• What you can watch on Disney+ at launch in the UK
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    What you can watch on Disney+ at launch in the UK

    Here’s what you can expect to see on Disney+ on day one in the UK.

  • ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda
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    ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda

    Adam Pally is a lifelong “Star Wars” fan who got the chance of a lifetime when he was cast to play a Scout Trooper on “The Mandalorian.” What he didn’t know at the time is that he would do something that would make his character more hated than Jar Jar: he had to punch Baby Yoda.Pally appeared in the Disney+ show’s season finale alongside Jason Sudekis as a pair of scouts tasked with delivering the powerfully Force sensitive Baby Yoda to Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Pally’s scout, curious about why the alien child was so wanted, stuck his finger out at Baby Yoda, who bit it. In response, Pally gives Baby Yoda a hard jab.According to Entertainment Weekly, Pally was asked about the scene at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour on Saturday, where he was promoting the upcoming NBC comedy “Indebted.” Pally said that his friend and “Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau offered the cameo role to him simply by telling him that he “needed somebody to do something special.”Also Read: Why 'The Mandalorian' Saved 'Star Wars': Starlight Runner CEO on Building Buzz Around a StoryAnd while it was a dream come true for Pally to put on the Scout Trooper’s helmet, he got very nervous after he did the first take of the punch when Favreau told him that the Baby Yoda puppet he was decking “costs, like, $5 million.”“‘So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that,'” Pally recalled Favreau telling him. “I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”Also Read: Whose Voices Were Those at the End of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'?But the little green monster had it coming. “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” Pally quipped. “He’s constantly vaping.”Pally will appear on “Indebted” when it premieres on NBC on Feb. 6. Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” is set for release on Disney+ this fall.Read original story ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda At TheWrap

  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020
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    ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020

    “The Mandalorian” dropped its first season finale Friday and just a few hours later, series creator Jon Favreau dropped some big news for fans of Disney+’s live-action “Star Wars” series: The second season will premiere in Fall 2020.“Season 2 of TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020,” Favreau tweeted, revealing that it’s gonna be a while until you get to see Baby Yoda again. The tweet also included a picture of a Gamorrean figurine, a species from within the “Star Wars” universe that was not featured in the first season of “The Mandalorian,” so maybe he’s teasing a Season 2 character here.Season 1 of the Pedro Pascal-led series premiered with the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12. It consisted of eight episodes, which rolled out weekly on Fridays, with the exception of Episode 1, which dropped on a Tuesday (the day Disney+ launched) and Episode 7, which was released on Wednesday, Dec. 18.Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': What You Need to Know About Moff Gideon's Weird SwordFavreau has openly talked about “The Mandalorian” Season 2 being a sure thing multiple times, saying in July he was already writing the next batch of episodes, telling Entertainment Weekly in September that he wants to direct a Season 2 episode and revealing Nov. 13 he was back on set.Though Disney+ has been quiet on the Season 2 front until now, representatives for the streaming service confirmed to TheWrap Friday both the renewal and premiere date are accurate.See Favreau’s tweet below.Also Read: Giancarlo Esposito on Baby Yoda and Joining 'Star Wars' Franchise in 'The Mandalorian' | VideoSeason 2 of TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020 pic.twitter.com/8VQYLDMQ0V— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2019Read original story ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020 At TheWrap

  • What will happen to the 'Star Wars' franchise after 'The Rise of Skywalker'?
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    What will happen to the 'Star Wars' franchise after 'The Rise of Skywalker'?

    '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.

  • 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

  • Disney criticised after minor white ‘Aladdin’ character is rumoured to be getting a spin-off
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    Disney criticised after minor white ‘Aladdin’ character is rumoured to be getting a spin-off

    Disney have been roundly attacked online have it was announced they're developing an Aladdin spin-off for a minor white character.

  • ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff Movie in the Works With Billy Magnussen for Disney+
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    ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff Movie in the Works With Billy Magnussen for Disney+

    Make way for Prince…Anders? A spinoff film based on Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” is headed to Disney+, and Billy Magnussen, who played Prince Anders in the remake, will star in the project, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.Magnussen was one of the smarmy, wealthy princes who visits Agrabah to try and win Princess Jasmine’s (Naomi Scott) heart, and though his role was small, the rising star proved to be a scene-stealer in the film.Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme are attached to write the script for the untitled film that’s considered in early development at Disney+. Magnussen would reprise his role in the film, though the movie is not intended to be a sequel to “Aladdin.”Also Read: 'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Hasn't Had 'A Single Audition' Since Disney Film Came OutDan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the “Aladdin” remake,” are attached as producers via their Rideback banner, and Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce. Magnussen also approached the producers with an idea for the film and was involved with meeting with potential writers.The “Aladdin” remake grossed over $1 billion worldwide for Disney since its release in May.Magnussen will next be seen in “No Time to Die,” the 25th James Bond movie, as well as the prequel film to “The Sopranos,” “The Many Saints of Newark.” He’s represented by WME and Anonymous Content. Dunn and Kvamme are represented by Verve.THR first reported the news of the spinoff film.Read original story ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff Movie in the Works With Billy Magnussen for Disney+ At TheWrap

  • Baby Yoda Plush Dolls Are Available to Order – But Won’t Arrive Until May
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    Baby Yoda Plush Dolls Are Available to Order – But Won’t Arrive Until May

    Rejoice, “Star Wars” fans will. Baby Yoda plush dolls will be available to order beginning on Tuesday. But before you buy the adorable scene-stealer of “The Mandalorian” as a stocking-stuffer for the holidays, there is one catch.

  • Rian Johnson wants to direct a season 2 episode of 'The Mandalorian'
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    Rian Johnson wants to direct a season 2 episode of 'The Mandalorian'

    Rian Johnson absolutely adores The Mandalorian, and he wants to direct an episode of its second season.

  • '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.

  • Disney+ provides on-screen warnings to viewers over 'outdated cultural depictions'
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    Disney+ provides on-screen warnings to viewers over 'outdated cultural depictions'

    Disney+ is showing on-screen disclaimers before some of its older movies, warning viewers that they contain 'outdated cultural depictions'.

  • 'Maclunkey?!' The Star Wars 'who shot first' debate takes baffling new turn on Disney+
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    'Maclunkey?!' The Star Wars 'who shot first' debate takes baffling new turn on Disney+

    With Disney+ now launched in the US – but not until March 2020 in the UK – it's now flooded with content from the Disney archives.

  • Mixed reviews for 'Star Wars' spin-off series 'The Mandalorian'
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    Mixed reviews for 'Star Wars' spin-off series 'The Mandalorian'

    Despite some early technical issues, Disney launched its ambitious new streaming platform Disney+ yesterday, and with it came its flagship show, the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian.

  • 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.

  • Chris Evans doesn't want to 'sour' being Captain America by appearing in another Marvel movie
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    Chris Evans doesn't want to 'sour' being Captain America by appearing in another Marvel movie

    In Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers handed on his trusty vibranuim shield to Sam Wilson's Falcon, effectively making him the new Captain America.

  • Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series was spawned from axed Stephen Daldry movie
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    Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series was spawned from axed Stephen Daldry movie

    Back in 2017, it was announced that British director Stephen Daldry, maker of movies like Billy Elliot and Netflix hit The Crown, had signed up to make a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.

  • DisneyLife will be rebranded as Disney+ in the UK
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    DisneyLife will be rebranded as Disney+ in the UK

    DisneyLife launched in the UK back in 2015, and is still open to UK consumers until Disney+ launches here next year.

  • Streaming services set to crack down on password sharing
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    Streaming services set to crack down on password sharing

    With new streaming services launching at a rapid rate, the practice of 'password sharing' is now at the centre of the anti-piracy battle.

  • 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.

  • Disney unveils UK release date for streaming platform Disney+
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    Disney unveils UK release date for streaming platform Disney+

    Disney+, the new streaming platform from Disney, will launch in the UK on March 31, 2020, the studio has confirmed.

  • 'Star Wars': Ewan McGregor teases plot details of Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series
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    'Star Wars': Ewan McGregor teases plot details of Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series

    While we await The Mandalorian, Ewan McGregor has teased details of the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney's new streaming platform Disney+.

  • Sequel to Halloween classic 'Hocus Pocus' in the works for Disney+
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    Sequel to Halloween classic 'Hocus Pocus' in the works for Disney+

    A sequel to spooky 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus is in the pipeline for Disney's new streaming service Disney+.

  • Early reactions to 'The Mandalorian' first-look footage are in and critics are raving
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    Early reactions to 'The Mandalorian' first-look footage are in and critics are raving

    After the first trailer for Star War spin-off series The Mandalorian landed at the Disney expo event D23 in August, buzz has started to build for director Jon Favreau's take on the galaxy far, far away.