Published 17 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
As you may have heard, Disney is gearing up to changing the streaming game with the Disney+ streaming service. From the moment that this serious Netflix and Amazon challenger entered the public discussion, Disney has stressed that a low price point would be key. Well, they certainly have the ability to keep those numbers low, given that they’ve already pulled in several billion dollars at the box-office so far this year. A newly announced bundle made even more waves and carries the potential to let Disney fully dominate the streaming world as well as the multiplexes.
What will Disney+ offer to fans? They’re promising an all-ages experience of unparalleled content hailing from their entertainment brands, including Disney, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and more. We’ve got all the details you need below, including what shall be found in the content coffers along with necessary details like cost and compatible devices.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL DISNEY+ BE AVAILABLE?
As of now, Disney+ has announced five countries with respective launch dates:
– United States November 12 – Canada November 12 – Netherlands November 12 – Australia November 19 – New Zealand November 19
This timing suggests that people will sign up for the streaming service during the brief lull when Disney takes a break from releasing new films in theaters. A few weeks later, Frozen 2 Nov. 22 will land in theaters, followed by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Dec. 20, but people also love streaming during holiday downtime, which should keep Disney+ interest high as new offerings arrive.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The Basic Plan U.S: A monthly $6.99 plan or annual $69.99 plan will grant you access to hundreds of films and TV shows, plus a slew of upcoming original, straight-to-streaming movies and a list of Marvel spin-off TV series that seems to grow by the day. On the movie side, the library ranges from everything including over 20 MCU films including those released mere months ago plus the entire Star Wars franchise and a load of Disney animated classics.
The Bundle Plan U.S: Disney announced an incredibly low-priced bundle that’s surely aimed at Netflix because the price point is almost unbelievable. For only $12.99 per month, customers can purchase access to Disney+ content along with Hulu and ESPN+ as part of the deal. If one compares this to the price of Hulu’s ad-free plan alone $11.99, paying only one more dollar per month for two more services resonates like a thrown gauntlet against Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and the upcoming HBO Max.
Basic Plans For Other Countries:
– Canada: $8.99CAD per month or $89.99 per year – Netherlands: €6.99 per month or €69.99 per year – Australia $8.99AUD per month or $89.99 per year – New Zealand: $9.99NZD per month or $99.99 per year
As of now, the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle deal will only exist in the U.S..
Published 17 hour ago on 19 Aug 1919
When Kylo Ren wears his mask in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he's supposed to be an intimidating figure, but you I can't help but think, “Aw, that's Adam Driver under there. The guy who goes &lsquouh oh!' in the Inside Llewyn Davis song.“ Kylo is a fascinating, complex character &mdash his scenes with Rey are the highlight of The Last Jedi, a very good movie even if the Russian trolls want us to believe otherwise &mdash but unlike his idol, Darth Vader, he's not very scary.
What if this was your first impression of Kylo, though?
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That artwork, of what Kylo Ren almost looked like, was posted online by Lucasfilm concept artist Christian Alzmann, who wrote, “Very early Jedi Killer/Kylo concept. Wasn't used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but ended up being the inspiration for the Fifth Brother in Star Wars Rebels.“ Here's more on Fifth Brother, an Inquisitor who was dispatched by Darth Vader to hunt down Jedis. Imagine if this is what Kylo Ren looked like in Force Awakens, and subsequently Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker &mdash that shirtless scene would have played very differently. Instead, the Lucasfilm team, including director J.J. Abrams and costume designer Michael Kaplan, went with a more subdued look.
“J.J. kept saying he'll know when he sees it and one day we were having a discussion and he was talking about wanting it to be something that a child would remember, you know, that would be indelible in a child's mind, and one of my concept artists came up with that image,“ Kaplan said about Kylo's creation. “I don't know where he got it but he heard something that a child would like, and I don't know if it was the kind of spaghetti type lines on it or what, but the next time J.J. came by that was what we presented to him and he loved it.“
The Rise of Skywalker, not starring a grey-skinned Driver, opens December 20.
Published 17 hour ago on 16 Aug 1919
pite rumors to the contrary and internet trolls decrying his specific vision of the “Star Wars” universe in 2017’s box-office Wampa “The Last Jedi,” Rian Johnson is charging full-speed ahead with his planned new trilogy of films entrusted to him by Lucasfilm.
The “Brick” and “Looper” filmmaker, whose hotly awaited murder-mystery “Knives Out” bows this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, told The Observer that he’s excited to get started on a new slate of “Star Wars” films disconnected from the dominating Skywalker saga.
“I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what's exciting and then figure out what it's going to be,“ Johnson said in the interview. “We're doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I'm coming at it, and what's fun about it for everyone in George Lucas' films, is figuring out, &lsquoWhat's the next step?' It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of ‘Star Wars’ is for me and what that will look like moving forward.“
After taking the baton from director J.J. Abrams, who helmed 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” the planned trilogy will be Johnson’s first return to a galaxy far, far away since “The Last Jedi.” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final entry in the current trilogy that began with “Force Awakens,” will reunite director Abrams with the material. This will be the final part of the nine-part Skywalker journey that began all the way back with “A New Hope.”
Disney, which now owns the “Star Wars” universe, recently announced dates for a planned trilogy of films from “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, which will begin rolling out in 2022. W Disney Studios will blast “The Rise of Skywalker” into theaters on December 20.
IndieWire recently broke down all the ways that the “Star Wars” universe needs to evolve to stay relevant.
Published 17 hour ago on 16 Aug 1919
Rian Johnson is still working on a totally new Star Wars trilogy. Normally, it wouldn't necessarily be news to find out that a previously announced project is still happening. Yet, this isn't just any project. Johnson directed The Last Jedi, which wound up being commercially very successful, even though it proved to be quite divisive amongst the fanbase, and caused downright vitriol from a small, vocal contingent. Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be unwavering, as Johnson has just shared some new, albeit very vague, details regarding his next trip to a galaxy far, far away.
Following The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson set his sights on a slightly smaller project, Knives Out, which is an original murder mystery with a mighty impressive ensemble cast. With that movie's November release date creeping up, Johnson has started doing some press and, during a recent interview, he was asked about his mysterious Star Wars trilogy. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what's exciting and then figure out what it's going to be. We're doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I'm coming at it and what's fun about it for everyone in George Lucas' films is figuring out, 'what's the next step?' It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of Star Wars is for me and what that will look like moving forward."
The content of what is being said there is nothing too new. It was already made clear that Rian Johnson would be crafting an entirely new story centered on new characters in this universe. It just isn't clear when, in terms of the overall timeline, the story will take place. This year's The Rise of Skywalker is set to not only conclude the new sequel trilogy, but also the Skywalker saga in general. That means, whatever comes next, will be markedly different than what we've seen before.
Though, it's not just the response to The Last Jedi that had some questioning whether or not this trilogy was going to happen. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators behind Game of Thrones, have been tapped to do a new trilogy as well. Disney doesn't have another Star Wars movie on the books until December 2022 and it's already been confirmed that movie will be the first in the Benioff and Weiss trilogy. Further movies are dated for December 2024 and 2026.
Related: When Does Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy Begin Production?
So, from a practical standpoint, when will the Rian Johnson trilogy happen? Will it not even start until at least 2027? Will Lucasfilm ernate installments? That seems unlikely, as it would seriously break up the storytelling for both trilogies. Will Johnson make a smaller scale trilogy that can air exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service? Far more questions than answers, but, at least for now, this is still on the books. This news comes to us via Observer.
Published 17 hour ago on 16 Aug 1919
Disney's record-breaking year simply won't quit, as Toy Story 4 has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It's now the fifth movie of the year to do so for the studio. It wasn't all that long ago when a movie reaching that particular milestone was a huge deal. It's become a more regular occurrence in the modern era. While other studios can pull the accomplishment off from time to time, it's Disney that has been managing to do it far more than anyone else, and this year is one for the record books.
As of this writing, Toy Story 4 has just barely crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, by about $1.1 million. The Pixar sequel was released in theaters on June 20 and saw an excellent opening weekend take of $120.9 million, on its way to a domestic total of $421.8 million. The movie has also done exceedingly well overseas. What's more impressive is that there is still gas left in the tank, as the animated flick is still set to open in Germany and Scandinavia.
Easily the most impressive part of this landmark is it's the fifth movie to gross at least $1 billion in 2019 for Disney alone. Avengers: Endgame $2.79 billion, The Lion King $1.34 billion, Captain Marvel $1.12 billion and Aladdin $1.03 billion all also crossed that threshold. It's also worth mentioning that the only other release in 2019 so far to accomplish such success is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has earned $1.09 billion so far. However, it was produced by Disney's Marvel Studios, even though it was released by Sony, and benefited greatly by taking place inside of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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The drop-off worldwide in 2019 for movies not released by Disney is steep. The Wandering Earth, a Chinese sci-fi flick, is next on the list with $699.8 million. From there, the drop is far steeper, with DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at the number eight spot worldwide for the year with $519.8 million. Rounding out the global top ten is Detective Pikachu $431.5 million and Alita: Battle Angel $404.9 million.
Disney already broke the record for box office in a calendar year weeks ago by crossing $7.67 billion worldwide. Since then, they've only added to their total. Not to mention the studio still has potentially massive hits coming down the pipeline, such as Frozen 2, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Some analysts are now predicting the studio could pull in as much as $10 billion before the clock strikes midnight on December 31. It is painfully clear, as if it wasn't already, that Disney has an unprecedented level of dominance when it comes to delivering what moviegoers want to see. These numbers were provided by Box Office Mojo.