'Hawkeye' directors reveal Florence Pugh insisted on eating hot sauce for several takes while improvising the mac-and-cheese scene with Hailee Steinfeld
Directors Bert and Bertie spoke to Insider about how Pugh and Steinfeld, who play Yelena and Kate in the MCU, went off-script for the scene.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from saxophone legend Kenny G, a documentary about the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave, and Jane Campion makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog.”.
Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Friday with six immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected them from deportation. The Oval Office meeting comes as Biden looks to press Congress to pass legislation codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that then-President Barack Obama instituted by executive action in 2012, providing limited protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. As a candidate, Biden promised to protect those often described as “dreamers” and their families by reinstating DACA.news.yahoo.com
Disney shifts 'Black Widow' and doubles down on streaming
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday overhauled its upcoming film release plans, postponing some of its biggest films and shifting Marvel's “Black Widow," among other titles, to Disney+ the same time they arrive in theaters. “Black Widow," once planned to debut in May 2020, had been set to kickoff the summer movie season on May 7. In December when announcing an ambitious array of streaming programming, the company suggested that Disney+ would regularly be home to Pixar, among other brands. Warner Bros. earlier set a release plan for 2021 that, like Disney will with “Black Widow,” gives viewers the choice of paying for a movie at home or on the big screen.
Disney to debut 'Black Widow,' 'Cruella' in theaters and on Disney+ as it shifts dates for several summer films
Disney made some major changes to its summer film slate on Tuesday. The studio announced that "Cruella" and "Black Widow" will each be released simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+ with premier access and that its Pixar film "Luca" will head straight to Disney+. "Cruella" will debut as planned on May 28, and "Black Widow," originally set for May 7, is now debuting July 9. "Luca," which was initially slated for theatrical release, will stream directly on Disney+ beginning June 18 as part of the traditional subscription. Other theatrical release date changes include:cnbc.com
Disney+ tops 100 million subscribers just 16 months after launch
Disney+ has topped 100 million global subscribers. On Tuesday Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed the streaming service surpassed the benchmark in just 16 months since its launch. The company expects Disney+ will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. The streaming service has seen rapid growth in subscribers since its launch in November 2019. On day one, the company had 10 million sign-ups and, by the end of the first quarter, the service had secured 26.5 million subscribers.cnbc.com
Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open
Animated character Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, left, appears with Sisu the dragon in a scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon." (Disney+ via AP)Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. Walt Disney Animation's “ Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. AdWarner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada.
'Raya and the Last Dragon' is 'joyous,' 'dynamic' and a visual marvel, critics say
On Monday, reviews for the studio's latest animated feature "Raya and the Last Dragon" began to trickle in, signaling that the House of Mouse has yet another hit on its hands. "Raya and the Last Dragon" takes place in Kumandra, a place where humans and dragons once lived together in harmony. Critics widely praised Disney's latest animated feature, which comes from its Disney Animation division, a sister studio to Pixar. "...The relevant themes combine with slick animation and surprisingly excellent martial arts-based action to deliver the best animated Disney film since 'Moana.'" Here's what critics thought of "Raya and the Last Dragon" ahead of its debut on Friday:cnbc.com
Now is the perfect time to get caught up on ‘WandaVision’ on Disney+
If you’ve been wondering if you should start watching the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, called “WandaVision” on Disney+, the answer is a resounding YES. AdNow, if you’ve never seen a Marvel movie and want to watch “WandaVision,” the question arises: Will you understand what’s going on? Well, I started watching “WandaVision” without having seen a single Marvel movie, and sure, the first episode was pretty confusing, but it’s for sure doable. You can watch “WandaVision” on Disney+ with new episodes being released on Fridays. And if you want to watch the Marvel movies, most of them are available to stream on Disney+, as well.
Marvel's Wanda has a future, but 'WandaVision' fate unclear
This image provided by Marvel Studios shows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in a scene from "WandaVision." (Marvel Studios via AP)LOS ANGELES – When “WandaVision” wraps its initial run next month on the Disney+ streaming service, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda will make her next appearance in the big-screen “Doctor Strange” sequel. It’s storytelling that determines how and when characters from the Marvel Comics universe hopscotch between TV and movies, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said Wednesday. Feige wouldn’t say whether “WandaVision,” Marvel Studios' first original series for Disney+, has a future after its March 5 season finale. Asked if Marvel Studios might be able to regain them, Feige said he believes it could happen, but added that “rumors online about things reverting” to Marvel aren't always true.
Marvel's 'Loki' series will debut on Disney+ starting June 11
Fan favorite Marvel villain Loki is making his debut on Disney+ on June 11. The long-awaited "Loki" series, which takes place after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role and will feature Owen Wilson. The series centers on an alternative version of Loki that escaped the Avengers' custody during their attempted "time heist." The Marvel multiverse is just a fancy way of saying a collection of alternate universes. The Disney+ series "WandaVision," which launched on the service in January, has also begun to explore the idea of the multiverse.cnbc.com
'WandaVision' is so popular it caused Disney+ to crash in the middle of the night
Disney's "WandaVision" is so powerful and popular, it appeared to take down the company's streaming service on Friday. There were also numerous complaints across social media from frustrated Disney+ subscribers. The pattern is expected to continue through the end of the year when the next round of Star Wars shows are scheduled to begin. The company predicts it'll have up to 260 million Disney+ subscribers by 2024. But for now, Disney can keep customers stuck to the service week after week with enticing offerings from its two most popular franchises, Marvel and Star Wars.cnbc.com
1997 version of ‘Cinderella,’ starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, coming to Disney+
Whitney Houston and Brandy at the premiere of the all new version of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" in 1997. If you were obsessed with this version of “Cinderella” from back in the day, you already know just how legendary the cast is. Millennials who grew up watching this movie were obviously excited, with many tweeting it was about time Disney released this special film. AdYes, Cinderella is absolutely iconic because of Brandy and Whitney — but Paolo Montalbán was one of the first times I saw a Filipino person on screen. pic.twitter.com/tGroFh7UCr — Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) February 4, 2021YAAASSSSS WE FINALLY GOT THE OFFICIAL CINDERELLA ON DISNEY+ OMG I CANT WAIT!!!
San Antonio native lands role in upcoming Ms. Marvel series on Disney+
SAN ANTONIO – With great power comes great responsibility and in 2021, Saagar Shaikh will have a chance to show the world just that in an upcoming series on Disney+. According to the San Antonio Current, Shaikh is San Antonio native who graduated from John Marshall High School and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He announced his casting in Ms. Marvel on Friday. Khan took over the Ms. Marvel title, even though other characters have used it in the existing Marvel Universe. Ms. Marvel comes to Disney’s streaming platform in late 2021.
Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday, as the studio unveiled a galaxy’s worth of new streaming offerings including plans for 10 “Star Wars” series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+. But Disney also kept its biggest films — including Marvel's “Black Widow," Pixar's “Luca,” a “Lion King” prequel — on course for theatrical release. Jenkins becomes the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” film. Among the “Star Wars” series are two spinoffs of “The Mandalorian,” set during the series' timeline: “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka,” with Rosario Dawson. Seven Disney films topped $1 billion worldwide.
The ultimate guide for watching Christmas movies this month
So fill up a mug with hot chocolate, grab a blanket and curl up on the couch and watch all your favorite Christmas movies over the next month. ‘Jingle Jangle’A new Christmas movie musical starring Phylicia Rashad from “The Cosby Show” and Academy Award nominated Forest Whitaker? Hulu‘Happiest Season’This new Christmas movie came out during Thanksgiving weekend and it was like a breath of fresh air. Disney+‘The Santa Clause’Disney+ has so many great choices, because, well, Disney has been making fantastic Christmas movies for decades. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’Is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” a Halloween or Christmas movie?
Holiday movies, music specials arrive to light a bleak year
(NBC/Apple/HBO Max/Netflix/Disney + via AP)LOS ANGELES – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. HOLIDAY HARMONY— “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” now streaming on HBO Max. — “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” Dec. 4, Apple TV+. Music, dancing, animation and surprise guest stars help create what the streaming service promises to be a heartwarming journey with the pop star. Dolly Parton sings hymns, holiday pop classics and tunes from her new album, and shares personal and faith-based Christmas memories.
Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ concert film coming to Disney+
NEW YORK – A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+. The singer announced Tuesday that “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday. The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift's “folklore" album. Swift filmed “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” in upstate New York in September. The singer also directed the concert film.
Pixar's 'Soul' bypasses theaters, will stream on Christmas
NEW YORK – The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Without aid, the organization said, 69% of small and mid-sized movie theater companies will close or go bankrupt. “The stark reality is that many movie theaters will not be able to open again if they don’t receive government help,” says Esther Baruh, director of government relations for the association. It recently announced that it would lay off 28,000 workers, most of them at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
5 musicals that should be filmed for a streaming network since Broadway is still closed
Considering Disney+ saw a 72% increase in downloads of its app over the weekend, it’s safe to say that bringing musicals filmed on stage to a mass audience is a pretty good idea. Some will argue that theater is meant to be consumed live, but with so much uncertainty about when Broadway will return, it’s not a bad idea to start filming more Broadway musicals and plays for streaming networks. While it’s still a wildly popular musical, fans have been begging for some sort of movie version for years. Disney’s most popular and long-running show on Broadway is “The Lion King,” and it’s hard to imagine the people wouldn’t love to watch a filmed version of this production. Do you plan to watch “Hamilton?” Are there any musicals you’d like to see from the comfort of your home?
What you need to know before streaming ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+ over the weekend
Since there’s likely to be a good chunk of people who will watch “Hamilton” over the weekend who’ve probably never seen it before, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know before experiencing the phenomenon. The “Hamilton” on Disney+ is a filmed version of the show, not a movie. It’s easy to call the version of “Hamilton” coming out on Disney+ a movie, but technically, it’s the stage version, filmed. An actual movie version of “Hamilton” will probably happen eventually, but this is a great way to really capture the magic of the stage version of the show. And because the people at Disney are incredibly smart, free trials of the streaming service have ended, so if you want to watch, you’re going to have to sign up.
Disney fast tracking ‘Hamilton’ film to Disney +
(CNN) -- Disney is not throwing away its shot with “Hamilton.”It's fast tracking the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production. The Walt Disney Company, the musical's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail made the announcement Tuesday. Miranda, Seller, and Kail, serve as producers on the film and Kail directs. He's given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house," Lin-Manuel Miranda said in a statement. On Broadway, the "Hamilton" musical electrified audiences and became one of the hottest tickets on the Great White Way.
Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ Day with new ‘Mandalorian’ docuseries on Disney+
Disney is planning to drop a new eight-part docuseries called “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” beginning Monday. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an Original Series, starts streaming May the 4th, only on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/gRSge03Hzn — Star Wars (@starwars) April 23, 2020The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at how the fan-favorite series, “ The Mandalorian , ” was created. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. Production has been shut down on all of its shows, including some upcoming Disney+ series.
Disney+ drops trailer for upcoming documentary series, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”
The trailer for "Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian," dropped Thursday, and is filled with revealing bits about the hit series. Executive Producer Jon Favreau leads the eight-episode docuseries, going behind the scenes of the making of "The "Mandalorian," which premiered last November. Each episode explores a different facet of the show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and conversations hosted by Favreau. "We had a great experience making the show and we're looking forward to sharing it with you." New episodes will stream every Friday on Disney+, beginning May 4.
What’s new on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more in 2020
You might be using the same streaming services this year, but luckily, there are tons of new movies, TV shows, documentaries and so much more available on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’This obviously isn’t a Netflix original movie, but sometimes Netflix puts on a good throwback movie that is too good not to mention. “The Goop Lab” is actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle brand, Goop, all teamed up with Netflix to bring us six episodes of Goop-related content. You probably haven’t seen it since the ’90s, but that’s the best thing about Disney+. What TV shows and movies are you most excited to see this year?
Disney had a blockbuster 2019. Here’s what it has on deck for 2020
The Walt Disney Company is going to have a hard time living up to its record-breaking 2019. First of all, there are no Star Wars or Avengers films on the docket in 2020. In July, it set the record for the highest-grossing studio in box office history. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the parks division's biggest expansion ever, opened to incredible fanfare. What ensued was a global box office windfall that surpassed the $10 billion mark in 2019, shattering Disney's 2016 record of $7.6 billion.
Baby Yoda gets San Antonio, Lone Star State spins online
Baby Yoda is a gift that keeps on giving. “3 spurs fans trying to figure out who is staying behind because we only have 2 tickets to the game on Star Wars night,” wrote @J_Chavez. The craze has also spread to San Antonio stomachs: The Bread Box began selling Baby Yoda cookies to much praise. Baby Yoda merch has finally landed in a galaxy near youBill Miller Bar-B-Q and Fiesta also mixed in with the theme in hilarious Instagram posts. See some of the quirky Baby Yoda and Texas mashups below:Best caption wins a pair of tickets to Star Wars night on the 19th v Brooklyn!
These baby Yoda memes are driving the internet crazy
Whether you’re a fan of “Star Wars” or not, we’re sure you have fallen prey to the baby Yoda craze that is sweeping social media. Thus, the baby Yoda craze was born, but we’re not complaining. Well, we’ve scoured the web looking for the best baby Yoda memes the internet had to offer. Every single baby Yoda meme has been me like HOWWW pic.twitter.com/z4yLusRgYv — scandal (@eskandalowithak) November 29, 201921. We know the internet is full of other baby Yoda memes, so share your favorite in the comments below.
Disney+ warns viewers that old movies may have ‘outdated cultural depictions’
(CNN) -- Viewers who signed up to stream Disney+ were greeted with disclaimers about racist and offensive content in some older movies. "Dumbo," for example, had this statement at the bottom of the movie's description: "This program is presented as originally created. Director Tim Burton chose to not include the original crow scene in his live-action remake of "Dumbo." Disney is not the first studio to add a disclaimer on old titles that feature racial prejudices or other troubling content. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society.