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'Game of Thrones' showrunners behind next 'Star Wars' film

May. 14, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A piece of the "Star Wars" puzzle has just fallen into place. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger says Tuesday that "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on the new "Star Wars" film expected in theaters in December 2022. Iger revealed the information at the...

Disney takes over Hulu from Comcast as stream wars heat up

May. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is taking full control of Hulu from Comcast, as both companies prepare to launch their own streaming services in response to declining audiences for traditional TV. The companies said Tuesday that Comcast, which owns a third of Hulu, can sell its stake to Disney starting in 2024, for...

Disney's 2Q beats estimates despite soft theatrical revenue

May. 8, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's adjusted second-quarter net income declined as higher revenue from its parks was not enough to offset lower theatrical revenue. However, the entertainment giant's results still beat Wall Street expectations. The lower theater revenue in the quarter that ended March 30 was due to...

Disney slates Fox films, 'Avatar' pushed another year

May. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now armed with the upcoming releases of 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday set forth a shock-and-awe release schedule spanning the next eight years, including the yet-again-postponed "Avatar" sequels, a new batch of "Star Wars" releases and Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story"...

Avengers get epic send-off at 'Endgame' world premiere

Apr. 23, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted contributing to. "I don't know about you, but I cried like six times," Evans said standing alongside dozens of...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

New 'Star Wars' film promises 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Apr. 12, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

"No one is ever really gone," says the voice of Luke Skywalker in the first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode IX," which audiences finally learned will be called "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Friday at a fan event in Chicago. The closely guarded film from director J.J. Abrams will put an end to the...

Disney's new blockbuster ... its share price

Apr. 12, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walt Disney shares are rocketing to an all-time high in early trading after the company moved aggressively into the streaming arena. The Disney Plus video steaming is being released in tandem with a blockbuster lineup of films coming out this year, including Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion...

Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year

Apr. 11, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disney raised the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that's aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally of the Magic Kingdom. The service, called Disney Plus, has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday marked the first time that the...

Movie theater owners, studios and stars convene at CinemaCon

Apr. 1, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The movie industry — everyone from the Hollywood studios that produce the films to the companies that make the screens, speakers and seats in theaters — are descending on Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon. The future of film going will be in the spotlight as the annual trade...