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Disney Is Laying Off 28K Theme Park Workers

Company blames COVID restrictions

(Newser) - Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from... More »

Tax Refund Checks Bear Odd Signatures

Mickey Mouse signed off on them in Rhode Island, as did Walt Disney

(Newser) - Well this is a little goofy. Recipients of government checks in Rhode Island this week were surprised to see they were signed by none other than Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney, reports WJAR . It seems the state's Division of Taxation uses those dummy signatures for tests, and a glitch... More »

Anime Collector Realizes He Has Early Walt Disney Film

He bought the film short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit 70 years ago

(Newser) - Seventy years ago, a Japanese teenager bought a two-minute 16mm cartoon for under $5. It sat in Yasushi Watanabe's collection all these years, and he has just learned that it happens to be one of Walt Disney's first films, reports the BBC . The 1928 short, titled Neck '... More »

Melissa McCarthy Challenges Infinity War

But the 'Avengers' flick still reigns

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy jumped into the box-office fray with a new movie this weekend, but Avengers: Infinity War still rules, the AP reports. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates it has added $61.8 million from North American theaters, bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8 million in its... 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 »

Lost 1927 Disney Film Found Near Arctic Circle

'Empty Socks,' first Disney Christmas film, uncovered in Norway library

(Newser) - Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—and that guy's been hiding out for a long time in a Norwegian library near the Arctic Circle. That's what archivists at the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana recently discovered during a digitization project, stumbling across... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Popular Americans

Johnny Depp manages to make the list

(Newser) - MIT researchers recently released Pantheon , which analyzes data (including Wikipedia page views, among other things) in order to determine the "global popularity of historical characters." From that, the San Francisco Chronicle compiled the study's top 25 Americans. Here are the top 10, though Pantheon warns that data... More »

Walt Disney's Daughter Dead at 79

Diane Disney Miller famously fought for Frank Gehry-designed hall

(Newser) - Walt Disney's eldest and last surviving child, Diane Disney Miller, died yesterday at age 79 in her Napa Valley home following complications from a fall, the LA Times reports. Her childhood playground visits with her sister helped inspire Disneyland, but she may have left her biggest mark with her... More »

Disney to Let 100 People Join Super Secret Club

New members will be invited to Club 33, California Adventure's 1901

(Newser) - Membership at Disneyland’s secretive Club 33 is so sought-after that no new names have been added to the 800-person-strong waiting list in a decade. But now, for the first time in 10 years, the membership rolls are being opened up once again, and 100 people on the waiting list... More »

Steve Jobs Re-Elected to Disney Board

Despite health fears after he missed 75% of meetings in 2010

(Newser) - Disney shareholders have re-elected Steve Jobs to the company's board of directors despite an advisory firm's concerns about his poor health. The Apple chief—who owns more than 7% of Disney stock and has been on the board since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006—missed nearly three-quarters of board meetings... More »

25% of Young Professionals Want to Work for Google

Other hot would-be employers: Apple, Disney, State Department

(Newser) - We're guessing "job openings" is a popular Google search term: Nearly 25% of young professionals would like to work for Google, according to a new survey. It was by far the most popular would-be employer, reports the Wall Street Journal . Apple snatched second place, followed by Walt Disney, the... More »

Disney Site Brings Social Networking to 10-and-Under

Togetherville allows parents to moderate kids' activities

(Newser) - It's like Facebook, but with training wheels. Disney has bought the company that makes Togetherville , a social network that caters to the 10-and-younger set, reports TechCrunch . Togetherville is similar to other social networks but with a layer of parental oversight—parents oversee their kids' friends and edit or delete items... More »

Disney Is First to Sell Movie Tickets on Facebook

New app encourages your friends to come along

(Newser) - Disney has quietly taken the next step in linking social networking and commerce: a new Facebook app allows users to buy tickets to Toy Story 3 without leaving the website. Disney's application isn't just the first such service embedded directly into Facebook—it also capitalizes on Facebook's social nature by... More »

10 Nightmare Hollywood Bosses

Does it get much worse than smacking employees around?

(Newser) - Nicollette Sheridan claims Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry smacked her in the face—but she’s not the only one who worked for a Hollywood nightmare boss. The Frisky dishes the dirt on nine more:
  1. James Cameron: Reportedly nails cell phones to the wall if they ring at the wrong
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Wayne Allwine, Voice of Mickey, Dead at 62

(Newser) - Sadly, Mickey Mouse will need a new voice. Wayne Allwine, who has voiced the character for the past three decades in movies and at Disney parks, died Monday from diabetes at age 62, the Los Angeles Times reports. Allwine is only the third person to voice Mickey, following Walt Disney... More »

Banks Spur Gains; Dow Up 102

Some institutions gain despite poor stress test results

(Newser) - Stocks were up today as investors digested the stress tests results, the Wall Street Journal reports. Regions Financial and Bank of America were higher, despite results that say they will need additional capital. JP Morgan Chase, which can meet its capital needs, also gained. The Dow gained 101.63 to... More »

Disney to Buy Hulu Stake, Upload ABC Shows

Lost , Grey's Anatomy to join Hulu roster

(Newser) - Disney and Hulu have a deal to allow the web-video site to show episodes from ABC properties, the Wall Street Journal reports. Disney’s approximately 30% stake in Hulu will be comparable to that of NBC and News Corp, which bankrolled the site initially. Disney said popular shows like Lost... More »

Disney Under Fire for Black Princess's White Prince

Why isn't first black princess with black prince?

(Newser) - Disney has unveiled its first black princess—but her prince appears to be white, and the criticism is pouring in, the Mail reports. In the upcoming The Princess and the Frog, New Orleans’ Princess Tiana is voiced by Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose—and while her prince hails from “... More »

DreamWorks Nails Down Disney Deal

Spielberg's studio to get financing, distribution for six films a year

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks has secured a distribution deal with Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Under the agreement, Disney will handle marketing and distribution for six live-action DreamWorks films per year and give Spielberg’s studio access to $150 million in financing. More »

Dow Ticks Up Despite Job Woes

522K lost last month, fewer than analysts predicted

(Newser) - Stocks were mixed at today’s open after a report estimating that 522,000 private-sector jobs were lost last month, the Wall Street Journal notes. The Dow started down but was recently up 41 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were marginally higher. Dragging on the Dow were... More »

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