Films under the Disney umbrella earned over $3 billion at the box office in 2018 but the company is looking to exceed expectations in 2019. When one looked at the 2018 calendar, Disney films accounted for at least one film every month. As pointed out by The Big Picture, Disney CEO Bob Iger tightened things down to the point that the studio releases about a dozen films a year or less. The Mouse didn’t release…"The Walt Disney Company Will Own The 2019 Box Office"
Prior to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was announced that writer-director Rian Johnson would be getting the keys to a trilogy that would explore other areas within the Star Wars universe. However, the news dropped on Tuesday afternoon that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were going to be handled the reign to their own trilogy of films. One of the biggest criticisms of Game of Thrones has…"Why can’t Star Wars Get Women to Write and Direct?"
Last week, film critics and reporters were alerted to The Walt Disney Company’s media blackout of the Los Angeles Times. As a Disney shareholder, I am not pleased that they are preventing a newspaper and their critics/reporters from doing their jobs. I tweeted my disgust as soon as I heard about it: Important to note. I am a @Disney shareholder and I'm not happy about this one but. I'm team @latimes here for a free…"STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Disney blacks out the Los Angeles Times"
Lucasfilm has announced today that they have parted with director Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars 9. A statement was posted on the Star Wars website: Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more…"Star Wars 9: Lucasfilm, Colin Trevorrow part ways"
During their third quarter and nine months earning report, The Walt Disney Company announced that they would be pulling their content from Netflix and start their own streaming service in 2019. “Today we announced a strategic shift in the way we distribute our content. The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge…"Disney to start own streaming platform in 2019"
Following the firing of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo film, Lucasfilm has turned to director Ron Howard to helm the Star Wars film. Lucasfilm announced their decision to hire Howard as the new director today. “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With…"Star Wars: Ron Howard takes over Han Solo film"
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left in their roles as co-directors of the untitled Han Solo stand-alone prequel due to creative differences. The duo were named as co-directors back in the summer of 2015. Lawrence and Jon Kasdan wrote the screenplay. The following statement was posted on the Star Wars website yesterday: The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an…"Han Solo: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller leave Star Wars film"
Star Wars fans are probably sitting on edge following The Book of Henry, a film directed by Star Wars 9 director Colin Trevorrow, opened up to negative reviews. While it is an independent film, the film was shot after Jurassic World–which is the film that earned Trevorrow the directing gig for the third film in the newest Star Wars trilogy. I haven’t had the opportunity to screen The Book of Henry. I had plans to…"Star Wars 9: Does The Book of Henry have Star Wars fans on edge?"
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi looming at the end of the year, there’s a lot of predictions to be made that can go either right or wrong. One of the much-discussed predictions is that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is either Luke Skywalker’s daughter or Obi-Wan Kenobi’s grand-daughter. There’s no proof one way or the other to know for sure. Hamill didn’t do the discussion any favors during the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel held…"Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Is Rey the daughter of Luke Skywalker?"
As Star Wars fans wait as patiently as possible for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger addressed the future of the space opera saga while speaking at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. “When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” the Disney CEO said. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII.…"Star Wars: Disney’s Bob Iger plans for Star Wars into 2030"