Dis­ney brings bank bal­ance to the force

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There’s no ques­tion what the big busi­ness news was this week. Catch­ing most an­a­lysts on the hop, Walt Dis­ney has con­firmed that it is to ac­quire Lu­cas­film, the pro­duc­tion com­pany set up 40 years ago by Ge­orge of that ilk, for the hefty sum of $4.05 bil­lion (¤3.01 bil­lion). The deal gives the Mouse House con­trol over Lu­cas’s Star Wars fran­chise and, ter­ri­fy­ing vet­er­ans of The Phan­tom Men­ace ev­ery­where, the new rulers of the em­pire quickly con­firmed that a seventh live-ac­tion episode will be com­ing our way in 2015.

A state­ment from Lu­cas seemed to sug­gest he would not be be­hind the mega­phone.

“I've al­ways be­lieved that Star Wars could live be­yond me, and I thought it was im­por­tant to set up the tran­si­tion dur­ing my life­time,” he said. “I’m con­fi­dent that with Lu­cas­film un­der the lead­er­ship of Kath­leen Kennedy, and hav­ing a new the in­fring­ing film is likely to cause con­fu­sion, to cause mis­take, and/or to de­ceive the in­fring­ing film's view­ers as to a per­ceived af­fil­i­a­tion, con­nec­tion or as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween Wil­liam Faulkner and his works, on the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand.” What on earth does this mean? David Ol­son, an ex­pert on copy­right, seemed home within the Dis­ney or­gan­i­sa­tion, Star Wars will cer­tainly live on and flour­ish for many gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Life has re­ally changed at Dis­ney in the past few years. In the mid­dle of the last decade the stu­dio scaled its re­lease slate down to a hand­ful of films a year. Hav­ing since ac­quired Mar­vel En­ter­tain­ment and, now, Lu­cas­films, the stu­dio, which also owns Pixar, again finds it­self one of the big­gest beasts in the movie jun­gle. to con­firm that the Faulkner peo­ple were get­ting ahead of them­selves. “Com­mer­cial use isn't pre­sump­tively un­fair,” he said, be­fore go­ing on to point out that no­body watches Mid­night in Paris as a sub­sti­tute for buy­ing Re­quiem for a Nun. ti­tle sug­gests, takes a spe­cial in­ter­est in mu­sic on film. Paul Duane, the di­rec­tor of Very Ex­tremely Dan­ger­ous, will be on hand to dis­cuss that grip­ping study of rocker-turned-gang­ster Jerry McGill. The jam­boree closes with Good Vi­bra­tions, the ac­claimed cel­e­bra­tion of North­ern punk, fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by the cur­rent in­car­na­tion of the in­com­pa­ra­ble Un­der­tones. A ter­rific line-up. See the­model.ie/film. World War, the pic­ture re­cently tri­umphed at the Pol­ish Film Awards. The event, which runs un­til Novem­ber 11th, in­cor­po­rates an ex­hi­bi­tion at Film­Base. Other high­lights in­clude a screening of An­drzej Wa­jda’s durable his­tor­i­cal drama Dan­ton. kinopolis.com.pl

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