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NCM Entertainment Roundup – December 17, 2020

Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa star in Screen Gems and Constantin Films “Monster Hunter.”

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Disney’s Investor Day was full of movie news that kept the industry buzzing last week! There were a ton of major movie announcements that we’ll get to in a minute, but perhaps the best news for movie fans is that Disney is sticking with theatrical releases for its biggest tentpole films. The studio’s theatrical slate remains robust, including upcoming properties from the Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar, Pixar, and Indiana Jones brands. Here’ …

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Original Content podcast: ‘The Mandalorian’ season two goes deep into Star Wars mythology

“The Mandalorian” just wrapped up its second season on Disney+, with an action-packed and surprise-filled finale.
In many ways, it feels like a seamless continuation of the first season’s storylines, with the titular bounty hunter searching for a Jedi who can take responsibility for the alien moppet known to the internet as Baby Yoda, while the pair is pursued by the sinister Moff Gideon.
But as we explain on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, where the first season of “The Mandalorian” felt accessible to anyone, regardless of their level of Star Wars fandom, season two deepens …

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Disney+ has plans for 10 Marvel shows and 10 Star Wars shows in the next few years

Disney just wrapped up the first segment of an investor day in which it laid out its plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming business, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar/Star.
The company kicked off the presentation with some new subscriber numbers — 86.8 million for Disney+ (roughly 30% of those are subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar, which leveraged an existing streaming service in India), 38.8 million for Hulu and 11.5 million for ESPN+, adding up to more than 137 million subscribers across the company’s streaming business.
The rest of the event is expected to focus on content announcements and previews, but Chairman of Media and Entertainment …

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Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animating them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that makes it much easier to generate and manipulate 3D faces without dipping into the uncanny valley.
Of course this technology has come a long way from the wooden expressions and limited details of earlier days. High-resolution, convincing 3D faces can be animated quickly and well, but the subtleties of human expression are …

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