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Star Wars Episode VII Set 30 Years After Jedi

And R2D2 will definitely be back

(Newser) - Star Wars fanatics now have a timeline for the next episode in the intergalactic space drama. Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said yesterday at the company's shareholders' meeting that Episode VII will take place about 30 years after 1983's Return of the Jedi. And that'... More »

Disney Cuts Boy Scout Donations Over Gay Ban

Company had given to some troops

(Newser) - Boy Scout troops are losing Disney's financial support over its continuing ban on gay adult leaders. The Walt Disney Company currently donates to some troops—though not the national organization—through an employee volunteering program, the LA Times reports. Those donations will end next year, the AP reports. "... More »

Frozen Ices Paranormal

Also, it's cold out and a lot of you didn't go to the movies

(Newser) - Anyone else detecting a theme to the weekend ? Disney's Frozen has claimed the box office crown, reeling in $20.7 million. That was enough to put Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in... More »

Disney's Hot Attraction: Jumbo Turkey Legs?

'Caveman pops' have become part of the park experience

(Newser) - Sure, there are the rides, sights, and costumed characters—but a decidedly low-tech wonder has become all the rage at North American Disney parks: turkey legs. "It’s a chance to channel my inner cave woman," one visitor tells the New York Times , which reports that by year'... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

Hunger Games, Frozen Shatter Thanksgiving Record

Catching Fire pulls in $110.2M over 5 days

(Newser) - Sorry, Harry: Katniss Everdeen has broken your $82.4 million Thanksgiving record. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up $110.2 million over the five-day weekend, Wednesday to Sunday, breaking the spell cast by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Catching Fire also had the fourth-biggest second weekend in... More »

Critics Warm to Disney's Frozen

Disney's latest fairy tale is Broadway-ready

(Newser) - Disney looks poised for another fairy-tale success with Frozen, a tale of two sisters based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." In the first Disney animated feature co-directed by a woman, Jennifer Lee, filmmakers appear to have their sights set on Broadway, reviewers note.
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China to Kimmel: Say You're Sorry Like You Mean It

'Kill everyone in China' quip sparks anti-ABC protests

(Newser) - China wants ABC to apologize a third time for an insensitive Jimmy Kimmel skit—and to be sincere about it this time. The network has already issued two public apologies over the skit that aired Oct. 16, in which a child suggests "killing everyone in China" to solve America'... More »

Lone Ranger a $160M Loss for Disney

Johnny Depp blames the critics

(Newser) - Who was that masked man, anyway? Perhaps it would have been better if Disney never found out. The company yesterday announced it has projected it will lose $160 million to $190 million on flop The Lone Ranger, which earned just $29 million in the US and Canada in its opening... More »

Disney Still Has a Princess Problem

Disney's merchandising is appalling: Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - After much outrage, Disney backed down on the makeover it recently tried to give Brave's Merida—the new version, which was to be featured in the Disney Princess line, was no longer "messy, freckly, slightly overbitey," but teeny-waisted, sultry-eyed, and distinctly bow-and-arrow-less—but this is just a... More »

Disney Tries to Trademark Mexican Tradition

Company pulls bid over 'Dia de los Muertos' after outcry

(Newser) - Disney isn't winning points for cultural sensitivity this month after trying to trademark the phrase "Dia de los Muertos," reports the Arizona Republic . The company is working on a film inspired by the centuries-old Mexican holiday, which translates to "Day of the Dead" and celebrates the... More »

Annette Funicello Dead at 70

Famous Mouseketeer and actress had long suffered from MS

(Newser) - Annette Funicello, who shot to fame at age 12 as a Disney Mouseketeer, has died from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 70, her family confirms to Extra . Funicello parlayed her Disney fame into a successful singing and acting career perhaps most noted for her Beach Party movies with Frankie... More »

Ellen DeGeneres: Nemo Sequel Finding Dory Is Coming

Disney Pixar film due in November 2015

(Newser) - Finding Nemo fans will be happy to learn that a sequel is coming in November 2015, reports the Huffington Post . Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that she will reprise her voice role as Dory in Finding Dory. "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long... More »

And the Most Reputable Company in America Is...

Amazon takes top spot from Apple, while AIG is the big loser

(Newser) - Which American businesses have the best rep? Look toward the retail and electronics industries, reports MarketWatch , which shares the results of the latest Harris Interactive survey of the country's top 60 companies. It looked at six factors, among them product quality and how employees are treated. Among the leaders:... More »

Family Sues Disneyland, Calls 'White Rabbit' Racist

Black family says costumed character discriminated against them

(Newser) - According to a lawsuit, the Black family went to Disneyland and got shunned by the White Rabbit—literally. The San Diego family is suing the amusement park because, they say, the employee playing the Alice in Wonderland character was racist. Last August, 6-year-old Jason Black tried to hug the "... More »

Star Wars Spinoff Films Coming

Stand-alone movies will be in addition to planned trilogy

(Newser) - It's a Star Wars avalanche: In addition to the coming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX , Disney plans to produce a number of spinoff movies that revolve around certain characters, CEO Robert Iger tells CNBC . No word yet on which characters will be featured in the standalone films (rumor is... More »

Netflix Scores Landmark Disney Movie Deal

Streaming service beats pay TV to rights to show new releases

(Newser) - In a deal Netflix calls a "bold leap forward for Internet television," the company has scored the rights to show new releases from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm starting in 2016, when Disney's deal with Starz Movies expires. Older Disney films will be available on Netflix immediately... More »

Disney, Sears Linked to Burned-Out Garment Factory

Fire that killed 112 was arson, officials say

(Newser) - Walmart wasn't the only major American retailer selling clothes produced in the Bangladesh factory where at least 112 people died in a fire over the weekend , the AP finds. Account books found in the charred remains reveal the factory took orders from Disney, Sears, and other Western brands. Garments... More »

Critics Gush Over Wreck-it Ralph

Sarah Silverman's performance may be her 'finest acting work'

(Newser) - Disney's new animated movie Wreck-it Ralph is rocking Rotten Tomatoes with an 85% rating, and some critics say it's the best animated movie of the year. The laffer features the voices of Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly as video game stars in an 8-bit arcade world. A... More »

Disney Could Be Good for Star Wars

Disney isn't the Dark Side. It offers 'new hope' for the franchise

(Newser) - Lewis Wallace finds Star Wars fans' lack of faith disturbing. Many have been panicking about Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm , envisioning more disasters like Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks, but Wallace doesn't think they need to worry, for one simple reason: "Disney knows how to make... More »

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