“It was all started by a mouse.”

Disney unveiled its highly anticipated new streaming service Disney+ at its Investor Day presentation Thursday, a service that will present a strong rival to current powerhouse streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others. With its historic acquisition of 20th Century Fox this year, Disney has already eliminated a potential competitor by acquiring the majority stake in Hulu, which it will offer in a bundle alongside other paid subscription services like ESPN+. That’s in addition to Disney+’s massive collection that includes new and old Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic titles.

Here’s everything we’ve learned about the Disney+ streaming service, including how its interface works, and the platform’s extensive collection of new, old, and original titles.

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A Wrinkle in Time images

Time’s Up issued a challenge this week that has already seen the support of at least 50 high-profile producers and actors and one major studio. The challenge: to commit to hiring at least one female director in the next 18 months in an effort to push Hollywood toward greater diversity behind the camera in addition to in front of it. Named after the statistic that only 4% of the top 100 studio films in the last decade were directed by women, the 4% Challenge made major inroads yesterday when Universal became the first major Hollywood studio to commit to it.

Now one of the biggest major studios, Walt Disney Pictures, is addressing the 4% Challenge with claims that it has already won.

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Disney Hulu

What will happen to Hulu in the wake of the Disney/Fox acquisition? That’s been one of the big looming questions ever since the deal was first floated, and now Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has given some new insight into what he wants to see happen with the streaming service: he’s looking to add more original programming, and he wants it to expand internationally to compete with Netflix. Read his latest comments below. Read More »

Bob Iger interview

This morning, The Hollywood Reporter published an illuminating interview with Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Iger is unquestionably one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, and since his views can ultimately have a massive impact on many beloved branches of entertainment, it’s worth taking a closer look at some of his comments about topics like James Gunn, the company’s new streaming service, the culture at Pixar in the wake of the John Lasseter controversy, and more.

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Future tar Wars Movies

Back in June, news surfaced that Disney and Lucasfilm were regrouping following the less than stellar box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which included rethinking how to move forward with any other spin-offs in the Star Wars franchise. Initial reports said several spin-offs were indefinitely on hold, but further details indicated Lucasfilm was merely changing their approach and expectations for what those movies needed to be. Now. Disney’s boss man has addressed the problem head-on.

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently participated in an extensive interview about all the things happening at the House of Mouse, and he addressed that maybe the studio bit off more than they could chew by rushing into too many Star Wars movies too soon. Bob Iger takes full blame for the misstep and says production on Star Wars movies will be slowing down a bit to recover. Read More »

solo name scene

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a mostly enjoyable piece of entertainment, but there are a few moments that might give you pause. One controversial scene in particular comes early in the film, and has been singled-out by many as an all-together bad idea. Yet, interestingly enough, this disliked scene is one of the main things that convinced Disney to make the film.

Read more below, and beware of spoilers.

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Fox Searchlight logo

Disney’s planned acquisition of many of 21st Century Fox’s assets raises a lot of questions. For movie fans, one of the most important is: what is going to happen to Fox Searchlight, the indie branch that produced movies like The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? Well, according to Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, the answer is nothing. Below, read Iger’s comments about how Disney plans to leave Fox Searchlight alone should the deal go through.
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Star Wars Rebels

During the series finale of Star Wars Rebels, the voice of the series’ central droid character was finally revealed in the end credits. It turns out for all four seasons, C1-10P has been voiced by none other than Star Wars showrunner and writer Dave Filoni. Find out why he waited so long to reveal the truth and the story of how he came to be the voice of Chopper.

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Star Wars TV shows

How about some more Star Wars news? On the heels of the announcement that Game of Thrones creators are developing a new series of Star Wars films comes a tease of the franchise’s small screen future. There are multiple Star Wars TV shows currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

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Episode IX story

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere, which means it’s time for us to pivot onto the next Star Wars chapter! The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will be returning to helm Star Wars: Episode IX, and news recently broke revealing Abrams pitched the story for the next Star Wars film to Disney CEO Bob Iger today. This all but confirms that any development on the new Star Wars from Colin Trevorrow‘s time attached to the project is being tossed out to make way for whatever Abrams has up his sleeve.

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