Geek and Sundry has the first look at the cover of the next Disney Kingdoms title. The cover features Figment and Dreamfinder. Disney Kingdoms is Marvel’s imprint for comics that are inspired by Disney theme park attractions and comics. The first title was Seekers of the Weird inspired by Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird concept. Check out Geek and Sundry for more information.
ESPN’s SportsNation host Max Kellerman interviews last year’s “This is Madness” champion Yoda. Star Wars will host a 2014 edition featuring new participants and matches. You will be able to vote at StarWars.com.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks Anne Sweeney revealed that she will be leaving Disney by the end of the year. She has been with Disney for 18 years. Bob Iger is currently searching for a successor. Some excerpts from the interview that also included Bob Iger:
Specifically, what is it you want to do?
Sweeney: I have a lot to learn. But I would like to learn to be a director because I know I am not a writer and I am not an actor. And for the countless times I’ve been on our sets, that makes me a set visitor, that does not make me a director or a producer. So this is the place I intend to start. And I know I have a lot of shadowing to do. I have a lot of learning.
If you’d been asked to replace Bob Iger when he leaves in 2016, would we be having this conversation?
Sweeney: That wasn’t a job I wanted to pursue. I know what drives me. I have seen firsthand what [the job] is and he has done it in the most spectacular way. What drives me now is getting closer to or being immersed in the creative process.
What about succession?
Sweeney: It will be Bob’s call. If you know Disney, you know that we are very organized and we have succession plans.
Iger: Anne has been consulted and she will continue to be. It will ultimately be my decision, but she’ll definitely be my partner. We have considerable talent in the company and I am convinced that we have the talent to replace Anne. There will be a fairly steep learning curve because it represents a big group. Whoever gets the job will represent big growth in terms of level of responsibility, number of moving parts, exposure to the inside world from a different constituent than to the outside world.
The annual meeting of shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, including remarks by management regarding the Company, will be available live via audio webcast at www.disney.com/investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT on March 18, 2014. A replay will be provided through April 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. PDT.
Variety is reporting that Disney is in talks to acquire Maker Studios, a 3rd party provider of video to YouTube.
According to the report, “Maker Studios claims it serves more than 4.5 billion monthly views, with 340-plus million subscribers to more than 55,000 YouTube channels it owns or manages on behalf of partners. Its roster of talent includes PewDiePie — the most-subscribed third-party channel on YouTube, currently with about 24.8 million followers — as well as KassemG, EpicLloyd’s “Epic Rap Battles of History,” the Shaytards and Snoop Lion’s WestFestTV.”
Neither Disney nor Maker Studios commented on the report.
ABC has released the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Declassified. In this week’s edition, the episode T.A.H.I.T.I. is recapped with puppets and Mulan’s Ming-Na Wen gives some combat tips.
Jennifer Walters ongoing adventures are a smash hit as the sleeper hit of All-New Marvel NOW! continues! Today, Marvel is proud to announce that SHE-HULK #2 has sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail level) and will immediately head back to press!
SHE-HULK #2 is just another red-hot All-New Marvel NOW! title to fly off the shelves and return for a second printing! Writer Charles Soule and artist Javier Pulido craft an intriguing tale critics are calling “fun”, “beautiful” and “smart”.
“It’s fun, fast, and easy on the eyes. It’s great to live in an age where Marvel puts out awesome, unique comics like this” – IGN.com
“This is just good comics, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.” – ComicBooked.com
‘There’s basically nothing to dislike about this book” – ComicVine.com
NOW is your chance to jump aboard one of the hottest new series in comics as SHE-HULK #2 smashes back into comic shops this April!
Tom Bergeron has announced that he will depart America’s Funniest Home Videos after next season. In a statement the Dancing with the Stars host says, “I’m embracing change this month. DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing.”
Tom, who also hosts the Disney Legends ceremony at the D23 Expos, has hosted the show since 2001.
Following a screening last night, several invited guests went to Twitter to share their early thoughts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel blew me away. Movie has a fantastic script, amazing action, and great character moments. Just about perfect.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 11, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is absolutely incredible. Best action in a Marvel solo movie and perhaps the best of them all – around. — Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 11, 2014
Captain America 2 might be the best Marvel movie yet. Still processing, but it's insanely good.
— John Campea (@johncampea) March 11, 2014
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is Marvel’s best movie to date. You thought the trailers were great? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
— PJ Campbell (@pj_campbell) March 11, 2014
Variety has written a report on how Kermit the Frog and the Muppets got their mojo back. The article discusses the rise, fall, and resurgence of the famous characters. The article discusses about how the Muppets fit in with Disney:
Lisa [Henson]says that, in a way, the Muppets were a model for how Disney subsequently acquired two other lucrative brands — Marvel and “Star Wars’” parent Lucasfilm. “It seems like a smart move for a creator to land there,” she adds. “We waited for so many years to close the deal with Disney for the Muppets to live forever.”
The article also discusses the future of the Muppets including bringing them back to TV:
“It’s just a matter of time,” [Muppeter Bill] Barretta says. “We’re excited to bring it back.” He has an idea for expanding the series. “I think it would be fun to go home and see their personal lives outside of work, and see things they get into. Simple everyday things, like ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ does.”
In a telephone interview, Brian Henson admits he had some reservations over the 2011 Disney reboot. “I felt like in the last movie, the Muppets were in one reality and the actors were in another, ” he says. But he calls “Most Wanted,” which he recently saw, a great Muppets movie. “I think my dad would be thrilled the Muppets are continuing,” he adds. “That’s a big deal.”
Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters March 21.