Yesterday, I reported that Bob Chapek could be Disney’s next CEO. DSNY Newscast just released a video detailing the news, but what’s interesting is his take on the different leadership styles from Eisner and Iger, focusing on what Bob Chapek could bring to the company. I’m not convinced that Chapek is still the right choice, but the DSNY Newscast has some interesting points.
You can watch the video here:
Source: DSNY Newscast
In the last cover story of Vanity Fair, there is some insight at where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading. What is more interesting is the corporate story about the leadership behind the studio. They are willing to have a more diverse cast within the universe (including directors and producers) and we might see more of this after Avengers: Infinity War.
Source: Vanity Fair
According to Kyoto News, the Oriental Land Company is in talks with Disney to license several character to plan a major expansion of 300bil. Yen or $2.7 billion. Some of the possible project are a multistory parking lot and new expansion projects for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
Kyoto News expands on the reasoning behind the investment:
The investment, the company’s largest since pouring 340 billion yen into the 2001 opening of DisneySea, is aimed at attracting older people and visitors from abroad to boost ticket sales that have stagnated amid Japan’s falling birthrate and competition from rivals such as Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan and other Disney parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The acclaimed Cirque Du Soleil show from Disney Springs is taking its final bow on December 31st, 2017. Nor Cirque or Disney has announced a possible replacement for the resident show, but we can guess there is a replacement due to the permanent structure in Disney Springs.
I fondly remember my visit to this show. The lighting, sound effects, and technical artistry is a whole show in itself. It was my first Cirque show and it still is a favorite. Even though the show might have aged in the last few years, Cirque tried to reinvent the show with new acts. The results were not enough to keep the show going. Many cast members have been part of the show since its first day, showing the commitment from many of these artists.
You can still grab tickets from the theatre or the Cirque Du Soleil website.
Source:Cirque Du Soleil
A new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has just been released from Marvel Studios. The trailer shows a darker tone compared to other films, as the Cinematic Universe gets more complex. Among the known Avengers characters we see characters like Doctor Strange and Spider Man (with a redesigned costume) saving the world against Thanos. This storyline is already being set up in Season 5 of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., were the team gets transported to outer space in a mission to save the world.
You can watch the trailer here:
This article from Alex Reif of Laughing Place has some interesting points concerning the criticism of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
In my opinion, what makes this case worse is the fact that we missed the tradition of a Pixar short at the beginning of every Pixar film.
Disney shouldn’t have shoehorned a Frozen short just for marketing purposes. Was Disney afraid Coco wouldn’t be a success because the target audience was too narrow? I doubt it. The Hispanic and Latino community in the US is strong(17%) and the Day of the Dead is known well around the world.
This looks more of a case of Disney being afraid people forget Frozen before the sequel. And because of that, audiences have a two hour show. Actually, we can say Disney got back to the package film business with this nonsensical marketing decision.
Source:The Laughing Place
Out of all the characters from the Marvel universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were able to win me over. All seasons are consistent and the character building is unlike most of Marvel. Season 4 was a tough one for Agent Coulson, Fitz, Jemma, May, Daisy, Mack and Yo-Yo.
In Season 5, the team is in outer space and has to find a way to save the world.
Here’s a 17 minute preview of the 2 hour premiere episode:
Source: The Disney Blog