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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 »

Disney Pulls Film in Malaysia After 'Gay Moment' Is Cut

Censors said scene 'inappropriate because many children will be watching'

(Newser) - First, Russia barred kids from seeing Disney's new movie Beauty and the Beast. Now, all of Malaysia may miss out, too. Disney has shelved the release of the movie in the mainly Muslim country, even though film censors approved it with a minor cut involving a "gay moment,... More »

Disney's First Openly Gay Character Has Arrived

LeFou gets 'exclusively gay moment' in 'Beauty and the Beast'

(Newser) - If trailer views are any indication , moviegoers will be flocking to Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast this month. But they may find the "tale as old as time" isn't quite how they remember it. For one thing, the remake features Disney's first openly... More »

Disney Cuts Ties With YouTube's Biggest Star

PewDiePie paid men to hold 'Death to Jews' banner

(Newser) - Felix Kjellberg—better known as PewDiePie—is YouTube's highest-paid star, making an estimated $15 million last year, but he has lost his deal with Disney over posts deemed to have crossed the line from "provocative and irreverent" to simply hateful. Disney said it was cutting its ties with... More »

Video Shows All Pixar Movies Are Connected

'Frankly insane'

(Newser) - Attention, obsessive Pixar fans: There's a non-zero chance Buzz Lightyear and a time-traveling Wall-E could one day meet for lunch in Remy the rat's restaurant. The AV Club reports that—despite being "frankly insane"—something called the "Pixar Theory" started gaining traction on the internet... More »

Carrie Fisher's Death Could Mean $50M for Disney

It would be the biggest single personal accident insurance claim of all time

(Newser) - For those already cynical about how Disney will probably "shamelessly [CGI] Carrie Fisher's face into episode IX," as one Twitter user noted last week , another possible reason to be cynical: Disney could actually be reaping quite a windfall from Fisher's death, the New York Post reports.... More »

6 Major Retailers Agree to Stop On-Call Scheduling

9 state AGs were investigating worker-unfriendly system

(Newser) - Disney and Aeropostale are among six retailers that have agreed to stop using on-call scheduling, a system worker advocates have said means too much unpredictability for employees. The change in scheduling was made following an inquiry by nine attorneys general. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday about 50,... More »

Beauty and the Beast Smashes Record for Most Views in a Day

It's the childhood regression we all need

(Newser) - The trailer for Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was released Monday, aka, the exact moment in time a significant portion of the American populace was looking for a distraction from political news—and in its first day online, it was viewed more times than any other... More »

Lion King Getting a Live-Action Reboot

Jon Favreau heading up the Disney project

(Newser) - You can feel the love tonight if you already own a copy of 1994's Lion King on DVD, but soon you'll be able to feel the love live-action style, too, Us reports. Disney announced Wednesday it's working on a do-over of the animated film, per a press... More »

Disney Gets Patent to Take Pictures of People's Feet

It could track theme park guests by their shoes

(Newser) - Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors' feet at its theme parks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the patent titled System and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience would scan guests shoes when they enter the park then track them as the... More »

Dad of Toddler Killed at Disney: There Were 2 Gators

Matt Graves says another alligator attacked him as he tried to rescue son from first gator

(Newser) - The alligator that supposedly killed 2-year-old Lane Graves last month at Disney was euthanized a little more than a week later, but Lane's father has told rescue officials that two alligators were actually involved in the attack, the AP reports. According to emails from the Reedy Creek Fire Department,... More »

Gator That Killed Boy at Disney Has Been Euthanized

Fla. officials 'confident' it is no longer a threat

(Newser) - The alligator that dragged 2-year-old Lane Graves to his death near a Disney resort in Florida last week is no longer at large, authorities say. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it has completed its investigation into the attack and has suspended trapping in the area because it... More »

There's a Secret Club at Shanghai Disneyland

Club 33 is for Magic Kingdom's elite

(Newser) - Unless you've got close connections to Mickey or Mao, you're going to have a hard time getting into Club 33. A private members-only club by that name exists at the Disneylands in Anaheim and Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Times has discovered that the brand-new Disney park in... More »

It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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What Will Be the World's Most-Visited Theme Park Opens

Disney's Shanghai park is its first in mainland China

(Newser) - Walt Disney Co. opened its Shanghai theme park Thursday, its first in mainland China, with a Chinese children's choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters, and speeches by Communist Party leaders. Vice Premier Wang Yang joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened,... More »

Have You Spotted 'A113' in Movies? Here's Why

It's an inside joke

(Newser) - If you're an astute viewer of shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Hunger Games, or anything Pixar has put out, you may have noticed a common theme: the sequence "A113" inserted on license plates, signs, products, and other places. "But what does it mean," AV... More »

Hamilton Star Joins Cast of Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda will star opposite Emily Blunt

(Newser) - The star and creator of Broadway hit Hamilton is heading to the big screen. Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast in Disney's live-action reboot of Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt in the title role. In this version set in Depression-era London, the children of the classic story are grown up;... More »

Finding Dory Could Spell Doom for Her Real-Life Counterparts

But an online petition is hoping to change that

(Newser) - Disney's upcoming film Finding Dory will likely be a hit with kids around the world, and that's got fish-lovers worried. “Now that Disney knows the effect Finding Nemo had on clownfish, they should prepare for the effect Finding Dory will have on blue tang by doing their... More »

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