After Pixar Ouster, John Lasseter Returns With Apple and ‘Luck’

John Lasseter was toppled five years ago by allegations about his workplace behavior. He’s back with an animated film and a studio that could be Pixar 2.0.

#metoo-movement, #animated-films, #apple-inc, #apple-tv-plus, #lasseter-john, #luck-movie, #movies, #pixar-animation-studios, #skydance-animation, #walt-disney-company

The Former Electrical Engineer Leading Disney’s Streaming Strategy

Kareem Daniel has become one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful executives, exposing him to Hollywood’s slings and arrows.

#chapek-robert-a, #disney-plus, #espn, #media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company

After a Political Storm, Gay Days Return to Disney

An L.G.B.T.Q. tradition at Disney World took on new significance this year, when Disney was ensnared in a heated cultural debate.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #walt-disney-company

Disney Apologizes After Employee Thwarts Marriage Proposal

A man had been planning for months to pop the question at Disneyland Paris, but the employee instead snatched the ring and ushered the couple off a stage.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #disneyland-paris, #walt-disney-company, #weddings-and-engagements

Thomas S. Murphy, Broadcasting ‘Minnow’ Who Swallowed ABC, Dies at 96

As the head of Capital Cities Communications, he engineered the acquisition of the TV giant. He later sold the company to Disney, at a huge profit.

#abc-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #capital-cities-abc-inc, #deaths-obituaries, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #murphy-thomas-s, #television, #walt-disney-company

Madison Avenue’s Biggest Event Returns, to a Whole New World

In the three years since the television industry’s biggest companies pitched their shows to advertisers in person at the so-called upfronts, the entertainment industry has been flipped on its head.

#advertising-and-marketing, #media, #nbcuniversal, #paramount-global, #television, #upfronts-television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company, #warner-bros-discovery, #youtube-com

How DeSantis Transformed Florida’s Political Identity

The state has become an unlikely laboratory for right-wing policy, pushed by a governor with presidential ambitions.

#desantis-ron, #florida, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #walt-disney-company

Three Opinion Writers on Why the G.O.P. Can’t Stop Saying ‘Gay’

A left-right debate on the overblown gender panic gripping American politics.

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QAnonization, Orbanization and Disney

Conspiracy-theory politics catches up with Mickey Mouse.

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Why Did DeSantis Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status? What We Know.

The Florida governor and state lawmakers revoked the theme park’s special tax status in an ongoing battle that escalated over a recently passed education bill.

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Punishing Disney, DeSantis Signals a Lasting G.O.P. Brawl With Business

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s move to revoke the company’s special tax status in Florida showed how combative his party has grown toward corporations that are increasingly taking a stand on political issues.

#desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #education-k-12, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walt-disney-company

Florida Votes to Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status

The vote, which appears certain to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, follows an acrimonious clash over what has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” law in the state.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #corporate-taxes, #desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #taxation, #walt-disney-company

Netflix’s Stumble Could Be a Warning Sign for Streaming Industry

The company faces a number of challenges, but its problems may be an indication that its competitors are racing toward an unstable future.

#academy-awards-oscars, #disney-plus, #hastings-reed, #netflix-inc, #online-advertising, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company, #web-original-programming

Gov. DeSantis Clears Way to Revoke Disney’s Special District in Florida

Having criticized the company’s stand on a law restricting classroom discussion of sexual identity, he expanded a special session of the Legislature to target Disney World’s self-governing privileges.

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Disneyland Hugs Return: Mickey Mouse Embraces Guests After Covid Ban

Guests no longer have to stay away from Mickey. “That personal, one-on-one interaction may be the most powerful offering that the Walt Disney Company has.”

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #hugging, #mickey-mouse-fictional-character, #walt-disney-company

Disney, Built on Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Confronts the Real World

The entertainment behemoth spent decades avoiding even the whiff of controversy. But it has increasingly been drawn into the partisan political fray.

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These Days, ‘Help Wanted’ Has So Many Meanings

But there’s a magic kingdom somewhere, right?

#democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #house-of-representatives, #minimum-wage, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d, #wages-and-salaries, #walt-disney-company

The Right’s Disney Freakout

How the company got mired in a moral panic.

#children-and-childhood, #florida, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rufo-christopher-f, #television, #walt-disney-company

DeSantis Signs Florida Bill That Opponents Call ‘Don’t Say Gay’

The law has drawn criticism from the White House, Disney employees and Hollywood. The governor has dismissed opponents as “woke.”

#desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #walt-disney-company

Disney Employees Walk Out Amid Furor Over Florida Anti-LGBTQ Bill

Hoping to avoid controversy, the company initially shied away from taking a public stance on the anti-L.G.B.T.Q. bill. Now, an internal outcry has stretched into its third week.

#chapek-robert-a, #corporate-social-responsibility, #desantis-ron, #florida, #law-and-legislation, #morrell-geoff, #walt-disney-company

Disney Can’t Hide From Politics

Companies may need to accept that they have become part of the political process, whether they like it or not.

#chapek-robert-a, #corporate-social-responsibility, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #internal-sub-only-nl, #walt-disney-company

‘Encanto’ May Be Accurate, but Can It Carry a Whole Country?

The filmmakers behind the Disney hit worked for cultural accuracy. Some Colombians and Colombian Americans are looking for more.

#bush-jared-1974, #colombia, #encanto-movie, #hispanic-americans, #howard-byron, #miranda-lin-manuel, #movies, #walt-disney-company

How the ‘Encanto’ Soundtrack Became a Smash

With its eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart, the LP featuring songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda is a lesson in how fans drive hits from social media to streaming services.

#encanto-movie, #miranda-lin-manuel, #movies, #music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #walt-disney-company, #we-dont-talk-about-bruno-song

Tim Considine, Young Star of ‘My Three Sons,’ Is Dead at 81

He played the oldest son, Mike, after gaining fame in the “Spin and Marty” serial on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” But after his 1960s heyday, he faded as an actor.

#cbs-corporation, #considine-tim, #deaths-obituaries, #my-three-sons-tv-program, #spin-and-marty-tv-program, #television, #the-mickey-mouse-club-tv-program, #walt-disney-company

Disney Takes Visitors to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, opening at Walt Disney World, is part luxury hotel, part theme park ride, part role-playing game. But it will cost you.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #orlando-fla, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #star-wars-movie, #walt-disney-company

Oscars Will Require Covid Tests for All, Vaccines for Most

Vaccine mandates and P.C.R. tests for the event, set for March 27 in Los Angeles.

#academy-awards-oscars, #academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences, #alliance-of-motion-picture-and-television-producers, #hollywood-reporter, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-county-calif, #macfarlane-seth, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records, #walt-disney-company

Disney to Announce Earnings Amid Disney+ Concerns

Disney said its theme parks came roaring back in spite of the Omicron variant. But the company’s vast cable television business continued to shrink.

#chapek-robert-a, #company-reports, #disney-plus, #media, #the-beatles-get-back-tv-program, #walt-disney-company

Lin-Manuel Miranda on His ‘Encanto’ Oscar Nomination and His EGOT Prospects

The singer-songwriter and director is up for an Oscar for best song for his work on “Encanto.” If he wins, he would join the select EGOT club.

#academy-awards-oscars, #animated-films, #content-type-personal-profile, #encanto-movie, #miranda-lin-manuel, #spanish-language, #walt-disney-company

Stocks climb as investors weigh a surprising jobs report and Amazon earnings.

Investors took the strong jobs showing as a reason for the Federal Reserve to move quickly as it starts to raise interest rates this year.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #coca-cola-company, #company-reports, #exxon-mobil-corp, #facebook-inc, #federal-reserve-system, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #government-bonds, #meta-platforms-inc, #nasdaq-composite-index, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #snap-inc, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #walt-disney-company

Bob Iger’s Advice to Hollywood on His Way Out

The recently retired Disney executive talks about how Star Wars helped Disney survive the streaming wars and why NFTs are here to stay.

#audio-neutral-informative, #iger-robert-a, #movies, #walt-disney-company

Jonathan Freeman, Jafar in ‘Aladdin,’ Hangs Up His Cobra Staff

He voiced the evil sorcerer in the Disney movies, and originated the character in the Broadway production. On Sunday, he took his final bow in the show.

#aladdin-movie, #aladdin-play, #content-type-personal-profile, #freeman-jonathan-1950, #movies, #theater, #walt-disney-company

Documentary Critical of Disney, From the Disney Family

A harsh portrait of pay inequality at the company, premiering at Sundance on Monday, was directed by the granddaughter of one of the founders.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #iger-robert-a, #income-inequality, #movies, #patriotic-millionaires, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah, #wages-and-salaries, #walt-disney-company

How Disney Created the Hit Single ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto” is a surprise chart topper and TikTok darling. Here’s how Disney created its biggest smash since “Let It Go.”

#animated-films, #dancing, #encanto-movie, #miranda-lin-manuel, #music, #walt-disney-company, #we-dont-talk-about-bruno-song

Is Disney the Met’s Fairy Godmother?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hopes to entice visitors with a show of 150 Disney artifacts and its own objets d’art. Does getting cozy with a behemoth serve the public?

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Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Opens to Tepid Box Office Receipts

Musicals often take time to build an audience, but can this remake, with little star power, compete with franchises and spectacles?

#box-office-sales, #kushner-tony, #movies, #spielberg-steven, #walt-disney-company, #west-side-story-2021-movie

Ruthie Tompson Dies at 111; Breathed Animated Life Into Disney Films

One of a cadre of women who worked behind the scenes, she did indispensable but anonymous work on classics like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Pinocchio.”

#animated-films, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #deaths-obituaries, #disney-walt, #movies, #snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs-movie, #tompson-ruthie, #walt-disney-company

Tommy Kirk, Young Star of ‘Old Yeller,’ Is Dead at 79

For a time, he was a Disney regular, seen in movies like “Swiss Family Robinson” and “The Shaggy Dog.” But his career derailed.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kirk-tommy-1941-2021, #movies, #old-yeller-movie, #swiss-family-robinson-movie, #television, #walt-disney-company

Scarlett Johansson and Disney Reach Settlement Over ‘Black Widow’ Pay

Pay for actors is a contentious issue as Hollywood movies are released for streaming at the same time they hit theaters.

#black-widow-movie, #creative-artists-agency, #johansson-scarlett, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walt-disney-company

Disney Sues to Keep Complete Rights to Marvel Characters

The company filed several lawsuits seeking to invalidate copyright-termination notices served by artists and illustrators involved with creating superheroes like Spider-Man and Thor.

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Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Isn’t a Hit in China

Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie has yet to be released in the mainland amid fierce debate over its back story and star.

#asian-americans, #box-office-sales, #censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #comic-books-and-strips, #east-asia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #liu-simu, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings-movie, #social-media, #walt-disney-company

Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks About His Billion-Dollar Flop

The Hollywood mogul talks about what went wrong at Quibi and why he’s still doubling down on tech.

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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.

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To Skip the Line at Disney, Get Ready to Pay a Genie

For the first time, line-skipping privileges at Walt Disney World in Florida will cost $15 per person, an added cost for what is already an expensive destination.

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Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

The star said making the film available on Disney+ at the same time it opened in theaters “dramatically” lowered box office revenue, which could cost her tens of millions of dollars.

#black-widow-movie, #box-office-sales, #disney-plus, #johansson-scarlett, #marvel-entertainment, #marvel-studios, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at 25: ‘The Most R-Rated G You Will Ever See’

How did the ratings board overlook songs filled with lust and damnation? “Maybe we bamboozled them with gargoyles,” one filmmaker said.

#animated-films, #menken-alan, #motion-picture-assn-of-america, #schwartz-stephen, #the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-movie, #walt-disney-company

Can the Summer Box Office Save Movie Theaters?

A return to cinemas isn’t a sure thing.

#box-office-sales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #movies, #theaters-buildings, #walt-disney-company

‘Cruella’ Review: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Emma Stone plays a notorious Disney villain in this spotty origin story.

#cruella-movie, #gillespie-craig, #movies, #stone-emma, #thompson-emma, #walt-disney-company

N.H.L. and Turner Sports Reach 7-Year Media Rights Deal

Turner Sports will broadcast half of each year’s playoffs and three Stanley Cup finals, and plans to bring games to the HBO Max streaming service.

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Column on ‘Wokeness’ Ruining Disney World Experience Draws Backlash

In a guest column for The Orlando Sentinel, a Disney fan said he was reconsidering his commitment to the park “because Disney cares more about politics than happy guests.”

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Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley Leaving Searchlight Pictures

Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley have been at the top of Searchlight Pictures for more than two decades, shaping the film industry with hits like “12 Years a Slave,” “The Shape of Water” and “Nomadland.”

#academy-awards-oscars, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #fox-searchlight-pictures, #gilula-stephen, #movies, #nomadland-movie, #utley-nancy-1955, #walt-disney-company