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.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #ditko-steve, #intellectual-property, #kirby-jack, #lee-stan, #marvel-comics, #marvel-entertainment, #walt-disney-company

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.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #travel-and-vacations, #walt-disney-company

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.

#espn, #hbo-max, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #tbs-network, #television, #turner-network-television, #walt-disney-company, #warner-media-llc, #zucker-jeff

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

40 Acres and a Movie

Disney can’t change its problematic past. But can it make a new future with Marvel?

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The Lawyer Behind the Throne at Fox

Even before the company’s C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.

#21st-century-fox, #content-type-personal-profile, #dinh-viet, #fox-entertainment-group-inc, #murdoch-james-r, #murdoch-lachlan, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #vietnamese-americans, #walt-disney-company

Olivia Rodrigo’s Hit ‘Drivers License’ Has the Best Part of a Song

Jenna and Wesley search for the best part of the song.

#drivers-license-song, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #raspberry-beret-song, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company

What the 2020s Need: Sex and Romance at the Movies

We’ll know we’re actually escaping stagnation when the cinema of desire returns.

#dating-and-relationships, #home-box-office, #movies, #walt-disney-company

Pay Discrimination Suit Against Disney Adds Pay Secrecy Claim

A claim that the company illegally prohibits employees from discussing pay has been added to a lawsuit accusing it of paying women less than men. Disney has aggressively pushed back.

#discrimination, #labor-and-jobs, #moore-karen-1968, #rasmussen-laronda, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #walt-disney-company, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment

N.H.L. Returns to ESPN in a 7-Year Deal With an Emphasis on Streaming

The agreement assures hockey a higher profile on SportsCenter and gives ESPN the perfect sport for its streaming ambitions

#abc-inc, #bettman-gary, #disney-plus, #espn, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #nbcuniversal, #sportscenter-tv-program, #television, #walt-disney-company

After Pandemic, Film Industry’s Hollywood Ending May Have to Wait

Studios pushing toward a streaming future remain locked in a battle with theater owners eager for moviegoers to return in droves.

#amc-entertainment-holding-inc, #box-office-sales, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #raya-and-the-last-dragon-movie, #shutdowns-institutional, #walt-disney-company

Kelly Marie Tran: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’

The actress has left the “Star Wars” bullies behind to star as Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess in “Raya and the Last Dragon.” She says, “I’m finally asking for the things I want.”

#actors-and-actresses, #asian-americans, #content-type-personal-profile, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #disney-plus, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #raya-and-the-last-dragon-movie, #social-media, #star-wars-movie, #star-wars-the-last-jedi-movie, #tran-kelly-marie, #vietnamese-americans, #walt-disney-company, #women-and-girls

The + That’s Taking Over Streaming Platforms

An idea that seemed like a real plus when streaming was newer has fallen into cliché.

#advertising-and-marketing, #disney-plus, #labeling-and-labels-product, #nbcuniversal, #paramount-pictures, #viacomcbs-inc, #walt-disney-company

Plus + Plus + Plus = Streaming Name Surplus

An idea that seemed like a real plus when streaming was newer has fallen into cliché.

#advertising-and-marketing, #disney-plus, #labeling-and-labels-product, #nbcuniversal, #paramount-pictures, #viacomcbs-inc, #walt-disney-company

Iceland Has a Request for Disney+: More Icelandic, Please

Disney brought its streaming service to Iceland last year. Now, the country’s education minister has sent a letter of complaint over the lack of Icelandic dubbing and subtitling.

#disney-plus, #iceland, #language-and-languages, #television, #walt-disney-company

Marvel’s Latest Frontier? In ‘WandaVision,’ It’s the Suburbs

Marvel’s first series for Disney+ is part drama, part homage to vintage sitcoms, following the misfit heroes played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany to some weird places.

#actors-and-actresses, #bettany-paul, #comic-books-and-strips, #disney-plus, #feige-kevin, #marvel-entertainment, #marvel-studios, #movies, #olsen-elizabeth-1989, #television, #walt-disney-company, #wandavision-tv-program

‘Ratatouille,’ the Musical: How This TikTok Creation Came Together

We talked to the Broadway stars behind a virtual performance of the animated film. Inspiration started with quirky TikTok segments circulating this fall.

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This Year Was a Disaster. We Hope the Sequel Is Better.

We streamed, we watched, we worried. We also wondered what the catastrophe called 2020 will mean for movies.

#disney-plus, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hbo-max, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #walt-disney-company, #warner-brothers

‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White,’ Betty Boop, Popeye and the First Golden Age of Animation

Reid Mitenbuler’s “Wild Minds” is full of high-flown aspirations and zany anecdotes.

#animated-films, #books-and-literature, #mitenbuler-reid, #walt-disney-company, #wild-minds-the-artists-and-rivalries-that-inspired-the-golden-age-of-animation-book

Apple TV Was Making a Show About Gawker. Then Tim Cook Found Out.

Big tech companies now exert huge influence over what stories get told. The message is clear: Be careful who you offend.

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Pinocchio’ and More as Disney Leans Sharply Into Streaming

A blitz of new projects include 10 series from the “Star Wars” universe for Disney+, which now has 87 million subscribers. Hulu will also get a major content boost.

#disney-plus, #movies, #the-mandalorian-tv-program, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walt-disney-company, #web-original-programming

SEC Reaches $3 Billion Deal With Disney, Drawing CBS Ties Toward an End

The Southeastern Conference is poised to become the richest conference in college football after it struck a television deal with Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN.

#abc-inc, #cbs-corporation, #college-athletics, #espn, #football-college, #southeastern-conference, #television, #walt-disney-company

Disney to Reveal Plans to Turbocharge Streaming Offerings

Some big-budget movies will first go to theaters. Other offerings will debut online. All will ultimately strengthen Disney+.

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

TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ Musical to Be Presented as Benefit Performance

Cobbled together from songs and scenes inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie, the online performance will benefit the Actors Fund.

#actorsfund-of-america, #crowdsourcing-internet, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ratatouille-movie, #social-media, #theater, #tiktok-bytedance, #walt-disney-company

Radio Disney, Launching Pad for Young Stars, Will Shut Down Next Year

Since 1996, the network has been a go-to music destination for preteens and helped jump-start the careers of future superstars. Disney said it was ending it to focus on streaming and TV.

#disney-channel, #marsh-gary, #pop-and-rock-music, #radio, #radio-disney, #walt-disney-company

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

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

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

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

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

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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