Marvel’s “Howard the Duck” and “Tigra & Dazzler” animated series are no longer moving forward at Hulu, an individual with knowledge of the projects told TheWrap.The other two, “M.O.D.O.K.” and “Hit Monkey,” are still in development. The individual added that the decision to scrap the two shows came from Marvel. With half of the planned four series now dead, the crossover “The Offenders” is also unlikely to happen.Last year, Hulu announced an expansive multi-series commitment with Marvel TV that would consist of the aforementioned four series, and the crossover. This now leaves Hulu with only three Marvel TV series, as Kevin Feige continues to wind down Marvel TV’s roster in the months after it was moved under Marvel Studios. In addition to the two animated series, Hulu is also developing a live-action “Helstrom” series, which will star Elizabeth Marvel, Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon.Also Read: How 'Runaways' Got Caught in the Middle of Marvel TV's Corporate RestructuringEarlier this week, Hulu announced the voice cast for “M.O.D.O.K.,” which will star and be written by Patton Oswalt. He is joined by Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Beck Bennet, Sam Richardson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jon Daly and Aimee Garcia. “Tigra & Dazzler” had previously halted development in December, with Erica Rivinoja leaving as showrunner over creative differences.In October, Marvel TV was moved under Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, who was named chief creative officer across all of Marvel. Since then, Jeph Loeb stepped down as head of Marvel TV and all future development was shuttered. Marvel TV staff, including Karim Zreik, senior vice president of current programming and production and members of his team, moved over to the Marvel Studios group, with Zreik in charge of all current projects in production.“Cloak & Dagger” was cancelled after two seasons at Freeform, and “The Runaways” closed after three seasons, with the third premiering on Hulu last month. The first Marvel TV show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will end its seven-season run on ABC this summer.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.Read original story Marvel TV Shows ‘Howard the Duck’ and ‘Tigra & Dazzler’ Will Not Move Forward at Hulu At TheWrap
We’ll cut right to the chase: The rumor that Ewan McGregor has walked away from the upcoming Disney+ “Star Wars” tv series about Obi-Wan Kenobi and that Disney has canceled the show is not true.Sources with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday that the story circulating is “totally inaccurate,” and that the show is still moving forward as announced last summer.The story is actually a hoax created by a clearly-labeled joke Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm. The clue that this story wasn’t on the level should probably have been the obviously misspelled “Dicsussing” in the handle, but in case that didn’t do the trick, the account’s bio says “PARODY ACCOUNT, NOT AFFILIATED WITH @DiscussingFilm.”Also Read: 'Mandalorian' Director Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+What happened is that on Wednesday, “DicsussingFilm” tweeted “Ewan McGregor has exited the ‘OBI-WAN’ Disney+ series due to creative differences. (Source: @disneyplus).” The joke was immediately recognized by the account’s followers, but on Friday a couple of fansites including That Hashtag Show and We Got This Covered took the tweet at face value and ran with it, causing the matter to become a trending Twitter topic.So, rest easy, people looking forward to the further adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi: The show is still happening, at least for now.Announced last summer during D23 2019, the Obi-Wan series will take place at some point during the 19-year gap between the end of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.” McGregor will once again play the Jedi Master originally portrayed by Alec Guinness and executive produce, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.Also Read: Taika Waititi Eyed to Develop 'Star Wars' MovieThe project will be the third live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney+, following “The Mandalorian” and the “Rogue One” prequel series centered on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor.Read original story No, the ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been Canceled At TheWrap
It might not have wowed critics, but the latest 'Star Wars' film is still breaking box office records.
Terry Gilliam has torn into Black Panther, saying he hated the movie, slating its message of positivity and questioning whether the filmmakers even went to Africa.
'The Rise of Skywalker' brings the main 'Star Wars' saga to an end after more than 40 years, leaving many questions about what comes next.
Critics are underwhelmed with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” saddling the finale to one of the biggest franchises of all time with just a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. They called the film a “safe,” “sour” or even “convoluted” end to the Skywalker saga.It’s still early, and the score could change, but the review embargo for the film broke just after midnight on Wednesday, and with 119 critics reporting at time of writing, the current score places it below not just the previous “Star Wars” films “The Last Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” but even behind “Solo” and “Rogue One,” though it’s just ahead of “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” which has just a 53% score.“Rest assured that there’s nothing in this final ‘Star Wars’ that would prompt the eye-rolls or the snickers of Episodes I-III; Abrams is too savvy a studio player for those kinds of shenanigans,” TheWrap‘s Alonso Duralde wrote in his mixed review of the film. “But his slick delivery of a sterling, shiny example of what Martin Scorsese would call ‘not cinema’ feels momentarily satisfying but ultimately unfulfilling. It’s a somewhat soulless delivery system of catharsis, but Disney and Abrams are banking on the delivery itself to be enough.”Also Read: 'Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker' Film Review: Final Chapter Delivers the Goods, But It's Slick and a Little SoullessMany of the reviews pointed out that the film’s first act is loaded with exposition as a way to reunite the three main characters and tie up many of the film’s loose ends. Some reviews called it “incoherent” and added that many of those plot threads fail to satisfy in the end.“The gang’s all here–every new and old favorite character one could imagine–for an experience so convoluted and overstuffed that I wondered whether the whole cast would board a flying kitchen sink for the final battle,” David Sims wrote in The Atlantic.But much of the discussion has centered around Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi.” Critics have said Abrams’ film works as something of a course correction for fans who were outraged at the direction of the previous film, undoing some of “The Last Jedi’s” main and best ideas.“The haste with which ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ rushes to undo its predecessor is almost comical at first, at least before its capitulation to the franchise’s most toxic fans turns outright contemptible. Mad that Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) didn’t spend enough time together in the last movie? Let’s shove them into the same frame from the beginning and throw in lots of forced banter to remind you that they’re pals,” Sam Adams writes in Slate. “Didn’t like when they killed off the pale evil guy with the misshapen face? What if we brought in another? And that whole thing about Rey being ‘no one,’ suggesting a radical rewrite of the idea that Jedi knights are made and not born? Well, you’ll have to see what happens there for yourself.”Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Arrives With Sky-High Box Office Expectations“He’s made what feels sometimes like a glorified apology for his successor’s choices,” A.A. Dowd says of Abrams in The A.V. Club. “Remember in ‘Last Jedi’ when fallen son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) smashed his Vader-esque helmet to bits as a symbolic rejection of the past? It takes him all of 15 minutes to weld it back together in ‘Skywalker,’ the little red cracks across its surface evidence of a “mistake” that’s been mended.”See more reactions from critics below. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in theaters this Friday.Alonso Duralde, TheWrapAbrams certainly knows how to manipulate, but when he does it, you can see the strings. How much or little you enjoy “The Rise of Skywalker” will rely almost entirely on whether or not you mind that every laugh and tear and jolt feels like it’s coming right off a spreadsheet.Mike Ryan, UproxxJ.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is the most convoluted of all the Star Wars movies. It feels like three full movies worth of plot crammed into one film. The stories in the other Star Wars movies, even the Prequels, have a way of bringing a viewer into that world. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” never lets us in. It, instead, keeps us at arms length so it can use almost its entire first half as exposition. Just character after character explaining things.A.O. Scott, The New York TimesAt least since “The Return of the Jedi” (1983), the point of each chapter has been consolidation rather than distinction. For a single film to risk being too interesting would be to imperil the long-term strategy of cultivating a multigenerational, multinational fandom. “The Rise of Skywalker” — Episode IX, in case you’ve lost count — is one of the best. (It opens Friday.) Also one of the worst. Perfectly middling. It all amounts to the same thing.Sam Adams, Slate“The Rise of Skywalker” gives people what they go to Star Wars for, but that’s all it does–and worse, all it sets out to do. It’s frenzied, briefly infuriating, and eventually, grudgingly, satisfying, but it’s like being force-fed fandom: Your belly is filled, but there’s no pleasure in the meal. The movie feels like it’s part of the post-“Last Jedi” retrenchment, when Disney jerked the leash on “Solo” and killed plans for future spinoffs by insisting that filmmakers stick to the established playbook. It’s of a piece with the pointedly unambitious “The Mandalorian,” just good enough to get people’s attention but fundamentally terrified of rocking the boat. Rather than making a movie some people might love, Abrams tried to make a movie no one would hate, and as a result, you don’t feel much of anything at all.Jake Coyle, Associated PressNot much has caused a disturbance in the “Star Wars” galaxy quite like Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” an erratic but electric movie that, regardless of how you felt about it, was something worth arguing about. The same can’t be said for J. J. Abrams’ “Rise of Skywalker,” a scattershot, impatiently paced, fan-servicing finale that repurposes so much of what came before that it feels as though someone searching for the hyperspace button accidentally pressed the spin cycle instead.David Sims, The AtlanticThe gang’s all here–every new and old favorite character one could imagine–for an experience so convoluted and overstuffed that I wondered whether the whole cast would board a flying kitchen sink for the final battle.A.A. Dowd, The A.V. ClubBut in the case of this ninth official episode, the batting-cleanup responsibilities are compounded by the expectations of a fanbase on the cusp of mutiny. “Skywalker” wants desperately to please them, a potentially impossible task it tackles with transparently ingratiating caution. This is a space opera animated not by joy but insecurity–the anxiety, evident in almost every moment, that if it’s not very careful, someone might feel letdown.Brian Truitt, USA TodayIt’s a treat when Rey, Finn and Poe finally get to the adventuring, not only because there are tons of Han, Luke and Leia vibes when they’re together, but also because their taking on flying First Order goons in a wild, banter-laden “Mad Max”-esque speeder chase reminds why these movies are a hoot.Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-TimesThere are a few moments when it feels as if this movie is trying to satisfy every “Star Wars” fanatic in the world — but that would be beyond the scope of even the most impressive Jedi mind trick. “The Rise of Skywalker” rarely comes close to touching greatness, but it’s a solid, visually dazzling and warmhearted victory for the Force of quality filmmaking.Michael Phillips, Chicago TribuneIt wraps up the trio of trilogies begun in 1977 in a confident, soothingly predictable way, doing all that cinematically possible to avoid poking the bear otherwise known as tradition-minded quadrants of the “Star Wars” fan base.Read original story ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Underwhelms Critics as ‘Convoluted’ and ‘Safe’ Finale At TheWrap
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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
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
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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
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
Rowans Hospice in Hampshire reached out to Disney CEO Bob Iger on Twitter to organise the special early screening of the 'Star Wars' blockbuster.
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
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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 have been disappointed by the box office performance of Fox's recent releases, but co-chairman Alan Horn still has faith in the studio.
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