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Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther’s Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

  • Variety
Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday.

The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and villain cosplay lined the halls and clamored for glimpses at everyone from Angelina Jolie to Dwayne Johnson.

“We mean it when we say you’re not fans, you’re family,” said studio chief creative officer and co-chair Alan Horn, in introducing the lineup.

Here are some key takeaways:

Star Wars Comes in For a Landing

We’ve heard before that “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” would end the saga kicked off in 2015 by “The Force Awakens.” The former’s director J.J. Abrams, flanked by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, went as far as to
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Here's Everything Disney, Marvel & Pixar Just Announced at D23

The Walt Disney Studios including studio leaders and filmmakers from Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Disney live action, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios-wowed an audience of nearly 7,000 this morning at D23 Expo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer, The Walt Disney Studios-joined by Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, Disney live action's Sean Bailey, Pixar's Pete Docter and Disney Animation's Jennifer Lee-offered guests a captivating look at Disney's upcoming film slate, including never-before-seen footage and a host of stars, plus a spectacular performance from Frozen 2 voice cast members Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Said Horn to the packed room.

"You're not just fans, you're family. It's because of you that we keep working so hard to make great movies, and we love D23 Expo because it's where we can share them with you first.
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Forget The Rumors, Emma Watts Staying At Fox/Disney

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Despite a wave of rumors she might be headed for the executives suites of Paramount or Warner Bros, Emma Watts is staying put at Fox/Disney. Deadline hears that the vice chairman and head of production is in the middle of formalizing a plan with the studio to stay on in the future and continue to steer Fox’s film division. There was no comment or confirmation from Disney.

Sources familiar with what’s going on there tell me that while Watts had to give up the Marvel properties that include Deadpool to Kevin Feige, her decision to continue was certainly incentivized by continuing to oversee the Avatar sequels generated by James Cameron. Those films will go a long way toward showing whether or not Disney’s acquisition of Fox was a good idea. Watts, I’m told, will be key to the relationship with Cameron, who has four
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‘Lion King’ Rips Up July & Disney Remake Records With $191.8M Opening – Monday Update

  • Deadline
‘Lion King’ Rips Up July & Disney Remake Records With $191.8M Opening – Monday Update
Monday Midday Update: Final domestic opening weekend for The Lion King per Disney is $191.77M, which is very close to where the industry was seeing it yesterday morning and well above the $185M that the studio reported. This is after a Sunday that was $52.8M, -13%. Lion King‘s opening completely stopped Beauty and the Beast‘s opening B.O. ball of $174.7M and was even higher than such Disney theme park IP pics like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($135.6M opening, the highest in that pic series).

When it came to rebooting The Lion King, it wasn’t just because it was the 25th anniversary of the original 1994 animated feature for the studio. Rather it was about the talent of filmmaker Jon Favreau. This weekend, he also notched the best domestic opening of his career as director, besting the $128.1M debut of Iron Man 2.

“One
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Marvel Studios Reveals First Look At Loki TV Series

Earlier this year, a rumor sprung up that said that the upcoming Loki TV series will only feature Tom Hiddleston as a narrator, with the lead role being filled by a new actor playing the God of Mischief in his younger days. Judging by recent comments from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, however, it seems that the Thor series regular will actually have a pretty big part to play in the show.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter a few months back, Horn mentioned that Hiddleston will indeed be the star of the Loki project, saying:

“The quality of the idea and the piece itself will drive whether we can make it or not. [Disney president of production Sean Bailey] may have three or four a year that he can contribute, and Marvel has a few things — we’re doing [a series] with Tom Hiddleston playing the Loki character.”

And now,
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Pirates Of The Caribbean Fans Petition Disney To Rehire Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp’s been dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and the fans aren’t very happy about it.

After rumors broke out late last year that Disney was moving ahead with a reboot of the hit adventure series and the A-lister wouldn’t be involved, the studio finally confirmed it and according to them, Pirates doesn’t need Johnny Depp in order to continue to be a box office success.

In fact, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey said that they’re looking to give the franchise “a kick in the pants,” with the studio hoping to inject a new sense of energy into it. Which means that unfortunately, Depp had to go.

“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” Bailey said. “I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so
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‘The Lion King’ Is Not a Live-Action Movie, But Will Likely Compete as One at 2020 Oscars

‘The Lion King’ Is Not a Live-Action Movie, But Will Likely Compete as One at 2020 Oscars
Jon Favreau’s upcoming “The Lion King” is not a live-action movie, but don’t expect to see the upcoming remake of Disney’s 1994 classic in the 2020 Oscar race for Best Animated Feature. IndieWire caught up with the director at the “Avengers: Endgame” world premiere where he revealed there is only one live-action shot in the entirety of his “The Lion King” remake. Favreau snuck in the shot just to see whether or not viewers will be able to tell the difference between live-action and the movie’s photorealistic visual effects.

Favreau has worked predominantly with CGI animation before on “The Jungle Book,” his 2016 family tentpole that grossed $966 million worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. “The Jungle Book” had one major live-action component thanks to child actor Neel Sethi, but “The Lion King” is completely animated. Motion capture was not used on “Lion King.” The actors who
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Disney Film Production Chief Sean Bailey On Streaming Service’s Live-Action Slate; ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Available At Launch

  • Deadline
Walt Disney Studios President of Production Sean Bailey provided insight and showed off trailers for the Disney+ streaming service’s slate of upcoming films, including the live-action version of Lady and the Tramp which will be available at launch on Nov. 12, 2019.

Charlie Bean directs and Tessa Thompson stars as Lady, Justin Theroux as Tramp in the remake of the 1955 animated romance movie.

Marc Lawrence’s Christmas movie Noelle, which once had a theatrical release date, follows Santa’s daughter played by Anna Kendrick who must track down her brother Nick when he goes missing. Lawrence wrote and Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, and Shirley MacLaine star.

Also hitting streaming is Tom McCarthy’s Timmy Failure based on Stephen Pastis’ illustrated book. The pic follows an 11-year old boy who believes that he is the best detective in town runs the agency Total Failures with his best friend, a 1,200 pound polar bear.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sneak Peek Unveiled At Disney Investor Day; No ‘Hawkeye’ Details

  • Deadline
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sneak Peek Unveiled At Disney Investor Day; No ‘Hawkeye’ Details
The details of Avengers: Endgame have been kept extremely secret, but Marvel boss Kevin Feige gave Disney Investor Day a glimpse of the April 26-opening movie today.

“Thanos spent a long time trying to perfect me,” says the Karen Gillian played Nebula to the members of the team that survived the snap from last year’s Infinity War that killed off half the Universe.

As Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner plus the Bradley Cooper voiced Rocket Raccoon and newbie Captain Marvel, portrayed by Brie Larson listen, the clip goes on to see the adopted daughter of the Josh Brolin supervillian detail how they might be able to track down and snare Thanos in deceptively named “the garden.”

“That’s cute, Thanos has a retirement plan,” mocks Cheadle’s character, dismissing Nebula
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Lauren Abrahams Set In Executive Veep Post At Disney Live Action Film Group

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Lauren Abrahams has joined Disney as an executive vice president at the studio’s Live Action Film Group headed by Sean Bailey. She ended a 15-year run at Sony Pictures in February.

Abrahams is just getting started at Disney after taking some time to stay home with her 3-year-old son. Now’s she’s positioned to develop and oversee movies right in the kid’s wheelhouse.

“I have long been impressed with Lauren’s creative instincts, productivity, and work ethic and am thrilled to have her joining our team here at Disney,” Bailey said.

At Sony, Abrahams rose to Svp, responsible for launching, packaging and overseeing franchise titles including Peter Rabbit and its sequel and Zombieland 2: Double Tap. Other pics she has shepherded include Escape Room, A Dog’s Way Home and Fantasy Island.

Abrahams started her career on the lot at Michael De Luca Productions and then moved over to the studio,
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CinemaCon Winners and Losers: Disney, Delusion, and the Might of Millennials

  • Variety
CinemaCon Winners and Losers: Disney, Delusion, and the Might of Millennials
CinemaCon 2019 is a wrap. The annual exhibition industry confab is one long charm offensive by studios using their upcoming blockbusters to energize theater owners, a group less interested in subscribing to Cahiers du Cinéma than it is by a film’s potential to put butts in seats.

Many exhibitors left the conference convinced that 2019 might be a record-breaking year thanks to tentpole films like “Avengers: Endgame,” “Star Wars: Episode IX” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” But every CinemaCon has its winners and losers, and this year was no exception.

Winner

Disney Domination

Disney’s 2019 slate looks unstoppable. Armed with Fox franchises such as “Avatar,” “X-Men” and “Deadpool” to complement its own lineup of Pixar, Disney and Lucasfilm offerings, the Magic Kingdom’s realm encompasses most of the major brands in entertainment. If Disney looked formidable before buying most of Fox’s content business, it now seems like a runaway freight train.
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‘Aladdin’ & ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’: Two Previews With Two Different Responses [CinemaCon]

Las Vegas – All is not rosy for Walt Disney’s Live Action studio. Following a mediocre opening and disappointing critical reactions for “Dumbo,” the Sean Bailey led division now has to convince a skeptical media and moviegoers that their upcoming adaptation of “Aladdin” won’t disappoint. To that point, Bailey unveiled a key scene from the Guy Ritchie directed musical adventure at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

The scene began with Aladdin entering an ancient cave where he’s been instructed to steal a unique lamp.

Continue reading ‘Aladdin’ & ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’: Two Previews With Two Different Responses [CinemaCon] at The Playlist.
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Walt Disney Studios announces senior hierarchy after Fox executive cull

Disney film chief Alan Horn told Fox staffers on Thursday morning to expect ‘quite a bit of change’.

After a ruthless first wave of senior Fox executive redundancies on Thursday (March 21), Walt Disney Studios released a sanitised announcement detailing its senior leadership team following the acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox earlier this week.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn sent a note to the circa 3,000 Fox staff on Thursday telling them to expect ”quite a bit of change” before news of the first Fox senior executive lay-offs leaked out. Among Thursday’s more dramatic headlines, Fox International
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Walt Disney Studios announces senior hierarchy after Fox executive culling

Disney film chief Alan Horn told Fox staffers on Thursday morning to expect ‘quite a bit of change’.

After a ruthless first wave of senior Fox executive redundancies on Thursday (March 21), Walt Disney Studios released a sanitised announcement detailing its senior leadership team following the acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox earlier this week.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn sent a note to the circa 3,000 Fox staff on Thursday telling them to expect ”quite a bit of change” before news of the first Fox senior executive lay-offs leaked out. Among Thursday’s more dramatic headlines, Fox International
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Original Pirates Of The Caribbean Writer In Talks To Pen The Reboot

For a second there, it looked like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was finally set to go into retirement, but according to a new report from Discussing Film, Disney is currently in talks with another writer to pen the planned reboot.

Back in October, the news broke that Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had been brought on board to create a fresh start for the swashbuckling series. Following their departure from the project last month, however, there was talk that Disney might give up on the idea altogether and let the franchise end with 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales. Now it seems that those predictions of the property’s death may have been premature, since Terry Rossio is apparently being eyed to pick up where Reese and Wernick left off.

Rossio’s writing credits can be found on many a Hollywood adventure film from the recent decades,
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Tom Hiddleston Confirmed To Appear In The Loki TV Series

Last month, a rumor started circulating that the upcoming Loki TV show will only feature Tom Hiddleston as a narrator, while the lead role will be handled by a new actor playing the trickster in his younger days. Going by recent comments from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, however, it seems that the Thor series regular will play a bigger part in the Disney Plus show than the hearsay would suggest.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Horn was asked how many movies will be made every year by Disney’s various labels for their upcoming streaming service. In his response, the industry executive mentioned that Hiddleston will indeed be the star of the Loki series:

“The quality of the idea and the piece itself will drive whether we can make it or not. [Disney president of production Sean Bailey] may have three or four a year that he can contribute, and
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Deadpool screenwriters exit Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, franchise future now uncertain

Disney’s plan to reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise sans Johnny Depp has found itself in some choppy waters, with Deadline reporting that Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have jumped ship and are no longer involved with the project.

Reese and Wernick signed on to revive the franchise this past October, with Disney film production chief Sean Bailey expressing his excitement over their appointment, stating that the duo would give the series “a kick in the pants” and will “make Pirates punk rock again”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean series has been a huge hit for Disney, grossing over $4.5 billion across its five instalments, although the latest – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – didn’t perform to expectations at the box office, particularly domestically, leading Disney to look to shake up the somewhat tired formula (and apparently save some $90 million by dropping Johnny Depp).

However,
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Pirates Reboot Loses Deadpool Writers, Is It Falling Apart?

Disney's planned Pirates of the Caribbean reboot has waded into troubled waters. Deadpool writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had been tapped by the studio to breathe some new life into the multi-billion dollar behemoth franchise after its fifth entry was released in 2017. It's not terribly clear at the present time how far the project got under their watch. Either way, their time with it has come and gone and that may have put the project in danger moving forward.

According to a new report, insiders at Disney have revealed that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote both Deadpool movies for Fox and have since become one of the hottest writing duos in the business, are no longer working on Pirates of the Caribbean. The idea was to reinvent the franchise and center it on a new character, or cast of characters. Most importantly, this would not
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Pirates Of The Caribbean Reboot May Not Happen As Writers Exit

Back in October of last year, the news got out that Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had signed on to pen the planned Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, and in the months since, Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey has been vocal in his enthusiasm about the new recruits, telling THR in December that he believed the pair could give the franchise a much-needed “kick in the pants.” However, it now seems that the producer’s enthusiasm was a little premature, with Deadline reporting that Reese and Wernick have departed from the project.

With the writing duo no longer involved, Deadline’s Disney insiders are said to be divided over what happens next, with some claiming that a search is underway for new scribes, while others are predicting that we could already be seeing the end of the swashbuckler series. For a possible third option, it’s
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Disney’s ‘Pirates’ Reboot Uncertain As ‘Deadpool’ Writers Jump Ship

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Disney film production chief Sean Bailey’s effort to retool and relaunch the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is back in uncertain waters after the defection of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, the hot-shot writing team behind Fox’s mighty Deadpool franchise.

Disney insiders say Reese & Wernick are no longer working on a sixth installment in the swashbuckler series that has grossed $4.5 billion in worldwide box office and $2.5 billion more in global merchandise since it first set sail in 2003. The films have all been built around Johnny Depp’s antics as the bleary buccaneer Jack Sparrow, but the actor’s recent travails and steep salary prompted Bailey to consider a new course for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and its flagship brand.

Bailey’s new direction began with the October hiring of Reese & Wernick, who are viewed as tone-savvy specialists in subversive action comedy after the success of the Deadpool
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