• How a British company built the 'Star Wars' toy empire
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    How a British company built the 'Star Wars' toy empire

    A new documentary follows Leicestershire-based company, who Pailtoy were responsible for producing 'Star Wars' merchandise which is now worth thousands of pounds to collectors.

  • Marvel TV to Cut Staff, End Future Development as Unit Moves Under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios
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    Marvel TV to Cut Staff, End Future Development as Unit Moves Under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios

    Marvel TV is winding down. Two months after the division was moved under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, the TV-arm of Marvel is ending all of its development plans.Marvel TV will complete all of its projects that are currently in development, which include the final season of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that will air next summer, but will not continue beyond that. Those also include the four animated series that are currently in development at Hulu, as well as the live-action “Helstrom.”The integration of Marvel TV under Marvel Studios will include layoffs as a result, both in the immediate future and long term, once development on all current Marvel TV shows is completed. The move effectively shutters the division as it will be absorbed by Marvel Studios — though the Marvel TV name may still continue.Also Read: Kevin Feige Named Chief Creative Officer of MarvelMarvel TV staff, including Karim Zreik, senior vice president of current programming and production and members of his team, will join the Marvel Studios group. Zreik will head up current projects in production. Jeph Loeb, who is exiting as head of Marvel TV in the coming weeks, will remain available during the transition. Marvel Studios is planning its own foray into the small screen with eight different shows for Disney+. Those include “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Loki” and “Hawkeye,” which all star characters from the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe.Earlier this year, Marvel TV signed a large, multi-series animated deal with Hulu, and then a separate agreement with the Disney-owned streamer for a pair of live-action series in “Helstrom” and “Ghost Rider.” Plans for “Ghost Rider” were eventually shelved. The third and final season of “The Runaways” premieres on Hulu this Friday.Loeb spearheaded the initial expansion of the MCU into television with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter.” Marvel TV had an expansive slate on Netflix that included “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “The Punisher” and the team-up series, “The Defenders.” But with Disney launching its own streaming competitor, the two sides ended their four-year creative partnership earlier this year.Read original story Marvel TV to Cut Staff, End Future Development as Unit Moves Under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios At TheWrap

  • ‘Frozen II’ Becomes Third 2019 Release to Stay No. 1 at Box Office for Three Weekends
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    ‘Frozen II’ Becomes Third 2019 Release to Stay No. 1 at Box Office for Three Weekends

    Disney’s “Frozen II” has become the third movie this year to stay No. 1 on the box office charts for three weekends. With an estimated total this weekend of $34 million, it will easily take the top spot over Lionsgate’s “Knives Out” on a weekend that traditionally is a quiet period before the Christmas release period begins in earnest.The two other films that have earned three No. 1s are Universal’s “Glass,” which took advantage of a historically slow period in the early part of this year’s release slate, and “Avengers: Endgame,” which the rest of the industry steered clear of as it became the biggest box office hit ever. Warner Bros.’ “Joker” almost took a third No. 1 in late October, but was edged out by the second weekend of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”“Knives Out” will take the No. 2 spot for a second weekend, holding well with an estimated $14 million total. That’s down 47% from the $26.7 million the whodunit movie made from Friday to Sunday last weekend, and gives the film an estimated two-weekend total of $63 million.Also Read: 'Frozen II' Breaks Thanksgiving 5-Day Box Office Record With $123.7 MillionAfter “Knives Out,” the effects of the slow early December period can be seen on the charts, with no film grossing above $6.5 million. Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari” and Universal/Makeready’s “Queen & Slim” are in a virtual tie for third with approximately $6.3 million grossed. “Ford v Ferrari” will see its domestic total rise to $91 million after four weekends while “Queen & Slim” rises to $26 million after two weekends.Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is in fifth with $5.2 million, giving it a three-weekend total of $43 million. Just below it is Focus Features’ true story drama “Dark Waters,” which is going wide this weekend to 2,012 screens after grossing $1.1 million in a two-weekend limited run. The film has earned a $4.2 million wide opening and an A- from CinemaScore polls, continuing the strong word of mouth that began with the film’s 92% Rotten Tomatoes score.Way down the charts in the No. 13 slot is the sole new release of the weekend, STX’s “Playmobil: The Movie.” With families still flocking to see “Frozen II,” this animated film has gone largely ignored with just an estimated $811,000 opening weekend from 2,337 screens. The good news for STX is that they won’t take a financial hit on this release, as “Playmobil” is a distribution-only deal with marketing costs kept low. The film has a B+ on CinemaScore and a 20% Rotten Tomatoes score.Read original story ‘Frozen II’ Becomes Third 2019 Release to Stay No. 1 at Box Office for Three Weekends At TheWrap

  • Frozen 2: Diamond-encrusted Elsa and Anna doll set would set Disney-loving shoppers back £24,200
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    Frozen 2: Diamond-encrusted Elsa and Anna doll set would set Disney-loving shoppers back £24,200

    Disney fans, you'd better start saving up those pennies.

  • New 'Mulan' trailer pays homage to the animated classic with musical easter egg
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    New 'Mulan' trailer pays homage to the animated classic with musical easter egg

    Fans with keen ears may spot several nods to the memorable songs from the original Disney animated version of 'Mulan'.

  • ‘Aladdin’ Star Mena Massoud Hasn’t Had ‘A Single Audition’ Since Disney Film Came Out
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    ‘Aladdin’ Star Mena Massoud Hasn’t Had ‘A Single Audition’ Since Disney Film Came Out

    Mena Massoud, the star of Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” says he hasn’t seen any new career opportunities since starring in the film that has now grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.Massoud, who plays the title street rat in “Aladdin,” said in an interview Tuesday he hasn’t gotten a single audition in the wake of the film’s release.“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” Massoud told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like ‘Aladdin.’ ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since ‘Aladdin’ came out.”Also Read: 'Aladdin' to Hit $1 Billion Friday as Disney Remakes Keep Ruling Box OfficeMassoud is a 28-year-old Egyptian actor from Cairo who Disney selected in a worldwide casting search out of 2000 actors. The Daily Beast said that Massoud wasn’t ungrateful that he isn’t a household name, but he is surprised that a billion dollar film hasn’t opened at least some doors.“It’s wild to a lot of people,” Massoud said. “People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”He continued: “I think since ‘Aladdin’ my expectations for things releasing and what they’re going to do in my career, I’ve had to really pull them back. Because, you know, I got the same question about ‘Aladdin’ and it was like, ‘Oh, you know, Aladdin’s coming out. How do you feel about what that’s going to do to your career?’ The big truth is I haven’t really seen a big anything from it. As for whether people are gonna discover me from it or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue. I can’t tell you I know how things are going to work out anymore.”Also Read: Films With Nonwhite Leads Gave Best Return on Investment, New Study SaysMassoud will next be seen in the Hulu series “Reprisal” that airs Friday, and his only other role on the horizon is the animated film “Lamya’s Poem.”Massoud starred in “Aladdin” from director Guy Ritchie earlier this summer alongside Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as the evil Jafar.Check out the full interview with Massoud at The Daily Beast.Read original story ‘Aladdin’ Star Mena Massoud Hasn’t Had ‘A Single Audition’ Since Disney Film Came Out At TheWrap

  • Too Many Streamers, Too Many Shows: How Minnow App Hopes to Solve the Discoverability Problem
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    Too Many Streamers, Too Many Shows: How Minnow App Hopes to Solve the Discoverability Problem

    Whether you’re Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, one of the primary challenges for streamers is creating a platform that makes it easy for subscribers to find and discover content — and then make sure they stay there. But the discovery problem is about to get even worse as every conglomerate in town is getting in on the streaming wars with their own services. And if you’re the average consumer, how do you avoid spending hours on the couch trying to decide on a movie or track down exactly what you want to watch? How do you avoid the paradox of choice that inevitably ends with watching just another episode of “Friends?” With the launch of Disney+ and Apple TV+ last month and HBO Max and Peacock soon on the horizon, a need is emerging in the marketplace for a way to universally search everything that’s out there and make it easy to cut through the clutter and help people more easily discover the content they want. Also Read: What's a Storyworld? The Future of Content Development That’s where Minnow comes in. The new app that launched last month is designed to solve the discovery problem through the ability to create...Read original story Too Many Streamers, Too Many Shows: How Minnow App Hopes to Solve the Discoverability Problem At TheWrap

  • Disney screens 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' for dying British superfan
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    Disney screens 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' for dying British superfan

    Rowans Hospice in Hampshire reached out to Disney CEO Bob Iger on Twitter to organise the special early screening of the 'Star Wars' blockbuster.

  • New trailer and poster for Pixar's 'Onward' launched
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    New trailer and poster for Pixar's 'Onward' launched

    A new trailer for Pixar's latest adventure Onward has just landed

  • ‘Frozen II’ Soars With $127 Million Opening, but Overall Box Office Still Lags Behind 2018 Pace
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    ‘Frozen II’ Soars With $127 Million Opening, but Overall Box Office Still Lags Behind 2018 Pace

    Disney has once again kicked the box office into high gear with the release of “Frozen II,” which earned an estimated $127 million opening from 4,440 screens. But even with that long-awaited revenue boost for movie theaters, the industry is still behind the record pace set last year.This weekend’s other two releases, Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and STX’s “21 Bridges,” both did solid openings against their mid-level budgets, but “Frozen II” accounted for roughly 65% of all box office revenue generated this weekend. Total weekend grosses are set at $200 million — the highest they’ve been in a month — but that is still behind the $211 million total earned by this same weekend last year, meaning that annual domestic totals will remain roughly 6.4% behind last year’s pace, as the trend of Disney being the only studio to replicate its 2018 success continues.Also Read: How 'Frozen II' Songwriters Stopped Thinking About 'Let It Go' to Write Songs for the SequelWhile “Frozen II” hasn’t had quite as strong reception as the first “Frozen,” reaction to it is still positive with a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score and 4.5/5 on Postrak. It should be well on its way to a $400 million domestic run, especially with many families waiting to see the film during Thanksgiving weekend. The film stands among the top 5 opening weekends for both animated and November releases and has the largest opening of any animated film released outside the summer.Overseas, “Frozen II” opened No.1 in all 37 markets it was released in and grossed $223 million, including $53 million in China and $31.5 million in Korea. That gives the film a new global animated record opening of $350 million, putting it well on pace to become Disney’s 24th $1 billion release.Thanks to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Disney also has a 1-2 finish on the charts this weekend, as “Ford v Ferrari” took the No. 2 spot with $15.5 million in its second weekend. The Chernin-produced racing biopic now has a total of $57.4 million domestic after 10 days in theaters.Also Read: Dear 'Mandalorian' Fans: Buy Baby Yoda Merchandise, You Now CanIn third is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which is meeting box office projections with a $13.5 million opening from 3,235 screens. Reception has been overwhelmingly strong with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A from CinemaScore audience polls. Combine that with a likely Oscar nomination for Tom Hanks, and the pieces are in place for a long, steady theatrical run for this Mister Rogers biopic.“21 Bridges” is fourth with a $9.2 million opening from 2,665 screens. The film, which had a $33 million budget co-financed by MVM Studios and Huayi Brothers with STX, had a B+ on CinemaScore and a 45% Rotten Tomatoes score. Lionsgate’s “Midway” and Paramount’s “Playing With Fire” are in a near-tie for fifth, each grossing an estimated $4.7 million in their third weekend.Down in eighth is Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels,” which bombed last weekend with an $8.35 million opening and fell to $3.1 million in its second weekend for a 10-day total of just $14 million against a $48 million opening.Finally, Lionsgate held early screenings for Rian Johnson’s murder mystery film “Knives Out,” grossing $2 million from 936 screens. The film opens this Wednesday and is projected to earn a $25 million 5-day opening against a $40 million budget. Universal’s “Queen & Slim” will also open during the holiday weekend, with trackers projecting a $12 million 5-day launch against a reported $20 million budget.Read original story ‘Frozen II’ Soars With $127 Million Opening, but Overall Box Office Still Lags Behind 2018 Pace At TheWrap

  • 'Frozen 2' stars talk deleted scenes: 'Fifty percent of what we recorded got cut'
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    'Frozen 2' stars talk deleted scenes: 'Fifty percent of what we recorded got cut'

    “You’re recording for three years and it keeps adapting, it keeps changing," explains the voice of Olaf.

  • Is 'Frozen 2' the end of the franchise? The cast and creators have their say on 'Frozen 3'
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    Is 'Frozen 2' the end of the franchise? The cast and creators have their say on 'Frozen 3'

    Idina Menzel, voice of the ice queen Elsa, admits she’s not ready to let it go just yet.

  • REVIEW: 'Frozen 2' doesn't really have a reason to exist
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    REVIEW: 'Frozen 2' doesn't really have a reason to exist

    The writers tried their best to make this sequel grander in scope yet more personal in depth, but it still feels a little factory-made and lacks the magic of the first film.

  • Disney disappointed by box office performances of Fox films
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    Disney disappointed by box office performances of Fox films

    Disney have been disappointed by the box office performance of Fox's recent releases, but co-chairman Alan Horn still has faith in the studio.

  • 'Star Wars': Greedo actor Paul Blake is as confused about 'Maclunkey' as everyone else
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    'Star Wars': Greedo actor Paul Blake is as confused about 'Maclunkey' as everyone else

    It seems Greedo and Bib Fortuna have an ongoing text message conversation, which is almost as odd as 'Maclunkey'.

  • Disney reports over 10 million people have signed up for Disney+ in a day
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    Disney reports over 10 million people have signed up for Disney+ in a day

    Disney has said that it now has 10 million users for its new Disney+ streaming platform, just one day after launch.

  • Sterling K. Brown says his musical number was cut from 'Frozen 2'
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    Sterling K. Brown says his musical number was cut from 'Frozen 2'

    Arendelle newcomer explains what his song was all about it and why it was ultimately removed from final verison of Disney's upcoming "Frozen" sequel.

  • Flash sale alert: 24% off Frozen 2, Toy Story and more Disney Store buys
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    Flash sale alert: 24% off Frozen 2, Toy Story and more Disney Store buys

    From Frozen 2 to Toy Story, stock up on all the Disney gifts you need now.

  • Disney+ launch hit with technical issues as demand 'exceeds high expectations'
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    Disney+ launch hit with technical issues as demand 'exceeds high expectations'

    Disney say they are "working to quickly resolve the current user issue" on the streaming site.

  • The controversial scene that's not in the live-action version of 'Lady and the Tramp'
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    The controversial scene that's not in the live-action version of 'Lady and the Tramp'

    A problematic song has been completely erased from the reboot.

  • J.J. Abrams says 'The Rise of Skywalker' won't 'play safe' thanks to Rian Johnson
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    J.J. Abrams says 'The Rise of Skywalker' won't 'play safe' thanks to Rian Johnson

    In remarks that might have the opposite of the intended effect, J.J. Abrams has said that he's taking a leaf of out Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's book for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  • Aldi launches Frozen 2 range with prices from £1.99
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    Aldi launches Frozen 2 range with prices from £1.99

    If the craze is anything like the first Frozen film, it won’t be around for long.

  • Marvel fans will need to watch Disney+ to understand MCU, insists Kevin Feige
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    Marvel fans will need to watch Disney+ to understand MCU, insists Kevin Feige

    Kevin Feige has revealed that MCU fans will need to watch every new series that debuts on Disney+ in order to fully understand its future films.

  • Disney boss Bob Iger confirms 'Star Wars' movie 'hiatus'
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    Disney boss Bob Iger confirms 'Star Wars' movie 'hiatus'

    Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that he plans to put the Star Wars movies into a 'hiatus' after the release of episode nine, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  • First reactions land for 'Frozen II' after US premiere
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    First reactions land for 'Frozen II' after US premiere

    It's been six years since the first movie, but now Frozen II has been unveiled in the US.