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Star Wars Superfan Dies After Getting Final Wish

Daniel Fleetwood died of a rare cancer after private viewing of 'The Force Awakens'

(Newser) - Daniel Fleetwood, the Star Wars superfan with a terminal illness whose wish to see an advance screening of The Force Awakens came true last week, has died at the age of 32, Mashable reports. His wife, Ashley Fleetwood, announced the Texas man's death with a Facebook post early Tuesday,... More »

Robin Williams' Will Puts Disney in a Quandary

Former exec says plans for a fourth 'Aladdin' film have been scuttled

(Newser) - Robin Williams' innovative will locked down the use of his image for 25 years —and as a result, the Times of London says that Disney "has abandoned plans to make a fourth installment of the blockbuster Aladdin" animated film, in which Williams played the Genie. "When he... More »

'Holy Grail' Disney Cartoon Rediscovered 87 Years Later

Oswald short has not been viewed since 1928

(Newser) - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the original famous Disney character before Mickey Mouse came along, appears in a long-lost six-minute cartoon recently found in the British Film Institute's archives, the Telegraph reports. "Sleigh Bells" was broadcast in 1928, but all copies were thought to have been lost and it... More »

'Force Friday' Has Arrived

Retailers hold one-day merch event for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' movie

(Newser) - On the fourth of every month, it's easy to find random "May the Fourth be with you" platitudes on social media from Star Wars superfans—but today's "Force Friday" may even lure Jabba the Hutt onto the Internet or into a store on Tatooine. Just after... More »

Disney Tweets 'Congrats' on Anniversary of Nagasaki

That probably wasn't what Japan needed to hear

(Newser) - Walt Disney Japan apologized today after a tweet sent from its corporate Twitter account wished readers "congratulations on a not special day" on the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki . The company offered "deep apologies for causing discomfort," saying it would take care to... More »

Beijing Olympics Song Sounds Oddly Familiar

Critics accuse officials of copying 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen

(Newser) - Olympic anthems aren't usually chart-toppers, but one of 10 official theme songs for the 2022 Beijing Olympics, awarded to China on Friday , sure sounds like one. Unfortunately for Beijing, it sounds like one already made popular around the world: "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. The Olympic... More »

EU Goes After 6 Hollywood Studios

Disney, Paramount, 4 other studios accused of blocking Sky in antitrust filing

(Newser) - The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six major US movie studios, including Disney and Warner Bros, and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK for restricting access across the 28-country bloc. In a statement today, the executive Commission, which assesses antitrust matters for the EU, said it has sent... More »

'Astonishing' Inside Out Is the 'Reason Pixar Exists'

Latest 'gem' brings studio out of a rut: critics

(Newser) - Emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust must strike a balance in the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she adjusts to a new city and school in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out. With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , the flick seems destined to become a classic. Here's... More »

Tomorrowland Is a Beautiful, Flawed Adventure

Critics split on sci-fi flick with impressive visuals

(Newser) - Hope is pitted against doom in Disney's Tomorrowland, a sci-fi flick about a girl who finds a magic pin that takes her to a kind of utopian world at risk alongside a ravaged Earth. From animation marvel Brad Bird, it stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and some impressive young... More »

Disney's New 3D Printer Churns Out Soft Bunnies

And other squeezable objects made of fabric

(Newser) - If anyone were going to create a 3D printer that would create cuddly objects made out of felt, it would be Disney. And that's exactly what's happened, in conjunction with Cornell and Carnegie Mellon universities. The printer "slices" a 3D model of an object into layers, then... More »

Yep: Frozen Is Getting a Sequel

'Frozen 2' announced, but no word on when

(Newser) - Let it go (on)! The Walt Disney Co. today announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit Frozen. Bob Iger, Walt Disney chief executive, and John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, joined in officially announcing Frozen 2 at the company's annual shareholders meeting in San... More »

Going to Disneyland? It Just Got Pricier

What measles outbreak?

(Newser) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive. The Walt Disney Co. raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the rest of its US theme parks, effective yesterday. A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., is now $99 for anyone 10 or... More »

Couple Visits 3 Disney Parks Around World in One Day

Diane and Michael Greening hit Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - If you were impressed by these two guys riding every ride in one day at Orlando's Walt Disney World in November, this couple has them beat. In 1999, Michael and Diane Greening of San Diego celebrated their first wedding anniversary at Anaheim's Disneyland, and every anniversary since they'... More »

Can Chris Pratt Pull Off Indiana Jones?

Reactions to casting rumor pour in

(Newser) - As you may have heard, Disney is reportedly considering a revival of the Indiana Jones franchise, and Chris Pratt is the rumored frontrunner for the title role. Mike Fleming Jr. called it a "helluva good idea" when reporting the rumor in Deadline yesterday—Pratt is, of course, pretty hot... More »

Sports Nuts Score: You Can Now Stream ESPN

Dish Network to offer sports network, others with $20-a-month Sling TV

(Newser) - Sports fans who've been holding tight to their cable TV package so they never miss a game will soon have a new option in their playbook: Sling TV, Dish Network's new streaming-video service that will include ESPN, the Washington Post reports. The $20-a-month service, which was announced yesterday... More »

Idina Menzel: Frozen Sequel Is Coming

Disney not ready to let it go

(Newser) - With Elsa dolls dethroning the likes of Barbie , it's perhaps no surprise that there are whispers of a Frozen sequel, and star Adele Dazeem , ahem, Idina Menzel, says there's truth in those rumors, reports Time . In an interview with the Telegraph , Menzel says that the movie sequel and... More »

Guy Visits All 13 Disney Parks, Turns 'Disneyphile'

Brooks Barnes finds 'quirky surprises' from Hong Kong to Paris

(Newser) - Brooks Barnes once thought only the "zip-a-dee-doo-deranged" made an effort to visit all 13 Disney amusement parks around the globe. Hired to report on Disney in 2007, however, he began visiting several of the parks on business. Soon, a burning curiosity made him visit the full set as only... More »

Frozen's Teen Elsa Was Paid Just $926

No, we didn't forget any zeros after that number

(Newser) - Frozen has grossed more than $1.2 billion, but the actress who voiced a teenage Elsa in the movie got just 0.000077% of those profits, TMZ reports. Spencer Lacey Ganus, 15, got just the one-day guaranteed payment of $926.20 from Disney, according to a contract filed in court.... More »

Get Ready for More Frozen

New short coming next spring—and yes, there's a new song

(Newser) - Can't get enough of Disney's Frozen? You're in luck. Your favorite characters from the most successful animated feature ever will return in a new short, Frozen Fever, airing sometime next spring. Once again Elsa's icy powers will wreak havoc, this time at Anna's birthday party,... More »

Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America

Disney films can't be preordered

(Newser) - Add another major firm to Amazon's list of enemies: As the retailer's battle with publisher Hachette continues, it's also taking action against Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon has stopped offering preorders of DVDs and Blu-rays of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent,... More »

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