Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 73 “Crowning a New Head of Lucasfilm?”

This week’s Disney Detective explores the cautious reopening of Downtown Disney in California. We’ll also take a look at a rather comedic take on a malfunctioning audio-animatronic in Carousel of Progress. We’ll then take a look at an extremely talented 20 year old Tik Tok artist who seems to have captured the attention of a number of notable Disney people.

Star Wars Insights explores the rumored future of the franchise. Will Kathleen Kennedy be stepping away from Lucasfilm to pursue her own female-centric production company. This comes from the same source who suggested a radical move by Disney to explain away the sequel trilogy where many fans thing they took the franchise off course. It’s an interested set of rumors, innuendo and convenient timing that are combined into some fascinating if not a bit far fetched theories.

Entertainment News explores how San Diego Comic-Con will be coming to you at home this year. We’ll talk about the recently announced 6th season of the Crown. We’ll also take a look at the schedule of Great Performances that PBS will be releasing for us to enjoy a little bit of Broadway at home.

We’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week were we both give our take on the recently released Hamilton on Disney Plus. Another great show!

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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 63 “Unanswered Questions”

This week’s Disney Detective explorers to real possibility of the Disney Parks in the United States possibly not opening for the remainder of the year and what that means for safety, the park visitors and the staff. Abigail Disney is once again in grabbing headlines with her vulgarity laced charges against the Disney company for their recent furlough of park employees. And despite the parks being closed there is a new lawsuit raging against the Frozen ride in Epcot.

Star Wars Insights explores rumored reports of a new Disney+ television show in the works from “Russian Doll” Co-Creator Leslye headland featuring a female-centric point of view. And we’ll also talk about reports that Disney has begun work on The Mandalorian season 3 after having already wrapped production on Season 2 which is due for an October 2020 release.

In Entertainment News we look at some additional offerings of Virtual Experiences from Wizard World with the cast of Grimm, Gotham and The Boys now offering a variety of opportunities to interact with. And we’ll also look at an unexpected connection between Dolly Parton and Buffy the Vampire Slayer that has only recently come to light.

As always we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the Week, another couple of suggestions to help you get through the cabin fever of quarantine.

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