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March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
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April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It's a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie. Deadline.com reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script. Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two "National Treasure" films staring Nicolas Cage, and "The Kid" starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
'Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3' Where: Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario When: Through Jan. 1; see website for showtimes Price: $16, $21, $26, $45 and $70 Info: (800) 745-3000, http://www.disneyonice.com
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April 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two of Hollywood's hottest actresses, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Marvel heroine Scarlett Johansson, could be uniting for Disney's upcoming live-action and CGI hybrid adaptation of "The Jungle Book," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Nyong'o is in final negotiations to voice Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts the human orphan Mowgli, while Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to play the mesmerizing python Kaa, a secondary villain, the Reporter says . Jon Favreau, who worked with Johansson on "Iron Man 2" and the upcoming culinary comedy "Chef," is directing "The Jungle Book.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Having already made two recent live-action movies with Cruella de Vil at its center - 1996's “101 Dalmatians” and the 2000 sequel, “102 Dalmatians” - Disney is planning a third film about the villainess to be written by “The Devil Wears Prada's” Aline Brosh McKenna, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Disney has hired McKenna to write “Cruella,” and Glenn Close, who played De Vil in the two “Dalmatians” movies, will serve as an executive producer, the newspaper reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Allyssa Lee
Now that we're halfway through Season 18, “Dancing With the Stars” has made a nod to ABC's parent company and star Meryl Davis' uncanny resemblance to Jasmine the princess in Disney theme night, which host Tom Bergeron likened to Disney on Ice -- but without the ice! All the original star/pro partnerships are back, to the delight of most. “We're doing some conscious recoupling,” Tom quipped. Though the couple who did not end this evening happily ever after came as a shock: Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By David Lazarus
That's no moon -- it's a space station! Disney's more than $4-billion acquisition of Lucasfilm topped the Consumer Confidential segment on KTLA-TV today. Is this a good thing for "Star Wars" fans? Could be. Or it could be a new set of mouse ears on R2-D2. We also looked at the cost of Sandy, and how the storm prompted a surge in Netflix viewing.    
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Meg James
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger was honored with the UCLA Anderson School of Management John Wooden Global Leadership Award during an evening that celebrated impressive records. At the UCLA gala Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton, Iger's won-loss record was compared to that of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who posted a 620-147 record in his 27 years at the helm. Since Iger took the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant in 2005, the value of Disney's stock has tripled.
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Disney's plush Aulani resort and spa near Honolulu has been open since August, but grand opening discounts keep on coming. The latest is a fifth night free for limited dates at the pricey resort on 21 oceanfront acres. The deal: Stay four consecutive nights and the fifth night is free. The standard-view room at the resort is the least expensive; it sleeps up to four and has a private porch or balcony. There's much to do at this resort, particularly with kids: a snorkeling area, pools, tubing stream and stingray encounter led by marine biologists.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It wasn't that long ago when Disney was struggling to revive a moribund animation division while its powerhouse subsidiary Pixar was on a serious roll. Things look a little different these days. “Cars 2” and “Brave,” both released under the Pixar name, were just decently received and not considered the home runs that their predecessors were. “Monsters University,” a sequel out this month, is shaping up as a movie with some similarly mixed reactions. Meanwhile, Disney's own animation division - admittedly with the help of John Lasseter and Pixar brass - is coming off a major hit with last fall's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The company will look to repeat the feat this year with the 3-D “Frozen” a movie co-directed by the writer of 'Wreck-It Ralph,” Jennifer Lee. The Disney film reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” as an animated tale about a girl (voiced by Kristen Bell)
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A San Francisco man pleaded guilty to a single count of securities fraud Monday related to the 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment by Walt Disney Co, federal authorities said.  The announcement by the U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of California caps the criminal case against Toby G. Scammell, a Bay Area man who had been accused of insider trading. A civil action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began with an insider trading charge in 2011; a judgment was issued in that case last month.    The SEC ordered Scammell to disgorge his trading profits and pay interest and civil penalties totaling $800,985.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two iconic female screen presences will return to the multiplex after an extended absence in "Maleficent," Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": star Angelina Jolie, and the title character she portrays. In a new featurette about the film, which opens May 30, Jolie and her fellow cast and crew say the tale will answer questions about the past and future of Maleficent, the sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora into a death-like slumber in the 1959 animated musical version of the classic fairy tale.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2014 | By Alex Pulaski
KO OLINA, Hawaii - Hang around the fire-pit fire long enough, watching Uncle Ito breathe life into Hawaiian legend, and those rascally little menehune inevitably clamber into the conversation. Uncle Ito, one of the resident storytellers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is blessed with an abundant sense of humor. In a recitation of the menehune people's favorite foods (banana, sweet potato, fish, poi), he's been known to insinuate a Disney reference to Mickey ice cream bars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Allyssa Lee
Now that we're halfway through Season 18, “Dancing With the Stars” has made a nod to ABC's parent company and star Meryl Davis' uncanny resemblance to Jasmine the princess in Disney theme night, which host Tom Bergeron likened to Disney on Ice -- but without the ice! All the original star/pro partnerships are back, to the delight of most. “We're doing some conscious recoupling,” Tom quipped. Though the couple who did not end this evening happily ever after came as a shock: Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
A 42-year-old member of a choral group from Philadelphia died late Monday morning while warming up for a noon rehearsal at Walt Disney Concert Hall - the first time a performer has died at the venue since its 2003 opening. Jeff Dinsmore and seven other members of the Crossing chamber choir had arrived early for the session at Choral Hall, a rehearsal room at Disney Hall, when Dinsmore was taken ill, said Lisa Bellamore, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A fire department spokesman said he was pronounced dead after emergency responders arrived.
NEWS
July 12, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre
Calling Comic-Con International in San Diego his "home away from home," director Sam Raimi brought a new trailer for his "Oz: The Great and Powerful" to the cavernous Hall H on Thursday afternoon, and the new footage impressed the thousands on hand at the San Diego Convention Center. A backstory about how the Wizard of Oz arrived in the city, the Disney film stars James Franco (who replaced Robert Downey Jr.), Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Abigail Spencer, the last three of whom play witches . "I don't want to be a good man," Franco says in the trailer.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
In advance of the "Muppets Most Wanted," which hits theaters March 21, L.A.-based OPI has announced a limited-edition collection of collaborative nail lacquers punnily named after (and ostensibly inspired by) the Disney movie. Put aside for a minute that most of the felt folks (the Swedish Chef being a notable exception) couldn't actually wear nail polish, and think of what it will sound like when someone asks about the sapphire blue hue of your fingernails and you respond with a chipper: "Oh, this?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Relativity Media is hoping to outbid the Walt Disney Co. for the popular YouTube network Maker Studios.  Relativity, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company, has offered to pay $525 million in cash and stock for the Culver City digital media company, plus as much as $500 million more depending on the financial performance of the company, according to a person familiar with the deal. Relativity has also offered a bonus pool worth $75 million for "key talent and executives," this person said.
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April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from  Relativity Media  worth up to $1.1 billion.  "As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.
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