Zoey Deutch, star of Not Okay and Zombieland

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: If there’s one quality even casual fans of Zoey Deutch would recognize about her work, it’s a willingness to, as she puts it, … Read more

Lawrence Kasdan, the Star Wars Universe’s Secret Weapon, Pulls Back the Curtain in ‘Light & Magic’

Lawrence Kasdan has penned some of American cinema’s most popular films of the past four-plus decades, be it Raiders of the Last Ark, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, his own Body Heat and The Big Chill, or the more recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A … Read more

Why Netflix’s Earnings Weren’t Enough to Restore Investor Confidence

It’s certainly true that the Netflix (ticker: NFLX) June quarter results weren’t as bad as feared, and that has the stock rallying on Wednesday. But neither were the results all that great—the stock is still down 65% for the year and analyst reaction to the quarter was decidedly mixed. With the risk of another horrendous … Read more

Interview With Sierra On-Line Founders Ken & Roberta Williams

In 1979 husband-and-wife team Ken & Roberta Williams founded a small company that would later become known as Sierra, and which would play an enormous role in the development of some of the most beloved video games series of all time. With Ken overseeing business operations Roberta spent the 1980s helping create adventure game classics … Read more

Disney introduces the Wish, first new cruise ship in decade

Chief Executive Bob Chapek introduced Walt Disney’s first new cruise ship in a decade on Wednesday, the culmination of the first project the former theme parks executive championed to the company’s board of directors. The launch of the 4,000-passenger Disney Wish is a bright spot for Chapek, who became Disney’s CEO in February 2020 and secured a three-year contract extension on … Read more

Everything Shown At The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase

Image: Atlus Switch-owning JRPG fans are feasting today. The biggest standouts from today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase include Persona 5 Royal and Nier: Automata ports for the Nintendo Switch, but there were also neat-looking indie titles like the beautifully handcrafted RPG Time: The Legend of Wright and visually striking co-op adventure Blanc. Here’s our … Read more

Disney Should Make its Cricket Loss Count

Disney lost out on streaming rights to the Indian Premier League’s cricket matches from 2023-2027, but said it will keep the broadcast rights. Photo: Arun Sankar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images For Disney, DIS 1.67% losing the streaming rights to India’s most popular cricket league could turn out to be a blessing in disguise—provided the company fully capitalizes … Read more

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Redefines Padmé Amidala’s Star Wars Legacy Through Leia

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most heart-wrenching moment so far is devoid of lightsabers and Darth Vader. Instead, it’s focused on the characters that often play supporting roles to the Star Wars saga’s biggest heroes. In Episode 3, young Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) realizes that Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) knew her birth mother. As they ride in a transport … Read more

Disney morale terrible after CEO Bob Chapek fires Peter Rice

Morale is at an all-time low at the beleaguered Mouse House after Disney CEO Bob Chapek dumped TV content boss Peter Rice. Rice, who joined Disney after the media giant acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019, was replaced on Thursday by his number two, Dana Walden, in what many have described as a “shocking” shakeup. … Read more