Disney is mining a different kind of nostalgia to fuel its shift toward streaming. The company has revealed plans for a Willow sequel series for Disney+ that should start production in 2021. While much of the plot is still a mystery, the show will take place “years” after the events of the movie and will mark the return of farmer-turned-hero Willow Ufgood. And yes, Warwick Davis will reprise his role.
Netflix isn’t just expanding its footprint in California. The streaming behemoth is planning to open a production hub in New Mexico by acquiring Albuquerque’s ABQ Studios — its first purchase of a production studio complex. It’s making the deal (which is still in “final negotiations”) in part due to incentives, which include up to $10 million in Local Economic Development Act funding from the state as well as a maximum of $4.5 million from Albuquerque.
The storyline sounds innocuous. A young, well-dressed widow is raising an adorable 5-year-old son in a nice apartment while working as a nurse. However, using that middle-class premise for the first comedy to showcase a black family in 1968 turned “Julia” into a battlefield in the still-ongoing war about how African-Americans are represented on TV today. Squarely situated at an intersection between popular culture and racial politics, “Julia” became a beachhead for critics who insisted that television should not sacrifice African-American authenticity to win viewers. Continue reading Was the 1968 TV Show “Julia” a Milestone or a Millstone for Diversity?
Netflix is changing up their preview format so you can get the mobile-optimized view of the show or movie you may want to watch next, Variety reports. The streaming service recently updated their mobile app to allow users to see previews in vertical-video mode, a lot like stories on Instagram or Snapchat. Continue reading Netflix Introduces Vertical Video Previews on Mobile Devices
More post-retirement perks are on the way for Kobe Bryant. After getting two jersey numbers retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and a brand new Lakers uniform inspired by his legendary nickname unveiled last month, there is now word that the Black Mamba will be getting his own basketball analysis show on ESPN.
Jay Z just inked a major movie and TV deal with the Weinstein Company. Hov signed a two-year overall deal with the Weinstein Company Thursday that will give the studio first-look privileges on a variety of Jay projects, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Multiple projects are already in development and are expected to be announced shortly.