Walt Disney

  • Movie mogul Walt Disney's old mansion sold for USD 74 million June 23, 2014

    Los Angeles: An old mansion which once belonged to movie mogul Walt Disney has been sold for USD 74 million, down from its asking price of USD 90 million. The house has been bought by an undisclosed international buyer. Gabriel Brener, co-owner of the Houston Dynamo soccer team, bought the Carolwood Estate...
  • 'Looper' filmmaker Rian Johnson to write, direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' June 22, 2014

    Los Angeles: 'Looper' filmmaker Rian Johnson will write and direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', the second installment in the new trilogy of 'Star Wars' films produced by Walt Disney Co, a source with knowledge of the plans said on Friday. Johnson, 40, who also wrote and directed 2005's 'Brick' and 2008's...
  • Actress Lupita Nyong'o cast in new 'Star Wars' film June 3, 2014

    Reuters: Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," Walt Disney Co's Lucasfilm said on Monday. Nyong'o, whose first film role last year in "12 Years a Slave," earned her the Academy Award for best supporting actress, will also joining Gwendoline Christie of HBO's "Game...
  • 'Maleficent' casts $70 million spell over box office, halts 'X-Men' uprising June 2, 2014

    Reuters: "Maleficent," Walt Disney's special-effects laden take on "Sleeping Beauty's" wicked fairy godmother, captivated moviegoers, collecting $70 million in ticket sales to win the North American weekend box office stakes. The movie starring Angelina Jolie as the black-robed villain finished far ahead of last week's winner, "X-Men: Days of Future Past,"...
  • Disney chief reveals they are now filming 'Star Wars Episode 7' April 7, 2014

    Los Angeles: Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has revealed that the filming of 'Star Wars Episode 7' has begun. The 71-year-old Disney chief said that everything is on track and they are almost done with the casting, reported Ace Showbiz. Alan announced the news during a panel discussion in LA recently....
  • Would love to play the bad guy: Chris Evans April 3, 2014

    Reuters: With a suit of stars and stripes, and a loyal Marvel fan base behind him, actor Chris Evans once again brandishes the shield of superhero Captain America in a new film. In real life, the actor finds himself at odds with the demands of fame. Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios...
  • Disney in talks to buy YouTube publisher Maker Studios: Report March 12, 2014

    San Francisco: Walt Disney Co is in talks to buy Maker Studios, potentially valuing the fast-growing developer and publisher of YouTube entertainment videos at half a billion dollars or more, tech blog Re/code reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. If the deal goes through, it would be one of the largest...
  • Disney cuts CEO pay, adds Twitter co-founder to board December 24, 2013

    Walt Disney Co has slashed Chief Executive Bob Iger's fiscal 2013 compensation by 15 percent with a bonus cut, and named Twitter Inc co-founder Jack Dorsey an independent board director. Dorsey, widely credited with creating Twitter alongside fellow co-founders like Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass, will stand for election...
  • Disney secures rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films December 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has gained marketing and distribution rights for any future 'Indiana Jones' films under an agreement with Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the first four movies in the blockbuster franchise. Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc (VIAB.O), will retain distribution rights to the original four...
  • Walt Disney's daughter Diane Disney Miller dies at 79 November 20, 2013

    Los Angeles: Movie legend Walt Disney's daughter died at her home in California. She was 79. Diane Disney Miller passed away Tuesday after suffering a recent fall, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She was the only biological daughter of Disney and his wife, Lillian. Her sister, Sharon Mae, was adopted by the couple in...
  • AR Rahman's 'Tere Bina' in Disney movie 'Planes' August 23, 2013

    Houston: Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman's track 'Tere Bina' from 2007 film 'Guru' will get prominent placement in Disney's 3D animated film 'Planes'. The song was selected by Planes's music coordinator, Francis Debbane and licensed by Sony Music Entertainment India. The track will be played during a romantic scene in...
  • Walt Disney to pullout from Pakistan, Bangladesh May 3, 2013

    Washington: The Walt Disney Company has announced its decision to pull out of Bangladesh, Pakistan and three other countries by April 2014, citing safety standards of workers in the supply chain. The decision was made before last week's devastating collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh that left more than...
  • 'Ironman 3': 10 reasons why Tony Stark is still a wisecracking genius April 26, 2013

    After battling grandiose villains and teaming up with other superheroes, it's back-to-basics for 'Iron Man' in the third installment of the multi-million-dollar franchise featuring Robert Downey Jr. 'Iron Man 3,' which opens in most of the world on Friday and on May 3 in the United States, has Downey reprising his...
  • Some interesting facts about the Academy Awards February 26, 2013

    Uncle Oscar: The origin of the name 'Oscar' is uncertain. While one biography of Bette Davis claims she named the statuette after husband Harmon Oscar Nelson, another story claims the Academy's executive secretary remarked that the statue looked like her "Uncle Oscar". The award was formally called by the name...
  • Disney loses appeal of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' ruling December 5, 2012

    Los Angeles: The Walt Disney Co was ordered to pay the British creator of the television game show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' $319 million after a Los Angeles court rejected the company's request for a new trial. Britain's Celador International, which created the quiz show, sued Disney in 2004...
  • 'Star Wars' 7 may bring new hope, but also letdown November 22, 2012

    Los Angeles: Darth Vader is dead. The evil Emperor exploded after being thrown down a shaft. And Luke Skywalker and his allies destroyed both Death Stars, restoring balance to the Force. For The Walt Disney Co., the prospective new owner of the 'Star Wars' franchise, what's left to tell? A...
  • Disney to shut down online movie store, website November 20, 2012

    Los Angeles: The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demands. In an email to users, the company said the site would be closed as of December 31. The site allowed visitors to buy and rent movies...
  • Walt Disney's role a real challenge: Tom Hanks November 16, 2012

    Los Angeles: Tom Hanks was concerned about accepting the role of iconic animator Walt Disney in new film 'Saving Mr Banks' because he feared he would not be able to do the movie with justice. Disney, the founder of the animated studio, spent 14 years trying to persuade 'Mary Poppins'...
  • Emma Thompson to play 'Mary Poppins' writer October 30, 2012

    London: Emma Thompson is all set to give Tom Hanks a tough time in Walt Disney's biopic 'Saving Mr Banks'. Thompson, 53, is playing the role of 'Mary Poppins' author P L Travers in the film, which is currently being shot while Hanks plays Walt Disney. The actress wore her hair in...
  • New Disney chief's instructions: make good films June 1, 2012

    Los Angeles: Alan Horn, the Walt Disney Co's new studio chairman, won't shy away from making big budget films despite Hollywood's recent string of big budget bombs such as Disney's 'John Carter' and Universal Pictures' 'Battleship.' Horn, who spearheaded such expensive hits as the 'Harry Potter' series while president of Warner...
  • 'Ant-Man' is Marvel Studios' next animated film May 21, 2012

    Los Angeles: 'Ant-Man' movie project has been given a go ahead by Marvel Studios following the massive success of 'The Avengers'. Details about the long-awaited movie are still scarce for now, but it has been said that Marvel president Kevin Feige is eager to move forward with the project, reported...
  • 'The Avengers' may become the biggest hit ever May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: 'The Avengers,' the smash hit movie about Marvel superheroes who team up to save the Earth, crushed competitors for a second weekend with a record $103.2 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and was poised to top $1 billion worldwide. After posting the highest domestic box office debut...
  • 'John Carter' tests big-budget film strategy March 12, 2012

    Los Angeles: 'John Carter' the 3D space adventure film that opens today, was supposed to be the Walt Disney Co's latest franchise movie, a blockbuster on par with 'Cars' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' that generates profits beyond the film to television, books, and consumer products. Instead, industry tracking suggests it...
  • Disney's Princess Cinderella to visit India December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Disney's Princess Cinderella and her Prince Charming are coming to India for the first time and they will do 20 live shows across five cities, for their desi fans. They are coming on Dec 19 and Princess Cinderella, the second among Disney's line-up of princesses, will stage shows in...
  • Apple names Walt Disney's Iger to board November 16, 2011

    Los Angeles: Apple Inc moved to shore up its board after the death of Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs, appointing Walt Disney Co chief executive Bob Iger to its board to propel its media ambitions. Iger brings sector expertise and Disney's clout as the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate to...
  • RIL to sign deal with Disney's UTV: Report October 12, 2011

    Mumbai: Reliance Industries (RIL), India's largest listed firm, is set to sign a deal with the Indian unit of Walt Disney, to acquire content for its telecom operations, the Financial Times said. The deal by Reliance with UTV Software, in which Disney controls 50.44 per cent, is expected to be...
  • Where does Jobs stand among iconic CEOs? August 26, 2011

    New York: The question is not whether Steve Jobs is an iconic CEO, but where Apple Inc's co-founder ranks in the pantheon of business leaders who have carved out a place in history. Jobs would surely pass the Times Square test, meaning many people walking around the New York City tourist...
  • Many family movies in the pipeline May 19, 2011

    Movie production majors UTV Motion Pictures and the Walt Disney Company in India Thursday announced a creative alliance to co-produce a slate of films for family audiences. While Disney and UTV will share creative responsibilities for these films, UTV will manage the production, marketing and distribution aspects. "Together with UTV, our goal...
  • Disney loses $ 270 million over "Millionaire" July 8, 2010

    Los Angeles: Walt Disney Co will have to pay the British company that created "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" $ 270 million in unpaid revenues from the popular TV game show, a U.S. jury ruled on Wednesday. Celador Entertainment had sued Disney six years ago, but the case was only...
  • Disney acquires iPhone game maker Tapulous July 2, 2010

    Los Angeles: The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it acquired Tapulous, the maker of the popular iPhone play-along music game Tap Tap Revenge, to bolster its ability to create mobile games and gain another toehold in Silicon Valley. "It definitely is a strategic move and it highlights the importance we put...