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UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Stopped cold: ‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen

The big-budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart.


With parks closed, Disney starts furloughs in 2 weeks

Saying they don’t know when they’ll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co. officials announced they will start furloughing some workers in …


Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down; Bob Chapek named new head

Bob Iger will become executive chairman of the Walt Disney Co. Bob Chapek, who was most recently chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, will succeed him. Iger will remain …


Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names

Published reports say Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from movie studios it acquired as part of last year’s $71 billion purchase of Fox’s entertainment business


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.


Disney+ lures 1 million subs from streaming giant, report says. But is it a Netflix killer?

Thanks to a new report, we’re now getting some idea of how many may have defected from Team “Irishman” to Team Baby Yoda.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

‘Frozen 2’ offers new adventure and power ballads with Elsa, Anna and Kristoff

The sequel pulls Elsa the Snow Queen and her less magical but nonetheless charismatic younger sister, Anna, into a murky web of Shakespearean political intrigue with a large dose of …


Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

The company reiterated Wednesday that it found no evidence of a security breach and that account problems are limited to “a very small percentage of users” of Disney Plus.


Disney Plus hits 10M subscribers in first day

Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ undermines important themes with goofy camp

What worked about the first “Maleficent” was Jolie herself, trying on something softer, even funny, her face, enhanced with prosthetics, half of the visual spectacle. But “Mistress of Evil” crowds …


Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige developing ‘Star Wars’ film

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is teaming up with Lucasfilm to develop a new “Star Wars” film.


Apple takes on Netflix with a $5-a-month streaming service

Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price – $5 a month beginning on Nov. …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019

Target teams up with Disney on interactive in-store shops

Target has had plenty of deals with other brands, but has not established minishops within its stores as have Best Buy and other retailers. However, the retailer has found a …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Couch Slouch: Dan Le Batard doesn’t understand the Disney way

Okay, let’s take an unconventional, unvarnished look at this Dan Le Batard-ESPN diplomatic divide that popped out of the Bristol jack-in-the-box bin when I was on vacation.*


Cheyenne Jackson had devil of a time on ‘Descendants 3’

Cheyenne Jackson landed a helluva role in “Descendants 3”: Hades. The musical productions in the franchise have all featured characters based on Disney characters, and, in Jackson’s case, the inspiration …


Review: ‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time – and that’s why it’s so good

There’s real meat to chew on in this fleshed-out “Lion” (directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed “The Jungle Book”). Some of that was always there, but it’s been thrown …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Rob Curley: Spokane’s Lexi Thiede living out her fantasy at Disneyland

As a full-time student at Penn State, the 22-year-old graduate of Central Valley High School became a member of the Disney College Program in January 2018. When her internship was …


Summer Guide: Galaxy’s Edge is exactly what patient Star Wars fans have long craved

Fun facts and tips that show why Disneyland’s new Star Wars land is unlike anything in this galaxy


Summer Guide: A former Imagineer’s journey to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

A former Disney Imagineer is impressed with Disneyland’s long-awaited Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Movie review: Live-action ‘Aladdin’ works its magic in remaking beloved original

The question on everyone’s minds, though: What about the Genie? Will Smith has stepped into the big blue shoes left by Robin Williams, who memorably voiced the Genie in one …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Disney takes over Hulu from Comcast as stream wars heat up

Disney is taking full control of Hulu from Comcast, as both companies prepare to launch their own streaming services in response to declining audiences for traditional TV.


30 things you may not know about Disney’s Hollywood Studios as it turns 30

Originally called Disney-MGM Studios, these days the park is less about delving into behind-the-scenes aspects of entertainment production and more about giving people personal, immersive experiences into the world of …


‘Penguins’ review: From Disneynature, lessons in parenthood and Antarctic survival

This latest example of Disneynature’s Earth Day-themed appreciations is actually quite good for its type. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson capture some achingly beautiful sunsets, and Adelie penguins never …


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019

Body found in home of man who was an original Mouseketeer

Police in southern Oregon have found a body at the home of a missing man who was an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.”


Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is decidedly – and deliciously – dark

“Dumbo” is by no means a downer. As cartoonish as they are, the film’s Burtonesque touches lend the magic and the fantasy of the story a quality of paradoxical verisimilitude. …


Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ isn’t your grandfather’s Disney classic

Despite what you might imagine, Tim Burton has never cared for circuses. There is one thing Burton does appreciate about the circus, though: the idea that it represents a thrown-together …


Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof.


Motley Fool: The House of Mouse

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) recently kicked off a new fiscal year with an earnings decline because of an unusually weak movie-release schedule. But 2019 is looking up.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

‘Lion King’ performers take the stage at downtown Spokane bar to raise money for AIDS awareness

“The Lion Sings Tonight” was a benefit concert for the Spokane AIDS Network and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, two nonprofits that work to raise awareness about the disease and ways …


Disney-Fox deal gets China’s approval

Walt Disney Co. said it has received unconditional approval from Chinese regulators for its blockbuster deal to buy much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., clearing another key hurdle …