disney buys fox

You probably know the story by now: Disney is in negotiations with 21st Century Fox to buy the company’s film and television assets. If it comes to fruition, it won’t be just the biggest movie news story of 2017 – it will be the biggest movie news story of the decade. Or more.

If this news fills you with excitement, dread, or something in-between…welcome to the club. The /Film staff has mixed feelings about this development, which could shake Hollywood to its core in ways both exciting and terrifying. So let’s run down the pros and cons of Disney buying Fox and what it means for both companies…and film industry itself.

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predator

A source of horrifying mystery, the Predator franchise never really sought to understand the inner workings of those dangerous aliens. Plus, it seems like their motivation is telegraphed in their very name: Predator. They hunt humans because that’s what they do.

But Shane Black‘s The Predator will explore the greater details of why these extraterrestrial creatures came to Earth and what exactly they plan to do there.

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The Post review

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, The Post, once again proves that the acclaimed filmmaker hasn’t lost his touch. In less than a year, Spielberg has put together an expertly crafted film. Even more than that: he’s made what might just be the most important film of 2017. In tackling an historical story focused on the importance of a free press, Spielberg is holding a mirror up to today, reminding us what’s past is prologue.

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Bryan Singer fired

Remember the old days – back in that enchanted time of, oh, about three or four years ago – when hearing about a director getting fired from a movie was something of a rarity in Hollywood? Lucasfilm has practically made it into a common practice since then with people like Josh Trank, Lord and Miller, and Colin Trevorrow famously falling to the wayside of various Star Wars productions, but before that, firing a director was considered a pretty big deal.

Now there’s a new non-Star Wars-related firing that’s making waves. Bryan Singer, the director of movies like X-Men, The Usual Suspects, and Jack the Giant Slayer, has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic that stars Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury. Yep, another one bites the dust.
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alien has run its course

If you watched Alien: Covenant earlier this year and thought, “Huh, director Ridley Scott really doesn’t seem all that interested in the aliens in this Alien movie,” well…it seems like you were right. While Covenant was a box office disappointment, the legendary filmmaker still intends to make another movie in the franchise and it certainly sounds like he’s going to double down on not caring all that much about the creature that supplies these movies with their titles.

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Crenshaw movie

James Mangold, the director of one of the most critically-acclaimed, beloved, and hyper-violent superhero movies ever made in Logan, is now in talks to make…a family-friendly movie based on a children’s book called Crenshaw about a giant cat? Sure. Because that’s the natural progression.

Read more about Mangold’s new Crenshaw movie below. Oh yeah – and did I mention the kid’s book is from the author of the Animorphs series?
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The Post Q&A

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The Post is one of the most vital, compelling pieces of filmmaking of his career. Full reviews are still under embargo, but the early buzz from critics who’ve seen early screenings is overwhelmingly positive.

I managed to get into one of those early screenings last night on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, where stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bradley Whitford appeared for a Q&A after the movie. What follows is a transcript of some of the most fascinating moments of that conversation, including stories about how ridiculously quickly this project came together, Spielberg’s approach to directing, and the impact of the movie’s costume designer.
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Blu-ray releases 1128

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Before we kick November to the curb, there’s a slew of great Blu-rays you might want to snap up for your viewing pleasure. As always, we encourage you to remember that while there’s plenty of digital media out there, physical media is still an essential part of a balanced entertainment diet. You can’t beat something tangible, folks. Or maybe you can. But I’m going to hold onto this stubborn belief as long as humanly possible!

This week’s Blu-ray roundup features Kathy Bates breaking a leg (or two), a killer Santa Claus, Kirsten Dunst getting high, a goofy yet inventive space adventure, the best performance of Robert Pattinson’s career, and Jeff Goldblum doing his Jeff Goldblum thing. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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the post early buzz

The Post could not have come at a better time, if first reactions to Steven Spielberg‘s ode to journalism are anything to go by. Set in 1971, The Post recounts the events following the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. Determined to follow the Times’ lead, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) face the wrath of the U.S. government over the course of the Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, which divulge a decades-spanning cover-up of government secrets regarding the Vietnam War.

The embargo for social media reactions to The Post has been lifted, and critics are raving about how timely and important Spielberg’s latest film is in an era in which journalism is being assaulted.

See The Post early reactions below.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
is one of the best films of the 21st century, but not a lot of people saw it. Which is a shame, because the film was an adaptation based on Patrick O’Brian‘s 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, meaning it was ripe to launch an entire series of films. Due to shoddy box office, those follow-up films never came to pass, but now Master and Commander star Russell Crowe has given fans of the film hope. While this seems to be more wishful thinking than a sure thing, any news of a possible Master and Commander sequel is worth paying attention to.

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