Soylo is tracking for an opening weekend of 130 million and a worldwide boxoffice take of 300 million. Given that this flick probably cost 200 million after reshoots it's going to be the first Star Wars movie to be a money loser.
About those reshoots. The stuff that Kathleen Kennedy's sensitive son of a real writer Jon Kasdan was so offended by. The stuff that Cray-Cray Kay-Kay fired Lord and Miller for creating? Yeah, that is what's in the new funny trailers. That stuff isn't in the movie however.
Can you say, reeks of desperation? I knew you could!
There is a lot of Disney corporate politics that are currently in play. Comcast has outbid Disney for Fox. That doesn't mean the deal is dead but it's not good news for Bob Iger. Although if that merger dies it's great news for Disney. Bob Iger has been a cancer on Disney's corporate culture. He is a ruthless boardroom politician who has destroyed anyone who was a potential replacement for him. To include John Lasseter who got a leave of absence with a view towards termination for inappropriate hugging? Fucking seriously? This from the corporate management that turned Lando Calrissian who was only interested in macking on Princess Leia into "a guy that might fuck a toaster #R2ME2."
Speaking of destroying Disney's family friendly rep, here is the trailer for the new R Rated Muppets movie. Yes it is from (still owned by Disney) Henson Studios and no, I do not recommend clicking on the link if you have fond memories of the Muppets that you want to keep.
Yeah, it sucks.
What was the point of Netflix' deal with the Obamas?
I confess to some extreme curiosity on this point.
First Susan Rice is put on the board and then the Obama's are treated to some impressive White People Welfare in the form of a production deal.
I usually follow the old adage of never attribute to evil what can be explained by incompetence. But that requires incompetence in the first place which Netflix hasn't shown an abundance of in the past. The company's only real stumble was when they jacked the price of their basic service up by fifty percent.
Although how they handled that public relations blunder was sort of revealing. They tried dissemination and deceit at every turn. Honestly telling their customers that the studios had locked arms and strong armed Netflix at the negotiating table was the subject they did not want to discuss at all.
Yes, Netflix produced some SJW garbage but it also delivered The Ranch, The Punisher and Lost in Space. If it was totally converged it would never have green lit any of those projects.
There have been others who felt that Netflix was on the shady side of it's higher end business dealings. I wasn't one of them...until now. Susan Rice is bluntly a useless BOD member. The Obamas were hilariously bad at the optics of public relations, hell even Barry admitted it. So why give them that big of a blank check when you know that they will deliver...if anything at all...will be ratings garbage?
This deal will not generate any new subscription and already has produced a mass of cancellations. Barry was never universally popular. Fifty percent job approval was the best he could ever manage and the other side HATED him.
This deal was a lose/lose for Netflix unless there is something going on in the background I don't know about. Was putting Suzie and Barry on the payroll the price tag for something?
I'm thinking yes.
Netflix is not the only game in town anymore. Hulu, Amazon, Funimation, Youtube Red, Vue, Crackle, Sling and whatever new one popped up this week. Disney is pulling out and if the Fox merger does go through then they lose that library too. Netflix is on the verge of becoming the new Blockbuser Video except they can see it coming and they had to make a deal with somebody...The question is who?
To end on a positive note. I am very much interested in seeing Andy Serkis' version of Mowgli.
Alone in all of Hollywood, Andy appears to have actually read the book by Rudyard Kipling.
Okay, I'm done here.