'Toy Story 4' Makes $238 Million Worldwide on its Opening Weekend
Disney did it again. They won the weekend domestic box office with Toy Story 4 bringing in a $118 million haul. — The $118 million opening didn't meet the standards of what the box office analysts were predicting for Toy Story 4's opening weekend. Most analysts were predicting a massive $150 million to $200 million opening weekend. Toy Story 4 is the latest Disney success at the box office.
Review: ‘Toy Story 4' Is A Charming Reminder of Pixar's Greatness
Disney-Pixar began their relationship with the first Toy Story film back in 1995. Fast forward to 2019. The franchise got an unexpected fourth outing after what we all thought was a finale in 2010's Toy Story 3. Pixar lets the audience know that they have more story left to tell. Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy gang have plenty of gas left in the tank to tell a wonderful story.
Disney+'s Animation Slate Includes A 'Chip 'N' Dale' Modern Reboot, 'Monsters at Work', and others
Disney+ announced a slew of new animated shows coming to the streaming service. — Disney+ is rebooting Chip 'N' Dale as a classic style comedy. There will be be 39 seven-minute episodes to start. The shorts are being created by Disney's London-based animation team and indie Xilam Animation. The shorts will be directed by Jean Cayrol and produced by Marc du Pontavice.
Disney's Live-Action/CGI Hybrid 'Rescue Rangers' Film Taps Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer for Director
The new live-action Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers film has found its director. — Akiva Schaffer of Lonely Island has closed in on a deal to helm Disney's live-action/CGI hybrid of Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman who produced The Muppets and Beauty and the Beast are producing the project.
'Rocketman' Tracking A $25 Million Opening Weekend
Taron Egerton's Rocketman which is a musical biopic of singer Elton John is tracking in the solid $20 million range for its opening weekend. — The initial tracking has Rocketman bringing in a opening weekend haul of $25 million.
Walmart's Vudu Creating Free Streaming Lineup Featuring Queen Latifah, Evangeline Lilly, and Variety
Vudu is creating a lineup of free, ad-supported original streaming content. They are hoping the slate will attract consumers to buy more products from parent company Walmart.
'Avengers: Endgame' keeps plugging along with $1.785 Billion as it heads into the weekend, Expected to make $137M-$177M
Endgame earned $121.4 million at the global box office on Thursday. — Avengers: Endgame is shattering box office records. The superhero film is now the fifth highest grossing film of all time, and it just recently passed Jurassic World ($1.67 billion).
Amazon's Head of Genre Sharon Tal Yguado Exits The Company
Sharon Tal Yguado has left her position of head of genre programming at Amazon. — The genre department at Amazon manages sci-fi, fantasy and genre series. One of the big priorities of the division was spearheading Amazon's effort with the Tolkien estate as Amazon looks to create new series based on Lord of the Rings. Tal Yguado lead the pitch to the Tolkien estate. She then hired writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay for the new series. Amazon made a significant commitment to the series.
'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Inks Massive Deal with Disney's 20th Century Fox TV
The This Is Us creator just signed a massive deal to stay with 20th Century Fox television. — Fogelman signed a five-year contract and sources say that the pact is in the $125 million range. Under his new deal, Fogelman will continue to develop drama, live-action and animated comedy projects. Fogelman's previous deal was in 2015, signing a four-year deal with 20th TV after a bidding war with ABC Studios.
YouTube Renews 'Cobra Kai' for Season Three, YouTube Premium Will Become Ad-Supported
All YouTube Originals will get ad-supported release. — YouTube has ordered a third season of Cobra Kai. The Karate Kid sequel series will return for more episodes after the epic cliffhanger of season two. YouTube is now adopting a new ad-supported strategy when it come to originals in order to get Cobra Kai and other premium content to a larger audience.
Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Tracking $80M+ Opening Over Memorial Day Weekend
Disney continues their animated to live-action experiment. As Disney has been able to create new version of Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Maleficent turning them into box office gems.
Amy Pascal Leaves Sony for First Look Deal at Universal
Pascal was the chairman of Sony's motion picture group. She was the chairman during the infamous Sony Pictures hack. That part of her career can be read in Ben Fritz's incredibly detailed book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies.
Disney Hires Former Goldman Sachs Exec Michael Cerda as vp product for Disney+
Michael Cerda, a former Goldman Sachs executive, who oversaw Goldman's online lending platform, Marcus, as chief product officer, is now the vp product of Disney+. Cerda previously held executive positions at Facebook and Vevo.
Alan Horn Now Disney's Chief Creative Officer, Alan Bergman Promoted to Co-Chairman of Walt Disney Studios
Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, have announced that Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman has been elevated to Co-Chairman of the Studio Entertainment division.
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3' to begin filming in 2020
James Gunn is back in charge of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He will return to the galaxy after he finishes up directing DC's The Suicide Squad which is in amidst of casting.