Tag Archives: Disney

Disney Passes Netflix In Total Streaming Subscribers

Deadline Hollywood reports: Walt Disney’s total DTC subscribers all in totaled 221.1 million for the company’s fiscal third quarter ended in June. That was a big beat for Disney+ and its parent, and also marked the first time anyone has passed Netflix in total streaming subs. Netflix reported 220.67 million total global subs, after losing almost 1 million for the …

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Actress Pat “Ursula” Carroll Dies At Age 95 [VIDEO]

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Pat Carroll, the gregarious Emmy-winning comedienne who was a television mainstay for decades before segueing to a voiceover career that included portraying the villainous sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has died. She was 95. Carroll died Saturday of pneumonia at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, her daughter Kerry Karsian told The Hollywood Reporter. …

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Disney’s Hulu To Begin Accepting Political Ads

Axios reports: Disney on Wednesday confirmed to Axios that it would allow political issue ads — in addition to candidate ads — on Hulu’s streaming service, effective immediately, bringing Hulu’s ad policies to parity with Disney’s cable networks. The change comes amid a controversy over Hulu’s decision to reject political issue ads around guns and abortions from Democratic groups. Those …

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Fired Christians Sue Disney Over Vax, Mask Mandates

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Three Walt Disney World workers who refused to wear masks or get vaccinated against COVID have sued the company, saying they were fired for opposing the rules because of their religious beliefs. The ex-employees, Barbara Andreas, Stephen Cribb and Adam Pajer, say they worked with Disney between seven and 20 years. They claimed Christian scripture instructed …

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Companies Pledge To Help Employees Access Abortion

Axios reports: Multiple companies said Friday that they would help employees access reproductive health care and pay for travel expenses. Disney told employees Friday that “we recognize the impact of the ruling” and the company will provide access to quality and affordable care for employees and their families, which includes family planning and reproductive care, a Disney spokesperson told Axios. …

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Oklahoma Movie Theater Posts Sign Claiming It Will “Fast-Forward” Though Gay Kiss In Disney’s “Lightyear”

Variety reports: The 89er Theatre in Kingfisher, Oklahoma has come under fire after posting a warning about a brief gay kiss featured in Pixar’s “Lightyear.” A sign was posted on the window of the theater during the movie’s opening weekend warning moviegoers about the gay kiss and claiming the theater would “do all we can to fast-forward” through the scene. …

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GOP Bill Would Revoke No-Fly Zone Over Disney Parks

The Los Angeles Times reports: A new House bill seeks to revoke federally authorized “no-fly zones” over Walt Disney Co. theme parks in the United States, including Disneyland in Anaheim. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) introduced the bill Monday with six GOP co-sponsors, including Doug LaMalfa of Northern California and Lauren Boebert of Colorado. The bill also marks the GOP’s latest …

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Lightyear Star Chris Evans Rips Anti-Gay Critics: Idiots

The Guardian reports: The actor Chris Evans, who voices the main character in the new Pixar animated movie Lightyear, has applauded its depiction of a gay couple, saying those who react negatively should be disregarded. “The real truth is those people are idiots,” Evans said. “Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human …

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DeSantis Claims State Will Assume Control Of Disney’s Special Government District, Not The Local Counties

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The state will likely assume control of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, rather than local governments absorbing it, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday. DeSantis said he is working on a proposal that likely will be considered by the Legislature after the November elections. Reedy Creek, which encompasses Disney World and neighboring properties, is set to …

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Disney To “Deepen Support” For LGBTQ Community, Donate Pride Merch Profits To GLSEN, PFLAG, Others

Florida Politics reports: Amid the political backlash with Republicans over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, Disney is donating all the profits from its pride merchandise to charities that help the LGBTQ community, the company announced Monday. “Disney has a long history of supporting LGBTQIA+ organizations and charities around the world,” Disney said on its parks blog. “This year, we are …

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Christian Post: Boycott Disney’s Satanic Film “Lightyear”

From Christian Post columnist Larry Tomczak: Parents and pastors, beware! The eagerly anticipated Disney “Toy Story” spinoff debuting in theaters this June centers on kid-favorite Buzz Lightyear and his new space partner, Alicia, a lovable lesbian who “marries” her queer partner and greets her with a kiss on the lips as they start their family. Satan’s servants use euphemisms to …

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Hawley Targets Disney With Retroactive Copyright Bill

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined other Republicans in Congress in shaking their fists at the Walt Disney Company for opposing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law prohibiting classroom discussion of sexual orientation. This week, Hawley introduced a bill to shorten the duration of federal copyright protection. The measure would apply retroactively only for firms with a market …

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Swastika And DeSantis Flags Waved Outside Disney

The Jerusalem Post reports: Video footage showed people waving Nazi flags at the entrance to Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Saturday. The original video was posted on TikTok and has garnered over 3 million views as of Sunday. Many social media users have taken to Twitter to express their outrage and criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for not issuing …

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Florida Republicans Refuse To Return Disney Donations

Politico reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vilified the Walt Disney Co. as “dishonest” and hypocritical. He pushed to strip it of a special tax status and punish its leaders for challenging his policies. But DeSantis and most Republicans in Florida, where Disney operates its flagship theme park, won’t return hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash they received from …

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Florida Taxpayers Sue DeSantis Over Attack On Disney

Courthouse News Service reports: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis violated the rights of taxpayers when he signed a law removing Disney’s self-governing status, three residents claim in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday. In the 11-page complaint, Michael Foronda, Edward Foronda and Vivian Gorsky — all of whom live near the Walt Disney World theme park and resort — say the …

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WSJ: Disney Attack Has Chilled Speech By Other CEOs

The Wall Street Journal reports: In private meetings and coaching sessions over the past few weeks, top business leaders have been asking a version of the same question: How can we avoid becoming the next Walt Disney Co.? The fallout from the recent political spat between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has alarmed leaders across the corporate sphere, according …

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GOP Arkansas Gov Rips DeSantis On Disney Attack

“In those lower grades, you shouldn’t be teaching sexual orientation and those matters that should not be covered at that age. “But I don’t believe that governors should be punitive against private businesses because they disagree with them. “That is not the right approach either. To me, that is the old Republican principle of having restrained government. “Let’s not go …

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Disney To Investors: Florida Has To Pay Our Bond Debt

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: The Walt Disney Co. has remained publicly silent since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law last week dissolving the Reedy Creek Improvement District, but a letter to investors shows they’re not going down without a fight. The law, which DeSantis signed in a special legislative session, would end any independent special district the Legislature …

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Bond Agency: Disney Attack Could Wreck FL’s Credit

The Miami Herald reports: One of the nation’s leading bond rating agencies warned Thursday that if the state of Florida doesn’t resolve a conflict over its decision to repeal Walt Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District and its obligation to investors, the move could harm the financial standing of other Florida governments. Fitch Ratings posted the alert late Thursday on …

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Charlie Crist Targets Orlando With “DeSanTAX” Ad

Florida Politics reports: “DeSanTAX.” Oops. Spoiler alert. That’s the punchline of a new TV commercial that Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Rep. Charlie Crist is launching in the Orlando market. It attacks Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative culture war battle with the Walt Disney Company. The ad charges that Governor’s Disney ire could result in tax increases in Orange and Osceola …

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