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just want to make sure streaming works well for everyone with Disney Plus, my Amazon Prime movies stream very well so was just throwing out the idea of positive/negative opinions, no biggie, looks like we are going to join.
Disney+ performs well and looks great on Roku and Fire TV 4K devices for me. Recent Pixar movie SOUL would be a good start to give you some idea of well done Dolby Vision and great sound whether it is 5.1 or ATMOS.
 

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Marvel Boss Kevin Feige On ‘Black Panther 2’ Post Boseman, ‘Black Widow’ Release & Why Streaming Plans Won’t Burn MCU At The B.O.
Despite playing in movie theaters and charging admission prices, the MCU is essentially one big, ongoing TV show heading into its 13th season. It should have no problem transitioning from the big screen to the small screen.
 

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Soul won a few awards at the Critics Choice Awards.

BEST ANIMATED MOVIE
Soul (Disney+)

BEST VOICE ACTOR IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Jamie Foxx – Soul (Disney+)

BEST VOICE ACTRESS IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Tina Fey – Soul (Disney+)


And the Mandalorian won:

BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES
The Mandalorian (Disney+)

 

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Brian Henson takes Disney Insider on an exclusive tour through The Henson Soundstage during production of their latest series, Earth to Ned. The Star Wars Story continues with the unveiling of Project Luminous. Join the authors behind this new saga as they reveal Star Wars: The High Republic. Finally, peek behind the curtain to see how the National Geographic team captured the Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

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Ben Affleck To Direct Adaptation Of ‘Keeper Of The Lost Cities’ For Disney
By Justin Kroll

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Affleck continues to build up his future dance card and looks to have found another possible directing job to add to his slate. Sources tell Deadline that Disney is in development on a live-action film based on the bestselling book series Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, with Affleck attached to direct. He will also produce through his Pearl Street banner and adapt the script with Kate Gritmon. Madison Ainley will board as executive producer.

In the bestselling novel, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first. When 12-year-old Sophie finally discovers where her secret telepathic ability comes from, she learns she’s actually not human but is from another world that exists side-by-side with ours.

There are over 2.5 million books in print and counting in the series, with Book 8.5 Unlocked (released in November) just named a Best Young Reader Book of 2020 by Barnes & Noble. It is also a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award semifinalist and a California Gold Medal Winner.

Affleck’s recent sports drama The Way Back has earned him some of the best reviews of his career on the acting front. Warner Bros is so impressed that the studio planning to do an awards campaign for his acclaimed performance this Oscar season.

He is repped by WME. Gritmon is repped by Kaplan Perrone, Paradigm and HWHM+F.

 

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Is WandaVision 'Required Reading' Ahead of Doctor Strange Movie Sequel?

As Marvel devotees are likely aware, Disney+’s WandaVision won’t be the last project to feature Scarlet Witch. Rather, Elizabeth Olsen’s character is confirmed to appear in the MCU’s forthcoming Doctor Strange sequel, too.

Which, naturally, begs the question: Will WandaVision‘s nine episodes (premiering Friday, Jan. 15) be crucial to understanding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

As Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains to TVLine, “‘required reading’ is not something that’s fun when you want to turn on the TV or go to a movie. We try to make all of our movies, and now shows, stand alone and work together.”

After various COVID-related delays, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is (for now) slated to hit theaters in March 2022, more than a year after WandaVision airs its finale. And aside from Olsen’s involvement with the Doctor Strange sequel — which will also have direct ties to the next Spider-Man film, swinging into theaters December 2021 — Teyonah Parris will appear as an adult version of Monica Rambeau in Captain Marvel 2, following her stint as that same character in WandaVision.

Still, Feige maintains that Marvel’s upcoming films should be viewer-friendly for all levels of fandom, regardless of whether you’ve seen the studio’s assorted Disney+ series.

“The challenge is making them work for both types of viewers — viewers who follow everything we do, and the much more casual viewers who just heard something good about it and want to check it out,” he says. “And that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

WandaVision drops with two episodes on Friday, Jan. 15, followed by a weekly (not binge-release!) rollout.

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Deadpool 3 officially joining MCU- with an R rating

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has announced that Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed mercenary is officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and he’ll be keeping his R-rating...Feige said sisters Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin and Wendy Molyneux are hard at work on the script with Reynolds overseeing, but Deadpool 3 filming won’t begin until 2022 at the earliest...

"First order of business: Find the guy who killed Bambi's mom" Reynolds joked alongside a screenshot of a headline announcing the news...

 

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How Long Are Marvel's Disney+ Shows? Kevin Feige Talks 'Loki', 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier', and 'She-Hulk'

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  • She-Hulk, for instance, is being developed as 10 30-minute episodes. Some will be longer and some will be shorter.
  • Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier are being developed as six 40-50-minute episodes.”
  • Moon Knight will fall into the six, 40-50 minute episode category.
Also, as we’ve seen, viewers aren’t really hung up on episode length either with episodes of The Mandalorian ranging from 30 minutes to 50 minutes. If the story is good and people like the characters, they'll hang out with them for a while.
I don't know about that last statement. There were more than a few comments on episode lengths for THE MANDALORIAN for Seasons 1 and 2 in that discussion thread.
 

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Ozark, The Office, and Frozen 2 top the most-streamed entertainment of 2020, Nielsen says

Here are theTV shows and movies we collectively streamed the most last year.

Entertainment became a precious commodity in 2020. With nowhere to go due to a global pandemic that is still ongoing, people hunkered down and watched a crap-ton of movies and shows to pass the time, keep them sane, and allow them to escape. Now that the year is over, Nielsen, which expanded its TV-ratings-tracking systems to incorporate streaming numbers in recent years, released its findings for the entertainment we collectively streamed the most over the last 12 months.

Disney+ titles dominated Nielsen's top 10 report for movies, with Frozen 2 sitting at the top. Moana (Disney Animation), Onward (Pixar), Hamilton (Walt Disney Pictures), the live-action Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures), Toy Story 4 (Pixar), and Zootopia (Disney Animation) were also in the top 10. Dr. Seuss's The Grinch, found on Hulu these days (a Disney-controlled platform), also made its way on the list, along with Secret Life of Pets 2 and Spenser Confidential, the latter two hosted by Netflix.

Netflix seemed to dominate the television findings, both in terms of Nielsen's list of original series and acquired series. Ozark, Lucifer, and The Crown took the top three spots on the original series report, and The Office (which only just moved to Peacock in the new year), Grey's Anatomy, and Criminal Minds topped the acquired-series report.

The Office by far out-streamed the rest in terms of views. According to Nielsen, the Steve Carell-led comedy racked up 57 billion minutes of streams across 192 episodes in 2020, while the show was on Netflix. Viewers watched 30.5 billion minutes of Ozark across 28 episodes in the same period. By comparison, 14.9 billion minutes of Frozen 2 were streamed.

See the top-10 findings below, ranked by minutes streamed.

Original series
1. Ozark (30.5 billion)
2. Lucifer (18.97 billion)
3. The Crown (16.3 billion)
4. Tiger King (15.6 billion)
5. The Mandalorian (14.5 billion)
6. The Umbrella Academy (13.5 billion)
7. The Great British Baking Show (13.3 billion)
8. Boss Baby: Back in Business (12.6 billion)
9. Longmire (11.4 billion)
10. You (10.97 billion)
Acquired series
1. The Office (57.1 billion)
2. Grey's Anatomy (39.4 billion)
3. Criminal Minds (35.4 billion)
4. NCIS (28.1 billion)
5. Schitt's Creek (23.8 billion)
6. Supernatural (20.3 billion)
7. Shameless (18.2 billion)
8. New Girl (14.6 billion)
9. The Black List (14.5 billion)
10. The Vampire Diaries (14.1 billion)

Movies
1. Frozen 2 (14.9 billion)
2. Moana (10.5 billion)
3. Secret Life of Pets 2 (9.1 billion)
4. Onward (8.4 billion)
5. Dr. Seuss's The Grinch (6.2 billion)
6. Hamilton (6.1 billion)
7. Spenser Confidential (5.4 billion)
8. Aladdin (2019) (5.1 billion)
9. Toy Story 4 (4.4 billion)
10. Zootopia (4.4 billion)

Nielsen's findings note that streaming now accounts for nearly a quarter (24 percent) of all usage in American households with smart TVs.

Scott N. Brown, general manager of audience measurement at Nielsen, mused in a statement, "A bigger question might be what will audiences do following any recovery, how the behavior adopted during stay-at-home orders might influence habits when consumers have the ability to go back to theaters to enjoy that experience and how content creators will leverage data to make the best decisions regarding distribution platforms in the future."

 

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Soul musical attraction dancing to Epcot

Jamie Foxx's Pixar film will groove its way to Disney World.

By Joey Nolfi

Epcot has found its spark in a new attraction.

Amid the Disney World theme park's ongoing evolution to include more family-friendly experiences, Epcot has announced it is bringing a new exhibit based on the recent Pixar film Soul to the existing American Adventure pavilion.

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure will take guests on a musical tour of America to learn about the roots of the genre, featuring Jamie Foxx's Joe Gardner — Soul's lead character, a talented musician who regains his passion for the craft after his spirit leaves his body and crosses paths with a lost soul (Tina Fey) who changes his outlook on life.

"One of my favorite things about Epcot is the fact that it truly celebrates the world in a very authentic way, telling stories about people from every walk of life," said Carmen Smith, a creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, in a video promoting the addition. "We're going to make stops in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico. We're working with some of the top jazz museums across this country."

The attraction comes on the heels of Epcot's rapid diversification of its attraction lineup, which includes a new Frozen-themed ride at the World Showcase's Norway pavilion, an upcoming Ratatouille ride at the France section, a revamp of the Future World entrance area, and the addition of a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster inside the former Universe of Energy building.

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure is scheduled to open in February at Epcot.

 

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Captain America Eyes Return To The MCU As Chris Evans Nears Deal To Reprise Role In Future Marvel Project
By Justin Kroll

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that is sure to rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sources tell Deadline that Chris Evans is cleaning the dust off his Captain America attire as he expected reprise the role in the MCU in some form. Still vague if deal as completely closed but insiders say its headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property with the door open for a second film. Sources add it’s unlikely to be a new Captain America installment and more likely to be like what Robert Downey Jr. did after Iron Man 3, appearing in films like Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel had no comment.

Evans had been very public that he would be hanging up the shield after Avengers: Endgame with Marvel going as far as having the character hand the shield to Anthony Mackie’s character at the end of the film in a passing of the torch type of moment. Things had changed in recent months as the idea was floated of Evans returning to the MCU as Rogers to see if there was any interest and as the weeks went by, Evans became more game to the idea with the two sides coming to agreement at the top of the year.

How he may return is still unclear and being worked out but the options are unlimited. Over the years, even after a character’s film franchises have come to an end, Marvel has found way to insert them into the MCU in other properties and with the addition of new Disney Plus limited series even adds more properties where he could make his return if its not his own film. Whatever that path may be, fans are sure to be invigorated knowing they would be seeing the return of a character that they assumed wouldn’t be back anytime soon.

 

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Head under the sea to discover how this iconic song from The Little Mermaid came to life from storyboards to final animation!

 

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Disney+ performs well and looks great on Roku and Fire TV 4K devices for me. Recent Pixar movie SOUL would be a good start to give you some idea of well done Dolby Vision and great sound whether it is 5.1 or ATMOS.
Same here. Overall, I've been pleased with D+'s Dolby Vision/Atmos offerings. Are they as good as the silver discs? Of course not but it's as good as streaming gets. You're right about Soul. it looks and sounds great and is a brilliant piece of film making.
 

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Female-Led Doogie Howser Reboot: Peyton Elizabeth Lee Lands Title Role

TV’s erstwhile Andi Mack has landed the title role in Disney+’s Doogie Howser reboot.

Disney Channel vet Peyton Elizabeth Lee will headline Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., a female-led reimagining of the classic ABC medical dramedy, the streamer announced Thursday.

Set in modern-day Hawaii, the 10-episode comedy follows Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, “a mixed race 16-year-old girl, juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager,” according to the official logline. “Guiding Lahela (and also complicating things) is her family, including her spit-fire Irish mother who’s also her supervisor at the hospital, and her ‘Local Boy’ father struggling to accept that his daughter is no longer his little girl.”

The original Doogie Howser, which made a household name out of Neil Patrick Harris, aired on ABC from 1989 to 1993. The reboot hails from sitcom vet Kourtney Kang, who worked with Harris on the long-running CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother before moving on to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Dayna and Jesse Bochco — the wife and son of the late Steven Bochco, who co-created Doogie Howser — are among the reboot’s executive producers.

Lee is best known to TV viewers of a certain age for her starring role in Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, which ran for three seasons between 2017 and 2019. She most recently appeared as Princess Samantha in the Disney+ original movie Secret Society of Second-Born Royals.

Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. is among several reboots that Disney+ has in the works, along with Turner & Hooch (starring Josh Peck) and a Mighty Ducks sequel series (led by Lauren Graham and original trilogy star Emilio Estevez).

 

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Captain America Eyes Return To The MCU As Chris Evans Nears Deal To Reprise Role In Future Marvel Project
By Justin Kroll

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that is sure to rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sources tell Deadline that Chris Evans is cleaning the dust off his Captain America attire as he expected reprise the role in the MCU in some form. Still vague if deal as completely closed but insiders say its headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property with the door open for a second film. Sources add it’s unlikely to be a new Captain America installment and more likely to be like what Robert Downey Jr. did after Iron Man 3, appearing in films like Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel had no comment.

Evans had been very public that he would be hanging up the shield after Avengers: Endgame with Marvel going as far as having the character hand the shield to Anthony Mackie’s character at the end of the film in a passing of the torch type of moment. Things had changed in recent months as the idea was floated of Evans returning to the MCU as Rogers to see if there was any interest and as the weeks went by, Evans became more game to the idea with the two sides coming to agreement at the top of the year.

How he may return is still unclear and being worked out but the options are unlimited. Over the years, even after a character’s film franchises have come to an end, Marvel has found way to insert them into the MCU in other properties and with the addition of new Disney Plus limited series even adds more properties where he could make his return if its not his own film. Whatever that path may be, fans are sure to be invigorated knowing they would be seeing the return of a character that they assumed wouldn’t be back anytime soon.

 
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