February 25, 2014 |
After eschewing UltraViolet, a technology standard backed by its main movie business competitors, Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. has launched a proprietary cloud-based movie service that gives users online access to their digital and physical Disney movie purchases. Disney Movies Anywhere launched Tuesday and is available on Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It acts as a so-called "digital movie locker," allowing users...
December 10, 2013 |
On Oct. 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy began the Walt Disney Co. inauspiciously in the rear of a small office at the Holly-Vermont Realty in Los Angeles. It was there that the young brothers, who paid $10 a month for the modest space, began producing their live action/animated series of shorts known as the "Alice Comedies. " Ninety years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a slightly larger and more lucrative operation. Its 53rd animated feature, "Frozen," just knocked "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" off its box office pedestal and has brought in more than $134 million domestically since its opening on Nov. 22. And the new animated short that plays in theaters with "Frozen," called "Get a Horse!
December 6, 2013 |
Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday. This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more "Indiana Jones" movies if it chooses to do so. Disney declined to comment on the future...
December 1, 2013 |
The holiday box office exploded this weekend as both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" topped records held by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for the biggest three-day and five-day Thanksgiving weekend grosses. Generating a studio-estimated $66.7-million, three-day gross and $93 million, five-day gross (films opened Wednesday evening in time for the holiday, instead of the usual Thursday evening) Disney's "Frozen" also marked the biggest Thanksgiving-weekend opening ever, beating three-day and five-day records set in 1999 by "Toy Story 2. " Meanwhile, in its second week in wide release, Lionsgate's "Catching Fire" -- a dystopian thriller about children pitted against each other in a fight to the death -- continued its box-office rampage, pulling in domestically a studio-estimated $74.5 million over three days and $110.2 million over five days, and a jaw-dropping worldwide gross of $573 million.
November 22, 2013 |
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film "The Good Dinosaur. " The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio. In September, "The Good Dinosaur" was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed director Bob Peterson from the project.
November 11, 2013 |
They're going to have to find a lot of words that rhyme with "inconceivable. " "The Princess Bride" -- the much-beloved 1987 movie directed by Rob Reiner -- will be turned into a major stage production from Disney, the company announced Monday. No dates or cities have been announced for the planned theatrical piece, which appears to be in the early stages of development. Disney didn't say if the production will be a musical or a play, describing the project as a "new theatrical work.