It's very early in the morning here on the east coast and it appears after weeks of speculation, the rumors have come true. Disney has purchased Fox in a historic media merger deal for 52.4 billion. This includes all of Fox's TV and movie studios, cable networks like FX, and international TV businesses. Several smaller properties and Fox news and Business channels will be spun off however, but Disney has just acquired basically every well known Fox entity. This includes the rights to the X-men film franchise, the upcoming Avatar sequels, Deadpool, and long time animate series The Simpsons. While it looks like the deal will happen over the course of two years, this definitely puts Disney in the position to expand their growth into the TV field and not being limited by their own Networks like The Disney Channel and Disney XD. It will be interesting to see how they will handle the more edgy an R-rated films that Fox has done over the years, as well as the many films Fox had in development. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see but this is a major move for a company that about to crush the 2017 box office with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi across the country this evening.
If you have not heard about Olaf's Frozen Adventure then consider yourself lucky. Over the past few weeks since the release of Disney's Coco, Olaf has been all over the news for all the long reason. Instead of the normal (and generally short) pixar opening scene, Disney opted to instead read an insane 22 minute feature starring the obnoxious animated snowman from 2013's insanely popular Frozen. The fact that this scene was so long coupled lead many fans and critic to denounce the move, pretty much marking it the worst part of an otherwise critically acclaimed film. One critic even called the move "culturally tone-deaf." After all the bad press, it was surprising when Disney announced that they would be removing Olaf's Frozen Adventure from screenings before shortly clarifying that that was the plan all along. An executive according to EW commented that the run was slated until December 8th, even instructing one alleged theater to try and fit in another screening of Coco. Either way you cut it, its hard to imagine that Disney would remove a short if Olaf was well received and it is very strange that they had this planned all along and now Coco will screen as it without one. Regardless, Disney made a poor move but it looks like movie goers who have yet to catch Coco won't have to sit through this abomination pretty soon.
Some major news dropped this morning when it was reported by multiple sources that Disney has been in talks with Fox media to acquire a majority of their assets. Disney would not only seek to acquire Fox TV Studios, but also properties like 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, and more. The only properties of Fox that they would not acquire would be Fox Sports and Fox News Networks. This would also mean that franchises like the X Men series, as well as current TV and future shows like Gifted, and even Family Guy, would be under the Disney mantel. While this deal is certainly just "talks," as of right now, it is hard to imagine that Disney would not pitch Fox a deal that they couldn't refuse. Disney is also already a massively popular entity and the Xmen film series is really the only mega successful superhero franchise, with DC having not exceeded their budget on two films and only being 4 films into their planned expanding universe, Marvel has reigned supreme. Fox was also not helped by the failed Spiderman spin off universe or the massive flop that was Fantastic Four. Whether this deal will happen of not is to be seen but until then, let keep and eye out and see where this all goes.
Soon you'll be able to watch all of the Star Wars films on cable TV. Variety is reporting that Time Warner has won a massive deal with Disney studios to secure the rights for not only all of the Star Wars films that have been released thus far, but several more that have yet to be released including Decembers Rogue one and the untitled Episode 8. In a deal that reportedly cost $250 million, TBS and TNT will both be homes to this beloved franchise beginning September 20th the the original trilogy as well as prequel's running in a marathon format. The marathon will occur again September 24th and 25th as well as leading up to the release of Rogue One on December 16th. You can read more about the landmark deal here and get excited to see even more Star Wars both on TV and on demand.
Disney's D23 expo is this weekend and we're getting a lot of great news and one film that's been on the radar for awhile is the Star Wars spin off title, Star Wars: Rogue One, and today we finally have our first official look at the cast. The film has lined up an all star cast including Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Witaker, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk. The first of the Star Wars Anthology films was announced last May, to be directed by 2014's Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards and will follow a team of pilots early attempt at destroying the death star prior to the even so of Star Wars: A New Hope. You can see more specifics on the film here and stay tuned for more awesome Star Wars news as the weekend unfolds. Star Wars: Rogue One is set for a December 16th, 2016 release.
Pixar's new animated film, Inside Out, has been released and the reviews have been incredible. So incredible, in fact, that the movie currently sits at a 99% on rotten tomatoes, a well deserved score for an incredibly witty and fun film. Inside Out follows the story of a young girl Riley and how her five emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, all interact with one another. The movie offers some extremely interesting views on emotions and how they intertwine, where your memories end up and how your subconscious acts like a sort of jail for bad thoughts and fears. The movies most defining aspect is it's commentary on how we process sadness. Inside out is all about understand and not giving in, showing that a bit of everything is necessary at times to understand our selves and what we're go through. A strong emotional message for kids and adults, Inside Out is easily one of the best animated films of 2015 and a must see summer blockbuster.