Apple buying Disney?!

According to a story circulating the internet, Apple is weighing the option of buying Disney. For $200 billion.

“Recently, investors have increased their expectations that Apple could seriously consider acquiring Disney,” the report says.

Making it clear that Apple are open to “acquisitions of any size”

Disney, one of the few companies in the world that is as instantly recognizable and popular as Apple, makes for a compelling potential partner.

It would require federal help though:

Apple would need U.S. regulators to give it a “tax holiday” to repatriate offshore cash to fund an acquisition of Disney. Assuming Apple could obtain a 9% tax rate, it would effectively have access to cash of $223 billion.

Interesting.

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Netflix Movie Studio!?

Netflix has been producing original content at a steady pace, both in the movie space and in the tv space. Whilst receiving praise from audiences and critics alike, prestige has eluded them. Deadline are reporting, in a power move to attract bigger names to the service, they have hired Scott Stuber, a HUGE hollywood movie producer.(Ted 2, Patriots Day, Kill The Messenger)

Netflix wants to be a movie studio and is going the right way about it. However, Bloomberg reports that Netflix has an uphill battle as many filmmakers develop their projects for the big screen and Netflix’s business plan of same day theatre/streaming release doesn’t sit well with theatres.

Can Netflix repeat its TV success on the big screen? We will have to wait and see.

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Expensive Movie Rentals?!

It seems like there’s going to be a reduction from the time a movie is at the cinema to when it’s in your home….Warner Bros would be cool with people renting a movie 2 weeks after cinematic release as long as they pay a $50 fee. Fox are offering a 30-40 day turn around with a $30 price tag. Universal doesn’t have a price but has suggested 20 days before available to rent at home.

Variety reports that due to anti-trust laws, each studio has to come to an agreement with each theatre chain individually. Who are scared that people won’t come to the cinema if this happens, the demand is that the 90 day gap between cinema release and debut on Blu Ray stays as is for at least 5 years.

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Late Shift

Late Shift is an interactive film where the viewer, can make choices in specific scenes. Initially released as an iOS app and shown in select cinemas allowing people to vote on each decision, is now coming to PS4 and Xbox one.

Playing as Matt, a student in London, who through a series of unfortunate events finds himself participating in a lucrative auction house robbery. With a total of 180 decisions to make and 7 possible endings there is a total of 4 hours to get through. The questions start of relatively mundane but work themselves up to some pretty tough decisions!

Late shift hits consoles this April.

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Netflix plan to give you no free time!

Soon there will be no other time but Netflix time.

It was only 5 years ago that Netflix launched it’s very first original series, Lilyhammer. Now Netflix boasts a ton of original content on it’s service. From shows, to movies to documentaries and comedy specials, Netflix has a back catalogue of a lot of original content. Netflix plan to deliver more than 1,000 hours worth of content in 2017 up from 600 hours last year.

 

How do they plan on giving you no time at all? Well by making it’s users accounts tailored to them, highlighting to them what they may enjoy based on what they have previously watched. Be that having something on as background noise when you’re working on something else, things that make you think or escape.

Netflix knows that you aren’t going to be spending too much time traipsing through their catalogue so they want to bring their content right infront of your eyes, so to speak. Netflix VP of Product Todd Yellin Explains:

“By the time they get to Netflix, we don’t want them to have to look through thousands of pieces of content and make a hard decision….We know the typical Netflix user is only going to look through 40 or 50 titles.”

Highlighting that Netflix aren’t going for a one show fits all model but rather spread to programming to fit everyone’s tastes.

This model has been heavily praised by many of the creators who have already worked with Netflix, it’s a model which drew Charlize Theron when trying to sell Girlboss as a television series. The amount of creative freedom while working with Netflix is what’s so appealing when compared to working on other projects.

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Lego Batman

 

There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. (IMDB)

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John Wick 2

This week Marcus Bronzy checked out John Wick and really enjoyed it! It’s more than just a story about a guy who goes on a rampage because somebody killed his dog.

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Trainspotting 2

Dev recently saw Trainspotting 2 and spoke about it on the show!

First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Information Credit: IMDB

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Check the trailer for Trainspotting 2 below:

Spectral

Spectral

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government..

(Synopsis Credit: IMDB)

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father….

(IMDB Synopsis Credit)

 

In partnership with Universal and Bridget Jones’ Baby we spoke to James Preece about dating in the modern world, you can hear all about that here!