DHX Media's PEANUTS Deal with Apple is a Prime Example of How the Streaming Wars will Be Bad for Consumers...Written by James Zahn
"The streaming wars" are real, and 2019 looks to be the year that they finally start becoming a real issue. While "cord-cutting" continues to rise (we're even about to drop our Xfinity TV subscription here at Rock Father HQ), consumers are quickly seeing their monthly savings shrink as they buy into new services that offer exclusive content a la carte. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon's Prime Video continue to dominate, but Apple's new streaming service is on the horizon along with Disney+ and offerings from studios such as Warner Bros. These majors ride alongside smaller standalone services like DC Universe, WWE Network and many others. Now comes news that DHX Media has inked a deal with Apple to create new series, specials and short-form content based on PEANUTS - the iconic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. If you love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and can't live without seeing their new adventures, get ready for another bill when Apple's as-yet-unnamed new streaming service comes online.
While the world awaits news on what the next installment of the long-running James Bond franchise will be, the first-ever official James Bond experience to take place in New York City is taking shape. SPYSCAPE, the experiential spy museum in NYC has partnered with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) to collaborate on a new 007 exhibition at the SPYSCAPE headquarters in Manhattan. Set to open in early 2019, registration for early access to tickets has already opened.
As my girls get older, I do find myself occasionally missing certain things from "simpler times" that weren't all too long ago. One of those things is Chuggington, a series I'd written much about a few years back - a hit from UK-based Ludorum that had been airing here in the States on Disney Junior before quietly building more of a YouTube presence. Now comes news that Ludorum has sold the popular franchise, and the Chuggers have rolled into a new station right here in the States with Herschend Entertainment Studios taking ownership.
Following a first-look at some character art along with some casting announcements from Lionsgate's forthcoming PLAYMOBIL: The Movie. back in October, things had been a bit quiet on that front. Today that silence has been broken with the release of the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film, which finds some human kids living out a fantasy that many of us have had... to be pulled into the world of their favorite toys! Directed by Lino DiSalvo and produced by ON Animation Studios, PLAYMOBIL: The Movie features the voice talents of Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants), Gabriel Bateman (the upcoming Child's Play remake), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), comic Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick) and singers Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert. Get your first look at the action below!
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We're in the home stretch of the 2018 holiday season, and that means that gift-givers will soon be hitting the stores in a frenzy. I've long-held that movies are not only the perfect gift - but they're truly the perfect stocking stuffer. They just tend to slip right into the stockings so snuggly - as if a Blu-ray package was intentionally-sized to fit within the traditional staple of seasonal gift holders. But what to get, especially for the action-loving guys on your list this season? Two top choices are both Holiday Wish Guide™ Picks here at The Rock Father™ Magazine: Sony Pictures Venom and Equalizer 2, both available at Walmart!
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER is a film that kicked-off what's been a truly incredible year for the superhero genre, and perhaps the year that we start looking beyond these movies as just "superhero" films, and perhaps something greater. Ryan Coogler's epic has already nabbed three Gold Globe Awards nominations, a dozen for the Critic's Choice and six GRAMMY nods. Will Oscar be next? Magic 8 Ball at Rock Father™ HQ says "likely." Now Marvel Entertainment is looking ahead in celebration with the release of a new "Welcome to Wakanda" featurette. See it below and mark my words... Black Panther is just getting started!
No one deserved the trailer for Avengers: Endgame this week... but in the spirit of giving and the holiday season, Marvel Studios has unleashed the first-look at the previously-untitled Avengers 4 just days after the latest full trailer for Captain Marvel. They say that part of the journey is the end, and that's exactly where the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed. Get your first taste of what lies ahead...
There's a big shift happening in terms of where talent is headed as a new round of the streaming wars heat up headed into 2019. The big news of the day, Chris Nee, the Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s television screenwriter and producer behind Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins and Vampirina is headed for Netflix. Word came down this morning about a new, multi-year deal under which Nee will write and produce new animated and live action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on feature film projects from Nee and her production company, Laughing Wild.
This coming March, audiences will finally get to experience one of the most buzzed-about new superhero films in years when Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theaters. Following a massive year that saw the release of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and the recent Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will enter 2019 by going backward on the timeline for an adventure set in the early 1990s - an era left previously-unexplored in the MCU. With the stakes high, the arrival of Academy Award-winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers signals the formal debut of what Marvel Chief Kevin Feige has famously noted as being a hero with powers that “are off the charts." While there's many secrets yet to be revealed about Captain Marvel and how the film connects to the forthcoming Avengers 4, there's one secret that I've been keeping that can now be revealed... I spent time on the set of CAPTAIN MARVEL.
It was back in September that audiences first got a look at Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL, and as we enter the all-important 3-month ramp-up to release, the second full trailer has been released! Fresh from its debut on ESPN's Monday Night Football, feast your eyes upon a fresh look at CAPTAIN MARVEL - in theaters on March 8, 2019. And stay tuned for more Marvel-ous news and features in the days ahead!
It wasn't long ago that I found myself playing host to nearly 250 Goosebumps fans for a special advance screening of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween near Chicago. Now comes word that GOOSEBUMPS 2 (which seems to have lost the tagline) is coming home on Christmas Day on Digital, with the Blu-ray and DVD to follow on 1/15/2019. Slappy holidays, everyone! Check out the announcement video below!
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The Jurassic World 5-Movie Collection is the Amazon Deal of the Day for November 27, 2018! Get it for just $27.99 (reg. $54.97) on Blu-ray + Digital while supplies last! It's a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer!
Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic World 5-Movie Collection! From Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and J. A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventures find man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking filmmaking, these epic films are sheer moviemaking magic which were 65 million years in the making. Welcome to Jurassic World.