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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, 11:11 p.m.

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: 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.


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


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

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, 12:18 p.m.

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, 8:56 p.m.

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, 6:24 a.m.

‘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 …


Disney details new ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ attractions

“Star Wars” fans will soon be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon and face off against Kylo Ren in battle.


EU approves Disney’s deal to buy Fox entertainment assets

European Union authorities say they have cleared Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, provided Disney sells off some TV channels it controls in Europe to maintain competition.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

‘Instead of going to a grave, I go to Disney World’: Disney parks popular spreading of ashes; Spokanites favor Mt. Spokane

Everyone knows Disney theme parks as “the happiest place on Earth,” but for some Mouseketeers, it may also be the happiest place in the afterlife, according to a report by …


Walt Disney banned alcohol, but now theme parks say ‘drink up’

For the first time, Disneyland will break its prohibition on alcohol and begin selling drinks to the general public, the California theme park recently announced.


Disney offers tuition for hourly workers in tight job market

Disney is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree or finish a high school diploma.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Shareholders approve Disney’s $73.1B acquisition of Fox entertainment

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox’s entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal Friday.


Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Disney-Comcast battle for Fox dominates Sun Valley gathering

Media and tech titans turned up in good spirits at the billionaire’s summer camp at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, even though the U.S. just started a trade war …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

To Infinity: Toy Story Land opening at Disney in Florida

For children of the mid-1990s, Disney’s new Toy Story Land offers the opportunity to visit the imaginary world they grew up in. For their parents, it brings back sweet memories …


Fox shareholders to vote on $71 billion Disney bid July 27

Time is running short for Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts. Now that a date is set for shareholders of 21st Century Fox to vote on Walt Disney Co.’s $71.3 …


Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B

Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox’s entertainment businesses following Comcast’s $65 billion offer for the company.


Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company.


Labor board says Disney can withhold bonuses during talks

Walt Disney World didn’t violate the law when it withheld $1,000 bonuses to workers in a coalition of unions currently renegotiating wages, even though it paid the bonuses to other …


Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast may make an offer for Twenty-First Century Fox, potentially putting it in a head-to-head bidding war with Disney.


Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show: Disneyland chef tells stories with culinary characters

John State is the culinary director of food and beverage for the Disneyland Resort in Southern California, in charge of everything from fine dining to the best corn dog you’ve …