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Disney Confirms Apocalypto Distribution

Hollywood studio WALT DISNEY has confirmed it will distribute MEL GIBSON's upcoming movie APOCALYPTO, despite the controversy raging around the Australian actor/director. Gibson shocked the world when he aimed an anti-Semitic tirade at a Californian...

Disney Makes A Comeback

The Walt Disney Co. beat analysts' expectations by a wide margin as it reported that its third-quarter net income jumped 39 percent to $1.13 billion, versus $811 million during the same quarter a year ago....

Forget The Witch, Fox Takes The Lion And Wardrobe

Escalating the battle for the family audience, Fox Filmed Entertainment has lured Walden Media, the production company responsible for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, away from the Walt Disney...

Media Companies Assess Their Options

Two media giants came under a regulatory cloud Tuesday when questions were raised about the timing of stock options granted to key executives. In separate statements, Cablevision Systems and Pixar Animation said that they were...

Mickey Mouse Expert's Sad Booze Death Exposed

The sad demise of the animator credited as Disney studio's 'MICKEY MOUSE expert' has been revealed in a new who's who - he died drunk behind the wheel of his car. FRED MOORE's part in...

Vice Sinks Pirates

Miami Vice arrested the plundering of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest over the weekend, but its $25.2-million haul was unimpressive, given reports that the movie cost Universal as much as $150 million to...

Hand-drawn Animation Returning To Disney

As he has repeatedly promised, John Lasseter will revive traditional hand-drawn ("2-D") animation at the Walt Disney Co. with a feature titled The Frog Princess. The studio said Wednesday that directors Ron Clements and John...

Pink Slips Finally Fall At Disney

After announcing last week that it plans to lay off 20 percent of its employees, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday began handing out pink slips, with many of them falling at the story department....

Millionaire Mogul Vows To Battle Mpaa

Shawn Hogan, the CEO of business software firm Digital Point Solutions, has vowed to fight an MPAA lawsuit that charges he illegally downloaded a copy of Universal's Meet the Fockers. Hogan, who says his clients...

Iger Stays Clear Of Bloodbath, Travels To China

While a reorganization at the Walt Disney studio was being announced Tuesday, including plans to do away with 20 percent of its staff, Disney President/CEO Robert Iger was traveling beyond the fray, visiting Hong Kong...

Pink Slips Rain At Disney

The long-expected axe fell at the Walt Disney Co. Tuesday, with roughly 650 employees -- or about one in five employees -- receiving pink slips, half in domestic operations, half overseas. Among those caught in...

Disney Cutting Not Only Jobs But Films, Too

The Walt Disney Co. also confirmed Monday that it would be slashing film production to 10 films per year, focusing on family films and released under the Walt Disney studio banner, and two or three...

Disney Ticket Sales Rise; Stocks Fall

Executives of the Walt Disney Co. were continuing to ride an emotional roller-coaster Thursday. While Pirates of the Caribbean continued to set new highs at the box office, accompanied by solid mid-week results for Cars,...

Axe To Fall At Disney

Despite the back-to-back success of Pirates of the Caribbean and Cars, the Walt Disney Co. plans to announce within the next 10 days that it will slash the number of films it makes to eight...

Disney's Movie-to-musical Tarzan Fizzling On Broadway

The Walt Disney company, whose animated films Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King metamorphosed to successful stage shows on Broadway, may be about to experience its first "mega-flop" as ticket sales slow for...

Fired Star Jones Points Fans Towards Abc Complaint Sites

Star Jones apparently has no intention of going gently into the night following her dismissal from ABC's The View. Over the weekend, her website, StarJones.com, posted a message saying that it had received requests from...

Mcdonald's Ends Exclusive Tie With Disney With Pirates Promo

The beginning of the end of the Walt Disney Company's decade-long exclusive relationship with McDonald's came Tuesday with the launch of "Are You Mac Enough?," a Pirates of the Caribbean game promotion that will be...

Soap Exec To Head Disney

Financial analysts and shareholders-rights activists alike have generally welcomed the decision to name former Procter & Gamble exec John Pepper Jr. chairman of the Walt Disney Co., to succeed George Mitchell. The decision was viewed...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Pooh Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case brought by Clare Milne, the granddaughter of Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne who had been attempting to strip the rights to the Pooh...

Taylor: 'I've Shared Jackson's Bed'

Screen legend DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR once shared a bed with MICHAEL JACKSON and his nephews, but there was "nothing odd about it". The CLEOPATRA star watched WALT DISNEY cartoons with BAD star Jackson and his...

Miyazaki Dismisses Retirement Rumours

Japanese animation director HAYAO MIYAZAKI has rubbished rumours he is retiring from his film career, insisting he still has plenty of unfinished business. The 65-year-old, often called the WALT DISNEY of Japan, claims he...

Disney Regains Rights To Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

Animation giant Disney has regained the rights to cartoon character OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT, the forerunner to MICKEY MOUSE. Late animator WALT DISNEY created the black-eared bunny in 1927, but after the rights were...

Weinsteins Rake In $1.2 Billion

Movie moguls BOB and HARVEY WEINSTEIN have raised $1.2 billion (GBP680 million) to finance their new movie company's forthcoming releases. The Weinstein Company, created in October last year (05), has gathered $490 million (GBP272...

Asterix Takes On Bush

Cult French cartoon ASTERIX is taking a swipe at America by satirising President GEORGE W BUSH in the latest book in the series, ASTERIX AND THE FALLING SKY. In the comic strip, fictional hero...

Disney Legend Dies At 96

The artist who created beloved DISNEY characters SNOW WHITE and DUMBO has died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Glendale, California. JOE GRANT, 96, was working on new cartoon creations when...

French Author Loses Nemo Battle

A French children's author has been convicted of fraud after wrongly accusing WALT DISNEY of stealing his fish creation for the studio's blockbuster FINDING NEMO. FRANCK LE CALVEZ launched legal action against the Hollywood...

Osbournes Gets New Lease Of Life On Web

MTV will broadcast reality show THE OSBOURNES on the internet as part of a free online channel. The cable network has decided to launch the MTV OVERDRIVE website to compete with rival firms like...

Kennedy Auction Stuns New York

A New York auction of KENNEDY family memorabilia has turned SOTHEBY'S into the place to be this week (beg14FEB05) - as celebrities and socialites joined forces to spend $4 million (GBP2.1 million) in just two...

Meg Ryan Tackles Shakespeare

Movie sweetheart MEG RYAN will make her SHAKESPEAREAN debut on the big screen in a new movie that pokes fun at Hollywood stars who attempt to become thespians. The WHEN HARRY MET SALLY actress...

Elton's Star-studded Biopic

Flamboyant rocker SIR ELTON JOHN has asked a hoard of celebrity pals including JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, CATHERINE ZETA-JONES and ELIZABETH HURLEY to star in a $38 million (GBP20 million) movie of his life. The ROCKET...

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