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Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
America's Got Talent champion Grace VanderWaal lands the lead role in Disney's Stargirl film
VanderWaal, 14, who won the NBC reality competition in 2016 at age 12 will make her acting debut in the film based on the young adult novel Stargirl by author Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl is one of the first original films that will go through Disney's new streaming service.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Disney is coming out with a food-themed Disney Eats online network
Disney Eats will be part of the Disney Digital network, with shows like Tiny Kitchen, which will have chefs create small replicas of food from Disney films.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Twitter plans on rolling out 30 shows
Partnerships with companies such as NBC Universal, Viacom, The Weather Channel and Ellen's Digital Studios will see the social network releasing shows devoted to activism, sports and entertainment. PLUS: Disney will develop and tailor content from ESPN, ABC, and Marvel for Twitter, including some live programming
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Phineas and Ferb is moving this week from Netflix to the DisneyNow app
Disney is also celebrating the cartoon's 10th anniversary by showing all 126 episodes on DisneyXD through the month of May.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Katy Perry dressed as Snow White for American Idol's Disney night
The singer looked like a dead ringer for the iconic Disney princess.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
American Idol recruits Idina Menzel as a mentor for Disney-themed night
The Frozen star will help guide the Top 10 contestants for the April 29 Disney night.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
American Idol will be able to do a Disney-themed night for the first time
"I think the producers wanted to do this for a long time when the show was on Fox," says Robert Mills, ABC's head of alternative programming, of the advantages of Idol now being on a Disney-owned network.
Posted Sunday 4/08/18 at 5:24PM EDT
John Cusack on the High Fidelity TV reboot: "The woman part seems good / the rest not so much"
Cusack has weighed in on the proposed "optimistic" PG-13 High Fidelity reboot for the Disney streaming service, featuring a female in his role, saying author Nick Hornby should be involved: "it’s nicks book hope at least he’s involved- if he’s not - it’ll suck."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
A High Fidelity-inspired TV series with a female lead is in the works for Disney's streaming service
The proposed romantic comedy inspired by Nick Hornsby's 1995 book and the 2000 John Cusack movie will also revolve around a record store owner who talks to the camera about past relationships. But unlike the movie, the record store owner will be female.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Frank Oz: Disney doesn't get The Muppets
The legendary puppeteer says Disney's heart is in the right place in trying to revive the franchise, which included a failed ABC sitcom in the 2015-16 season. "As much as Disney loves The Muppets and wants the best for The Muppets — and they truly believe they can do it — they don't get it," says Oz. "They don't get the true rebellion and true affection underneath those characters."
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
ESPN employees were "blindsided" by former president John Skipper's cocaine extortion revelation
ESPN employees, speaking anonymously, tell Deadspin there was never any indication that Skipper used cocaine in their interactions with him. Skipper's interview with ESPN historian James Andrew Miller raises the question of why he had to resign from his job when John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and the Disney animation studios, was allowed to take a six-month leave of absence after he was hit with multiple allegations of sexual harassment. ALSO: Some ESPN staffers were relieved by Skipper's revelation because they couldn't find any wrongdoing.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Former ESPN president John Skipper: I resigned after my cocaine dealer attempted to extort me
Skipper's abrupt resignation on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 -- just five days after he presided over a companywide meeting -- caught everybody off guard. Skipper said in his resignation announcement he was stepping down due to a substance addiction problem. Three months later, Skipper is speaking out about the nature of his problem. He tells ESPN history James Andrew Miller that he had been a long time casual user of cocaine. He never did it at work, nor with any of his colleagues. He was able to keep his illegal drug use secret. That is, until days before his resignation. "In December, someone from whom I bought cocaine attempted to extort me," he said. Skipper says "they threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well. I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with (Disney CEO) Bob (Iger), he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign." Skipper admits he used "very poor judgment," adding: "Look, it was inappropriate for the president of ESPN and an officer of The Walt Disney Co. to be associated in any way with any of this. I do want to make it clear, however, that anything I did in this regard, and anything else resulting from this, was a personal problem. My drug use never had any professional repercussions, but I still have profound regret."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
ABC's "Disneyfied" American Idol reboot is "eerily upbeat"
The Idol revival "packs an Epcot Center’s worth of anti-cynicism," says Spencer Kornhaber. "It is kind and gentle and proficient and fakey: Disneyfied in the classic sense. The opening montage crisscrosses the country with images of regular folks pursuing their dreams, set, naturally, to the sound of Coldplay. In the auditions that unfold, the focus is on the prospective stars who get told yes, with most of the nos relegated to a quick montage at the end of the episode. Even the folks who get the thumbs down are advised not that they are bad, but that this isn’t the right time for them, or maybe not the right show." ALSO: Katy Perry is worth $25 million -- she is carrying the show.