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Johnny Depp Allegedly Asked Warner Bros. Boss To Fire Amber Heard From Aquaman

Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against Amber Heard alleged her words got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Now a completely separate lawsuit from Depp against his former lawyer alleges Depp tried to get Heard fired from Aquaman.

Johnny Depp is alleged to have personally asked former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara to remove Amber Heard from her role as Mera in DC’s Aquaman, and also block her from getting other WB projects.

What’s interesting is that Kevin Tsujihara is the one who was recently ousted, although he did get to resign, after a casting couch sexual misconduct scandal.

Johnny Depp filed this initial lawsuit against former attorney Jake Bloom in 2017, THR reports, claiming Bloom collected more than $30 million in fees without a signed contract. Bloom countersued, and Amber Heard only got her name brought in when Bloom’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, brought up how Depp’s team had started to accuse Bloom’s side of “malpractice in connection with Depp’s divorce from Amber Heard.”

In part, Johnny Depp’s lawsuit claimed that Jake Bloom gave Depp bad advice regarding the actor’s split with Amber Heard. But Bloom reportedly isn’t the only one who advised Depp to settle with Heard, just the only one being sued right now, which is apparently why so many of Depp’s former advisors and lawyers were just asked to testify.

Johnny Depp’s current lawyer, Adam Waldman, shared a statement with THR calling it bewildering that the Bloom side claims they’ve been accused of malpractice related to Amber Heard. They don’t understand what evidence Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk or former Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara could possibly present related to their $30 million legal malpractice suit.

Be that as it may, Elon Musk and Kevin Tsujihara are among the many who’ve been dragged into this and asked to give testimony.

Kevin Tsujihara will reportedly be asked to testify under oath on whether or not he played a role in trying to blacklist Amber Heard at Warner Bros. As THR noted, there’s been no evidence presented yet that he tried to do so, and it would’ve been tough for even the studio chief to remove Heard from the role of Mera, since she already played it in Justice League. (They could’ve always recast the role, though, just like they could recast Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts if they wanted to.)

Amber Heard did previously allege that, following her split with Johnny Depp, “I lost a part for a movie in which I had already been cast.” And she wrote in her op-ed piece — the one Depp later sued her over — that she was worried about being blacklisted.

Johnny Depp was also back in headlines recently when unnamed sources claimed Warner Bros. execs were worried about Depp continuing in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. That was in reaction to his other major lawsuit — the $50 million defamation suit Depp filed against Amber Heard. He alleged her abuse allegations against him were a hoax.

Amber Heard recently responded to that defamation lawsuit with court documents describing the alleged abuse in graphic detail. The back-and-forth from the lawsuits is reportedly worrying to Warner Bros. execs, who manage both the Fantastic Beasts and DC/Aquaman franchises.

Johnny Depp previously sued his former business managers at The Management Group for more than $25 million, accusing them of fraud and negligence in mishandling his money; TMG then responded with a cross-complaint claiming that Depp’s own overspending was the real problem. That lawsuit was reportedly settled in summer 2018.

Meanwhile, Amber Heard seems to be continuing on as Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) lady love Mera wherever Aquaman goes after the billion dollar success of the James Wan movie. She also has a role in the movie Gully, which is expected to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. Johnny Depp appears to be continuing on as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is filming Fantastic Beasts 3 in late fall, for a currently unknown release date.

The Percentage Of Avengers Fans Who Think Each Main Character Is Going To Die

The end is near, my fellow Marvel fanatics. And all that audiences really want to know as we prepare for Avengers: Endgame is… who will survive?

OK, fine. There are a lot more questions that need answered by Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame. But the mortality rate of the key Avengers characters is top of mind as the culmination movie in the MCU makes its way to theaters. With that in mind, we launched a questionnaire for Endgame fans to make predictions about what’s going to happen (you can take the survey here). In all, we talked to more than a thousand readers, and not surprisingly, a lot of fans are worried about a lot of different characters.

Who will live? Who will die? We won’t know until the film premieres, but you can head down the page and check out what most fans are thinking.

Captain America (81% Vote Dead)

The fans are pretty convinced that Avengers: Endgame will be Steve Rogers’ last dance in the MCU. And if Endgame requires a mighty sacrifice, few will hit harder than Captain America (Chris Evans), who has been the spiritual and physical leader of the Avengers since the team was formed in Joss Whedon’s initial superhero team-up film.

Thanos (72% Vote Dead)

A lot of fans vote that Thanos (Josh Brolin) won’t just be defeated in Avengers: Endgame, he will be killed. But if Infinity War told us anything about the hulking, purple Mad Titan, it’s that he’s really hard to kill. If only Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had gone for the head…

Phil Coulson (57% Vote Dead)

This would kind of be a running joke, but if Agent Coulson were to somehow return in Avengers: Endgame and then be killed off, we’d have a meme of Dead Coulson on our hands. He “sacrificed” himself in The Avengers, only to return on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. Captain Marvel brought the character back, but that’s a prequel set in the 1990s. Still, 57 percent of y’all think Coulson will eat it in Endgame.

Tony Stark (55% Vote Dead)

Truthfully, we thought this number would be higher. If Captain America stands as a symbolic sacrifice, so too does Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and we think the odds are high that he trades his life for another team member in Avengers: Endgame. You guys don’t agree, however, with just over half of you thinking the MCU’s latest chapter will end with Stark’s death.

Nebula (55% Vote Dead)

This one makes sense. Nebula (Karen Gillan) largely exists so she can achieve vengeance against her dad, Thanos. Avengers: Endgame puts her on the path to reach that goal, and why wouldn’t she die in pursuit of this personal quest? Her sister, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), died in the previous film. And Nebula isn’t essential to the announced Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This could be her swan song.

James Rhodes (33% Vote Dead)

Justice for Terrence Howard! I’m kidding. If Endgame plays out in a way where Tony Stark has to be compelled into action by the death of a friend, Rhodes (Don Cheadle) could be the victim. However, Marvel had a golden opportunity to take out this character back in Captain America: Civil War, and they opted for temporary paralysis over death, so why kill him off now?

Hank Pym (32% Vote Dead)

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a founding member of the Avengers team in the comics, and he has been a crucial mentor to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). But the Ant-Man franchise has avoided emotional deaths, and losing Pym in battle could break a few hearts. Also, how much longer do we think Douglas wants to be making these movies?

Carol Danvers (1.94% Vote Dead)

We jumped from Hank Pym all the way down to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), because the character received the fewest votes total in the poll. Maybe it’s all the talk from Marvel President Kevin Feige about how Captain Marvel will lead the studio into the next phase of films. But only 20 people picked her to die in Avengers: Endgame, so it’s likely she lives on.

The answers are coming. We are less than a week away from Avengers: Endgame opening in theaters on Thursday, April 25. Do you have your tickets for opening weekend yet?

Shazam! Just Passed A Box Office Milestone

Shazam! is heading into its third weekend with $104 million on the domestic front and $178 million from the foreign box office for a current total of $282 million worldwide. That’s not counting the money it’ll pick up this Easter weekend. (Speaking of Easter, don’t miss some key Shazam! Easter eggs.)

According to Deadline, Shazam! passed the $100 million mark at the North American market in its 13th day of release.

Are these huge numbers? No, and certainly not for a major superhero movie. But everything about Shazam! has been positive so far, from the critics’ reviews (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) to the fan response (A CinemaScore, 88% RT audience score) to the humble and grateful reactions of star Zachary Levi, director David F. Sandberg, and the rest of the cast.

Shazam! had a reported production budget of $100 million, per Box Office Mojo, and that doesn’t usually include things like marketing. So Shazam! is just starting to break even and make a profit worldwide.

This weekend, though, Shazam! is expected to take second place to another Warner Bros. movie, The Curse of La Llorona. The Conjuring Universe movie is expected to make around $17 million, with Shazam! following with around $13.5 million. That’s just at the domestic box office, and more will be added from foreign markets. Shazam! has already made $40 million in China, the second biggest box office market in the world after us.

Shazam! is technically part of the DC Extended Universe and even originally planned to have an appearance from Superman himself, Henry Cavill. So far, as compared to the previous six DCEU films, Shazam! is squarely at the bottom of that pack. That seems expected — it was never eyed for massive blockbuster money. Then again, Aquaman was something of a surprise as the first DCEU movie to pass $1 billion, and the highest-grossing DC Comics movie of all time.

At the domestic box office, Shazam!‘s current $104 million is just below Justice League‘s $229 million, and they are far below the current domestic leader, Wonder Woman, who has $412.5 million. Worldwide, Aquaman is the overall champ with a current total of $1.14 billion. Justice League is at the bottom of that pack, other than Shazam! (which is still earning money), with the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon movie making $657.9 million total.

Shazam! has a long to way to go in its journey, but do you think it has any hopes of beating Justice League at the box office, or will it stay #7 on the list of the seven DCEU movies so far? There’s no shame in it. Someone has to be the scrappy underdog.

Shazam! is still playing in theaters as one of the many movies worth watching in 2019. Come back to CinemaBlend Easter Sunday afternoon for our full box office report on how Shazam! fared against the many new releases out this week.

This Bridesmaid Says the Bride Suggested She Get an Abortion So Her Dress Fit Better

We’ve heard some wild tales of bad behavior by brides over the years, but this latest story may just be the most out-there (and frankly unbelievable) yet.

The Sun first reported the story, which was originally posted in a Facebook group about wedding shaming. In the post, a bridesmaid claims that her then-best friend (the bride whom she calls “Kate”) did not take the news of the bridesmaid’s pregnancy well—at all.

“About a year before the wedding, I found out I was pregnant. I was always told I couldn’t have kids and so obviously my daughter was not planned but I was over the moon,” she says, per The Sun. “So I told Kate, expecting excitement, right? Nope. She immediately told me that I was going to be so stressed trying to get my bridesmaid dress fitting on my own since I’d have to do it after everyone already had theirs (I was due in April, wedding was in June).”

The bridesmaid continued: “She reminded me that it was a kid free wedding, and then after thoroughly explaining how difficult her wedding would be for me, she said (verbatim) ‘so don’t you think it might be better for you to have an abortion?’ I had to read that one a few times.”

Wow. Just wow.

“I asked if she seriously just suggested I get an abortion to make her wedding go more smoothly?” she wrote. “She told me I was ruining my life and then called her mom to tell me to have an abortion … So (obviously) I didn’t speak to her again, got a wedding invite and never sent the RSVP back, and her eight months pregnant future SIL took my place as bridesmaid, she ended up with dresses that easily would’ve accommodated my postpartum body.”

We would agree that ending this relationship is for the best. And can someone tell this bride there are plenty of ways to throw a child-free wedding that don’t involve telling your bridesmaid what to do with her body?

See more: This Bride Thinks Her Pregnant Bridesmaid Owes Her a New Wedding for Upstaging Her

Sylvester Stallone Met The Most Adorable Rocky Fan While Editing Rambo 5

Sylvester Stallone‘s franchises recently collided in the sweetest way. Right now, he’s busy editing Rambo V: Last Blood for the movie’s release this September. But while at work, he had a visit from some Rocky fans. He shared a video meeting one young fan who was only 9-years-old, but loved Rocky. Her family told Sly she adored him — he was truly meeting his biggest fan. Sly, age 72, was understandably both confused and very moved by that news.

The young Rocky fan asked Sylvester Stallone how he became such a good actor and a star. Here’s his fantastic response:

Watch the conversation play out:

How sweet is that? Also, how can people just drop by the Rambo 5 editing bay? Asking for a friend.

Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram is a treasure trove for fans of both Rocky and Rambo (and also The Expendables, but we’ll get there in a minute). He recently gave fans an update on Rambo V: Last Blood editing, saying sometimes editing a film is like pulling teeth, but the fifth John Rambo movie was coming together “beautifully.” He also teased a battle to the end, with an “unexpected” ending.

For Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone had suggested he was done playing the role after Creed II. However, he still has a lot of love for the character, as you can tell in his answer to his biggest fan, and also because he’s been promoting his upcoming documentary on 40 years of Rocky. The first Rocky movie came out in 1976 and won the Oscar for Best Picture; Sly was also nominated for Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay, since he wrote the script.

Creed II came out in 2018 and Rambo V is scheduled to be released this September 20. Sylvester Stallone also has Escape Plan: The Extractors set for release this year, but so far it looks like only Russia has announced a theatrical release date of June 20. Not sure what’s going on there.

What about The Expendables 4? That’s my big question. Sylvester Stallone got fans excited with a recent throwback photo to the second movie in that franchise. Last we heard, the fourth movie was back on, and we’re hoping the core gang will get back together soon for filming — once Rambo 5 is done, of course.

As we wait for more updates, keep up with everything headed to the big screen this year with our handy 2019 movie schedule.

Will Smith Found The Aladdin Genie Backlash ‘Very Funny’

Although we got our first look at Will Smith’s Genie in the upcoming Aladdin remake last December, the character was rocking a normal human guise. It wasn’t until the special sneak that aired in February that the character was shown in all his blue glory. Well, maybe ‘glory’ isn’t the right word, as this look at the live action blue Genie was met with a lot of derision online, which included various memes and Photoshop manipulations, due to the quality of the CGI,

However, rather than be bothered or hurt by this backlash against Aladdin’s Genie, Will Smith actually found these reactions amusing. In his words:

Will Smith does have a point. The internet as we know it wasn’t around when he was growing up, and even during the period when he was starring in hits like Bad Boys, Independence Day and Men in Black, the World Wide Web didn’t hold anywhere near the cultural influence it does now. Sure you might have come across some movie criticism, but that’s a far cry from someone using an Arrested Development screenshot to poke fun at the live action iteration of a Disney character only minutes after a new preview dropped.

Thing seem to have calmed down on the Genie front since then, particularly after a new Aladdin trailer dropped last month which included improved shots of Will Smith’s character. Director Guy Ritchie, who also spoke with Empire, noticed the turnaround on the reception towards Genie, saying:

Altogether, we’ve only glimpsed seconds of Genie from the Aladdin marketing, so we’ll have to wait until the movie actually comes out to see whether the VFX crew stuck the proverbial landing with his blue appearance or if there are still some noticeable issues. Either way, at least Will Smith was able to get a little joy out of the mockery his version of Genie went through rather than take it personally.

Rather than radically overhauling the story of its 1992 animated predecessor, Aladdin seems to be following in the footsteps of Beauty and the Beast and going the straightforward remake route, though obviously still with some differences. Along with Will Smith, the main cast includes Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, Numan Acar as Hakim and Robby Haynes as Razoul, as well as Alan Tudyk voicing Iago and Frank Welker reprising Abu the monkey and the Cave of Wonders.

Aladdin will work its magic in theaters on May 24. If you’re curious about what other movies are coming out later this year, head to our 2019 release schedule for that information.

The Curse Of La Llorona Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying

Grown organically out of James Wan’s 2013 film The Conjuring, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s Conjuring Universe has become a major force and box office success during horror’s ongoing boom period. The supernatural series has grossed $1.57 billion worldwide and it is still growing. The newest film in the franchise, although it isn’t really being advertised as such, is this weekend’s The Curse of La Llorona.

From future director of The Conjuring 3 Michael Chaves, The Curse of La Llorona dives into Mexican folklore for a tale of a mother trying to protect her children from a deadly spirit. Reviews for the film are up, so is The Curse of La Llorona a worthy entry in The Conjuring Universe? CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell gave it 2 out of 5 stars in his review, lamenting that it didn’t live up its potential or the universe it’s a part of. Sean said:

Sean found some things to like in The Curse of La Llorona, but ultimately it was a disappointment, especially in light of the potential of its premise. The Chicago Sun Times’ Richard Roeper, who gave The Curse of La Llorona 1.5 stars, echoed Sean’s sentiments in his review, saying:

This was a common thread in the reviews. The rich folklore of La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, deserved better than the film it got. That disappointment was expressed in Peter Travers’ 1.5 out of 5 star review for Rolling Stone. He addressed how this film arrives at a time when horror is hot at the box office right now, saying:

It isn’t all negative though. While some have dinged The Curse of La Llorona for being far too clichéd and formulaic for anyone who has ever seen a horror movie, the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis found that formula effective. She said in her review:

So it sounds like easy to please horror fans will find some scares and some laughs in this film as long as they aren’t expecting much else. The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore was hoping for more though and was somewhat bored by the flick. He said:

That The Curse of La Llorona is part of Jame Wan’s Conjuring Universe should be a stamp of relative quality, but this forced connection may actually be to the film’s detriment. Slashfilm’s Meredith Borders called the film “half-baked and lazy” and said:

Yikes. Clearly The Curse of La Llorona is not for everyone. But with a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is still not the worst-reviewed film in The Conjuring Universe and certainly not the worst-reviewed horror movie out there. So if you’re a franchise completionist or you just want a fun horror film and aren’t expecting a masterpiece, you could have a good time with The Curse of La Llorona.

The Curse of La Llorona opens this weekend. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the movies on the way in the rapidly approaching summer movie season.

Disney+: Everything We Know About The New Streaming Service

More and more, people are getting their TV and movie content exclusively from streaming sources. While Netflix is clearly the undisputed king of the various streaming services, several companies have begun to take their slice of the pie and one of the most promising of those is the new service coming from the Walt Disney Company, simply titled Disney+.

With one of the most extensive catalogs of content, dating back almost 100 years, Disney has the potential to bring a lot of muscle to its new streaming service. Is it going to be worth it for you to add it to your existing options, or possibly even replace another service with it? Here’s everything we know about Disney+ to help you make that decision.

Disney+ App view

When Will Disney+ Launch And What Will It Cost?

Back in August of 2017 we first learned that Disney was planning to launch its own streaming service. From day one we knew that Disney was expecting a 2019 launch and as we moved closer to that date, we were told the service would come near the end of the calendar year. The service was also given an official name at the end of 2018, Disney+, a name that made sense considering that Disney’s ESPN SVOD service used the same nomenclature. That was as far as we knew until a special Disney Investor’s Day event in April of 2019, which finally gave us two key pieces of information.

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on November 12, 2019. Disney seemed to use U.S. and North America interchangeably during the announcement so it looks like Canada will be getting the service at the same time.

Western Europe will get Disney+ during a roll out that will start at the end of 2019 and go into early 2020. The Asia Pacific region will see Disney+ starting at the end of this year, but is expected to take into 2020 to fully complete. Eastern Europe and Latin America will begin to see Disney+ near the end of 2020.

The most exciting piece of information about Disney+ is the price. It will go for $6.99 a month, with an option to purchase a full year in advance for $69.99. That will make Disney+ about half the price of what Netflix now goes for, and it will be only one dollar more a month than what Hulu costs with ad support, and Disney+ will be ad free.

It also seems highly likely that an option to bundle Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu will come at some point. Disney made it clear the company is interested in the bundle option, but it will require approval of the Hulu board. While Disney is now the majority shareholder of Hulu following the purchase of Fox, it’s not the only company that gets to make the decision, as Comcast/Universal is still a significant shareholder. We could still see an official bundle announced before November, but it could also come later.

Disney+ potential streaming devices, smart TVs, game consoles, etc.

How Can I Watch Disney+?

During Disney’s Investor Day, the company made it clear that it wants Disney+ to have as wide a device footprint as possible, so that people using the service will have access to it on whatever device they want to use. The image above was used during the presentation and makes it clear that whether you have a Smart TV, a game console, or any other video streaming device, Disney wants the new service available on it.

However, at the event, Disney confirmed that, as of now, only two devices, Roku TV, and Sony’s PlayStation 4, are currently set to have the app at launch. Although, with several months to go before Disney+ is available, there are likely to be many more partnerships made with TV manufacturers, game console makers and other streaming devices before day one.

Of course, you’ll also be able to watch on your home computer, and tablets and smartphones are virtually certain to have Disney+ in their app stores on day one.

Disney+ app screen

How Will Disney+ Work?

If you’re familiar with most existing streaming video apps, Disney+ doesn’t look all that different. The app divides the content into five main categories, Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. You can select any one of them to be able to see a wider section of options in that category, but you can also view by genre or search for a specific title in order to find what you’re looking for.

Overtime, the service will learn your preferences based on what you watch, and so it will automatically recommend movies and shows you might want to see. To that end, multiple profiles can be created by different family members, which means each person will get their own set of recommendations.

On the technical side, content will be available in 4K HDR for those with compatible screens for viewing.

Another very cool feature is that the entire library of content will be available to download to your mobile device with no restrictions or limitations. This means if you’re jumping on a plane or are going to be someplace else where you won’t have wi-fi, you can download everything you need to keep watching while you’re offline.

What Can I Watch On Disney+?

The short answer to that question is, a lot. With almost 100 years of material to draw from across multiple divisions, in movies and on television, Disney+ promises to launch with an incredible amount of timeless content, and continue adding to that as time goes on. Here’s a breakdown of what we know is coming to the service.

Elsa in Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney released the studios first hand drawn animated feature in 1937, and ever since then, Disney has defined theatrical animation for generations. With the upcoming Frozen II, Disney will release its 58th theatrically animated film, and 39 of those films will be available to watch on Disney+ on day one. This includes every movie in the “Disney vault,” films that see their home releases routinely pulled from circulation before re-releasing them a few years later.

In addition to the films that will be available on day one, more will be added over time, including Frozen II which was confirmed to hit the service in the summer of 2020.

Here’s the complete list of confirmed Disney animated features set for Disney+.

101 Dalmatians

Aladdin

Alice in Wonderland

Aristocats

Bambi

Beauty and the Beast

Big Hero 6

Bolt

Chicken Little

Cinderella

Dinosaur

Dumbo

The Emperor’s New Groove

Fantasia

Fantasia 2000

Fox and the Hound

Frozen

The Great Mouse Detective

Hercules

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Jungle Book

Lady and the Tramp

Lilo and Stitch

The Lion King

The Little Mermaid

Meet the Robinsons

Moana

Mulan

Peter Pan

Pinocchio

Pocahontas

The Princess and the Frog

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Sword in the Stone

Tangled

Winnie the Pooh

Wreck-It Ralph

Zootopia

Frozen II (Summer 2020)

In addition to the theatrically animated movies, a selection in the Disney+ app demonstration shown included an option to watch Mickey Mouse short films. Many of Disney’s shorts will likely be included in the service, though we don’t know what will be available day one and what will be coming later.

Finally, one brand new series related to Disney animation will be a documentary series titled Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II. No specific date was given for the series, but it was seen as part of the “Coming Soon” portion of the Disney app, which means it likely won’t be a day one product. Though, since Frozen II is set to release shortly after Disney+ launches, we probably won’t have too long to wait.

Inside Out Emotions

Pixar

Pixar is a much younger company that Walt Disney Animation, but they’re just as loved by fans. Toy Story 4 will mark the 21st Pixar animated feature. Pixar CCO Pete Doctor confirmed that the first 18 Pixar films will be day one releases for Disney+. Only Coco, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 won’t be available to view when Disney+ launches, but all three will be available by the end of the service’s first year.

In addition to theatrical films, many of Pixar’s shorts will also be available on the service. It appears that all of Pixar’s theatrically released shorts, along with Red’s Dream, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B. and Tin Toy, which were never put in theaters, will all be on the service on day one.

Several brand new Pixar projects were also announced for Disney+. Forky Asks a Question will see the newest member of the Toy Story crew, Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, coming to terms with his new existence as a toy. Each episode will see Forky ask the other toys in Bonnie’s room about life’s most difficult questions, such as, What is love? What is Time? and What is Cheese? Ten short episodes have been created and the series will be a day one addition to Disney+.

Bo Peep, the Toy Story character who returns to the fold in Toy Story 4 will be getting a Disney+ original short film. Lamp Life will tell the story of what happened to the character prior to the events of Toy Story 4.

Monsters at Work will be a new series dedicated to the world of Monsters Inc. Both Billy Crystal and John Goodman will reprise their roles as Mike and Sully for the show. The series will follow the new Monsters Inc. after the events of the original film, as the monsters continue to gather their power needs by utilizing the Laugh Floor.

Finally, an unscripted series that takes a look behind the scenes of Pixar was also announced. It sounds to be a similar documentary project to the Frozen II series. No official title was given, but episodes will begin to arrive sometime in the first year and are expected to continue to be released into the future.

Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios

One of the most exciting things about Disney+ might be the idea that the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe might be available in one place. Being able to watch the entire story from Iron Man through Avengers: Endgame is the cinematic equivalent of spending your weekend reading comic books and drinking soda. However, it looks like the MCU won’t be complete on Disney+, at least not early on.

Through the end of 2019 there will be a total of 24 movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of those 24, only four will be available on day one, and only eight more are currently scheduled to be added within the first year. Here’s the complete list…

Day One Releases

Captain Marvel

Iron Man

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Year One Releases

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Iron Man 2

Thor: Ragnarok

If this is truly the entire list of MCU films set for the first year, it leaves half of the films out for the first year. There may be existing licensing deals in place that will keep the films off Disney+, though it’s always possible the company might continue working to make these movies available sooner than is currently announced. One also wonders if the two Spider-Man films will ever appear on Disney+, considering that they’re actually Sony movies.

Several exclusive Marvel shows have also been confirmed for the service. Marvel Hero Project will follow young people who are trying to be real life heroes by affecting positive change in their communities. Marvel’s 616 is an anthology documentary series that will explore Marvel’s history of superhero characters and the historical, cultural, and societal context in which those heroes were created.

While several TV shows have been created over the years that had ties to the MCU, Disney+ will be the home of the first series specifically designed to extend the the story of several characters from the films. Three series have been officially announced. WandaVision will star Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany and follow the story of Wanda Maximoff and The Vision. Falcon and the Winter Solder will see Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes team up. The third confirmed series will center on Loki, who will be played by a returning Tom Hiddleston.

Another MCU related series will be What If. This new animated series will explore how the MCU could have turned out differently if events had played out in different ways. The first episode has been confirmed to explore what would have happened if Peggy Carter had been given the Super Soldier Serum, and Steve Rogers had instead fought in World War II inside an armored suit created by Howard Stark. It sounds like in most, if not all cases, the MCU actor will return to voice their animated counterparts.

None of these new projects were given specific launch windows, making them all likely to be year one series at the very soonest.

Star Wars

Star Wars

While the Star Wars film franchise predates Marvel movies by several decades, it was much slower to grow, and as such, the brand doesn’t have quite as much legacy content to go on Disney+, the good news, however, is basically all of it will be on Disney+ within the first year. The original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will all be day one releases. The other three films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will all be on Disney+ by the end of the first year.

Two original Star Wars series have been announced for Disney+ as well. The Mandalorian will be a day one series which will star Pedro Pascal as a gun for hire in a period about five years after the events of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. Another, as yet untitled, series will act as a prequel to Rogue One and star Diego Luna, reprising his role of Cassian Andor, along with the voice of Alan Tudyk returning to give life to K-2SO.

The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut a brand new season on Disney+. All previous seasons, as well as Lucasfilm’s other animated series Star Wars Rebels are also confirmed for the platform, via icons seen in the Disney+ app demo, but exactly when they’ll arrive has not been announced.

Several nonfiction Star Wars series will also be coming to Disney+, and will, apparently, focus on the people who have helped bring the galaxy far, far away to life, such as those responsible for creating the sets and props.

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins

Disney Live Action

Disney may have gotten its start as an animation studio but the company’s live-action history is just as distinguished. Whether you’re a fan of Disney’s classic era or more focused on the more recent family adventures, a slate of over 30 live-action films were confirmed for Disney+ launch, with several more, including some of this year’s theatrical releases, set for the first year of the service.

There are classics here like Mary Poppins but there are also some less than blockbuster flicks. It’s almost nice to see The Haunted Mansion and Muppets Most Wanted on here. They might not be everybody’s favorite, but they’re probably somebody’s favorite, and it’s good that Disney isn’t trying to bury them. Here’s everything that was confirmed.

Day One Releases

101 Dalmatians

102 Dalmatians

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Alice in Wonderland

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Dumbo

Freaky Friday (2003)

The Haunted Mansion

Hocus Pocus

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Mary Poppins

Miracle

The Muppets

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

Newsies

Old Yeller

The Parent Trap (1961)

The Parent Trap (1998)

Pete’s Dragon (1977)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries II: Royal Engagement

Remember the Titans

Rocketeer

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause 2

The Santa Clause 3

Saving Mr. Banks

Secretariat

Treasure Island

Tron

Tron: Legacy

Year One Releases

Aladdin

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Beauty and the Beast

Christopher Robin

Cinderella

Enchanted

The Lion King

Maleficent

Muppets Most Wanted

The Mighty Ducks

National Treasure

In addition to the back catalog, several DIsney+ original live-action movies were confirmed for the first year of the service. Noelle will star Anna Kendrick as the daughter of Santa Claus. When her brother, the heir to Santa, goes missing, she’ll go into the real world to find him. The movie is confirmed for “soon” after the launch of Disney+, and considering it’s a holiday movie, may be the first addition to the launch lineup.

Timmy Failure is a new movie based on a series of children’s books that’s being directed by Spotlight director Tom McCarthy. Stargirl is based on a New York Times best selling YA novel that will star America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal. Neither of these films was given a launch window, so they may be a ways out.

Togo will follow the Alaskan diptheria outbreak of the 1920s and the chain of sled dogs that raced medication to the effected area. Disney Studios President Sean Bailey said this one was set for “a little after launch.” Willem Dafoe stars.

The latest Disney live-action remake will be Lady and the Tramp. Using live actors combined with the same CGI animation that is bringing the new Lion King to life, this one promises to be special for Disney fans. The film will be available at launch.

Encore! will be executive produced by Kristen Bell and will be an unscripted series where she helps reunite old classmates who used to perform together in high school. The Imagineering Story will be a documentary series from Leslie Iwerks, the granddaughter of Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, which looks at the people who help bring Disney theme park attractions to life. Its first episode will debut on day one.

Free Solo

National Geographic

National Geographic has a history that actually predates Disney, but with the acquisition of Fox, the brand is now the property of the Walt Disney Company, and with it comes hundreds of hours of material to bolster Disney+.

There’s an extensive list of National Geographic content coming to the service. Exactly which of these series and films will be available day one was not made clear, but all of these are expected within the first year.

Amazing Planet

Gordon Ramsey Uncharted

Photoark

Drain the Oceans

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet

Earth Live

Free Solo

Great Migrations

Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things

The Incredible Dr. Pol

Into the Okavango

Life Below Zero

Science Fair

Cosmos

Rise of the Black Panther

Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue

One Strange Rock

Unlikely Animal Friends

Wicked Tuna

Wild Yellowstone

Brain Games

Jane

Dog Whisperer

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

In addition, two brand new Disney+ original shows were confirmed. The World According to Jeff Goldblum will follow the insatiably curious actor as he investigates seemingly mundane objects to find the history and science behind them. It will debut on Disney+ on day one. The second series is titled Magic of the Animal Kingdom, and it will follow the biologists, veterinarians, and other animal care experts who work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Sea Base Aquarium at Epcot.

High School Musical

The Disney Channel

The Disney Channel has been around for over 30 years and in that time it has created an impressive number of original series and movies. At launch, it may be largest single segment of content on the site, as over 5,000 episodes of series and over 100 original movies will debut on Disney+. Here’s what’s confirmed:

Andi Mack

Cadet Kelly

Camp Rock

The Cheetah Girls

Descendants

Ducktales (2017-)

Even Stevens

Good Luck Charlie

Gravity Falls

Halloweentown

Handy Manny

Hannah Montana

High School Musical

High School Musical 2

Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Jesse

Jonas L.A.

Kim Possible

Little Einsteins

Lizzy McGuire

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Phineas and Ferb

Princess Protection Program

The Proud Family

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Tangled: The Series

Teen Beach Movie

That’s So Raven

Wizards of Waverly Place

Zombies

In addition to seeing every episode of the Phineas and Ferb animated series on day one, a brand new Phineas and Ferb movie was also announced. It will see the brothers attempt to rescue their sister Candice, who has been abducted by space aliens.

The most meta new series coming to Disney+ has to be High School Musical: The Musical – The Series. Rather than being a sequel or a straight remake of the original High School Musical, the new series will follow kids at the high school where the High School Musical movies were filmed, as they attempt to put on a performance of High School Musical: The Musical. It hopes to bring together fans of the original films and new fans as well. The first episode will hit Disney+ on day one.

Simpsons Disney promo

Fox

While not being a separate section of the Disney+ app, Several TV series and movies that were purchased along with 21st Century Fox are also confirmed for the service. It would seem these will all be considered Disney shows and movies going forward, at least as far as the app menu is concerned.

The biggest announcement was the fact that 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be viewable on Disney+ on day one. The complete list of first year confirmed titles of both TV and movies is:

Bend It Like Beckham

Breaking Away

Dr. Doolittle (1998)

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Far From Home

Garfield: The Movie

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Hello Dolly

Home Alone 3

Horton Hears A Who

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Malcolm in the Middle

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

The Princess Bride

Rookie of the Year

The Simpsons

The Sound of Music

By the end of the first year Disney+ expects to have 7,500 episodes of current and library television and over 500 theatrically released films, in addition to all the original content being made for the service. That means there’s a lot more on the way than what has been confirmed so far. While that’s still a far cry from the size of the library that a competitor like Netflix has, Disney+ looks to have a level of quality in that library that may be impossible to beat.

Be sure to bookmark this guide, as we’ll be keeping it updated with new information about Disney+ as it becomes available!

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Dinah Jane Flawlessly Curves An Ex In Her ‘Heard It All Before’ Video

Dinah Jane launched her solo career last year with the bubbly “Bottled Up,” paying tribute to her Fifth Harmony roots with a couple cheeky lyrical references. But on Friday (April 19), the 21-year-old let it be known that her sights are firmly set on the future, with the release of her first solo collection: an EP aptly titled Dinah Jane 1.

The three-track set finds Dinah ruminating on a missed connection on the moody “Pass Me By,” then opening up about family issues on the cathartic, confessional “Fix It.” But she really hits her stride on “Heard It All Before,” a fierce, ’90s-esque tell-off with nods to Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and Alicia Keys and Usher’s “My Boo.”

“Boy I heard it all before / So save your energy for the next bitch / ‘Cause she just ain’t me,” Dinah commands on the self-assured hook. In the accompanying video, which also arrived on Friday, Dinah throws a choreo-filled slumber party and takes her man to task by shouting at him through her flip phone and hilariously dubbing him “a lil bitch.”

Elaborating about the song on YouTube, she shared, “Ladies, y’all ever get so tired of hearing the same ole lines over and over again? We’ve heard em ONE too many times. We’ve given way too many chances. I’m fed up! It’s time we hit em with that ‘I heard it All Before’!!! – you lil b*tch.”

Check out the “Heard It All Before” video above, and listen to “Pass Me By” and “Fix It” below.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Might Be Introducing An Intriguing Force Power

Most of the main saga Star Wars movies have shown off new ways to harness the Force, like how Luke Skywalker was able to project himself from Ahch-To all the way to Crait in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If a new rumor is to be believed, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will contribute to the expansion of the Force through something called “Force Flash Fights.”

It was teased during the Rise of Skywalker panel last week at Star Wars Celebration that new Force powers would be on display in the upcoming movie. Supposedly “Force Flash Fights” is likely the main power that was being alluded to, although it might be given a different name later on. So what are “Force Flash Fights”? Basically, as two Force-users are engaged in a lightsaber duel, the environment around them changes.

As Making Star Wars’ report notes, when Rey and Kylo Ren meet again during The Rise of Skywalker, both are much more powerful since we last saw them in The Last Jedi, which makes sense given that there’s a time jump. Whereas before Snoke was responsible for mentally linking the two together, apparently now they’re able to do that on their own. This time, as the two are flighting, they’re still physically in the same location, but Force-wise, the background will change to different places.

And these aren’t just any random places in a galaxy far, far away, by the way. They’ll be places that we’ve already visited in previous Star Wars movies, although no specific locations were identified. Still, considering that The Rise of Skywalker is the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga, it’d be fitting to look back at where some of the Star Wars franchise’s biggest events have gone down, even if the characters aren’t actually there.

As for how Rey and Kylo Ren end up in a “Force Flash Fight” with one another, it sounds like this could happen after that moment from the teaser trailer when Rey ignites her lightsaber, gets a running start and then leaps over Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter as it flies towards her. She damages the ship, Kylo emerges from the wreckage and they begin this trippy battle.

However, it’s also worth mentioning that other sources that spoke with MSW say that Rey and Kylo Ren will team up against an “outside threat.” Maybe it’s Emperor Palpatine, maybe it’s the Knights of Ren, maybe it’s someone/something new that still hasn’t been revealed or even rumored, but regardless, it’s possible that if Rey and Kylo do form an alliance later in the story, they might engage in a “Force Flash Fight” with this threat.

Although this sounds like a cool way to elevate lightsaber fights up a level, given how some fans reacted to Force Projection in The Last Jedi, if “Flash Force Fights” do indeed factor into The Rise of Skywalker, I suspect that will also be met with controversy. At the very least though, seeing all these different locations flash by as Rey and Kylo Ren have their respective blue and red blades locked in combat should make for quite the visual treat if pulled off effectively.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, and you can find out when this year’s other big movies are coming out in our 2019 release schedule.