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Netflix bets on anime to battle Disney, Apple in streaming wars

AS NETFLIX INC. prepares for a bruising battle against the Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc. for streaming subscribers, it’s playing a card that may deliver enough of an edge to fend them off in Asia: Japanese anime.

Disney bans Netflix ads from some networks

WALT DISNEY CO. is stepping up its fight with Netflix Inc. as the two companies prepare to compete for streaming customers, but it’s not a total war yet.

Disney delays Avatar 2, sets dates for new Star Wars films

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday pushed back the release of James Cameron’s sequel to box-office champion Avatar by a year, to December 2021, and announced debut dates for new Star Wars films starting in December 2022.

Superheroes and a king may set movie records for Disney

LOS ANGELES — The final chapter in a decade-long superhero saga and the remake of a big-screen classic could topple box-office records during a summer movie season expected to be dominated by Walt Disney Co.

Hollywood’s guessing game: Which Disney movie will top 2019?

BETWEEN high-priced coffees and sushi, movie executives meeting in Las Vegas last week had one heated argument: Which Disney film will be the year’s top blockbuster?

Dumbo reviews suggest live-action remakes don’t always fly

DUMBO, a live-action remake of Walt Disney Co.’s 1941 animated classic, hit theaters Friday, but many reviewers declared the film a snoozer even before it opened.

Bring a hankie — heartwarming Dumbo movie may also bring tears

LONDON — Bring a hankie to the new movie version of Disney’s flying elephant tale Dumbo because it may be a little dark for some people.

Streaming costs pile up as media giants try to be like...

MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.

Disney on Ice

DISNEY On Ice presents Mickey’s Super Celebration will run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Disney sued for derailing Fox theme park at Malaysian casino

WALT DISNEY Co. and 21st Century Fox Inc. were sued by the owner of Malaysia’s only casino resort for pulling out of an agreement to sponsor a Fox World theme park outside Kuala Lumpur.

Celebratory collaboration

WORLD BALANCE and The Walt Disney Company Philippines have collaborated on a limited-edition collection of products to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and highlight the Filipino brand’s world-class potential.

Mickey Mouse, the icon of an animation empire, celebrates 90th birthday

NEW YORK — It was the Roaring ’20s. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, the New York Yankees had just won their third World Series title, and Mickey Mouse made his debut on the silver screen.

Vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

LONDON — Seven rare vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are expected to fetch thousands of dollars at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character’s first film appearance.

Ayala’s Christmas light show gets Disneyfied

IT’S TIME once again to brave the heavy traffic of the Metro and watch the annual Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, now on its 10th year. This year’s lights show will be accompanied by the music from the Walt Disney Co. in a show titled Reimagine The Magic: A Festival of Lights.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic is champion over Disney’s Nutcracker

A BIOPIC about rock ’n’ roll front man Freddie Mercury and the band Queen led the North American box office this weekend, scoring a rare win over a new Walt Disney Co. fairy tale that would normally be expected to dominate the competition.

Disney to release live-action Aladdin remake next May

LONDON — The street rat is back — and this time in the flesh.

SM celebrates Mickey Mouse at 90

As a child, one is introduced to the happy-looking character with huge round ears who wears white gloves, a pair of red shorts, and yellow shoes (that seemed too big for him) through television shows, toys we played with, or wearing shirts with a print of his face on them.

Star Wars fans applaud movie release slowdown

NEW YORK — Plans by Disney to slow-down the release of future Star Wars projects are getting a thumbs up from fans, who also hope that new movies in the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise will be more creative.

Disney, SM reap fruits of partnership

NEARLY 5,000 Disney-branded products are sold every hour in SM shopping malls throughout the country, according to officials of The Walt Disney Company (Philippines), Inc. and SM Lifestyle and Entertainment, Inc.

Disney invests in bear market with Christopher Robin

LOS ANGELES -- “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart,” a wise little bear once remarked -- and Jim Cummings has put his heart and soul into playing Winnie the Pooh for three decades.

Marvel, Netflix, Disney will show sneak peeks at AsiaPOP Comicon

FOR IT’S third year, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2018 is bringing three content showcases from Marvel, Netflix, and Disney, promising exclusive sneak peeks of future projects alongside the presence of some of the shows’ biggest stars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from July 27 to 29.

Disney to put live Overwatch eSports matches on TV

SAN FRANCISCO — Fans of the Overwatch video game will soon be able to watch competitions on television under a deal announced Wednesday by Activision Blizzard and Walt Disney Co. Disney and its ESPN channels will be exclusive partners for broadcasting Overwatch matches on television in the US, in the “most significant commitment” they have made to video games as spectator sport, Activision Blizzard eSports league chief Pete Vlastelica told AFP.

How Mickey Mouse and friends conquered China

By Adam Minter, Bloomberg View TWO YEARS AGO, Wang Jianlin, once China’s richest man, referred to his network of theme parks as a “wolf pack”...

Netflix-loving tykes tune out Nick in worst year for kids TV

KIDS LIKE Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV in the US. Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s seven years old. But Caleb...

Disney creates streaming video unit for digital future

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. said on Wednesday it had created a new unit for its streaming video and international businesses as the...

Black Panther tops A Wrinkle in Time as Disney dominates at...

LOS ANGELES — Black Panther kept up its record-setting ways in North American theaters over the weekend, easily defeating a challenge from another Disney...

Zootopia, Frozen, Finding Nemo featured in latest edition of Disney on...

FORTY-NINE performers from around the world will arrive in Manila to bring a magical experience on 120 feet of ice this holiday season. SM Lifestyle...

Coco upholds Disney’s Thanksgiving hot streak

AH, THANKSGIVING traditions — turkey, football and a big Disney box-office debut. Walt Disney Co. had the holiday weekend’s biggest new film for the third...

Streaming service iflix launches dedicated ‘channels’

ASIAN video-on-demand service, iflix, has launched a new feature where viewers can tune in to “channels” which combines “the best of traditional pay television...

BB-8’s Evil Twin here to help Disney strike back

TWO YEARS after a $150 rolling robot captured the hearts of Stars Wars devotees, Walt Disney Co. is betting fans will shell out the...

Without Disney, Netflix needs to produce more movies of its own

WALT DISNEY Co.’s break with Netflix, Inc. increases pressure on the streaming service to produce more of its own programs and shore up its...

John Lasseter: a Disney man to infinity and beyond

ANAHEIM -- When John Lasseter was at high school he borrowed a weighty hardback called The Art of Animation and was astonished to discover...

Disney builds buzz with superheroes, Star Wars and Mary Poppins

LOS ANGELES -- Avengers, Mary Poppins, and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co.’s annual D23 fan convention on Saturday, as the...

Why Disney blew up more than 30 years of Star Wars...

WHILE the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a new beginning for the storied franchise, it’s a painful reminder of something else:...

Disney’s Star Wars marketing force reaches for female fans

LOS ANGELES -- Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley smiles on the cover of Glamour magazine, stormtrooper necklaces are on sale at Kay Jewelers, and...

10 reasons to go to Hong Kong Disneyland

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman IF HONG KONG Disneyland (HKDL) is in a romantic relationship, it has grown past the seven-year itch, because it...

Snow White and the Evil Escalante

By Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz Theater Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Presented by Repertory Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences Ongoing until Dec. 10 Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati...

A Disney extravaganza

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Sept. 1 to 6 Kia Theatre DISNEY LIVE! brings favorite Disney characters to life in Mickey’s Music Festival, a limited run show...