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TV Bits: ‘Billions’, ‘F is for Family’, ‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’, ‘Dickinson’, and More

In this edition of TV Bits: Billions renewed for season 6. F is for Family renewed for season 5, which will be the last. Teenage Bounty Hunters canceled by Netflix. Certain actors couldn’t return for the Supernatural final season because of COVID-19. Dickinson renewed for season 3 ahead of season 2 launch. Watch the trailer for The Expanse season 5. Get ready for High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special. Black Monday will be back for season 3. The Last O.G. renewed for season 4. L...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Florida, New York, Television, Gabrielle Union, Movies, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Brooklyn, Showtime, Supernatural, Tbs, The Expanse, Kirsten Dunst


Disney fires man for taking paternity leave; judge rules it's not discrimination because he didn't give birth

Steven Van Soeren worked for Disney Streaming Service, which does grant some paternity leave for employees. After Van Soeren's wife got pregnant, he claims to have noticed a pattern of undercutting comments and other harassment from his colleagues — despite the fact that he hadn't yet disclosed to them that his wife was pregnant, and that he would be taking paternity leave. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Pregnancy, Disney, Gender Discrimination, Parental Leave, Paid Parental Leave, Wrongful Termination, Paternity, Disney villains, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Disney Streaming Service, Men's Rights Advocates, Steven van Soeren, Van Soeren


Superhero Bits: ‘Spider-Man 3’ Schedule Details, ‘The Runaways’ Returns to Comic Shops & More

How long will Spider-Man 3 be shooting for into 2021? Did you hear The Runaways is coming back to comic shops? Where can you see the new Batwoman debut before the second season begins on The CW? Do the comics Aldis Hodge is reading for Black Adam provide any hints? Want to see Tom Holland‘s stunt double practice a webslinging stunt? Who do you think should write the new Blade movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Here’s a sneak peek at “Maximum Venom Pt. 1” from the S...
Tags: Movies, Spider-Man, Disney, Batgirl, Batwoman, Batman, Thor, Marvel Comics, X-men, Doctor Strange, Cw, Marvel Studios, Adam, Aldis Hodge, Tom Holland, Comic Book/Superhero


Disneyland To Reopen More Stores Despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s Refusal On Theme Parks

Disney officials on Friday announced they will reopen stores and restaurants in the Disney California Adventure park starting in...
Tags: Disney, Gavin Newsom, Disney California


What Glen Keane Carried With Him From Disney, and From Life, for His Feature Directorial Debut ‘Over the Moon’ [Interview]

“I never do this,” Glen Keane muses as he swivels his laptop around his office at Netflix, filled with stacks of drawings and doodles — half thought-out ideas that the legendary animator had while working on his feature directorial debut Over the Moon. Through the grainy Zoom video screen I can see reams of sheets that are hung around the room. Some of them storyboards that Keane has drawn for Over the Moon (“I drew more for this movie than I did for The Little Mermaid,” he remarks dryly), othe...
Tags: Google, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Interviews, China, Disney, Spain, Features, Netflix, Canada, Katy Perry, Animation, Paris, Sony, Holland


Disney California Adventure to reopen Buena Vista Street for shopping and dining

Disney California Adventure will partially reopen for shopping and dining along Buena Vista Street following the state issuing theme park reopening guidelines that could keep major California theme parks closed until early 2021 or next summer. Buena Vista Street will reopen in November as part of the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping district while the rest of Disney California Adventure remains closed, according to Disney officials. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new a...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Cal State Fullerton, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Downtown Disney, Buena Vista Street, ESPN Zone, Disney California Adventure, Marceline


The short, strange life of Quibi

“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.” With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service. Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly a...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Hp, Netflix, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ridley Scott, Belize, Streaming Media, Terms Of Service, Sam Raimi


33 unique and interesting gifts you didn't know you could find on Amazon

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. A set of notepads for the list maker. Amazon Amazon has become the "everything store" — the site stocks just about any product you could think of. Because the site is so big, it can be hard to find unique gift ideas on your own. That's why we did it for you.Below, you'll find 33 unique, interesting products on Amazon that make great gifts, from handmade goods to funny ones you're unlikely to find an...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Gift Guide, Home Decor, Disney, Trends, Features, Gifts, United States, Paris, Moscow, Gift Guides, Puerto Rico, Bushwick, Tabasco


Streaming As Infringement

Some basic questions on streaming and internet and copyright can be found on this (oldish) video about Youtube. But it comes down to that if you created something, you have some rights in dictating how people use that thing when it creates a derivative work. By derivative work I mean the legal version of this term, better explained by real lawyers. I remember sitting in a class about this stuff 15 years ago and it was already well-understood that the internet, as used by individuals back then...
Tags: Google, Japan, Usa, Congress, Disney, Tesla, Dmca, Anime, Modern Visual Culture, Digibro, Gura, Hololive, Gawr Gura, Silicon Valley Tech Startup, USA Tesla


BREAKING: Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Will Open with Shopping and Dining at Disneyland Resort

A daily-updated resource for news and information on the Disney resort around the world.
Tags: Disney, Disneyland Resort, Buena Vista Street, Disney California


The Key to Making ‘Once Upon a Snowman’ Was to “Let Olaf Be Olaf” [Interview]

If you have questions about the Frozen universe, Becky Bresee and Peter del Vecho can answer them. She was a supervising animator on the first film and the head of animation on the second. He is the producer of the entire franchise. Now, she’s the head of animation and he’s a producer and creative consultant for Once Upon a Snowman, a new prequel short film about Olaf the talking snowman’s first day of existence. I spoke with Bresee and del Vecho ahead of the short’s streaming premiere and lear...
Tags: Frozen, Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Animation, Warner Bros, Anna, Peter, Chris Buck, Becky, Olaf, Raya, Short Films, Featured Stories Sidebar, Peter Del Vecho


Everybody’s Making Sourdough in 2020 But My Sister's Is the Nerdiest

There are a few universal truths in this world. Water is wet, the Earth is round, and there will always be things your siblings do better than you. In my case, my older sister Christine Elderkin-Campos bakes delicious homemade sourdough. As if that weren’t enough, she’s also taken to stenciling her creations with…Read more...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Star Wars, Science, Interview, Disney, Earth, Bread, Game Of Thrones, Siblings, Baking, Yeast, Christine Elderkin Campos


‘Once Upon a Snowman’ Directors Explain How ‘Back to the Future Part II’ Inspired Their ‘Frozen’ Prequel Short [Interview]

What happened to Olaf the talking snowman in the window of time between his creation and his first meeting with Anna during Frozen? The new Disney short Once Upon a Snowman answers that question. It turns out that Josh Gad’s warm hug-loving character had a bit of an adventure, full of hijinks and existence-defining moments. And according to directors Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, it was all inspired by Back to the Future Part II. Once Upon a Snowman is streaming now on Disney+, so before or aft...
Tags: Elsa, Frozen, Movies, Interview, Disney, Features, Animation, Anna, Pixar, Chris Pratt, Dan, Trent, Olaf, Looney Tunes, Sven, Josh Gad


HBO Max Hits 28.7 Million Subscribers, But Not All of Them Are Watching

HBO Max has passed a milestone for AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which revealed that it has hit 38 million combined HBO and HBO Max customers — ahead of the company’s target of 37 million by the end of 2020. The WarnerMedia streaming platform added 8.6 million customers in the third quarter, bringing its total number of new “subscribers” to 28.7 million. But not all of those subscribers are watching HBO Max just yet. In an earnings report on Thursday (via The Verge), WarnerMedia revealed that 8.6 mill...
Tags: HBO Max, Netflix/Streaming Video, AT and T


Estrella Media Appoints René Santaella to Newly Created Role of EVP, Digital and Streaming Media

Industry veteran, previously at Sony and Disney, will lead the multi-platform Spanish-language media company’s digital transformation and growth BURBANK, Calif. — Estrella Media, Inc., a leading vertically integrated, multi-platform, Spanish-language media company operating the EstrellaTV Network, digital media platforms and radio and television stations across all of the top U.S. Hispanic markets, today announced the […] The post Estrella Media Appoints René Santaella to Newly Created Role of E...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Sony, Press Releases, Online Media, Burbank, Ad & Media Strategies, People in Ad Tech, Santaella, Rene Santaella, Estrella Media, Estrella Media Appoints, Calif Estrella Media Inc, EstrellaTV Network


‘Once Upon a Snowman’ Clip: Watch Olaf Become Self-Aware in the Animated Short Available on Disney+ Today

Remember when the runtime Pixar’s Coco was increased by nearly a third of the film’s total length due to the fact that Disney attached the 22-minute short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to it? It was a brutal experience, especially for families who just wanted to take their kids to see a Pixar movie. Well, Disney is at it again with a new Frozen short film focusing on Olaf. Thankfully, Once Upon a Snowman clocks in around only seven minutes, and you can watch one minute of it right now On...
Tags: Amazon, Elsa, Frozen, Movies, Disney, Animation, Sequels, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Peter, Olaf, Josh-Gad, Short Films, Disney/Pixar, Disney Today, Becky Bresee


The 10 Scariest G-Rated Movies

Halloween is a time for horrors, haunts, and movies with a lot of blood. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the most terrifying films out there are the ones that are considered “safe” for all ages. Here are our picks of the 10 scariest G-rated movies in modern history. Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Science, Kids, Disney, Animation, Scary, Spooky, Monsters Inc, Pinocchio, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Princess And The Frog, Toy Story 3, Andromeda Strain, Watch It Nerds, The Brave Little Toaster, A Little Princess


The rise and fall of Quibi from raising $1.75 billion before launch to shutting down just 6 months later

Rafapress/Shutterstock Quibi just announced it was shutting down only six months after launching. The service's goal was to draw subscribers in to watch short mobile content on their phones. Quibi raised $1.75 billion but failed to attract subscribers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is officially dead, after launching during the COVID-19 pandemic and surviving just six months. On Wednesday, the company announced that it was shutting down and informed employees t...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, News, Media, Ebay, Disney, Trends, Tech, Ces, Bbc, Features, Netflix, New York Times, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley


How ill-fated startup Quibi went from raising $1.75 billion before launch to shutting down just 6 months later

Rafapress/Shutterstock Quibi just announced it was shutting down only six months after launching. The service's goal was to draw subscribers in to watch short mobile content on their phones. Quibi raised $1.75 billion but failed to attract subscribers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is officially dead, after launching during the COVID-19 pandemic and surviving just six months. On Wednesday, the company announced that it was shutting down and informed employees t...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, News, Media, Ebay, Disney, Trends, Tech, Ces, Bbc, Features, Netflix, New York Times, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley


Enjoy 90 minutes of creepy vintage Disney cartoons for Halloween

Disney's Halloween Treat was a special 1982 Halloween episode of the Walt Disney television series featuring excerpts or full vintage cartoons with a creepy, supernatural vibe. The segments include the likes of "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia (1940), "Donald Duck and the Gorilla" (1944), and "Pluto's Judgement Day" (1935), and a bit of Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). — Read the rest
Tags: Halloween, Video, News, Films, Disney, Filmmaking, Animation, Cartoons, Pluto, Donald Duck, Walt Disney, Bald Mountain, Animation History, Cartoon History


'Over the Moon' doesn't succeed in lifting Netflix into Disney's orbit

With Disney invading Netflix's streaming turf, turnabout is fair play, as "Over the Moon" overtly tries to emulate Disney animation without occupying its orbit. Although the movie is visually impressive, the Chinese-American co-production suffers from a too-thin story, built upon a heavy-handed message soaked in that oldest of Disney tropes: a dead mom.
Tags: Disney, Cnn, Netflix


When can Disneyland and other major California theme parks reopen?

California’s long-awaited theme park reopening plan left unanswered the most basic question on the minds of the major tourist destinations, their furloughed and laid-off employees and their die-hard fans: When can theme parks reopen? California issued long-awaited theme park reopening guidelines this week, but the new rules could leave large theme parks like Disneyland closed for weeks, months or even more than a year. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Cal State Fullerton, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, DCA, Knott, Santa Clara County, Chau


5 Things Disney's Space Mountain Movie Needs To Include

How does Disney turn one of its most popular theme park attractions into a successful movie? Like this...
Tags: Religion, Disney


Quibi's content failed to hook viewers and convince them to pay. Insiders said Jeffrey Katzenberg had close control of many programming decisions.

Jeffrey Katzenberg. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Quibi Quibi, the mobile-video startup that raised $1.75 billion from backers like Alibaba Group, JPMorgan Chase, and Disney, is folding six months after debuting its subscription service. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded startup said in a statement that its demise was likely caused by a combination of an idea that wasn't strong enough and poor timing. But Quibi's failure ultimately comes back to a slate of content that did not break throu...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Youtube, Disney, Trends, Analysis, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chrissy Teigen, Streaming Video, Cnbc, Kroger, Kung Fu Panda, Chrissy


Hot Toys 1/6th scale Death Watch Mandalorian

With a new season of the highly anticipated The Mandalorian debuting October 30th 2020, Hot Toys has announced their new 1/6th scale Death Watch Mandalorian collectible figure. The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of the Death Watch Mandalorian who rescued the young Din Djarin ("The Mandalorian") in the show. It features highly detailed helmet and armor pieces with weathering effects, skillfully tailored outfit, finely sculpted jetpack with rea...
Tags: Toys, Disney, Hot Toys, Grey, Sideshow Toys, Blaster, Din Djarin


CS Soapbox: Franchises That Need to End Following Fast & Furious

CS Soapbox: Franchises that need to end following Fast & Furious “Overstaying its welcome.” It’s a phrase I’ve often heard when discussing television but very rarely in the film world, despite a number of franchises running far past their expiration date, and with the recent confirmation that Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious mainline series would be coming to an end after two more films, I think it’s high time we look at some of the many movie series out there, be they our favorites or most...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Matt Damon, Superman, Disney, Ford, Oscar, Hasbro, Toho, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chucky, Lebron James, Batman, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Bryce Dallas Howard


28 of the best 'Star Wars'-themed gifts for fans of all ages

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. FancyMatsCo/Etsy For every "Star Wars" fan out there, there are at least three gifts to satisfy their inner geek. We found the 28 best options for fans of all ages and fans with all interests.If they like to get hands-on with "Star Wars" paraphernalia, you can gift a lightsaber or huge Lego set. If not, there are gift options like books, posters, and vinyl records.Looking for more gift ideas? Check...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Star Wars, Entertainment, Etsy, Disney, Trends, Adidas, Gifts, Fox, Nba, Zappos, Kano, Gift Guides, John Williams, Leia


Marge Champion, Dancer, Choreographer, And Live Model For Disney’s Snow White, Dead At 101

“Fame arrived in the late 1940s, when she and Gower Champion began a professional dance partnership that continued through the next decade. … In television appearances and a slew of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musicals including Show Boat (1951), they produced a chemistry that recalled for many viewers … the earlier performances of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.” And yes, as a young woman she modeled movement for Walt Disney’s animators, not only as Snow White but also as Dopey the dwarf and the...
Tags: Art, Disney, People, Walt Disney, Ginger Rogers, Goldwyn Mayer, Fred Astaire, 10.22.20


First Disneyland coronavirus masks now available at Downtown Disney

Expect Disneyland fans to line up fast for a new line of coronavirus face masks bearing the Anaheim theme park’s distinctive logo while they eagerly await the return of California theme parks now that state officials have issued theme park reopening guidelines. The first coronavirus masks emblazoned with the Disneyland logo are now available at the World of Disney store and the new Backlot Premiere pop-up shop at Downtown Disney. The newly released masks feature the distinctive “Disneyland D” lo...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, Minnie Mouse, Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disney Pixar Marvel