Disney Eyes Chris Pratt For Indiana Jones Reboot

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Indiana Jones getting rebooted may not be as scary with this casting! By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Sometimes, there is casting that is so perfect you hope that the studios take advantage. When Fox was making the first X-Men movie, everyone wanted Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, … [Read more...]

Tatiana Maslany, Rooney and Kate Mara Testing For Star Wars Spinoff

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff is starting to gather steam. While we know nothing about the story, we do know that the screenplay isn't finished, as original scribe Gary Whitta left the project. You have to wonder how hard it is to write a Star Wars screenplay, … [Read more...]

Exclusive: Disney to buy YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million

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By Ronald Grover - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) The Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy Maker Studios, one of YouTube's largest networks, for $500 million, a deal that makes Disney a major online video distributor and should help draw more teens into the Disney entertainment empire. The price tag could … [Read more...]

Last-minute Disney policy change averts proxy access vote

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By Lisa Richwine - PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) Walt Disney Co appeased large shareholders who demanded more say in the naming of directors and splitting of the chairman and chief executive officer jobs in the future, persuading them to withdraw a proposal hours before it was to have gone to a vote … [Read more...]

Disney extends CEO Iger’s tenure by 15 months to June 2016

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Walt Disney Co on Monday extended Bob Iger's tenure as its chief executive by 15 months, allowing him to remain both CEO and chairman through June 30, 2016. Iger, 62, had planned to step down as CEO on April 1, 2015, and assume the single role as executive chairman through … [Read more...]

Film Isn’t Dead – Kodak Signs Deal with Studios

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Will Provide Motion Picture Film for Movies and Television By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) What a difference a year makes. After 20th Century Fox announced last year at CinemaCon that it would be ending domestic distribution of movies on film, it has become the sixth studio to sign an exclusive … [Read more...]

Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer sued over ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) Could Disney have done a little plundering of its own when coming up with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise? The company has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by a man who claims that he came up with numerous elements of the … [Read more...]

Disney-owned ESPN cutting hundreds of jobs: source

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) ESPN, the sports channel that is Walt Disney Co's most profitable unit, is cutting 300 to 400 jobs across the company and closing a small Denver office, a person with knowledge of the cuts said. The job cuts, comprising 4 to 6 percent of ESPN's staff of 7,000, include … [Read more...]

Disney lays off about 150 movie studio employees

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(Reuters) Walt Disney Co on Wednesday confirmed the company is laying off employees in its movie studio division, a cost-cutting step after a review of the unit's operations. In a brief statement, Disney said it "made the difficult decision to reduce our staffing levels" in several studio … [Read more...]

TV website Hulu elevates content chief to acting CEO

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Video website Hulu on Thursday said that content chief Andy Forssell will lead the company as acting CEO while owners Walt Disney Co and News Corp decide on the future of the streaming video service. Forssell, currently senior vice president of content, will take over after … [Read more...]

Disney delays ‘Infinity’ gaming initiative until August

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(Reuters) Walt Disney Co has pushed back the launch date of its new video game and toy initiative known as "Infinity" to August from June, saying it was seeking to capitalize on a more favorable retail season. Infinity allows users to transport Disney and Pixar characters into on-screen adventures … [Read more...]

Disney names Hollywood veteran Horn as studio boss

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By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co has named movie studio executive Alan Horn chairman of its film division, turning to a Hollywood veteran to run a unit plagued by executive turnover. Horn, who has established a track record developing film franchises, is Disney's … [Read more...]

Disney Earnings Rise Despite John Carter Loss

By Lisa Richwine and Ronald Grover - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations as profit rose 21 percent despite a loss from the science fiction film bomb "John Carter." Strong attendance at theme parks and higher advertising revenue at cable … [Read more...]

News Corp’s Fox ponders sports network change

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By Ronald Grover and Yinka Adegoke LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's Fox Sports unit is contemplating steps to overhaul "Fuel", but has no immediate plans for its fledgling action-sports channel to go toe-to-toe with industry heavyweight ESPN, according to a source with knowledge of … [Read more...]

Megabomb ‘John Carter’ may be Hollywood’s biggest loser

By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ultra competitive movie studios rarely want to sit atop this box office list. When the Walt Disney Co said on Monday that it expected its sci-fi movie "John Carter" to lose about $200 million (126 million pounds), it very likely shot the intergalactic box … [Read more...]

Disney projects $200 million ‘John Carter’ loss

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(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co shares fell 1 percent in after hour trading on Monday after the company said it expects mega-budget science-fiction movie "John Carter" will lose about $200 million in the current quarter. The company issued the forecast in a statement that projected the studio division … [Read more...]