UPDATED at 8:55p.m. PT with Sony response: Sony Pictures spent much of yesterday putting its perspective on the prospective loss of Kevin Feige from future Spider-Man films. First the studio downplayed the idea he might be leaving; then insiders pinned his exit on added responsibilities from the Fox acquisition of the X-Men franchise, though they declined to make a statement. All this was reflected as factors in Deadline’s break of an important and widely regurgitated story. But sources maintain that Feige’s exit was about money; it was about Disney seeking the 50/50 co-fi stake (sources said the original Disney ask was more reasonable) as the price for Marvel and Feige’s continued guiding hand that resulted in the delivery of Sony’s biggest grossing film ever. Sony declined to meet those terms or even counter with anything worth considering. It was an aggressive stance by Disney, which already owns the merchandise on Spider-Man, and a tough nut for Sony to … [Read more...] about Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’
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Well, this is awkward timing. During Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment’s panel at Disney’s D23 Expo on Friday evening, the company announced a new original preschool animated series for Disney Junior, Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends. Set to debut in 2021, it marks the first full-length Marvel series for Disney Junior. The news comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the Spider-Man live-action movie franchise. As Deadline first reported, a standoff between Sony and Marvel/Disney has led to Marvel chief Kevin Feige exiting the Sony’s Spider-Man franchise and a looming exit of Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Preschool kids already love Spidey, so they’ll be delighted to have Peter Parker thwipping across their screens in this new series” Cort Lane, SVP, Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, said in the announcement of the new series. Related Story 'Mira, Royal Detective' Renewed For … [Read more...] about Marvel Announces New Spider-Man Animated Series For Disney Junior Amid Rift With Sony Over Film Franchise
There's no denying that Rajinikanth is one of the biggest and most respected names in Kollywood. The veteran actor is loved by all and sundry due to his bindass nature, stunning screen presence and stylish reel mannerisms. In fact, his die-hard fans consider him to be a demi-god, and this bears testimony to his star power. On the eve of Superstar's birthday (December 12), actor Kishore spoke EXCLUSIVELY to FilmiBeat about working with him in the 2016 release Kabali and said that people feel comfortable around him. "The genuine simplicity of his thoughts puts everyone at ease (and encourages them) to be themselves around him," said the Visaranai star. In case, you did not know, Kishore played the antagonist in Kabali and impressed fans with his raw intensity. The film, directed by Pa Ranjith, did well at the box office despite receiving mixed reviews from the 'Thalaivar Army'. It featured Bollywood actress Radhika Apte as the leading lady marking her first collaboration with the mass … [Read more...] about Birthday Exclusive! People Tend To Be At Ease Around Rajinikanth, Says Kishore
In the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Brittany Spanos, Rob Sheffield, and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the unexpected intersection of two artists whose heyday is separated by decades, styles and a whole lot of other differences: Billie Eilish and Van Halen. When Jimmy Kimmel recently asked Eilish about one of his favorite bands, she was baffled — understandably, given that Van Halen released its first album 23 years before her birth. The clip went viral, sparked an unfair pile-on from rock fans against Eilish, and then, in turn, questionably accurate attacks on Van Halen’s music from non-fans. But the episode digs into more interesting issues: What does this incident say about Eilish’s tastes, about the tricky art of classic rock legacy maintenance, and ever-widening musical generation gaps? Meanwhile, Sheffield argues that Eilish has more in common with David Lee Roth than their fans would think — starting with their … [Read more...] about Should Billie Eilish Have Heard of Van Halen?
Eid 2020 is going to be interesting for movie-goers as both superstars Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar will be locking horns at the box office as Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and Laxmmi Bomb are scheduled to hit theatres, the same day. Earlier, Salman's Inshallah was supposed to clash with Akshay's Sooryavanshi but the film got shelved and the director of Sooryavanshi, Rohit Shetty decided to prepone its release. Kamaal R Khan Attacks Salman Khan: You Harass Small-Time Actors, Abuse And Beat Girls Now, it's a box office battle between Radhe and Laxmmi Bomb. In his recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, when Salman was asked about the clash, he said, "Yes, and there is scope for another two-three films to come on that day. Then, the audience decides which film to spend on. Agar picture achhi lagi, they will watch it. If they don't, toh nahin dekhenge, festive date ho ya koi bhi date ho." (sic) Salman was also asked if he considers 'Eid' as his date and he said, "No, it's not, it's nobody's … [Read more...] about Eid 2020 Box Office Battle: Salman Khan Reacts To Locking Horns With Akshay Kumar