FROM Richard Rushfield
Hollywood news banter Richard Rushfield, creator of The Ankler, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Another director is ushered out of the Star Wars universe. First it was Josh Trank, then Lord & Miller, and now Colin Trevorrow. Will Lucasfilm use more tested directors (like Ron Howard) in the future? Bob Iger says the Star Wars and Marvel movies will be included in their forthcoming streaming service. Disney is the only entertainment company with enough brand recognition to take on Netflix on their own. Producer Neal Moritz will be moving to Paramount once his contract is up at Sony. He’ll be going from the 5th place studio to the 6th, but it could be a sign that Jim Gianopulos, the new head of Paramount, is looking to make some big moves.
Another dispatching of a 'Star Wars' director Colin Trevorrow is out as director of Episode IX. This comes after the firing of Josh Trank and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on other Star Wars movies. At this point, people are starting to wonder about the Lucasfilm approach of hiring less proven directors to work on such a massive franchise.
Hollywood news banter Richard Rushfield, creator of The Ankler, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Shocking news from a galaxy far, far away: Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired as the directors of the untitled young Han Solo movie, citing "creative differences." Director Ron Howard will replace them . It's highly unusual to see directors fired so late in the process -- the film was well into production--some sources say even four-fifths of the way through shooting. The exact reasons behind the disruption are still unclear, but what is clear is that Kathy Kennedy, the head of LucasFilm, wants to protect the extremely valuable assets of all films related the Star Wars intellectual property. Apple prepares to enter the TV business in a big way . The company just poached two well-respected TV executives from Sony television. Netflix has started to rule the industry by spending $6 billion on new shows. Apple has many more billions of dollars than that it could spend on original content.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.