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Disney’s Acquisition of 21st Century Fox Is Finalized

At 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time today, March 20, 2019, The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective. With 21st Century Fox’s iconic collection of businesses and franchises, Disney will be able to provide more appealing high-quality content and entertainment options to meet growing consumer demand; increase its international footprint; and expand its direct-to-consumer offerings, which include ESPN+ for sports fans, the highly-anticipated Disney+ streaming video-on-demand service launching in late 2019; and Disney and 21st Century Fox’s combined ownership stake in Hulu.

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”

The acquisition includes 21st Century Fox’s renowned film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group. Disney and 21st Century Fox entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice last year under which Disney will divest 21st Century Fox’s Regional Sports Networks.

Earlier today, 21st Century Fox completed the spin-off of a portfolio of 21st Century Fox’s news, sports and broadcast businesses, including the FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports, FOX Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network, and certain other assets and liabilities, into Fox Corporation.

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Watch The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Trailer

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ninth cinematic epic, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film is lead by A-List stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio along with a massive ensemble cast that includes Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Selma), Damian Lewis (Billions), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), James Marsden (Westworld), Julia Butters (Transparent), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Damon Herriman (Mindhunter), Austin Butler (Switch at Birth), Lena Dunham (Girls), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Mike Moh (Street Fighter), Rafal Zawierucha, Rumer Willis, Dream Walker (The Good Wife), Costa Ronin (The Americans), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House), and Zoe Bell (Kill Bill).

Veteran actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit) was originally supposed to play the role of George Spahn. However last September, Reynolds passed away  before he could film his part for the movie. His longtime friend and fellow veteran actor Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) signed on to take over his role.

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film, portrayed by Robbie) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.

Sony Pictures will release the film on August 9.

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Bottleneck Gallery & ISH Announce Robocop Print Release

Bottleneck Gallery has been working on an exciting project for months, and today, alongside with Justin Ishmael of ISH, they’re ecstatic to announce our officially licensed screen print of Mike Bryan’s original painting for the sci-fi classic, RoboCop!

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a late 80s genre gem which depicts a future, dystopian Detroit and tells the story of everybody’s favorite part human, part robot, all cop hero: RoboCop! The movie’s original poster, created by Mike Bryan, was based off of a painting that Bryan created using several advanced and nuanced techniques at the time to truly get the piece to be photorealistic.

Bottleneck spent months working closely with Justin Ishmael and our printers to create the highest quality screen prints based off of Mike Bryan’s original RoboCop painting, and the results are outstanding! 

The RoboCop print, alongside a limited variant and limited art prints, will be available as a timed-edition release from today at 12PM ET through Wednesday (3/20) @ 12PM ET HERE.

RoboCop Timed Edition by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered timed edition
Edition size will be determined by the number of prints sold
through Wednesday, March 20th @ 12PM ET
$50
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 75
$85
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

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Watch The Full Toy Story 4 Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar have released the full trailer for Toy Story 4!

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele join newcomer Tony Hale in the voice cast alongside returning cast members Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette and Joan Cusack.

Toy Story 4 will be released on June 21.

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Disney Rehires James Gunn To Direct Guardians of The Galaxy 3

Disney has rehired James Gunn to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. in October to write and possibly direct a sequel to “Suicide Squad.” Gunn will finish the Suicide Squad sequel before Marvel Studios begins production on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Disney fired Gunn in July from directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third Guardians movie after offensive tweets resurfaced from years ago in which Gunn made jokes about child abuse.

Gunn took to social media to post a heartfelt thank you message:

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Watch The New Avengers: Endgame Trailer 

The new Avengers: Endgame trailer is here!

This year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his quest of exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones, but it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of everyone from existence in a cloud of ash, including Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Groot (Vin Diesel), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Mantis (Pom Klementief), Drax (Dave Bautista), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), as well as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lily), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), though Fury was able to send a signal to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Confirmed cast members for the untitled fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Jon Favreau, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evangeline Lilly, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

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Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi

Marvel Studios is bringing Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) on board to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first superhero movie franchise starring an Asian protagonist.

Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 2) wrote the script. Marvel’s goal with the new project is to introduce a hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

Shang-Chi, also known as The Master of Kung Fu, was first introduced in the pages of Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973 after they’d failed to obtain the rights to the then-popular TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine. A master of fighting, he eventually gains the ability to create an infinite amount of replicas of himself. After Special Marvel Edition changed its name to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the character went on to appear in issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One. He’s also been a member of The Avengers and Heroes for Hire, the latter alongside fellow kung fu masters Daughters of the Dragon.

As the MCU moves into Phase 4 and beyond, the studio has started to branch out, working with more filmmakers who come from diverse backgrounds. Included in this roster are Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Ryan Coogler, who helmed Black Panther as well as its upcoming sequel, and Taika Waititi, who directed the acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok. Also in the pipeline is The Eternals, which is being helmed by The Rider’s Chloé Zhao and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, who will direct Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited stand-alone film following Black Widow.

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The Dark Knight Trilogy Returning To Theaters For Special Anniversary Screenings

Warner Bros. Pictures is returning all three films in Christopher Nolan’s $2.5 billion “Dark Knight” Trilogy to the biggest of the big screens—IMAX film—in honor of the first-ever appearance of Batman in the comics.

First, on Saturday, March 30, the films—2005’s “Batman Begins,” 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”—will screen back-to-back at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, California. During an interlude between the second and third films, Nolan will join the audience for a moderated Q&A discussion on the movies.

Then on April 13, the Trilogy will screen at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and AMC Metreon in San Francisco, followed by Cinesphere Ontario Place, Toronto, and IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, on April 20, each accompanied by the footage of Nolan’s Los Angeles appearance.

In all five cities, all three movies will be seen in the director’s preferred format, IMAX 70mm, providing an all-encompassing moviegoing experience. In fact, it was Nolan who, with “The Dark Knight,” was the first filmmaker to shoot the action sequences of a major feature film with IMAX cameras, revolutionizing the integration of IMAX and standard formats. He again utilized IMAX cameras even more extensively in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Goldstein stated, “Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen. To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’s insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Tickets for all events will go on sale beginning Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. PDT, and moviegoers who acquire tickets for all three films will receive a lanyard and special “Dark Knight” Trilogy collectible.

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Watch The New Aladdin Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures have released the full trailer for Aladdin, the next live-action remake of a classic Disney cartoon.

Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) stars as the Genie in the new film alongside Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter. Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) stars as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life with Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself

Aladdin also stars Navid Negahban (Homeland) as the Sultan, Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) as Dalia, Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) as Prince Anders, and Numan Acar (Homeland) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.

Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) from a screenplay by John August (Dark Shadows, Big Fish) based on the 1992 animated film Aladdin and stories from “One Thousand and One Nights.” The producer is Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie) with Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (La La Land), Jonathan Eirich (Death Note) and Kevin De La Noy (The Dark Knight Rises) serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors) and Tim Rice (The Lion King) as well as two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen).

Aladdin was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World.” Based on the Middle-Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the 1992 animated film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who had previously-directed The Little Mermaid and would go on to make other Disney classics, including Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog, and Moana. It famously featured Robin Williams as the film’s genie, along with Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, plus Douglas Seale as The Sultan, and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago.

The film is set to debut in theaters May 24.

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Mike Barker To Direct Adaptation of The Talisman

Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo, Outlander) will be directing The Talisman feature film adaptation based on Stephen King and Peter Straub’s 1984 bestselling fantasy novel.

The Talisman follows Jack Sawyer, a young boy in possession of a powerful talisman that can save his mother’s life, who is forced to go on the run from the inhabitants of a magical parallel universe who have discovered how to travel between worlds.

King and Straub wrote a follow-up novel, Black House, in 2001, which follows a now-adult Jack as a retired Los Angeles homicide detective trying to solve a series of murders in a small Wisconsin town.

From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and The Kennedy/Marshall Company, the feature will be produced by Frank Marshall while former Amblin CEO Michael Wright will executive produce. Chris Sparling (Buried) is attached to write the adapted screenplay.

The Talisman joins the ever-growing list of big-screen Stephen King adaptations in the works. Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s reimagining of Pet Sematary will arrive in theaters on April 5. IT: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep are both in post-production at Warner Bros. King’s work can also be seen on the small screen, as The Outsider is currently in production at HBO. Mr. Mercedes was also recently renewed for a third season by Audience Network.

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