Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 41 “May The Flight Be With You”

Star Wars is in the Disney Detective again this week with a new United Airlines Star Wars themed plan as well as Carrie Fishers daughter Billie Lourd’s thoughts on being the keeper of the Princess Leia legacy and we’ll look at Disney walking back some charges after a backlash and class action lawsuit.

DC is in the Entertainment news with casting details for some of the villains in the next installment of the Batman franchise as well as Box Office profitability news on the results of the Joker and we’ll cap it off with a touching surprise appearance by Tina Turner at opening night of a new Broadway musical about her life and experiences.  As always we’ll finish with our Insightful picks of the week.

Insights into Entertainment


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Speaker 4: 00:51 Welcome to insights and entertainment. This is episode 41 in a flight. Be with you. I’m your host, Jo’s of Waylon and my charismatic and entertaining cohost. Bisho Wayland.

Speaker 5: 01:04 Hi everyone.

Speaker 4: 01:06 Congratulations sweetheart. I was able to come up with new adjectives. This so proud of you. So this week in Disney, detective we’ve got some information on a new star Wars airliner. We have some information about Disney giving stuff for free. They kind of changed their mind on it, right then we’ll get some input from Carrie Fisher’s daughter of Billy Lord on becoming the keeper of the legacy of princess Leia. And in our entertainment news, we have some casting information on the new Batman, some box office updates on joker and a new distinction that it has earned. And then we hear from Tina Turner regarding a new Broadway play and some news around that. I think we’ve got an active show ready to get into it. Let’s do it. Alright, let’s do it. Go for Disney detective.

Speaker 5: 02:19 So United airlines actually a unveiled a star Wars theme plane that’ll make passengers feel like the Jedi or I guess scythe in your case that they, that they are. So in conjunction with the new movie coming out, the airline is adding on a, an out of the galaxy airplane to its fleet for fans who only dreamed about boarding the millennium Falcon. So the plane, which will be a Boeing seven 37, 800, will be unveiled in November and it’s complete with a themed interior paint, an exterior painting where the tail actually will have a light saber. It a safety video that will actually feature favorites like Yoda and Chewbacca in it. Passengers will also be welcomed on the plane with the movies, iconic soundtrack playing as you’re loading onto the plane. And you’ll be given a little amenities kit that’ll have tissues, earplugs, toothbrush and products by skincare co, a skincare company, a Sunday.

Speaker 5: 03:23 Riley. so the interior of the plane will also have, you know the embossed emblems from the the films, dueling factions, the resistance in the first order. And basically it’s to, you know, help obviously, you know, promote the movie. Not that, you know, they really need any help. They’re hard enough on it, but I think it would just be kinda kind of cool. When we did a star Wars celebration a couple of years ago, there was one of the, the companies that actually had an plane and I think a C three PO plane too. So it’s not the first time that, you know, star Wars and an airline has, has, you know gone together. So this was, this was kind of cool. So in the wake of the announcement, the airlines mileage plus members now can actually have the opportunity to bid on star Wars themes, experiences including the opportunity to attend the premiere of star Wars rye.

Speaker 5: 04:29 The rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles in London or a travel package for, for to visit star Wars filming locations in Jordan. So that was kind of cool. Another little bonus. United airlines also recently announced that they partnered with a sleep management app called time shifter, which helps passengers kick jet lag while flying to new time-zones. Yeah. I don’t travel enough to, I don’t travel horizontally enough across time zones for it to be enough of an effect. Like when we travel, we travel, we usually travel in North South. And even then we don’t tend to stay in the same time. Right. Usually, you know, if I’m hopping time zones, it’s cause I’m heading out to California and it’s only three hours. Right, right. So this video that, that you’re seeing in the background, this isn’t the safety, it’s part of the safety video, but it’s kind of neat because they highlight different areas around the world.

Speaker 5: 05:30 You know, where the flights are going to be traveling to. No. In this video, it was basically, you know, like there’s a star Wars street in, in, I don’t remember what the country was, so they actually show you and there’s a mosaic of stuff. So kind of different, you know, kind of cool. So like, you know, London with the background and you know, so it’s an interesting little video to watch, but it’s not the full safety video that they’re talking about in the article that’s going to have the characters and everything in it. So, so kinda cool. Yeah. Kinda cool. Is this promotional short term or are they going to keep, I’m sure it’s probably RTD too on the C3 didn’t really stay. Yeah, I’m sure they’re probably only going to be, you know, for, for a little while. It didn’t say in the article for how long.

Speaker 5: 06:21 But they did say it would be the planes would be going throughout the U S Canada, central America, and the Caribbean. Okay. It’s kind of a shame that it’s the new star Wars and not the old star Wars perial symbol. Right, right. Or anything like that. You know, you had kind of have to be force fed. There’s these do, right. But you know, but look on eBay because they are everybody that boards the plane, no, everybody that’s on the plane will also get a commemorative pin up until the planes, the plane, the films rollies.

Speaker 5: 07:02 So I’m guessing the planes are probably, or at least the specialty planes will only be around, you know, for, for a couple of months. So it’s kind of like the monorails how they feed them. Right, right. Exactly. Cool. Yeah, something different. So what does Disney giving away for free? So this was something we actually didn’t bring this up last week. When the story kinda kind of broke or so if you’ve ever gone to Disney one of the things that they started doing, it was actually back in 2016 was they had a, the fuel rods where you could get the little battery banks for your phones. And when you bought it, you were allowed unlimited free refills on it. So the idea was, you know, definitely if it was something where you were a multiple trip kind of person, it made sense. It costs $30 and then you could recharge it, you know, for free.

Speaker 5: 08:03 You basically would go and, and swap out, you know an empty one for a full one. And again, the idea was it was going to be, you know, a free charge, a free refill, so to speak. Well it’s popcorn used to be a free refill. Right, right. So then what started happening was in towards the, the end of October, new signage was going up onto these dispensers saying that as of November 1st a $3 fee was going to go into place. Right. So people actually got pissed off by it because when they, you know, spent the $30, it had said, you know, there wasn’t anything that said after so many years, this is, you know, now we’re going to start charging. And there actually was a class action suit that was filed and because of the class action suit, Disney basically came out and said, oops. Yep, that’s right. We were wrong.

Speaker 5: 09:09 And basically decided to, you know, so a Disney made the statement on November 1st saying a decision had been made not to implement the $3 portable charger swap fee until further notice. Guests can continue to swap their fuel rods portable chargers using the fuel rods owned and operated kiosks at Walt Disney world with no additional costs at this time. So at this time until right until something happens and you know, until Disney realizes that a way to get around the lawsuit and then they can start charging. Right, exactly. So as of now, or there’s no like five below five below and spend $30 dollars on. Right. And that was the other thing too, that a lot of different people were saying that, you know, not that many people really use them anymore because most of the newer phones, their batteries, you know, are lasting longer or they have their own, you know, they didn’t have to spend $30 on that nasty four letter word coming up in Disney and Disney.

Speaker 5: 10:22 Not lately. Nothing in Disney. Nothing. Disney is free now. So yeah. Okay. Well at least they backed us off for a little bit, and I can almost guarantee you that is probably because of the people that already bought it. Right. And I’m sure there’s a warranty period and once that warranty period is, it’s probably something like five years or something, you know, I’m sure that you buy them now. The warranties Taney completely different. Right. Disney’s probably going to get around that. So we’ll say. So tell us about the keeping the legacy of princess list. So time time magazine actually published an essay that was written by Billy Lord Carrie Fisher’s daughter. And it was basically talking about what it was growing up with princess Leia as her mom. And it was a very, very sweet article. So I would suggest, you know, anybody that’s you know, a star Wars fan, you know you know, to just take the time and go and read it.

Speaker 5: 11:29 You know, she talks about, you know, just the dynamic of it and that, you know, she didn’t, she couldn’t, she never really understood it as a kid. She never watched the movies until she was about six. And then even then, she really never finished watching the movies until she was like nine or 10. Like every time they would turn it on, she would be like, mommy, it’s too loud. Turn it off or whatever. You know? And just, she couldn’t understand that the person that was on the screen was the same person that was reading her bedtime stories. You know, and then she says that it wasn’t until middle school that when boys would come up to her and say, wow, I had a crush on your mom. That’s, he was like, like, why? That’s not the way to start a conversation. Right, exactly.

Speaker 5: 12:15 You know, and, and she says, you know, here, here’s a quote. She says, I grew up with three parents, a mom and dad, and princess Leia. I knew princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom, technically family, but deep down I really didn’t like her. She literally and metaphorically lived on a planet that I had never been to when Leo was around, there wasn’t much room for my mom, for Carrie as a child. I couldn’t understand why people loved Leia so much as they did. I didn’t want to watch her movie. I didn’t want to dress up like her. I didn’t even want to talk about her. I just wanted my mom, the one who lived on earth and not tattoo tattooing. So then she talks about you’ve never lived on Tottori and I understand really she hasn’t seen all, she didn’t see all the movements.

Speaker 5: 13:00 So then, you know, she goes on to talk about how, you know, she later on, you know, she watched the movies and she went to a comic con with her mom and she said it was the first time that she realized how widespread and deep the love was for Leia and for her mom. And she said it was just surreal seeing people of all ages from all over the world that were dressed up like her mom, the lady who had sang her to sleep and held her when she, you know, was scared and just the amount of joy that her mom was able to bring to people. Just like that was when the aha moment was, you know for her, she said, you know, seeing people, you know, wait in line for hours or that had tattoos or had named their children after her, you know, it was, she said it was basically just magical.

Speaker 5: 13:55 You know, and then she talks about how, you know, she really never wanted to be an actor. You know, she had gone off to college and when she was done, she kinda thought she was, you know, gonna kind of do something different and then, excuse me, they were starting to do the newer trilogies and her mom was like, why don’t you, why don’t you go and audition? She’s like, Oh, I’m never going to get it. And she got this small, cute little part in it. And what was cute was they talk about how, you know going into hair and makeup the first day. And it was like, you know, you know, like her mom was making more fuss over her, getting her hair and makeup. Right. Then you know, for herself, you know, this is general w you know, Leah, this isn’t, you know, just princess Leia anymore and that, you know, they, if you, you know, remember from, from the movie she had the buns and she said it was kind of like, you know, some families have, you know, names that they pass down.

Speaker 5: 14:59 We have a hairstyle, you know, so she felt very honored. You know, again, it’s such a sweet, you know, article. You know, it had me tearing up, you know, and then it even talks about how with the new movie, you know, after the, the second one was done, I guess when they had already started talking about the third one. The third one was really supposed to be the lay a movie. Right. You know, and that, you know, JJ Abrams actually had her come into the office after her mom had already passed and said, listen, this is where we want to go with the story. Are you okay with this? You know, we have enough footage from all of the other movies to kind of put something together. We think we can actually make it a lay a movie. And she’s like, you know, so now, yeah, she has three parents, her mom, her dad and princess Leia, and now she feels she is the guardian of princess. So again, a really cool, yeah, it was a great article and you know, definitely take the time to, to read it. It was on time magazine. I’m sure if you do a search for Billy Lord time magazine on becoming the keeper of princess Leia.

Speaker 4: 16:12 Very nice. Very nice. And that’s all we had for Disney detective today. Let’s move on to our entertainment and do okay.

Speaker 4: 16:27 So casting news for the new Batman movie.

Speaker 5: 16:30 Yeah. So every, every couple of days you hear a little bit something when we’ve been talking about, you know, the new Batman movie for, for a while now. So it seems that the cast of Matt Reeves, Batman movie is kinda rounding out as Colin Farrel has reportedly been cast to betray the penguin. Andy circus is in negotiations to play. Bruce Wayne’s loyal Butler, Alfred pennyworth. So feral and circus join the all star Cass’s already included patents in as obviously the dark night. Jeffrey Wright as commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Danoe as the Riddler. Now, previously they had been various sources saying that Jonah Hill was actually in talks to be the penguin or even the Riddler, but those actually, you know, fell through. So the production on the movie is scheduled to begin at the top of 2020 with a theatrical release set for June 25th of 2021. And obviously, which, you know, we’ll talk about actually in our next article, obviously DC is kind of riding pretty high on, you know, some of their latest movie movies I should say, what

Speaker 7: 17:50 Change for DC. Right. So obviously seeing how well you know, joker has been doing, that’s kind of giving them hope, you know, for the new Batman movie to, to come to come about. So see, I don’t know, I can’t see Colin Pharell is as playing penguin, you know, C and that’s the thing is because again, this time frame, it’s there. You know, he’s not the older, he’s not, you know, it’s a little bit beyond Gotham I guess. So I, I don’t know. I guess I can see like he can’t play the joker league. Danny, the Vito did no way anyone can mean penguin. Penguin. I’m sorry. And I can’t see him picking up from the joker or the penguin that we saw in God. Gotham. Yeah. I don’t know where he’s going to fit in. Like he’s going to have to make it his own right.

Speaker 7: 18:45 But I could, I could see him because I’ve seen him do like the gritty, you know, type, you know, he’s kinda gonna. I think he’s going to be that in between, like not the likable penguin from Gotham, cause Gotham. He was kind of likable. But the other thing too is Danny DeVito’s penguin was also more, it was a very cartoonish defense. Right, exactly. Like Tim call him Pharaoh. He’s a fantastic actor and just on town alone could pull this off. I’m interested to see the direction he goes with it. Right. Because the, the penguins that we’ve seen, right. He’s not the first person that Springs to mind when you think of penguin. Right. Right. And that’s the thing is, and, and and I’m guessing maybe because of Gotham’s, you know, penguin as not being as cartoonish as the other ones have been. You know, you’re gonna see that, that other side.

Speaker 7: 19:49 So it’ll be interesting. We’ll say Burgess Meredith has always been penguins. Well come on Rocky. Yeah. See again, comic book, you know, that’s who he is, you know. Yeah. So, so our next D C right. So in box office news joker has become the most profitable comic book movie ever. Not the highest grossing yet. Cause obviously you confuse me with that when I write cause you totally, we’re, we’re like what? So it’s the most profitable. So here I shall explain I shall explain everybody sit down and take your notes out. Okay. So in North America, after five weeks in the theaters, joker has made 304 point $2 million Justin than North America. Globally, it’s $953 million.

Speaker 5: 20:50 Okay. So again, not highest grossing movie, but I’m sorry the movie only cost 62.5 million to produce. So that was their budget. So right now they have made 15.3 times their budget. So that’s where it’s the highest, the most profitable comic book movie. So it’s, it’s amazing that it only costs 62.5 to make given the people that were in the movie. Well, and that’s the thing is you figure, you know, again, we haven’t seen it yet. It’s more of a psychological thriller type. You don’t have, you know, if you compare it to end game, the amount of special effects and things like that, you know, the, the budget completely, you know, throws the budget, you know, out of, out of whack. So so in terms of a budget verse global gross, here’s just some figure. So Jim carries the mask made 351,000,002 a budget of 23 million in 1984 then the most profitable big comic book movie was venom, which you actually were kinda surprised he was talking about.

Speaker 5: 22:16 I’m like, then I’m actually made a lot of money. So venom had made 854 million to a budget of 90 million, and then Batman made a 40, a 411 million to a budget of 35 million dead pool, 783 million to a budget of 58. So it’s, you know, so now joker is kind of, you know, building its way up. And honestly, if it, once it hits like the 1 billion, it’ll actually be the cheapest movie that had broken. Right. You know, that had been the most profitable in that respect. That’s a lesson for Disney. They don’t have to spend, you know, $600 million. Basically. It, you know, it, the article talks about how it’s a studios dream. It was mid-level budget, a 2d film, you know, that’s, that’s pulling in all this business. It’s an R rated psychological drama, you know, with kind of a bonus. You know, right now it’s the third cheapest, a million dollar grocer of all time.

Speaker 5: 23:30 You have Bohemian Rhapsody, you know, that isn’t too far, you know, beyond that. You know, so it’s kind of make sense. Profit margin I take any day. Right. So now you kind of look at, you know, Batman, you know, maybe we’ll see it now with all these stars are showing up. Well that’s the other thing too, that’s going to skew it because even though joker has, you know, some big stars in it too, they’re not as, you know, big. So I’m sure their, you know, their, their salary is, is a little skewed with that too. But you know, it’ll be interesting to see. And then the other thing too is, you know, they’re already talking Oscars, you know, nominations for it. You know, especially for, for walking fee Phoenix, you know, people are saying he’s, you know, if he’s not gonna win the best actor, he’s definitely going to be, you know, up for. But again, you know, between now and the end of the year, you know, it’ll be okay.

Speaker 7: 24:30 And it’s funny because they said the same thing about Heath ledger when he played . And he may be, that’s just such a good character that whoever it might check Nicholson. Do you know anybody who plays it? It’s such an FDIC, you know, character and stuff. But it’s, it’s also such an iconic, I mean, look at the people who played it. Right. Even if you go back to the 1960 you had Cesar Romero, right. Then you had Jack Nicholson, then you had Heath ledger play it. Now you’ve got Joaquin Phoenix.

Speaker 5: 24:59 We were just at the mall, you know, not that, you know, earlier today. And one of the, the tee shirt places actually had a tee shirt that had joker and it had all of them, you know, on it with their names. Yeah. They’re all iconic. Yes, absolutely. So it’s definitely,

Speaker 7: 25:17 Is it the actor that made the character or the character that made the actors? Yeah.

Speaker 5: 25:21 Yeah. And it’s funny to think back, you know, if you remember, you know, years ago, I don’t even remember how many years ago, Joaquin Phoenix, I had actually squared off of acting. He was like, I’m done. I’m never doing it again. Well, he also, he went on, he went a little crazy. You know, and sometimes you need to have a little crazy, you know, it kind of makes you wonder, especially if you’re playing the joker. Yeah, yeah. You know, and that’s where you kind of wonder, Hmm, does it really mess with you? And unfortunately, Heath ledger, you know, passed away, but you know, related to the part, unrelated to the part, but again, was there, you know,

Speaker 7: 26:00 Maybe you just get into that zone as an actor and you just kind of step out of it. Yeah. So it’ll be, it’ll be interesting. It definitely takes a special kind of person to play the role big and successful. Yeah. Yeah. Cool. So tell us about Tina Turner.

Speaker 5: 26:16 So Tina Turner had the crowd of Broadway’s Lindt Fort Fontane theater on their feet this past Thursday night and more ways than one. The music icon and rock and roll hall of Famer who is 79 stopped by the opening night of Tina, the Tina Turner musical with electrifying and heart stopping new stage show, which is based on her life. And she actually surprised the audience there. With an emotional post show speech, a, she was joined on stage by all the members of the musical creative team and it’s hardworking cast. She said the musical is my life, but it’s like poison that turned into medicine. She said I can never be as happy as I am now. So cheering on Turner from the audience was a star studded crowd from Oprah to Gayle King to Tiffany Haddish, spike Lee Martha Stewart, just a ton of, of people were there to, to support her.

Speaker 5: 27:18 So after the show she posed for pictures with the cast who attended and and guests who attended. The opening night after party T Turner has long supported Tina, the Tina Turner musical because it actually had opened in London in April of 2018 and this past March in Germany actually. So the musical traces her turbulent moments of her life from her 50 years singing career. Basically, it starts out with the poverty stricken town of nut Bush, Tennessee, and basically follows her life as she moves to st Louis and enters into her abusive relationship with her ex husband, Ike. And basically before she ultimately finds the strength to set out on her own and claim the global superstardom as the queen of rock and roll. Her marriage to her current husband is also featured in the show as well as her relationships with her two sons.

Speaker 5: 28:23 Rodney who was 59 and Raymond Craig, who actually died at the age of 60 a by suicide in 2018. She said, I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career and after more than 50 years of performing, I don’t need a musical. I don’t need another show, but I get so many cards and letters. I still can’t believe how people feel about me on stage after the legacy they said that I’ve left. So again, it goes through, you know, a lot of her music and basically the way that the show ends is Tina coming out on stage in front of a a concert that she did in Rio de Janeiro where she belts out her tune the best. So sounds, you know, if you’re a Tina Turner fan, definitely sounds like, you know, something that you know, would be something to, to try and get tickets for and you know, good that she still, you know, got to say out there 79, she looks incredible as she looked incredible, you know, at at 60, you know, in her fifties, she was still out there, you know, dancing away and stuff. So, you know, God bless her, she’s just, she’s definitely, Oh, I’m sure. Just the music alone and I’m thinking about, you know, what’s love got to do with it, the, the movie about her life and everything. So now you get to kind of see, you know, a little bit, you know, beyond that. But yeah, you know, good for her. Very cool. Cool. And that was all we had for entertainment news, as sad as it. So we will be back with our insightful picks of the week.

Speaker 5: 30:05 And as always, my dear, I bow to you, I want to say that. Okay. After the show. So my insightful pick for the week is the new Addams family movie. That actually came out earlier last month. It’s actually been out a month now November sorry, October 11 that came out. So its members of the mysterious in spooky Adam’s family Gomez Morticia Pugsley Wednesday uncle fester and grandma. And obviously the rest of the family is coming to visit as well. So it, it’s a cute take on, on the comics and the other movies. Basically the movie starts out with Gomez and Morticia getting married. And you kind of fig find out why they, they move to where they are now. Of course the, the butt of the joke is the fact that they left Europe and ended up in New Jersey. So all the parents in the audience, you know, good cause they talk about let’s go to the worst place that no one will ever find us and nobody ever wants to go to.

Speaker 5: 31:16 And it’s Jersey. I know. Well Jersey on my life, I don’t think I understand that. But anyway so it’s a cute movie. There’s a lot of different little Easter eggs for, for parents, you know, that are fans of horror movies or, or any movie really. You know, there’s a scene where Wednesday comes home with a red balloon and you know, more tissues. Like where did you find that? Usually it’s attached to a scary clown, you know, so obviously if you know about it, you know that that was a reference, you know, to that and everything. What was really funny was cousin, it is voiced by Snoop Dogg and when you hear it, you’re kind of like cousin, it had a voice. Well he has it, but you can tell that it’s Snoop dog doing it. So it’s cute. And we went, you know, it was our daughter and I that that went to go see it the other day and she laughed. She thought it was hysterical. So that was good. You know, because she’s, she’s 13 so you know, you kind of wonder, you know, when she’s gonna not want to see a cartoon or whatever. So you know, if you’re a fan of, you know, the, the live action movies or the original a series, which was my pick a couple of weeks ago,

Speaker 7: 32:41 This is a cute little movie to, to go and say. So. Very nice. Nice Peck. Thank you.

Speaker 4: 32:52 So my pick this week is not really much of a pick fact that I didn’t write anything down or you have a whole day. Yeah, usually I’ll have a little, little a write up for it and stuff. So I had started watching with you last year, the walking dead and you would watch it and I would sort of listen in and I’d get more of what I’m doing and come sit down and watch part of the show and what’s going on, what’s going on. Thoroughly confused as to who the hell these people are, what happened, why are there zombies? And I decided that I wanted to go back and watch all the previous seasons. So my insightful pick is walking dead seasons one through nine, which over the course of the last month and a half I have binge-watched all of them. Yes you have. First of all, if you’re looking to get them, they are available on Netflix all season.

Speaker 7: 33:51 Right. As the first challenge was to find right to find them without having to pay additional knowing we had all these different services.

Speaker 4: 33:58 Netflix subscription will net you all nine seasons of the walking dead and I’ve watched them all so I know where we are now.

Speaker 7: 34:08 You’re probably better equipped to answer questions about it. I’m proud of because it’s so fresh. Where like you would mention something to me and I’d be like, I don’t remember. That was like two or three years ago. Where for you it was like, but it’s the days, it’s such a cult thing that everyone who watches it has watched it. Basically. I’m like the last person to watch these. It seems, man, I don’t think you are.

Speaker 4: 34:35 And so this isn’t a review. Right. Okay. This is an interview. It’s just the pic and my pick. I want it to go about by asking some of the very simple questions that seemed to come up. Like the first one is why the hell did anyone ever follow Rick Grimes? He literally is the single worst decision maker in the history of fictional television and yet people kept following him and letting him make decisions, stuff like that. Like why does the grass never grow? There is no one cutting the grass. The zombies don’t graze on it. They’re not sheep yet. You walk through neighborhoods and the grants is cut and trim. The nice, like they’ll go through the effort of covering roads that are not traveled with leaves, but the sides of the roads are all trimmed and there’s no grass growing. I don’t get that.

Speaker 7: 35:25 What were some of the other ones that I had? Well, the, the toilet paper. No one ever, ever knew on scavenge we need bullets. We need food. We need reason. Nobody ever gets toilet paper. Right. Or feminine, feminine hygiene products and products. And how is it that all the women who live in the zombie apocalypse managed to shave their armpits, right? Or their legs because the guys all have beards, right? They don’t shave. Right. I don’t get, I don’t get, Hey, you can still maintain your, your, your hygiene like that. Right. so it’s just, you know, it’s, it’s worth watching I think. And you have to mention what you do now also. Oh yes. So now I drive around and I look at neighborhoods and I think, well, we could S we could really fortify this for the zombie apocalypse. We can sink a well over there and we can put walls up here.

Speaker 7: 36:19 Oh well this building here, the windows are high enough that the, the zombies won’t be able to get it. So this is the point. This is what happens when you binge-watch at nine seasons. So the first season and watching season 10 at the same time, you’re still watching that. So the first season was six episodes, right? Then the rest were 16 and I think one was 13 episodes. Right, right. So that’s a lot of episodes of zombies. And why does zombies have such nice teeth? I don’t get that entire body’s decaying and falling apart, but they always managed to have a perfect set of teeth when they bite people better. I bite into a piece of candy and my teeth break and I’m still alive. I don’t know how the zombies get up. I don’t know how they get a better dental plan than I do.

Speaker 7: 37:11 Yeah. Although on the subject of the toilet paper, there is a scene in episode nine where Michaun does take toilet paper. Finally it took them nine seasons to finally have to go get toilet paper. Cause apparently somebody was stocking it somewhere. Those were all of the, the coupon people that have their stockpiles and that has to be the house that they ended up finding is somebody that was a coupon hoarder or a toilet paper hoarder and have, you know, the whole basement of and hell to Easton. How did Abraham go through so many episodes? Never see any hair product whatsoever, but his hair stands three inches high and flat the entire time. Other people are killing zombies or getting splashed with blood and his hair is perfectly the entire time. I don’t get that. No, but anyway, walking dead seasons one through nine, season four, I think it was, was it for me after the prison? I do. I think it was season four it to the prison. That was kind of hard to get through because everyone goes their separate way and they all get their own cause that was when they wind up at the train thing, the Terminus Terminus, right. Which that season was just agonizing. We long, once you get through that, they pick up and they’re not too right, right, right.

Speaker 8: 38:39 So

Speaker 7: 38:40 Anyway, seasons one through nine in walking dead streaming now on Netflix and season 10. Currently on AMC. She was intent on AMC and I think that was all we had. Yeah. Did we have anything, any afterthoughts or anything? Nope. Nothing today.

Speaker 8: 38:57 Comic con comic con 27th, a breather,

Speaker 7: 39:03 The greater Island 22nd and 23rd, 22nd 23rd before Thanksgiving. Yeah, we can before Thanksgiving here in Allentown. Now, not even sure. Allentown comic con just saw it yesterday in an email. Right. And we believe it is the same producers that do the greater Philadelphia comic con that’s done in media. Yes. In Oaks. So it’s the same production company. I think it was only like $12. Yes. Very affordable. And we haven’t been there yet. We’re planning on going this time. We’ll give you a review, but I did want to throw it out there. Right, right. So anyway, you can reach us. We’d love to get your feedback. You can email or on Twitter at, at insights underscore things on YouTube. You can catch our You can get our backslash insights into things podcast. And that’s it. That is it. Another one in the books, and we’re outta here and we’re out.

Show Notes

  • Introduction
    • Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 41 “May the flight be with you”
    • My charismatic and entertaining co-host Michelle Whalen
  • Disney Detective
    • United Airlines is unveiling a ‘Star Wars’-themed plane that will make any passenger feel like a Jedi
      • In conjunction with the franchise’s upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the airline is adding an out-of-this-galaxy airplane to its fleet for fans who only dream of being aboard a Millennium Falcon.
      • The plane, a Boeing 737-800 that will be unveiled in November, is complete with a themed exterior paint design — the tail has a lightsaber on it — and a safety video featuring film favorites including Yoda and Chewbacca. Passengers will be welcomed on the plane with the movie’s iconic soundtrack playing as they board and will be given a themed amenity kit featuring tissues, ear plugs, a toothbrush, and products by skincare company Sunday Riley.
      • The interior of the plane also has a plaque signifying the partnership and headrests embossed with emblems of the film’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order.
      • “United Airlines and the ‘Star Wars’ franchise share a common goal: connect people and unite the world,” Mark Krolick, United’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to join forces and help promote the concluding chapter of the Skywalker story, while at the same time enlisting help from our new friends from the ‘Star Wars’ universe to demonstrate the importance of safety for our customers and colleagues.”
      • Whether passengers are heading far, far away or out of state for a quick trip, the “Star Wars”-themed plane will be flying throughout the US, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean. United Airlines passengers aboard this epic plane will also receive a commemorative pin up until the film’s release on December 20.
      • In wake of the announcement, the airline’s MileagePlus members now have the opportunity to bid on “Star Wars”-themed experiences including the opportunity to attend the premieres of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in Los Angeles and London or a travel package for four to visit “Star Wars” filming locations in Jordan.
      • United Airlines also recently announced their partnership with sleep management app Timeshifter to help passengers kick jet lag while flying to a new time zone.
      • May the flight be with you.
    • The People Have Spoken & For Once, The Disney Parks Have Listened (Yay Free Stuff!)
      • The Walt Disney Company is at a place in its existence where it rarely answers to anyone or anything; the company calls the shots, usually with no meaningful explanation and definitely without apology. We’ve seen it happen time and time again with the closing of the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game, Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World and the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland.
      • The only time they seem to backtrack on decisions is when a small division of the company is suddenly losing money because of the change, or when it garners so much ill will that it makes Disney look bad.
      • FuelRods were introduced at Disney Parks in 2016 as a way for guests to recharge their cell phones while walking around the parks at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. You purchased their portable recharging kit for $30 (well, at Disney it was $30. It was $20 everywhere else) and could then swap batteries, for free, for fresh ones, whenever needed. We wrote about them in early 2018, when we didn’t recommend using FuelRods for a variety of reasons. Due to some changes in the system over time, we wrote several months later, that we could potentially recommend them, under specific circumstances.
      • In late October, 2019, we wrote that it had been announced (via signs on FuelRod kiosks at the Disney parks) that battery swaps were no longer going to be free – they would cost $3 per swap, effective Nov. 1.
      • Many Disney fans were, not surprisingly, upset about this change. I read dozens upon dozens of complaints on Twitter and Facebook, all with the gist of, “I purposely bought Fuel Rods because the swaps were free and now you’re going to charge for swaps? What kind of {insert your favorite expletive here} is that?”
      • So what happened shortly after Disney announced swaps weren’t going to be free anymore? Someone filed a class-action lawsuit.
      • According to Attractions Today, the law office of Carey, Danis & Lowe filed suit to seek damages from Fuel Rod’s parent company, Tropican, Inc., for false/misleading advertising and breach of contract.
      • As per Attractions Today:
      • According to the lawsuit, this “unlimited, free swaps” guarantee was a large part of the company’s marketing and was the primary benefit of purchasing a FuelRod. Because of the change to charge per swap, the plaintiff and those in the suit feel as though they now have a lesser-than product that they would not have purchased at all or would have rather purchased at a lower price.
      • Now, I had heard somewhere down the line that the plan had always been to eventually charge for swaps at the Disney parks. But if that was to be the case, all they needed to do was include documentation that free swaps were for a limited time. They didn’t have to include how much time or even how much the swaps would eventually be; just that their being free was temporary. But they didn’t. For over three years, they just said the swaps were free, with no documentation that suggested that would eventually change.
      • So the class action lawsuit was announced on October 28th. On October 31st, a few Disney-themed blogs reported that the parks might not charge for the FuelRods after all. And sure, enough, on November 1st, none of the kiosks were charging for swaps; they still just said “swappable,” with no mention (or requests) of payment for swaps.
      • Disney also made the following statement on Nov. 1st:
      • “A decision has been made to not implement the $3 portable charger swap fee until further notice. Guests can continue to swap their FuelRod portable chargers using FuelRod’s owned and operated kiosks at Walt Disney World Resort for no additional cost at this time.”
      • So there you go. FuelRod swaps will remain free. At least for now.
      • I wonder what happened, though – Did they underestimate how unpopular the decision would be? Did it have to do with the class action lawsuit? Was the bad word of mouth not worth whatever relatively small profit would be made?
      • Also, what’s going to happen in the future? The wording, “…until further notice” and “…at this time,” makes it sound like it could be a temporary reprieve. I’ve already heard people who were on the fence about purchasing Fuel Rods say they’re not going to buy one because who knows if/when Disney will start charging for swaps again. I’ve heard others say they’re going to buy power banks and stop using their FuelRods because they don’t want to go to Disney on their next vacation and find out they’ve decided to charge for swaps.
    • Billie Lourd on Becoming the Keeper of Princess Leia
      • Time Magazine posted a beautiful essay written by Billie Lourd
      • In it she talks about what it was like growing up with Princess Leia as her Mom. 
      • She never watched the movies until she was about 6 but did finish really until she was about 9 or 10. But it wasn’t until Middle School that she really watched them after Boys would tell her that they had had Crushes on her Mom.
        • I grew up with three parents: a mom, a dad and Princess Leia. I guess Princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom–technically family, but deep down I didn’t really like her. She literally and metaphorically lived on a planet I had never been to. When Leia was around, there wasn’t as much room for my mom–for Carrie. As a child, I couldn’t understand why people loved Leia as much as they did. I didn’t want to watch her movie, I didn’t want to dress up like her, I didn’t even want to talk about her. I just wanted my mom–the one who lived on Earth, not Tatooine.
      • She then went to Comic Con with her Mom & saw just how much her mom was loved and admired.
        • Later that year, I went to Comic-Con with my mom. It was the first time I realized how widespread and deep people’s love for Leia was, even after so many years. It was surreal: people of all ages from all over the world were dressed up like my mom, the lady who sang me to sleep at night and held me when I was scared. Watching the amount of joy it brought to people when she hugged them or threw glitter in their faces was incredible to witness. People waited in line for hours just to meet her. People had tattoos of her. People named their children after her. People had stories of how Leia saved their lives. It was a side of my mom I had never seen before. And it was magical.
      • She talks about how she never wanted to be an actor and when she had a chance to audition for Star Wars & got it how her first day went:
        • On that first day, my mom and I sat next to each other in the hair and makeup trailer. (Actually, she wasn’t really one for sitting, so she paced up and down and around me, occasionally reapplying her already overapplied glitter makeup and feeding Gary, her French bulldog.) Between glitterings, the hairstylist crafted what was to become General Leia’s hairstyle, then it was on to me: little Lieutenant Connix. Funnily enough, my mom had more to say about my hairstyle than her own. Even though she complained for years about how the iconic Leia buns “further widened my already wide face,” she desperately wanted me to carry on the face-widening family tradition! Some people carry on their family name, some people carry on holiday traditions–I was going to carry on the family hairstyle. So after we tested a few other space-appropriate hairstyles, we decided to embrace the weird galactic nepotism of it all and went with the mini–Leia buns. She stood in the mirror behind me and smiled like we had gotten matching tattoos. Our secret-handshake hairstyle.
  • Entertainment News
    • Colin Farrell cast as The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred in The Batman
      • The cast of Matt Reeves’ Batman film is rounding into form, as Colin Farrell has reportedly been cast to portray The Penguin and Andy Serkis is in negotiations to play Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
      • Farrell and Serkis join an all-star cast that already includes Pattinson as the Dark Knight, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler. Previously, it was reported that Jonah Hill was in negotiations to play either The Penguin or The Riddler, but talks ultimately fell through.
      • Production on The Batman is scheduled to begin at the top of 2020, with a theatrical release date set for June 25th, 2021. As previously reported, Reeves’ reboot has been described as a “noir-driven detective” movie playing up the “world’s greatest detective” angle of the iconic DC hero. It will not be an origin story, nor will it be tied to the existing films in DC Extended Universe. Also, don’t expect an appearance from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
    • Box Office: ‘Joker’ Becomes The Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Ever
      • With $304.2 million in North America after five weeks in theaters, Joker’s new global cume is around $953 million. Presuming its 32% domestic/68% overseas split holds, then it will have a new global cume of around $957 million by tonight. That will be 15.3x its $62.5 million production budget, which will make the Todd Phillips-directed and Joaquin Phoenix-starring drama more profitable, in terms of budget versus global gross, than Jim Carrey’s The Mask ($351 million on a $23 million budget in 1994). The most profitable “big” comic book movies are Venom ($854 million on a $90 million budget), Batman ($411 million/$35 million), Deadpool ($783 million/$58 million), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($200 million/$13.5 million), The Mask ($351 million/$23 million) and now Joker ($956 million/$62.5 million).
      • That means DC Films and Warner Bros.’ Joker is the most profitable comic book movie of all time. In a skewed way, Joker represents every studio’s dream, in that it’s a mid-budget, 2-D title that’s pulling top-tier blockbuster business without relying on China. That it happens to be an R-rated psychological drama is a bonus of sorts, as it’s the third-cheapest $900 million grosser of all time after Bohemian Rhapsody ($905 million on a $52 million budget) and The Lion King ($968 million on a $55 million budget in 1994). When it tops $1 billion worldwide in the next week or so, it’ll be the cheapest movie to do so, with a budget just under the $63 million spent by Jurassic Park back in 1993.  
      • Up until last December, we hadn’t seen a $1 billion grosser not from Disney or Universal since Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014. We’ve had two newbies in the last year, both comic book movies with huge boosts in China. But unlike Warner Bros.’ Aquaman ($1.148 billion worldwide with $298 million in China) and Spider-Man: Far from Home ($1.131 billion with $199 million in China), Joker will earn its $1 billion-plus gross without a 3-D boost and without China. When it passes The Dark Knight ($1.004 billion worldwide in 2008), it’ll be the biggest-grossing movie ever to not play in China). Yes, that’s assuming it doesn’t eventually get a Chinese play date. But without China, it should still flirt with a global cume over/under Aladdin ($1.0506 billion).
      • It’ll have around $312 million domestic by the end of Sunday night, with a domestic cume still likely to end up just over/under Guardians of the Galaxy ($333 million in 2014), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334 million in 2017), Aquaman ($335 million in 2018) and Spider-Man 3 ($336 million in 2007). It’ll outgross Suicide Squad ($325 million in 2016) and sell more tickets than Man of Steel ($291 million in 2013/$322 million adjusted-for-inflation) by the end. If it passes Aquaman, Joker will be DC Comics’ fourth-biggest domestic grosser (behind Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight) and (presuming a global total between $1.004 billion and $1.081 billion) their third-biggest global cume behind The Dark Knight Rises ($1.081 billion in 2012) and Aquaman.
      • It’s possible that continued Oscar season legs could push its global total past Toy Story 4 ($1.072 billion), but that’s a big “if.” The film will surely be Warner Bros.’ big Oscar flick. On one hand, its success, as a comic book movie about a tormented white dude who is “victimized by society” to the point of villainy may rub folks the wrong way. On the other hand, it’s a monumental success despite being an old school movie. For that matter, its over/under $500 million in profits make it a distinctly old-fashioned tentpole, providing Warner Bros. financial cover for the deluge of underperforming studio programmers (Blinded by the Light, The Kitchen, The Sun is Also A Star, The Goldfinch, Motherless Brooklyn, possibly The Good Liar and Just Mercy).
      • It’s also almost certain to be the only Oscar season release to qualify as a genuine blockbuster, unless (offhand) 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Little Women or A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood pulls a miracle. It could end up a major contender (think Bohemian Rhapsody), or it could just end up with a single nod for Joaquin Phoenix. I imagine Warner Media will take the $1 billion global gross over the Oscar glory. It’s the seventh-biggest global grosser of the year, sitting behind six movies that are all Disney and/or Marvel (Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home) releases. Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw ($758 million worldwide) and (presumably) Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level will battle it out for the title of the year’s biggest non-Disney/non-comic book grosser.
    • Tina Turner Surprises Crowd at Opening Night of Broadway’s Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
      • Tina Turner had the crowd Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on their feet Thursday night, in more ways than one.
      • The music icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 79, stopped by opening night of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, the electrifying and heart-stopping new stage show based on her life — surprising the audience with an emotional post-show speech.
      • She was joined on stage by other members of the musical’s creative team and its hard-working cast.
      • Front and center? Tony-nominated actress Adrienne Warren, who portrays Turner in the acclaimed show.
      • “This musical is my life but it’s like poison that turned to medicine,” said Turner, dressed in a long-sleeve gold glittery gown. “I can never be as happy as I am now.”
      • Cheering Turner on from the audience was a star-studded crowd that included Turner superfans Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, as well as Tiffany Haddish, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Tituss Burgess, Martha Stewart, Christine Baranski, Deborah Cox, Anna Wintour, Cush Jumbo, Ariana DeBose, Chita Rivera and Bernadette Peters.
      • After the show, she posed for pictures with the cast and attended the opening night after-party, where she shared a sweet laugh with Warren.
      • Turner has long supported Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, showing up to cheer the show on both back in April 2018 (when it opened in London’s West End) and this past March (for the premiere of the show’s German production in Hamburg).
      • The musical traces every turbulent moment of Turner’s 50-year singing career.
      • Opening beside a lynching tree in the poverty-stricken town of Nutbush, Tennessee, the show follows Turner’s life as she moves to St. Louis and enters into a torrid, abusive relationship with ex-husband Ike before ultimately finding the strength to set out on her own and claim global superstardom as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
      • Turner’s marriage to German music executive Erwin Bach, 63 — who was also at the NYC premiere — is covered in the show too, as is her relationship with her two sons: Ronnie, 59, and Raymond Craig, the latter who died at the age of 60 by suicide in 2018.
      • “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career,” she writes in the program notes. “After more than 50 years of performing I don’t need a musical, I don’t need another show. But I get so many cards and letters, I still can’t believe how people feel about me on stage and the legacy they say I left.”
      • “People tell me I gave them hope,” Turner continued. “It meant so much to people I feel I have to pass it on, and I hope this show serves what the people need, as a reminder of my work.”
      • A sea of Turner’s hits score her life story, like “Nutbush City Limits,” “Proud Mary,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” and her No. 1, Grammy-winning smash hit, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”
      • Fittingly, the show concludes with Tina strutting onto the stage in front of 180,000 fans in Rio De Janeiro to belt out “The Best.” Warren’s Turner is joined at this climactic moment by a full rock band and the performance turns into a mini Tina Turner gig — full of whooping, wild dancing and stunning vocals.
  • Insightful Picks
    • Michelle
      • The Addams Family – Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.
      • Release date: October 11, 2019 (USA)
      • CAST
      • Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, with Bette Midler, and Allison Janney
    • Joe
      • The Walking Dead Seasons 1-9