Epic Purchase: Disney Buys Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4.24 Billion


WHAT??!?!?!?! Disney has just purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc. for a sum $4 billion dollars. This is just ridiculous. The closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, their stock was $50 each, which will be distrtibuted to Marvel for their company that accumulates to the $4 billion.

According to Walt Disney Company:

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.

From Superhero Hype:

UPDATE #1: In a conference call, the companies said that the deals for movies for characters at other studios (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.) will stay in place under the terms set by Marvel and the other studios.

UPDATE #2: John Lasseter met with Marvel last week about a possible team-up between Marvel and Pixar and got “pretty excited, pretty fast.” They say there’s definitely an opportunity there.

UPDATE #3: The deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers” stays in place as well, but Disney would like to self-distribute down the line. “When the time comes we’ll take a closer look at it.” It was actually stated that the deal still included five films, so that is one more film after “The Avengers.”


HOLY CRAP: PS3 Slim!!!!


It has come. The Day is here! Sony will release the Playstation 3 Slim this September!!!! It will have all the same features as the original but with 120 gigs and ONLY A MERE $300!!!!!! This is amazing and will be looking forward to finally owning a PS3; when I get a job……… This is a great day in videogame news! Microsoft will have a little competition now, especially with the X-Box 360 pro only being a 60 gig model, no blu-ray capability, and still $300. Looks like they should drop their price so I can own a X-Box 360 also………please. Although I really wouldn’t want to face the red ring of death.

Diora Baird Auditions for Thor


Well Ms. Baird tweeted today that she auditioned for Thor. Cool? Maybe? She isn’t terrrrible, but would she play a vital role? Who Knows. That would be a pretty chesty role for the new Marvel film. Here’s her tweet:

Had an audition for the movie Thor today. Character description was ‘pretty, but sturdy with muscle’. Damn type casting.


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For the longest time the Watchmen graphic novel was said to be “unfilmable”. Obviously, that’s a nonsensical notion. If we’ve learned anything from the Super Mario Bros. movie, it’s that any property can be adapted into a film, regardless of story (or lack thereof). The real question is whether or not it can be done well. And in the case of Watchmen, director Zack Synder found himself in a lose-lose situation. The problem with adapting any comic or novel for the big screen is that, more often than not, what worked in its original medium just doesn’t translate that well to film. Thus, the only solution is to make concessions by changing various aspects of the source material. In many instances, this process has yielded positive results (V for Vendetta, the latest Harry Potter films), regardless of what the frothing hostility of certain fanboys might suggest. Watchmen though, would only suffer from these types of changes. To significantly alter the source material would be to defeat the purpose of adapting it at all. Zack Snyder was clearly aware of this, and decided (with one notable exception) to remain as faithful to Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel as possible. While I strongly believe Snyder made the right choice, there’s no denying that the resulting film suffers from all the expected flaws that come with going down this route. The pacing is all over the place, certain twists and turns don’t carry the same weight as they do in the graphic novel, and uninitiated viewers may find themselves at a total loss as to what in the hell they’re watching. Simply put: As a movie meant to stand on its own, Watchmen is a failure. It succeeds, however, as a fascinating experiment and companion piece for those who have already read and loved the graphic novel. Likely not what the studio was hoping for, admittedly, but for people like me, it’s just about the best Watchmen film we could’ve asked for… even if, frankly, it probably shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

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It’s a Wrap: Iron Man 2

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According to Marvel.com, Iron Man 2 has wrapped up on principal photography on schedule. This 71 day shoot started on April 6th and according to the President of Marvel Studios,

“Shooting ‘Iron Man 2’ was a fantastic experience and we couldn’t be happier. Although there were many challenges in making this film, having Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow and almost the entire crew from the first film back on board, allowed us to hit the ground running as everyone was instantly familiar with each other from day one,” Feige told Marvel.com. “This dynamic allowed us to get done what we needed on a day to day basis and was a big factor in why we finished slightly ahead of schedule.”

So what’s next? Will we see some cool BAMFing viral marketing? I hope so…We’ll have to wait and see until May 7, 2010, woot woot………

Harry Potter’s Magical Beatdown

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I’ll give it props. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reigns supreme being the largest midnight opener with $22.2 million. This beats the original records from The Dark Knight’s $18 mil and the 2nd place Revenge of the Sith‘s $17 mil. It also stomped out the largest grossing midnight box office champion of the year, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with its $16 million. This movie could possibly destroy all domestic records with that kind of showing or perhaps just everyone showed up last night? Who knows. The domestic 5 day record is still The Dark Knight with $203.8 and in 2nd place Revenge of the Fallen with $201.3 million. Could Mr. Potter triumph over all? Go to the theaters and maybe it will happen………

Lost, Originally Lost and Found?


A television producer, Anthony Spinner, is suing ABC and Touchstone Television claiming he created the show Lost in 1977. Strange that that’s close to the year that they are back in time in the show now? Many of the ideas of his original show seem to appear in the current Lost show now, which he wants to take credit for.  TMZ have compiled a list of the similarities from Spinner’s version of his Lost. He was paid $30,000 to come up with the original pilot of the show and was turned down in 1977, 1991, and 1994. His show featured a airplane headed to Los Angeles which crashes into a tropical jungle-like island, and tells the story of the survivors through the use of flashback sequences to their regular lives, pre-crash. The castaways included:

  • Doctor (Jack?) who was the humanitarian voice of the group,
  • Trailblazer (Locke?) who challenges the group to accept that they are stuck on the island,
  • Strategic military man (Sayid?),
  • Stubborn and reluctant semi-her (Sawyer?) who challenges the leadership and has a dark father-son past,
  • Drug addicted survivor (Charlie?),
  • Physically fit young woman who can perform many of the same tasks as the men (Kate?),
  • An ethnic minority character (Sayid?) that has to deal with the racial slurs from another survivor (Sawyer?),
  • Lone survivor of a scientific expedition (Roussau?) is found with gunpowder, secure shelter, and a relationship with others who were on the island before them (The Others)
  • Female lead with criminal past (Kate?)

His original show also came up with a love triangle and a cold weather animal in a tropical climate (tiger instead of polar bear) Could these only be coincidences or is there some sort of plot against Spinner? Who knows. Some are pretty stereotypical archetypes, but some ideas fit the pieces well. Who will win the battle. Will justice prevail?

Portman Gets Thor’d

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The Natalie Portman has been confirmed by Marvel Studios to play Jane Foster as Thor’s love interest in the new movie, which comes out in May 2011. Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play our hero Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) will direct the film.

They’re getting some big names to this Marvel Universe, Norton, Bridges, Downey Jr., Tyler, and now Ms. Portman. Who will be next?

TRON 2, the Plot Thickens

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Thanks to Disney, they have revealed a somewhat of a plot synopsis of what TRON will be about when it is remade into whatever it will be. Maybe TRON guy will get a special guest cameo. We could only hope…..

“TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.”

Faster Than a Speeding Lawsuit?


So it appears that we will be getting another Superman movie sooner than we thought. Warner Bros. and DC Comics went against the heirs of the creators of the man of steel, Jerome Siegel. There was some legal issue with money of Smallville and some “sweetheart” rights and other legal mumbo jumbo, but it would go in favor of WB and DC against their plantiffs.

“The Court pointedly ruled that if Warner Bros. does not start production on another Superman film by 2011, the Siegels will be able to sue to recover their damages,” attorney Toberoff added. “The Siegels look forward to the remainder of the case, which will determine how much defendants owe them for their exploitations of Superman.”