Thursday, December 8, 2016

Disney

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were more stories than those of the Skywalker family. That was the idea Disney was counting on when it purchased George Lucas's empire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, and the rights to everything in the "Star Wars" universe. Sure, they'd...

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Disney's South Pacific animated tale "Moana" fell short of a "Frozen"-sized debut but nevertheless dominated the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $81.1 million over the five-day weekend.

The well-reviewed "Moana," about a princess's mythical journey in ancient Polynesia, earned $...

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Stop me if this sounds familiar: A Disney animation film about a bright and spirited young woman who feels stifled by outmoded expectations and dreams of exploring beyond the confines of her home. It's the premise of "Moana ," but it's also that of "The Little Mermaid," ''Beauty and the Beast...

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

As more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.

The Walt Disney Co. once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, preferring old-fashioned cable subscriptions. Its investors are fretting over...

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016

The filmmaker Mira Nair was familiar with the regal grace of Lupita Nyong'o long before most.

The Indian-born, New York-based Nair has been close friends with Nyong'o's family for years. One of Nyong'o's first jobs in the movies was interning in New York for Nair's production company. She...

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

There is no misfortune too shattering for Derek Cianfrance it seems. The writer and director of "Blue Valentine," ''The Place Beyond the Pines" and now, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel "The Light Between Oceans " confidently strides into stories of little hope and painful circumstance,...

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

At Disney, content is king.

The media conglomerate's studio entertainment, including popular films such as the animated "Finding Dory," ''The Jungle Book" and the Marvel saga "Captain America: Civil War," helped boost the company's third-quarter profit above expectations. But The Walt...

Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016

In Pixar's hands, the ocean - equal parts danger and wonder - is a vast metaphor for the choppy waters of parenting. Cloistered coral reefs of home are surrounded by frightful drop-offs and strong currents that can sweep a little fish out to an immense sea. When the difference between survival...

Tuesday, May. 10, 2016

The Magic Kingdom finally seems to be getting the hang of Hollywood magic.

Once upon a time, Disney just couldn't get a handle on the movie business. For every few "Iron Man"-style blockbusters, the studio had to dig itself out of the crater left by at least one "Lone Ranger" bomb....

Sunday, May. 1, 2016

Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas.

Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42...