San Diego Comic Con 2019 is right around the corner. Every July thousands of people flock to San Diego to partake in the convention. For a fan, it’s a four day long vacation that overwhelms the senses with all sorts of media and merchandise. For studios, it’s a place to showcase the newest piece of media that is due to be released. Studios bring exclusive footage and showcase actors. For example, Marvel has used the show to announce entire multi-year plans for their franchise.

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Last week Marvel Studios released Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of an unprecedented 22 movie arc that paid off with the largest opening weekend box office gross of all time. By the end of the films first five days, it had grossed $1.2 billion world wide and, as of the end of April, is the tenth highest grossing film of all time. This franchise has seen unparalleled success, in no small part due to how the films have touched audiences around the world.

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It seems that Disney’s expansion is far from done. Last month it was announced that Hulu had bought back the 9.5% share that AT&T acquired with its purchase of Time Warner for $1.43 billion. AT&T’s goal was to use that money to help pay off the debt it had acquired. This acquisition left Comcast with, roughly, 33% and Disney with 66%. With Comcast, the last hold out for Disney, the industry was left wondering how Comcast would respond, if at all.

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Outside of few exceptions, stop motion animation has gone out of favor with the general movie going audience. Hollywood studios rarely want to invest the time and money on projects that won’t yield a high reward. But there’s one studio that is trying to bring the magic and beauty of the art form: Laika. This studio is probably best known for putting out Coraline, since that’s the film that did the best due to a number of factors. 

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Apple is about to join the streaming game. Last week Apple unveiled Apple TV+, a new home for original content. This has been a long time coming for the tech giant as they have been accumulating original shows from top creators for some time now. Everyone from Sam Raimi to Steven Spielberg are developing shows for the new platform. Making it a force to be reckoned with right out of the gate.

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Until last week, it wasn’t clear what sorts of changes would be coming to the film production side of 21st Century Fox. Now that Disney had control of the company and layoffs began to happen, it was assumed that the company would operate relatively unchanged. This assumption was debunked last week when the public learned that Disney has shut down Fox 2000, the production arm of 21st Century Fox that produced films such as Love, Simon and Life of Pi.

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