Dec 232017

Many weird things happened between this episode and the last: I became a hero for December for someone I respect, Disney takes another step closer to becoming a monopoly, and those who are supposed to represent the people proved once again that they don’t care about anything but their corporate masters. The result is that this is a long podcast than usual.

And it turns out that The Berger Bits has become Google’s main search result for The Widescreen Podcast, which is weird but kind of understandable. I only mirror the podcast information here because I own both web sites. But The Widescreen Podcast is actually hosted over at and I’d rather have people find the podcast there. Funny how these things happen. But – hey! – more access to my content is not a bad thing!

Anyway, for this episode…

– I’m the hero for December (at least for one person)
– Disney is attempting to purchase 21st Centory Fox for at least $54B
– Fox executives try to calm the worry in their own ranks
– Kingsman creator is not keen on the Disney-Fox deal
– Congress members call for anti-trust hearings in Disney-Fox merger
– Writers Guild isn’t happy about Disney-Fox merger
– Everyone should be afraid of the Disney-Fox deal
– FCC votes 3-2 along party lines to repeal Net Neutrality rules
– Comcast changes their web site to remove promises of not having “fast lanes”
– Net Neutrality Violations: A Brief History
– YouTube TV is now available in 35 more markets
– Redbox launches digital rentals and purchased without Disney
– MoviePass has more than 1 million subscribers
– Amazon blinks and starts selling Apple TV and Chromecast again
– The Last Jedi easily crosses $500M globally
– Coco crosses $400M globally
– Justice League is the highest-grossing “bomb” ever
– Universal Pictures crosses $5B globally for 2017
– Warner crosses $2B at the domestic box office thanks to Wonder Woman and It
– UK theater chain Cineworld is buying Regal for $3.6B
– Warner shakes up DC leadership after Justice League underperforms
– Trailer: Ready Player One
– Trailer: Maze Runner: The Death Cure
– Disney crosses $6B globally
– Rumor: Kenobi anthology film could start filming in 2019
– Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year-old cinema ban
– Ryan Reynolds to play Pikachu (yes, seriously)
– 48 Hours remake in the works
– Bryan Singer kicked off Fox lot after caring for ailing mother
– Trailer: Ocean’s 8
– Additional director backs up Peter Jackson on Weinstein blacklist claim against Sorvino and Judd
– Ridley Scott explains how Christopher Plummer was brought in for All The Money In The World
– 2017’s list of movies for the National Film Registry

Also mentioned
– Geek News Central