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Disney+ ad-free subscription cost to rise by 38% in December

Aug. 10, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the U.S. who want to watch Disney+ without ads, as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described as the “best value in streaming.” The price increases are tied to a new tiered service Disney...

David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89

Aug. 08, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89. ...

Dolly Parton reveals Dollywood's longest roller coaster

Aug. 06, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton donned her best sequined park ranger outfit Friday to unveil Big Bear Mountain, Dollywood’s newest and longest roller coaster opening in spring 2023. The attraction, an expansion of Wildwood Grove, will bring thrills to this family-friendly...

In 'Ms. Marvel', Muslim fans see a reflection of their lives

Jul. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jumana Zakir knows who she is going to be for Halloween this year. Hint: Her new favorite superhero is a lot like her – female, teen, Muslim, American and “totally awesome.” “Kamala Khan is me,” said the exuberant 13-year-old from Anaheim, California....

Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

Jun. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film “Lightyear” from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered. ...

Disney delaying Florida campus but not because of tensions

Jun. 16, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is delaying by more than three years the opening of a campus in central Florida to which 2,000 workers were being relocated from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development. Despite being...

IPL fetches staggering media rights for over $6 billion

Jun. 15, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. media giant Walt Disney and India’s Reliance Industries have won the broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League for more than $6 billion, making the Twenty20 cricket competition one of the most lucrative sports leagues in the world in terms of cost per game. ...

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar's 'Lightyear' from showing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear" from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters. The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly...

Broadcast TV's reduced role made clear in fall presentations

May. 20, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

They never even made it onto the stage. There were constant reminders of the diminished influence of broadcast television networks this past week, when entertainment companies Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBC Universal and Fox hawked their upcoming wares to advertisers...