Kevin Feige Addresses Marvel’s New Approach to Original Series/Movies for Disney+

The Marvel Cinematic Universe divides its movies into phases, with the first three phases covering the formation of the Avengers, the rise of Thanos, and the Infinity Saga. The fourth phase is the first to be intertwined with a slate of new series premiering on the Disney+ streaming service — beginning four months ago with “WandaVision.”

On a new IMDbrief podcast, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was asked if “WandaVision” would be the template for the studio’s upcoming slate of MCU-themed TV series.

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“[WandaVision] is probably the most overt level, black-and-white, old-fashioned aspect ratio, but every show that we’re working on I think is about creative swings for both marvel studios, the MCU and television,” Feige said. “So I’m very excited about what we’ve already shown on ‘Falcon and the Winter Solider’ — that is a very big scale epic action buddy series that we’re excited about.”

The producer admitted that not much has been revealed about the storyline and characters in “Loki,” featuring Tom Hiddleston as the mercurial villain on a new time-warp crime spree.

“It is intriguingly different and I think we’ve called it a crime thriller — which is not something you would necessarily think of when it comes to ‘Loki.’ We like that. We enjoy that,” Feige said.

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel

The president of Marvel Studios said the Disney subsidiary is also eyeing new approaches to “Ms. Marvel,” about a Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan who gains shape-shifting powers, and is played by Iman Vellani; and “She-Hulk,” starring Tatiana Maslany, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth as villain Abomination — specifically for the streaming service.

“She-Hulk” is a 30-minute legal comedy, and “Ms. Marvel” is the origin of a new superhero, but from a [Muslim-American] community you haven’t seen representation from … and we wanted to bring that to the screen,” Feige said.

Indeed, the casting seems appropriate considering a third of Disney+ subscribers hail from India.

In July, Black Widow will be the first Marvel movie to premiere on Disney+, although it will also be available theatrically at the same time, which could be a game changer for the studio’s upcoming theatrical releases. It is the 24th release in the MCU movie franchise.

IMDb: ‘The Boys,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘Tiger King,’ ‘The Last Dance’ Among Top TV Shows in 2020

Amazon-owned movie and TV data base IMDb.com Dec. 8 unveiled the Top 10 TV Shows of 2020 and, for the first time ever, the Top 10 Docuseries and Top 10 Reality and Competition TV Series. Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its list of most popular shows from its proprietary rankings of shows based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Though reality TV was in its infancy when IMDb was founded 30 years ago, it’s grown enormously in terms of the diversity, scale and, in many cases, prestige of its offerings,” Brian Carver, head of content and licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.

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Carver said 2020 proved to be a standout year for TV and streaming series, with an assortment of true breakout shows, turning many of these programs — including Amazon’s “The Boys,” Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Tiger King,” and ESPN’s “The Last Dance” and Netflix’s “Too Hot to Handle” — into cultural moments.

Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said it’s notable that many of the top reality programs have had exceptionally long runs, including an incredible 40 seasons of “Survivor” and 12 seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“We celebrate these shows for their ongoing creativity and longevity, keeping fans coming back for more, year after year,” Simanton said.

IMDb Top 10 TV Shows of 2020

  1. The Boys
  2. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
  3. Dark
  4. Ozark
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Queen’s Gambit
  7. The Umbrella Academy
  8. Westworld
  9. The Witcher
  10. The Crown

 

IMDb Top 10 Docuseries of 2020

  1. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
  2. The Last Dance
  3. Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
  4. The Vow
  5. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  6. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
  7. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
  8. McMillions
  9. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
  10. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

 

IMDb Top 10 Reality and Competition Series of 2020

  1. Too Hot to Handle
  2. Selling Sunset
  3. Love Is Blind
  4. The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show)
  5. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  6. The Masked Singer
  7. Top Gear
  8. Survivor
  9. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  10. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

IMDb: Ana de Armas (‘Knives Out’), Anya Chalotra (‘The Witcher’) Top Stars in 2020

Amazon-owned IMDb Dec. 1 unveiled the Top 10 Stars and Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020. Topping the lists, respectively, Knives Out star and Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas and Anya Chalotra from Netflix’s “The Witcher.”

Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings, reviews of professional critics, or box office performance, IMDb determines its Top 10 lists using data from proprietary data, which is based on the actual page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Our lists … highlight the actors and actresses our fans and professional customers were most excited and curious about this year,”  Matt Kumin, head of IMDbPro, said in a statement.

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Chalotra received an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award for her standout performance as Yennefer in “The Witcher,” which ranks as one of the most popular TV Shows on IMDb this year. Chalotra has been a strong performer this year on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, spending four consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot and an additional four weeks in the Top 10. IMDbPro STARmeter rankings are determined by page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide. IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be a keenly accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment.

Previous IMDb STARmeter Award recipients in the “Breakout” category include Nicholas BraunOlivia CookeJacob ElordiPom KlementieffBrie LarsonDacre Montgomery and Miles Teller.

Cuban-born Ana de Armas, who appears with Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig in the next James Bond installment, No Time To Die, cut her teeth in Hollywood in 2015 erotic thriller Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves.

IMDb Top 10 Stars of 2020

  1. Ana de Armas
  2. Julia Garner
  3. Anya Chalotra
  4. Millie Bobby Brown
  5. Erin Moriarty
  6. Margot Robbie
  7. Aidan Gallagher
  8. Anya Taylor-Joy
  9. Linda Cardellini
  10. Henry Cavill

 

IMDb Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020

  1. Anya Chalotra
  2. Aidan Gallagher
  3. Maria Bakalova
  4. Lauren Lapkus
  5. Victoria Pedretti
  6. Jurnee Smollett
  7. Alba Baptista
  8. Golshifteh Farahani
  9. Freya Allan
  10. Diana Silvers

 

IMDb: ‘The Last Dance,’ ‘Last Week Tonight’ Top Most-Popular TV Shows Thus Far in 2020

IMDb.com, the online industry tracker owned by Amazon, Sept. 1 announced the Top 10 television shows thus far in 2020, according to its user ratings through Aug. 23.

Among the TV shows airing or streaming from Jan. 1, these 10 shows had the highest IMDb user ratings. IMDb ratings are determined by users who rank movies and TV shows on a 10-point scale. Content sources include ESPN, HBO, Netflix, Discovery, Amazon Prime Video, among others.

  1. The Last Dance
  2. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  3. The Outsider
  4. How the Universe Works
  5. Dark
  6. Westworld
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  9. Normal People
  10. Top Gear

Among the TV English-language shows airing or streaming their premiere season from Jan. 1, the following 10 new shows had the highest IMDb user ratings:

  1. The Last Dance
  2. The Outsider
  3. Normal People
  4. Gangs of London
  5. Dave
  6. The Midnight Gospel
  7. Star Trek: Picard
  8. Defending Jacob
  9. Unorthodox
  10. The New Pope

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IMDb recently launched a new What to Watch page, designed to make it easier for users to decide what to watch. From the Watch Guide, users can discover trending movies and TV shows from around the world, explore streaming picks, celebrity recommendations and watch the latest videos and trailers.

Daisey Edgar-Jones

Additionally, British actress Daisy Edgar-Jones received an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award for her performance as Marianne in “Normal People,” which ranks as the No. 3 new show of the year so far and No. 9 overall based on IMDb user ratings. Edgar-Jones has been a strong performer this year on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide.

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IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be an accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment. Previous IMDb STARmeter Award recipients in the “Breakout” category, include Nicholas BraunOlivia CookeJacob ElordiPom KlementieffBrie LarsonDacre Montgomery, and Miles Teller.

 

 

IMDb: ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Most Anticipated Movie, TV Show in 2020

Online movie/TV database IMDb.com has announced the Top 10 movies and TV shows of 2019, as well as the most anticipated movies and TV shows of 2020.

Rather than base its rankings on statistical samplings or critic reviews, Amazon-owned IMDb determines its list by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to the website. The data is derived from the subscription-based IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.

IMDb Top 10 Movies of 2019
Joker (Warner Bros.)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures)
Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros.)
The Lion King (Disney)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)
Alita: Battle Angel (Disney/Fox)
Aladdin (Disney)
Us (Universal Pictures)

IMDb Top 10 TV Shows of 2019
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Chernobyl” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“The Umbrella Academy” (Netflix)
“The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
“The Walking Dead” (AMC Network)
“Peaky Blinders” (Netflix)
“Sex Education” (Netflix)
“You” (Netflix)

IMDb Most Anticipated Movies of 2020
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner Bros.)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures)
Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)
No Time to Die (MGM)
Black Widow (Disney/Marvel)
Mulan (Disney)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)
Dune (Warner Bros.)
The King’s Man (Disney/Fox)
Fast & Furious 9 (Universal Pictures)

IMDb Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2020
“Star Trek: Picard” (CBS All Access)
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+)
“The New Pope” (HBO)
“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” (AMC Network)
“Snowpiercer” (TNT)
“The Stand” (CBS All Access)
“The Outsider” (HBO)
“Stargirl” (DC Universe, The CW)
“Hunters” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Katy Keene” (The CW)

For comparison purposes, the IMDb 2018 year-end Top 10 lists are available here: www.imdb.com/best-of/2018.

IMDb Announces First Scripted Series ‘You’re Not a Monster’

Online site IMDb has announced its first-ever scripted show, the animated series “You’re Not a Monster” debuting this fall.

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con this month will get a sneak peek of the 10-episode, short-form series when its trailer premieres on the IMDboat.

The show joins other IMDb original series “The IMDb Show,” “IMDbrief” and “Casting Calls.”

In “You’re Not a Monster,” Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) voices a former psychiatrist-turned-vampire who mentors his great-great grandson Max (Eric Stonestreet), a therapist who has inherited his practice. In each four- to five-minute episode, Max treats classic monsters, including Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Medusa, as they seek therapeutic help. Rounding out the voice cast is Aparna Nancherla as a demon receptionist, Ellie Kemper as a therapist who thinks Max is imagining everything, and Peter Grosz, Langston Kerman, Joel Kim Booster, Patton Oswalt, Adam Pally, Amber Ruffin, Amy Sedaris and Milana Vayntrub as monsters.

Show creators and cast members, including Grammer and Nancherla, will participate in an exclusive interview with host Kevin Smith on the IMDboat at Comic-Con July 20.

“Monsters are people, too,” said Grammer, who serves as executive producer of the series, in a statement.

The comedy series is created and written by four-time Emmy-winner Frank Lesser (“The Colbert Report”). Lily Stuart Streiff serves as Animation Director.

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“As a movie fan, I’ve always loved IMDb and am excited to work with them to humanize these inhuman creatures,” said Lesser in a statement. “Plus, I figured this would be the easiest way to get another credit on my IMDb page. ‘You’re Not a Monster’ is a show with a lot of heart. And, yes, sometimes that heart is lying in a pool of blood, but it still looks adorable thanks to Lily’s Streiff’s delightful character design.”

“We are thrilled to offer a new original comedy series to our fans as we shine a light on the daily struggles faced by classic movie monsters,” said Steve Bernstein, GM of IMDb Video, in a statement. “’You’re Not a Monster’ is not only the first-ever animated series for IMDb, but also our first scripted program, and introducing the show on the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect place to share its fun narrative alongside members of the incredible cast.”

“You’re Not a Monster” premieres this fall at www.imdb.com/monster, on the IMDb TV free streaming video channel, and on the IMDb iOS and Android apps.

IMDb, also worldwide source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities, is an Amazon company.

Loop Media Acquires ScreenPlay

Loop Media, a streaming media company focused on premium short-form video for businesses and consumers, has acquired ScreenPlay, with its library and licensing rights to more than 200,000 music videos and film, game and TV trailers.

Loop purchased the company, which takes in millions of dollars in annual revenue and has a built-in client base of thousands of public venues, with cash and stock, according to a Loop press release.

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“ScreenPlay has been successfully providing a great video service to North American businesses for 30 years. We are excited to aggressively expand its already substantial footprint and further the current experience by enabling audiences to engage with popular content at home and in public venues as Loop,” said Jon Niermann, CEO and co-founder, Loop Media, in a statement. “Not only does ScreenPlay fast-forward Loop’s business with its vast library of treasures — including vintage performances by major label and independent artists — it brings us a customer base in a digital out-of-home market that will grow as we deliver more powerful, slimmer and connected solutions.”

ScreenPlay founder and chairman Mark Vrieling, a home entertainment veteran and longtime officer with the Entertainment Merchants Association, will join Loop as chief content officer, leading content acquisition and licensing, and Pete MacKenzie, ScreenPlay’s second-longest tenured employee and COO, will become president to oversee day-to-day operations. The rest of the team will continue operations at Loop’s Seattle office.

“Over the past two years, our relationship has grown from partners, to Loop’s investment in ScreenPlay, to realizing the formidable power we’d have as one company,” Vrieling said in a statement. “Our team is excited to join Loop to provide more value to both the business customer and individual consumer, and help shape the future of streaming video.”

Videos from ScreenPlay’s library can be viewed in thousands of public venues including select Hard Rock Cafes, Norwegian Cruise Line, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings and Margaritaville, according to the release. Current customers will continue to receive uninterrupted service as Loop develops and rolls out complementary services throughout the year. The videos are also provided to hundreds of websites and businesses such as IMDb, Amazon, Best Buy and more, which account for hundreds of millions of views per month, according to the release.

Loop was created by entertainment, tech and media industry veterans from The Walt Disney Co., Electronic Arts, comScore, Vevo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs, as well as major label artists.

Loop’s consumer app will be available later this year, according to the release.

IMDb Launches AVOD Entertainment Streaming Channel

Movie website IMDb Jan. 10 announced the launch of IMDb Freedive, a free, ad-supported streaming entertainment video channel.

The channel is available in the United States on the IMDb website (www.imdb.com/freedive) via laptop, personal computer and on all Amazon Fire TV devices, according to the company, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

IMDb Freedive enables customers to watch TV shows, including “Fringe,” “Heroes,” “The Bachelor” and “Without a Trace,” as well as movies, such as Awakenings, Foxcatcher, Memento, Monster, Run Lola Run, The Illusionist, The Last Samurai and True Romance, without purchasing a subscription, the company announced.

In launching the site, IMDb is expanding its video offering beyond short-form original series, trailers and celebrity interviews. Customers also can use “X-Ray,”  powered by the information on IMDb, to get information about cast, crew, trivia, soundtracks and more.

IMDb original video series, including “The IMDb Show,” “Casting Calls” and “No Small Parts,” are also available to stream on IMDb Freedive.

“Customers already rely on IMDb to discover movies and TV shows and decide what to watch,” said Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, in a statement. “With the launch of IMDb Freedive, they can now also watch full-length movies and TV shows on IMDb and all Amazon Fire TV devices for free. We will continue to enhance IMDb Freedive based on customer feedback and will soon make it available more widely, including on IMDb’s leading mobile apps.”

Fire TV customers will see the IMDb Freedive icon in the “Your Apps & Channels” row. On Fire TV, consumers can say “Alexa, go to Freedive,” to access the site.

The IMDb Freedive catalog will continue to evolve, with new titles added regularly, according to the company.