Category Archives: Disney

Mark Hamill to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mark Hamill, who you may know as Luke Skywalker from the “Star Wars” series,  will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  According to Variety.com, Hamill will receive the 2,630th star on the Walk of Fame during a dedication ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:30am.

The article goes on to say, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and Hamill’s co-star Harrison Ford will help emcee with Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

“‘Star Wars’ fans will be over the moon that hearing their idol Mark Hamill is going to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We are proud to add this extraordinary actor on our historic Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, in a statement.

You can tune into the event on the official Hollywood Walk of Fame website.

Congratulations Mr. Hamill!

Disney Planning ‘Muppets’ Reboot for Its Streaming Service

You might have already heard that Disney plans on launching its own streaming service sometime in fall of 2019.  Plans have already indicated the service will feature original programming like Marvel feature films and a live-action Star Wars series as well as remakes and reboots such as High School Musical, a series based on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., A TV version of The Mighty Ducks, and now we’re hearing THE MUPPETS!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, plans are underway and a search for a writer has already begun. We couldn’t be more excited!  We’ll keep you posted with any new details.

The Walt Disney Company to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference

Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), will participate in a question-and-answer session at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Monday, February 26, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m. EST/ 12:15 p.m. PST.

To listen to the webcast, please visit www.disney.com/investors. The webcast presentation will be archived.

‘Black Panther’ Roars to a Record-Breaking Debut

With an astounding $201.8 million over its first three days, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther leapt into the top five domestic openings of all time and shattered the record for a February debut. The film has grossed $242 million over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, making it the second highest four-day domestic opening of all time. Combined with a stellar international debut of $169 million, Black Panther’s has earned over $370 million globally through Sunday, February 18—rising to $427 million with Monday’s global included.

It’s just the fifth film in industry history to break the $200 million mark in its debut, joining Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars: The Last Jedi, and Marvel’s The Avengers as Disney’s fourth release to do so. The Walt Disney Studios now holds eight of the top 10 all-time domestic debuts, five of them from Marvel Studios.

Kicking off with a domestic February preview record of $25.2 million, Black Panther grossed $75.8 million in its first day, followed by the fourth biggest Saturday ever with $65.9 million, the second-best Sunday in history with $60.1 million, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and remarkably, the biggest Monday ever with $40.2 million. It is the 18th No. 1 debut out of 18 releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ninth MCU release to open above $100 million.

Internationally, Black Panther opened day and date with North America in nearly 70 percent of the marketplace, with No. 1 debuts in almost all territories and particularly strong starts in the U.K. and Korea. In the U.K. and Ireland, the film set a new February opening weekend record (including previews) and has already overtaken the entire runs of Captain America: The First AvengerThorAnt-Man, and Iron Man. In Korea, Black Panther was the fifth biggest Western industry opening of all time and has already exceeded the entire runs of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. The film has yet to open in Russia (February 22), Japan (March 1) and China (March 9).

Black Panther has earned raves from critics and audiences alike. It received a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences and has an exceptional 97-percent Certified Fresh aggregate critics score on RottenTomatoes, the highest ever for a Marvel film.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Home Release Dates Announced

Disney has announced the home release dates for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which will include a feature-length documentary and lots of extras.

Bonus features (which can vary by retailer) include:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns – Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life; Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain; Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

This release marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 13.  It arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc on March 27.

You can watch the trailer for the in-home release below: