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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?
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Disney Interactive, the struggling  video game and digital media subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., is cutting roughly 700 jobs worldwide, the company said Thursday. The division is closing offices in Chicago, New Jersey, Colorado, South Korea and Hyderabad, India. The layoffs represent about 26% of the division's workforce. Disney Interactive said in a statement that it "has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high quality digital products.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have stuck a multiyear partnership agreement to co-develop Disney-branded movies that would be released in China and other international markets. China's film business is expanding rapidly. Last year, its total box office take topped  $3.6 billion, up about 27% from 2012. According to Motion Picture Assn. of America data, the country is the world's second-biggest movie market behind the United States. Under terms of the deal, Disney Studios, a unit of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co., would pair U.S.-based writers with writers and filmmakers in China to collaborate on movie projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television. The comprehensive distribution deal, announced late Monday, is expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats the increasingly important digital rights for valuable programming. Dish secured Internet streaming rights for content from Disney's ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well as the eight ABC television stations that Disney owns.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before insert funny line here . Oops, did I really do that? The Skinny: I caught some of the British version of "House of Cards " last night and liked it. It felt more gritty and less glamorous than the Netflix version. Also finally watched "Zodiac," which was really great. I know, you come here for news not my viewing habits. Well, we have some big news today. Dish and Disney struck a huge distribution deal and the Department of Justice is on the side of broadcasters in their fight against Aereo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The national commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America said the decision by Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. to cut funding for the organization over its ban on adult leaders who are gay was disappointing, but not a surprise. Tico Perez told the Orlando Sentinel that  Disney was "very forthright that this was coming down the pike," and that the Boy Scouts hoped to work with the media giant in the future "where our interests align. " Disney's decision  was made public  after the president of a Boy Scouts council in  Apopka , Fla., sent local troops a memo on the move.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Book U2 frontman Bono for the Grammy Awards and perhaps only a Beatle or a Rolling Stone could upstage him. At the Oscars, however, the rock 'n' roll humanitarian had nothing on a Disney princess. Idina Menzel stole the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday with "Let It Go," the diva belter from Disney's smash "Frozen," which would go on to win the Oscar a few minutes later for original song. "To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars - literally," said Kristen Anderson-Lopez as she accepted the Oscar with her husband, Robert Lopez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Walt Disney Co. said it will stop financial support for Boy Scouts-related organizations beginning next year because of the Scouts' policy banning adult leaders who are gay. The Boy Scouts said it is "disappointed" with the move. The company's decision was made public after the president of a Boy Scouts council in Apopka, Fla., sent local troops a memo on Disney's move. Robert Utsey's letter was posted on a website for Scouts for Equality, an organization advocating against the ban on gay leaders, according to the Associated Press.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The still-hot "Frozen" has joined the billion-dollar box-office club.  Disney's animated fairy tale musical is expected to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday, according to studio estimates.   "Frozen," which was released wide in the United States and Canada in late November, has generated $388.7 million in box-office revenue from those two countries, while overseas sales have reached $611.5 million.  PHOTOS: Movie scenes from Disney's 'Frozen' The long-running picture is nominated for two Oscars, which air Sunday night.
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