Disney Family Member Calls CEO’s Salary ‘Insane’

It’s not exactly news that CEO’s of large companies get paid quite well. Bob Iger, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company gets paid more than most. In fact his total compensation in 2018 was around $65 million. One member of the Disney family finds that amount “insane.”

Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, the brother of Walt and the co-founder of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company that would eventually become The Walt Disney Company. She speaks out on corporate responsibility frequently and has never let the company she shares a name with off that particular hook. Her issues with Iger’s salary don’t appear to be tied to the gross income, but rather how much more Iger makes than the average employee of the company he oversees. According to Disney…

In a study recently conducted by the company Equilar (via Fast Company), they found that Bob Iger’s income as CEO is 1,424 times that of the average Disney employee. While Iger isn’t the highest paid CEO on the list, his pay ratio compared to the average employee is.

With theme park employees making up a large portion of the company’s “average employees” it’s certainly easier for Iger’s salary to look that much bigger compared to other major corporations who don’t have a lot of employees making low wages. Having said that, Disney’s theme park employees currently start at double the federal minimum wage.

Money is always a sensitive issue, it’s one of those things that we all need and most of us don’t have enough of. Iger has overseen the Walt Disney Company during an unprecedented era of success. Nearly every corner of the company has been performing successfully. The film division makes blockbuster after blockbuster while the theme parks continue to post growth as well. Disney has now successfully acquired 21st Century Fox, which will be a major benefit as the company stands on the verge of releasing its own dedicated streaming service, opening up another avenue for revenue.

For what it’s worth, Iger will actually be making a bit less this year than he did last year. The company has adjusted the CEO’s compensation for this year in a way that will result in him making about $13.5 million less than he did in 2018.

The question of what is “acceptable” CEO pay is not a question that is going to have an easy answer and it’s not one everybody is going to agree with. What is clear is that the Walt Disney Company has been incredibly successful and shows no signs of slowing down.

Ryan Reynolds Has A Colorful Way Of Describing His Detective Pikachu Character

If Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was operating with merely a garden variety Pikachu, you’d mostly be watching a cute electric mouse walking around, saying “Pika pika!” every now and then to break up the action. But with a Pokemon that’s understood by some humans comes the task of giving said creature a unique personality, especially since this film’s Pikachu is a world class detective. And Ryan Reynolds has the perfect description to just what makes Detective Pikachu no ordinary pocket monster, as he provided the following formula for what makes his new character tick:

One would assume that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’s lead character is going to shake out with the following traits: the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes, the friendliness/cooperation with law enforcement of Jessica Fletcher and the endless questioning of Columbo.

Even if that’s not the exact mix, it’s a hell of a cocktail of mystery-solving that should help Reynolds’ character save the day all the better. In fact, one could say that when it comes to detective work, these titans are the best minds that one could ever want to combine to solve a case as vexing as what we’ve gotten a peek at with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

Ryan Reynolds’ comments to USA Today certainly fall in line with the supposedly more parent friendly direction that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is taking this new character into. So while the kids might not get a lot out of Sherlock, Jessica Fletcher, and Columbo being combined into the personality of Detective Pikachu, this isn’t really meant for them.

If anything, the parents of the children who will want to see the film most benefit from this sort of action, as the kids will be plenty entertained with the antics of the various creatures this film has to offer. Though there’s also those adults still interested in Pokemon, but want a little more of a sparkling personality to their film’s lead.

With either scenario, you’re looking at the first Pikachu that can get by on more than just its adorable frame and electroshock powers. In fact, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu introduces a character that could be used in so many different contexts throughout the world of Pokemon. And with Ryan Reynolds as the glue to the DNA of all of those famous entertainment detectives, it’s bound to be a ride that audiences will be able to get behind pretty easily. You don’t need to be a world class gumshoe to figure that one out.

We’ll see how this all pans out when Pokemon: Detective Pikachu zaps into theaters on May 10th, but if a crime-solving electric mouse isn’t your thing, you can see what else is heading our way with the 2019 release schedule.

Samuel L. Jackson Shares Photo From Spider-Man: Far From Home Reshoots

It’s currently a very exciting time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After a long year of waiting, Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in theaters this week, picking up the narrative from last year’s Infinity War. While all eyes are on how the survivors will face off against Thanos again, another Marvel blockbuster will arrive shortly after. Spider-Man: Far From Home will bring Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to Europe, and have him interact with Marvel favorites like Happy Hogan, Maria Hill, and Nick Fury.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will mark Samuel L. Jackson’s whopping 11th appearance as Nick Fury, with ranging from major roles to quick cameos. Fans are eager to see how he interacts with Peter Parker, as well as Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. Jackson is currently in the midst of reshoots for the upcoming sequel, and posted a photo from the set. Check it out.

Samuel L. Jackson may have been able to discard the eyepatch for much of Captain Marvel, but it looks like he’s back to his regular cycloptic appearance in order to film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This behind the scenes glimpse comes from Samuel L. Jackson’s personal Instagram page. It seems the 70 year old actor has been very busy lately, reprising his role as Nick Fury while also working on the Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel. He’s sure to plug both of these projects in the post, although all eyes (pun intended) are on what’s next for Fury in the MCU.

The image doesn’t show much, but the presence of Nick Fury’s eyepatch shows that Sam Jackson is once again back in character as the S.H.I.E.L.D. legend. Fury’s first appearance teased a much bigger world for Tony Stark, and his words proved to be true throughout the last decade of filmmaking. Now he’ll get to team up with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and see if the newest Avenger is up to snuff.

Per the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, it looks like Europe is seeing a bunch of enhanced beings cause a ruckus. This is likely what brings Nick Fury and Maria Hill into the action, and why he eventually recruits Spider-Man to join their efforts. Fury’s ultra seriousness and Peter Parker’s naivety should foil each other interestingly in the upcoming movie, and it should be interesting to see how the MCU continues after the events of Endgame.

The stakes for Spider-Man: Far From Home seemingly got higher recently, as Kevin Feige recently revealed Jon Watts’ upcoming sequel is actually the last installment in Phase Three, not Endgame. As such, it may have a closer connection to The Russo Brothers’ massive blockbuster. It’s going to take some creative storytelling to bring Peter, Fury, and Hill back from the dead. So perhaps Spider-Man’s sequel will help get things back on track after Thanos’ attack on the galaxy.

Kevin Feige’s revelation also means that Spider-Man got his first two solo flick in Phase Three, in addition to his role in Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers movies. It looks like the web crawler will only continue becoming a bigger presence in the shared universe, as we watch Peter Parker mature as a hero and teenager.

Avengers: Endgame will arrive in theaters on April 26th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow shortly on June 2nd. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

When You Can Book A Reservation For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is about to become the hottest ticket in town. The new land will be open at Disneyland in just over a month, but if you want to visit it within the first three weeks, you’ll need a special reservation. This morning Disney Parks released new information via press prelease about how to get that reservation. While we already knew that guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel will get a reservation for the new land automatically, everybody else will want to be ready on the morning of May 2.

Reservations will be available to those not staying at Disneyland Resort hotels beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on May 2. However, the exact process for how to acquire one won’t be revealed until two hours earlier, so those looking to grab one will want to be ready at 8:00 AM to get all the important details.

One key piece of information that was revealed today was that you’ll need an account on the Disneyland website, so if you don’t currently have one and plan to be going after a reservation, you’ll want to setup the account soon so you won’t have to worry about it later. Since the Disneyland website will likely be a hub of activity as people try to make reservations, you’ll absolutely want to be sure you don’t have extra steps you’ll need to complete. Also, of course, you’ll need to buy valid theme park admission to get into the park at all.

Reservations will be needed to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge beginning on opening day, May 31, and will last for about three weeks until June 22. We’ve known since opening day was announced that reservations would be needed, and that Disneyland hotel reservations would get you one, but it wasn’t clear until now just how available reservations would be to locals who don’t need hotels or others who maybe couldn’t afford to drop the cash in a Disneyland hotel.

If you want to be absolutely sure you get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the hotel room route is still an option. While not every Disneyland Resort hotel is still available for every evening, there are still rooms available, including for the night before and the day of Galaxy’s Edge opening. Although, with the reservation process now officially confirmed, one wonders how quickly those rooms might fill up.

Early expectations were that people were going to come out of the woodwork when Galaxy’s Edge opened and far more people than the park could handle would show up and try to get in. With the announcement of the reservation system it seems that won’t be the case, at least not until the reservation period ends. To that end, showing on opening day might actually be the best idea. It seems likely that crowds will be kept to a level that’s manageable for Disneyland.

At a certain point, there’s only so much you can be prepared for until crowds start showing up and so the first few days or weeks might actually be the least crowded that the land will be for the foreseeable future, at least until the park is sure that everything in the new land is functioning as it should be.

In addition to offering new attractions based on Star Wars, that would be more than enough to bring a lot of people, Galaxy’s Edge is offering a level of world immersion entirely new to Disney, if not theme parks entirely.

Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on August 29.

Watch Paul Rudd’s Hilarious Failure To Get Avengers: Endgame Spoilers

Over the years, the MCU has gained a legendary reputation for secrecy with even the stars of the universe often being kept in the dark as to the whole story. This can be stressful, especially when you are being asked to divulge a film’s secrets on a constant basis, as the case for this week’s(!!!) Avengers: Endgame. Well, Paul Rudd has seemingly had enough of the secrecy and attempted to extract spoilers from the Russo Brothers. Take a look:

It was a valiant effort and he gets points for trying, but maybe Paul Rudd should have taken more cat burglar lessons from his character and placed that cellphone in a less conspicuous location, because he failed spectacularly here. He starts off strong though, switching from secrecy and frustration to charming and affable Paul Rudd as soon as the Russo Brothers come in.

Paul Rudd apparently got the script for Avengers: Endgame, but not the ending, which the Russos let him know was for his own safety. This is where we get the first of two digs at notorious spoiler Mark Ruffalo, who they say got a fake script to prevent further cringe-inducing slips of the tongue. Poor guy, you screw up one, two… you screw up a few times and suddenly nobody trusts you and you’re the butt of everyone’s jokes.

In the Twitter video, Paul Rudd comes super close to getting the goods from Anthony Russo, who is about to reveal who dies in Endgame when Joe Russo discovers that they were wrong to trust the Ant-Man actor. Ominously, Anthony Russo says, “Here is the list of people who die” before getting ready to count them off on his fingers. That he needs a numbered list would be quite devastating if this jokey video turns out to be prophetic.

After being caught, Paul Rudd hilariously tries to save face after this calamitous failure by scapegoating Mark Ruffalo, which all things considered, isn’t the worst strategy in the world. Maybe Tom Holland will help carry some of that shame load, and by Phase 6, Mark Ruffalo can be trusted again.

Although Paul Rudd ultimately failed to get the goods from Joe and Anthony Russo here, unfortunately there are spoilers for Avengers: Endgame that have leaked. Even with the incredible efforts to prevent such a thing from happening, there are no guarantees. So stay frosty on the interwebs and beware of spoilers if you want the purest experience possible and not some trash cellphone video.

Paul Rudd doesn’t have much longer to wait to find out what happens in Avengers: Endgame, and neither do we. Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters this weekend. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies headed to theaters this summer movie season.

How Much Men In Black International Could Make In Its Opening Weekend

It’s been seven years since the last installment of the Men in Black series, and when the franchise returns in June, it will be with an almost entirely new cast. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will take over from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. While we’re still almost two months out, the first projections on the box office are coming out now, and MiB: International is currently tracking toward an opening weekend around $40 million.

While these numbers are early, and are certainly subject to change, BoxOfficePro expects Men in Black: international to end up somewhere between $30-$50 million at the start on the way to a $107 million domestic box office. That would put the new movie at the bottom of the Men in Black franchise from a box office perspective, Mien in Black 3 opened at close to $55 million on the way to a domestic total of almost $180 million, probably not where the new film wants to be.

On the other hand, Men in Black 3 is actually the highest grossing film in the franchise globally, because the international numbers for the film were much higher than the previous entries. In the 10 years between Men in Black 2 and Men in Black 3, Hollywood had made great inroads in international distribution, especially in China, where MiB 3 made $77 million. Today China is an even more important part of the global box office. If the new MiB does even better there, the movie could pay for itself in China alone.

Based on the fact that the new film is actually called Men in Black: International, one gets the impression that the foreign box office is really where the focus for the new movie is. The simple fact is that the film doesn’t have to do particularly well in the U.S. if it gets embraced in enough other places.

Men in Black: International won’t be the only franchise returning to the big screen in mid-June as the film will open on the same date as the new Shaft movie with Samuel L. Jackson. MiB is currently tracking to be the box office winner of the two, but only by a few million dollars, so anything is possible.

Both movies will have to also contend with The Secret Life of Pets 2, which opens the previous weekend. Animated family movies tend to have better staying power at the box office than other types of films, so both movies could lose the box office crown to a rabbit voiced by Kevin Hart.

It will be interesting to see how the first Men in Black movie without Will Smith does at the box office. We don’t really know if he’s so close to this franchise that it really needs him or not. We’ll find out in June.

Joe Carnahan Says He Left Bad Boys For Life Over Differences With Will Smith

Development hell is a concept that isn’t new to the film world. While certain projects seem to be promising and have the recipe for success, sometimes plans fail, and movies don’t actually come to fruition. Highly anticipated action threequel Bad Boys For Life originally seemed like one of those movies, as it was been stuck in development hell for a number of years before finally going into production months ago.

Starting back in 2008, quite a few incarnations of Bad Boys‘ threequel were worked on before the current version was eventually nailed down. The Grey‘s Joe Carnahan was set to write and possibly direct Bad Boys III back in 2015, although he ultimately dropped out after the project stewed for a few years. Now he’s explained the reasoning behind his departure, saying:

Well, this certainly sheds a light on things. Joe Carnahan doesn’t seem to have sore feelings about the situation, but it appears that he had some creative differences with franchise star Will Smith. And since Smith is starring and producing Bad Boys For Life, he’s got the right to have the final say. But that’s just not how Carnahan wanted to make that movie.

Joe Carnahan’s comments to Collider are in juxtaposition to the explanation that was given to his exit back in 2017. At that point, some reports indicated a scheduling conflict as the reason for Carnahan’s departure. But it ultimately looks like it was creative differences, and a conflict with none other than Will Smith himself.

In his recent interview, Joe Carnahan was sure to not actually bad mouth With Smith over how Bad Boys For Life eventually came out. On the contrary, he understands what Smith has at stake for the project, and his own creative vision. But since they clashed, the director decided to exit the project, because he didn’t want to work that way on the action sequel.

During that same conversation, Joe Carnahan was sure to pay his respects to Will Smith. Furthermore, he expressed how he was nervous to leave such a high-profile gig, explaining:

It looks like Joe Carnahan harbors no ill-will toward Will Smith due to his Bad Boys For Life departure. And while he was taking a risk by turning down such an opportunity, the writer/director had to follow his gut. That eventually made way for directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to get behind the camera for the new blockbuster.

Bad Boys For Life recently wrapped production, and is currently set to arrive in theaters on January 17, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Looks Like Godzilla Vs. Kong Has Wrapped Filming

We’re still over a month away from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but that movie is only a stop along the road to the main event. Godzilla is getting ready to go head to head with King Kong, and that battle is now one step closer to the big screen as filming has apparently wrapped on what is currently set to be the finale of the giant monster smashing cinematic universe.

Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla vs. Kong announced at the end of the last week on Instagram (via EW) that the production had hit the “final slate” meaning that the last piece of filming for the project was now done. Now the move goes into post-production for the creation of what will certainly be a large number of digital effects.

The announcement comes two weeks after Wingard announced the end of production in Australia. It wasn’t clear at that point if wrapping in Australia meant the end of principal photography. We know now there was a bit more work to do, but now the movie is ready.

The new western version of Godzilla was introduced in the 2014 movie named after the creature, which was then followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will arrive in May, which will likely help set up Godzilla vs. Kong which is set to come out next year.

There clearly was confidence that this franchise would work. No secret was made of the fact that Godzilla vs. Kong was the goal when both creatures were announced to be getting new reboots, and the fact that almost as soon as Godzilla: King of the Monsters finished filming, Godzilla vs. Kong got started, shows that the studio was quite sure the project was a sure bet.

Based on the fact that 2014’s Godzilla saw a domestic opening weekend of just short of $100 million on its way to a half billion dollar global box office, it almost certainly seemed to be the case. Kong: Skull Island didn’t do quite as well domestically, but actually outperformed Godzilla internationally, making it another significant hit.

Currently, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is looking at a domestic opening closer to that of Kong: Skull Island, which might mean it won’t be quite the massive hit that the first Godzilla was, but it will almost certainly still bring in strong international numbers and be a financially successful movie.

By the same token, Godzilla vs. Kong seems destined to be a success. It’s one of the most epic battles in cinematic history and it’s one that audiences haven’t seen in decades.

The films have been so successful that it seems highly unlikely that we’ve seen the end of them. While we have no idea what is planned after Godzilla vs. Kong, there’s a good chance we will see something. We haven’t even seen Mechagodzilla yet.

New Avengers: Endgame Clip Proves Iron Man Missed Captain America

After a long year of waiting, it’s finally happening. This week will bring the highly anticipated debut of Avengers: Endgame, picking up the narrative after Thanos snapped his fingers and destroyed half of all life. Fans are eager to see how the surviving heroes manage to turn things around, and eventually bring the fight back to the Mad Titan. How this’ll happen is largely a mystery, especially thanks for the cryptic marketing campaign for the film.

Marvel Studios has been methodically releasing new Avengers: Endgame to the footage, keeping the secrets of The Russo Brothers’ upcoming blockbuster in the process. A new TV spot recently arrived, which showed that Tony Stark has missed Steve Rogers during their years apart since Captain America: Civil War. Check out the clip below.

Captain America and Iron Man haven’t shared any scenes in the MCU since the ending of Civil War back in 2016. They’re the biggest characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Sakovia Accords and Bucky’s brainwashing put a serious wedge between the two Avengers. Now they’ve got to bury the Stormbreaker if the surviving heroes are going to stand a chance against Thanos.

This new trailer shows Tony safe back on Earth, after previously being stranded in space alongside Nebula. It’s unclear how he makes it home, but the mismatched duo of characters are presumably going to need some rescuing. Despite their fractured relationship, Cap and Iron Man seem to be on good enough terms, presumably since The Decimation made their tiff look like child’s play in comparison.

In the Avengers: Endgame trailers, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers seems a bit less jaded than his appearance in Infinity War, and is once again trying to inspire Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to rise up and fight the good fight. While this is a habit that previously rubbed Tony Stark the wrong way, the above clip shows he’s done an about-face, and is now appreciating Cap’s never-ending optimism.

Cap and Tony’s reunion is one of the most highly anticipated aspects of Avengers: Endgame, as they’ve been kept apart for years. This includes the events of Avengers: Infinity War, as The Russo Brothers put them in two separate conflicts during the massive ensemble movie. The Black Order arrived in New York just before Tony called Steve Rogers, and Iron Man eventually followed Ebony Maw into space. Meanwhile, Cap stayed on Earth and helped lead the Battle of Wakanda.

After Doctor Strange sacrificed the Time Stone to save Tony Stark, the OG Avengers all miraculously survived Thanos’ snap. This should allow Endgame to focus on the original members of the team, although they’ll get help from Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Rocket, War Machine, and Nebula.

Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Captain Marvel Just Crossed Another Box Office Milestone

When Captain Marvel hit theaters, it was far from a shock that the movie made money. That’s pretty standard for Marvel Studios at this point. However, exactly how much money it was going to make, nobody could be quite sure. Nearly two months later, the answer is, quite a lot.

In its seventh weekend of release Captain Marvel hit another major box office milestone by breaking the $400 million mark in domestic box office totals. When combined with the nearly $700 million the movie has made overseas, that brings its global number to just short of $1.1 billion.

Captain Marvel actually made more money this past weekend than it did the weekend previous, even though it was on 300 fewer screens, coming in at over $9 million. It also jumped up to being the fourth highest grossing movie of the weekend. It’s never been lower than the sixth spot since it opened.

Basically, Marvel has owned the box office for the last two months, and that’s not going to stop with Avengers: Endgame set to debut this Friday.

Considering how strongly Captain Marvel is still performing, it will be interesting to see how the movie performs next weekend. Many of those who have been going to see Captain Marvel may be doing so to make sure they’re caught up on the MCU before Endgame hits. Once it does, all attention will probably shift there.

It makes one wonder if Marvel Studios is currently wishing it had released Captain Marvel earlier in the year so that it could have made even more money before Endgame came out. The movie is only $12 million short of overtaking Wonder Woman at the domestic box office. It might have had an easier time doing that without another Marvel movie to compete against.

While Captain Marvel hasn’t done nearly as well as Black Panther did domestically last year, the newer film has a slight edge over Panther internationally. Either way, both movies have been tremendous hits. Captain Marvel is the highest grossing movie of the year both domestically and internationally by a wide margin. While that will almost certainly change over the next couple of weeks, Marvel will be more than happy to see its current number one replaced by its new number one.

The fact that Captain Marvel not only started strong but has had legs that have kept it going for the last two months is great news for Marvel. While we still have no idea what’s in store for us in the next phase of the MCU, the expectation is that Captain Marvel as a character will be a big part of the future, the fact that the movie has done so well is an indication that the audience is on board with that idea.

And since Captain Marvel as a character will still be a part of Avengers: Endgame, the character will be at the center of the two highest grossing movies of the year very soon.