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Nov 11th 2019 at 5:32:45 PM

The issue with older Samsung TVs (and older Rokus and Vizio TVs) is they're using an obsolete Netflix app which Netflix is dropping support for. They don't get software updates any more, so owners have to get a new streaming device.

It's not a matter of dropping Samsung in general, though it does highlight that "smart" TVs get dumber as time goes by.

Edited by alanh on Nov 11th 2019 at 6:33:15 AM

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Nov 18th 2019 at 6:08:25 PM

Apparently, Disney decided to give release dates to a bunch of Fox films up to 2023 a few days ago, not including Fox Searchlight releases or the Avatar/Planet of the Apes sequels.

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Jan 10th 2020 at 2:32:40 PM

As I suspected for some time, Seth MacFarlane is leaving 20th Century Fox for NBCUniversal. He will still be involved in Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville.

Still, how Disney will move on with those franchises without him is still a mystery (and it's not like they're small franchises, either; they're nothing like Power Rangers).

Edited by Mario1995 on Jan 10th 2020 at 5:33:07 AM

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Jan 10th 2020 at 2:35:14 PM

[up] I mean, he's barely been involved in Family Guy and American Dad lately, from what I've heard. He reads his lines and that's it. With The Orville, he's an actor and writer, so I don't know if he will leaving his writing duties behind or not.

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Jan 10th 2020 at 2:45:46 PM

[up]From what I've read he's inked some deal to remain on board in The Orville, though whether or not the upcoming season will be the last remains to be seen.

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Jan 17th 2020 at 9:30:59 AM

Disney will be dropping the "Fox" name in 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Not sure when it's taking effect (it probably already did), but the studios will be going by the names "20th Century Studios" and "Searchlight Pictures" going forward.

(It's actually pretty funny because before 20th Century Fox was a thing, it was Twentieth Century Pictures and Fox Film Corporation, so calling it "20th Century Studios" is kind of like bringing back a name that hasn't seen use since 1935. Cool trivia, no?)

Edited by TargetmasterJoe on Jan 17th 2020 at 12:39:23 PM

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Jan 17th 2020 at 9:44:28 AM

If that isn't evidence that the "Fox" brand has become toxic thanks to Murdoch, I don't know what is.

The irony of the name being "dated" is that by dropping "Fox" from "20th Century," the studio's name is now more dated. Unless it's a throwback to the predecessor 20th Century Pictures studio, it makes little sense to me.

The big question now is what this means for the TV studios, which I presume will have the "Fox" name removed as well.

Edited by Mario1995 on Jan 17th 2020 at 12:46:00 PM

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Jan 17th 2020 at 12:49:14 PM

If that isn't evidence that the "Fox" brand has become toxic thanks to Murdoch, I don't know what is.

I mean, the mini-video announcing The Simpsons being on Disney+ had balloons with the Fox logo crossed out and a cartoon portrait of Murdoch in a trash can. That's pretty concrete evidence in my book. [lol]

The irony of the name being "dated" is that by dropping "Fox" from "20th Century," the studio's name is now more dated. Unless it's a throwback to the predecessor 20th Century Pictures studio, it makes little sense to me.

I like to think the throwback to Twentieth Century Pictures was on purpose. smile

The big question now is what this means for the TV studios, which I presume will have the "Fox" name removed as well.

I suppose they'll follow suit eventually. Although that's got a headstart since the syndication branch of 20th Century Fox Television is just "20th Television".

If I'm not mistaken, I think some people (myself included) saw this was coming a while back, but it's still a bit of a surprise nonetheless. And hey, since most people associate Fox with subpar superhero movies and less-than-popular news channels, then hey, I guess ditching the Fox name is kind of a logical choice to make.

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Jan 17th 2020 at 1:16:39 PM

Peter Chernin is parting ways with 20th, in yet another casualty of the merger.

While he'll continue to produce the upcoming Planet of the Apes movies, the other projects he has there are in limbo, especially the Mega Man movie.

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Jan 19th 2020 at 4:19:09 PM

Given the recent events, I wonder what the new logo for 20th Century Studios is going to look like for future films...

Edited by gjjones on Jan 19th 2020 at 7:24:27 AM

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Jan 21st 2020 at 12:24:13 PM "The devil's got all the good gear. What's God got? The Inspiral Carpets and nuns. Fuck that." - Liam Gallagher
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Jan 30th 2020 at 11:13:55 AM

Emma Watts is out from 20th Century Studios.

Obviously an indication of where 20th Century Fox's fate is headed. Hint: it's probably not long for this world.

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Jan 30th 2020 at 2:44:11 PM

A new TV spot for The Call of the Wild was released yesterday. Guess which logo appears at the end of the film now (among other changes)?

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Jan 30th 2020 at 2:58:53 PM

[up][up] I mean, I thought that 20th Century Fox would be kaput when it got renamed "20th Century Studios".

Also, the article got an update:

UPDATED WITH RESPONSES FROM JAMES CAMERON, JON LANDAU & PATRICK WHITESELL: Emma Watts has just resigned as President of Production at 20th Century Studios. Her existing creative team remains in place, and a new leader is expected to be named in the coming weeks. Disney reports there are no current changes to 20th Century Studios' development or release slate.

So TCS isn't DOA, it's just getting some new management.

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Feb 4th 2020 at 11:09:52 AM

An article from The Hollywood Reporter just surfaced today regarding the state of 20th Century Studios, and according to Bill Mechanic (former head of Fox from 1994 to 2000), he says that "[he doesn't] think the label means anything anymore."

Judging from this comment, this really does not bode well for 20th Century Fox Animation, 20th Century Fox Television, or Blue Sky Studios...

Edited by MrScout101 on Feb 4th 2020 at 2:10:22 PM

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