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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 »

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 »

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