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Survey: Most Calif. Disney Workers Can't Afford Living Expenses

73% of Disneyland workers don't make enough to cover rent, food; Disney calls survey 'inaccurate'

(Newser) - Disneyland may be deemed the "Happiest Place on Earth," but that joy apparently dissipates for the majority of employees when they leave the park and have to come up with rent in the real world. The Los Angeles Times points out that even though the Walt Disney Co.... More »

Black Panther Had Really, Historically Good Friday

Disney says film had 8th biggest day in movie history

(Newser) - Black Panther is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend, the AP reports. The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history. Disney now estimates the movie will earn between... More »

Former Disney Star Arrested on Suspicion of Armed Robbery

Police say Adam Hicks was robbing people at gunpoint while they were on morning walks

(Newser) - A former Disney star was arrested Wednesday in California after police say he robbed multiple people at gunpoint while the victims were out for their morning walk, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Adam Hicks' crime spree started when he pointed a gun at a 52-year-old man and demanded... More »

Republicans Get More Good News on Tax Changes

Starbucks, Disney plan raises and bonuses, and Jamie Dimon predicts economic growth

(Newser) - Republicans have a few more bragging points over their newly passed tax plan , which slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.
  • Starbucks: The chain is giving its US workers pay raises and stock grants this year, citing the tax changes, per the AP . Employees also soon will be
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Star Wars Price Tag: $4.06B. Star Wars Ticket Sales: $4.06B

Disney recoups staggering purchase price of Luscasfilm

(Newser) - Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational film franchise. Disney bought Lucasfilm for a staggering $4.06 billion in 2012. Now the Hollywood Reporter notes that after just three films, Disney has already recouped that massive sum. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars ... More »

Simpsons Saw This Fox-Disney Deal Coming 20 Years Ago

Meanwhile, some are worried about a decline in the quality of movies

(Newser) - Disney was already a behemoth enterprise, but its proposed $52.4 billion purchase of the bulk of 21st Century Fox would make it even more of a giant. As the Washington Post notes, Disney is currently the biggest US studio in terms of box office returns, with the Marvel and... More »

Mega Merger: Disney Is Buying a Big Chunk of Fox

$52.4B deal must still be approved by regulators

(Newser) - It's a mammoth deal, and one that could have huge repercussions in the entertainment and media worlds. Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, including film and television studios, cable, and international TV businesses as it... More »

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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Rashida Jones Explains Her Exit From Toy Story 4

It doesn't involve advances from John Lasseter

(Newser) - John Lasseter is on a leave of absence from Disney and Pixar over "unwanted hugs" and other alleged misconduct—but screenwriter Rashida Jones says his behavior was not the reason for her departure from Toy Story 4. In a statement seen by Entertainment Weekly , Jones and writing partner Will... More »

Toy Story Director Lasseter Taking Leave Over 'Missteps'

Apologizes for unwanted hugs and gestures to those he has 'let down'

(Newser) - Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees. In a vaguely worded memo obtained by the AP on Tuesday, Lasseter says he knows he has made some employees feel disrespected and uncomfortable. He apologized to anyone who... More »

Rian Johnson to Create New Star Wars Trilogy

Director's new trilogy will be disconnected from the 9 films of the Skywalker saga

(Newser) - Disney announced Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the Star Wars universe, greatly expanding the director's command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas, the AP reports. The announcement, made by Disney chief Bob Iger on a call with investment analysts, constituted the... More »

Disney Backs Down in Tiff With LA Times

After critics groups, other media outlets threatened repercussions

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Company backed down Tuesday and will once again grant film critics from the Los Angeles Times access to advanced press screenings after a number of news outlets—including the New York Times and AV Club—announced they would boycott screenings in solidarity, the New York Times reports.... More »

Bill Nye Sues Disney

The Science Guy says he's owed $9M

(Newser) - Bill Nye, aka the Science Guy, says the Walt Disney Co. and a bunch of its subsidiaries owe him $9 million. He filed a lawsuit Thursday against Disney along with ABC Television, Buena Vista Television, Touchstone Television Productions, Disney Educational Productions, Disney Movie Club, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment alleging... More »

The Future of Streaming Looks a Little 'Annoying'

Disney's break with Netflix suggests we'll be juggling multiple services

(Newser) - Netflix users won't get to watch the sequel to Frozen unless they sign up for Disney's own streaming service launching in 2019. For some, that might be a big deal. But there are far bigger consequences being discussed as a result of Disney's announcement this week. Details:... More »

Disney to Ditch Netflix, Launch Own Streaming Service

Services will be launched for both movies and live sports

(Newser) - Disney is launching streaming services for both its movies and live sports, shaking up how it interacts with viewers as it navigates a changing media landscape, the AP reports. The Magic Kingdom will launch a new streaming service in 2019 that will exclusively offer animated and live-action Disney and Pixar... More »

Disney: Kermit Actor Fired Over 'Unacceptable' Conduct

Steve Whitmire was the voice of the Muppet for 27 years

(Newser) - After serving as the voice of Kermit the Frog for 27 years, actor and longtime Muppets vet Steve Whitmire didn’t hold back on his feelings about being let go. Now Disney is telling its side of the story. In a statement via the Hollywood Reporter , the company says that... More »

Disneyland Will Lose Its 'Wench'

Pirates of the Caribbean ride gets an apparently unwanted update

(Newser) - The scene shows a redheaded female tied up in rope, about to be sold under a banner reading, "Auction, Take a wench for a bride." But if the sight at Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction hasn't yet offended some, the park apparently worries it soon... More »

Disney CEO Bob Iger May Have Eye on White House

2 reports say he's being encouraged to run and is considering the possibility

(Newser) - It looks like one name can be added to the early mix of potential 2020 candidates: Disney CEO Bob Iger. The Hollywood Reporter in March reported that Iger was seriously considering supporters' requests that he run for the Democratic nomination, and now a post at Axios amplifies that. "He'... More »

Disney Characters Had to Pay for Costumes, Problematically

Florida theme park wasn't paying all workers minimum wage

(Newser) - Disney World hasn't been paying all its employees minimum wage, an investigation by the US Department of Labor has found. Theme park employees who play Mickey and other Disney characters saw a "uniform or 'costume' expense" deducted from their paychecks, causing some of those workers' hourly rates... More »

Beauty and the Beast: 'Less Magical' but Entertaining

Disney's live-action remake is in theaters

(Newser) - Disney's original Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In other words, its live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has a tough act to follow. According to critics, it's good—but doesn't quite measure up to... More »

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