Entertainment News: Massive Disney announcements on Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar etc.; more

Entertainment News: Massive Disney announcements on Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar etc.; more

The biggest news of the week is that Disney held an investors conference in which they announced a ton of new movie and TV content. They plan to launch 20 Marvel and Star Wars TV series over the next few years. . They will spend between $14-$18 billion dollars a year on streaming content by 2024. And guess what? The price is going up on Disney+ by $1 per month starting March 2021. See multiple links detailing all this news at the end of the blog.

Pandemic News

  • Ellen DeGeneres has tested positive for Covid. Production on her show has shut down. She said she is feeling fine .
  • Carrie Ann Inaba judge on “Dancing With The Stars” has tested positive for Covid. Has some symptoms.

Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

  • Harrison Ford will return for a fifth Indiana Jones movie scheduled for July 2022.
  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has been renewed by FXX for 4 more seasons. It will be the longest running live-action comedy series in history at 18 seasons.
  • Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for season 5 just ahead of its season 4 premier.
  • YouTube is streaming the first 19 James Bond films for free
  • CW has renewed “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “World’s Funniest Animals” for another season each.
  • Howard Stern has extended his contract with SeriusXM Radio contract for 5 more years and they will own the rights to his archives for 7 more years.
  • Netflix has canceled its basketball seemed adult animated series “Hoops” after one season.

Politics and Showbiz

  • YouTube will be removing any videos posted after December 9 that falsely claim widespread voter fraud.
  • Netflix has no plans to add a disclaimer on it series “The Crown” reminding viewers is a work of fiction. The British government and even some of the actors in the series have been calling for such a disclaimer.

Miscellaneous News

  • Bob Dylan has sold the publishing rights of nearly 600 songs to Universal Music Publishing Group at an estimated price of $300 million.

In Memoriam

  • Chuck Yeager first pilot to fly faster than sound. Subjects of portions of the movie “The Right Stuff” age 97.
  • David Lander who played “Squiggy” on Laverne & Shirley age 73. Complications of MS.
  • Country music legend Charlie Pride. Age 86 Covid complications were both Marguerite Ray who played in “Sanford and Son” and “The Young and the Restless” age 89
  • Tommy “Tiny” Lister known for playing the menacing thug “Deebo” in the “Friday” films With Ice Cube. Age 62. Covid complications

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