Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 71 “The Dark Side of Cancellations”

This week Disney Detective investigates attempts by unionized Disneyland employees to delay the planned July 9th opening of the park for safety reasons. Disney World cancels all occurrences of the “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2020 due to social distancing concerns. Disney World begins testing a new hand-off security back check at Disney Springs that could revolutionize mass security scans for public facilities.

Star Wars Insights will delve into the bad news of Star Wars Celebration 2020’s cancellation and when we can expect to see the popular fan convention return. We also take a peak behind the scenes to see what the Adam Driver inspired back story for his character Kylo Ren might have been in a special Father’s Day related story.

Entertainment News takes a look at a scheduling change and the extension of eligibility window for the 93rd Academy Awards. We’ll also explore plans for San Diego Comic-Con to move to a Virtual Convention format free for all to experience the unique event along with exclusive merchandise and much more.

We’ll wrap up with our Insightful Picks of the Week. This week we’ll highlight The Great Debate from Syfy and World War II: Total War on Amazon Prime. Stick around at the end for some after thoughts on upcoming convention news as well.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 69 “The Happiest Place in the NBA”

It’s official, Disney saves the NBA season. Or at least some form of an NBA season that will be played out at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Florida. We also have an update on when Disneyland in California will reopen and the rules surrounding that reopening. And finally in Disney Detective we take a look at an update on our much anticipated Marvel shows WandaVision and Falcon and Winter Soldier.

Star Wars Insights take a walk down memory lane with a peak at how the original triology could have looked much different had different casting calls been made. Can you picture Al Pacino at Han Solo? Or William Katt as Luke Skywalker. It would certainly have been a very different movie. Then Jon Favreau gives us an update on Season 2 of the Mandalorian to get us through these dark times.

In Entertainment News we’ll take a look at Don Henley and his appeal to Congrats to change copyright law. As innocent as this may seem there could be far reaching consequences affecting every aspect of the internet, especially independent podcasters like us. We’ll watch the development of this story with great interest.

We’ll finish up with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week as we always do for another great show.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 68 “Star Wars…Nothing But Star Wars”

Disney Detective uncovers plans for the phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores and we’ve finally got official dates for the staggered reopening along with service restrictions and other precautionary measures being taken.

Star Wars Insights takes a look at how Stormtroopers are helping to encourage social distancing at Disney Springs. Ahmed Best, known for the iconic role of Jar Jar Binks returns to the Star Wars universe with a new game show. We’ll also look at the expected delays to the next phase of the Star Wars Universe Star Wars: The High Republic.

In Entertainment News the awards shows are at it again with more ridiculously restrictive rules and their selective interpretation of those rules. Apparently the Gold Globes takes issue with Pedro Pascal wearing a helmet for his role in The Mandalorian and is under threat of being declared just a voice actor and ineligible for any Globe awards for acting. We’ll bash the Golden Globes a bit for this idiotic move.

Then we’ll move on to our Insightful Picks of the Week with a couple of good ones including a new satirical role for Steve Carell.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 66 “It’s All Fake Anyway”

Disney Detective looks at the recently published plan for the reopening of Disney World starting with a phase I approach that has Disney Springs partially opening. We’ll also look at Disney’s ‘Frozen’ show on Broadway becoming another apparent casualty of the COVID-19 situation.

In Star Wars Insights we’ll take a look at a Twitter storm surrounding comments made by Lucasfilm executive Matt Martin. More importantly, we’ll look at the fan reaction to his off the cuff comments and see just how passionate and how inappropriate the Star Wars fans can be when their franchise is threatened in any way.

Grease is the word in Entertainment News this week, replacing the Tony Awards broadcast with the Grease singalong. And news of a film adaptation of the Tony award winning smash hit “Hamilton” featuring the original cast which will be appearing on Disney+ in July.

As always we’ll finish up with a couple of Insightful Picks of the Week.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 62 “Alternatives and Options”

Take a virtual tour of Disneyland Pars or cook up any of seventeen Disney Park recipes to stay in the spirit of Disney parks. We’ll also discuss the challenges facing theme parks such as Disneyland, Disney World and other seasonal parks in the wake of extended Coronavirus closures and what the new “normal” will look like when we can try to start getting back to life as we knew it.

In Star Wars Insights we’ll take a look at some important developments in the character story of Darth Maul, how the latest episodes of Clone Wars sets up some key story points in Solo: A Star Wars Film and some story points in season 2 of The Mandalorian. We’ll also take a look at the recetnly announced eight part docuseries on The Mandalorian set to debut on Star Wars Day of this year and we’ll show you how to spice up your video conferencing options with some unique Star Wars backgrounds.

We’ll talk about the cancellation of San Diego Comic-Con in Entertainment News. But we’ll also offer you a plethora of virtual options to satisfy your convention fix including an alternative to the popular Free Comic Book day and a look at conventions around the world with Worldcon coming in July through August. And we’ll give a quick glimpse of the One World: Together at Home special featuring the Rolling Stones and other popular artists before we pay tribute to the recently departed Brian Dennehy. Then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the Week.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 58 "Surviving Social Distancing"

Disney World is in the news this week doing their part to help through the current crisis by donating foot to a local food bank. Then we’ll give you some ways to pass the time at home with some virtual rides of Disney’s popular parks. We’ll look at Abigail Disney’s reaction to masses of people flocking to Disney parks before their closure to combat the virus. And Disney releases Onward for digital download early to help the folks at home get through these troubled times.

In Star Wars Insights we take a look at the revival of a much beloved character moving from animation to real live action in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian and who has been picked to play the role.

Entertainment news highlights what TV’s fictional hospitals are doing to help combat the spread of the virus. We’ve also got an update on the copyright suit against Katy Perry and Universal Pictures gets into the spirit of giving as it drops some of their content for early on demand streaming for home viewers.

As always we’ll finish up with a few of our Insightful Picks of the Week that will surely help you get through these tough times.

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