Disney purges "FOX" name – the FOX has left the 20th Century Mouse House

As seen at the beginning of Star Wars, the most profitable movie of all time, the title card will no longer hold relevance soon. Disney is removing “FOX” from 20th Century Fox.

Disney is dropping the Fox name from its 20th Century Fox brand, renaming the longtime studio as just 20th Century Studios. Its art house production company, Fox Searchlight, will now be known as Searchlight Pictures.

Disney drops ‘Fox’ name and will rebrand its movie studio as ’20th Century’ | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

After Disney bought Fox, the name’s fate was just one of many question marks. How much of the 20th Century Fox movies will end up in Disney+ and what will go into the infamous Big D vault?

This name change seems to be a departure from what Disney CEO Bob Iger said back in August 2019:

“The company itself will be The Walt Disney Co., but there will still be companies, especially on the movie side, with the Fox name,” Iger said during the meeting, which Disney live-streamed. “We will continue to make movies under the Fox brand and Fox Searchlight brand. And FX, which isn’t Fox, but sounds like it will keep its name.”

Disney Boss Bob Iger Says 20th Century Fox Will Continue to Make Films Under Its Own Brands

No entities live forever: people, business and brands. Still, sad to see the FOX leaving the hen, er, mouse house. R.I.P FOX.

Regal Moviegoers, Claim Your Digital Copies

The emails came out this week for the Regal promotions from Lionsgate and STX films. Did you see all the movies above and use your Regal Crown Club card?

If you watch certain movies in the theater and use your Regal Crown Club card (free), then you’ll be emailed a verification code so that you can get a free digital copy.

Enter in the code at sites like VUDU and …

Voila! The movie appears in your digital library.

This is one of the easiest ways to build your digital library without doing anything extra. If you have the Regal Unlimited Pass yes, this works too. Both my wife and I received digital redemption codes for all the movies shown above. We saw them in the theater, received the codes this week, redeemed and now have the movies.

This means you can pay like $22/month and see all the new movies in theaters you want, as many times as you want and if you watch out for deals like the ones shown in this post, you’ll also be emailed at a later date codes to redeem free digital copies of the movie.

Very cool deal!

Now Featuring FIRST LOOK Fridays

Every Friday here at this blog, at least two new FIRST LOOK at coming soon movies starting … today 1/17/2020

TGIF!

In my ongoing quest to better organize and deliver more of what readers and myself are finding interesting, announcing something new on Fridays called: FIRST LOOK Fridays.

Every Friday starting today, 1/17/2020, there will be at least two new FIRST LOOK posts featuring movies coming to theaters in the future. Some movies might be only a week or two away, some as much as six months or longer into the future.

If you’re new to reading this blog, you can read our past first look posts by following the FIRST LOOK tag, so the type of post isn’t new, it’s simply a designated day where readers can reliably turn in each week and find some of these posts.

If you look at the image at the top of this post there is a hint at (likely) FIRST LOOK coming to theater movies that will be showing up in posts throughout today and Fridays beyond. My usual workflow has me loading these into the drafts and watching and rewatching the trailers, riffing thoughts off that as well as any news articles and blog posts.

The FIRST LOOK: Doolittle (2020) is the most read of these type posts to date here, so I’m guessing this movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. was of great interest and curiosity to moviegoers, even though the early reviews are not good. I’ll be seeing Doolittle at some point today.

Will still be posting FIRST LOOK posts on other days of the week as has been the case since this blog started and there will be non-FIRST LOOK posts some Fridays too to go along with the 2+ posts mentioned above.

There are links to FIRST LOOK posts in the coming soon section as well. These coming soon posts are also popular here, so I’m working on those behind the scenes too. You can follow the coming soon link at the top of the page.

Thank you for reading and happy movie watching to you!

Is @Lionsgate Run (2020) screening WIDE January 24, 2020 – if not, when?

No, Run (2020) is not coming January 24, 2020

(UPDATE 1/18/2020 @18:15 PST (GMT-8): The release date for RUN has been moved further away again to May 8, 2020. Still, no trailer exists as of this update.)

We need Sherlock Holmes to figure out what’s going on with this Run movie.

Information on Lionsgate’s Run starring Sarah Paulson is scant at best. See if you can Google it and find out more .The last update at the beginning of January said it would open wide in theaters on January 24, 2020. Less than two weeks away there has been no trailer released — at least that I can locate anywhere. IMDB, still shows this movie as opening WIDE 9 days from now.

Lionsgate’s Run (2020) is one gigantic mystery on when or if it will actually open in theaters

Rotten Tomatoes as of 1/15/2020 looks like this:

When is Lionsgate’s RUN starring Sarah Paulson coming in 2020? Not January 24, it seems

Movieinsider noted that production closed on it in December 2019.

The last time it was mentioned in the press that I could find was almost a year ago. Is this movie stuck in the Twilight Zone or what?

Maybe somebody from Lionsgate knows what’s happening with this movie. Very strange, but maybe a very unique marketing strategy for this film?

Don't Punch $5 Million Dollar Baby Yoda Too Hard

These stormtroopers were warned to take it easy on the $5 million dollar hero

The Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian starts off with two stormtroopers yucking it up and punching Baby Yoda. Sacrilege, yes, but it’s all tamer than it sounds.

Turns out, punching Baby Yoda needed to be a very soft punch, due to how expensive the cute little puppet cost:

“I remember the first take that I did when I punched it…,” Pally told reporters at TCA. “They called ‘cut’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, came down and said, “‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero [expensive puppet] and it costs, like, $5 million. I want you to hit it, but I want you to know that.’”

“Mandalorian” Guest Stars Warned Not to Punch Baby Yoda Too Hard | TVLine

Now we know exactly where 5% of the reported $100 million budget for The Mandalorian went: The Child. Must be all the mechanical stuff inside the puppet?

That’s one expensive little green guy. You’d think for that $5 million they would have gotten at least a half dozen prop Childs? You know, the kind that evil stormtroopers could punch and kick and stomp?

Just thinking.

Regal Cinemas Switching From Coca Cola to Pepsi Products in Spring 2020 Causes Some Soda Fan Unrest

Do you prefer Pepsi or Coca-cola?

From red to blue in the neverending battle over the dominant sugar water.

Regal Cinemas will be the first of the big three cinema chains to split from Coca Cola and go with Pepsi products starting in Spring 2020.

it ended the exchange with a movie poster-style announcement that Pepsi products would be coming to Regal Cinemas this spring.

One of America’s Biggest Movie Theater Chains Is Switching to Pepsi and People Aren’t Happy | Food & Wine

Personally, I prefer Pepsi over Coke, but am OK with either choice, so this is a non-event for me. However, I know fans are passionate one way or the other. This could have negative implications for some Regal customers who switch to AMC or Cinemark (if they also have those theaters in their area, of course).

I also like the idea that one brand doesn’t dominate all three major theater chains. In the spirit of business competition — which ultimately is best for customers — having a split between the soda brands in the major theaters is good.

For me the taste of Coke has a little more bite to it than Pepsi, hence the reason I like it better. Also, I prefer 7-up to Sprite for the same reason. Coca-cola products tend to have an edgier taste to them. Again, I can drink either products, but prefer Pepsi.

Which do you prefer, Pepsi or Coca-cola? Why?

Even if Avatar 2 sucks, the Mercedes Vision Avtr looks amazing

Regardless how good, bad or average Avatar 2 will be in 2021, this car is very cool looking

Move over, Marty, this car blows the Delorean out of Avatar’s seaworld water.

Much like the hugely profitable sci-fi movie it’s inspired by, the Vision Avtr uses expensive bleeding-edge technology to convey a message of reconnecting with nature. The car features round organic shapes, pulsating neon lights, and “bionic flap” scales on the back. The aesthetic is on the razor’s edge of hypnotic and gross, again like Avatar. You don’t even use a steering wheel. The controls are projected onto your body. Very spiritual. Very Avatar.

Sony, James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Have CES 2020 Cars for Some Reason – Geek.com

Saw this come out of CES 2020 yesterday and see the Twitter feed on fire about Avatar. Will get to that in a minute but first the techie that still lives inside me must comment on the car. The car!

For me it’s like Fantasy Island’s Tattoo’s excitement with da plane, da plane! Who wouldn’t want to drive around in that super cool car? Sure, it’s pure concept at this point, and I’ll probably never be able to own in this life, but hey, in my dreams. It is super gaudy which isn’t really my style either, but … oh my. I’m more of a get in whatever runs to get from point A to point B guy versus spending more money on cars than houses cost.

This car looks like it might cost more than several houses.

No Steering Wheel Makes Perfect Sense

There is emphasis on having no steering wheel like that matters. Why? The steering wheel should be gone in futuristic cars. I think the logical next step in tech and driving is not requiring us to drive at all.

The technology gets us safely and securely to wherever we’re going. Those who want to drive, need to drive, sure, have some kind of mental Avatar-like hookup to the brain that allows people to take most control of the wheel. Assuming the driver isn’t impaired. I trust technology to be better drivers than human beings, sorry.

I digress. If this car was affordable (not!) and available right now, I’d be at the dealership.

Did Avatar Wait Too Long For The Sequel?

Some twitterers are saying they’ve lost interest because it’s been 10+ years since the last Avatar.

Wrong way to look at movies. Especially sequels.

I’m glad Cameron took his time making the Avatar sequels. Really, really glad. Can more filmmakers work years putting out the most exciting, entertaining movies, please? Let it age and breathe, not crank it out like it’s part of some assembly line. Too many movies are rushed. Heck, there are stories out saying Rise of Skywalker ⭐️⭐️½  was rushed too. If that’s true, and I believe it is, Disney should have baked it longer. Sounds like JJ Abrams wanted more time.

And yes, Cameron was busy diving to the bottom of the ocean setting depth records and not working on Avatar for some of the last 10+ years. Once he put his toes in the sequel water, he’s been going at it full time.

He sacrificed the director’s chair in Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½  — probably to that movie’s detriment — to work on Avatar 2. I don’t know if it’s going to be great or suck or be ho-hum, but it will definitely have some cool tech.

Ang Lee had cool tech in Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️ and we all know how that turned out.

My faith is stronger with Cameron when he’s in the director’s chair. And he has experience and director success history on his side. Think about it, how many bad films has he done as director? (I don’t blame his limited involvement first experience in Piranha 2, btw)

We’ll find out in 2021, assuming no more delays. I like the fact that he’s shooting a trilogy of films at once a la Back To The Future sequels. Those impatient for more Avatar after the sequel, will get their fix much sooner.

Me? I’m happy to wait longer for the movie. Just make the story sing and it’s all good.