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BB-8 Got to Kick Some Ass in This Week's Star Wars Resistance

Having BB-8 on Star Wars Resistance was a stroke of genius. Not only does it allow fans to have one of the most popular characters from the movies on the show, we know where he is during those movies. BB-8’s presence sort of a becomes a ticking clock because, eventually, he and Poe will head to Jakku and things will…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Lucasfilm, Droids, Bb8, Poe, Disney Xd, Jakku, TV Bite, Star Wars Resistance


Netflix Has Reportedly Signed a 'Best Practices' Code in India to Avoid State Censorship

Netflix and eight other streaming services including pending Disney acquisition Hotstar and Jio Cinema have signed a “code of best practices” stating they will voluntarily self-regulate their content in India, CNN Business reported on Friday. According to CNN, the agreement (posted to Indian tech site MediaNama)…Read more...
Tags: TV, Science, India, Censorship, Disney, Cnn, Encryption, Netflix, Streaming, Jio Cinema


Disney to Show New Streaming Service at April Investor Day

It will be a third, more family-focused streaming service, on top of Disney’s existing ESPN+ and Hulu, which will soon be majority owned by the Burbank, California-based entertainment giant. Among traditional media companies, Disney is making the biggest bet on streaming and monthly subscriptions. After that deal was announced in late 2017, Disney reorganized its business to create a stand-alone direct-to-consumer division for streaming.
Tags: Science, Disney, Espn, Hulu, Burbank California


Our First Look at Supernatural's Big Winchester Family Reunion

Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake has hit a snag. Netflix and Steve Carrell are working on a comedy lampooning President Trump’s Space Force. Catherine Tate wouldn’t mind one more trip in the TARDIS. Plus, previews of what’s to come on the DC/CW shows when they return. To me, my Spoilers!Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, Disney, Gotham, Happy, Netflix, Supernatural, Catherine Tate, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Trump, Roswell, Riverdale, Steve Carrell, Pinocchio


Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was One of My Most Memorable Moviegoing Experiences

Imagine sitting down for a movie. You don’t know what that movie is but when it’s over you realize you’ve been watching a secret sequel to one of your favorite movies of all time. That’s what happened to me when I first saw M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in a movie…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Glass, Universal, Split, Nostalgia, Unbreakable, M Night Shyamalan, Fantastic Fest


A Guide to Kingdom Hearts 3, for the Disney Fan Who Has No Idea What This Franchise Is

At the end of the month—outside of any potential, agonizing last-minute delay—one of the most anticipated moments for games in 2019 is going to happen: After years and years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts 3 will finally come out. Are you a Disney fan who’s wildly confused as to what the deal is? We’re here to...let’s say …Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Disney, Explainer, Square Enix, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Mickey Mouse, Kingdom Hearts 3


Netflix Analysts Say Price Hike Eases Concerns Over Higher Content Spending

Suntrust believes the business move reveals management “confidence in the content slate and subscriber trajectory in 2019.” Increasing plan costs for all U.S. subscribers, Buckingham Research says, will also help shore up the company’s free cash flow, ease concerns over its increased spending for original programming and soften the blow of losing content from Disney and 21st Century Fox at year-end. Shares of Netflix rose as much as 6.8 percent at 12:10 p.m., to their highest price since Octobe...
Tags: Science, Disney, Fox, Netflix, SunTrust, Buckingham Research, Netflix Analysts Say Price


This Bleak Star Wars Fan Film Takes Hamlet to Tatooine

The quintessential concern of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is moral paralysis. Is what I’m doing meaningful? Does my life have any meaning? In one of the most famous soliloquies of all time, Hamlet considers this question with poetic precision—to be, or not to be?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Lucasfilm, Stormtroopers, Tatooine, Fan Films


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


YouTube Allows Disney Nerds to Relive Extinct Theme Park Attractions

The Disney nerd community recognized a sad anniversary yesterday. It’s been 20 years since the ride Horizons closed at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World. But there was one bright spot. People were able to share home videos of the beloved “extinct attraction” on YouTube.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Walt Disney World, Epcot, 1990s, Epcot Center, Horizons, YouTube Allows Disney Nerds


Marvel's Vision and Scarlet Witch Series Picked Its Showrunner From the MCU

We may not know what the future of Marvel Studios will bring on the big screen, but on the small screen we’ve got a pretty good idea. Three shows are in development for the upcoming streaming service Disney+, one of which just got itself a brand new showrunner.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Marvel Studios, Jac Schaeffer, Disney Plus, Vision And The Scarlet Witch


Skydance Hires Alleged Sexual Harasser John Lasseter, Apparently Doesn't Care About the Women Who Work There

Little over one year after former Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animations Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter was ousted over alleged multiple instances of sexual harassment, Skydance has decided it’s fine to put its own female employees at risk by hiring him.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Holy Crap Wtf, John Lasseter, Skydance, Pixar Animations Studios, Skydance Animation


Mark Hamill Shared Some Hot Trivia About A New Hope's Death Star Run

Decades after its release, it’s easy to imagine we know just about everything about the production of the original Star Wars. But A New Hope still holds a few secrets close to its chest. And some of them are delightful.
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Mark Hamill, Star Wars A New Hope


Here’s How Industrial Light & Magic Created Solo's L3-37

L3-37, Lando’s co-pilot and droid companion, was one of the breakout characters of Solo. Here’s how she came to be. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lando, Solo A Star Wars Story, L3 37


Here’s How Industrial Lights & Magic Created Solo's L3-37

L3-37, Lando’s co-pilot and droid companion, was one of the breakout characters of Solo. Here’s how she came to be. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lando, Solo A Star Wars Story, L3 37


Star Wars: Resistance Is Coming Back, and It's Bringing a Tentacle Monster

The shadow of the First Order looms, but something even more dangerous is in the waters beneath. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Resistance


Luke Cage Star Mike Colter Wasn't Shocked by the Series' Cancellation but Hopes It's Coming Back

When Disney first announced its plans to launch a streaming service of its own where new, live-action series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would begin airing in the near future, the writing was all but on the wall for Netflix’s MCU shows. So it shouldn’t have been too surprising when Daredevil, Iron Fist, and …Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Netflix, Streaming, Marvel Studios, Luke Cage, Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, Mike Colter, Disney Plus, Luke Cage Star Mike Colter


What Does Brie Larson Say to Avengers: Endgame Spoilers? 'Not Today'

Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland might be awful at keeping secrets about the Avengers series—but Brie Larson, the latest superhero to join the fray, knows how to get the job done.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Mark Ruffalo, Spoilers, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Captain Marvel, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, Brie Larson Say


This Mashup Reimagines Jordan Peele's Us as a Disney Channel Movie

We don’t really know all that much about the plot of Jordan Peele’s new horror project Us, but the film’s first trailer provided just enough inspiration for one clever video editor from Yeek Studios, who drew some interesting comparisons between the live-action thriller and The Proud Family Disney Channel Original…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, US, Animation, Universal, Mashup, Disney Channel, Jordan Peele, Disney Channel Movie, The Proud Family, Yeek Studios


2019 Is the Year of the Pop Culture Finale

The new year has only just begun but it’s already got us thinking about the end. Over the course of the next 12 months, fans are going to see the end of some of the biggest franchises and shows of all time. Let’s take a look at which pop culture favorites are wrapping up in 2019.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Big Bang Theory, Glass, Gotham, Fox, Netflix, Streaming, Game Of Thrones, How To Train Your Dragon, Marvel Studios, Mr Robot, Unbreakable, X Men, Lemony Snickets A Series Of Unfortunate Events


Disney World Fans Demand Justice for Animatronic Robot Robbed of His Hands and Clothes

Many hardcore Walt Disney World fans were heartbroken over the holiday season as reports spread about the theft of a retired audio-animatronic character who once brought joy to millions as a part of an Epcot attraction.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney, Animatronics, Disney World Fans Demand Justice


Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Stays No. 1 for Second Week in Theaters

Annapurna debuted “Vice,” a satirical look at former Vice President Dick Cheney. Key InsightsWarner Bros. has struggled this year in the face of strong gains by industry leader Disney, up 35 percent for 2018 heading into the weekend, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, up 19 percent. AT&T’s studio had registered a 12.2 percent drop in receipts for its movies this year in North America.But Warner Bros. managed to deliver a couple of big hits besides “Aquaman” in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A S...
Tags: Science, Disney, Annapurna, Warner Bros, North America, Dick Cheney, InsightsWarner Bros, Comcast Corp 's Universal Pictures


The Mandalorian May Feature a Familiar Star Wars Bounty Hunter

We know very little about the plot for the upcoming live-action Star Wars television show, The Mandalorian. But when you think “Mandalorians” you think great warriors. You think bounty hunters. And a character that’s both of those things may be coming to the show.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Lucasfilm, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Ig 88


Raise the IQ of Your Toy Collection With This Wonderful Shuri Figure

While we’re still patiently waiting for Disney+ to announce that Shuri series we’ve been dreaming of since ol’ Loki got his own standalone gig, at least we can admire this smashing new, fully posable Black Panther Shuri doll, a special edition that’s exclusive to Disney stores and shopDisney.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Black Panther, Loki, Shuri


This Dark Star Wars Fan Film Perfectly Captures the Feel of Darth Vader's World

“Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past” is the first installment in a fan film series by the Star Wars Theory YouTube channel, and it’s a good ‘un. Taking place in the early months of the Empire—after the full fall of the Republic but before the Clones were replaced with cheaper Stormtroopers—the film focuses on Darth…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Darth Vader, Republic, Fan Films


The Highlights and Lowlights of 2018

If we could describe 2018 in one word, it would be complicated. There have been some amazing shows and films, and fandom has faced a lot of growth and change. But we’ve also seen a lot of pain. We here at io9 have come together to celebrate the greatest pop culture moments of the year, as well as the things that could…Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Star Wars, Science, Doctor Who, Disney, Star Trek, Game Of Thrones, James Gunn, Stan Lee, Year In Review, Legends Of Tomorrow, Nk Jemisin, Spider Man, Avatar The Last Airbender, ToysRUS, Kelly Marie Tran


NBC Chief Hints That Company May Unveil Netflix-Style Service

Steve Burke, head of the Comcast Corp. division, suggested that the company might unveil an online TV service in 2019 -- though it’s hard to know how seriously to take a message written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss. Burke, who oversees the NBC network, cable channels such as USA, and the Universal theme parks and movie studio, has yet to announce a streaming product like those planned by rivals Walt Disney Co. and AT&T Inc.’s Warner Media next year. In his holiday note, Burke also lamente...
Tags: Usa, Science, Nbc, Disney, Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co, Burke, AT T Inc, Comcast Corp, Steve Burke, Warner Media, Seuss Burke


RIP Super Cute BB-8 Toy: Sphero Calls Quits On Licensed Bots

Alas, Sphero’s BB-8, R2-D2, and other Disney-licensed robots will bleep and bloop no more. The Verge reports that Sphero has decided to clear out its remaining inventory of licensed toys—and no, it won’t be restocking any more.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Robots, Sphero, I Think We Can All Agree Bb 8 Was Bb Great


The Last Jedi's Most Emotional Scene Was a Lot Simpler in the Script

Star Wars: The Last Jedi just turned a year old, which means it’s a great time to revisit one of its best scenes and dig into what makes it so special.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Kylo Ren, Rey, Star Wars The Last Jedi


Marvel's Daredevil Writer: 'I Thought It Was Too Big to Fail'

Netflix’s decision to cancel Marvel’s Daredevil was a surprise. No one knew it was coming. Not the stars, not Marvel’s executives. Not even the writers, who were already laying out plans for the next chapter of Daredevil’s story. We got a chance to talk with one of the writers who was working on season four, who…Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Marvel, Disney, Netflix, Streaming, Daredevil, Marvel Studios, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Disney Plus



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