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Facebook Messenger adds Star Wars-themed features and AR effects

  • Facebook today announced a new set of Star Wars-themed features for Messenger users, including a chat theme, reactions, stickers, and AR effects.
  • In 2015, Disney teamed up with Google to built out a new tool that let you theme its suite of apps, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps Chrome and others with either a Light Side or Dark Side effect.
  • Facebook that year also let users change their profile photo to a Star Wars-themed pic where they posed with a red Dark Side cross-guard lightsaber or a Light Side blue one.
  • And in 2017, Google launched an AR Stickers app with a set of licensed characters from Star Wars to promote The Last Jedi.
  • Meanwhile, Facebook gains increased usage and engagement for its popular Messenger app in a competitive market, where AR effects alone can be a key selling point for attracting users.

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Like it or not, Disney’s Marvel empire redefined cinema this decade

  • Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, the patriarchal figures of the Avengers ragtag group, come to a head in Captain America: Civil War. Their fight, which centered on the ethical and moral quandaries they have as superheroes following the devastation seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, separates the Avengers crew.
  • Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel received their own standalone films, helping fans find new favorite heroes just before heading into the long-awaited conclusion to the epic Feige dubbed the “Infinity Saga.” Their success promised a successful world beyond Iron Man and Captain America, whose contracts were coming to an end.
  • Endgame wasn’t loved by critics (it ranks as the second-worst film of the decade on Vulture’s recent list), but with $2.8 billion at the box office and millions of devoted fans, it’s hard to imagine Feige or Iger were disappointed.

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Google's list of the top-trending TV shows of 2019 reveals how streaming originals are dominating the industry

  • If we count HBO's streaming extensions HBO Now and HBO Go, then nine of the 10 top shows, according to the company's Year in Search, are streaming originals.
  • It's a sign of how the television landscape will look in the years to come, as more and more companies launch their own streaming competitors.
  • It dominated Google's list with hits like "Stranger Things" and "The Umbrella Academy," which were also among the most "in-demand" original streaming shows throughout the year, according to Parrot Analytics.
  • But Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" recently dethroned "Stranger Things" as the biggest series in the US based on Parrot Analytics' measurements, and is the most in-demand series in the world.
  • As Disney prepares more "Star Wars" shows and Marvel shows, it could position itself as a formidable streaming player against Netflix.

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Google top-trending TV shows of 2019: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO - Business Insider

  • If we count HBO's streaming extensions HBO Now and HBO Go, then nine of the 10 top shows, according to the company's Year in Search, are streaming originals.
  • It's a sign of how the television landscape will look in the years to come, as more and more companies launch their own streaming competitors.
  • It dominated Google's list with hits like "Stranger Things" and "The Umbrella Academy," which were also among the most "in-demand" original streaming shows throughout the year, according to Parrot Analytics.
  • But Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" recently dethroned "Stranger Things" as the biggest series in the US based on Parrot Analytics' measurements, and is the most in-demand series in the world.
  • As Disney prepares more "Star Wars" shows and Marvel shows, it could position itself as a formidable streaming player against Netflix.

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Google top-trending TV shows of 2019: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO - Business Insider

  • If we count HBO's streaming extensions HBO Now and HBO Go, then nine of the 10 top shows, according to the company's Year in Search, are streaming originals.
  • It's a sign of how the television landscape will look in the years to come, as more and more companies launch their own streaming competitors.
  • It dominated Google's list with hits like "Stranger Things" and "The Umbrella Academy," which were also among the most "in-demand" original streaming shows throughout the year, according to Parrot Analytics.
  • But Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" recently dethroned "Stranger Things" as the biggest series in the US based on Parrot Analytics' measurements, and is the most in-demand series in the world.
  • As Disney prepares more "Star Wars" shows and Marvel shows, it could position itself as a formidable streaming player against Netflix.

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How the big changes at Marvel will affect its TV shows going forward

  • The TV unit is being folded into Marvel Studios, where the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and upcoming Disney Plus TV shows are developed.
  • Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who was also recently promoted to Marvel's chief creative officer, will oversee the TV unit.
  • Some of its shows, such as ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the former Netflix Marvel shows like "Daredevil," were loosely connected to the MCU but not in a substantial way.
  • By February of this year, all of Netflix's Marvel TV shows — "Daredevil," "Luke Cage," Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist," and "The Punisher" — had been canceled.
  • That leaves Hulu's "Helstrom" as the only non-MCU/Disney Plus, live-action Marvel series in development.
  • During CCXP in Brazil recently, Feige said it will be the "first time" that TV shows will "interlink" with the movies, all but erasing what little connection the Netflix shows or "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may have had with the MCU.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger will finally be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Here's how the media titan makes and spends his $690 million fortune.

  • Iger recounted this journey in his memoir "The Ride of a Lifetime," released in September, in which he chronicled how he went from making $150 a week doing "menial labor" on ABC shows, to earning over $60 million a year running The Walt Disney Company.
  • Forbes reported that Iger has a net worth of $690 million, which is thought to be higher than that of Abigail Disney; the Disney heiress said in July she's worth about $120 million.
  • Forbes reported in 2019 that in his first year as CEO, Iger made $22 million, a salary which did not include the stock options worth $2.9 million.
  • Forbes reports that Iger's net worth is now a staggering $690 million, making him richer than the current Disney heir, Abigail Disney, who has said she's worth about $120 million.

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16 Disney gifts you can buy at Target

  • Official Disney Store merch has launched online at Target and inside 25 Target stores across the nation, so you can do your holiday shopping in one place.
  • In layman's terms, this means that Disney is getting its own spot inside 25 Target stores across the nation, selling more than 450 items from "Frozen" plush toys to Baby Yoda figurines and Mickey Mouse sweaters.
  • If you have a major Disney fan on your holiday list, picking up their gifts at Target is a no-brainer.
  • If they're a fan of "Lady and the Tramp," either the new live-action version on Disney+ or the old school animated one, then this will be a sweet addition to their Christmas tree.
  • Kids will love crafting their own set of erasers, though this one does require an oven and adult supervision.

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You can now get latkes and jelly doughnuts at Disney World's holiday pop-up for Hanukkah

  • For the first time, Disney World parkgoers can enjoy Hanukkah classics like latkes and jelly doughnuts during the holiday season.
  • Holiday Kitchen pop-up is part of The Festival of the Holidays at Epcot featuring traditional holiday foods from different countries and cultures around the world.
  • Holiday Kitchen last year, the menu consisted of "traditional Jewish foods" like potato knishes, chicken and matzo ball soup, and pastrami on rye.
  • People were thrilled that Disney was finally including Jewish culture in the annual festival, but the menu was devoid of anything specific to the holiday of Hanukkah.
  • Some were also upset about the lack of kosher food options at last year's Jewish holiday pop-up.
  • Holiday Kitchen did include a kosher cheesecake available upon request, but it wasn't included on the menu signage.

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Why Netflix may need to cut prices and run ads

  • New York (CNN Business) - Netflix executives have repeatedly said the company will not run ads to generate more revenue.
  • Shares of Netflix fell more than 2% Tuesday after Needham analyst Laura Martin downgraded the stock to an "underperform" — essentially a "sell" rating.
  • Martin said that if Netflix keeps its prices where they are currently — in a range of $9 to $16 a month — the company will lose 4 million subscribers in the United States next year.
  • But its executives have taken great pains in the past to point out that because Netflix has no ads, its service has fewer privacy concerns than Facebook, Google's YouTube and other ad-supported online media firms contend with.
  • Still, Martin said in her report Tuesday she's worried Netflix could lose international subscribers once Disney and other media companies launch global versions of their streaming services.

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