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Disney Announces Surprise Moana Sequel

It's coming to theaters November 27

(Newser) - A sequel to Disney's beloved Moana will hit theaters around Thanksgiving this year. Disney made the surprise Moana 2 announcement Wednesday during an earnings call, Variety reports. CEO Bob Iger says Disney was initially working on a TV series that would follow the 2016 film, but "we were...

Gina Carano Sues Over Mandalorian Firing

Elon Musk is funding the lawsuit against Disney, Lucasfilm

(Newser) - Three years after she was booted from Disney's The Mandalorian after a post comparing current-day Republicans to Jews during the Holocaust, Gina Carano is suing. Her lawsuit alleges Disney and Lucasfilm discriminated against her and wrongfully terminated her, and, as Variety reports, it uses a few "elaborate Star ...

Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain, Quickly Turns Evil

'Steamboat Willie' character gets horror film treatment

(Newser) - It's officially 2024, which means Disney's Mickey Mouse, as he originally appeared in 1928, has entered the public domain . And as was probably to be expected following 2023's slasher version of Winnie the Pooh , the character has already been turned into a cold-blooded killer via meme , video...

Brittney Griner Makes a 'Sweeping' Deal With Disney

WNBA star will tell her story in ESPN documentary, scripted series for ABC Signature

(Newser) - Practically a year to the day after she was released from a Russian prison, Brittney Griner has some big news. Deadline reports that the 33-year-old center for the Phoenix Mercury has signed a "sweeping" deal with Disney that will include not only an ESPN documentary, but also a scripted...

Disney Is Going Big With Park Expansions

'Frozen' attraction opens in Hong Kong as part of a $60B expansion over a decade

(Newser) - Hong Kong's Disneyland opened its first Frozen-themed attraction on Monday, with thousands of eager visitors turning up to experience the new rides, some lining up for hours to get an early start. Based on Disney's wildly popular Frozen animated film, the new section of the park features landscapes...

Disney Will Soon Own All of Hulu
Disney Will Soon
Own All of Hulu

Disney Will Soon Own All of Hulu

Disney will purchase Comcast's one-third stake of streaming platform

(Newser) - Disney on Wednesday announced a deal for it to purchase Comcast's one-third stake in Hulu, which would give Disney full ownership of the streaming service. The move is a long-expected one, CNBC reports, and Disney CEO Bob Iger had hinted in recent months that it could be imminent, CNN...

Julia Ormond Names Weinstein, Companies in Assault Lawsuit
Actress Sues Weinstein, Disney

Actress Sues Weinstein, Disney

Julia Ormond files case in New York under law providing temporary window

(Newser) - Julia Ormond, an actress who starred in major films in the 1990s, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 and then hindering her career. Ormond, who also accuses the Walt Disney Co., Miramax, and her former agents of knowing Weinstein was...

Disney Sued Over 'Injurious Wedgie'

Woman claims she suffered 'severe and permanent injury' on Typhoon Lagoon water slide

(Newser) - A woman is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts over "severe and permanent" injuries caused by a wedgie on a waterslide. According to the lawsuit, Emma McGuinness and family visited the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in October 2019 in part to celebrate McGuinness' 30th birthday. But while...

Disney, Charter Reach Deal Just in Time for Football Fans

Cable company's customers will be able to watch ESPN's 'Monday Night Football'

(Newser) - America's second-largest cable company has reached a deal with Disney just in time for subscribers to be able to watch the season's first Monday Night Football on ESPN. An impasse that began Aug. 31 left Charter Communications' 14.7 million customers without access to Disney channels including ESPN,...

Disney Relents After Players Say They Want Their ESPN

US Open competitors were unable to watch their rivals play because of Disney-Charter lockout

(Newser) - A lot of people complained when Disney cut off its ESPN programming from Charter Spectrum last week during a dispute over fees. But the company was listening when tennis stars such as Coco Gauff and Daniil Medvedev publicly objected to not being able to watch their rivals' matches at the...

Ex-Disney CEO: Working There Was '3 Years of Hell'
Ex-Disney CEO: Working
There Was '3 Years of Hell'

Ex-Disney CEO: Working There Was '3 Years of Hell'

CNBC reports on friction between former chief Bob Chapek, former/current chief Bob Iger

(Newser) - When Bob Chapek assumed the leadership mantle at Disney in early 2020, it was no secret there was some friction between himself and former CEO Bob Iger—and in late 2022, the Disney board fired Chapek amid criticisms of his management, and Iger came out of retirement and reassumed his...

Haunted Mansion : a Disney Cash-In Without Heart
Haunted Mansion:
a Disney Cash-In
Without Heart

Haunted Mansion: a Disney Cash-In Without Heart

It 'ultimately exists to sell more tickets to Disney World,' writes one critic

(Newser) - Inspired by Disney's theme-park attraction of the same name, Haunted Mansion , a remake of the 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy, sees a single mother (Rosario Dawson) take ownership of a home occupied by various ghosts, which she attempts to banish with help from a medium (Tiffany Haddish), a priest...

World's Biggest Disney Collection Is Up for Sale

Vast collection of the 'Toy Scout' is on the auction block, featuring rare posters and Dumbo car

(Newser) - Fans who agree Disneyland is indeed the happiest place on Earth will soon be able to take home more than a souvenir. A passionate collector has brought Disney magic to a sprawling 30,000-square-foot building in Burbank, California, where fans can hear birds chirping in the Enchanted Tiki Room section...

Whoopi Chides View Audience as They Boo Tim Scott
Tim Scott
The View,
Gets Booed

Tim Scott Braves The View, Gets Booed

Whoopi Goldberg chided the audience as Scott commented on DeSantis, Disney

(Newser) - Tim Scott braved The View on Monday to discuss his presidential campaign, and the Republican senator got booed—though co-host Whoopi Goldberg had his back, in a way. The boos came when Scott, commenting on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' ongoing feud with Disney, said, "Disney and Ron have been...

Pixar Just Had Its Biggest Round of Layoffs in 10 Years

Producer who saved 'Toy Story 2' has lost her job

(Newser) - The Pixar employee who famously saved Toy Story 2 back in 1998 has lost her job as part of the animation studio's first large-scale layoffs in a decade. Galyn Susman had been working from home after giving birth to her son when almost 90% of the film was accidentally...

Has Anyone Seen Bruce?
Has Anyone
Seen Bruce?

Has Anyone Seen Bruce?

Liz Atkinson is 'completely desperate' to find stuffed elephant with late son's ashes, lost in Florida

(Newser) - "I am completely desperate and hoping this blows up and we find our elephant!" So begins a May 6 Facebook plea from Liz Atkinson, an ER nurse from Iowa who's doing all she can to find a stuffed animal that went missing during a family vacation in...

DeSantis' Disney Fight Worries Republicans

Did DeSantis
the rundown

Did DeSantis Miscalculate Against Disney?

Even fellow Republicans are questioning his escalating fight against the company

(Newser) - Now that Disney has fired back in a big way at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a common theme in coverage has emerged, one that questions whether DeSantis has taken on too big of a fight ahead of his expected entry into the 2024 race. He may well prove the naysayers...

New Round of Bad News at Disney
New Round
of Bad News
at Disney

New Round of Bad News at Disney

Company is laying off thousands of workers this week

(Newser) - Workers under the Walt Disney umbrella have been bracing for what they have referred to as the "big one" for weeks now, reports Deadline . On Monday, it arrived—a new round of layoffs and the biggest in a series of them that will see the company cut 7,000...

Ex-Disney Worker Could Get 5 Years for Alleged 'Guilty Pleasure'

Cops say Jorge Diaz Vega, 26, had 500 videos on phone that were recorded up women's skirts

(Newser) - Troubling news emerged out of Disney over the past few days, on both sides of the country. First, a 45-foot-tall animatronic dragon went up in flames over the weekend in California's Disneyland, though thankfully no one was hurt. Now, out of Florida, a disturbing development from Disney World. According...

A Fan Favorite Is Back for New Star Wars Film

Daisy Ridley will reprise her role as Rey in final installation of new Lucasfilm/Disney trilogy

(Newser) - If you've noticed an abundance of Star Wars - themed hashtags on social media, there's a reason for it. Deadline reports that Disney and Lucasfilm kicked off their "Star Wars Celebration" event in London on Friday, with thousands of attendees eager to hear what's in store...

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