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Last Jedi Trailer Will Feature These 4 Star Wars Characters?

13 February 2017 2:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Star Wars Celebration 2017 just a couple of months away, it is all but assured that we will be seeing our first footage from Star Wars 8 in the relatively near future. Details about the next installment of the Skywalker saga have been kept under wraps in a big way, but Disney and Lucasfilm have to give fans a teaser at some point and the question becomes, what or who will we see in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? We may now have some idea and the good news is, Luke is going to be in it.

The folks at Star Wars News Net recently took to Twitter in order to share some very important and welcomed information with their fans. It turns out there have been some rumors circulating that the first teaser for The Last Jedi wouldn't feature Luke Skywalker in it, which would serve as a major disappointment. »

- MovieWeb

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Princess Leia, Alfred Hitchcock, Going Rogue, and More

13 February 2017 9:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The world of film-related books has been dominated by Star Wars for the last two years, and that’s not a bad thing. With insightful authors like Pablo Hidalgo and gorgeous efforts like Star Wars: Galactic Maps, there has never been a better time to be force-crazed. This month is no exception, but you’ll also find new releases about Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, and even two involving X-Files prequels. Let’s start with a book that took on new relevance just weeks after its release.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)

Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist, a hilarious and touching look at her life as Star Wars icon Princess Leia, was a must-read even before the sudden, shocking passing of its author in December. It is even more poignant now. While the book earned pre-release buzz over its revelation of an on-set affair with Harrison Ford, »

- Christopher Schobert

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John Williams Wins 5th Grammy for Force Awakens, Goes to Work on Last Jedi

13 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Grammy Awards aired last night, although some of the awards were handed out Sunday afternoon, before the live telecast. One of the awards that was given was to John Williams, who won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, beating out Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, Thomas Newman for Bridge Of Spies, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto for The Revenant, and Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for Netflix's Stranger Things. Ennio Morricone actually beat out John Williams at the Oscars last year. We also have word that John Williams has already starting working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi score, 10 months before the movie hits theaters.

Robert Meyer Burnett revealed on Twitter that John Williams celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday by conducting an orchestra session for the score of The Last Jedi. Composing the score is traditionally one of the very last steps in making a movie, »

- MovieWeb

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The Week in Star Wars – The Last Jedi plot details, Mark Hamill defends prequels, Rogue One Blu-ray details and more

12 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars is back with some possible plot details from Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as details on the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray, Star Wars Land and more…

Let’s kick things off this week with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and although Josh Gad and Judi Dench have been unable to get answers about the mystery behind the title [see them try here and here], Disney’s Bob Iger has shed some light on the subject. After seeing an advanced screening of the movie, Iger said it was “a great chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga”. Now, does this confirm that Rey is in fact Luke’s daughter, or is this a hint that Mark Hamill will be the focus of the film..?

…Speaking of Mark Hamill, the actor recently spoke out against the fans for bad-mouthing the prequel trilogy – particuarly around the performance of young Jake Lloyd. »

- Luke Owen

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Star Wars Land set to open in Disney parks in 2019

11 February 2017 2:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’ve been eagerly-awaiting a date when you can pack your suitcase and transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away courtesy of Disney’s Star Wars Land attractions at Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then you’ll be excited to hear that Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has revealed that the themed lands will be opening in 2019.

Iger made the announcement during an investor conference call, with the official Disneyparks website then posting the following:

As we’ve shared, the Star Wars-themed lands are the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Check out some of our earlier images, including a glimpse at one of the signature »

- Gary Collinson

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Black Panther set photos reveal first look at villain, Star Wars: The Last Jedi plot details, Kristen Stewart gets spooky and more – Daily News Roundup

9 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dr. Klaue

With Black Panther currently in production, set photos from the movie are starting to hit the Internet which are giving us some insights into the film. Some photos came out yesterday that gave us our first look at  Andy Serkis as villain Ulysses Klaue, who we last saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The photographer also claims that Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger was also on set for the scene, but couldn’t snap him. Read more here.

K-stew Gets Spooked

With Personal Shopper set to arrive in UK cinemas next month, a new trailer has been released for writer-director Olivier Assayas’ critically acclaimed supernatural drama which stars Kristen Stewart getting spooky. Watch the trailer here.

The Last Jedi Is Luke?!

Since the reveal of Star Wars: The Last Jedi there have been a lot of questions about the plot of the movie. Some quickly figured that Jedi is also the plural, »

- Luke Owen

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'Star Wars' Buzz: Disney Sets 'Star Wars' Land Opening, 'Scary Movie' Writers Plan 'Star Wars' Spoof and More

8 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In a call to investors this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger claimed he's seen an early cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which doesn't hit theaters until December, and called it "a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga." That revelation is likely to have whet your appetite for more Star Wars goodies, so here are a few recent updates to share:   Star Wars Land  We've seen the photos and the TV special, but when do we actually get to visit the Star Wars portion of Disney's theme parks? In the same call, Iger discussed the openings for both Pandora--The World of Avatar and the still unnamed Star Wars Land, the latter currently under construction at both Disneyland in...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Last Jedi Has Screened, Disney CEO Praises Star Wars 8

8 February 2017 8:46 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has been a lot of excitement and chatter in the Star Wars fan universe over the past couple of weeks ever since Disney and Lucasfilm announced the official title for Star Wars 8, which we now know to be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Most of us are eagerly awaiting to see the first bit of footage from the movie, or even some photos for that matter. While the world would be thrilled with just a teaser trailer, Disney CEO Bob Iger has already seen the entire movie.

Recently, Disney held an earnings call during the course of which, a bit of information about Mouse House happenings was revealed. As reported by journalist Hannah Sampson on Twitter, one tidbit that was revealed is that Bob Iger has seen The Last Jedi in its entirety and apparently, it is pretty good. Here is what Hannah Simpson had to say about it. »

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Bob Iger says Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga”

8 February 2017 2:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To be fair, a Disney CEO who has seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi 10 months prior to release isn’t exactly going to publicly bash the mega-hyped blockbuster on social media. However, the tweet embedded below suggests that Disney’s Bob Iger endorses the film as a worthy next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga.

See Also: Director Rian Johnson talks inspirations for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Perk of being @WaltDisneyCo CEO: seeing The Last Jedi early. Bob Iger calls it "a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga."

— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) February 7, 2017

Are you jealous that that the CEO of Disney has seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi 10 months before you will be able to? What are the odds that Josh Gad now begins pestering Bob Iger for spoilers? And does the fact he calls it the Skywalker family saga mean Rey is Luke’s daughter? »

- Robert Kojder

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Disney CEO Praises Star Wars: The Last Jedi After Watching Early Cut

7 February 2017 4:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We recently learned when the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to debut, and while that’s definitely exciting, Disney head honcho Bob Iger has now fuelled the hype train even more by revealing that he’s already seen an early cut of the movie. Talk about perks of the job, eh? As expected, he had nothing but good things to say about the Rian Johnson-helmed release, though he obviously wouldn’t reveal too much.

After confirming that he’s indeed watched the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, Iger added that it’s “a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga.” Again, his comments don’t really tell us a whole lot about what to expect, but the fact that the movie is essentially completed is definitely an exciting takeaway. It’s had a long production and to hear that an early cut is already »

- Josh Wilding

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Disney CEO Has Already Seen The Movie

7 February 2017 4:26 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Are you ready to feel just a little bit envious? Do you wish you could see Star Wars: The Last Jedi right now? Too bad. Like all of us, you’ll have to wait until December 15 before it graces your eyes, but it sounds like at least one of the suits at Disney has checked out the flick.

According to sources who were in a Disney earnings call, CEO Bob Iger has already seen The Last Jedi. What’s more, he went on to call the film “a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker saga.”

Perk of being @WaltDisneyCo CEO: seeing The Last Jedi early. Bob Iger calls it "a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga."

— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) February 7, 2017

Of course, we’re not stupid. It’s not like Iger would have ever said, “the film’s a royal mess, and we’re going to »

- Joseph Medina

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says His Role on Donald Trump’s Panel Is ‘Great Opportunity’

7 February 2017 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Disney CEO Bob Iger called his participation on a panel advising President Donald Trump on business issues “a great opportunity” that will allow him to influence the new administration on issues like lowering corporate tax rates.

While members of Trump’s strategic and policy advisory committee have come under fire for working with the new president (Uber founder Travis Kalanick even dropped out of the panel following a boycott of his ride-hailing service), Iger told CNBC that he thought there was much to gain for both sides.

The Disney boss also passed on an opportunity to directly criticize Trump’s policy temporarily banning immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations, though he did speak about the importance of allowing people from other countries into the U.S.

“This nation was founded by immigrants and I believe where we are as a nation is due to having an openness to the people of the world, »

- James Rainey

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Bob Iger: Espn Banking on Growth From Digital MVPDs, Stand-Alone Streaming Service

7 February 2017 3:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney’s Espn is coming off a rough fiscal first quarter as ratings and advertising declines and higher programming costs combined for an 11% year-over-year drop in operating income for the cable division. Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger emphasized during a conference call with Wall Street analysts Tuesday that an expanding array of digital distribution options will be key to the future growth of the sports powerhouse.

Iger affirmed that Espn will launch a branded stand-alone streaming service later this year, in partnership with BAMTech, the digital technology firm in which Disney bought a $1 billion stake last year. He also talked up the prospects for Espn to offset the industry-wide trend of declining subscriber rates via from traditional MVPDs through gains from the handful of upstart streaming channel packages that are in the works. That list includes the service coming from Hulu, in which Disney is an investor. Disney’s brands including Espn are on the recently launched DirecTV »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Avatar Land Opening Date Revealed, Star Wars Land Coming In 2019

7 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

During their quarterly earnings conference call earlier today, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier the opening date for Walt Disney World’s Avatar-themed land. Pandora – The World of Avatar will have its grand opening at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park on May 27th, 2017. Also, Iger also confirmed that […]

The post Avatar Land Opening Date Revealed, Star Wars Land Coming In 2019 appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Disney's Star Wars Land and Avatar World Opening Dates Announced

7 February 2017 3:24 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, on The Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call, CEO Bob Iger shared the exciting news that Pandora The World of Avatar will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 27. The CEO also confirmed that Disney Parks' new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios will be opening in 2019. While no specific date has been given, it's possible that this theme park's debut could be tied to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX, which is also slated for a 2019 premiere.

This new Avatar land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na'vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level. First, the family friendly Na'vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, »

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Star Wars Land to Open in 2019

7 February 2017 2:48 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney is planning something big to mark the conclusion of the current Star Wars trilogy. How big? The size of a theme park.

On a call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday revealed that the 14-acre Star Wars Land attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando will open in 2019, the same year as Star Wars Episode IX, the final chapter in the current "Skywalker Saga" arc of the beloved space opera.

Construction started on the Hollywood Studios attraction last April, following its August 2015 announcement. Until Iger's statement on Tuesday, Disney had remained quiet »

- Graeme McMillan

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says He’s Willing to Stick Around Past 2018

7 February 2017 2:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors and analysts that he is “open” to staying in his job after his contract expires in June 2018. On a Tuesday afternoon conference call following Disney’s first-quarter earnings release, Iger first tried to sidestep a question about his successor with a joke, but acknowledged that he would be amenable to staying on past the end of his contract if it would be in the best interest of the company. Former Disney Chief Operating Officer Thomas Staggs, long presumed to be Iger’s heir apparent, stepped down last April after failing to get. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Bob Iger Says He’s “Open” To Staying As Disney CEO Past 2018

7 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts today that while he has “nothing specific to announce at this point,” he’s “open” to the possibility of staying past June 2018, when his current contract expires. “I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of this company which is something the board is going to help determine,” he said in the company’s call to discuss its earnings for the last three months of 2016. Disney’s board has a “good, strong succession process underway” and is… »

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Bob Iger Says He’s “Open” To Staying As Disney CEO Past 2018

7 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts today that while he has “nothing specific to announce at this point,” he’s “open” to the possibility of staying past June 2018, when his current contract expires. “I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of this company which is something the board is going to help determine,” he said in the company’s call to discuss its earnings for the last three months of 2016. Disney’s board has a “good, strong succession process underway” and is… »

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Disney Beats Earnings Expectations, but Can’t Match Stellar Q1 of Last Year

7 February 2017 1:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robust performance by its parks and resorts helped Disney beat analysts’ earnings expectations for the first quarter of 2017, though the entertainment conglomerate could not compete with its own blockbuster film success of the year prior, as both revenue and earnings per share slid behind last year’s levels.

The Walt Disney Company recorded earnings per share of $1.55 for the quarter ending Dec. 31, down from the year prior figure of $1.63, but better than the $1.47 that had been projected by analysts. The conglomerate’s revenue for Q1 dipped 3%, from $15.24 billion to $14.78 billion. Net income fell off from $2.88 billion to $2.48 billion.

The entertainment conglomerate faced a challenge that has now become routine — matching or bettering its own past stellar performance. That task was particularly steep in the most recent quarter for Disney’s film division, which topped $7 billion in box office receipts for 2016 and began last year with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

- James Rainey

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