On TikTok, Fans Are Making Their Own ‘Ratatouille’ Musical

Thousands of TikTok users, including musical theater professionals, are creating a Broadway-style adaptation of the animated Disney film about a rat with culinary aspirations.

#actors-and-actresses, #movies, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ratatouille-movie, #social-media, #theater, #tiktok-bytedance, #walt-disney-company

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Disney+ Passes 73 Million Subscribers as Streaming Takes Center Stage

The company has experienced deep losses in its theme park division because of the pandemic, but investors don’t seem to care at the moment.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-plus, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company

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Go Ahead, Binge Old Movies and Jam Out to ’90s Hits

Decades-old movies, songs and video games have surged in popularity over the pandemic. Psychologists say conjuring nostalgia during stressful times is a healthy coping mechanism.

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ESPN to Lay Off 300 Employees

The cuts will affect most divisions across the company, but are especially concentrated in broadcast production.

#espn, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #pitaro-james-a, #walt-disney-company

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Disney Prefaces Some Older Films With Warning of Racist Stereotypes

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” a 12-second disclaimer on the Disney+ streaming service reads.

#animated-films, #disney-plus, #race-and-ethnicity, #walt-disney-company

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How Much Do You Really Miss Going to the Movies?

Amid concerns about the future of theaters, remember that the past wasn’t always glorious. This is the moment to rethink what we want at a cinema.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #movies, #netflix-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #regal-cinemas, #walt-disney-company

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Disney Reorganization Puts a Sharper Focus on Streaming

The move was one of the biggest by Bob Chapek since he became C.E.O. in February.

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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

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Disney Lays Off 28,000, Mostly at Its 2 U.S. Theme Parks

The company said it would eliminate thousands of jobs at its resorts in Florida and California, which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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Disney Wanted to Make a Splash in China With ‘Mulan.’ It Stumbled Instead.

A political controversy over a filming location was a rare blunder for one of the world’s savviest companies in dealing with China.

#disney-plus, #liu-yifei-1987, #movies, #mulan-movie, #walt-disney-company, #xinjiang-china

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Kenny Ortega, Teen Whisperer

With the new Netflix series “Julie and the Phantoms,” the man behind “High School Musical” hopes to create another generation of young stars. How does he do it? By seeing teenagers for who they are.

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Why Calls to Boycott ‘Mulan’ Over Concerns About China Are Growing

The latest backlash over Disney’s remake of the movie centers on how it was partly filmed in Xinjiang, where Uighurs live under repression.

#china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liu-yifei-1987, #movies, #mulan-movie, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #walt-disney-company, #xinjiang-china

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The 50 Best Things to Watch on Disney+ Right Now

The Disney streaming platform has hundreds of movie and TV titles, drawing from its own deep reservoir classics and from Star Wars, Marvel and more. These are our favorites.

#disney-plus, #movies, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Mulan, a Most Adaptable Heroine: There’s a Version for Every Era

Is she a novice or a skilled fighter? Does she end up a blushing bride or does she kill herself? The legend of the female warrior has morphed greatly over some 1,500 years.

#caro-niki, #disney-plus, #movies, #mulan-movie, #walt-disney-company

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‘Mulan’ 1998: A Moment of Joy and Anxiety for Asian-American Viewers

Though the original Disney movie was culturally significant, it came out in a film era when people of color were routinely tokenized.

#actors-and-actresses, #asian-americans, #discrimination, #movies, #mulan-movie, #walt-disney-company

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‘Mulan’ Review: A Flower Blooms in Adversity (and Kicks Butt)

In Niki Caro and Disney’s live-action version of the ancient story, a young woman rides off to war and discovers herself.

#caro-niki, #disney-plus, #gender, #gong-li, #lee-jason-scott, #liu-yifei-1987, #ma-tzi-actor, #movies, #mulan-movie, #walt-disney-company, #women-and-girls, #yen-donnie

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After Agnes Chow Is Arrested in Hong Kong, a ‘Mulan’ Meme Is Born

Supporters of Ms. Chow, a 23-year-old activist detained under Hong Kong’s national security law, flooded Twitter with images comparing her to the Chinese folk heroine.

#agnes-chow, #china, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #movies, #mulan-movie, #occupy-central, #walt-disney-company

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Postponed College Football Games Could Disrupt $1 Billion in TV Ads

Fox and Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, prepare to take another hit from a pandemic that has already affected them with shutdowns and delays.

#advertising-and-marketing, #big-ten-conference, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espn, #football, #football-college, #fox-broadcasting-co, #pacific-12-conference, #television, #walt-disney-company

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This Year’s Must-Have Back-to-School Item: Masks for Children

Crayola, Old Navy and Disney are among the brands making colorful masks for children. Child psychologists see this as a positive step toward “normalcy.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #crayola-llc, #education-k-12, #fashion-and-apparel, #gap-inc, #masks, #old-navy, #parenting, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #psychology-and-psychologists, #shopping-and-retail, #walt-disney-company

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ABC Executive Barbara Fedida Out Over ‘Racially Insensitive’ Remarks

The executive, Barbara Fedida, has left the company after an investigation supported complaints about her workplace comments.

#abc-news, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #discrimination, #fedida-barbara, #news-and-news-media, #proskauer-rose, #rice-peter, #television, #walt-disney-company, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Hong Kong Disneyland to Close Again, Days After Disney World Reopens

The park is the smallest in Disney’s portfolio and is shutting down again to comply with a government-mandated rollback of public activities because of the coronavirus.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-disneyland, #walt-disney-company

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Disney World Opens Its Gates, With Virus Numbers Rising

Thousands of giddy visitors streamed into the Florida resort on Saturday, as Disney tried to prove it can safely operate at a highly dangerous time.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #orlando-fla, #walt-disney-company

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Disney World Draws Excitement and Incredulity as Reopening Nears

The mega-resort will welcome back visitors on Saturday even as coronavirus cases in Florida remain high. In doing so, Disney steps into a politicized debate.

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Kaepernick’s Deal With Disney Includes a Jemele Hill Project at ESPN

A first-look deal between Colin Kaepernick and Disney includes a documentary series at ESPN that will be produced by Jemele Hill, who left the network two years ago.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #documentary-films-and-programs, #espn, #football, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hill-jemele, #iger-robert-a, #kaepernick-colin, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #walt-disney-company

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How Netflix Beat Hollywood to a Generation of Black Content

The company didn’t set out to build a big library of Black programming, but now it’s the envy of its rivals.

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Italy’s Outdoor Summer Movies See Threat From Ailing Film Industry

A longstanding dispute between film distributors and associations that show outdoor films for free comes to a head as the industry reels from a post-coronavirus downturn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #italy, #milan-italy, #movies, #radiotelevisione-italiana-spa, #rome-italy, #summer-season, #theaters-buildings, #twentieth-century-fox, #universal-pictures, #walt-disney-company, #warner-brothers

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ and Disney +: A Timeline

Disney+ is streaming a live-capture film of “Hamilton.” It’s just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical’s creator.

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Disney’s Splash Mountain to Drop ‘Song of the South’ Depictions

The popular log flume ride will be remade around “The Princess and the Frog,” the 2009 musical that introduced Disney’s first black princess.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #princess-and-the-frog-the-movie, #race-and-ethnicity, #song-of-the-south-movie, #walt-disney-company

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‘Hamilton’ Is Coming to the Small Screen. This Is How It Got There.

The film, a live capture of the hit Broadway show, will stream on Disney Plus beginning July 3. That wasn’t always the plan.

#disney-plus, #goldsberry-renee-elise, #hamilton-play, #iger-robert-a, #kail-thomas, #miranda-lin-manuel, #movies, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #walt-disney-company

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Advertisers Are Fleeing Tucker Carlson. Fox News Viewers Have Stayed.

Amid a backlash and an ad boycott, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is still attracting big audiences, another sign of the nation’s political divide.

#carlson-tucker, #fox-news-channel, #lakshmi-padma, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #poshmark-inc, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Swabs and Sensors: Memos Offer Details of Life in N.B.A. ‘Bubble’

Players and team staff members will be required to stay on the Walt Disney World Resort premises at nearly all times after they arrive next month to complete the 2019-20 season.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #howard-dwight, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #silvera-adam-1990, #walt-disney-company

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‘Tenet,’ Expected to Signal Hollywood’s Return, Is Pushed Back

The Christopher Nolan film will open on July 31 instead of July 17, meaning Disney’s “Mulan” will be the first big movie released since the pandemic closed theaters. Unless it also moves.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #movies, #nolan-christopher, #tenet-movie, #walt-disney-company, #warner-brothers

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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Loses More Advertisers

Disney, Papa John’s, Poshmark and T-Mobile backed away from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after the host’s comments about Black Lives Matter protests.

#advertising-and-marketing, #black-people, #carlson-tucker, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fox-news-channel, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #news-and-news-media, #papa-johns-international-inc, #race-and-ethnicity, #sievert-mike, #t-mobile-us-inc, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Snapchat Expands Deals With N.F.L., Disney and Others

The multiyear pacts, which also included the N.B.A., NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS, will supply the platform with more short-form original and unscripted shows.

#espn, #national-football-league, #quibi-holdings-llc, #snap-inc, #social-media, #walt-disney-company, #web-original-programming

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As N.B.A. Mulled Return, Financial Needs Emerged as Central

“Lots” of key variables remain uncontrollable during the coronavirus pandemic. But the league will also lose roughly $1 billion in revenue if it doesn’t stage playoff games for TV.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #espn, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #iger-robert-a, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games, #silver-adam-1962, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Disney World Set to Reopen in July

The Florida resort attracts 93 million visitors annually but capacity will be limited, face masks will be mandatory and you won’t be able to hug Mickey Mouse.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #walt-disney-company

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Disney’s Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, Becomes TikTok C.E.O.

Kevin Mayer will lead the Chinese-owned app for making and sharing short videos, which has exploded in popularity during the pandemic.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #disney-plus, #mayer-kevin-a, #tiktok-bytedance, #walt-disney-company

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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Coronavirus Precautions

Limited capacity, face masks and plastic gloves to ride roller coasters: the opening offers a glimpse of how other Disney parks may cope.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #china, #parades, #shanghai-disneyland, #shutdowns-institutional, #walt-disney-company, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Disney Takes a Pandemic Hit, and There’s Worse to Come

“Our businesses have been hugely impacted,” the company’s C.E.O. said after quarterly profit dropped more than 90 percent. And that was for a period only partly upended by the coronavirus.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #iger-robert-a, #shanghai-disneyland, #walt-disney-company

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When Will Disney Reopen?

The entertainment conglomerate’s vastness, once its strength, has posed a challenge during the pandemic.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-plus, #disney-walt-theatrical-productions, #walt-disney-company

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May the Fourth Be With Disney (Terms and Conditions Apply)

When Disney asked “Star Wars” fans to share their favorite memories of the franchise using the hashtag #MayThe4th, it said responses would fall under its terms of use agreement. Social media users were scathing.

#advertising-and-marketing, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #disney-plus, #intellectual-property, #social-media, #star-wars-movie, #twitter, #walt-disney-company

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Ann Sullivan, Animator of Disney Hits, Dies at 91

She contributed to modern favorites like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” She succumbed to complications of Covid-19.

#animated-films, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #motion-picture-and-television-fund, #sullivan-ann-1929-2020, #walt-disney-company

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Comfort Viewing: Three Reasons I Love the Movie ‘Tangled’

A savvy princess, a swashbuckling thief and 70 feet of hair is exactly the fantasy we need right now.

#movies, #quarantine-lifestyle, #tangled-movie, #walt-disney-company

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The Future That Hollywood Feared Is Happening Now

The pandemic has hastened at-home viewing trends and will probably disrupt longtime traditions like the Oscars. Here’s a season-by-season look at the movie calendar.

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Today’s Live-Streaming Events: ‘Fleabag’ Onstage and a Virtual Nature Walk

Appointment viewing is back. What online events to look out for today, and when to tune in.

#fleabag-tv-program, #jazz, #music, #paris-opera-ballet, #pizzarelli-bucky, #quarantines, #robbins-jerome, #television, #theater, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #waller-bridge-phoebe, #walt-disney-company

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Disney World Furloughing 43,000 Workers

The action comes after the Florida attraction closed last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. About 200 employees who are considered essential will remain on the job.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #furloughs, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unite-here, #walt-disney-company

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