1 – Disney’s Streaming Service Starts to Come Into Focus
August 5, 2018 • Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year. How much will subscriptions cost? Disney has given hints but no specifics. The name, rollout strategy, precise menu of movies and television shows — all still a mystery. Read More
2 – Disney Is Seeking ‘Star Wars’ Rights Back From TBS, TNT
August 2, 2018 • Walt Disney Co. is suffering from seller’s remorse. The world’s largest entertainment company tried to buy back TV rights to “Star Wars’’ movies from AT&T Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting so that it can offer them on a new streaming video service, according to two people familiar with the matter. Read More
3 – “Christopher Robin” Box Office: Disney’s Winnie The Pooh Nabs Okay $25M Weekend
August 5, 2018 • Walt Disney’s Christopher Robin was, by default, the biggest new movie over this crowded weekend. But, as always, it’s the raw grosses and not the rank that matters. The Marc Forster-directed family melodrama, starring Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin who reencounters Winnie the Pooh and his animal friends during a pivotal moment, earned a completely okay $25 million following a $9.5m opening day. That includes $1.5m in Thursday previews. With an A from Cinemascore, if it is as leggy as Pete’s Dragon (which had no Thursday previews two summers ago) then we’re looking at an $88m domestic total. If it plays like The BFG, then it’ll be closer to a$73m domestic finish. Read More
4 – Disney Invented a Robotic Stuntman That Could Put Human Ones Out of a Job
August 5, 2018 • This dexterous robot could put stunt doubles out of a job. Disney‘s Imagineering Research and Development lab built a robotic stuntman that can perform daring flips 60 feet in the air. The robot uses a combination of lasers, accelerometers and gyroscopes to track and adjust its position in midair to mimic the actions of a real stuntman. Disney calls the technology “Stuntronics.” Read More
5 – Stars of Disney’s New ‘Freaky Friday’ Talk About the Heart Behind the Musical Movie
August 3, 2018 • “Freaky Friday” is back! But not the 2003 version with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. This reboot from Disney Channel brings the same beloved body-swap plot but features a talented new cast with an exciting musical twist. Premiering Friday, Aug. 10, “Freaky Friday” stars Cozi Zuehlsdorff as daughter Elle and Heidi Blickenstaff as mother Katherine. It’ll riff off Disney Theatrical Production’s stage version which was adapted from the book by Mary Rodgers. Read More
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