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You Won’t Believe How Much Of The Film Industry Disney Now Owns

A vast portion of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has been offloaded to Disney.

That’s the headline that continues to send shockwaves across the four corners of the Internet, and the Mouse House is just getting started. Having drawn up tentative plans to consolidate its newly-acquired Marvel characters under the one umbrella (read: the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Disney is about to redraw the superhero genre as we know it. And at least according to CEO Bob Iger, whose time with the company will extend into 2021, this cross-pollination won’t impede on Fox’s own slate of adult-oriented and, in the case of Deadpool, hilariously crude superhero flicks.

But costumed crusaders weren’t the only motivating factor behind Disney’s acquisition. As we learned mere hours ago, the House of Mouse will soon gain control of Predator, Alien and a number of other high-profile film franchises, while USA Today has
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Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits

Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits
News of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox has been sending shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry since reports began to surface nearly a month ago. And now it's official, which means that the Disney princesses have to make room in the castle for some brand-new princesses that are moving in from Fox. Many fans have focused more on the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not Deadpool will retain his brutal verbal skills over at the House of Mouse, so the new princesses have flown under the radar. But the time is right to recognize the new Disney royalty recruits.

Though not a traditional princess, Alien's Ellen Ripley should be allowed in just for being a kick ass hero, a new kind of gritty princess that isn't scared to get her hands dirty or fire some blasters. She can hang out with Princess Leia and Captain Phasma when there's nothing pressing going on.
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The X-Files, Legion And American Horror Story Among TV Shows Hoovered Up By Disney

A vast portion of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has been offloaded to Disney.

That’s the headline that continues to send shockwaves across the four corners of the Internet, and the Mouse House is just getting started. Having drawn up tentative plans to consolidate its newly-acquired Marvel characters under the one umbrella (read: the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Disney is about to redraw the superhero genre as we know it. And at least according to CEO Bob Iger, whose time with the company will extend into 2021, this cross-pollination won’t impede on Fox’s own slate of adult-oriented and, in the case of Deadpool, hilariously crude superhero flicks.

But costumed crusaders weren’t the only motivating factor behind Disney’s acquisition. As we learned mere hours ago, the House of Mouse will soon gain control of Predator, Alien and a number of other high-profile film franchises, while USA Today has
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Disney Now Completely Owns The Star Wars Franchise

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, but there’s plenty of reasons for Star Wars fans to get excited, too. Though Disney has been churning out films set in that galaxy far, far away for a while now, they haven’t, until this point, completely owned the franchise.

You see, when they purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012 for $4 billion, they got their hands on everything except the “original, theatrical versions” of the
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Here’s Every Franchise That Disney Just Got From Fox

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, and we understand head honcho Kevin Feige is keen to cross-pollinate those iconic mutants with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its roster of established characters – just don’t get your hopes up for Hugh Jackman to swing by for a cameo in Avengers 4. If anything, this merger leaves the door open for another actor to take Jackman’s place and reboot the Wolverine we know and love.
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10 Wide Releases in 2017 That Exceeded Expectations

While wide releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Logan Lucky either met or fulfilled expectations this year, we had to dig deep for the studio films that caught us pleasantly off-guard. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re highlighting the few major releases that left us surprised.

Note that the below ten features are strictly films that received a wide release on their opening weekend and not ones that eventually expanded with a roll-out. Some, for various reasons, arrived with virtually little-to-no anticipation around these parts, while others wildly exceeded our standard expectations, and a few managed to be among our favorites of the year.

Check out our selections below and let us know what surprised you most in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 (Ridley Scott)

It is hard to say where exactly expectations
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Disney will officially buy 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets

  • JoBlo
After a week of anxious speculation, it’s finally official that Disney will acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a historic deal that will cost $66 billion (including debts) and will see the Walt Disney company expand its film and television empire. In other words, the House of Mouse should see about upgrading to a castle. As part of the deal,... Read More...
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Netflix Pulls the Trigger on ‘The Punisher’ Season 2

The tragedy of the 21st Century superhero movie is that if it isn’t made by Marvel, it probably isn’t worth watching. The one holdout to this in recent memory has been Fox’s X-Men series, which by rights shouldn’t count for two distinct reasons. The first is that, although not made by Marvel Studios and not part of the McU, they are still based on a Marvel Comics property. The second is that it appears that they will soon be absorbed into the House of Mouse (and, by proxy, be folded into the McU). Although not quite as severe as on

Netflix Pulls the Trigger on ‘The Punisher’ Season 2
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Disney and Fox Deal Expected to Be Announced This Thursday

Disney and Fox Deal Expected to Be Announced This Thursday
It has been reported that the Disney and Fox merger is all set to be finalized this Thursday since Comcast has dropped out of the bidding war. This is big news and it will have ramifications beyond bringing the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some believe Fantastic Four isn't even part of the deal. A lot of people are not excited about the merger and worry about how it could negatively impact the movie industry, but there's not much anyone can do to stop the merger from happening now. Fox's stock price has risen 1% and Disney's has gone up a fraction this week since Comcast bailed out on Monday.

CNBC reportedly has a source very close to the merger deal and they claim that the deal is on the "glide path," and that if everything goes according to plan, the deal will be finalized this Thursday with a press announcement,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Dir. Rian Johnson (2017)

Star Wars The Last Jedi review: Rian Johnson writes and directs the latest installment in the legendary space saga.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review

Star Wars made a shock return in 2015 with a brand new start to a brand new trilogy. Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars, and like their Marvel Universe had every intention of milking the franchise. Yes, now we are receiving a Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, and with that it makes you wonder if the fanbase will get tired of constantly being bombarded by the thing they love. Although ‘The Force Awakens’ was a well-received return to the world of a galaxy far, far away, it also became more and more criticised for relying too much on the formula of the 1977 original. After the reception of the prequel trilogy,
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Disney-Fox Merger Nears Finish Line, Acquisition To Be Made Official On Thursday

The precious entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox are officially slipping toward Disney‘s gravitational pull, and it looks like the much-touted deal will be signed, sealed and delivered by Thursday, December 14th.

In what could be a banner day for the Mouse House – Star Wars: The Last Jedi is also poised to begin its global rollout in two days’ time – 21st Century Fox and Disney are now said to be on the “glide path” for a historic merger, particularly now that Comcast has withdrawn its bid for the majority of Fox’s assets.

That leaves Disney as the sole suitor, with CNBC reporting that the enterprise value of Fox’s entertainment division is “seen as above $60 billion,” so gaining control of the Avatar and X-Men franchises won’t be cheap for the House of Mouse, even if an exact figure is yet to be disclosed.

And though film fans
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Disney/Fox Deal To Go Through This Week, Fantastic Four May Not Be Included

In what could be the most significant bit of superhero news of the year, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox are very close to finalizing a deal that could see properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four making their way to the McU. The update comes courtesy of Variety, who are reporting that the companies are just about finished going over the fine print and an official announcement could arrive any day now.

While this is hugely exciting and an absolutely groundbreaking deal, what’s really got fans talking is what we mentioned above, that being the potential to include heroes like the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or at least, that’s what we thought would come along with a sale of Fox to Disney. Now, however, we’re hearing that the latter property may not be included in the deal.
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Disney could emerge from Fox deal with part ownership of the Batman property

  • JoBlo
Batteries to power! Turbines to speed! Batman to Disney! Wait, what? That's right, my friends. Well, in-part, but still. Please, allow me to explain ... You know about The Walt Disney Company's potential deal to acquire 20th Century Fox, correct? If the arrangement comes to pass, it will place the House of Mouse in a position to feature Fox's Marvel characters (like the X-Men... Read More...
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Happy Christmas, Harry! The 5 Most Spell-Binding Surprises for Muggles at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Happy Christmas, Harry! The 5 Most Spell-Binding Surprises for Muggles at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Muggles can now experience Christmas in the Wizarding World — and you don’t even need a forged permission slip.

The charming wizarding village of Hogsmeade, which is the setting for Harry Potter’s wintry adventures in J.K. Rowling‘s Potterverse — despite the fact that year after year, the Dursleys wouldn’t give him permission to go — is now decked out for the holidays for the first time ever at Universal Orlando. (The “London” portion of Wizarding World, home of Diagon Alley, also got a festive makeover for the season.)

Related: This Classic Disneyland Attraction Is About to Change Forever

Fans
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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ First Look: See Keira Knightley as a Very Pink Sugar Plum Fairy

‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ First Look: See Keira Knightley as a Very Pink Sugar Plum Fairy
Just in time for the holiday season — when your family will drag you to another local performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker —we get our first look at Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The first look at the House of Mouse’s adaptation of the classic ballet is like if The Chronicles of Narnia met […]

The post ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ First Look: See Keira Knightley as a Very Pink Sugar Plum Fairy appeared first on /Film.
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The Future of X-Men and Fantastic Four After Disney-Fox Deal

  • Cinelinx
With Disney buying out many of 21st Century Fox’s major assets, the House of Mouse will now have control of all of Fox film properties, such as Fantastic Four and X-Men. What does this mean for the future of film and television, and the McU in particular?

The Mouse is all-powerful! Disney is now swallowing up Fox’s Film and Television Division. This includes their cable channels, like National Geographic and FX. (I don’t think they’ll be able to buy the Fox TV network, because Disney already owns ABC, so don’t panic Gotham fans. Marvel probably won’t have that one.) Disney will soon be in charge of many Fox properties, such as Planet of the Apes, Alien, Predator, Die Hard, Avatar and X-Men.

This drastically changes the current media landscape, in many ways. It’s all part of Marvel’s overall plan to increase their scope,
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Fox Wants To Sell To Disney Over Other Buyers

21st Century Fox is up for grabs, and it seems that everyone wants a piece of them. From Disney to Sony and even Comcast, we’ve heard that the studio has found many potential buyers, and though no deal has placed just yet, it would seem that things are moving quickly, with Fox said to be making some kind of announcement on the matter by the end of the calendar year. Who they’ll ultimately sell to remains to be seen of course, but if a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed, it might just be the Mouse House.

Again, nothing’s set in stone, but according to the outlet, Disney is the preferred buyer simply because they’re the best fit strategically.

“21st Century Fox Inc., the global film and TV company controlled by the Murdoch family, would prefer to sell some assets to Walt Disney Co.
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Disney And Fox Deal May Go Through Before End Of Year

The geek world imploded a few weeks back when it was revealed that Disney is working on purchasing the bulk of 20th Century Fox. Immediately, fans either got excited to see properties such as the X-Men merge with the House of Mouse and potentially join the McU, or bemoaned the unstoppable dominance of Disney. Shortly after this report came out, though, we were told that the whole thing might already be dead in the water, as negotiations between the two companies had apparently died down.

Now, however, we’re hearing differently. Just a few days ago, Deadline told us that they heard talks were back on and today, WSJ is confirming as much. According to them, things are really heating up, but the Mouse House may find themselves with some tough competition in the form of Comcast, who also want in on the action and are “very serious” about acquiring Fox’s assets.
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The Justice League Face The X-Men In Universe-Shattering New Trailer

With the ongoing Disney/20th Century Fox deal making it look like a crossover between the Avengers and the X-Men could actually become a possibility in the not-too-distant future, we need to come up with a new superhero team-up movie to fantasize about that could never actually happen. Enter this new fan-made trailer that imagines what would go down if DC and Marvel collided for a Justice League vs. X-Men film.

What’s impressive about the trailer is how it manages to blend the tones of the DC Extended Universe and the X-Men movie universe so well. Choosing 2014’s Days of Future Past to merge with Justice League was a clever idea, as both films are fueled by the idea of hope spurring the heroes out of a dark age (the Sentinel-controlled future/a world where Superman is dead) and into a brighter future. This is brought to the fore
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The Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Remade With Disney Characters Is Amazing

Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes are great and all, but what would an Avengers-style team-up movie be like if it featured a mash-up of Disney’s finest? Well, this new fan-edit of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer (seen below) imagines just that, as the teaser is remade beat for beat using clips from your favourite movies from the House of Mouse.

Apart from the clever swapping out of Infinity War scenes with their closest match in Disney movies, the fun in this trailer is seeing which cartoon characters replace the Avengers line-up. For instance, Tony Stark becomes Aladdin, Doctor Strange morphs into Genie, Scarlet Witch and Vision are now Lady and the Tramp, Thor is Hercules (natch), Peter Parker is Max Goof, Bucky Barnes is Peter Pan, and so on.

Perhaps the best match-ups, though, are the villains. Obviously, The Lion King‘s Scar takes the place of Loki, another trickster
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