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Disney boss Bob Iger talks Star Wars, Marvel and Martin Scorsese

Disney boss Bob Iger talks Star Wars, Marvel and Martin Scorsese

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He's arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood - the boss of The Avengers, The Lion King, Star Wars and Toy Story, not to mention Mickey Mouse.Since becoming chief executive of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, Bob Iger has masterminded the Mouse House's growth into an entertainment empire with the takeovers of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox.The studio's films have taken $ 8.3bn (£6.4bn) at box offices worldwide so far this year, and account for about $ 4 in every $ 10 spent at North American cinemas.Following the publication of his memoir, titled The Ride of a Lifetime (Disney does theme parks too), he gave his only UK interview to BBC media editor Amol Rajan.Here are five key things he said, including why "less
Game Of Thrones writers leave Star Wars project

Game Of Thrones writers leave Star Wars project

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The men behind Game Of Thrones have jumped spaceship and walked away from a new Star Wars trilogy, which is set to be released in 2022.David Benioff and DB Weiss were set to direct the new series, but have since signed a five-year deal to make content for Netflix. The pair signed for the streaming giant in August, after it won an intense bidding war for their signature with Amazon and Disney. Image: The pair were set to direct new Star Wars films. Pic: Disney As a result, they now have announced that given their new busy schedules, something had to give.In a statement to Deadline, Benioff and Weiss said: "There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects... so we ar...
Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

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July 10 (UPI) -- Today, economists use a wide variety of sophisticated tools to measure economic output. But how does one measure economic activity that happened 1,000 years ago? One way is measure changes in lead pollution levels trapped in ancient ice. Using Arctic ice cores, an international team of researchers successfully retraced the economic ups and down of the last 1,500 years. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the the economic impacts of wars and plagues. "We all were surprised at how similarly lead pollution varied across this half of the Arctic and how closely those variations coincided with known historical events," Joe McConnell, director of DRI's Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at the Desert ...
The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

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The next Star Wars movie, episode IX, will be titled The Rise of Skywalker, it has been announced.The title was revealed at a Star Wars celebration event in Chicago, while a teaser trailer was posted on Twitter with the words: "Every generation has a legend."Director JJ Abrams said the movie is set some time after previous instalment The Last Jedi.The Rise of Skywalker is due to be released later this year.Despite his apparent death at the end of Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine seems to be making a comeback.His sinister cackle is heard at the end of the trailer and Ian McDiarmid, who plays the character, strolled on stage to loud applause at the announcement. The two-minute trai...
Next Star Wars to use unseen footage of late Carrie Fisher

Next Star Wars to use unseen footage of late Carrie Fisher

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The late Carrie Fisher will feature in the next Star Wars movie using unseen footage recorded before her death, writer and director JJ Abrams has said. Star Wars: Episode IX begins filming on Wednesday at Pinewood Studios and will include returning cast members Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Lupita Nyong'o among others.Withnail & I and Gosford Park actor Richard E Grant and British actress Naomi Ackie have joined the cast.The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Fisher in the ninth film, using unreleased footage from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens to draw her character's story to an end.Fisher - who found international stardom as Princess Leia - died aged 60 in 2016 after finishing work on The Last Jedi, following a heart attack on a Los ...