Fox Disney

After years of rumors involving Apple buying Disney or Disney buying Netflix, we have finally arrived at a potentially industry-shaking acquisition involving the House That Walt Built. According to a new report, 21st Century Fox (whose assets include the 20th Century Fox film studio and Fox television) have been talking with the Walt Disney Company about selling most of its assets as part of a plan to refocus and re-organize as a company built around news and sports. That means that Disney could acquire a massive and valuable library of movies, characters, and franchises to add to their already impressive line-up.

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Joe Johnston Retiring - The Silver Chair

Joe Johnston, director of The RocketeerJumanji and Captain America: The First Avenger, is retiring. The filmmaker will throw in the towel after he finishes filming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, a new adaptation of one of the Chronicles of Narnia books. Learn more about Joe Johnston retiring after The Silver Chair below.

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brett ratner allegations

Yesterday, news broke involving sexual harassment allegations against director and producer Brett RatnerThe Los Angeles Times spoke with multiple women who have accused Ratner of improper sexual behavior, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn. In the 24 hours since the story broke, the fallout from the Ratner allegations has increased: a proposed Hugh Hefner biopic Ratner was set to direct has been shelved, then Ratner issued a statement saying he is voluntarily stepping away from his role at Warner Bros. only to have Warner Bros. quickly issue a statement saying it was they who severed ties with Ratner first.

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Brett Ratner sexual harassment

Update: Playboy tells The Wrap that in the wake of the allegations against Ratner, Playboy Enterprises “is putting all projects with Ratner’s production company, Ratpac Entertainment, on hold.” That includes Ratner’s planned biopic of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, which was slated to star Suicide Squad‘s Jared Leto.

“We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Our original article follows.

After spending years staying quiet in fear of losing out on potential jobs, people in Hollywood are starting to stand up and speak out about incidents that may have previously been swept under the industry’s rug. Director and producer Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men 3) has now been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn.

Read the Brett Ratner sexual harassment accusations below, and find out how they could have a serious impact on one of Hollywood’s biggest studios.
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Last Jedi movie theaters

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is poised to be a box office juggernaut and will almost certainly be one of the biggest movies of 2017 by the time the year ends. So why are some movie theaters refusing to screen the film for audiences?
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Captain Marvel Los Angeles

For the past few years, Marvel Studios productions have been filmed primarily on sound stages located in Atlanta or in London. But Captain Marvel, Marvel’s first female-led superhero film that stars Brie Larson and is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is heading back to the California, where the studio made its mark shooting films like 2008’s Iron Man.

Here’s why the Captain Marvel filming location matters, and what it could mean for the film itself.
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MoviePass cancellation

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: MoviePass’s latest terms of service updates are ridiculous.)

What is going on with MoviePass? Since the service dropped its price to $9.95 per month earlier this summer, subscriptions have skyrocketed. But the company didn’t anticipate the level of demand they’d experience, and that’s resulted in an inundation of requests – far more than they were prepared to process. In many cases, new subscribers have had to wait for long periods of times – sometimes months – to receive their cards in the mail. And now the service has updated their terms of service to reflect a few new changes that impact current subscribers.

Consider this a public service announcement: if you cancel your subscription, you now have to wait nine months before you’ll be allowed to resubscribe again. And get this: if you walk out of more than one movie a month, your service could get suspended.
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Guillermo del Toro taking year off

20th Century Fox has been trying to remake Richard Fleischer’s 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage since around 2005, and after a few stops and starts, they finally found a director in Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim). The last we heard, del Toro and Fox agreed to delay the production so del Toro could handle his press duties for The Shape of Water, the romantic fable that’s being primed for awards season this year.

But now the filmmaker says he’s taking a year off from directing, so what does that mean for Fantastic Voyage?
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Twin Peaks season 4

Earlier this summer, in the midst of the madness of Twin Peaks: The Return, Showtime president David Nevins told us that he wouldn’t be having any conversations about a potential fourth season until after The Return wrapped its 18-episode limited series run.

But the show came to a mystifying and haunting end in early September, so now that possibility is being raised. In a new interview, co-creator Mark Frost gave the latest update about his thoughts on whether or not we’ll see a Twin Peaks season 4.
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Apple TV shows

Apple has been slowly easing into the world of original television programming over the past few months, hiring a couple of executives from Sony TV and setting up meetings all over town to hear pitches from content creators. But now we know a bit more about their plans, and it seems as if an early report that claimed they were on the hunt for shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad was off the mark. A new report indicates that Apple doesn’t want shows with nudity, violence, or foul language, because they’re looking to appeal to the broadest possible audience.
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