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In Effort To Attract Boys, Disney Changes Rapunzel Title

Executives of the Walt Disney Co. are taking steps to ensure that its upcoming animated film based on the Bros. Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel won't be rejected by boys as The Princess and the Frog...

Battle Between Cablevision And Disney Heats Up

Cablevision chief James Dolan on Tuesday blasted threats by the Walt Disney Co. to pull the signal of WABC-TV from the cable provider on Sunday unless it receives a substantial raise in retransmission-consent fees. "Fundamental...

Tim Burton Intrigued By Alice

Tim Burton wanted to shake up 'Alice in Wonderland'. The 51-year-old director admits he wanted to work on the movie because he had never "clicked" with previous adaptations of the Lewis Carroll book. He said:...

Theater Chain Shuts Out Alice

Odeon and UCI Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in Europe, said Monday that it will refuse to screen Walt Disney's upcoming Alice in Wonderland in the U.K., Ireland, and Italy. It had previously indicated...

Jamie Foxx Hits Charity Note

Jamie Foxx helped donate $500,000 worth of musical equipment to American high school students.The 42-year-old star - who won an Oscar for his portrayal of legendary musician Ray Charles in 'Ray' - and 'Lost' actor...

Up Rises Above The Rest At Annies

Walt Disney's Up , the only animated film among the ten nominees for best film at next month's Oscar awards, received the top prize at the 37th annual Annie Awards Saturday night. It also won...

Videogame Boxes -- The New Cable?

In what today's (Tuesday) New York Times described as a plan to put "new emphasis on the video, rather than the game," videogame makers such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are developing programs for their...

Disney Names Producer As Its New Production Chief

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross has acted quickly to replace Oren Aviv as head of production. On Thursday, Ross named producer Sean Bailey, who has never had a studio executive position previously, to the...

Another Head Rolls At Disney

The executive purge continued at the Walt Disney Co. Tuesday as production chief Oren Aviv was ousted by recently appointed chairman Rich Ross. Aviv was regarded as an ally of former Disney studio chief Dick...

Marvel Asks Judge To Reject Claims By Jack Kirby's Heirs

Marvel Entertainment, which is now owned by the Walt Disney Co., has asked a federal judge to reject copyright claims made by the estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who created may of...

Disney Unveils New Plan To Distribute Movies Online

The Walt Disney Co. has unveiled a new technology that will allow consumers to buy a movie online, store it remotely, then be able to watch it on a personal computer, a television set, or...

Fox May Cease Howling At Midnight

While some areas of the country will hear the bang of fireworks as 2010 arrives tonight, other areas -- served by Time Warner Cable -- will likely hear a brief "pfffft" if they are watching...

Unhappy Holidays For Disneys As Walt's Grandson Faces Gun Charges

WALT DISNEY's grandson has dealt the famous family another end-of-year blow following an arrest for possession of a firearm and drugs.Patrick Disney Miller faces eight years behind bars after being served over 20 felony charges...

Disney To Revive Obscure Marvel Superheroes

The Walt Disney Co. is betting that its $1.2-billion acquisition of Marvel, which is likely to be completed this week, can pay off despite the fact that rival studios already own the rights to Marvel's...

Disney Cuts Iger's Take-home Check

Even the CEO of the Walt Disney Co. isn't protected against budget cutters, it turns out. After a dismal year at Disney's movie studio -- with the striking exception of Pixar-produced Up --a mediocre year...

Apple May Offer A La Carte Channels

Apple, via its iTunes store, could begin delivering to television viewers as early as next year what many of them have long demanded -- a la carte pricing of broadcast and cable programming, the Wall...

Disney's Sale May Have Been Citadel's Doom

In another case of a highly leveraged media acquisition collapsing under its own weight of debt, Citadel Broadcasting, which bought the Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Radio Networks and Disney's owned-and-operated radio stations in 2006, filed...

Roy Disney Dead At 79

Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney and a behind-the-scenes power at the Disney studios for more than three decades, has died of stomach cancer in Newport Beach, CA. He was 79. Disney twice...

Disney's Grandson Held On Gun Possession Charges

WALT DISNEY's grandson has been arrested in California on suspicion of gun possession.Patrick Disney Miller, the youngest child of Diane Disney Miller, was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday (09Dec09) after police...

Disney May Shake Up Hollywood's Business Model

Walt Disney Co.'s new movie chairman, Rich Ross, plans to create "a new business model" for the studio by scaling back traditional TV and print ads during the two-week period before a film's opening, emphasizing...

The World Ends With A Bang

2012 certainly shook things up at the box office over the weekend. The Sony film took in an estimated $65 million domestically and another $120 million overseas leaving just about every other film grasping for...

Winnie The Pooh Royalties Battle Resurfaces

WALT DISNEY bosses are facing the prospect of further legal action over WINNIE THE POOH - relatives of the man who helped make the honey-loving bear famous claim they are owed "hundreds of millions of...

Disney Reports Solid Profits -- Except At Movie Studio

The Walt Disney Company is the latest media conglomerate to report stronger-than-expected earnings in the last quarter. Even as a shake-up of its executives continue on Wednesday with its finance chief, Tom Staggs, and the...

Oh, Bother, Another Winnie The Pooh Lawsuit

The seemingly endless litigation involving the estate of Stephen Slesinger and the Walt Disney Co. over the Winnie the Pooh character has taken a new turn as the Slesinger heirs filed a lawsuit claiming that...

Heads Continue To Fall At Disney

Like a replay of Alice in Wonderland in which the Queen orders, "Off with their heads!" top executives of the Walt Disney Company continue to fall. Mark Zoradi, head of Disney's motion pictures group, is...

Initial Plans Approved For Shanghai Disneyland

After nearly a decade of on-again, off-again negotiations, the Walt Disney Co. and the municipal government of Shanghai have settled on a plan to create a $3.59-billion Disneyland-type theme park in the model city, the...

New Abc-disney Studios To Go Up Near L.a.

The Walt Disney Co. said on Wednesday that it plans to build a massive studio for its movie studio and ABC-TV network in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles. The proposed complex would...

The Proposal Tops Dvd Sales Chart

Walt Disney's The Proposal , a surprise hit in theaters when it premiered last June, appears headed toward hit status on DVD as well. The movie, which grossed $163.8 million domestically and $131.8 million abroad,...

Disney To Unlock "Keychest"

Pay one price for a movie and be able to watch it on any device that has a screen -- that's the thinking behind Keychest, a new technology that the Walt Disney Co. says it...

Times Get Tougher For Indie Filmmakers

The Walt Disney Co.'s decision to drastically cut back its Miramax specialty division has come as a heavy blow to the already hammered independent film industry, Daily Variety indicated today (Thursday), noting that Miramax's staff...

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