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Disney, Lucasfilm plans new weekly Mandalorian product launches
"Company and look. His film teaming up to launch a weekly event with that total reveal some new products. Inspired by their Disney, plus streaming serious, the man DeLorean. Those promotions will begin in October late October to go inside with the launch of the next season of the show. Education similar didn't already know is a Star Wars spinoff featuring both human actors, and those high tech buffets
Disneyland is Closed. It's Only the Fourth Time in 60 Years.
"Story about Disney and it's giving new opportunities to others as we'll discover later in the week we're to start by updating a story. We ran earlier this month about Disney CEO. Bob Iger stepping down. He handed the reins to Bob Shape. It who until then had been in charge of running the theme parks. We knew shape would face many challenges but even on March second when we first ran history no one dreamed of the obstacles. He would be facing. Today Disneyland closed. Its doors a week ago. Saturday as a production time the company planned to keep Disneyland closed through the end of the month. Disneyworld in Florida and Disney's Paris resort have also been close in Sunday march fifteenth. It's only the fourth time in Disney's history that the original California theme park has been closed since its birth in nineteen fifty five. The first time was for National Day of mourning after the assassination of President John F Kennedy in November nineteen sixty three. It stayed open every single day for the next thirty one years not closing again until the northridge earthquake shattered. The city's Com in Nineteen ninety-four. Even then it was only partially closed. The third closure comes as little surprise. Disneyland didn't open on September Eleventh. Two thousand one after hijackers attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Here's our story from March second about Bob? Agar's Legacy Bob Shapes Future Disney big news on February Twenty Fifth Disney CEO. Bob Iger step down from his post effective immediately. Yeah it had been rumored for years that the longtime well respected executive would retire sometime. But the announcement suddenness reportedly surprised employees and industry executives according to C. N. N. It also shocked investors the announcement on a random Tuesday. One analyst said was stunning. The share price sank on the news even more sharply than the rest of the market which was already in freefall because of Corona virus fears. Agar's replacement Bob Shaping twenty-seven-year-old Disney veteran. Since two thousand fifteen is run Disney's parks and resorts division. He'll have Gargantuan shoes to fill. Bob Eiger is known as a fearless risk taker a guy who believes in the motto. Innovate or die. He's been at Disney for forty five years. It took the reins from Michael Eisner. Fifteen years ago then Disney was turning a profit of two and a half billion a year according to CNBC. Today it's more than ten billion not surprisingly share prices followed growing four hundred percent over fifteen years of managing the house of mouse that soaring profitability is typically credited to iger bonus as chief executive. He made enormous bets. Acquiring Lucasfilm Pixar Marvel and last year completing a seventy billion dollar acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox. The result Disney films dominated the box office last year. Grossing more than ten billion dollars according to CNBC if that wasn't enough eiger led Disney into streaming TV sinking billions into creating Disney plus. The twentieth century. Fox purchase helped fuel Disney plus by giving it a huge catalog of content. So too did move to take back. Disney shows that had formerly licensed to net flicks. Now it's fierce rival. The strategy seems to be working. Disney plus launched only three months ago in November. The company says it now has nearly thirty million subscribers. I grew is also known as charismatic. Outgoing executive who loves to HOBNOB The Wall Street Journal says not so much shaping who the New York Times describes his blunt business like and devoted to making his numbers but also quote in love with all things Disney. He has even been known to chat with Disney characters. As he walks through the resorts on shaping watch parks and resort profits grew every year for five years in a row mostly double digits. According to the journal the newspaper credits. The growth. To expansion of the Parks Chafiq Lead. Disney's new star wars
Disney CEO Bob Iger Steps Down Abruptly
"From wondering. I'm David Brown. And this is business wars daily on this Monday march second big news last Tuesday Disney CEO. Bob Eiger stepped down from his post effective immediately. Yeah it had been rumored for years that the longtime well respected executive would retire sometime. But the announcement suddenness reportedly surprised employees and industry executives according to CNN. Especially since Agar's employment contract is up until the end of twenty twenty one it also shocked investors the announcement on a random Tuesday. One analyst said was stunning. The share price sank on the news even more sharply than the rest of the market which was already in freefall because of Corona virus fears items replacement BOB SHAPE ICK Twenty-seven Year Disney veteran. Who since two thousand fifteen has run? Disney parks and resorts division. He'll have Gargantuan shoes to fill. Bob Iger is known as a fearless risk taker. A guy who believes in the motto in by. He's been at Disney for forty five years. He took the reins for Michael Eisner. Fifteen years back then. Disney was turning a profit of two and a half billion dollars a year according to CNBC. Today it's more than ten billion not surprisingly share prices followed growing four hundred percent over Eiger fifteen years managing the house of mouse that soaring profitability is typically credited do bonus as chief executive. He made enormous bets. Acquiring Lucasfilm Pixar Marvel and last year completing a seventy billion dollar acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox. The result Disney films dominated the box office last year. Grossing more than ten billion dollars according to CNBC if that wasn't enough eiger led Disney into streaming TV sinking billions and creating Disney plus the twentieth century. Fox purchase helped fuel Disney plus by giving it a huge catalog of content. So too did I moved to take back. Disney shows that it had formerly licensed Netflix. Now it's fierce rival. The strategy seems to be working. Disney plus launched only three months ago in November. The company says it now has nearly thirty million subscribers. I group is also known as charismatic. Outgoing executive who loves to HOBNOB The Wall Street Journal says not so much. Pick who the New York Times describes as blunt businesslike and devoted to making his numbers but also quote in love with all things Disney. He has even been known to chat with the Disney characters as he walks through the resorts on Capex Watch Parkson Resort. Prophets grew every year for five years in a row mostly at double digits. According to the journal the newspaper credits the growth expansion of the parks shape lead. Disney's new star wars attractions and the five billion dollars. Shanghai Disney resort but also to what the Journal calls strategic cost cutting parks visitors. Were flat last year. But revenue and profits increased as shaping high ticket prices. During high traffic days. Bloomberg reported following the announcement. Social media was a buzz not just with questions about the abrupt news but also with complaints about unaffordable ticket. Prices Bob I toll. Cnbc and others that his plans to step down were widely known within Disney halls. Just not publicly his reasoning. He said he will become Executive Chairman for the twenty two months left in his employment contract and he plans to devote his time to bolstering Disney's creative content before he leaves the company. Nothing could be more important. As the
Bob Iger abruptly resigns as Disney CEO, Hollywood is shocked
"Bob. Iger shock resignation earlier this week as chairman of the Walt Disney Company. I mean Bob Eiger has had but can only be called a storied. Ten you're at Disney huge acquisitions. Pixar Marvel Lucasfilm. He's built it into a death star of the film studio. And of course there have all the marketing and merchandising. They have launched Disney plus so all of this has happened. He has threatened to who retire set dates for retirement and then truly. I think out of the blue. He announced that he's stepping down as CEO immediately. He's he's sticking around in some sort of creative capacity but boy. Hollywood did not see that
Disney CEO Bob Iger Steps Aside; Bob Chapek Named New Head
"Let's move onto Disney some big news. Disney CEO BOB. Iger is stepping down as CEO but will remain executive chairman until twenty twenty one. Now Bob Chepe pack will take over. Chepe heck was the chairman of Disney parks experiences and products. He's been at Disney for a long time. Twenty seven years and we knew was going to step down. Yeah but still. This is a bit of a surprise in who the new CEO is. Yeah a lot of people thought you know be Bob. Eiger came out last year and he put something called the ride of a lifetime and he basically forecast that he was at the he was at the end of his time as CEO of Disney. The you know that he would be stepping down. It was not in the middle of the route of lifetime. This was kind of a a foreshadowing. The timing is really odd again. Given the corona virus and Disney Disney parks worldwide or about thirty percent of the revenue of the total profitability of the company. Like this is a big deal yet. A lot of people didn't realize you know the thought that the next leader from Would come maybe from Disney plus from the from the video side and they didn't they went and tapped a guy who's been at the benefit the parks. Yeah I happen to think. It's all a big conspiracy just to keep the Bob's in power feels like a snap. It feels like a snub to someone like Kevin Mayor. Who's been heading up Disney streaming service and Disney for so long has been saying streaming Disney placid future of Disney and to bring somebody in who has experienced running the parkside. The experience I've Disney is an interesting choice and the market doesn't seem to like it. But I I kind of do minus the Bob Bob thing strange but I think it's a good thing because as you said it's the parks in the experience that has been driving Disney throughout his entire history. And you don't want to put everything on streaming and ignore the extremely profitable important aspects. That is the Disney culture. That's created from experiences like parks the thing that's really interesting. And the Bob Eiger it. It's interesting to me that when Bob Eiger became the CEO. I don't know if you remember this but it was not a popular pick at all. It was not you know he was thought of as being the wrong guy coming from the wrong industry but what he has been. He's been a master capital alligator. Bought Pixar Lucasfilm's Fox Studios Marsa Marvel Marvel Tuck in acquisitions exactly exactly me transformational acquisitions. But people didn't realize you know people did not give him the credit in advance that that was what he was going to do. And I think one of the reasons that they went to the direction that they did is the thing that Bob Iger did that. People were surprised about is he really cracked the code on direct to consumer for Disney. Yeah and baby. Yoda and finally finally. We're going to see some BAYONA merchandise and other high not gonNA sell
Disney's surprise CEO departure while Baby Yoda steals Toy Fair
"Disney's down. Co but will remain as executive chairman until the end of the year while departure has been widely anticipated. The news still comes as a bit of a shocker. Since he had delayed his retirement multiple times to find a successor. We've got one now name Bob Traffic. He'll take over CEO. But before we talk about Bob. Well let's talk about the original Bob Bob Eiger and his contribution to Disneyworld big highlights free opt above for Disney. Yeah Yeah it came nowhere in the middle of the earnings call yesterday and in a way he gets to go out on top like Disney plus their streaming service launch was very successful. The photo we just round the screen he gets to go out with like a photo of him and a little baby yoga. It's Kinda hard to not get around that so so beyond beyond dizzy plus which is obviously most recent thing but there. There's been a lot of big successes credited to Bob. I go right. He's I mean he's basically bought up. Most of our childhood are marvel. Wait what was the one I well? He basically bought Lucasfilm's Fox Star Star Wars and Fox right and so he's he's cobbled together. This sort of massive Hollywood infrastructure is actually improve the park's right when I think when he started a bunch of the parks were not doing well and he was credited towards like building up. Dizzy Disneyland Hong Kong and Japan and building up Disney California venture. So like he's done a lot of the company but gotta go back to Disney plus and the mandatory which is sort of the latest thing. That's fresh in our mind. This is the fascinating juncture since on one hand like there's so much now going forward especially the Fox and there's a lot of new activity going on so it's shooting step away amidst like marvel's like Face four walls. And of course we've got Yes like he kinda ends his his tenure with like this viral sensation. Yeah and having done in the launch of Disney plus done several interviews like going over early briefs that show and overseeing that it's all sort of confusing because there were twenty months left on his extension. I believe it was. Yeah Yeah and he is. He's sticking around. My guess is he's he's focusing largely on sort of the entertainment aspects of the film studio part of the business and leading the new. Bob Chapman deal so the day to day operations as CEO and then on their hand because so much was built up it might from the consumer perspective. It might not be that noticeable because everything has been put into motion and it's just a matter of them. Disney continue to ride through their distance for the next couple of years of movie and stuff
Disney's New CEO
"Disney CEO BOB. Iger is handing over the keys to the magic kingdom immediately. What I couldn't maybe it's not really. He's not going anywhere. I know he's not going to play with this beautiful succession. It's so ordered. It's just weird that it comes down to show. I'm leaving today but anyway I ever stepped down. I WanNa hear whether you've I wanna hear your your you actually no one. I want to hear some of your water cooler scuttle butt. Todd you give you my theory and go wild whatever. Go while. You're seeing that if anyone doesn't know this my son was yesterday afternoon. Bob Stepping down as Disney CEO. It's effective yesterday and replaced by Bob. Pick which has done a good job at theme parks. I guess he's been there a long time. Head of the company's Global Parks and unlike NBC. I was thinking. Wow he's not content creative guys a park that we think of it differently at comcast I think parks are important but it was almost like a secondary thing that we did comcast got when they took me started with garden. Graham Cast Disney started with good argue both NBC Universal and and Disney have been very good at coordinating those parts. Were you surprised the parks guy would run the entire creative operation of Stephanie's yes I I I don't know anyway. He will report directly to either. Who's going to stay on through his contract as Executive Chairman and basically the guy is going to report to the board so the his contract goes through the end of twenty twenty one he been. Ceo For fifteen years overseeing a tremendous growth at Disney acquisitions like Pixar Marvel Lucasfilm and most recently Fox's well as his shift to streaming with the launch of ESPN plus Disney plus in an interview exclusive interview on CNBC. I explained his decision was we looked at the businesses. We felt we have a great set of assets. We have a great strategy. What's next and what was next in terms of my own priorities is making sure that the creative pipeline and the company was really rich that all our creative engines were working extremely well and I wanted spend more and more of my time on that. I'm not sure I want to be. Ceo Virus either so with a theme park. Here's my theory of the case. Okay bye-bye signs a new employment contract as part of the transaction to buy Fox Rupert Murdoch stipulates that he has to be there. Okay Hey that him. By the way we went wild speculation that prevents him from running for president. And if you're really into wild speculation there are people out there that are suggesting somehow that this is some kind of entree to some kind of a Bloomberg Eiger of now. It's taking that off the table. That's crazy however he's still going to be in this place. Becky said it. He's not going anywhere he's effectively. The two bobs are basically running this place. Bob's reporting to him. So if Bob the new Bob about doesn't work out for whatever reason Bob Eiger is still there. He's also seen many transitions where people are sitting in waiting. Why wait it's possible? And I hope I for the new Bob Sake that it works out but if it doesn't and we've seen this story by the way at salesforce just happened yesterday where the CEO. Kevin Block didn't work out so could another Kevin in this case Kevin Mayor Ultimate step up? That's the person everybody expected was gonNA take the job to me. The big question mark this morning is if you are Kevin May or running Disney. Plus are you staying in this job because you thought potentially that you were getting the top job to me. Those are the issues that are being talked about around. The water
Bob Iger steps down as CEO of Disney
"There's news today that Bob Eiger is stepping down immediately as CEO of the Walt Disney company to make room for his successor and that is Bob JPEG who runs Disney's theme parks division last year Argo announced that he would step down when his contract expires at the end of twenty twenty one he will remain at the company as executive chairman and according to a Disney press release will direct the company's creative endeavors joining me to discuss the Disney news is Ben Fritz is the west coast bureau chief of the Wall Street journal he's also the author of the book the big picture the fight for the future of movies so Bob Eiger has mentioned several times that he was going to leave his current position what are we to make of the timing right now it's tough to tell exactly why what why the sudden change after all these years about what you're saying he was gonna leave it at night and then on saying he was gonna leave and delaying he delayed his retirement numerous times over the past decade and he's you know less than a year and a half into it his latest three year contract so it's kind of surprising in its day but on the other hand like it's very I gear to sort of do it do it all in secret and then all of a sudden announced to the world and in an unexpected way so his successor Bob che pack runs Disney's biggest business that is theme parks and consumer products what are we to make of his selection and were there other people who might have been competing for the job certainly our or other people like I think the biggest contender currently at Disney's Kevin Mayer who's running their new screening effort you know that's led by Disney plus he's piece insert top strategy except for the company for a long time you know with Kate Kate back amongst the current crop of executives that is a bit of a safe choice right he's running he's running sort of the traditional businesses like theme parks obviously business most associated with Disney as opposed to remaining which is certainly the future of Disney and you know by all accounts he pick is a very smart guy and a very competent guy but certainly is not so different sort of had like the the Christmas season as much of the house of a great public speaker of this you know Bob Iger's let's talk a little bit about what Bob Iger has done at the Walt Disney company I'm gonna name before deals Pixar's seven point four billion Marvel for billion Lucasfilm for billion and last year the Whopper twenty first century fox seventy one point three billion those are all kind of content movie TV deals what kind of studio is Bob Eiger leaving behind before we talk about the rest of the company I really mean highway I think anybody would have to say is sort of the most successful and tightly run major entertainment company in in America today because he's very focused on franchises they were ahead of the rest of Hollywood and it pops into their business on franchises as you said a lot of that to acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel and Star Wars and franchises are busy sort of at the heart of the movie business these days in an auger was somewhat ahead of the curve in realizing you can just keep selling something Netflix is that Disney would have to launch its own streaming service to compete just like Disney plus is already out there and it's you know is is certainly ahead of what we're seeing from his competitors like HBO maxim peacock which are still to come I think I think later this year so you have to say he's always been for media executive pretty ahead of the curve and and been a leader is not just Disney plus as part of the fox deal they got a portion of who lived in they bought out the rest of the portion of Hulu from Comcast so what does Disney focused on now in terms of taking on Netflix with streaming they have Disney plus they have who is that where a lot of their money and attention is going right now absolutely I mean the future of Disney as an intern came distributor is Disney plus Hulu and ESPN plus right those are it's three major streaming services and traditional TV businesses being shrunk rapidly that's for Disney's putting all its efforts and a lot of films such as going there as well so that if that is the future of Disney but yet the one business they have it certainly not shrinking is the one that's cheapest and overseeing which is part of the consumer products right while all traditional entertainment is being disrupted people still love to go to theme parks and Disney theme parks are more successful than ever these days I want to buy the toys as well so that's sort of the more traditional side of the business that is not being transformed by digital technology I think you can make the argument that theme parks have what's known in business as a wide moat there not a lot of competitors to theme parks but there is something called the corona virus and there are problems that theme parks and cruise lines of which Disney has a cruise line are also facing pressure so what is that business look like going forward and what does it tell us about how Disney values theme parks that Bob Chapek will be running the whole company well listen I think in the short run it's not a great moment to be running theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong is Disney does and to have cruise ships so that businesses under pressure right now but I you know presuming I hope we do get the fire under control I think everybody within these businesses will continue to be successful if they have been and you know popped out to tech has by all accounts and done a very good job running those businesses and he generated a lot of profit for the people to the company if that's that you set up for a lot of the revenue and profits comments you know streaming is the future of streaming is a money losing business for now and I think you know with disappointment Disney's kind of saying yes stream is important part of our future but Disney is still a company that that it that it's hard to it's about the experiences people have in our theme parks Bob I will leave a great track record I think the Disney company is a very impressive guy in person a great public speaker there's been some speculation about him running for political office do you think that's potentially part of his future anything's possible right I think you know as he's publicly said that he toyed with the idea of running for president this year and he decided it wasn't right for him but he's you know very politically active Democrat I would not be surprised if he's hoping that you know if the next president is a Democrat that he might you know have some kind of a role in it in an administration I think that's something he would probably love to do it with fifteen profile very well well I'm gonna assume he's not jumping in this year it feels like we really don't need another billionaire and the rice then Fred's is the west coast bureau chief for the wallstreet journal band thanks so much for going
Obi-Wan Kenobi series reportedly on hold after scripts ditched
"And production on the new Disney plus Star Wars series obi wan is on hold and the crew has been sent home the series which CZ when McGregor reprise his role as the jet I master is reportedly undergoing a rework the show has not been cancelled but Lucasfilm is said to be looking for a new
The Entertainment of 2019: Year in Review
"It interesting year for of the world of entertainment and in terms of the movie screen to get to this explosion of Netflix and all these other different platforms you don't have to go to the big movie theater unless you want the full immersive experience and I always suggest you also get some cookies because as the time of the year but just I think the wives with you enjoy the experience but but I know some of the things the fact you have this posted on your website James person dot com is the ruling over a declining box office because here we have all this if you know the big money is made international especially China will than that with the whole trade the issues going back and forth the editing of certain films so what's going on here is this eventually the demise of the traditional box office expectations in the traditional theaters another been saying that for years with new technology well it it's being yeah it's shrinking kind of traditional movie other than the big franchise brand box office because even though the box office has gone down for the fifth time this decade it's down a record number and the executives and the Hollywood met and many of them I work with they are living in a kind of a denial world I I they know that if these two technological things are you spoke about the fact that you can have a very powerful home theater experience now you know with everybody has a big screen high definition television you're bringing some robots was a I they could pretend like they're part of the crowd you know they can make noise going on cell phones whatever you like yeah but usually because Disney bought Lucasfilm and marble and they have all the biggest intellectual property ownership concept movies they took eighty percent of the top ten so the top ten films of the year eight out of the ten from Disney that's a record Disney also took in ten billion dollars worldwide in their film box office which is also a record but at the same time the box office is down the number of people go to the movies is down and I think it's not just because of the technology I think it's because of the contact and I think what it is is that there's these old concepts things like story characters people long for in his words of Martin Scorsese got highly criticized for speaking out against Marvel superhero movies but there there are more of like a thrill ride in many cases than they are white the kind of story telling that Hollywood became famous for and so because of that you know like the number one movie by actually number one movie of the year and of all time is the ventures and gag which is always the classic not that it's it's a bad movie I mean it's an entertaining movie buddy it's it's all action special effects sci fi superhero fantasy type thing and the others get in the top ten there's captain Marvel there's spider man far from home with the Star Wars the latest Star Wars wars installment the risers creek sky worker these are all from the same bill during it yet all marble or Lucasfilm in there these kinds of movies many of course you have sequels like Toy Story four and frozen was it the golden read books and we're gonna get more and more is that all is well yeah but some of that you get to the new generations and its radio Disney used to do as a by the way for the tuning in talking James person Jim person dot com is my second house over a pop culture among other things but you know Disney had a formula for years back to real DHS and everything else stay AT and into the theaters before that alone every seven years or so they would release like Snow White or something and then they'd go back into the vault and the they keep capturing new generations was masterful now one of the big deals this year's Disney plus the debt is just phenomenal with with what's there you don't really need a lot of other things but it's it's it's all available now so that's another example of how quickly the staff changes your inner exactly what you're talking about by the way for new generations of a new iteration was the remake it with live action The Lion King which was the number two movie any captured a whole new generation of of movie that had captured a previous generation so yeah Disney has the intellectual property so that when they launch their streaming service Disney plus they did something that a lot of people in Hollywood one really freaked out about and then they had a a movie starring Anna Kendrick cold no well it was never released in any it went direct to streaming we haven't even heard that concept direct just dreaming twenty one Disney does it then the people in the industry say oh my gosh this is a trend in the Irish men bad movie that's generating all the on her because of her the foreman should Martin Scorsese unfortunately it has that crazy man Robert De Niro at that but he's consistent and you got a treatment because his movie the molar report on ice the musical didn't do well this year so what is so loved that concept I really do I really do and I I would have given them the Laurie yeah I would go see that if Robert Muller was ice skating I would go see it for sure but but this one it went there was a lady and the tramp remake Disney which and that way director strict streaming I was mentioning the Irishman and there's another movie called marriage is story these are both Oscar bait movies after only one month they went streaming so there could be a new trend in that's good that caters to people that create their own entertainment peered at home and but the only thing is I mean I anecdotally I mean I have friends an average six myself I remember you know we were when we just had cable and all of a sudden we had out hundreds of cable channels and sitting there and I couldn't find anything to watch on cable channel and now people experience that they say oh I'm going through the cable channels I'm going through Netflix I don't see anything I want to watch so I'm gonna watch it's a wonderful life for the eighteen hi so that means there's a vacuum out there for I guess what we would call traditional entertainment and maybe family friendly which is by the way in the end that's where Hollywood makes most of its money because all the top ten films are pretty much the you know there there's no all over you friendly films at the most there's a P. G. thirteen type superhero films that have some action scenes chill Hollywood makes its money with family friendly films and then they attack families with the awards speaking of
Riley Howell, who died stopping UNCC shooter, honored as 'Star Wars' Jedi master
"And out of this world honor for a late student hero who was a huge Star Wars fan twenty one year old Riley how're died last April while saving lives during the active shooter incident at the university of North Carolina saying his courage and selflessness brings out the jet I in others Lucasfilm's naming a character after Riley in the Star Wars expanded universe rightly rightly Howell Howell is is described described as as a a jet jet I I master master an an historian historian of of the the jet jet I I order order his his first first appearances appearances in in the the companion companion book book for for episode episode nine nine the the rise rise of of star
House of Mouse Announces 10 Million Signups on Disney+ Launch Day
"Family friendly streaming service Disney plus. You've heard about it right. The company announced for more than ten million new subscriptions on its first day scoring some technical glitches but also shooting past analysts expectations and apparently their own expectations. Since two analysts had predicted Disney plus would reach ten to eighteen million subscribers in its first year. According to the Verge Disney's stock shot up seven in percents on the news that ten million number looks all the more striking when you compare it to those of existing Streaming Services Hulu plus which Disney now owns has twenty eight million subscribers. And it's been around for eleven years then there's ESPN plus another Disney. Property launched in April twenty eighteen and it has only two and a half million subscribers according to CNBC of course net flicks still dominates with one hundred fifty eight million subscribers worldwide but then again netflix created the streaming video category way. Back in two thousand seven and if there's anyone staying up at night worrying about the success of Disney plus it's Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. But but let's start with how Disney got to this point and just what so many viewers are looking for. I we have to note that the first week is free and so some unknown no number of subscribers are likely to have cancelled by the time. You're hearing this and another big. Group is getting Disney plus whether they asked for it or not less than a month ago Disney announced. What's that the service will be free for a year? For New and existing verizon unlimited subscribers that number could be as high as eighteen million people even if the promotion attracts no new subscribers. In case you weren't one of those first day sign ups. Here's what Disney plus viewers are getting access to a catalogue of five hundred Disney movies films from Pixar Lucasfilm and marble and seventy five hundred TV episodes including all thirty seasons of the simpsons and thirty five original original shows to ten at launch original content includes an eagerly anticipated live action star wars series called the mandatory in which garnered at least two million Leeann downloads. On the first day. That right there is probably a big part of the blame for those frustrating early outages. Right also a remake of the iconic lady and the TRAMP avengers injures endgame and other Marvel Films Plus documentaries from National Geographic spending cosmic sums of money for new shows to almost a billion bucks in twenty eight twenty alone according to the Hollywood reporter. Still the trade paper says Disney's counting more in its back catalogue at least for now longtime. CEO and chairman. Bob Iger is known as a fearless US risk taker a guy who believes in the motto innovator die observers say he's bet the future of Disney on streaming sinking billions into this project including it's seventy a billion dollar acquisition of twenty th century Fox's assets Disney also took back much of its catalog from netflix dropping. What had been a lucrative partnership and so it makes sense that a CEO betting big on Disney's future in streaming would go for a land? Grab on the first day out. One way to bag as much market share as possible of course is to price aggressively which is just what Disney has done. The company unveiled its low seven dollars a month price tag this spring in a splashy press conference on on a movie Lot were Disney filmed the original. Mary poppins she might call that a spoonful of sugar but for Netflix. It's a bitter pill. It's monthly charges. Start at nine dollars dollars and go up from
Disney reaches deal with Amazon to put Disney+ on Fire TV and more
"An interview. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the Disney plus stream service will be available on fire TV devices vices and Samsung and L. G.. TV's at launch in the US. Which is coming Tuesday November twelfth just a few days from now Disney plus will also be available across Google Apple Bolt Microsoft and Roku as well Disney also announced more details about Disney pluses international? Roll out with the UK. Germany France Italy and Spain getting the service on March thirty first of twenty twenty within the next week Disney plus will be available in the US. Canada the Netherlands Australia and New Zealand Eiger also said that Disney Zinni plus will release more than sixty original movie and TV shows each movies and TV shows each year and FX and Fox searchlight will have designated homes on Hulu starting guarding in March. Yeah I mean this is getting a lot of attention. Don't get me wrong but I think may be lost on some people who follow this more closely like we do. How important important this is? This is the streaming service that everyone knows about and even people who don't get net flicks are likely elite to try signing up for I think for a lot of people this will be their first streaming service and this is the kind of thing that can then pull people industry mean when they say. Oh this is how how this works. Well that's interesting. You can get other things. This way could be the moment we point back to and say that's when the cord cutting wave really finally had it's inflection. Point is it might misinterpretation or is this sort of like Disney's game to lose. I mean they've got everything so they've got all the really really cool stuff and for some reason they have. I think they've prayed. Priced it at least half of what it should be. Maybe a third of what it should cost and so do all they have to do is put it out there. I mean we already know what's in there. It's awesome stuff. It's all this stuff we want right. Yeah no I think you're right like this. This kind of takes out of the equation. Will they like the content. Well I mean yes. There are people who aren't going to like all the content on Disney but man those are few small Alabama people. There's there's something for everybody in there. There's classic Disney stuff. There's high school musical stuff there's marvel there's Lucasfilm there's National Geographic. I mean it's it's all over the place so it's less likely that somebody's not gonna find someone something they like and like you said. The price is pretty affordable to well. Then I think that that's a big part of the a strategy rate ellison you mentioned it seems almost underpriced. Well that's how you get in there. Get into Disney. Plus you get used to it. You like it. Netflix has done done this over the years as well. We're raising our prices incrementally not too much but it's going to be a little bit more expensive than people go well. I I like Netflix. So it's you know it's it's that is the better way to do this because they are on a very competitive plainfield at this point in time is platform to like if you've got a fire TV a Samsung. TV It'll L. D. TV. You're no longer like wait. Am I going to get this. Yeah the answer is yes you can get it if you want
Netflix and Theater Owners Go To The Mattresses Over Scorsese's Irishman
"Welcome to the frame and Stephen cliff us filling in for John horn Martin Scorsese's highly awaited mob boss drama the Irishman hits theaters today well you know what is the situation going on now for big business and the government they're trying to pull us down you might be demonstrating the failure to show appreciation seems the the Netflix film stars Robert deniro Al Pacino and Joe Pesci but seeing the three and a half hour long at beginning theater will take some effort Scorsese had hoped for a wide release but after negotiations stalled between Netflix and movie theater owners the film will only be seen in eight theaters in New York and Los Angeles before heading to the streaming service on November twenty seventh Nicole Sperling is media reporter for The New York Times covering Hollywood and streaming and she has the backstory on how things fell apart hi Nicole hi how are you Steve good good Nicole good you first please explain what theater owners were hoping for in terms of the Irishman's release I mean I think with what theater owners were hoping for was that Netflix was going to get in line and follow the rules that the traditional studios have with the theater chains and you know that is asking a lot for a company that doesn't necessarily believe in a theatrical window that is a subscriber first company that wants to make their subscribers happy by bringing them their content as soon as possible so what they wanted them to do was agreed to a seventy two day release which means that not necessarily the movie would play in theaters for seventy two days but that there would be an exclusivity period for that long before they would put it on their streaming service and that's really asking a lot for a company like Netflix I mean what ideally what Netflix like to see I mean no theatrical release at all no I mean I think Netflix is coming around to the idea of some limited theatrical release some of their consumers want to go see their movies on the big screen in a Martin scorcese gangster movie seems to fall into that category but they don't spend a lot on marketing so what happens in the traditional studio model is you have to put your movie into theaters you have to spend you know thirty five million dollars at least on a wide release to get people attention so they will know it's in theaters to go see it and then if you have to wait these seventy two to ninety days that are required by the theater chains when it does hit the next window whether that's a streaming platform or pay TV or whatever it is often times studios have to pay again to market the movie so it's really a lot of money but it also there is a requirement for Oscars is you have to have a movie in a theater for a week to be eligible that is part of the rules well after the Irishman start streaming on Netflix on November twenty seventh will there be the option for theater chains to give it a more wider release and and show it in theaters then for for those of us who may want to have that cinematic experience Netflix will keep it in theaters once it opens on their service as long as the chains want to keep it in it's just a limited number of theater chains that will play the movie the big giants AMC regal Cinemark those are the guys who are refusing to play by Netflix's rules which are much more truncated release windows and they're accustomed to Nicole Sperling is media reporter for The New York Times covering Hollywood and streaming with Irishman showing now at the Belasco in New York and the Egyptian here in Los Angeles before expanding to a handful of others what can you tell us about why those specific theaters were selected as far as the Belasco that's a Broadway theater that shows Broadway plays this is actually one of the first times that a movie is going to be debuting in that theater and it's kind of terrific in a sense that like it's a big palace in there it has a thousand seats in it it makes you feel like you're in this you know old timey kind of environment there's not a lot of single screens left in New York City so they're kind of recreating the old time Hollywood feel on that screen as for the Egyptian in Los Angeles that theater is currently owned by American Cinematheque it's a his work location but Netflix is actually in the process of trying to buy that theater it's an independent movie house they want to own it so that on week nights they can put their movies in and have a vents and do whatever they want and then on the weekends American Cinematheque would still program their films as they see fit and they're kind of retrospectives and the repertory theatre that they are well fear owners were trying to make the case to Netflix that you know if you truncate the theatrical release you're gonna lose out how much money are are are we talking about potentially well they use the departed as their example which was Scorsese's two thousand six movie and that made three hundred million dollars worldwide now the studio doesn't get all three hundred million dollars they split that evenly with the theaters and then when you add in marketing costs it goes lower than that as well but there's still a you know a significant profit that could be made it's a could be because it's also a three and a half hour movie so how many people are going to be rushing to the theater to see it I mean the film has received rapturous reviews critics are loving it so that interest to see I think is high but there's also the risk factor that's involved too and I think Netflix has been less interested in getting involved in that business because it is so risky and it's much safer to put it on your service and then a month from now tell everybody how many people and watched it right there were similar release negotiations last year over the theatrical run of another major Netflix project and that's all fine so quite owns Roma can you remind us how that agreement check out and how it may or may not have influenced how this deal over the Irishman was hammered out it was the same kind of situation where the big chains refused to play at the smaller ones the landmarks the Alamo they played the movie and for some of those theater chains the movie did really well for them and it stayed in theaters for a long time well as streaming giants become more powerful in the big budget feature film industry will movie theaters become secondary venues you know for special films well it depends on who you're talking to I mean at this moment in time Disney who is you know launching their service in two weeks is a huge proponent of the theatrical window probably most of the movies that you went and saw most of Americans when Sonya last year were Disney movies whether they came from Pixar or Lucasfilm or Marvel those are the movies that make a ton of money at the box office and they stay in theaters for a very long time so Disney is a big fan of the of the theatrical window now how that changes we'll see there also putting a lot of money behind their Disney plus service so that needs to work out really well for them as well and who knows if product will be shifting to the service and hopes to you know bolster their subscriber numbers a lot of the streamers are backed by a traditional studios so they're gonna have to figure that out as it may go forward Nicole Sperling is media reporter for The New York Times covering Hollywood hand streaming the call thanks is a is a pleasure thank you for your time I appreciate
How Lego Took Over the Toy World
"In a year then goodyear here's a clue those tires well you'll never see them in traffic it here's another it's notorious for causing theme two souls of bare feet all over the world still guessing it's Lego accompanied that started as a tiny manufacturer of wooden toys that built itself into an empire of plastic locks that have provided kids with millions of hours of fun though why is it that adults are always the ones to step up anyway. The story of legos starts in the nineteen thirties in Denmark with a master carpenter named Ole Kirk Christianson with the Great Depression in full swing Christianson desperately needed a way to earn money so he used his skill with would to start a company that made all sorts of things step ladders ironing boards and an entirely new line of wooden toys yoyos trucks duck on wheels Christians and called his company Lego a Portmanteau of the Danish words for play and well according to David C Robinson author of a history of the lego company Christianson ran the business all on his own while raising four sons survived the Great Depression it survived the German invasion of Denmark in even survived fire that destroyed its factory including all of the blueprints for new toys in the one thousand nine hundred he's Lego began producing what it called automatic binding bricks from wood but plastic completely new idea a British inventor already developed the stackable plastic cubes with studs on top but Christianson modified the concept by sharpening the edges and in the one thousand nine hundred fifty s keep them the formal name Lego bricks the six were a hard sell they weren't sturdy they didn't stick together in the hollow plastic cubes just did not sell then in one thousand nine hundred fifty eight got a patent for an idea the company had been working on for years a new study and to design that let the bricks snap together without coming apart Christianson died the same year leaving his son to take over the company so he never had the chance to see what happened next eight total revolution in children's toys after watching children play with the bricks oh executives realized their future success was not about the brick itself but about the world's it could help create and so began expanding its offerings with the brick as the cornerstone in the one thousand nine hundred sixties the company's Brick Smith's invented go we'll around brick with a rubber tire in the nineteen seventies they were miniature figures to populate the Lego towns then castles with nights kings and Queens astronauts came soon after by this time toymakers around the world were trying to replicate goes success when the last of legos patents for its bricks expired in the late nineteen eighty s the company tried to fight back against imposters and failed but it hardly mattered lego experienced double digit growth in sales with control of over eighty percent of the toy instruction and then in the nineteen ninety s Lego found another way to solidify its place the imaginations of kids and their parents Lucasfilm was about to release its first Prequel to the original star wars gives their wanted to license a set of Star Wars toys to come out at the same time at first like executives were wary they value it their companies independence and worried about aligning themselves with a franchise that contained violence but the company surveyed parents and they didn't mind the partnership so the result was the phantom menace Lego line then someone else came along Harry Potter the company's path has always been upwards though in the early two thousands After expanding rapidly into other businesses like those sales sank and they were forced to shut down several theme parks and kill off poor performing product lines. Lego went back to basics those lovable stackable bricks just recently they released a new set
Marvel's Kevin Feige to visit a galaxy far, far away
"I'm Kim Masters and this is Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter in Mount. I I I don't want. It's hard to be modest. I had a big story. I'm just going to say it about star wars and it's the irony is I'm hardly an expert what about star wars or the Marvel Universe but even with my lack of expertise. I know enough to know that when marble President Kevin Fi sticks his nose into the star the worst tent. It's a big deal yeah. This was a big deal this week and it's basically the acknowledgement by Disney that the marvel all movies have been an unprecedented success in throughout movie history. I mean twenty three hits in a row no producers ever done that and they are giving a star wars movie to Kevin Fi who runs marvel and I say giving he's going to produce a star wars movie now they're saying he's going to produce a star wars movie with Kathy Kennedy who runs Lucasfilm but if you read between the lines here this is a an acknowledgment that all is not necessarily well in the the Star Wars Universe and they are bringing in someone who has a track record of being able to deliver yeah obviously Kevin Foggy is a big star wars fan. That wouldn't be a surprise to anybody. Who Do you know is has anything to do with the Superhero world that he would love Star Wars and and he has had if they have had big problems in the production of their her films. They've managed to keep it pretty quiet. Somehow make things work whereas with star wars there's just been difficulty and I think part of it is can't be Kennedy's ambition and she you know she wanted to. I think I'm just guessing. She's number told me this she wanted to kind of do a version of what warner sit down with Harry Potter bringing an interesting directors like Cuaron to do the film's but but then it didn't always work out I mean the one of the most dramatic things was in two thousand seventeen. She had to fire or chose to fire directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller when they they were making this prequel film solo because they had a different style it was improvisational and star wars to some degree has so much traditional rounded ear bit locked van whereas Kevin Feige he had the advantage of inventing the world's he was creating sure but this gives us a chance to look at the star wars movies that have been made and while it was unquestionably ably successful relaunch with the force awakens in two thousand fifteen after that you know there was some dicey nece in the universe rogue one effectively the director Gareth Edwards was sidelined and replaced by Tony Gilroy. That was the first spinoff movie it was. A success did over a billion dollars. There was a lot of backstage behind the scenes drama on that film then you had the solo stuff that you just referenced and even on the last Jedi which was successful commercials episode eight there was a lot of fan backlash to that movie because it did things with star wars that were not necessarily in line with mythology. It was a little jokey. Not some people didn't like the Princess Leia all the sudden had magical powers like there were some things that fans didn't like and there was backlash to that movie then on episode nine they had to fire another director Colin trevorrow and bring in J.j Abrams who did force awakens to rescue episode nine so this is not been a smooth mood process even though the films with the exception of Solo have been financially successful. Ma just say it will be a long time before we see the Kevin feige movie because I was told years but I don't know how many I don't mean I think they're I think what they're looking at. Is You know the theme park directions that they that they created are not making the noise and doing as as well as the Harry Potter attraction made so much with such as the Harry Potter attraction was such a success so we're seeing maybe maybe the beginning of a transition. Thank you matt.
Despite box office domination, Disney's earnings disappoint
"I'm kim masters and this is the hollywood breakdown joining me as bellany of the hollywood reporter and matt <hes> this past week disney reported its earnings and they were disappointing disappointing despite disney having basically devoured the box office with ventures game in captain marvel and toy story foreign hit after hit lion king in the future <hes> their stock took a little shot and the reason according to chairman bob eiger and was that twenty th century fox they acquired the company and fox fox has left a couple of duds in the pipeline that really hurt of disney's bottom line. You're not just a couple of duds but he really took aim at the entire fox fox film studio strategy. He basically said that the new management disney was going to rectify some of the problems that imply quote discipline to the movie making process. I mean you look back. This is the first quarter that the fox assets were being counted against disney earnings and judging from what whatever said it seemed to surprise them how much trouble the film division was in and he cited dark phoenix. He started a couple of other big pricey bombs that were left them now. Obviously this is in his interest to do you know they had an earnings miss so you've gotta explain it somehow and it was very convenient for him to be able to point a finger at this company money that they absorbed but it does ring true if you look at some of the box office performance of these films in the fox studio had kind of been in this middling you know they had a couple of franchises but not those billion dollar franchises and they had pricey mrs dark phoenix and x. men movie that didn't do much at the box office. That was very pricey a._c. Miss i tried to walk a line sort of saying that we're taking over in. It's all going to be good now. We're redefining fox's film strategy and meanwhile meanwhile i'm not blaming anybody because it was hard for them. Over there you know there was all this talk for months and months and months about a takeover and maybe they took their eye off the ball was the implication kevin however you know if you're emma watts the one upper level fox film executive to survive this because the chairman of the fox studio stacey snider didn't make the move to disney disney. You gotta be feeling a little bit like there's a bullseye painted on you although he eicher did say <hes> you know i'm not blaming any individual yeah. I don't see how you feel comfortable and you know there. Is this question now. What is fox. It's a pared down version of itself. They're gonna make up. Maybe a ten movies but half of those are supposed to be for the streaming service. I am not quite clear yet. Who's in charge of what <hes> i. It's just been a pretty rough ride. Yeah fox's now illegal under disney just like marvel just like pixar lucasfilm and it's going to be treated as such but let's talk about a different topic here at disney which is wasn't just fox that dragged them down. They we are spending like crazy to launch the streaming service that it's going to go live later this year. Call disney plus and it's going to be the future of the company. They're trying to compete with netflixing. It's not just the disney library stuff all the children's movies and the marvel movies that are gonna go to disney plus. It's going to be new stuff stuff like a star wars series stuff like marvel original series and that's costing them a lot of money and they're not seeing any benefit to that and i talked about this in the past that the disney board is on board for his strategy which is to spend big now an end some of these lucrative licensing deals to own the direct to consumer experience and compete in the streaming world and that's gonna cost money and it's going to drag down earnings for a while yeah i mean at the idea is short term pain for long-term gain which of course leads to the perennial question. What what's it's going to happen with. Netflixing is going to really hurt net flicks. We're seeing signs of that already and we are watching an industry transform before our eyes. Thank you matt thank you. That's matt bellamy editorial director of the hollywood reporter. He joins me this monday at one thirty on the business. I'm kim masters and this is the hollywood breakdown.
The Rise of Skywalker trailer is out
"There was one big news item from today that he clipped everything else. News item. That was really the only takeaway that you should have had from today's events. And that was the release of the teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie Star Wars Episode nine which apparently is going to be titled now, the rise of Skywalker, and that title in and of itself is a strong indication of the direction they're going with this film. And I'm encouraged I'm encouraged by what I saw it was very. Cautious going into watching this thing, and we should still be cautious. Because trailers only a trailer. We have no idea what this movie's extra end up being like once it comes out. But you know, just give you a little bit of context. In case. You're you're not a hard core Star Wars fan, which is probably likely for significant portion of this audience. There's a lot of controversy in the nerd universe. Right now, particularly when it comes to Star Wars, and that's because of the the last movie, which was called the last Jedi which detoured significantly from a lot of the established cannon and established rules of the narrative that had been laid down in previous films. And when I I watched the last yet I episode. I was actually okay with it. I actually liked it. My my first viewing when I walked out of the theater. But my opinion changed as I let it breathe a little bit. As the film aged on me, and I became less and less of a fan of it to where. Now, I'm more in the camp of folks who say this movie was a travesty and what informed that judgment for me was less the actual content of the movie itself. Then learning that, you know, my presumption had been that Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy was the president of Lucasfilm, and that they had this story group because they made this big deal when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they made this huge deal out of how going forward, you know, they basically threw in the trash can all of the non film cannon that had been established books comics video games. What have you up to that point? And said we're starting fresh the only thing that exists in this fictional universe. Are the movies and one of the cartoon shows? And that's it. Everything else is fair game. We're starting fresh new books. New movies, new comics? And in order to keep it all together, we're going to have this editorial story group. This core group of people is going to keep their hand on the helm and steer. The sheep of this franchise going into the future and make sure that everything's interconnected and make sense and has common themes that the stories interweave with one another. And so that you can have this kind of joint experience sort of like, the marvel films, right? The marvel cinematic universe. And so presuming that that was the case I walked out of the last jet. I think in myself man, there's a lot of stuff in that movie that I did not expect. But hey, that's okay. Because presumably based upon the fact that they have a story group. It's all part of the plan. Right. Like, it's all building towards something. It's okay. That they didn't answer a lot of questions that have been raised by the force awakens. It's okay that they didn't explain who this person was who that person's heritage was or what the what the underlying political conflict. Even is why these people are even fighting in the first place, that's fine. Because it'll all be revealed later. It's all part of the plan. But of course, what we learned in the aftermath of the last Jedi. What was revealed much to the shock of many fans, including myself was that there was no plan. They they in fact had not been it wasn't as though Jj Abrams who directed the force awakens. Had handed a roadmap to Ryan Johnson who directed the last Jedi. And that Ryan Johnson built off that road map to create his movie important affect any idea any outline that Jj Abrams had and that the story group, which presumably is nothing apparently destroy group doesn't have any actual thority or oversight whatsoever. What's going on with this franchise? JJ handed his wanting to Ryan Johnson, Ron Johnson threw in the trash can and just did whatever he wanted with. No regard, and you can see this in interviews with him when he talks about his process, and he talks about writing he talks about why he made the choices. He made such as the choice to kill off the big villain the big looming shadowy villain in the background supreme leader. Snow? Just kill them off in the middle of the movie. When you listen to Ron Johnson talk about that. He says, well, you know, it was necessary for Kylo rinse character to come out from under the shadow of his master and become his own his own man, and to develop as a character is the right thing for my movie was the right thing for my story. Well, that's nice. But this isn't your story like this. It's your story in the sense that you're tasked with telling it, but you're coming into a well established narrative the and by the way, there's a movie coming after yours, right? That you have to be somewhat cognizant of being able to actually have a through line narrative that continues for one hall of the movie, and he just didn't care. He did whatever he wanted and worse than that worse than Ryan Johnson doing what he did Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm and the higher ups at Disney, let him do whatever he wanted. This is a stout. Like from a business perspective. Here's your thing. If you're not a Star Wars fan if you don't care about any of this stuff, and I'm talking about right now appreciate it from this angle. Appreciate it from as a business decision. Okay. You're the CEO of Disney. You're the president of Disney entertainment and marketing and Kathleen Kennedy runs one of your film studio divisions, Lucasfilm a hotly new acquired property that you paid. I forget how much they paid for it. But it was hundreds of millions of not billions of I'm sure it was billions of dollars that they paid for it. And you they put out that money with expectation that this is something that they're going to be able to milk forever, right? That there's going to be this, and they had plans from the time that Disney acquired this franchise. And these intellectual properties they started laying out their plans, if we're going to have a movie every year, we're going to have new theme park. We're gonna have tell live action television shows and cartoon shows and video games. And it's going to be this fantastic. New expansion of of merchandise, and storytelling that the fans are gonna love. And we're going to be milking in raking in the the dough for decades upon decades decades. So that was the plan. Well at the fantastic, right? Looks laudable goal from a business perspective. But then what they did was the equivalent of handing the keys to this Ferrari to a teenager and just saying have fun with no direction, no curfew, no guidelines as to whether or not he had a follow any sort of rules, or when when you should be back or where he's even going any knowledge of where he's going any terms on when he should be back. That's the equivalent of what they did with this multibillion dollar franchise that the that the it stood to lose billions of dollars on. So just as a corporate story is a corporate business story. It's extraordinarily fascinating that the m- the modern era of Star Wars under Disney has played out the way that it has. So there's your background. So then this trailers coming out for the ninth one and Disney has been very diplomatic. And protective of Ryan Johnson. And pretended as though everything's fine. Right because they're not going to acknowledge that they've screwed up. They're not gonna acknowledge that they've made mistakes. In the public sphere. But they know right. Like, it's van they're very well aware of the fact that the fan community is divided there. A lot of people who don't like the last Jedi and even more than not liking last Jedi. I they don't like how Disney has handled this property. They don't like the fact that there seems to be far less intention and care going into the making of these films, then has gone into the watching of them, which of course, is a recipe for disaster when you're dealing with genre. Fandom something is big Star Wars. And so going into the release of this teaser trailer today for the ninth and final Skywalker saga film. The expectations. Were you have got to blow people away you have to this has to be this teaser trailer needs to leave everybody wanting more. And if it doesn't then you might as well, just kissed the franchise goodbye. Those were the stakes. It had to be good. It had to be impactful people had it had to leave people excited that mission appears to have been accomplished. And watching this thing as a fan. You know, who's been a fan as long as I've been alive and been capable of comprehending. What I was seeing with Star Wars. It was really nice to see the kind of subtle reassurances that were laid out in this trailer that there was the way it was cut and the texts that they overlaid was Vakhitov of the first trailer for episode one the Phantom Menace that came out in nineteen ninety nine. I believe it was. So they're drawing that connection between. They're basically saying look we recognize this is the we're trying to connect the dots here between where things started. And where things are ending the inclusion of oyster over from Luke, the which was then very shocking reveal at the end of this thing that apparently the emperor the big bad from the first two trilogies is coming back in some way. Now, we don't know what form, but he's going to play a role in this film, which is completely unexpected. And more than makes up for the the loss of snow in the previous film. So now, I'm excited again. And I think a lot of people who were doubtful. About whether or not JJ was going to be able to land this thing Jj Abrams are excited once again about the potential of this movie coming out on Christmas. Now, we may be sitting here. Looking at New Year's twenty twenty and shaking our heads with our face, and our poems and saying well man, why do we let ourselves get excited again? But as of right now, I'm going to allow myself to have a little bit of optimism. So there's my there's my freestyle Friday completely apolitical pop culture commentary for you on Star
"lucasfilm" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"It does not develop them anymore. It does appear that Disney maybe not hiring developers for this. But hiring some people to manage third party developers for creating games under the Lucasfilm banner. It's important to note here that EA still has the exclusive rights to Star Wars games until twenty twenty three and on. Honestly, Lucasfilm doesn't have a whole lot of other IP that isn't Star Wars, though, EA has only released two games since it got the rights in two thousand thirteen. So this may be a little long-term positioning of Disney to say, you know, we don't wanna get stuck with this. Again. Let's let's build some in house management of this and not maybe not give somebody and exclusive. But even if we do have a little more pressure from our side to make people do good games and do them regularly. Yeah. There's a load of. In brief. There's a lot of games Lucas arts is responsible for from the nineties and beyond that they could get reattached to do things with whether that's themselves or licensing out right now sounds like a licensing thing, or at least a a way to manage those IP. So that they're not being squandered and with EA really blowing it lately with their with their license to make Star Wars games. They've had at least to cancel cancelled large big profile aims have been canceled. There's a couple of we still don't know about. But they also didn't do so great with battlefront two it kind of fizzled in a lot of controversy around it when it came to free to play stuff. So at the end of all of this. This does just feel like Disney saying, well, let's just you know, let's just Pat Pat it up a little bit here. Let's Sam bag it up for the for the other stuff for a few ideas. We have who knows Indiana Jones to come back in a big way in video games. That's a Lucas games thing like there's possibilities here. And they feel like they feel like they're hedging their bets. And it's not really costing that much do that. So probably. And there's some good questions kicking around in the chat room. This is not necessarily like Google having Google play music and YouTube music because there is no there is no equivalent position for Lucas arts anymore. That's just managing licenses. So this is actually going farther than what Lucas arts does. And also Lucasfilm games isn't an oxymoron, it's taking the Lucasfilm properties and turning them into games. Yes. That is something Lucas arts did in the past. But Lucas arts isn't going to do that. This is Disney saying we don't want to get into game development. Again. We don't wanna own a video game company right now. But we do want to have more of a hand in the games that are created based on the Lucasfilm properties. He writes, arguably it's due in part because this thing hasn't worked out in their favor, and perhaps they're just holding stuff a little closer to the chest. Yeah. Hey, folks, if you want to get all the tech headlines each day and spend less than five minutes doing keep up-to-date. Subscribe to daily tech headlines dot.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on Talk Nerdy to Me
"This, this is going kind of obscure deep into the Star Wars lore. It's one of the old ice cream makers. If you wash believe his Empire Strikes Back when they're evacuating cloud city, you see a dude in orange jumpsuit run by carrying what looks like a ice cream maker. That guy actually has a name and he's actually really important to the Star Wars lore. His name is will row hood. Cons. They have people dressed up like we'll row hood running around with ice cream makers and they just run around the cons and a line yelling ice cream, kind of a funny little thing they do. But if you look back at his history will row hood, worked with the rebel alliance and on cloud city. They did a lot of dealings with the rebel, selling them the the gas that they mined from cloud city. When the empire was coming. All this information was on the computer core, and they did not want that the fall into the empires hands because then they could just go through and decimate the revelations as they would know who all was in the rebel lions who was working with them who was sympathizers. So the story is will rogue grab that computer core, which is actually the ice cream maker. And that's what you, you're seeing him run down the hallway to dump it down a garbage chute to get rid of it so with and then later on, they. They, you know, he stayed on cloud city, the empire captured him. They tortured him for information for years and he did not give any information up. So you know, though, even though they make fun of him in the cons, run around screaming, ice cream, one of the more important guys. He kept the rebel alliance of float by getting rid of the information and keeping up empires hands. So looking up, we'll row hood, get that he needs an action. Figure give will row hood and action figure Hasbro. Okay. Still in Star Wars, Lucasfilm technology studio. The AM x. lab you saw earlier, they released a Darth Vader virtual reality simulator called Vader immortal. They have come out with another one. They went, you know, as far as they could on the other end, the spectrum from Darth Vader, this new one is. Is going to be Star Wars project Porgy if you're not familiar with porridge there, the little weird looking creatures that were in the new Star Wars movies, tobacco, almost eight one very annoying little creatures that they've made. Now you're good to see him. Virtual reality is going to be kind of like the old Tamagotchis or whatever you had to raise your little Tamagotchi will. This is like the new version of that is the virtual reality. You're going to do raise your own Porguese. Yeah, I for some reason, I is probably going to be very popular, although I just really, I really hope not because I can't see Porguese too much. Okay. Let's in this on a Star Wars. Also. If you're into aromatherapy, you know what the, you know, the scented candles and everything to bring out the different moods. And you're also nerd like me, you are in luck. They have Star Wars official candle sets scented. And I'm, here's the graphic for that. Let me let me just read some of these off to banner milk Wookey because who doesn't want their house to smell like a Wookey. At least it's not wet Wookey. Trash from the trash compactor, x wing cockpit the Cantina Tonton millennium falcon yoda's cooking pot, solo and carbonate lightsaber duel rancor Sar like pit job as palace, death, star destroyer destroyer, and e walk. I'm just wondering, does e walks smell, kind of like Wookey. You would think so. I don't know. But if like I said, if you're into their Roma therapy and your nerd and you like Star Wars, you can have your house smell like the inside of an x wing cockpit as always thank you guys for watching. Please subscribe to this YouTube channel. Mash that Bill icon to be notified. Whenever I upload a new video, if you're one of my auditory, only friends on podcast, subscribe to me on your favorite podcast platform. I will see you guys next week with some more news later nerds. Is. What Jonah class and you play. In all of each.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on Collider Movie Talk
"That she might have a soft just a removal of some duties as early as later on this year or she might have episode nine be her swansong whatever it is there's obviously a clamor for change at lucasfilm by some star wars fans and they're very well and abled as fucker social media goes that they wanna see kathleen kennedy go others are are big fans of what she's done with this new star wars universe and relaunched so i ask it to you gentlemen i gimme the news that kevin he's not going to be taking over lucas film do you buy that at its word or do you think that we're just playing coy right now we could in fact see the guy who shepherded the zoo for the last ten years takeover lucasville that is the question of the decade right now going with the guy with the skywalker ranch shirt i i i guess by by default i have to way and i i think that he could possibly i think if there is anything happening behind the scenes lucasfilm and they're talking about kathleen kennedy stepping down or otherwise retiring or otherwise i think anybody in their right mind would look at kevin foggy i because of what he did with the whether he's gonna take it or not he's saying right now he's a fan so he just wants to play with his action figures in the backyard and that's what he wants to do but he is coming to the end of his tenure on marble so what does he do out to that does he want to re up and keep in continued to see the forward after captain marvel in a vendor's for with the rumor what james gunn is talking about doing the cosmic side of the mc you and building that out and doing a black panther to a doctor strange to spiderman that we're getting far from home now what else is coming out so does he wanna stay in be with marvel and continued to shepherd that oh i don't know i think that in the end of the day he could do lucasfilm and he would be a fantastic choice to do lucasville and that if we just take it face value that if kathleen kennedy and episode nine comes out and it's time to to then move forward in a new direction where they pause everything ago okay we might not do this boba fett movie we might do this obi while movie why do the weiss and benny off trilogy over here we might do the ryan johnson trilogy over here let's get kevin feige you're going that big long winded conversation i just had with myself saying that anything can happen so anything could happen in the world of marc riley's long and winding road back to the original place but that's how fans feel is do i want this could this happen and you just keep you got to leave a trail of breadcrumbs before we start thinking about any of this stuff because you're going to get deep in the woods with it so roka please take our hand and guide us to grandma's house okay let's everybody just cold tight and gab grab the person next year we're gonna walk through the woods here let me tell you what i think is going to happen i think if this had been a quieter transition it would have happened by now but by the fact the fact that social media's all over this all the sites are covering it and how did shredder shutout to sharada for being the one person gets allowed to to ask this question i'm sure everybody wanted to ask this but i'm sure he was allowed as question and finally responded to it and had an interesting response to playful response to it so there we go so i think what's going to happen is now that it's so loud they're gonna move a creative person in there and let kathleen be in charge of producing and production cuddly and has an incredible record through many decades of produces incredible franchises may be on the creative side she is not as powerful and we're just that's and that's positive happens it's got nothing to do with anything sometimes it just is not maybe one hundred the right fit bring someone credit and to take over these other things and and then you bring it into port as the overall producer but the created comes in and maps it out like kevin feige does viking is a rarity he's not the norm he's not the.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on The Filmcast
"Lucasfilm kasdan like was like working on this movie or run into this has been a passion project of his for so long and that seems to be like some of the tension between him and lord and miller because he was like this is like my scripts that this is like my want has been my last star wars thing and now you're changing it into something else and while i like kind of generally enjoyed the movie this as a passion project of his for so long is baffling to me this does not seem like a story that anyone needed to tell and i don't understand what it was i think it was like he and george lucas at talked about this together like like i don't know like ten years ago or something like that and and yeah i i don't get it i don't get what was why kasdan was so invested in the story about on solo making the kessel run well we will certainly get that in a moment but i agree that there's i think patrick you know one of the things is we don't know how different the final film is from the original vision you know what i mean like but it does seem like this is what been kind of wanted to do that's that's i think the way i interpret what you're saying patrick is that some i saw this very early at a at a press screening and i had some friends we're like don't tell me anything but what did you think and my response was what what you think this movie is is exactly what it is right and what i mean there's.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on GSMC Social Media News Podcast
"Films i don't know that you lucasfilm in disney the whole complicated connection of different studios involved but this have i'm saying almost wanna say enough gas in your gas tank but like just have enough mojo to to make that well if you're not gonna make it well kind of please don't 'cause at least with of not having his own film right now he still has the sort of mysterious interesting or about him and people can kind of imagine what they want and given how well donald glover's doing his own beer there's still a lot of positive feeling that can go along with the as oh he's donna clever but he's also landau and landau him and they're both amazing and all these different ways so you still have this really positive feeling towards that character but then if you pay a film that's not that great it would just go down him so positive news but questionable news but cool maybe possibly who knows so we're going to take another short break and i'm going to try and figure out how i feel about this so stay tuned coming time to turn off tv and turn on the clever little app called audible with audible you can listen to the stories you love well doing the things you love outside you know that place you're supposed to be in the summertime for just fourteen ninety five a month got a credit good for any audio book if you don't like it exchange it anytime or roll your credits over to the next month if you don't use them so get up and get outside with audible started thirty day trial and your first audiobook is free audible dot com summer is coming time to turn off the tv and turn on a clever little app called audible with audible you can listen to the stories you love well doing the things you love outside you know that place you're supposed to be in the summertime for just fourteen ninety five a month you've get a credit good for any audio book if you don't like it exchange it anytime or roll your credits over to the next month if you don't use them so get up and get outside with audible start a thirty day trial and your first audiobook it's free audible dot com.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on /Film Daily
"So nixon fallaji film from lucasfilm might be obiwankenobi movie so initial reports came out last year in august that lucasfilm has started talking to directors for an ob lawn spin off movie specifically director stephen daldry who is in early talks to direct but ever since that initial report came out it's lucasfilm has been kinda silent about a potential be one movie and there's been no confirmation that this movie was in development at all but today some sort of reports and i've i'd say something that's kind of verges on reports and rumors broke that lucasfilm is starting to get the obi wan movie into development so a well placed source within lucasfilm according to fanta tracks has confirmed that development has begun on the bill on kanobi star wars story and that this may be taking place at disney's pine studios so apparently the project is insufficiently along in the art department in his now full production mode pilin studios in england which is where a majority of the star wars movies under disney had been shot and the apparently the lucasfilm has plans to begin shooting in mid january twenty nineteen with the main shoot to begin april twenty nineteen and that the scheduled release date for this film would be december twenty twenty i mean that's certainly lines up with the past release dates of of the star wars movies from disney we'll see if that happens if that is the next inthorp g movie but another film or not film but another project in the works from dome is their star wars live action series coming to disney's.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on Acquired
"Amazon an audible is a decent one the audible team still entirely separate and yet you can buy your audible books sort of through the masan product page yup having a hard time thinking of really successful instances of this outside of instagram powerpoint you could argue maybe a lucasfilm by keeping lucasfilm completely separate creatively but providing the both the resources to make more films and more content and then the distribution that lucasfilm didn't have on its own it's almost like there's different levels of this like the keep them separate and poor the rate resources on and share the right learnings is like table stakes but it's like this total home run scenario you could figure out how to bundle the front end to customers like have you have you noticed if you're a prime subscriber now you become a twitch prime subscriber and you have one subscription to a to a streamer that comes with that sort of an interesting example although there cross pollinating the teams a lot more than well it's a few years in now so it's not so different than this i think we should keep an eye out for that in future episodes though you know the only other theme that i have is one that that bob mentions in his in his blog posts and in in the book the quote that he has a year or two is an eternity in a rapidly exploding market and that's so do like diamant of time that passes inbetween like throughout this history is is fairly short and the time that the window is open to create a powerpoint like product or to create a you know uber like product or an instagram like product is very shortly the these windows don't come along very often when they do like udine to be delivering the product into market like in that window or if you're too early like the market's not going to be ready to adopt it really was windows three point zero shipping getting mass adoption and having powerpoint ready and shipping with that lake before that forethought probably would have been fine and powerpoint would have been okay if it were just on mac but like whoever shipped i with the first mass adopted version of windows was gonna win and similarly with with the iphone and android like when.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on Channel 33
"Without starwars to serve as the main attraction or any attraction that's in was forced to scrape the bottom of the lucasfilm barrel you know we were relegated to doing lucasfilm panca magazine on things like maniac mansion at pv showed that lucasfilm was working on an tucker you know the the movie bet the car maker with jeff bridges and i paid it got really lean in the eighty there for a while and uh i just kept hoping and praying that there would come a time when star wars would come back unsurprisingly mets and says it took ten or eleven years before the fan club substantial growth when he did sneak in stores coverage it was mostly backwardlooking interviews with the original trilogies cast and crew every now and then though he'd get the chance to talk to lucas and whenever he did he always asked the question i couldn't resist asking him what's going on star wars were no and oh i plan on getting back to eventually you know and uh but i would never there was never anything definitive like yeah you know probably next year i'm going to start working on that or something and it was just at at and a time after time it was this kind of like you know hopeless kind of promised that you know eventually he'd get back to it but not yet meanwhile star were seemed to be nearing its expiration date as georges exwife marsha said in an interview years later the lucasfilm empire was in inverted triangle sitting on a p which was the star wars trilogy but he wasn't going to make more stores and the p was going to dry up and crumple although it wasn't and isn't widely known the star wars recovery started right around the same time that lucasfilm was talking dan madsen into writing about tucker and maniac mentioned that same year 1980 six western games acquired the licence first star wars roleplaying game the work westend did then had an unparalleled impact on what stores would look like over the upcoming decades up to and including today bill slap a sack who wrote edited or developed most at the sewers material and worked on the scrubs roleplaying game as a grown up version of makebelieve think dungeons of dragons although the star wars rpg itself was well regarded it was the world building that west and did that cemented its legacy a savas.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on NPR News Now
"The mandatory evacuation zone is now seventeen miles long and up to five miles wide extending from coastal mountains northwest of los angeles all the way to the pacific ocean hollywood has tapped anita hill to lead an effort to combat sexual misconduct as npr's elizabeth blair reports the newly created commission was announced by executives from across the entertainment industry lucasfilm nike a net six are among this backing the effort it's called the commission on sexual harassment and advancing equality in the workplace the goal is to achieve safer fairer more equitable and accountable workplaces anita hill will chair the commission in the early 1990s hell brought allegations of sexual harassment against then us supreme court nominee clarence thomas her testimony on capitol hill is seen as a milestone for women who are afraid to come forward with similar complaints in a statement lucasfilm's kathleen kennedy said the fact that so many industry leaders have come together to explore russians speaks to a new era elizabeth blair npr news the private launch company space x has racked up another first wandering are recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a resupply run to the international space station the dragon caps all packed with two and a half tons of supplies reaches the space station on sunday morning meanwhile three more space station astronauts are due to launch from the bike an our cosmodrome on sunday this is npr news large crowds attended the funeral of a wheelchairbound palestinian man in gaza killed by israeli fire as npr's daniel esther and reports from jerusalem he was one of three palestinian protesters killed friday during rallies against president trump's recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel the death of ibrahim althuraya has captured attention because he was a double amputee according to reuters and other media reports he was twenty nine years old and lost both his legs following an israeli air strike in two thousand eight a palestinian health official says he was shot in the head friday at a demonstration on the gazaisrael border video footage shows him in a wheelchair at the demonstration the israeli army says it's reviewing the circumstances of his death the army says palestinians staged violent riots and soldiers shot at the main instigators thousands of palestinians demonstrated in the west bank and gaza friday against trump's recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on This Is Only A Test
"Casual lit up screen you have a when the movies playing i don't know if i ever seen anyone with an actual phone out i have i think there is a little bit more leeway enduring family films for that kind of behaviour because their daughter all sorts of distractions happening with kids like screaming and in what not so i think it's a more forgivable environment while anyway the film when i saw episode 1 i saw the theater with your public dinner with a bunch of russia with kenan took off midday and went to go see it and the sound cut out you know like for five all know during that the pod broderick wow sounds really good said the whole theatre was making their own sound effects uh and that's that's how i exerience episode 1 i knew going to lucas i wouldn't have that kind of problem about you consider that a problem will you would have a problem of the screen turning off except the sound right this yes or no it was perfectly unfocused focus could sound quality weird that was your view house of watching a film lucasfilm won't was in focus i've examined that's all you want to hear for me today ici they are correct okay well weird question that lucas theater is much more intimate the most movie theaters smaller the most movie theaters did you feel like that was a movie that would be an enjoyed in a smaller theater verses the mega theaters at most of that will mostly see it adds easy now the bigger the better young obvious thing at nymex the saturdays at outrider he is uh see that is others am i wrong but i don't know i don't i i assume it is it is down thirty i just two one of those movies in three d no i think the tickets that i have for i max are in three d and they are here i don't want to begin units in three yesterday no i'll kent lucky good i wonder if that theater even supports three others i wonder if the pixar theater sports thirty eight by wouldn't it well i know that they're movies obviously are made also in three d versions yes so they must have to test it exactly what i dunno if if the like i would be very curious to know internally if on the hushhush if the directors actually prefer the truth.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on This Is Only A Test
"Yeah i went to i went to lucasfilm yesterday along with many people from the games industry now of all places because they were promoting stores battlefront they has well they had some news to share about many of their star was proper okay including showers battlefront also um the the aar gain geno challenge it um there's new konta come into that interesting who led to the to the last shall i wasn't there uh you chose not to neither that is makes me sound like an a jerk no i chose not to launch shores early well did his wife them better you chose poorly that don't make you feel better no i did choose poorly yet will you had his what happened it depends on your perspective you love me to go so i appreciate it and i had you know i had a good time going there great saw some good friends yeah any of our friends were there so envious paints that's how was it seeing the movie at lucasfilm without talking about the movie itself that's a great question i i love that aspect of it because i you know and i don't know i guess omitted denial about it i'd want to go see movies so much more than i enjoy it is days because i'm so easily distracted by anything happening this guiding popcorn to rose back on the other side of the theater for me will distract me from a moment yes i just my i'm just that way i'm pulley wired and so in this film of course everyone's very respectful not only that is everybody quiet and respectful but they have taken your cell phone away from you so there is no chance anybody's going to be texting in the middle of the film even the person playing star wars a r gut of rhone taken away tax even them when you watch movies in the middle of film i don't but i mean seed you see people tacis ici the thing above and there's the chatter and peasant of films of course but i rarely have see i see a lot of phones out before the trailers and even during the trailers it do you see the.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on /Film Daily
"And um yeah he said that he told steven spielberg that he was fifteen years old and said i thought rare law starke was gonna suck based on a story boards that he saw seles interesting but anyway all of this was just two to point out the fact that the finger has a history with lucasfilm um and i was wondering if you know maybe nostalgia had some sort of a factor in that decision of them being like hey let's reach out to this guy who sort of got his start with us i can't imagine that they would have thought about him for one of the saga films but he seems like the kind of guy who would be really interesting uh you know producing one of her career directing one of these a standalone movies but i don't know i guess we'll never know unless he reveals four information i'm he seems like such like kind of in october filmmaker that you he wouldn't work well within the environment of you know a company like marvel or lucasfilm has kind of a grand vision but if he was gonna work at all i think it would be you know that standalone a star wars story um but right now he's working on world words the two christly else's it's a move what that what do we now right so he basically has said he's working on the script right now with dennis kelly and he said were hoping to get a piece of material that a reason to make a movie not an excuse to make a movie so i mean as now there's no like release day trying to sell me to seemed like he's working behind the scenes are now hammering out that script again it plays will be were i guess he can officially commit to it which are hearing her fresh shows that doesn't want just make a quick cash for anti actually wants to put some thought into world wars e e2 weather whether it is yours ana.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown
"We know you love podcasts but these days when it comes to support a like on facebook just won't credit so take action visit casey rw dot com slash join and now join thank you i'm kim masters and this is the hollywood breakdown joining me as richard rush field editor in chief of the anc ler a daily newsletter about hollywood and hollywood is talking about the star wars franchise lucasfilm has dispatched yet another director this is after they got rid of josh tranc who didn't even start so that might not be fair he did fantastic for fox and it didn't go well and there were problems and they they got rid of him before he started then we went on to lord end miller who were dispatched from young an hunt solo ease were guy's much more established then a young guy like josh tranck and now collins rivaro who did jurassic world's had once he's in that pattern he had one small movie then he did jurassic world boom they hired him and in the script stage now he's out to paraphrase oscar wilde you lose one director that's a tragedy lose to it seems like carelessness you lose three in every young director you work worth it seems like there's some sort of problem there and it feels like they are trying to take marvels playbook of hiring young upandcoming directors people who could put a little touch in it but directors i would understand their part of the machine and know their place ultimately a somehow feels like something out lost in that conversation that uh either people weren't understanding that coggan machine part or the i don't think they will i mean i think cathy kennedy runs lucasfilm really did want to hire people who would put a touch on it but the thing is star wars is a highly established universe very specific.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on /Film Daily
"At exciting changing it is career i i would love to see kevin feige uh run uh lucasfilm and marble but i mean lucasfilm star wars uh but i i don't think capping kennedy's the blame i think uh this could have happened to anybody of her stature what do you think each day i'm a guy for pop here for a second and fall about athena's we have a woman like kathleen kennedy in power behind the scenes people start singling her out as the cause for all the mass that's going on at luke's filming at disney and i don't think that is the single 'cause i think you know nfl hero as as problematic replacing her with given a a white male talking about that but i do think like you said catherine county is part of the old guard of hollywood and that's the way that she works in that she knows how to work and um lucasfilm and disney were trying out the this sort of the marvel strategy of plucking these indy directors out of obscurity after they had won successful hit or one or two successful hits and putting them at the helm of our own really big blockbusters that they haven't had experience making before and sometimes it turns out well and sometimes doesn't turn out well you have uh for example um fantastic four by a judge train which tanked josh strength have and but you have a success stories like um.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on /Film Daily
"Where colin trevorrow tomorrow uh wanted to take this uh final film in this post trilogy he wanted to taken a direction that kathleen kenny end lucasfilm and disney were not on board with and it seems lake know bringing and another writer to hope we you because you know his his writer is you know his uh his confident that der conway so they brought in the writer to hopefully get to a it middle ground in that middle ground was not um you know is not turning the dial so uh you know controver o end lucasfilm uh both agreed to part ways and that's all we know right now uh but you can listen to our whole podcast which uh we recorded in released yesterday and we have a lot of uh reactions information uh dan do you have any reaction to that news my god that was so crazy um so i i mean basically i would reiterate a lot of the points that you guys said i listen to your podcast an and um yeah it's unfortunate i feel like uh tomorrow is one of those guys who has a lot of talent and um and did like a lotta people hate a drastic world but i almost look at that movie as like his atonement for getting the job of drastic world for jumping from safety not guaranteed to such a blockbuster film because that movie is actually about uh it has ideas in it and the ideas are.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on The No Film School Podcast
"And this is messy in terms of details about the studio in the directing duos treat of conflicts that is lucasfilm seemed to have no problem at all in convincing american graffiti star turned accomplished director ron howard to step in and replace lord miller now you can feel however you want about the change directors maybe you agree with kathleen kennedy and lawrence castanon thinking lord miller were taking too many liberties with cast and scripts and the entry should stay true to the same tone of star wars which we have seen now throughout eat feature films howard will certainly make sure that happens to the best of his ability george lucas reportedly had already reached out to him decades ago to direct one of the infamous prequels star wars episode one the phantom menace it is also reported that star who has impossible boots to fill alden reich was also concern in the type of slapstick improvise humor the directing duo encouraged but perhaps for him this was just a reaction to the fact that lucasfilm had hired in acting coach onset for him the real problem here is that lucasfilm keeps making a point of hiring these directors with any sensibilities and very pointed styles only to keep interfering with their vision inevitably it seems that the studio gets upset with the direction the film is going that it's not true starwars material before either firing the original directors or demanding insane amounts of reshoot s just a year ago the hollywood reporter to two qna with kathleen kennedy where she discussed her belief that within major franchises it is possible to take quote artistic license in creative risks she added quote if all you're doing is playing it safe trying to make the same movie over and over again that's when the audiences say oh this is just a money making machine on manton that but if it's genuinely and service to the art form than the franchise concept is being used in a way that's exciting.
"lucasfilm" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"All about that let's start with the what i thought was for what i thought was the most amazing news of the week and that was the ron howard announcement that he has been brought in to finish shop the direction on the han solo's standalone movie in the star wars franchise this actually doesn't surprise me if only because it's been longrumored that kathleen kennedy and also lawrence kasdan road empire strikes back kathleen kennedy the president for against a lucasfilm portion of pictures now um they've been very difficult or demanding in terms of the amount of freedom they'll give a director for this new integration to stores movies what is surprising is that this han solo project was so far down the road now they've been shooting for six months yes and they do have they have a few weeks left i understand and then they've got already built into the schedule four or five weeks for a for reshoot s event something goes wrong the director wants to change something that may be the busiest reshoot that we ever see because i mean i mean just if you think of the the directors that were involved i don't remember a full of phil lord and chris miller who prot you things like the lego movie us twentyone jump street and twenty two jump street decent funny yes the in that vein just just going from that mentality to ron howard's mentality not that he can't be funny but the you can understand why they're going i mean that's us that's a huge creative jump between the philosophy of lord miller to ron howard and not only that it's been awhile since ron howard is done anything significant on the sifi front or i'll see the the fantasy front that we known for yeah you can go back to or whatever but that's not his bailiwick as they say it it would concern me only because this has been so far down the road in it makes it very difficult to switch up a creative vision and make it fit this late negate yeah and the question is do you if you're ron howard do you try to continue to channel phil lord and chris miller with a little bit of ron howard in it or do you completely takeover insee i'm ron.