Aug
08
2017
4

Disney partially pulling out of Netflix to start own streaming service.

I’m not sure how this will play out.

Disney on Tuesday said it will be pulling its movies from Netflix and will launch a Disney streaming service of its own in 2019. It also said it will launch an ESPN streaming service early next year.

To help do all that, Disney will acquire a majority of BAMTech, the streaming technology company owned by MLBAM, the internet company owned by Major League Baseball. Disney already owned a stake in BAMTech but will pay $1.58 billion for an additional 42 percent.

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Jul
18
2017
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So, Big Hero 6 is coming to Disney XD.

I tentatively have hope for this Disney series.  Big Hero 6 was an excellent cyber-prep flick and I’m a sucker for Better Super-Heroing Through Applied Chemistry.  A television series might serve to get my kids more enthusiastic about science and technology and so forth — OK, OK, I want to watch it on my own.  Sue me. (more…)

Jun
27
2017
1
Jun
07
2017
3

The Disney/Pixar ‘Coco’ trailer.

Looks like they’re looking at the Day of the Dead… from the other side. It looks like it might be endearing. And spooky without being horror. Works for me.

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May
15
2017
2

…And they were never heard from again.

Don’t tell me that the Mouse doesn’t have wetwork squads.  Seriously, don’t tell me. I don’t want to be involved.  I’ve already attracted too much attention by linking to this article:

Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio. The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay.

Seriously, if you never hear anything about this story in the future, well, look at the title.  Maybe said title ended up being pretty freaking ironic there, don’t you think? Or perhaps ‘prophetic…’ no, really, I don’t want to be involved.

May
07
2017
3

The REAL test of this fully operational movie studio will be Thor: Ragnarok.

Well, the days when Marvel/Disney could laugh maniacally and turn obscure comic book intellectual properties into endless streams of cash have certainly come to a middle: “Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to an estimated $145 million in 4,347 domestic theaters this weekend, an average of $33,368 per location. …Combined with the domestic gross, the estimated global weekend of $269 million contributes to a global overall sum of $428 million after 13 days of play.” There’s a reason why they made sure to note that there was going to be a third movie; the Mouse already knew that this one was going to be a monster. Call it science, call it art, call it arcane powers granted through a sorcerous pact made with supernatural forces, but the writing was literally on the wall for this one. (more…)

Mar
20
2017
1

The ‘Coco’ trailer. (Disney/Pixar)

Looks like Coco’s going to be Day of the Dead-style urban fantasy with a metric butt-ton of Spanish-style guitar playing, which means that I’m probably going to be buying the soundtrack during the second half of the movie. I am an absolute sucker for good acoustic guitar playing. And, oh yeah: Pixar movies, too.

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Feb
22
2017
7

Disney figures out how to get a sequel for Rogue One.

It’s a book called… Inferno Squad. And I’ll allow it:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

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Feb
21
2017
4

Disney works on Tesla radiant power scheme for recharging devices, death rays, killer death robots…

Yes, I’m extrapolating. So far the prototype is only going to charge your devices for you while you’re close enough to the Tesla Omni-Directional Radiant Energy Projector* (but not too close).  But we all know that Tesla was working on death rays; and as for the killer death robots, well.

While their system is far from commercial ready, it’s no less impressive and as they develop it further in the coming years, it’s not hard to believe that Disney could (eventually) equip their theme parks with wireless power zones, allowing guests to charge their electronic devices by simply entering the space. If entire attraction queues were flooded with wireless power, guests would never have to worry about draining their batteries by killing time with their devices while waiting. Likewise, one could imagine Disney’s parks one day being populated by free-roaming Audio-Animatronics figures, able to run throughout the day via wireless power sources.

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Feb
08
2017
1

Covert Media /Broken Road to create Star Wars parody, lawsuit(?).

Well, I ASSUME that there’s going to be a good chance for the latter:

A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.”

The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

…(Via GeekTyrant) This should be a fascinating contest of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.  On one hand, we have the Mouse.  On the other hand, we have the entire question of just how protected parodies are… which is danged convoluted. Seriously, the more I refreshed my memory on this, the more complicated it got. And on the gripping hand, Disney pretty much does nothing to go after porn parodies of its stuff (DO NOT SEARCH FOR EXAMPLES, IF YOU LOVE YOUR EYES), so maybe they won’t care, after all.  Which sounds… weird, no?

Dec
20
2016
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Disney’s recycling program.

I saw a variant of this on Facebook – ironically, the video seems to be a recycling of the two videos found below (which is why there’s no link) – but i’m not entirely certain what the point is. (more…)

Dec
19
2016
7

It is time that Disney think about optioning ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.’

Given that Rogue One is busily racking up the numbers for Disney, to the point where the Mouse can now feel reassured that the Star Wars gravy train is indeed up and running, it is time that they start thinking about the next non-episode movie after the Han Solo flick.  It is my suggestion that they pick a definitely modified version of Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.  Which means, yes, no Luke or Leia.

Why?  Permit me to point out the following: (more…)

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