Bloomberg reports that Comcast has dropped out of the bidding war for 21st Century Fox to focus on the acquisition of European pay tv channel Sky instead. This means that Disney can go ahead and the acquisition of 21st Century Fox has no real hurdles to overcome anymore. The deal already has US antitrust approval, Disney merely needs to sell off some of the local Fox sports networks, which Disney has already agreed to do. It’s most likely only a matter of time now until most of the Marvel characters and all the distribution rights for Star Wars are under one roof, pending shareholder approval. The separate Disney and Fox shareholder meetings are supposed to be held on July 27th.
The Star Wars And The Power Of Costume tour is currently residing in Detroit, and JTA reader Aldo S. visited the attraction. He sent us some images to share with you. I have visited this exhibit in NYC, and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I highly suggest checking it out if it comes close to your area too. Check out the gallery on Facebook.
Yes, it’s true. The beard is no more. Mark Hamill posted a photo of a new gift he received from Sideshow Collectibles (a Joker cane) on Twitter and in the photo you can see a clean shaven Mark (makes him look 20 years younger). Now, what could that mean? Flashback scene in IX with a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill (think Michael Douglas in Ant-Man)? Maybe all of IX will be a flashback? Maybe Force ghosts have no beards (shut up, Obi-Wan!) or maybe Mark just learned his services are no longer needed, now that Lando will steal the show? Let the speculations begin! 😉
Until now most media outlets put a more or less positive spin on the recent developments in the Star Wars Universe and at Lucasfilm. It was mostly the alternative media, and here especially several YouTube channels, that heavily criticized Lucasfilm for Solo’s failure at the box office and for making a – according to them – divisive movie with The Last Jedi. But now Yahoo Finance posted an article that asks the ultimate question: whether or not the Star Wars Universe is imploding. Click through for more details!
I’ve been thinking lately if people really have no interest in Disney Star Wars or Sequel Trilogy Star Wars action figures. But I think that, no matter what you think of the movies, there are most certainly some action figures that many or even most collectors would like to have. So I came up with a list of top 10 Disney Star Wars figures I would like to see in the Black Series. Click through for the list!
It’s the last day for most Toys R Us stores. The ones by me closed two days ago. But JTA reader, friend, and former TRU corporate employee Russ T. couldn’t resist purchasing the electronic Radio Flyer Landspeeder when it hit discount during liquidation. Check out the video of Russ on our YouTube channel!
Now this is really nice! Extreme Sets who are known for their sturdy pop up dioramas made of cardboard just revealed their Death Star hangar set on Instagram! The set is 1/12 scale, which means it’s for 6 inch figures. This looks like a very affordable alternative (the other extreme sets are something between $45 and $55) to Space Walls. The set includes the hangar bay doors, the bay where C-3PO and R2-D2 try to open the trash compactor doors and a hallway. Are you interested in this set? I think we’ll see this a lot in upcoming YouTube reviews and on Instagram. Thanks to Matthew C. for the tip!
Things are looking better and better for the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney. Today the Department of Justice has approved the deal under the condition that Disney sells off 22 of the regional FOX sports networks, which Disney promptly agreed to do (Disney also owns ESPN). Rival Comcast will have an even harder time now, since the 21st Century Fox board believes that a deal with Comcast might be blocked, which is why they are fully committed to the Disney offer.
Ever since last December something is amiss in the Star Wars Galaxy. And I don’t talk about the movie(s) here, I talk about how Lucasfilm or people who work for them communicate with their fans. Or, as many have noted, with their customers actually. Or are we? There seems to be some dispute about what exactly the relationship is between Lucasfilm and the people who buy tickets for one of their movies. On the weekend a writer for the official Star Wars website offered her point of view on Twitter. And according to her Star Wars fans are not customers of Lucasfilm after all? Click through to read more!
Twenty-First Century Fox, has accepted a new offer from Disney, which included a higher per share offer of $38 per 21CF share versus the prior offer of $28 per share that Disney offered in December 2017. Are we one step closer to seeing the unaltered Original Trilogy on Blu-ray? (more….)
Star Wars has been a global phenomenon since 1977. Millions of fans enjoy the movies and play with the toys. But how does Star Wars actually make money? Movies? Toys? And it’s also time to take a closer look at the fandom, as there are several distinct groups of fans, and each group has different needs and wishes. How does all that align with what Lucasfilm, Hasbro and EA have on offer? The ultimate puprose of this article is to start a discussion about just that: what do we all want? Click through for details!
Some new details have been revealed about the sequel trilogy that George Lucas would have made, had he not sold the company to Disney. The picture below gives you a hint. Click through for more!
The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox stockholders will both vote on the merger of the two companies on July 10th, as reported by Forbes. Some major shifts in the US entertainment industry are happening at the moment. And whoever doesn’t find someone to buy or merge with may well be left behind in the long run. The AT&T and Time Warner merger was just approved the other day. That leaves Comcast, they don’t have much time left to snatch Fox away from Disney. The boards of both Disney and Fox have already agreed on the merger. That leaves the stockholders. Their votes will decide. Would you like the Disney & Fox merger to go through? Disney would finally have the distribution rights for all of the Star Wars movies.
Ever since the new wave of Star Wars movies were released fans have been debating about the new characters, the heroes and the villains – but it is especially Rey who is scrutinized and sometimes unfairly criticized as being a Mary Sue. However, there’s still this feeling by quite a few fans that Rey lacks something. Or does she? And if she does, what is it? Click through for a closer look at Star Wars heroes!
The ADORABLE Mos Eisley Cantina plush set is IN STOCK at Walmart online. I picked this set up at my local Walmart recently and it is literally one of the greatest things I have purchased so far this year. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig for the alert!
Actress Kelly Marie Tran, who portrayed Rose in The Last Jedi, has left social media. She completely deleted her Instagram account, which had almost 200 thousand followers, and only left a short bio: “Afraid, but doing it anyway”. Click through for more!
Now that Solo is a a certified flop at the box office one question arises: what’s next? Will Lucasfilm go on as planned or will Lucasfilm change their course and have all the current projects be re-evaluated? Maybe now is a good time to ask what the fans want. Click through for more!
Museu do Caramulo is hosting a temporary exhibition entitled “The Power of the Force: Toys and Posters from Star Wars (1977-85)”, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. It has been extended until September 30th. The exhibition is based on one of the best vintage star Wars collections on the planet. Check out their YouTube video HERE.
For a long time it was established EU canon that Chewbacca was freed by Han Solo and owed a life debt to him. While the Solo movie included many of the bullet points that define Han Solo’s past, no mention at all was made of the life debt. So, what does that mean? Click through for a discussion!
YouTube Channel Screen Rant is clearly following the Hasbro playbook for perfectly timed releases and released their Rogue One pitch meeting video today!
And it’s really funny. I think we all need some fun now, so check it out! And don’t forget, it’s a parody, it’s meant to be lighthearted. Which doesn’t mean the video doesn’t have a kernel of truth in it. But see for yourself!
Even though Solo is currently in cinemas and dominates the news, there is some Episode IX tidbit today. Colin Trevorrow, who was originally slated to direct Episode IX, has recently given an interview to Empire Magazine. And while he did not go into details, he had at least something to say about his work for Lucasfilm and his version of Episode IX. And then Colin Trevorrow tweeted something that might let us all know what he thinks of current Star Wars. Mark Hamill chimed in too! Click through for more details.
Popular YouTube Channel “CinemaSins” has finally released their take on The Last Jedi.
Their overall total Movie Sins counter for the movie is 121. Now remember, this is all in good fun! So, just in time before Solo takes over completely, one last reminder of the Star Wars movie from only six months ago. Have fun with the 20+ minute video!
I received a surprise personalized box in the mail over the weekend from Pop-Chips, a new popped potato snack which is available and will be featured at theaters for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. They’re pretty good! They’re like a Cheetos with a more mild flavor and thicker crunch. Click the images below to see what I received! Learn more at popchips.com! We thank Pop-Chips for sending us this delicious sample and two Black Ticket coupons for AMC theaters!
Is this a first?! Thandie Newton wore an exclusive Vivienne Westwood Couture which feature’s some of her Star Wars collection. Look at all of those Hasbro figures on her exquisite dress! Too bad they’re not the super-articulated ones! I jest! Check it out at Redcarpet-FashionAwards.com.
The Hasbro Black Series is fast approaching its fifth anniversary. The line was launched in 2013 and the latest wave of figures for the Solo movie is in stores at the moment. I thought this was a good time now to look at the Black Series as a whole. This comprehensive overview will give you all the details you ever wanted to know. How many figures? How many heroes and villains? Click through for a detailed look at the Black Series!
Check out this video by WIRED on YouTube. It’s about two Star Wars fans who build their full-size Millennium Falcon Cockpit in a garage. With lights and sounds. Isn’t this something we would all like to have?
National Today, the website that commemorates quirky and fun holidays, polled US moviegoers about all things Star Wars for May 4th. It will put that Starwars.com poll into perspective! Click through for some of the representative results!
Star Wars is a global phenomenon. And it has always been quite popular across Western Europe, Japan and Australia. Therefore, it might be interesting for people in the USA to learn what people in other countries such as Germany actually think about Star Wars and who the fans are. The SINUS Institute and YouGov conducted a representative Star Wars survey in Germany and published their results on May 4th. Click through to find out how German Star Wars fans tick and who they are!
What was your very first Star Wars Action figure? And when did you get it? Was it a gift? Did you buy the figure with your own pocket money? Do you still own the figure? Tell us in the comments and share some fond memories! Click through for my tale about my first Star Wars action figure!
Ever since The Last Jedi was released Rotten Tomatoes Audience Scores, Cinemascores and whatever professional critics had to say was hotly debated. There has been a distinct feeling among quite a few moviegoers that whatever the Tomatometer or Metascore says is far removed from what the fans think about a movie. Cinemascore is something that is usually cited as a highly scientific and accurate gauge. But for what? Audience satisfaction? In this article I will try to examine if the aggregate scores by professional movie reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes and Metascore are actually far removed from what the fans feel. Click through to learn some surprising things!
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