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And Just Like That, Scarlett Johansson's Disney Battle Ends

The two sides settle her lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled a lawsuit brought by the actress over the streaming release of Black Widow. While details were not made public, both sides released statements Thursday saying they looked forward to working together in the future. The AP notes it was a "swift end,...

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over Streaming

She says releasing 'Black Widow' to Disney Plus robbed her of box office profits

(Newser) - It's not the first time a big-name actor has sued a studio, but this one appears to be a first-of-its kind case involving the modern phenomenon of streaming. Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. because the company released Black Widow for streaming on Disney Plus at the...

Disney Has Bad News for Cinema Chains

Black Widow , Cruella will be released on Disney Plus and in theaters at the same time

(Newser) - More bad news for America's struggling movie theaters: Disney has overhauled its slate of upcoming movies and delayed potential blockbuster Black Widow once again. Both Black Widow and Cruella will now be released on Disney Plus Premier Access for $30 at the same time they appear in cinemas, Variety...

Disney Adds Disclaimer to Muppet Show Episodes

Warns viewers of stereotypes, negative depictions of cultures in certain episodes

(Newser) - Disney Plus began streaming the Muppet Show on Friday, and modern viewers will see something original viewers didn't decades ago—a disclaimer warning viewers about insensitive cultural content. "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures," reads the disclaimer, which the network has used...

After 32 Years, Willow Is Back
After 32 Years,
Willow Is Back

After 32 Years, Willow Is Back

Disney confirms star will return for TV series

(Newser) - More than 30 years after the original movie, the fantasy world of Willow is returning. Warwick Davis, who played the title character in the 1988 Lucasfilm movie, will return for the Disney Plus series, Mashable reports. Director Ron Howard is also returning as executive producer, while Jon Chu of Crazy ...

Some Disney Movies Just Got 12 Seconds Longer

A warning was added to them on Disney Plus

(Newser) - Dumbo and Peter Pan just got 12 seconds longer. That is, if you watch them on Disney Plus. The New York Times reports Disney's streaming service has placed a 12-second unskippable warning ahead of the start of a number of films. It reads in part, "This program includes...

In New Disney Film, Controversy Is in the Credits
Criticism Mounts
of Disney's Mulan
the rundown

Criticism Mounts of Disney's Mulan

Credits thank China for allowing it to be filmed in areas where human rights abuses are alleged

(Newser) - Disney's new Mulan, a live-action remake of the animated original, is now streaming on Disney Plus, but the film is once again courting controversy. Much of it sprang up over the weekend when critics on social media noted that the film's credits thank the Chinese government for allowing...

Mulan Heads to Disney+ ...for an Outrageous Price

It'll cost subscribers an extra $29.99

(Newser) - Disney's live-action remake of Mulan was originally scheduled for release in March, but kept getting pushed further and further back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Disney has announced it will release the film September 4 on its Disney+ streaming service—but there's a catch. It won't be...

Beyonce Delivers a Loving Ode to Blackness

'Black Is King' is out on Disney+

(Newser) - Beyonce's single, "Black Parade," which dropped on Juneteenth, was just a peek at what was to come—a "celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience," according to Disney+. With Black Is King, her new visual album released exclusively on the platform, comes "...

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl
5 of the Worst Slams
Against Artemis Fowl
MOVIE REVIEW

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl

'Nothing to see here'

(Newser) - Disney's Artemis Fowl might've kicked off a franchise had the film adaptation of the first two books of Eoin Colfer's children's fantasy series been at all well-received. Instead, the big-budget movie about a 12-year-old son of a criminal mastermind with a lot of secrets has a...

Hamilton to Stream More Than a Year Early

Musical to be released July 3 on Disney+

(Newser) - You can spend the Fourth of July watching Hamilton from the comfort of your own home. A filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, originally slated for release in October 2021, will now be shared on Disney+ on July 3, Miranda and Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger announced...

Disney Annoys Fans With #MayThe4th Tweet

Company claimed people using the hashtag were agreeing to its terms

(Newser) - Disney has owned the Star Wars franchise since 2012, and fans are now accusing it of trying to take ownership of Star Wars Day as well. The company faced a backlash after a Monday tweet in which it asked fans to share their favorite Star Wars memory using the #MayThe4th...

Tired of Frozen? Stream These Less Obvious Kids Movies

'Fly Away Home' starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels is among them

(Newser) - Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus, and others, there are plenty of households that have already had their fill of Frozen and overdosed on Onward. In the best of times,...

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 "...

This Is What We Googled Most in 2019
The 10 Most-Googled
Terms of the Year

The 10 Most-Googled Terms of the Year

Disney Plus tops the list, and yes, 'Baby Yoda' makes an appearance on a sub-list

(Newser) - What did Americans want to know about this year? Google is letting us know via its annual list of the most-searched-for terms in the US:
  1. Disney Plus : Disney's addition to the ever-growing list of streaming services tops the list for 2019.
  2. Cameron Boyce : The Disney Channel star was found
...

This 'Big-Eared Creature' Is Crushing 2 New Dems

Baby Yoda of 'Star Wars' series debuted as Bloomberg, Patrick entered race, with more buzz

(Newser) - A "diminutive, doe-eyed, big-eared creature" is giving two new 2020 candidates for president a run for their money. That's how the New York Post describes Baby Yoda, a character in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian who's said to have "conquered the world" since the show'...

A Staggering Number of People Signed Up for Disney+ on Day 1

10M users, which some analysts thought might take a year

(Newser) - Disney+ says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations, the AP reports. Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch...

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...

About 4 Hours After the Disney+ Launch, Problems

In the form of error pages and more

(Newser) - The debut was flawed, but not without ... humor? People looking to start streaming shows on the launched-on-Tuesday Disney+ found themselves staring at error pages explaining there was a problem connecting to the Disney+ service. The pages showed an image of Wreck-It Ralph in one case and Mickey Mouse and Pluto...

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor
Disney Launches
Netflix Competitor

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...

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