LucasFilms Donates $1 million to Chinese Earthquake Victims

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will donate $1 million in humanitarian aid for the areas affected by a recent deadly  earthquake in southwestern China's province of Sichuan. The president of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the announcement in China on Saturday where she made two appearances. She also used this time to discuss two recent deals in China.Kennedy offered her condolences to the individuals affected by the natural disaster which killed over 150 people and injured … [Read more...]

Disney Plans New ‘Star Wars’ Film Every Year Starting in 2015

As of last October, we knew that a new 'Star Wars' trilogy was happening, as was announced when Disney purchased Lucasfilm. At the time, all we knew was that the new series would start with 'Star Wars Episode VII', and that the film will be directed by J.J. Abrams, which will be released in the summer of 2015. It's believed that the new films will see the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, as their iconic characters of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, but in … [Read more...]

Disney Closes LucasArts Studio

Today, the Walt Disney Company laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all of their current projects. Approximately one-hundred fifty staff members were informed of the decision this morning and lost their jobs. This decision also forces the company to cancel both of LucasArts current projects- Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313. The Walt Disney Company is keeping the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio will no longer exist.Disney has reported that their current … [Read more...]

Is This the End for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series?

There has been a lot of internet buzz regarding the future of  "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series since Cartoon Network aired the season finale last week. Rumors of the show's cancellation ran wild while others speculated an announcement from Disney about the move to one of its channels. Today we know that Lucasfilm animation is "moving in another direction." While not specific, it does sound as if there are no immediate plans to have season six on broadcast television.We do know … [Read more...]

Return of the Princess – Carrie Fisher on Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars news seems to be breaking on a daily basis which is a great thing! Original trilogy actors have been doing a lot of press answering questions regarding their possible involvement in Star Wars Episode VII. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams have mentioned wanting to return to a galaxy far, far away. Now we can add Carrie Fisher to the "Ep. 7" buzz.  Here's an excerpt from a recent Palm Beach Illustrated interview with the galactic princess.Q: “Disney is going to … [Read more...]

BSkyB To Launch Sky Movies Disney

Satellite broadcaster BSkyB ( or ‘Sky’) has announced the creation of a new TV channel just for Disney and Pixar fans.  The channel, which is available in the UK and Ireland, is expected to launch on March 28.Sky Movies Disney will feature both classic movies from Disney and Pixar on the dedicated film channel. This new channel will be in addition to the existing Disney Channel, also available for subscription via Sky and other cable/satellite operators.Sky Movies Disney will represent … [Read more...]

Bob Iger Talks to CNBC About ESPN, Disney Parks and the Future of Star Wars

Here is a video clip of Walt Disney CEO, Bob Iger discussing the latest financial results discussed in a recent shareholder conference call. In it he discusses  the operating income at ESPN in a decline offset by higher affiliate revenue. "In ESPN's case, we had the largest program cost increase for the year in the quarter that we just announced," Iger said. "We have new distribution deals coming online, but the revenue from those deals won't hit until the second quarter... ESPN is running in … [Read more...]

Disney to Exapand Star Wars Mythos with Standalone Films

Last night in an interview with CNBC Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed that work is currently underway to expand the Star Wars franchise by creating  standalone films. The lends credence to rumors of a Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett solo adventures, however there are no confirmations from Disney or Lucasfilm regarding characters or what era of the saga they will be producing. It does look like they will be shooting the new trilogy as well as these standalone films at the same time which … [Read more...]

J.J. Abrams Has Officially Signed on For ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

Just yesterday, I reported that J.J. Abrams had been offered the director's chair of 'Star Wars Episode VII', taking over the reins once handled by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Richard Marquand, respectively. The Wrap had originally reported the news, but there was silence on the studio side, and almost everyone involved in both parties. Some started to chock it up to mere internet rumors. I wanted to believe the rumors were true, and I kept holding out hope that we'd hear something … [Read more...]

Disney CEO Bob Iger Had A Very Good 2012

2012 was a very very good year for Bob Iger.  Iger got a 18 percent to his pay package last year that boosted him to $37.1 Million as the company posted record revenue, net income and earnings per share.The Walt Disney Co. also credited Iger's leadership in the $4.06 billion acquisition of "Star Wars" creator Lucasfilms, along with the launch of theme park additions, cruise ships and the expansion of the Disney Channel overseas.Iger, 61, saw the biggest jump in pay from the value of new … [Read more...]