Disney is looking to boost its digital unit, and to do so it has reportedly thrown more than $100 million toward a new project called "Disney Infinity," according to The Wall Street Journal. This comes after abysmal earnings and hundreds of layoffs over the past couple of years.
The project will feature video games from many of Disney's TV shows and major movies like "Cars," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and "The Incredibles." The games will work similarly to a choose-your-own-adventure scenario. They are designed for players to be able to create … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Give "Star Wars" fans this: They're nothing if not hopeful.
In the days leading up to Disney's massive D23 Expo fan-fest here this weekend, the entertainment giant tried to tamp down expectations that it would real new details about 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII."
But short of CEO Bob Iger having a press conference to declare that the company wouldn't announce anything new about the highly-anticipated next film in the series, fans came to D23 holding out hope that Disney just might still drop a hint or two about … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney hasn't become the world's most powerful media company by ignoring its fans.
On Friday, the giant media company opened the doors to its third D23 Expo, a three-day festival of all things Disney. Ranging from a three-plus-hour presentation of everything animated that will be coming from Disney in the next few years -- including three new Pixar films -- to a costume contest, an exhibition of classic artifacts from the Disney archives, and artists' re-imaginings of scenes from the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Steamboat Willie," D23 has something for everyone.
During the … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What if the asteroid that ended the age of the dinosaurs actually missed Earth?
That's the central "what if" at the heart of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," the hit animation studio's next film, which will be released in May 2014.
At the D23 Expo, Disney's fan-fest, on Friday the entertainment giant unveiled the most details yet on "The Good Dinosaur," as well as its summer 2015 film, "The Inner Mind," and fall 2015's "Finding Dory."
If the teasers Pixar showed during the … Read more
It's been 30 years since "National Lampoon's Vacation" arrived in theaters. In honor of the auspicious anniversary, a family of real-life Griswolds jumped into a custom-made avocado-green Wagon Queen Family Truckster and hit the road.
Instead of aiming for Walley World in Los Angeles, they went with the real-world destination of Disney World in Florida.
Steve and Lisa Griswold packed up their two daughters into the freshly finished custom. Griswold is their real name, and Steve decided to do something about all the remarks he's heard about it over the years. A custom car shop in Georgia turned a boring old brown station wagon into the gloriously ugly car from the movie. "The detail is unfortunately quite accurate," Lisa says.… Read more
While the Star Wars Celebration Europe fan fest has gone the way of the Jedi, its impact is still causing ripples in the Force.
As expected, "Star Wars: Episode VII" dominated conversation at the July 26-28 event, but there was also focus on the new animated show, composer John Williams, and some interesting quotes from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.… Read more
Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures Entertainment are testing out a new way for people to watch the latest films.
The companies are offering consumers in South Korea the opportunity to rent films in-home that are currently running in theaters. According to the Wall Street Journal, which was first to report on their move, Sony offered "Django Unchained" three weeks after it premiered in theaters. Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Brave" were also made available weeks after their theatrical releases.
Film studios have for years attempted to find the right balance between getting people … Read more
In the cold Alaskan winter, alone with her infant son while her husband was stationed in the Air Force nearby, Ashley Bauza needed something to entertain both herself and her child, something she could get on a tight budget.
She moved north in 2010 and quickly learned after giving birth to Lukas the next year that the rural state not only crimps her kid's playtime options with minus-40 degree temperatures it also amps up the cost of cable and Internet.
"We are on a fixed budget, we do really need to figure out what we forgo," said … Read more
Apple TV is getting live sports and "Game of Thrones" beamed straight to its box, as Apple announces Time Warner's HBO Go and Disney's WatchESPN apps are now available.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of software and services, predicted in a statement that HBO GO and WatchESPN still will be "huge hits on Apple TV," given the two apps are some of … Read more