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4 Deaths Rock Florida's Disney-Developed Community

Bodies found in Celebration home; officials say deaths are 'suspicious'

(Newser) - "We live in Celebration. It's where dreams come true basically, right? And this has happened." Those were the words of a resident of Celebration, Florida, the Disney-developed community in Walt Disney World's backyard, after four bodies were found in a home there Monday. Says another resident... More »

Old Video Suggests Royal Couple's Real Plan

Prince Harry is seen seeking work for Meghan in 2019

(Newser) - Looks like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been planning their royal departure for a while now, People reports. In a July 2019 video that resurfaced this weekend, Harry is seen at the London debut of The Lion King chatting up Disney CEO Bob Iger about a voice-over job for... More »

Meghan Reportedly Scores a Job

Duchess reportedly signs a voiceover deal with Disney

(Newser) - It may not move them down the road to being financially independent, but Meghan Markle has reportedly wasted little time in the wake of the Megxit in securing an actual job, reports the Hollywood Reporter . That job is a voiceover deal with Disney for an as-yet unnamed project, and her... More »

Tears Abound as Disney's Unpaid Experts Are Crowned

12th time's the charm for one applicant

(Newser) - "My American dream was to go to Walt Disney World," Aena Drone, who came to the US from Pakistan as a child, tells the New York Times . As of this month, it's safe to say she has long surpassed that dream. The 36-year-old is one of 14... More »

A 'Child' Is Born, and Immediately Ascends Amazon

Baby Yoda from 'The Mandalorian' tops plush toy list, but it won't be available for a few more months

(Newser) - The hot item of the holiday season is none other Baby Yoda , the character also known as "The Child" in Disney Plus' The Mandalorian—but no one's going to be unwrapping him (and it is a him ) for several more months. Variety reports an 11-inch Mattel "... More »

Some Disney+ Content Has Unusual Warning

'Outdated cultural depictions' label appears on older films

(Newser) - The problematic Native American characters in Peter Pan. The racist crows in Dumbo. The stereotypical "Siamese Cat Song" in Lady and the Tramp. How, exactly, to deal with all of that—and more—in 2019, when nearly the entire history of Disney, including the not-so-great parts, is now streaming... More »

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor

Disney Plus includes Marvel, Star Wars , Simpsons

(Newser) - Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to set the... More »

Never Mind: Game of Thrones Showrunners Quit Star Wars

David Benioff, DB Weiss say they need to focus on their Netflix projects

(Newser) - Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss were accused by many fans of rushing through the end of their HBO show to get to their next project, a 2022 Star Wars film that was to be the first in a series. But in what the Hollywood Reporter refers... More »

Disney-Loving Vegans, Rejoice

More than 400 plant-based options coming to US parks

(Newser) - Plant-based dishes are coming to all 602 eateries at Disney's US theme parks. More than 400 dishes "made without animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey"—including cauliflower tacos, fried tofu, and carrot gnocchi—will arrive early next month at Florida's Walt Disney World, and in early... More »

Why Disney Is Remaking This Classic

'Home Alone' to be rebooted, along with 3 other franchises

(Newser) - In an effort to lure consumers to its upcoming Disney+ streaming service , Disney announced Tuesday it will be rebooting four popular franchises it acquired when it purchased 21st Century Fox's entertainment properties . Specifically, Disney CEO Bob Iger said during a company call about third-quarter earnings, Home Alone, Night at ... More »

Voice of Minnie Mouse Is Dead

Russi Taylor dies after more than 30 years of giving voice to the beloved Disney cartoon

(Newser) - Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, has died, reports the AP . Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger announced Taylor's death in a statement Saturday. Taylor died Friday in Glendale, Calif., Disney said. She was 75. The cause was not immediately... More »

'What's the Point?': 4 Takes on The Lion King

Some critics left disappointed with lack of originality

(Newser) - It's finally here and, apparently, fails to measure up. Disney's photorealistic remake of The Lion King —with Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (as in 1994), Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar—has just... More »

This Is Disney's New Little Mermaid

'Dream come true,' says Halle Bailey

(Newser) - Disney is working on yet another live-action remake of an animated classic—and it has now chosen its Ariel. R&B singer Halle Bailey will star in the remake of The Little Mermaid, which is being directed by Rob Marshall, Vanity Fair reports. The 19-year-old sings with her sister Chloe... More »

See Disney's New Star Wars Land

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge media preview was held Wednesday

(Newser) - From animatronic aliens to droidprints in the ground, Disneyland's latest addition immerses visitors in a brand new locale in the Star Wars universe, the AP reports. Every detail of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land is meant to look and feel like it was plucked from a Star ... More »

Disney CEO on Filming in Ga.: 'Don't See How It's Practical'

Bob Iger says it will be 'very difficult' to do production there if abortion law goes into effect

(Newser) - First Netflix said it may "rethink" filming in Georgia over a strict new abortion law . Now another big entertainment company is expressing similar doubts. Reuters reports that on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted his company filming in the Peach State could be up in the air if the... More »

Disney Fires Opening Shot Against Netflix

Disney+ launches Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month

(Newser) - Disney+ is a steal—or so the company apparently wants you to think. The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday announced that its streaming service will launch Nov. 12 at a cost of $6.99 a month (or $69.99 for a year), a price tag that Variety reports comes in... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Tim Burton's Dumbo

Disney reboot getting so-so ratings, though one critic likes that it's 'fascinatingly weird'

(Newser) - Dumbo the elephant flies high. Dumbo the movie not so much, according to a 53% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . But, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Four takes on Tim Burton's live-action reboot of the 1941 Disney animated classic, set in the American... More »

At 12:02am, Disney Made a World-Shaking Acquisition

Its $71B purchase of 21st Century Fox properties is complete

(Newser) - "Disney had been a mere behemoth," observes the New York Times . At 12:02am Wednesday, it became something greater, a Goliath among Davids. That's thanks to the closing of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox properties, transforming Disney into an entertainment company of unprecedented... More »

James Gunn 'Fell on His Sword Early.' Now He's Back on Guardians

Disney rehires director for film after canning him last year for 'offensive' old tweets

(Newser) - There's new talk of "redemption" in Hollywood— specifically for James Gunn, the 52-year-old director cut loose by Disney last year from the third installation of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after "offensive" old tweets of his resurfaced. Mike Fleming of Deadline says he was told Disney... More »

Verizon Comes Close to Dumping Disney Channels

But the two companies hash out a deal

(Newser) - Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC, and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees, the AP reports. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company say in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a... More »

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