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Disney+ begins soft launch in the Netherlands

Two months before the official global release, Disney has done a test roll out of their new streaming service in the Netherlands.

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Two months before the official global release, Disney has done a test roll out of their new streaming service in the Netherlands.

To the surprise of many, Disney+ made an appearance in the app store for people waking up on Sept. 12 — but only if you lived in the Netherlands. If you reside anywhere else in the world, you’ll have to hang on until Nov. 12.

For now, the streaming service only offers existing content such as vaulted Disney movies — Sleeping Beauty and Beauty & The Beast, for example — as well as all existing Marvel Studios movies, all Star Wars installments, PIXAR movies and National Geographic.

Other content that has brought excitement to many is that of the 1992 animated X-Men cartoon which is included alongside the 90’s Spider-Man cartoon.

For fans of Star Wars, Rebels is also on there beside The Clone Wars series which will have the seventh and final season make its premiere on the platform early next year.

True Believers can navigate their way over to the Marvel section which will contain all of the movies from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame and includes some of the TV shows like Agents of SHIELDAgent Carter and The Runaways. Filming for the original Marvel shows kicks off soon with WandaVision starting in November.

The only movies from the MCU that will not be included are 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming home release of Spider-Man: Far From Home – both movies belong to Sony Pictures.

If you’re a parent reading this, the kids section will keep your little ones entertained for hours. The Kids section comes equipped with shows like Disney Junior, Mickey Mouse & Friends and Princesses.

What you won’t find included in the soft launch, however, are the original series being produced for the platform which includes the highly anticipated Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

All of the original shows and movies will release on their respective dates that Disney has given, which means yes, you still need to wait until November 12th to watch The Mandalorian.

Early feedback for the service and app has been incredibly positive and it does seem like Netflix will finally have a tough competitor in the digital streaming world. Disney+ launches globally on Nov. 12 for $7.99 USD.

Below you can find some menu screenshots courtesy of Reddit user A_Wonder_Named_Stevi which showcases some of the content currently on the site as well as the respective menus.

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MGM holds preliminary talks to sell properties

The studio will be the next one looking to get rid of their assets.

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The studio has sought potentially interested companies in purchasing their assets which contain one of the biggest franchises in film history.

The film studio MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) has sat down with interested buyers for their film assets which includes the James Bond catalog.

The two biggest interested parties are Apple and Netflix. The outcome of either one would lead to an interesting future for franchises like Bond where any subsequent instalments in the franchise could lead to streaming-only content.

Apple’s new streaming service launched with very little hype, at least in comparison to its recent competitor in Disney+, but adding something like James Bond to it could draw some subscribers, especially if any future movies, or series, are kept exclusively to Apple TV+.

Should either of these companies move ahead with the acquisition, it will also lend to a shift to the ‘big six’ of media companies, which include; Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, AT&T and Apple.

Aside from Bond, one of the other large properties coming with an MGM acquisition includes The Handmaid’s Tale which has been a popular show on Hulu for the past couple of years.

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ officially in development

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Carol Danvers’ sequel has officially been greenlit at Marvel Studios and is aiming for a 2022 release.

Debuting twice in a small window of March – May 2019, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) thundered into the MCU and became an icon for young women everywhere. Now, in a world post-Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a sequel for 2022.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, however, are not expected to return. Marvel is still looking to keep the female eye for the director’s chair but no frontrunners have been announced. Boden and Fleck will remain with Marvel Studios in some capacity, and are rumoured to be discussing an upcoming Disney+ property.

The film is expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame despite the mild cliffhanger teased in the first film which hinted at a long-running war between Carol and Ronan The Accuser.

The sequel will be written by WandaVision scribe Magen McDonnell.

Captain Marvel 2 will come to theatres in 2022. ■

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‘Clone Wars’ trailer drops ahead of final season

The anticipation builds for a finale.

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Get ready to fly back to a time in that galaxy far, far away you haven’t visited in six years.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning for one more highly-anticipated seventh season and a trailer released on Wednesday has this galaxy buzzing with excitement.

It will of course release on Disney+, the streaming home of all Star Wars. Though in the past six months alone we got our first Star Wars live action TV series with The Mandalorian, the final film of the 40-year Skywalker Saga and a new video game with Fallen Order, fans are hungry for more.

There will be 12 episodes to bring an end to the iconic series with weekly releases starting on Feb. 21, a Friday.

Showrunner Dave Filoni returns to direct the new Clone Wars episodes, continuing the storylines introduced in the original series and exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Featured heavily in the trailer are fan favourite characters from the series and Star Wars universe as a whole. Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano, Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Yoda and others are back for what appears to be a wild ride to the end.

The series ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2014 but it was cancelled when Disney purchased Star Wars from George Lucas, ending the much-beloved show without giving Filoni and his team a chance to properly bring it to a conclusion.

But now the director who was behind Star Wars: Rebels and played a big part in The Mandalorian is back to give The Clone Wars what it has always needed: a proper finish. ■

Reporting by Eli Ridder;
Editing by Nicholas Seles.
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