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Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
Out of all of Disney's animated films, "Mulan " was the one that made the most sense as a live-action remake. Not that there haven't been good and charming live-action remakes over the past decade — Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" being at the top of the pack — but with most of them no matter how...
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
Every movie year offers up a parade of hits and flops. But in 2019, no winner was in the same galaxy as the Walt Disney Co. And the biggest loser might have been anyone less thrilled about the box-office domination of franchise films.
When the year closes out Tuesday, the top 10 films in...
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
"Frozen 2" blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Walt Disney Co. animated sequel has already grossed $919.7 million worldwide. It will soon become the sixth Disney...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Picture this: A princess is in distress. It looks bad. Her dashing young man rides up in the nick of time and says, “Here I am to save you, my dear!” Actually, he doesn’t. He just says, “I'm here. Whaddya need?” She has a plan, and off they go.
This little exchange between Kristoff and...
Sunday, Sep. 1, 2019
Never before has one studio so dominated summer at the movies. The Walt Disney Co. accounted for about half of all ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters on the season, which came to a close Sunday with the Gerard Butler action thriller "Angel Has Fallen" topping the box office for the second...
Sunday, Jul. 21, 2019
If there was any doubt that the 2019 box office belonged to the Walt Disney Co., this weekend put an end to it. Not only did its photorealistic remake of "The Lion King" devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but "Avengers: Endgame" also crept past "Avatar" to...
Monday, Jul. 15, 2019
Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like "Life of Pi" and "Hidden Figures" before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures.
Sony on Monday announced a new production deal with the former Fox...
Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019
Life moves in a circle, "The Lion King" tells us, and, increasingly, so does studio moviemaking.
Close on the heels of "live-action" remakes of "Aladdin" and "Dumbo" and on the precipice of a reborn "The Little Mermaid," ''The Lion King" is back, too. Round and round we go. Cue Savannah...
Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019
Disney's "The Lion King" has received no shortage of remakes and spinoffs in the years since its original 1994 release. Now, as the film reaches its silver anniversary, Disney delivers a new take on the animated musical.
Cast and crew gathered in Hollywood for "The Lion King" world...
Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
In 1992, Disney transported audiences to the mythical land of Agrabah, where they met a street rat with a heart of gold, a flying carpet, a headstrong princess and a magical genie with some oddly current pop culture references. With the music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice...