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DISNEY BUYS LUCASFILM; MORE STAR WARS MOVIES COMING

October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that surprised — if not astonished — the movie industry, the Walt Disney Co. announced today (Tuesday) that it has acquired George Lucas’s Lucasfilm LTD in a stock-and-cash deal worth $4.05 billion. The deal calls for the unit, which will be headed by longtime Lucas collaborator Kathleen Kennedy, to roll out at […]

GCB UPROAR: WILL IT HELP OR HURT?

March 8, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Some religious conservatives have ignited a firestorm of controversy over ABC’s new drama GCB, based on the novel Good Christian Bitches. On his radio show Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh commented that the show represented “slime disguised as sophistication” and noted that ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co. “This is not Walt Disney’s Disney anymore,” […]

MARKET SOARS; MEDIA STOCKS SOAR HIGHER

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Dow Jones Average rose 490 points on Wednesday — up 4.2 percent — but many media stocks soared even higher. While none of them were directly affected by the major driving forces of the upsurge — an increase in hiring by private businesses in the U.S.; word that central banks will cooperate to find […]

LONG “LOST” EARLY DISNEY CARTOON DISCOVERED

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Before Mickey was a mouse, he was a rabbit — named Oswald. But, except for the ears, Oswald is virtually an identical Mickey — created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1927 and the star of 26 cartoons before receiving a makeover and emerging as Mickey in 1928. Fewer than half of those films […]

MEGARESORTS TO FEATURE DREAMWORKS ANIMATION CHARACTERS

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who cut his teeth at the Walt Disney Co., may not be ready to build a DWA version of Disneyland, but he’s certainly busy playing with the idea of using the characters from his popular franchises in popular outdoor settings. Today’s (Thursday) New York Times reported that DWA has agreed […]

BAMBI IS NO. 1 AGAIN

March 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 70 years after it first appeared in theaters, Walt Disney’s Bambi debuted at the top of the DVD and Blue-ray disc charts this week. The two-disc package, which has an SRP of $39.99 but is heavily discounted at many outlets, includes the standard-definition and high-definition version in the same combo package. The “Diamond Edition” […]