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Disney + Fox: Bigger Than The Media Is Suggesting


Streaming is not a business. It is a delivery system. It is a delivery system that allows a new paradigm. All hail Netflix, the first to go there seriously.

But what Disney needs to make this merger a success is to get you and me and at least 75 million domestic households to sign up for three or four “Netflixes” under their massive umbrella of content. $30 to $40 a month.

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Review-ish: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Spoiler-Free)


Have we ever had a relaunch followed immediately by a reboot?

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not, as many hoped, a “middle” Star Wars movie, with the emotional impact of The Empire Strikes Back. And that is why many reviews will come off as disappointed. But they are dead wrong.

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The Weekend Report

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It was a Coco three-peat as the animation led weekend biz with an estimated $18.5 million in a not-terribly festive frame. In one of the lowest-attended weekends of 2017, the sole new national opener was Just Getting Started, at tenth with $3.2 million.

The national expansion of The Disaster Artist laughed up $6.4 million. Also continuing slow roll-outs were Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  Among exclusives, I, Tonya pulled off the box office equivalent of a triple axel with a $248,000 debut from four rinks.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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Gurus o’ Gold: Precursors Narrow The Field

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The DVD Wrapup: Letter From An Unknown Woman, Despicable Me 3, Crucifixion, Maurizio Cattelan, A New Leaf, Silent Night and more

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“At least since he nearly went bankrupt in the early 1990s, Murdoch has been obsessed with handing his business to his children. He has navigated this course through vast turmoil in the media industry, multiple marriages, frayed family dynamics, occasional signs of shareholder rebellion at such family entitlement in a public company, and even the resistance of his own children. But now, all of a sudden, he appears ready to abandon his dream of a Murdoch dynasty.”
Michael Wolff Measures Murdoch Destiny

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“The way I approach these things is with transparency. I never bullshit fucking anybody about what my intension is. I say, ‘Here is the script, the script is not a pretend script, it’s the actual script. Here are some visuals, too.’ The way I see it from that point is that if they agree to make the film, then it becomes like a contract. Importantly, that contract is not open to being broken later. There’s a creative agreement. If people do have a problem, and that’s fine if they do, but the time to express that is early, not late.”
Alex Garland On Annihilation Final Cut

“It’s all nonsense. There was a problem with our chief executive. Sort of, over the years. But isolated incidents. As soon as we investigated it, he was out of the place in hours. Well, three or four days. And there’s been nothing else since then… I mean there are really bad cases that people should be moved aside and there are other which might’ve been a bit of flirting.”
Rupert Murdoch

“You know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?”
Matt Damon


“I’ve been here for 30 years, and I never in my lifetime thought that Rupert would sell.”
Disney Will Lease Fox Lot For Seven Years

“This started with Bob Iger, a friend of mine, sitting at my winery one evening having a couple glasses, just talking about our businesses and the industry generally, the forces of disruption that were happening.”
Rupert Murdoch


“We’ll be able to expand our franchise-creation capabilities…in addition to gaining access to more high-quality content.”
Disney Iger Says Disney-Fox Combine Will Shed $2 Billion In Expenses

“I know a lot of you are wondering why did the Murdochs come to such a momentous decision? Are we retreating? Absolutely not. We are pivoting at a pivotal moment. We are paving the way for a new Fox and a transformed Disney to chart a course across a broad frontier of opportunity.”
Rupert Murdoch

“The antitrust concerns raised by this deal are obvious and significant. The Writers Guild of America West strongly opposes this merger and will work to ensure our nation’s antitrust laws are enforced.”

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What about replacing Mr. Spacey with another actor? Mr. Plummer, perhaps.
“That would theoretically be fantastic,” Mr. Rothman said he responded. “But I have supervised 450 movies over the course of my career. And what you are saying is impossible. There is not enough time.”
~ Publicizing Sir Ridley’s Deadline Dash

“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris