Tonight, neither of the big two is spared, as DC Universe has given us every possible sign that it has no intention of improving, that it is little more than a scam, and that their mistaken belief that shooting in North Carolina would net them $30 Million. Sadly, they ONLY got 16.3 million, which is actually 4.3 million more than North Carolina ever gives anyone, ever. But that’s why Swamp Thing was abruptly cut short a few weeks ago, why production was halted, and why today, 6 days after the well-received series premiere, Swamp Thing was cancelled.Read More
Bob Iger's presentation to Disney shareholders today was livestreamed, and a lot more exciting than your average shareholders meeting. Iger took the stage at Disney's Buena Vista HQ to announce the details of their long-awaited upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus. From the date, to the astonishingly low price, to programming and even a look at the interface. I took a lot of notes, and have followed the coverage, and I've got the details on this huge new multimedia platform on tonight's episode of The Matt Sager Podcast!Read More
Disney continues to grow, changing the media landscape dramatically with today’s acquisition of Fox. For comics and movie fans, this is great news because the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be in far better hands, and a fully cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe is in our future.
For the world, mergers like this do tend to have some nasty blowback. Expect layoffs and other, unpredictable, side effects from this colossal merger, which enlarges Disney but shrinks the already dwindling set of corporate conglomerates that control all media in the U.S. and worldwide. I’m not trying to kill the mood, but I think we should be prepared - based on surviving a few mergers myself, I can speculate. As I said, I am fairly certain that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are going to be great. They could hardly be worse at this point, but Kevin Feige probably has great things in store, with the blowups and changes following Avengers: Endgame leading to a much larger stable of characters, for use in movies and of course to stream, possibly as ongoing series, on Disney Plus.Read More
Despite James Murdoch allegedly confiding that Bones was, during its long run, Fox's biggest earner, Fox has been found guilty of fraud, lying and cheating the cast and creators of the show, and are going to have to pay $179 million for their, and I'm quoting the arbitrator here, "reprehensible" behavior. I know, who would have believed Fox would ever be capable of such a thing? I mean those lovely skeletons on Fox and Friends seem like lovely people to me, as does Laura Schlessinger - but apparently there are some bad hombres over there, who somehow missed the memo that you don't ever want to tangle with David Boreanaz in a legal environment - did these executives somehow miss Angel season 5?
In any case, and in all seriousness, I applaud the cast and creators of Bones for fighting the good fight, and congratulate them for their huge victory. For the complete story, here's an excellent summary from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-rocked-by-179-million-bones-ruling-lying-cheating-reprehensible-studio-fraud-1190346Read More
Captain Marvel is set to premiere, and with it, the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins. So why are so many fans convince that Brie Larson hates white men, and review-bombing the movie on Rotten Tomatoes? For that matter, why are people who are actually excited for the amazing-looking movie allowed to leave reviews when none of these people have seen the movie? Kind of kills your credibility, RT - maybe wait until it’s possible that some of these people have actually seen the film, and developed an opinion rather than a bizarre conspiracy theory? I’m just saying.
Meanwhile, there’s been some speculation - which, after a few hours, is of course being reported all across the internet as fact - which I actually do find interesting. It involves Captain Marvel and a nasty encounter with Rogue of the X-Men, which happened in the comics and which will be possible soon as Disney completes its takeover of Fox. I actually think there might be something to this, and if not there should be - it's a neat idea.Read More
I can't believe that I'm talking about Jussie Smollett, but this is important. His false hate crime is an act of such stupidity, such selfishness and so dangerous, it may very well make it more difficult for real victims, in ways which we can only imagine. Just as Smollett was an actor I'd never heard of up until now, the devastating impact of his crime has propelled him to the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons, the fallout won't reveal itself until the next awful, and real, hate crime plays out in court. It would be nice to think that the victim won't face distrust and prejudice because of this one dumb guy, but we'll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, I'm still reeling from learning that Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, AKA Todd Krakow from Billions and Jonathan Levinson from Buffy! So, I hate to join the national conversation about this idiot, but it's too important to ignore. This will, I hope, be my last word on the Smollett story, but like so many of our national nightmares, it may linger.Read More
Collectibles retailer Entertainment Earth got their hands on a letter sent out to Fox shareholders, with some rather revealing letterhead. It appears as though the timeline of Disney's acquisition of Fox is moving ahead much faster than has been reported - or conceivably it's been finalized, and for some reason they simply haven't announced it yet.Read More