Disney Is Opening the Vault for Its New Streaming Service

Disney
Disney

The legendary Disney Vault will be permanently opened for the company's new streaming platform. As Digital Trends reports, the subscription service Disney Plus will include digital versions of every movie in Disney's library, including the hard-to-find titles currently sealed away in the vault.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news in a recent investors meeting. He told shareholders that "the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years" will be added to the service "at some point fairly soon after launch."

That means Disney fans will no longer have to wait around for Disney to re-release old films whenever the company feels like, as has been the case up to now. After a movie's initial home-video release, Disney takes the film off the market, making it impossible to watch unless you already own a copy. Every so often, Disney re-releases old movies in limited batches and then seals them away in the vault again. This pattern is designed to increase demand and keep the Disney catalog fresh for new generations of viewers.

There are currently 34 movies in the Disney Vault, including animated classics like Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Dumbo (1941) and direct-to-video sequels like The Return of Jafar (1994) and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998). All of these will be available on Disney Plus after the platform debuts sometime in 2019.

Making Disney's entire pre-existing library available to stream is a major draw, but that's not the only content the service will offer. Disney Plus will feature original shows, including series based on movies like Monsters Inc. (2001) and High School Musical (2006). And any new movies that Disney releases, like Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: Episode IX, Frozen 2, and The Lion King remake, will appear on the platform within a year of their release date. The downside for Disney lovers is that any movies owned by the company will disappear from other streaming services by the time Disney Plus launches—but having every Disney movie in one place may be worth the price of a new subscription for many fans of the brand.

[h/t Digital Trends]

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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Three Major Game of Thrones Stars Submitted Themselves for Emmys After HBO Chose Not To

Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO

HBO dominated the 2019 Emmy nominations, which were announced earlier this week, with a record-breaking 32 nominations for Game of Thrones's highly contentious final season alone.

Ten of Game of Thrones's nominations came via the acting categories, several of which were hardly surprising: Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke landed nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams will compete against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. What did come as a surprise, however, were the first-time nominations for Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten—not because they didn’t deserve them, but because HBO didn't submit them for consideration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that the network did not enter the three actors for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This means that the actors’ representatives shelled out the $225 entry fees themselves.

While this might seem unfair, self-submissions are a pretty common practice. As Game of Thrones has many, many characters, all of them played by great actors, it's simply not possible for the network to enter every one of them. As it stands now, four of the six nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress are Game of Thrones co-stars (van Houten was nominated in the Guest Actress category), while three of the Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees are from Westeros.

Whether they made it onto the official ballot because of HBO or not, Game of Thrones fans are ecstatic that Allen, Christie, and van Houten are finally getting the Emmy recognition they deserve. Can one of them triumph? We'll just have to wait until September 22 to find out.

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