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Sony And Disney Reach Deal To Continue Spider-Man Movie Partnership

Sony and Walt Disney Pictures differences over Marvel Studios’ involvement in the next Spider-Man movie has ended! The two studios released a joint statement saying that Kevin Feige will indeed produce the followup to the well-recieved Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The third Spider-Man film from Marvel Studios is set for a July 16, 2021 release, officially adding another addition to the already crowded Phase 4 release slate. The release date puts the film in direct competition with Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 7, which opens on July 23, 2021. Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens on February 12, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens on May 7 and Thor: Love & Thunder opens on November 5, 2021, making 2021 the fist year we get FOUR MCU movies!

Feige has had an incredible run of hits as the head of Marvel, including four of the top 10 movies in the U.S. and globally of all time. Not to mention, “Avengers: Endgame” is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Since releasing its first Disney-produced Marvel movie in 2012, the company has earned more than $18.2 billion at the global box office.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Feige. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Sony’s upcoming slate includes the Venom sequel, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Andy Serkis, as well as Jared Leto’s in-the-can Morbius, a Kraven the Hunter film, and a spinoff featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat.

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Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In Spider-Man

After Disney and Sony Pictures failed to reach new terms, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not be producing any more Spider-Man films following a dispute between the two companies that has lasted for a few months.

The outlet notes that two Spider-Man movies are currently in the works with star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts, meaning Feige will not be the lead producer of those movies as Marvel Studios will apparently no longer have any future involvement in the Spider-Man universe.

The fallout comes after Sony turned down Disney’s offer that future Spider-Man movies be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement. In turn, Sony offered to keep the same arrangement under the current terms with Marvel receiving about 5% of first-dollar gross, and Disney rejecting the offer.

Earlier this year Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all time, followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home surpassing Skyfall to become the highest-grossing film ever for Sony, both produced by Feige. Sources told the outlet that Sony feels “they will be fine” without Feige at the producing helm. Watts and Holland are part of the creative template for the upcoming Spider-Man films, along with producer Amy Pascal.

Sony’s upcoming slate includes the Venom sequel, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Andy Serkis, as well as Jared Leto’s Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, and a spinoff featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat.

Update:

This morning Sony released the following statement to clarify their position on the matter:

“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. 

We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. 

Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”

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SONY WALKMAN Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Over its 40 years of history, WALKMAN has challenged to bring new ways to listen to music anywhere anytime. With each challenge, came an evolution in design. Watch the video and let me know which WALKMAN you had.

My first Sony Walkman was the Sports WM-AF59 purchased in 1983.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones allow you to put the outside world on hold. No noise, no wires, no distractions. Just exceptional sound, industry-leading noise cancellation, and hour upon hour of pure listening freedom.

The headphones are powered by a QN1e processor. Dual microphones — one feed-forward and one feed-back — help get rid of unwanted noises, while the 0.24″ driver creates surprisingly full sound.

They offer six hours of battery life per charge, with a total of 24 available with the charging case, and come in silver or black.

Order HERE for $229.99.

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Xperia Touch

Sony’s Xperia Touch is an interactive projector that turns any surface into a 23” HD touchscreen. Whether you want to play games on the living room floor, project a recipe onto the kitchen counter, or even Skype far-flung family members, Xperia Touch has you covered and the sophisticated understated design makes for a smart addition to any home.

Initially available in UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland the device will roll out to more regions worldwide over the coming months.

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Sony The Bottled Walkman

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To release their new underwater, swimmer-friendly MP3 players, Sony and their advertising agency, DraftFCB created the Bottled Walkman. To showcase the waterproof function of this MP3 player, Sony sold these Walkman sets immersed in a bottle of water.

This Walkman allows swimmers to listen to music while they are swimming laps in the pool. With a specific target audience of swimmers, it was even more crucial for the brand to ensure that their intended audience got to experience the product.

Keeping that in mind, Sony embarked on a smart product placement idea: to sell these MP3 players in vending machines at gyms and pool complexes where swimmers gathered. The work definitely paid off, with news channels picking up the story of this unique marketing idea.

 

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Sony Preps For Ghostbusters’ 30th Anniversary With Upcoming Products & Events Including A Traveling Art Show From Gallery 1988

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Sony Pictures is getting ready for the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters next year by lining up a raft of licensees for apparel, toys, collectibles and publishing. The all-new program will target the classic film’s core fan base with products and events.

Licensees signed on to support the anniversary include Mattel, IDW Publishing, World Tech Toys, Quantum Mechanics, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Select and Medicom Toys, Mad Engine, Titan Figures, Uniqlo, Kaientai, BCI, Funko and Underground Toys. Additionally, gaming partners such as Beeline, Ubisoft, GSN, Path, XMG and IGT will create interactive, gaming and slot machines items, and MDI is planning a series of state lottery programs.

Sony has also partnered with the pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 to create a traveling art show that will feature top artists’ interpretations of Ghostbusters over the last 30 years. Limited edition screen prints and posters will be available during each stop of the tour, which will conclude in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., in July.

“This franchise is very important to the studio, and we wanted to give fans new and exciting ways to participate,” says Greg Economos, senior vice president, global consumer products, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Ghostbusters continues to gain fans and recognition year after year, and we are thrilled to extend the brand through products and events to celebrate this milestone event.”

Here are some past Ghostbusters’ prints from prior Gallery 1988 shows to whet your appetite.

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