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Disney+ Vaguely Plans Attempt To Curb Password Sharing
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A popular thing to do amongst family and friends is share passwords for their streaming accounts like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now. It’s a growing trend that does hurt these services. But for those who cannot afford multiple subscriptions, it does help cut down costs. One way these services try to prevent that is to offer multiple users on one account but at a higher price. Still, most do not go for this option.

But it looks like Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, may be working on ways to stop the practice of password sharing. More on the report below.

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Ewan McGregor To Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi For Disney+ Series
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Obi-Wan Kenobi

For a long time, Star Wars fans have hoped that Ewan McGregor would reprise the role of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in a spinoff film. While the spinoff rumors were met with mixed results, there was an increased amount of optimism when it was announced that Disney would be launching Disney+, the studio’s exclusive streaming service. With The Mandalorian and the untitled Cassian Andor series already confirmed, there seemed to be more than enough room for other Star Wars titles to exist on the streaming platform.

Now it has been confirmed that there will be an Obi-Wan series, and that it will see McGregor return to the role that he played in the prequels. More on the reports below.

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Disney Exec Worried That Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Could Alienate Disney Fans
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Jojo Rabbit

Last week’s reports that Disney would stop 20th Century Fox’s film development and focus more on key franchises like Avatar didn’t come as a huge surprise. The studio was bound to cut back on some of the smaller lesser-known properties. And the news comes in the wake of Fox Studios films operating at a loss of $170 million for the quarter.

And now we are getting a new idea of how Disney might determine which films will be a part of the release slate, and which ones might fall by the wayside. We’re also learning that Disney is worried about edgier upcoming titles like Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit. More on all of this below.

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Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Sequel May Be On The Way According To Producer
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Will Smith As Genie In Aladdin

Disney’s Aladdin surprised many (including myself) with its strong box office performance. Earning over a billion dollars worldwide, it should come as no surprise that we are hearing talks about a sequel.

But that’s what it strictly is, just talks. In a new interview, producer Dan Lin says a sequel to the Guy Ritchie film is in the early stages of development. More on the report below.

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The Drill Down 588: Web of Hate
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Drill Down Podcast 588: Web of Hate

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, Media journalist Tom Cheredar joins us to discuss: Apple launches its credit card, Disney bundles its subscriptions, a harbor of hate on the web loses its platform, we make time slow to a crawl, and much, much more.

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Disney To Stop 20th Century Fox Film Development and Focus More On Key Franchise Acquisitions
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20th Century Fox

When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox earlier this year, it really changed the entertainment climate. The Mouse House has become a giant media conglomerate. They own various studios, TV networks, and will soon be launching a streaming service. However, there appears to be somewhat of a downside to all of this, at least when you look at it from a stockholder’s point of view.

Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy revealed Fox films were at an operating loss of $170 million for the quarter. With these films performing lower than expected, it is forcing Disney to stop production for various 20th Century Fox titles and redirect their focus to key franchises like the newly acquired Marvel properties and Avatar. More on the report below.

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James Cameron Congratulates Marvel After ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops ‘Avatar’; Russo Brothers Respond With Praise and Thanks
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Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame surpassed James Cameron‘s Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time. It is a huge milestone for some, and for others, it is an arbitrary milestone that is practically meaningless, because we all know which is the better of the two films.

Despite that, Cameron took some time to congratulate Endgame directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who gave their thanks to him for inspiring them to become the filmmakers that they are now. Check out the exchanges, below.

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‘The Lion King’ Cast Share Their Experiences Making The Photorealistic Reimagining
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THE LION KING

Disney’s The Lion King (2019) may be a near reflection of the animated original, but director Jon Favreau’s use of groundbreaking and innovative Photo Real technology allows audiences to experience a familiar story in a whole new way. But not only did Favreau use these sets of tools for the reimagining, but he also brought in a cast that would help carry the film. Comprised of mostly black actors, this new take on The Lion King is a celebration of African culture and an opportunity for young black children to feel that they matter.

Geeks Of Doom joined their fellow journalists at the global press conference of The Lion King where Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, John Kani, JD McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph shared their own experience making the film, being able to improv and riff, the legacy of the animated original, identity, and so much more. Check out what they had to say here below.

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SDCC 2019: ‘WandaVision’ Will Be “Exciting and Different and Strange”
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WandaVision

When WandaVision was first announced as a show that would appear only on Disney+, Disney’s exclusive streaming service, many wondered when and where the story following Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) would take place.

Well, we really can’t expect to get any answers from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who was at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming series. However, he did drop a few hints about the tone of the show and how it will fit into the MCU. More on all of this below.

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‘The Lion King’ Interview: Director Jon Favreau Talks Reimagining A Beloved Animated Classic With New Technologies
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The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King (2019) isn’t quite the live-action adaptation of the animated classics we’ve come to know. Instead, it is a reimagined version that takes the lessons learned from The Jungle Book and uses new tools and technologies to tell a beloved story in an all-new way. Director Jon Favreau takes the helm of what is essentially an old story told from a different technological lens. Using photorealistic technologies, animals in the film come to life. So much so this new Lion King looks like a DisneyNature title.

We sat down with our fellow journalists at the global press conference for The Lion King, where Favreau talked about his three-year journey making the film, how he wanted to pay homage to the animated original, and more. Check out what he had to say below.

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