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Box Office: ‘Elvis’ Earns $3.5M in Previews; ‘Black Phone’ Rings Up $3M

Warner Bros.’ biopic Elvis — starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — started off its domestic box office run with $3.5 million in Thursday previews. Blumhouse and Universal’s latest horror offering, The Black Phone, also began opening Thursday and wasn’t far behind Elvis, ringing up $3 million in previews (horror is […]

Is the “Untapped” Market of Saudi Arabia as Attractive to Hollywood Following Movie Bans?

“Where else are you going to find a movie market that literally doesn’t exist today that could be $1 billion in size in five years or so?” It’s been only four years since AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron made this bold claim about Saudi Arabia, speaking just months after the Kingdom had dramatically revealed that […]

‘Gravity Falls’ Creator Alex Hirsch Reveals Language, Scene Edits Handed Down by Disney’s Standards & Practices

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has revealed a number of the notes he said he received from Disney regarding the age-appropriateness of the show’s pitched content. As part of a series of threads celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the animated series, which ran from 2012 to 2016 on Disney Channel, the Gravity Falls creator — […]

Disney Delays Relocation of Thousands of Jobs to Florida Until 2026

Disney has pushed back the timeline to relocate thousands of jobs from California to Florida amid its fight over Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The company’s timeline to move around 2,000 workers in its parks, experiences and products division — which includes a number of Imagineering workers, who are responsible for designing and engineering […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Bill Simmons (‘Music Box’)

Bill Simmons, this week’s guest on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, is a sportswriter turned media mogul. Nicknamed “The Sports Guy,” he made his name at ESPN, where he worked from 2001 through 2015 and was behind not only a hugely popular column, but also The B.S. Report podcast, the 30 for 30 documentary […]

“She Was Involved Throughout the Process, From Rough Cut to Final Delivery”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Janet Jackson’ Team

When it comes to sheer magnitude of impact, few pop artists have come close to the legacy of the Janet Jackson. And while her story is certainly well-known in many aspects, the throughline of her life has left room for much speculation and heresy. For THR Presents, powered by Vision Media, Benjamin Hirsch and Rick […]

‘Lightyear’ Producer Says Disney Was “Supportive” of Lesbian Characters, but There Was “Definite Pushback” to Kiss

Disney supported Lightyear’s inclusion of two lesbian characters but was hesitant about featuring a kiss between them, according to one of the film’s producers. In an interview with Mercury News, Galyn Susman, a producer for the Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear origin tale, briefly touched on the controversy around Pixar’s first animated feature film same-gender […]

No One Is Fired in Hollywood, So Why Was Disney’s Peter Rice?

Hollywood is a place where no matter how fired you are, you’re not fired. At Disney alone, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg wasn’t fired when then-chairman and CEO Michael Eisner tossed him out a window in 1994. Michael Ovitz wasn’t fired when Eisner did the same in 1996. Tom Staggs wasn’t fired when Bob Iger pushed […]

Disney International Chief Signals Price Was Too High to Retain Cricket Streaming Rights

A hefty price tag led Disney to bow out of bidding for India’s Premier League cricket streaming rights, which went instead to Viacom18 for $2.6 billion. “We chose not to proceed with the digital rights given the price required to secure that package,” Rebecca Campbell, chairman, international content and operations at The Walt Disney Company, […]

Disney+ Could Hit $1.8B In Ad Revenue by 2025, Netflix May Reach $1.2B, Analyst Estimates

With streaming giants Netflix and Walt Disney planning to roll out advertising tiers with lower subscriber prices, MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson has shared his estimates for how much ad revenue the companies may bring in over the coming years. Disney+ could generate $1.8 billion in U.S. ad revenue by 2025, with Netflix reaching $1.2 billion, […]

Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’: Film Review

Chris Evans voices the big-screen Space Ranger who became a 'Toy Story' action figure in the sci-fi adventure spinoff, also featuring Uzo Aduba, Keke Palmer and Taika Waititi.

Disney Succession: Dana Walden Praises Peter Rice and Bob Chapek in Memo Outlining Priorities

In her first full week leading Disney’s general entertainment division, Dana Walden praised her former boss Peter Rice, and Disney CEO Bob Chapek, and pledged to make the studio a place for creativity and inclusion. “I promise you that I will do everything I can to support you and make sure that DGE is the […]