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Disney CEO Touches Base On Plans For Their New Non-Marvel Franchises

With the ink now drying on Disney‘s $52.4 billion merger with 21st Century Fox, much attention has been paid to the transfer of the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights and their future inclusion in a revamped Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that deal doesn’t just buy a load of superheroes, it’s given the studio the rights to many, many other movies franchises as well and now, Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that they’ll “look carefully” at their new IP lineup to work out what they can do with it.

Other than the Marvel stuff, probably the biggest coup for Disney is getting the full rights to James Cameron’s Avatar franchise. After all, they’ve already invested in Avatar for their World of Pandora theme parks and they’ll doubtless be eager for the upcoming sequels to smash the box office as widely open as the first one did.
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Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits

Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits
News of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox has been sending shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry since reports began to surface nearly a month ago. And now it's official, which means that the Disney princesses have to make room in the castle for some brand-new princesses that are moving in from Fox. Many fans have focused more on the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not Deadpool will retain his brutal verbal skills over at the House of Mouse, so the new princesses have flown under the radar. But the time is right to recognize the new Disney royalty recruits.

Though not a traditional princess, Alien's Ellen Ripley should be allowed in just for being a kick ass hero, a new kind of gritty princess that isn't scared to get her hands dirty or fire some blasters. She can hang out with Princess Leia and Captain Phasma when there's nothing pressing going on.
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Disney Boss Reaffirms Plans To Bring X-Men, Deadpool And Fantastic Four Into The McU

December 14th will be a day long remembered – and not because The Last Jedi is teetering on the verge of release.

Just when you thought Star Wars had laid claim to Twitter trends the world over, Disney finalizes its takeover of Fox’s film and TV divisions and, in one fell swoop, places comic book fans on red alert.

The small print reveals that the Mouse House plans to accelerate its digital presence using Fox assets, particularly with the launch of an all-new Disney streaming service in 2019. But beyond corporate strategies and talk of synergy, the Internet has latched onto one simple fact: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to swing its doors open to the X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four.

It’s an expansion that has been long on the cards, but speaking at this morning’s call to investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger reaffirmed the company’s
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Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox

Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox
It's now a done deal. After weeks of rumors and discussion, Disney has officially purchased the majority of 21st Century Fox, including the entirety of their movie studio 20th Century Fox, among many other valuable assets. The deal is valued at $66 billion and is quite possibly the biggest shake-up in Hollywood history. Disney has become an absolute franchise machine in recent years and, with this Fox deal, they're going to be untouchable as they've just purchased a ton of new franchises to mine for box office gold.

Starting with the big ones on everyone's mind, Fox is now in control of virtually every Marvel property under the sun, assuming the deal is allowed to go through. The deal still needs to be approved, legally speaking, and that could take a while. Assuming that all works out, Disney will officially be in control of the X-Men, Deadpool and (possibly) the Fantastic Four film rights.
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Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History

Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History
Movies weren’t yet talkies and the headquarters were located in New Jersey when Fox Film was founded in 1915. William Fox couldn’t have imagined that his modest film company would get bulked up by merging with 20th Century, produce some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and become a global empire. Here’s a look back at Fox’s long history as it prepares to merge with Disney.

Fox Studios’ East Lot on Western Avenue at Sunset in Hollywood

1915 Fox Film Corp. created by William Fox. A key element was the Fox Theatres, which went into bankruptcy in 1933 and sold to National Theatres. The company moved from New Jersey to Echo Park and then Hollywood before settling in its present location west of Beverly Hills in 1926.

1935 On May 31, Fox merges with 20th Century, created by Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck, and becomes the last of the “big six” studios to be established (though film historians
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Fantastic Four, X-Men Can Team With Avengers Thanks to Fox, Disney Deal

Fantastic Four, X-Men Can Team With Avengers Thanks to Fox, Disney Deal
Disney’s $52.4 billion agreement to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets is good news for fanboys and fangirls.

The company was quick to tout that the pact “provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love.” In other words, that means that Wolverine and Iron Man could soon be teaming up to save the world from alien invaders looking for new worlds to exploit, Nazi scientists shaking off the after-effects of a long cryogenic freeze, or whatever fresh planetary threat that Kevin Feige, dean of all thing McU, can concoct.

In a call with investors and analysts shortly after the deal was unveiled, Disney chief Bob Iger referenced those possibilities by saying, “Bringing Disney and Fox together will combine some of the world’s most iconic entertainment franchises
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Joel David Moore to direct remake of Korean horror-thriller Hide and Seek

Cj Entertainment has announced that Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) has been tapped to direct the company’s remake of the 2013 hit Korean social horror-thriller Hide and Seek.

Moore, who most recently directed the dramedy Youth in Oregon starring Frank Langella, Billy Crudup and Christina Applegate, will write an adapted feature English-language screenplay for Hide and Seek in addition to directing.

The film is described as a social horror-thriller that builds upon themes related to the widening gap between the upper 1% and the lower class. It follows a man searching for his long-lost brother who stumbles upon a secret world of squatters living in the homes of unsuspecting tenants – a revelation that becomes all the more menacing when his home becomes the next target.

Hide and Seek is a sharp, sophisticated thriller that created a lasting imprint on me,” said Joel David Moore. “I wanted to
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Korean Horror Pic Hide And Seek Getting The Remake Treatment From Joel David Moore

Korean horror pic Hide and Seek is bound for Hollywood, and Avatar‘s Joel David Moore has been placed in control of the English-language remake.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Moore will now adapt and direct Hide and Seek for Cj Entertainment. Initially released in 2013, Huh Jung’s social horror-thriller grossed more than $35 million in Korea alone, so it’s no wonder Hollywood executives have been circling.

No further details were disclosed about the project’s timeline, but a remake of this size will likely have a relatively quick turnaround. Either way, Joel David Moore will be building on the directorial experience he gained on Youth In Oregon, the 2016 drama starring Frank Langella and Justice League‘s Billy Crudup.

Hide and Seek is, of course, a completely different kettle of fish, as Deadline describes the project as a “social horror-thriller that centered on a man searching for his long-lost
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10 Things to Know About ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Including Rating and How Robert Rodriguez Got the Job

Years ago, James Cameron was debating between making two projects: Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel. As we all know, he chose Avatar, which went on to become the highest-grossing movie in history and has led to the visionary director spending the last few years developing four sequels, the first of which is currently filming. While Alita: Battle Angel could have been left in the scrap pile of ideas and half-written scripts, never to see the light of day, the project had at least one person hungry to see it on movie screens: director Robert Rodriguez. [caption id="attachment_679614" …
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South Korean Social Horror Pic ‘Hide And Seek’ Getting Redo; Joel David Moore To Adapt & Direct

South Korean Social Horror Pic ‘Hide And Seek’ Getting Redo; Joel David Moore To Adapt & Direct
Exclusive: Joel David Moore has been set to adapt and direct Hide and Seek, an English-language remake of the 2013 Korean horror-thriller that is now in the works at Cj Entertainment. The original, written and directed by Huh Jung, grossed more than $35 million in Korea when it was released by Next Entertainment World. Moore, also an actor whose credits include Avatar and its upcoming sequels, directed the 2016 pic Youth In Oregon with Frank Langella and Billy Crudup. The…
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Robert Rodriguez explains Alita: Battle Angel’s anime eyes

While James Cameron messes about on Pandora, he has handed the directorial duties of his years-in-development Alita: Battle Angel over to Predators director Robert Rodriguez. When the trailer debuted the other day, amongst the most striking features of the sci-fi epic were the rendering of Rosa Salazar’s eyes.

Speaking to Empire about the trailer, Rodriguez addressed the creative choices behind giving Alita such prominent features:-

“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there!
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Robert Rodriguez explains the deal behind Alita's giant peepers

  • JoBlo
James Cameron has had Alita: Battle Angel on his back-burner for decades, but when it became clear that he would be spending the majority of his time in the world of Pandora for the Avatar sequels, Robert Rodriguez was brought in to direct the film. At long last, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel landed last week, but all anyone could talk about were those giant peepers on Alita (Rosa Salazar),... Read More...
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Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office

Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office
For many fans, the entire year has been leading up to this very weekend, with Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters. The movie is shaping up to pass the current records this year for opening weekend ($174.7 million), domestic gross ($504 million) and worldwide gross ($1.26 billion), which are all currently held by another Disney hit, Beauty and the Beast. Last month, The Last Jedi box office projections put the movie at just over $200 million for its opening weekend, and now with the hype even bigger than before, we're putting The Last Jedi at $220.7 million.

While the $220.7 million mark is still more than enough to claim the top box office opening of 2017, it still falls $20.2 million short of the all-time record, $247.9 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the full review embargo has yet to break, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere reactions have been exceedingly positive,
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Manhunt: Unabomber Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 26th

Based on the gripping true story of one of America’s most deadly domestic terrorist attacks, Manhunt: Unabomber arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD December 26 from Lionsgate. Discovery’s biggest scripted series of the year focuses on FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald and his hunt for the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany and produced by Kevin Spacey, the series has quickly become one of the best-reviewed of the year. The Manhunt: UnabomberBlu-ray and DVD featurettes include a compelling interview with the real Jim Fitzgerald, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Check out the trailer:

Manhunt: Unabomber spotlights bureaucracy-battling FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald’s pioneering use of forensic linguistics to find – and eventually capture – the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski.

Blu-ray/DVD Special Features

“Criminal Profiling” Featurette “Who is the Unabomber?” Featurette “Deciphering the Manifesto” Featurette

Cast

Sam Worthington Avatar, Clash of the Titans
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Video: Alita: Battle Angel – Trailer

Despite being busy with several Avatar sequels, James Cameron has found the time to produce an adaptation of the manga, Battle Angel: Alita directed by Robert Rodriguez and the first trailer is now available for us to lay our big eyes upon.

Rosa Salazar plays Alita, a cyborg who has no memory of how she came to be. Nursed back to health by cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz) he helps her navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, whilst shielding her from her mysterious past. When deadly forces come after her, she discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities and becomes determined to uncover the truth behind her origin.

Alita: Battle Angel arrives in UK cinemas 20th July 2018.

Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Alita: Battle Angel - the first trailer

Ryan Lambie Dec 9, 2017

From director Robert Rodriguez comes one of next year's big sci-fi films. Here's the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel...

It's been a long time coming, with Alita: Battle Angel moving around on James Cameron's to-do list for what feels like decades, but finally, the sci-fi action flick is coming to cinemas courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez

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Battle Angel hails from Japan, where the successful manga spawned a 90s anime adaptation. It tells the story of a cyborg heroine, Gally, who's rescued from a scrapheap by a kindly scientist. A confused innocent in a violent cyberpunk world, Battle Angel follows the athletic heroine as she searches for the secret of her own past.

Cameron's still on board as a producer, and that certainly shows in the first trailer below: Gally's brought to the screen
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Alita: Battle Angel (2018) Movie Trailer: Rosa Salazar Fights For Those She Loves

Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel (2018) movie trailer stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Ed Skrein. Alita: Battle Angel‘s plot synopsis: based on the graphic novel by Yukito Kishiro, “Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in [...]

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First Look: James Cameron’s And Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment.

20th Century Fox has debuted an amazing first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

An ambitious film from the studio, Alita: Battle Angel will be in theaters everywhere on July 20, 2018 in 3D & IMAX.

In May 2006, Variety reported that Cameron had spent the past ten months developing technology to produce the film and it looks like he suceeded with the melding of live action and a CGI rendered character. From this first look, the main character in Alita: Battle Angel is reminiscent of 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City
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Watch the Official Trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel

"It's a harsh world. The strong prey on the weak down here." Robert Rodriguez takes us several centuries into the future for a cyborg showdown in the official trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of the popular manga series.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, and based on the manga series Battle Angel Alita (aka Gunnm) by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, and Casper Van Dien. The adapted screenplay was written by Rodriguez, James Cameron, and Laeta Kalogridis. 20th Century Fox will release the film in theaters on July 20th, 2018.

You can watch the new trailer below, and if you'd like to know more about the film, check out the official synopsis:

"Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope,
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Alita: Battle Angel Trailer: Robert Rodriguez Braves the Uncanny Valley for James Cameron

Like some kind of fever dream from my teenaged years, visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Aliens, Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) have joined forces like Voltron to create a groundbreaking new science fiction vision in Alita: Battle Angel. Like Cameron's own Avatar, movie geeks have been hearing about his intention to adapt Alita for many years until it was revealed that Rodriguez would take the reign under his eye as producer. The results, as we can see, are a film that promises to be as emotional as it is stunning to look at. It also appears that Rodriquez has opted for a mo-cap heroine in order to manage her high-flying feats rather than a mixed FX approach like Garland had success with in Ex Machina,...

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