film work of 2015, which been somewhat overshadowed in the past month. Or, as Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences »

- Tim Gray and Margaret Lenker

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The Week in Star Wars – Ewan McGregor talks The Force Awakens, Boba Fett in Rogue One, more movies after Episode IX, Kevin Smith’s role in The Force Awakens revealed and more

31 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars has a look at the costumes for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Harrison Ford presenting Star Wars Land, more movies after Episode IX and writer-director Kevin Smith’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally revealed…

We’re kicking things off this week by looking – get this – past Star Wars: Episode IX. When Disney first announced they’d purchased the rights to make more Star Wars movies, they initially announced a new trilogy to take us up to 2019, which was then followed up announcements for spin-off (or Anthology) movies in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (with rumours of a Boba Fett one in there too). It was assumed by the fanbase that this new trilogy would then mark the end of Star Wars. No so, says Disney’s Bob Iger. »

- Luke Owen

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The Week in Movies – new Batman v Superman trailer! Star Wars: Episode VIII scripts finished! Labyrinth getting a remake and more…

31 January 2016 8:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, the latest news on Star Wars: Episode VIII, Labyrinth getting remade and much more…

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“We own your childhood.” – Bob Iger

There was a lot of talk last year about whether the superhero bubble had burst. Avengers: Age of Ultron made less than its predecessor, Ant-Man’s opening weekend was Marvel’s second lowest, and Fantastic Four was, well, not that fantastic.

Enter Disney chairman Bob Iger – the man who ultimately decides the fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (think Corporate Thanos). He said the McU will “go on forever, »

- Oli Davis

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The Week in Spandex – Deadpool, Wolverine, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, The Defenders, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League and more

30 January 2016 6:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Most Wanted, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Justice League Action, Heroes Reborn and more…

There’s less than a fortnight to go until the 2016 superhero season kicks off with the release of Deadpool, and this week has brought us the first clip from the movie as Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) pops the question to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) [see here], along with a couple of ‘#TouchYourselfTonight’ viral promos in conjunction with the testicular cancer charity Ballboys [see here], some TV spots featuring the likes of Blind Al, Colossus, the X-Mansion and the Blackbird [see here], a clip of Deadpool, »

- Gary Collinson

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Harrison Ford is coming back to 'Star Wars' -- at Disneyland!

28 January 2016 1:34 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Harrison Ford will be returning to the "Star Wars" franchise in a Disney special that is set to give audiences their first glimpse of the newly planned "Star Wars" land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  When fans watched "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in theaters for the first time, they were more than shocked to discover their beloved Han Solo (Harrison Ford) would not be returning to the franchise. I won't give any spoilers on the circumstances of Ford's departure, but if you've seen the film, you know what I'm referring to. Since Harrison Ford is such a beloved part of the "Star Wars" universe, I am happy share that he will not be leaving the extended "Star Wars" family any time soon. He'll be unveiling an exclusive look at plans for the new "Star Wars" land in a special that will celebrate Disneyland's 60th anniversary, titled,  "The Wonderful World of Disney »

- Lauren Gallaway

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

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- Laura Prudom

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

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- Laura Prudom

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