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Disney’s Bob Iger Shuns Early Home Movie Releases

9 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unlike its rival movie studios, Disney is not looking at an early premium video-on-demand window for theatricals, according to Chairman-ceo Bob Iger.

The executive made that point emphatically on Tuesday during a conference call with Wall Street analysts following the release of its earnings for the second quarter that ended on March 31. He said Disney’s upcoming slate is so strong with big tentpoles — with the “Star Wars,” Marvel, and Pixar franchises — that he does not see the need for an early window.

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“We’re not in advanced conversations for a premium VOD window,” Iger said. “We don’t really believe there is a need for us to move that product off of the big screen any faster than we already are. The movies we make are perfect for consumption on the big screen. We’ve also created global phenomenon with our films. »

- Dave McNary

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Embraces Streaming Future, Says Espn Still Key

9 May 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Possibly no network has benefited more from the traditional pay-tv bundle than Disney’s Espn, which has by far the highest carriage fees of any channel at more than $7 per person. But as Americans have moved away from their fat cable bills and toward streaming services with skinnier offerings, Espn has disproportionately suffered, shedding about 12 million subscribers since 2011 and weighing down Disney’s stock even as its studio continues its record run. But even the mighty Mouse House has to adapt to the changing times, as Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Disney Tops Earnings Estimates, but Revenues Fall Short

9 May 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Walt Disney Company has topped Wall Street earnings estimates for its fiscal second quarter that ended on March 31, thanks to strong performances by feature films and theme parks.

The company, however, fell short on revenues with $13.34 billion, which were up 3% over the year-ago quarter, while analysts had expected $13.45 billion. Disney reported the earnings after the market closed on Tuesday.

Earnings for the quarter were up 15% to $2.39 billion, or $1.50 a share. Analysts had been expecting $1.41 a share.

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“Disney delivered another quarter of double-digit Eps growth, driven by the strong performance of our studio, and parks and resorts,” said Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “Our continued strong performance is a direct result of our proven strategic focus on great branded content, innovative technology and global growth.”

“We’re pleased with our results in Q2 and remain confident »

- Dave McNary

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Disney Tops Earnings Estimates, but Revenues Fall Short

9 May 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Walt Disney Company has topped Wall Street earnings estimates for its fiscal second quarter that ended on March 31, thanks to strong performances by feature films and theme parks.

The company, however, fell short on revenues with $13.34 billion, which were up 3% over the year-ago quarter, while analysts had expected $13.45 billion. Disney reported the earnings after the market closed on Tuesday.

Disney shares took a hit in afterhours trading in the wake of the revenues not meeting expectations. Shares were down more than 2%, falling $2.68 to $109.39 a share as of 6:40 p.m. Edt.

Earnings for the quarter were up 15% to $2.39 billion, or $1.50 a share. Analysts had been expecting $1.41 a share.

“Disney delivered another quarter of double-digit Eps growth, driven by the strong performance of our studio, and parks and resorts,” said Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “Our continued strong performance is a direct result of our proven strategic focus on great branded content, innovative »

- Dave McNary

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Star Wars Episode 9: They Had To 'Start Over' After Carrie Fisher's Death

5 May 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Last December, our favorite Princess and talented actress and writer Carrie Fisher passed away after suffering from a heart attack. While everyone’s primary concerns is for that of Fisher’s family and friends, it has since caused some debate on what Disney should do with her character in the new Star Wars movies. Fisher had completed all work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her untimely passing, and Disney CEO Bob Iger has already told us that The Last Jedi would not be altered in any way as a result of this.

The debate amongst fans has been concerned with how they should deal with this unexpected and sad event with regards to the currently-untitled Star Wars Episode IX. At first, we had Fisher’s brother Todd saying that they had given Disney permission to use her image and other footage for Episode IX. That was then followed »

- Cam Clark

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Marvel's Inhumans Releases A Poster

2 May 2017 11:55 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Deadline reports that Marvel has released a poster for their new television show Inhumans which is set to debut on ABC this September. The show is being produced by Marvel Television, ABC Studios, and the Imax Corporation. The show centers around Black Bolt, King of the Inhuman Royal Family. It is set to star Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, and others.

Inhumans was originally set to be a part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For undisclosed reasons, possibly due to the Sony deal which allowed Marvel the chance to use Spider-Man or the behind the scenes politics that saw Kevin Feige report directly to Bob Iger and not Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, Inhumans was taken off the calendar for Phase 3. In 2016, it was announced that the show would be headed to television.

Inhumans can be a great show. The material »

- Tim Jousma

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The Week in Star Wars – Episode IX release date revealed, next anthology movie update, The Last Jedi rumours and more

30 April 2017 3:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars returns with some updates on Episode IX, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, Han Solo, Rebels, Battlefront II and more…

First off, congratulations to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which has knocked George Lucas’ 1977 Star Wars from the all-time domestic top 10…

…But let’s really kick things off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and a new rumour surfaced this week which might give some clues to the plot of the movie. The report claims that Luke Skywalker will be wearing a necklace, which holds a piece of the Kyber crystal from Darth Vader’s lightsabre, which is why Kylo Ren is trying to hunt him down. We won’t detail much more here, but you can read the rest of the rumour here…

…Speaking of Kylo Ren, and there has been some uproar from fans who are angry that his scar from Star Wars »

- Luke Owen

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MPAA Shakeup: Chief Chris Dodd to Be Replaced by Charles Rivkin

28 April 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Variety has confirmed. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, the former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama.

Though not as well known as Dodd, Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was president of The Jim Henson Company and ambassador to France and Monaco, and is considered to be well connected in Washington D.C. He will join the organization on Sept. 5. Dodd will remain onboard for a short time, with a goal of completing the transition by the beginning of next year.

In an interview, Dodd said that when he joined the MPAA in 2011, he planned to serve for five years. He said he later agreed to a two-year extension through 2018 to give the trade association time to search for a successor. He noted that he will turn 73 next month, »

- Brent Lang and Ted Johnson

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Emilia Clarke Calls Han Solo More Secretive Than Game of Thrones

27 April 2017 2:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production started on Disney and LucasFim's Han Solo spin-off back in February, and, as expected, we haven't gotten many sneak peeks from the set, aside from the first official cast photo, and an Omaze video, where directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed a unique alien creature. While production continues, one of the stars, Emilia Clarke teased in a recent interview that this upcoming movie is even more secretive than her hit series Game of Thrones. While she couldn't divulge anything about the plot, she did have this to say about her co-star Alden Ehrenreich, while teasing that it's scarier talking about this movie, than it is about Game of Thrones.

"I genuinely can't tell you anything other than Alden (Ehrenreich, who plays Han Solo) is magnificent, and it's a delight to do something on that level with really cool actors and nice people. But it's even scarier talking about that than Game of Thrones. »

- MovieWeb

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D23 2017 Features Marvel, Star Wars and Disney Animation Panels

27 April 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2017, July 14-16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday morning, July 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what's in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. Sunday afternoon, Disney Legend Alan Menken will take fans on a musical journey during an all-new concert. These Expo favorites will take place in "Hall D23," the 6,800-seat venue located in »

- MovieWeb

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Will a 'Star Wars' Movie Hit Theaters in 2020?

26 April 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lucasfilm and Disney made big news Tuesday when announcing that Star Wars: Episode IX will invade theaters May 24, 2019.

But the studio made no mention of any further dates for more Star Wars film, begging the question, Will there be a spinoff announced in the coming weeks or months for 2020 as Lucasfilm figures out its plan for the continuation of the revived franchise?

Most are betting the answer is yes, and that the Force won't be taking a year off in 2020. CEO Bob Iger recently said Lucasfilm, which Disney bought in 2012, is already plotting <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-bob-iger-reveals-new-han-solo-details-talks-what-happens-episode-ix-988348" »

- Pamela McClintock

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Disney Sets Release Dates for Frozen 2 and Lion King

25 April 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Here it stands, and here it’ll stay.

Disney’s Frozen 2 has received its official release date — Nov. 27, 2019 — confirming what had previously been announced as just an “Untitled Disney Animation” slot.

Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return for the 2013 blockbuster’s sequel, which was announced in March 2015 by Disney creative chief John Lasseter, CEO Bob Iger, and the voice of Olaf himself, Josh Gad (whose Frozen costars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are expected, although not officially confirmed, to reprise their roles).

Prior to the 3D sequel’s release, a stage musical adaptation of Frozen will make »

- Marc Snetiker

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Oscar Isaac Remembers Intense Star Wars 8 Scene with Carrie Fisher

22 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we're still unsure whether or not General Leia will come face-to-face with her son Kylo Ren after he killed Han Solo, or if she'll reunite with her twin brother Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, one thing is for certain. Leia and Poe will have a few scenes together. In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac, who plays ace X-Wing fighter Poe Dameron, opened up about his time spent on set with the late Carrie Fisher. And even though we don't really know much about Poe yet, these scenes shot between them should be intense and emotional for the audience.

Carrie Fisher's untimely passing last year had every Star Wars fan wondering if the beloved actress would ever return to the franchise. Fisher had already filmed her scenes for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The question was whether she would be digitally recreated for Star Wars »

- MovieWeb

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Han Solo won’t be going by a different name in Star Wars spinoff, new alien character revealed

19 April 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We had heard some weeks ago that the young Han Solo anthology movie would reveal the true name behind the legendary character before he took up the moniker he would become famous for.

But apparently Disney CEO Bob Iger’s comments weren’t correct – or rather they were just misunderstood. That is according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

Speaking to MTV, Kennedy reaffirmed that the movie won’t reveal how Solo got his name, but what Iger actually meant is that the galaxy will learn who Han is through his adventures in the film.

“I’m not sure that that’s entirely what Bob meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name,” Kennedy said.

Well, that’s that sorted then. Panic over.

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- Samuel Brace

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19 Things We Learned Watching Shonda Rhimes’ TV Writing Masterclass

19 April 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shonda Rhimes — showrunner, executive producer, and writer behind the Shondaland family of ABC dramas — set up a 30-video online seminar with Masterclass to teach the art and business of television writing. The videos almost all feature Rhimes talking directly to the camera in a comfortable cardigan, which makes the class feel a little like hanging out in her living room. We don’t want to be TV writers, but we watched the 30 videos (which are about 10-15 minutes apiece) to hear what Rhimes had to say. The class uses scripts and other materials from Rhimes’ two most famous shows, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” to teach aspiring writers about the nuts and bolts of the television writing process. What we learned, along the way, is that Rhimes has more willpower and ambition than everyone else we know, combined. Here’s some trivia about the shows and her process from her Masterclass.

1. Rhimes »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Why Marvel Doesn't Want to Make an R-Rated Superhero Movie

18 April 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has been talk that the superhero movie bubble will burst at some point, but movies like Deadpool and Logan have opened a new door for studios to explore. More R-rated superhero movies are going to be coming thanks to the success of those two blockbusters. But Marvel Studios isn't going to be jumping on that bandwagon anytime soon. That said, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige does feel there are some important lessons to be learned from the success of movies like Deadpool.

Kevin Feige spoke with The Hollywood Reporter during a recent visit to the Marvel offices in California. During the visit, the man in charge of the McU spoke a bit about movies like Logan and Deadpool and suggested that, even though Marvel Studios won't be exploring R-rated movies, there are things they can learn from what those movies were able to accomplish. Here is what he had to say about it. »

- MovieWeb

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An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike

18 April 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The last time Hollywood writers walked out seeking a better deal, there were consequences for several tentpoles and would-be franchises.

Hollywood is facing the threat of another Writers’ Guild Strike, one which would immediately stop all writing and rewriting on guild signatory productions — essentially everything from the major studios. So far, negotiations have been contentious, with the WGA arguing that though the business has seen record profits, the average writer’s income has declined in this boom period. And yet, at the bargaining table, the AMPTP — who represent the producers — came offering not gains, but rollbacks. They basically asked the writers to accept less than their current contracts.

The total cost of what the writers are asking for is not particularly excessive. For instance, the cost to Disney would be $21.2 million a year — barely more than half of Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s $43.9 million salary last year. I don’t want to get too far »

- The Bitter Script Reader

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‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movies: Kathleen Kennedy Teases Summer Announcement and What They Mean by Han Solo’s ‘Real Name’

18 April 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Star Wars Celebration continues to be the gift that keeps on giving…provided that you like Star Wars movie news. It’s been two days since the Orlando, Florida, convention ended, and we’re still getting news about Star Wars anthology films — including a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff! — as well as clarification over Disney CEO Bob Iger really […]

The post ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movies: Kathleen Kennedy Teases Summer Announcement and What They Mean by Han Solo’s ‘Real Name’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Hoai-Tran Bui

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Kathleen Kennedy Comments On The Next Star Wars Anthology Film

17 April 2017 9:40 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

MTV News has a video posted on their Facebook page showcasing a quick interview they had with Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, about the future of the Star Wars franchise. In it, she comments upon a number of topics such as how long we can expect the Saga films to last, the meaning of Bob Iger's recent comments about Han Solo's name, as well as questions about Rey's parentage.

One big piece of information she discussed was the chance of an announcement for a new Anthology film. While not confirming what the subject of the movie will be or offering any specifics, she did mention that Lucasfilm hopes to have the next Anthology film announced by the end of the summer. 

"Sure George, we'll make a Jar Jar trilogy."

This will be good news for Star Wars fans. While I fully anticipate there being an announcement, I did »

- Tim Jousma

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Han Solo Won't Get a New Name in Next Star Wars Spin-Off

17 April 2017 3:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger made some interesting comments about the highly-anticipated Han Solo spin-off, revealing that fans will learn how Han meets his Wookie partner Chewbacca, and that it will follow Han between the years of 18 and 24. The Disney head also dropped quite a big bombshell that has had fans up in arms ever since, revealing that Han Solo isn't actually this smuggler's real name. Thankfully, during Star Wars Celebration this past week, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that Han Solo's name will not change.

Ever since Bob Iger made this revelation in late March, some fans have theorized that this Han Solo movie will reveal his real name to be Han Ren, which would explain why his son Ben changed his name to Kylo Ren when he turned to the Dark Side before the events of The Force Awakens. This fan theory has yet to be confirmed, »

- MovieWeb

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