1 – Disney & Fox Deal Talks Progress To ‘Fine Print’ Stage
December 8, 2017 • According to a new report, the blockbuster deal that would send Fox’s Marvel properties over to Disney has progressed to the final stages. The two companies have been in talks for some time now, though discussions have definitely heated up in recent weeks. A potential deal was said to have stalled back in early November, but the fact that Fox and Disney were even talking was enough to get the Marvel fanbase buzzing, setting up a firestorm in the online community about whether or not the acquisition was in the best interest of the characters in question. Read More
2 – Disney Adds Two Board Members from Tech World
December 7, 2017 • Walt Disney Co. has added two new directors with strong credentials in technology to its board: Safra Catz, chief executive of Oracle Corp., and Francis A. deSouza, CEO of biotech firm Illumina Inc. Catz and deSouza will join Disney’s board Feb. 1, the company announced Thursday. Read More
3 – ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Eyes Rob Marshall as Director
December 6, 2017 • Disney has offered Rob Marshall the job of directing its live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.” The studio tapped Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken last year to write the songs for the reboot of its 1989 animated hit. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marc Platt. Jane Goldman wrote the script. Read More
4 – A Magical Auction is Giving Disney Fans the Ability to Own Disneyland History
December 9, 2017 • Ever wanted to own some Disney magic? Well, you’re in luck– Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles has announced an auction of rare and priceless Disneyland memorabilia. The auction includes over 800 items including an original 1967 Autopia Car, rare original attraction posters, original paintings used to design the Sleeping Beauty Castle, and original animatronic characters. Read More
5 – Five years after buying Lucasfilm, The Force is strong in Disney
December 9, 2017 • The lobby of Lucasfilm Ltd.’s headquarters at San Francisco’s Presidio is tastefully decorated with Craftsman-style lamps and leather chairs. There’s a statue of special effects pioneer Willis O’Brien posing with King Kong in the back, and a full-sized R2-D2 up front. Mickey Mouse is nowhere to be found. In the five years since Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm from founder George Lucas for $4.1 billion, the world’s largest entertainment company has followed a familiar script. As with earlier acquisitions of digital pioneer Pixar and cable sports giant ESPN, Lucasfilm has been allowed to retain its iconoclastic character while benefiting from the new owner’s largesse. Read More
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