Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 44 “All About The Space”

This week the show is unintentionally space themed as we talk about some accomplishments of The Mandalorian, an impressive Star Wars merchandise auction, and a feel good Star Wars story about what Disney is doing for a dying fan. In our Entertainment News this week we look at the latest Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer that’s less a trailer and more a summation of the journey and intro into what the new movie symbolizes, then we have a return of the alien everyone fell in love with in the ’80s and a space faring couple who had called it quits but appear to be back together again.

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Speaker 3: 00:31 To insights into entertainment, a podcast series, taking a deeper look into entertainment and media. Your hosts, Joseph and Michelle, Waylon, a husband and wife team of pop culture fanatics are exploring all things from music and movies to television and fans.

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Speaker 4: 00:54 To insights into entertainment. This is episode 44. I, my notes wrong all about the space. I’m your host, Joseph Raelynn and my astute and energetic co-hosts, Michelle Whalen. Hey everyone. I’m not sure where I came up with those adjectives, but okay, I’m running out of the or share SRS for a Christmas. Yeah. So just a quick programming note. We this is kind of an experimental podcast today. We changed our broadcast software over today to one that we have a little bit more capabilities on. So hopefully we don’t have any technical glitches. We haven’t done a full podcast yet, so hopefully moving forward we’ll be able to do some new and interesting things. So today as the title suggests, we are talking all space related stories it seems. So in our Disney detective, we have some information on the Mandalorian dethroning stranger things as the top streaming TV show in the U S at least.

Speaker 4: 02:10 Then we have a auction star Wars auction with some unique items we expect to see go for some significant money. Then we have a touching feel good story regarding Stover’s rise of Skywalker and Disney’s efforts to help out an ailing fan. And then in our entertainment news, we have a new teaser trailer for rise of Skywalker that celebrates four decades of the star Wars universe. We do have it queued up. We will play some of it. I don’t know how much of it will play risking and take down notification from Disney for advertising for them. Go figure. Right. Then we have a touching and I did finally watch the Comcast, the Comcast . I’m not really sure what it was like. It was a movie, but it was an ad, but it wasn’t really an a, but we have that. We’ll take a look at that as well and we’ll talk about that. And some followup news on a couple of our favorites from the Oroville who were getting divorced and might not be now. So we’ll talk about that as well. So pretty busy a show today.

Speaker 4: 03:41 Very out of this world show today. Aha. See what I did there. I see what you did there. Ready to get started? Let’s do it. Alright, let’s get into it. Go for Disney detective.

Speaker 6: 03:58 So this was an interesting story. It said that the Mandalorian Mandalorian yeah, the Mandalorian. Yeah. I don’t know why for some reason I didn’t see her halfway through the series. I was like, is that what it is? Yeah. Has dethroned stranger things as its top streaming TV show in the U S breaking its five month streak. So now obviously it hasn’t been on as long as stranger things has, but basically I’ll explain how they came up with it. So, obviously the star Wars series, the Mandalorian has made waves since it J Bude on December 12th. Obviously, no thanks in part to you know, baby Yoda as well. But now it seems that it’s dethroned the streaming champion. So Netflix, stranger things has enjoyed 21 straight weeks at the top of parrots, parrots, analytical weekly list in the most demand original streaming show in the U S but it’s actually the Mandalorian has actually now surpassed it. So basically the way that they do their measuring, it’s quote unquote a demand expressions and it’s the company’s standard TV demand measurement unit designed to reflect the desire, engagement and viewership of a series weighted by importance. So the hell does that mean, I don’t know, somebody funky analytical way of figuring it out. That’s how they, they came up with this. So basically the Mandalorian has had over a hundred million demand expressions during the week of November 17th through November 23rd, and according to this company, stranger things only had 81 billion.

Speaker 4: 05:48 So my question there is, does that have anything to do with the fact that Disney stuff doesn’t, right.

Speaker 6: 05:59 You know, we’ve tried, we sat down, not this past Friday but Friday of last week to watch the Mandalorian on Friday. Right. And it didn’t work. Did it on the Apple TV on my phone. On your phone. Well that was last week. Last week. My point is is right is the demand request demand because demand and not fulfillment, right? Yeah. I don’t know. I don’t know how it is. These plus services been completely overwhelmed and has been completely flaky. Yeah. I don’t know. That’s a, that’s a good thing. You have a lot of people that are requesting it multiple, multiple times. Yeah. Could be. And maybe it’s crashing and starting again or you know, I know there are a bunch of people that are watching it more than once that are going back and, and rewatching. Especially now that you have like four episodes kind of going back and let’s just watch it from the beginning in, you know, in sequence to see if there’s anything you missed that you didn’t pick up on or the thing itself is a little fun.

Speaker 6: 07:02 That’s the thing, you know, this is, it’s almost like Disney paid an outside firm to come up with some now. So, you know, so their data from last week showed that the Mandalorian is surging towards the top of its list. It was already the most in demand, new original streaming series of the year, one week after it was released topping Netflix’s the umbrella Academy. And when they see us, so, you know, so it’s not like they just came out out of nowhere. Oh, look at the, you know, the, the company’s been around obviously. And yeah, that, that’s an interesting thing is how are they, you know, measuring it. You know, and it says, well, demand is a metric that should not be focused with subscriber numbers. It is a strong indication that the star Wars series is driving a lot of signups to a recently debuted Disney plus service.

Speaker 6: 08:02 Disney obviously had said that they had 10 million signups, you know, a day after launching. But the Mandalorian isn’t just a huge hit with audiences. It also has a 90% on rotten tomatoes and that’s done by critic scores. So obviously you know, it’s not just the fans that are going in watching it. Everybody you know, is interested in it, you know, as well. So. Well, I only hope, you know, I love the fact that the show is that popular and that it’s breaking records. I just really hope that Disney fixes their streaming service. Right. You have to go through that hell that we went through before. Right. And I was even having issues the other day. I went to go watch something and it crashed and I had to exit out of it and go back in. But then again, I don’t if it’s just an issue with our own personal network or if it’s something, you know, we haven’t really, well when we look, we got it on the phone.

Speaker 6: 09:05 Right? True. And we saw that there were a huge spike and you can see the trend. The trend line is during peak time, right? So if you were to watch Disney plus or three o’clock in the morning, you’re probably pretty great. Safe to do that. Yeah. So tell us about a star Wars auctioning. So a couple of weeks ago we mentioned that they were doing the Disney auction of various Disney things. So now you know, right in time for the holidays we have a star Wars auction. So it is a collection of a hundred lots from George Lucas’s star Wars franchise titled star Wars online. And it’ll go up for auction at Southerby’s in an online only sale beginning on Friday. The auction will close December 13th, just a few days before rise of Skywalker comes out. The sale includes original posters, stickers, action figures, as well as earlier pieces associated with the beloved film series prices.

Speaker 6: 10:05 You know, are estimated to fetch up to $60,000, you know, for certain pieces. Highlights from the online auction will actually be on displayed in London from December 6th through the 11. So if you happen to be in London and you want to go see some star Wars stuff, that would probably be a good time to do it. You know, wouldn’t that be kind of a, we’re just going to go to a go look at stuff. But it’s nice that it’s it’s an actual online sale as opposed to, you know, that you don’t have to physically be there because like for the Disney stuff, I never really saw, I think it was out in California that that auction was going on, but it didn’t mention anything about, you know, looking at stuff online or, or you know, I’m sure if you’re one of those people that you know is a high market you know, auction or you know goes to those things, you know, you probably have a way to, to place your bids online.

Speaker 6: 11:04 But this is kind of interesting that you know, it is only online. So they’re going to have a variety of options of variety of items. From 1980s toy shop displays to original artwork. Some of the highlights well one of them they were mentioning in the article was a prototype of an Imperial storm trooper helmet from 1976 and it’s estimated to sell between 35,000 and $70,000 just for the helmet. And then is that the one that you could actually shoot stuff with where, right. Recently one of the surviving screen matching helmets sold for 20 $200,000, and in September on iconic Darth Vader mask from empire strikes back, sold for $900,000. Wow. Yeah, I don’t think we’ll ever get, one of them is this is the auction itself. Is it a single collector? Is it Disney itself? Who, so it doesn’t say who, who this one is from.

Speaker 6: 12:18 You know, the article did talk about a sale from 2015 of star Wars memorabilia. That was actually from a private collector. Somebody from Japan, actually a renowned a Japanese designer who made clothing. He actually sold off a whole bunch of his stuff back in 2015 and ended up how much did he, he did almost like a half a million dollars and he had stuff from lightsabers to cookie jars you know, and he had like 600 items that he, he sold off. So this does, didn’t say who’s the co, you know, who it belonged to, if, you know, if it was a private collector collector or, you know, or not. So, but yeah, it could be, you know, if you’re looking for that one of a kind, really expensive star Wars, I’m looking for sure.

Speaker 6: 13:21 Right, exactly. Yeah. Unfortunately that’s a little out of our price range, but still cool to, to see what you know is in the collection, you know, to even to even think what, you know, somebody could, could have. So, so what is our Disney feel good story for this week? So this one, this one’s been making the rounds of various Disney fans and star Wars fans and, and, and whatnot. So a hospice center in Hampshire United Kingdom sent a plea on Twitter asking for an early screening of the movie rise of Skywalker, which is obviously due out on the 20th of December. So the hospice has said this was our most desperate hour, sadly, time is not on our side. They were, we’re putting out the play for one of their patients who you know, in various articles, huge star Wars fan, huge star Wars fan with his son and basically wanted to be able to see the movie, you know, kind of his dying wish.

Speaker 6: 14:35 The the hospice center had posted on Twitter and said, you know, if there’s anybody out there that can help us, then at one point they even tagged JJ Abrams and Mark Hamill saying, you know, please, if there was anything, you know, you’re our only hope and your best friend in the whole wide world. Bob Iger actually responded and said, you know, please give us more information and we’ll see what we can do. And on Thanksgiving he had, you know, confirmed on Twitter on this Thanksgiving, we at Disney are grateful to be able to share the rise of Skywalker with a patient and his family. At Rowan’s hospice. May the force be with you and with all of us. The patient actually had made a statement saying during what is such a horrible situation to be in, you have helped make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family.

Speaker 6: 15:39 I’m a huge star Wars fan and what I’m going through is completely dire. And to top it all off, I was not going to be able to see the film that I’ve been waiting to see since 1977. I still can’t believe it is the only way to describe it. I feel like I’ve won £1 million. So they were able to fulfill his wish. I’m guessing that they had members from the local five Oh first show up. So they had a Wookie and they had some storm troopers and they had, you know, some Jed eyes there. The patient wanted to remain anonymous. He didn’t, you know you know, want anything known, but it was just, but that picture. Yeah. and just, you know, the the hospice center was just overwhelmed and, and you know, just happy, you know, beyond belief. And even I saw a tweet for Mark ammo where he actually said, you know, kind of trying to bring some humor to it saying that, you know, this fan got to see the movie, you know, the full version of the movie before he even got to see it. You know, how lucky is he? So, you know, really sweet of, of Disney to, to step up.

Speaker 4: 16:55 And this was, this was one, this was a sort of a thing that they started back with force awakens where they had a similar situation. They had a fan who had contacted Disney about, you know, terminally ill wanted to see the movie and you know, JJ Abrams took it upon himself at that point to make it happen. And they’ve kind of kept that tradition going. And you know, it’s sad as, as it is to have a fan who’s in that situation. It’s nice to see Disney step up as much as I bashed Disney all the time. It’s nice to see Disney step up and, and make, still make dreams like this come.

Speaker 6: 17:36 Absolutely. Absolutely. And that’s what, you know, they’re known for. So it’s, it’s, you know, when you, you have the, the little things that happen where they’re, it’s not so magical, you know, that they still can bring that magic to people. That’s, that’s kind of special. Absolutely. And I think that was all we had for Disney detective this week. Come back with our entertainment news.

Speaker 4: 18:07 So tell me about a story that will get this taken down off of you.

Speaker 6: 18:14 So let’s just add some more, you know, onions. You know, I’m not crying. You know, you’re not crying. I’m not crying. This, we actually saw while we were watching the wonderful world of Disney magical holiday celebration, which was on NBC on ABC that actually ran on Thursday. We didn’t actually watch it until Friday because we were out for, for Thanksgiving obviously. And this was a nice little teaser. You don’t really get to see much of you know, it’s nothing new from the new movie, but what it’s kind of a nice yeah. A nice way to wrap things up, tie things up

Speaker 4: 19:00 With a bow bow. The bow, the ribbon.

Speaker 6: 19:03 Yeah. This is definitely that, you know. Wow. You know, to, to look back at how young everybody was when a new hope came out and to see, you know, the transitions. Sorry. It’s still emotional. So let’s watch it and, and

Speaker 4: 19:23 We’ll watch some of his sandwich. I can get away with that.

Speaker 6: 19:25 Right? Okay. Sounds good.

Speaker 7: 19:28 Take a few minutes with another heavy computer to calculate the coordinates.

Speaker 6: 19:31 A few minutes. Are you kidding? At the right, they’re gaining

Speaker 7: 19:35 Y’all, what did you have to shoot this? Traveling drivers faces like that for me. Like Justin prop Steve without precise calculations and fly too close to a store. There are bonds into a super market and then,

Speaker 6: 19:49 Yeah,

Speaker 7: 19:50 Let’s dad watch. You’re losing the fucking, she’ll go straight

Speaker 6: 19:59 Like, yeah, I’m going to go get some coffee.

Speaker 7: 20:11 This is a very simple, basic idea. It’s a story about a farm boy in Nebraska and not on tattooing.

Speaker 4: 20:21 It was originally designed. So anyway, the trailer, I’m not going to play the whole thing cause I don’t want to have to put out another version of this that doesn’t have it in there and we’ll just sort of leave it silent in the background. But it’s a nice little feature at that sort of takes you back. It shows you some of the original stuff and then it walks you through to the next generation of, of stars in the film. And it’s just, it’s kind of a unique little perspective. It kind of brings out the spirit of what the next movie is going to be about where it’s wrapping up the entire saga. Bringing everything together, looking at where we came from, looking at how our characters and how our actors and participants have grown. And you know, it’s a emotional ride. I mean, you see everything from, from all of the the trilogies that were, that were shot already. This was where was this? This was on MSN dot com. We actually are pulling this from the link will be in the show notes. You want to go back and watch the whole thing in its entirety, but it just really touching, you know, it was one of these ones where almost sort of waiting for like the next trailer to drop.

Speaker 6: 21:46 Right. And it was just kinda like, you see this and you’re like, Oh, it’s all the fields. Like, you know, and to see, you know, Luke Skywalker as a young kid and now, you know, the master Jed, I, and to see you know, the, the passing of the torch of, you know, Peter May, may Hugh I, I can’t think of the guy’s name who, who, you know, he was, you know, and seeing the two of them sitting there together and, and seeing, you know, the, the older versions and newer versions of, of things just

Speaker 4: 22:23 Saying, like the interviews of ma Mark Hamill in the early versions of the movies, the original trilogy and now, and seeing the perspective that he had then and now and just the level of maturity that has come through.

Speaker 6: 22:40 Right, right. And then you have, you know, the new characters that, you know, they feel so honored to be part of this legacy, you know, and, and it just, you know, it, it gives you all those, you know, warm fuzzies and like, okay, I’m okay, we’re 19 days away now.

Speaker 4: 23:01 It was kind of an interesting take on not showing you more of the new movie, but showing you more about what the new movie is about and it’s, and it’s a tying together of all this. It was very tastefully done.

Speaker 6: 23:16 Yeah. Yeah. It was a very short, you know, documentary, you know, like if you, you know, cause you know, you know, once the movie comes out there’ll be all these different documentaries and making of and dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, and the old movie new movie. And this was just like a little three minute glimpse of that, of 40 years of star Wars. So, so tell us about E T. So this was a cute little commercial that that came out. Also during Thanksgiving, it was actually during the Thanksgiving, Macy’s day parade. It actually ended up showing up different versions of it showed up later that day during various football games during the day. But basically Comcast or Xfinity depending on who,

Speaker 9: 24:16 Whatever their identity crisis

Speaker 6: 24:20 Is decided to, to do a little holiday reunion, so to speak. And they decided to you know, do as their marketing. And it was kind of you know, the reverse of what the star Wars was was to get you ready for the new movie. This was kind of, you know, we’ve never done a, you know, a sequel to ITI, but if we were to do something, you know, 30 years later

Speaker 9: 24:52 You’re a great preview of what a SQL would look

Speaker 6: 24:54 Right. You know, and, and it’s kind of interesting to see like, Hmm, I wonder if, you know, they, you know, cause they’ve gotten a lot of buzz. Everybody that saw it was like,

Speaker 9: 25:04 Oh my God, this brings back so many things

Speaker 6: 25:06 Because you know, to, to be a kid who saw E T and now to watch this commercial and you know, there’s Elliot and he’s a dad now and he has his kids and his family and you know, to to see that, you know, like ITI never forgot about him. He comes back,

Speaker 9: 25:26 Well I’ll watch this one in its entirety because extremely hasn’t threatened to Sue me. Okay, well let’s watch it then. Of course your luck on this. Let’s do it.

Speaker 2: 26:00

Speaker 10: 26:45 My son. But my family lot’s changed since you are here. It’s called the internet.

Speaker 2: 27:12 Okay.

Speaker 10: 27:33 Holiday.

Speaker 4: 29:54 Now I’ll admit I’m not a solid fan of Comcast or Xfinity either. Only because of my experience with them. But that was, that was pretty cool.

Speaker 6: 30:06 Yeah, I think that was a nice little, a touching thing for, you know, kids of the, the eighties who, you know, are parents now and you know, grown ups and, and you know, the, the idea, you know, and, and I know I’m a SAP when it comes to holiday commercials and things about, you know, family and getting together and stuff like that. And it’s, you know, that whole reconnecting over the holidays, you know, having that long lost friend you know, come visit you from, from maybe far away, you know, it’s cool. And you know, just the fact that they did like this mini movie

Speaker 4: 30:51 It was very well done and very tasteful, quite the tear. Jerker and if you’ve happened to dry your eyes by now in this show that’s full of space tear. Jerkers how about a love story, sweetheart, why don’t you give us

Speaker 6: 31:08 Sure. So two of our favorite stars from the Orval Adrian and Scott Grimes, I think I got it only took me how many months? So we had announced back in may, I guess it was that they were getting married and we were kind of excited because, you know, we didn’t, you know, I know you don’t keep up on celebrity news or things like that. Well, except if we talk about it in our podcast but I didn’t even know that they were dating. It was Scott’s third marriage and her first and we were excited that they got married and then all of a sudden, two months later we were talking that they were getting divorced and that was kinda, you know, sad and, and we were kind of wondering what was gonna happen with the new episode of the Orville. They weren’t going to be filming until a little bit later because they’re moving to Hulu and stuff.

Speaker 6: 32:10 But we hadn’t, you know, really heard much from them. What was kind of funny was TMZ had reported that the two had obviously taken off their wedding rings. When they were somebody noticed when they were doing a panel at San Diego comic con in late July, and they were actually not even sitting next to each other, but they were on the panel and, and whatnot. But then when they did new comic con in early October, they were both wearing their wedding rings. So Hmm. So obviously they’ve kind of, you know, reconsidered. And what had happened was the judge had actually granted so it was actually Adrian that had actually asked the court to dismiss the request and the judge had actually granted it that same day. So looks like things are, things are back on again, off again and back on. So yay. So we’ll, we’ll finish our, our entertainment news on a a love story. Yay. Dry the eyes. Everyone should have dry eyes. Hopefully, hopefully. And I think that’s it for entertainment news. We’ll be back with our insightful back.

Speaker 6: 33:42 Go for your insightful picks. So my insightful pick this week is another original show from Disney plus. This one is actually branded under the what do you call it? A national geographic brand of, of shows. And it is the world according to Jeff Goldbloom. So throughout the prism of Jeff gold, Bloom’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind. Nothing is as it seems in the world. According to Jeff Goldbloom, each episode is centered around something people all love, like sneakers or ice cream. As Jeff pulls the thread on these familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections that are both surprising and exciting through fascinating science and history. Amazing people in a whole lot of big ideas and insights. Jeff Goldbloom provides an interesting take on the world. So this is a very quirky, well, anything from Jeff Goldbloom is kind of quirky bees to haze, you know, but it’s an interesting look at, at things.

Speaker 6: 34:52 So he takes, you know, these every day things and gives you a little historical background on it. Maybe how the thing is viewed today and like some, some things that you wouldn’t necessarily know about it unless you’re kind of like in the know, I guess. So the first episode was on sneakers and talked about, you know, the history of the sneaker and then they actually went, you know, he went to Adidas, their headquarters and their labs and how they’re trying to innovate things with sneakers. Then he went to a sneaker convention and just the whole you know, pop culture thing behind sneakers and how much, you know, people spend, you know, on sneakers, not Nestle, Sarah Lee, that they’re gonna wear them, but that they’re collector’s items. So like where we have our star Wars and Disney collections, there are people that have sneaker collections and, and then, you know how there’s, you know this one designer who makes custom sneakers and you know, things that, you know, again, unless you’re immersed in that you wouldn’t know about.

Speaker 6: 36:02 The second episode was on ice cream and talked about the history of ice cream and why certain people, you know, why we like certain flavors and things like that. And then the third was about tattoos and you know, the history behind tattoos and even went more towards like the cultural with, you know like with native, you know, with, with like the Hawaiians and that each tattoo is a story versus just, Hey, I want a tattoo of something, you know, kind of, you know, and, and went to a tattoo convention and talk to different people. You know about that. The last episode that, that just air that just dropped this week was on denim and talking about, you know, the, the history of denim and you know, that most people, you know, first saw it from the Cowboys and that it, you know, it was a, you know, an and how it’s, you know, like Levi’s is actually, you know, they, this whole new technology to be able to Leazar print onto, you know, to, to make your jeans look more stressed.

Speaker 6: 37:13 And you know, you can customize your jeans, you know, with lasers and things like that and not as many, you know, dyes being used and things and just things that you know, you wouldn’t necessarily think of. And it kind of reminds me a little bit of a quirkier version of like how it’s made, where it’s like you watch and you’re like, Oh wow, that was a really dull and boring but okay. Of kind of interesting how ketchup is made. But then you watch it and you’re like, wow, I never knew this. And you know, and, and that again, you know, the collectors of, of these various different things and how much money people will spend, you know, for, for something just kind of boggles mine. Again, if you’re not in it, you know, we’re collectors of different kinds and I guess I could see, you know, like everybody, you know, has their, their thing. So again, kind of quirky, each episode is about a half hour long and just, you know, just very interesting take on these everyday items that, you know, we all use in some way, shape or form. So, interesting. Cool. Thank you.

Speaker 6: 38:27 So my pick this week, we’re going to go back a little ways here. Back the 2014 actually this is a

Speaker 4: 38:36 Documentary that is was released on TV back at the time and is now rereleased on Disney plus this is Marvel studios assembling a universe, a look at the story behind Marvel studios and the Marvel cinematic universe featuring interviews and behind the scenes footage from all the Marvel films, the Marvel one shots and Marvel’s agents of shield, Marvel’s first television special documents, the exciting story behind Marvel studios in the Marvel cinematic universe featuring exclusive interviews. And behind the scenes footage from all the Marvel films, the Marvel one shots and Marvel’s agents of shield years were walk a clear path through this amazing and nuanced universe featuring steep peaks at the future of Marvel’s agents of shield on ABC. New footage from Marvel studios, upcoming theatrical releases, captain America, the winter soldier, spoilers and guardians of the galaxy, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Avengers, age of Ultron and ant man.

Speaker 4: 39:46 So this documentary takes you up roughly to the end of phase one, middle of phase two of the Marvel cinematic universe. And it’s interesting going back and looking at some of these now, knowing now what I know versus what you knew at the time and, and you kind of really get a gist of the fact that they didn’t know where they were going yet. They were smart enough to plant the seeds to get the where they were today. So there was kind of a chaotic genius to the whole thing. You know, if you were watching it in 2014, you right now looking back and you’re like, ah, right now they talk about guardians of the galaxy and, you know, we were all there when guardians of the galaxy drop and there were hints that they were going to merge guardians of the galaxy into the rest of the rabble Schumer heroes.

Speaker 4: 40:51 And you were like, eh, I don’t see that happening. And the fact that they knew back then where that was going to an I think was just brilliant. And you know, the last our last couple of podcasts we’ve talked about the criticism that Martin says he’s had for superhero movies and saying that, you know, they lacked story. They lack this, they lack that the fact that you can plant a seed you know, for an ultimate outcome six years in the future is just impressive. It really is. That is a marvelous exempt storytelling. Thank you. It’s, it’s, it’s storytelling, it’s character development. Now granted, you know, Disney kind of had an ACE in a hole in this one, and that all these stories had been told in one form or another already with as often as the Marvel universe comic universe had been relaunched.

Speaker 4: 41:57 But to, to take all of that, to put it into a new version, you know, it was a different version and nothing played out in the cinematic universe. The way that it didn’t in comics. And to coordinate that over all these movies was brilliant. And this documentary is a great glimpse behind the scenes with interviews behind the scenes footage and what they at the time were billing is sneak peeks into the future, which, you know, looking now we can sort of, you know, smirk about because we know where everything was. Right? So great documentary. I’d love to see another one of this, this type done nowadays kind of learning is done. Exactly. They are ripe to have another one of these put out and hopefully with Disney plus out there, I’m like, you’re good. Good excuse for him to do it. So Marvel studios assembling a universe streaming on Disney plus now.

Speaker 4: 43:02 And that was all that I had there. Any afterthoughts? Not that I can think of. We do have the stream from our trip to shady broke. That’ll be in the show notes. We’ll publish on our website which you can That should be up Monday or Tuesday. You can email us at on Twitter at insights underscore things. You can get our video podcasts on YouTube at into things. Our website is backslash insights into things podcast. And just a final programming note. We do have our holiday treat that we’ve been working on the last week or so that should actually be available probably next week. I think we’ll make it available and we’ll include it as part of the podcast and make it available for streaming and downloading from all of our regular sources. Sounds good. Other than that, I think we’re done. We are another one in the books. All righty. We’re out of here. Have

Speaker 2: 44:32 A good week everyone. Bye. .

Show Notes

  • Introduction
    • Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 44 “All About The Space”
    • My astute and energetic co-host Michelle Whalen
  • Disney Detective
    • ‘The Mandalorian’ dethroned ‘Stranger Things’ as the top streaming TV show in the US, breaking its 5-month streak
      • Disney Plus’ live-action “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian,” has made waves since it debuted on November 12 (thanks in no small part to “Baby Yoda”). And now the series has dethroned the streaming champion.
      • Netflix’s “Stranger Things” enjoyed 21 straight weeks at the top of Parrot Analytics’ weekly list of the most in-demand original streaming shows in the US, but “The Mandalorian” has surpassed it. Parrot Analytics measures “demand expressions,” the company’s standardized TV-demand measurement unit designed to reflect the desire, engagement, and viewership of a series weighted by importance.
      • “The Mandalorian” had over 100 million demand expressions during the week of November 17 to November 23, according to Parrot Analytics, while “Stranger Things” had 81 million.
      • Parrot Analytics data last week showed “The Mandalorian” surging toward the top of its list. It was already the most in-demand new original streaming series of the year one week after its release, topping Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and “When They See Us.”
      • “While demand is a metric that should not be confused with subscriber numbers, this is a strong indication that the ‘Star Wars’ series is driving a lot of sign-ups to the recently-debuted Disney Plus service,” a Parrot Analytics representative said.
      • Disney said the service had 10 million sign-ups a day after launching.
      • “The Mandalorian” isn’t just a hit with audiences — it has a 90% Rotten Tomatoes critic score after three episodes. Business Insider said in its review of the first episode that the series “proves ‘Star Wars’ can make the leap from movies to prestige TV.”
    • Stormtrooper Helmet Expected to Fetch $60K at ‘Star Wars’ Auction
      • A collection of 100 lots from George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise, titled Star Wars Online, will go up for auction at Sotheby’s in an online-only sale beginning Friday. The auction will close Dec. 13, just a few days before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the sequel trilogy, is released on the big screen.
      • The sale includes original posters, stickers and action figures, as well as earlier pieces associated with the beloved film series, with prices estimated to fetch up to $60,000. Highlights from the Star Wars Online sale will be on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London from Dec. 6-11.
      • The film franchise is one of the most merchandised franchises of all time, inspiring collectors from across the globe. The sale offers a variety of items, ideal for die-hard collectors, from a 1980s toy shop display to an original artwork depicting Darth Vader. Among the highlights in the sale is a prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from 1976. It’s estimated to fetch between $35,000 and $70,000. It was one of the initial preproduction designs by manufacturer Andrew Ainsworth for the first Star Wars film, 1977’s A New Hope. It’s made of white painted vacu-formed plastic with black rubber details, simulated vents and clear plastic eyepieces. Only a few of these prototype helmets have ever surfaced, making it exceptionally rare. Recently, one of the surviving screen-matched helmets sold for over $200,000, and, in September, the iconic Darth Vader mask from The Empire Strikes Back sold for $900,000.
      • A C-3PO helmet, made by Lucas’ visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic to promote the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, is expected to bring in between $20,000 and $32,000. Constructed of cast fiberglass and resin components, the helmet is composed of a two-part mask with the faceplate portion painted in metallic gold. A display case made of bespoke removable wood and UV plexiglass has been made to house it. The lot includes a Crisco Oil tie-in poster featuring C-3PO and his companion R2-D2.
      • Another highlight of the sale is a poster created by designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie for The British Royal Charity World Premiere of The Empire Strikes Back, which took place in London in May 1980. Sotheby’s calls it one of the rarest known pieces of marketing material for the film. Because the premiere was so close to the original Empire Day held on Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24 (from 1916-1958), the marketing department played this to their advantage, sending an army of Stormtroopers in Jeeps and on foot out into the streets of London, holding placards of this poster to increase excitement for the pic’s release. It is expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000.
      • Other items in the sale include a spiral bound album containing 52 original hand-printed photographs from the camera negatives taken on the set of the 1977 Star Wars film, featuring scenes recognizable to many ($7,000-11,000). Rounding out the highlights is an aluminum sculpture of Darth Vader by British Pop artist Clive Barker, estimated to garner $8,000-$12,000.
      • This auction collection follows a successful sale in 2015 of Star Wars memorabilia from renowned mega fan NIGO (real name Tomoaki Nagao), the Japanese designer behind luxury clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club (with Pharrell Williams) and A Bathing Ape. That sale — featuring everything from lightsabers to cookie jars — fetched almost half a million dollars. The 600 items in that collection sold for $505,202. In the time since, the popularity of Star Wars has only heightened, aided by more films and television shows, like 2017’s Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Disney+’s The Mandalorian.
    • Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Dying fan gets early screening
      • Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK sent out a plea on Twitter asking for an early screening of the movie, which is due out on 20 December.
      • The hospice said: “This is our most desperate hour. Sadly, time is not on his side for 20th Dec.”
      • In a statement, the man said the “biggest thank you” after a copy was couriered to the hospice.
      • On Thursday, Disney chief executive Bob Iger confirmed on Twitter: “On this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice. May the force be with you and with us all!”
      • The patient’s statement said: “During what is a such a horrible situation to be in, you have helped make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family.
      • “I am a huge Star Wars fan and what I am going through is completely dire – and to top it all I thought I was not going to see the film I have been waiting to see since 1977.
      • “I still can’t believe it – the only way I can describe it is that I feel like I have won a million pounds.”
      • Rowans chief executive Ruth White said things had “happened quickly” following the the initial tweet which was sent after a staff member had struck up a conversation with the patient after seeing a Star Wars tattoo on his leg.
      • “It was delivered with lots of disclaimers and paperwork and lockdown effectively, so only the family could see it.
      • “There is such joy today but everyone’s eyes are glistening with the sadness of it – it’s amazing and sad in similar measure.”
  • Entertainment News
    • New Rise of Skywalker teaser celebrates four decades of the Star Wars universe
      • Ready to journey to a galaxy far, far away in a little over three minutes?
      • A Star Wars featurette that premiered during Thursday’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration on ABC, is now available to view online. The tribute clip goes inside four decades of moviemaking with behind-the-scenes footage from past films taken from the Lucasfilm archives.
      • Check out Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill goofing around in the Millennium Falcon and the late Carrie Fisher sharing her thoughts on the franchise’s epic storytelling. Plus, there’s sneak peeks at the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker with Daisy Ridley practicing her lightsaber skills. “I feel honored that I’ve been allowed to continue the journey,” says Ridley (who plays Rey in 2015’s The Force Awakens and 2017’s The Last Jedi as well as the upcoming installment) during an interview.
    • Comcast Brings ‘E.T.’ Back to Earth. He’s Doing an Ad, Not a Sequel
      • E.T., that beloved movie alien, has returned to Earth – to do a commercial.
      • Comcast, the owner of the Universal movie studio that distributed the creature’s blockbuster 1982 film, has placed him in a new longform commercial for the company and its broadband, cable and satellite products. In the ad, which debuted during the Thursday broadcast of the annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” on Comcast’s NBC, E.T. returns to see his friend Elliott. The character is once again played by Henry Thomas, the same actor who portrayed him decades ago.
      • “The audience is going to get everything they want out of a sequel without the messy bits that could destroy the beauty of the original and the special place it has in people’s minds and hearts,” said Thomas, in a statement provided by Comcast.
      • The ad – more than four minutes long in some versions – marks a bold bet by the Philadelphia entertainment giant that it can use its revered intellectual property for commercial purposes without upsetting some fans who might blanch at the notion.
      • To be sure, a new generation of consumers does not have the same connection to the Steven Spielberg movie as some people who saw it in the early 1980s. Hearing the famous phrase “E.T. phone home” may prompt a current audience to ask why the alien won’t text. And E.T. has never been immune from marketing. After all, the placement of Reese’s Pieces in the original movie helped boost that then-new product to untold heights. But he’s never been explicitly used in this fashion in prior appearances.
      • The new ad, crafted by Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, shows E.T. back on Earth once more, in a grown Elliott’s front yard. He hangs out with the man’s family, who show him how to surf the web with Comcast’s Xfinity and use an Xfinity remote to call up holiday movies on a big-screen TV. He helps Elliott’s kids fly on their bicycles, a nod to one of the most memorable scenes in the original.  A graphic on-screen urges viewers to “Reconnect for the holidays.”
      • “Our goal is to show how Xfinity and Sky technology connects family, friends and loved ones, which is so important during the holidays,” said Peter Intermaggio, senior vice president for marketing communications at Comcast Cable, in a prepared statement. “The classic friendship between E.T. and Elliott resonates around the world, and their story became a very meaningful way to bring our company’s consumer technology to life.”
      • The spot will get prominent airing around the globe. Comcast said the ad will run through January 5th in nine different versions for the United States and in different versions that tout the company’s Sky satellite service rather than Xfinity in Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy.
      • In the U.S., a two-minute commercial will also appear Thanksgiving Day on Fox during its 12:30 p.m. eastern NFL game, on CBS during its 4:30 p.m. eastern NFL game, and  again NBC during the 8:20 p.m. NFL game. Comcast’s Syfy cable network will run the entire four-minute short between airings of “E.T.” on Thanksgiving night. Comcast also plans to run it across broadcast network and national cable networks, online, in social media and in cinemas. It can also be seen by Xfinity customers who utter “E.T. Phone Home” into their voice remote.
      • The producers of “E.T.” were always very careful about how the property was marketed and managed. Director Spielberg pulled the film from release after a year, and did not make it available immediately via videocassette or cable, then re-released it in 1985. Stanley Newman, the executive who headed the consumer products group of Universal’s owner at the time, MCA Corporation, told The Los Angeles Times in 1985 that the company had purposely tried to limit licensing of the movie for merchandise. “Every licensee tried to add more products, everybody wanted a piece of the pie,” he said as the film was being re-released. “The demand was so incredible–we did not license half what we could have.”
    • ‘The Orville’ stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes call off divorce
      • TMZ reports that in mid-November, “Friday Night Lights” alum Adrianne — who plays Commander Kelly Grayson on FOX’s “The Orville,” which will be back for Season 3 on Hulu in 2020 — asked the court to put the brakes on her divorce with co-star Scott, who plays Lieutenant Gordon Malloy on the Seth MacFarlane show. A judge granted her dismissal request the same day, TMZ reports.
      • Back in January, Adrienne took to Twitter to announce that she and he “American Dad” voice actor and “ER” alum were engaged after less than a year of dating. “So happy to spend my life with you @ScottGrimes #ido #iloveyou,” she captioned a photo of them together showing off her engagement ring.
      • The pair quietly tied the knot in May — it was Scott’s third marriage and Adrienne’s first. But just two months later in July, the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress filed for divorce.
      • TMZ reports that the two, who had ditched their wedding rings during Comic Con in San Diego in late July when they appeared on a panel together, were wearing their rings again at New York Comic Con in early October, hinting at a reconciliation.
  • Insightful Picks
    • Michelle
      • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
      • Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems. In “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” each episode is centered around something people all love — like sneakers or ice cream — as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections that are both surprising and exciting. Through fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of big ideas and insights, Jeff Goldblum provides an interesting take on the world.
      • First Episode – Sneakers
      • Second Episode – Ice Cream
      • Third Episode – Tatoos
      • Forth Episode – Denim
  • Joe
    • Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe
    • Streaming on Disney +
    • 2014 Documentary
    • A look at the story behind Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the Marvel One-Shots and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
    • Marvel’s first television special documents the exciting story behind Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the Marvel One-Shots and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Viewers will walk a clear path through this amazing and nuanced universe, featuring sneak peeks at the future of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC, new footage from Marvel Studios’ upcoming theatrical releases, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
    • Streaming on Disney +
    • 2014 Documentary