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  • Disney Q3 Earnings Outlook Dims On ‘Solo,’ M&A “Uncertainty” – Analyst

    07/05/2018 4:09:29 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 10 replies
    Deadline ^ | 7-5-2018 | Dade Hayes
    Disney should report a profitable fiscal third quarter in a few weeks’ time, powered by its media networks and theme parks, predicts Wall Street analyst Steven Cahall of RBC Capital Markets. Even so, the misfiring of Star Wars spinoff Solo and uncertainty surrounding its M&A plans have prompted Cahall to lower his quarterly earnings estimates for the company. Cahall still rates Disney as his top pick in the media sector and retains a 12-month price target of $135 a share, a healthy premium over its current level of about $104. Even so, in a research note today he wrote that...
  • Luke Skywalker Laments: Yeah, My Story Arc Stunk, But What Can Ya Do?

    06/29/2018 6:00:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 28, 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    You mean Mark Hamill didn’t like having his signature heroic character end up as a guy hiding out from the universe and dying alone? Go figure. With anger and scorn bubbling up from the fanbase over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the first Jedi (so to speak) says he sympathizes with them while reminding them that it wasn’t his choice. However, it might be just desserts for his generation, Hamill says:
  • Report: Disney Eager to Fire Kathleen Kennedy for Destroying ‘Star Wars’

    06/28/2018 7:19:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2018 | John Nolte
    Disney is eager to fire and replace Kathleen Kennedy over her disastrous handling of the Star Wars franchise, reports Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer. The left-leaning trades –Deadline, the Hollywood Reporter, and Variety, etc. — continue to willfully drop the ball when it comes to intelligent and honest reporting on Disney’s imploding Star Wars franchise. This means their readers cannot trust them for accurate and objective information. If a single one of these outlets has shown the moral courage to accurately reporting on the fan revolt against the left-wing turn the franchise has taken with Kennedy at the wheel,...

    06/27/2018 5:45:19 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 68 replies
    One Angry Gamer ^ | June 27th 2018 | Billy D
    After the media decided to take Marvel executives to task for not having enough LGBTQIA representation in their live-action films, Marvel Studios runner Kevin Feige was pressured into confirming that there will be more out and about characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a means of attempting to assuage the Rainbow Reich. Speaking with The Playlist, the outlet practically coerced Feige into confirming that LGBTQ heroes or heroines will be featured in upcoming movies after they complained that Ant-Man and The Wasp didn’t feature any flamboyantly gay characters, with the outlet writing…. “The context for the interview was for...
  • Grace Randolph Scoop: Kathleen Kennedy Almost Fired as Head of Lucasfilm... But...

    06/26/2018 10:44:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 117 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 6-25-2018 | Ace of Spades
    Grace Randolph Scoop: Kathleen Kennedy Almost Fired as Head of Lucasfilm... But... Her video is here. If you don't want to watch, here's the quick written version: Disney staged a big "secret" conference call with ranking people in the Star Wars division. Security guards were posted outside the doors at offices to prevent eavesdropping. Pixar and Marvel representatives were able to listen in on the call, but not speak on it. Apparently this was allowed to get feedback, I guess at a later point, about the Star Wars situation. Disney's head Bob Iger wants to fire Kathleen Kennedy, but there's...
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon include two openly LGBTQ characters

    06/26/2018 6:13:22 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | June 25, 2018 | ANTHONY BREZNICAN
    Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says there will be two LGBTQ characters in future films — and we already know one of them. We just don’t know exactly who he means. In an interview about with Gregory Ellwood of The Playlist, Feige answer “yes” to the question: “When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?” When asked if they’re characters we’ve already seen, or characters who will be new to the story line, Feige replied: “Both… Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.” The answers were tight-lipped,...
  • Disney/ABC Should Merge with Starbucks and the NFL

    06/03/2018 7:31:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2018 | Clarice Feldman
    Disney/ABC, Starbucks, and the NFL should merge, as they are this week’s prime example of how to drive away customers while engaged in absurd CEO virtue signaling. ABC/Disney I never watch television. Its news is a waste of time, with well-groomed, overpaid readers and hokey camera coverage that takes an hour to cover what 10 minutes of a well-written article can better convey. Take the news coverage itself: The EU is falling apart, the talks with North Korea are on and it looks like war will be averted and another country denuclearized, and the Mueller investigation seems more ridiculous than...
  • Disney Disaster: ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs On Hold

    06/23/2018 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 June 2018 | John Nolte
    Until the breathtaking box office failure of Solo, Disney was brimming with plans to fill out the Star Wars universe with standalone stories like Rogue One and Solo. In fact, movies about Obi-Wan Kenobi and the bounty hunter Boba Fett were already in active development. The plan now, according to Collider, is for Lucasfilm to retreat from these standalones to “focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film.” While it will be nearly impossible to articulate just what a disaster this is for Disney, let me...
  • ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Films on Obi-Wan and Boba Fett Put on Hold Following Bad ‘Solo’ Box Office

    06/20/2018 6:03:42 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 63 replies
    Indie Wire ^ | June 20, 2018 | Zack Sharf
    Lucasfilm is allegedly changing course on its plans for the future of the “Star Wars” movie universe. Sources close to the studio tell Collider all “Star Wars” spinoff films are being put on hold following the mixed critical response and poor box office for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The Han Solo spinoff opened May 25 and has still not crossed the $200 million mark at the U.S. box office as of June 20, making it the lowest grossing title of the Disney-backed “Star Wars” era. The future “A Star Wars Story” films included spinoffs centered around Obi-Wan Kenobi and...
  • ‘Incredibles 2’ Even Stronger As Pixar Pic Soars To Amazing $180M+

    06/16/2018 8:20:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 17 replies
    Deadline ^ | June 16, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    4th Update, Saturday AM after midnight post: Refresh for updates Incredibles 2 isn’t just a sequel to an animated film, it’s a sequel to an A+ four-quad movie and it’s acting like the latter pulling in everyone, largely adults with general audiences accounting for 57% of the audience. Note that parents are only repping 12% of the crowd per PostTrak with 31% kids. In the middle of the night we were spotting that Incredibles 2 was clicking to $175.3M and there’s a very good shot this all-audience pic is flying to $180M+. That figure alone is close to 70% of...
  • Disney faces Pulse, Parkland protest for support of 'NRA sellout' Putnam

    06/13/2018 3:16:56 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 40 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 06/13/18 | Gray Rohrer
    Survivors of the mass shootings at Pulse nightclub and Parkland are planning to pressure Walt Disney Co. to withdraw its support of self-described “NRA sellout” Adam Putnam by holding a “die-in” at a Disney property sometime this month. National Die-In, a group co-founded by Parkland survivors, is in the early stages of organizing the demonstration where protesters lie in a corpse-like pose to emphasize the effect of shooting massacres. The protest would be at a Disney headquarters or Orlando theme park. “We want to keep doing these protests to show people we aren’t backing down,” Nurah Abdulhaqq, a Georgia teen...
  • Comcast makes $65 billion offer for 21st Century Fox, setting up bidding war with Walt Disney

    06/13/2018 1:58:13 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2018 | Steven Zeitchik
    Comcast made a stunning $65 billion bid Wednesday for 21st Century Fox in what is expected to be the first of many attempts to buy up pieces of the entertainment world in the wake of AT&T’s decisive legal victory over the government to buy Time Warner. Comcast’s offer sets up a battle of wills between two of the most dominant and deep-pocketed entertainment companies in the world — Walt Disney and Comcast, the nation’s leading cable company which already owns Universal Studios and NBC. Comcast’s offer is about 19 percent higher than what Disney offered late last year. But the...
  • Disney selling ABC News’ longtime headquarters as trouble looms for embattled TV stars, journalists

    06/13/2018 1:46:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/2018 | Brian Flood
    Disney is selling the longtime headquarters of ABC News, which occupies a prestigious piece of New York City real estate. ... The sale is raising new questions about the future of Disney’s troubled news operation. Once-vaunted ABC News has struggled for identity in recent years, as the TV news spotlight has shifted to cable and the internet. And ABC News' notable shift away from hard news coverage, perhaps in search of viewers, has reduced its relevance in the news ecosystem ... as Disney executives voice increasing frustration with the high costs and low returns of the news operation. ... ABC...
  • Toxic Fandom Is Killing 'Star Wars'

    06/11/2018 8:21:36 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 139 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 11, 2018 | Marc Bernadin
    Racist harassment of 'Last Jedi' star Kelly Marie Tran and the 'Solo' backlash: Lucasfilm’s problem isn’t the movies, it’s trolls who want only the nostalgia of their youth, like "old Luke Skywalker hiding on an island from everything new," writes columnist Marc Bernardin. Fandom has always been an us versus them proposition. In the early days, it was because you loved something that the world at large found silly, be it comic books or Doctor Who. It was you and those who felt like you, against everyone else. Star Wars redefined fandom because it built a bigger tent than had...
  • John Lasseter to Exit Disney at End of Year, Will Assume ‘Consulting Role’ Until Departure (abuse)

    06/09/2018 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    thewrap ^ | June 8, 2018 | Umberto Gonzalez
    Former head of Disney’s animation studios announced a sabbatical in November after reports of inappropriate workplace behavior John Lasseter will exit Disney on Dec. 31, the company announced Friday. The former chief creative officer overseeing Pixar and Disney Animation will assume an unspecified “consulting role” at Disney until his departure. Lasseter announced he was taking a sabbatical in November after the publication of a Hollywood Reporter story in which “former Pixar insiders” said he frequently made a habit of “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes” of women at the company. At the time, Lasseter said his leave of absence...
  • ‘Solo’ A No-Go Due To “Poor Marketing,” Not Franchise Fatigue, Analyst Says

    06/05/2018 6:21:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | June 4, 2018 | Dade Hayes
    Solo: A Star Wars Story has mustered only $264 million at the worldwide box office, but one prominent voice on Wall Street blames the misfire on “poor marketing,” not a larger issue with the franchise. Doug Creutz, a veteran media analyst at Cowen, issued a report to investors that reaffirmed his “market perform” rating on Disney shares. While the report is based on his financial view of the company, it allows the analyst a chance to wade directly into the pop-culture waters to offer his take on why Solo stumbled. Point by point, the report knocks down some of the...
  • 'Solo' Will Lose $50M-Plus in First Defeat for Disney's 'Star Wars' Empire

    06/04/2018 5:04:20 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 89 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 4, 2018 | Pamela McClintok
    To borrow one of Han Solo's lines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "That's not how the Force works!" It's an apt way to sum up the troubled performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. In one of the biggest box-office surprises in recent times, Solo is badly underperforming and will become the first of the Star Wars movies made by Disney and Lucasfilm to lose money. Wall Street analyst Barton Crockett says Solo will lose more than $50 million. Industry financing souces, however, say that figure could come in at $80 million or higher, although no one knows the...
  • RICO rape filed against Weinstein and Disney

    wow! this is going to get interesting.
  • Post-Memorial Day Blues At The B.O.: ‘Solo’ In Free Fall With $26M+ (tr)

    06/01/2018 2:25:02 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    Deadline ^ | June 1, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    The post-Memorial Day weekend at the box office doesn’t have to be a downer. However, none of the majors wanted to take advantage of that opportunity and slot an event title here. Some will argue that it’s an oversaturated marketplace, however, product rules. Don’t forget that. A year ago, Wonder Woman opened in this space and soared to a $103.2M opening and became the biggest grossing title of last summer stateside with $412.5M. She followed on the heels of the lackluster start by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which had a $78.4M four-day. This year,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Bee whines about backlash from 'one bad word' ..

    06/01/2018 7:31:48 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 101 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 1, 2018 | By David Martosko
    EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Bee whines about backlash from 'one bad word' after she calls Ivanka Trump a 'feckless c***' on national TV – as the president cites Roseanne 'double standard' and demands TBS fire her Comedian Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a 'feckless c***' during her 'Full Frontal' show Wednesday night Bee apologized to Ivanka and viewers on Thursday for using the obscenity Hours later Bee's show was honored by the Television Academy as one of the most 'meaningful and relevant' – but reporters were banned In her brief speech, Bee insisted she had good intentions and complained that America focused...