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Disney loses in Redbox copyright row

Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs were often bundled with a code to download a copy of the film. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business arrangement with it. A California federal judge accused Disney of “copyright misuse”. Redbox rents and sells movies via tens of thousands of automated kiosks that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs….

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Disney star Bella Thorne reveals child sexual abuse

Former Disney star Bella Thorne has opened up about being sexually abused as a child. The 20-year-old, who starred on the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013, told her story in an Instagram post using the “#TimesUp” hashtag on Monday. Bella Thorne arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles.  Photo: Jordan Strauss “I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14… when I finally had the courage to lock my…

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Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52.4bn

Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $ 52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company. The deal ends more than half a century of media expansion by Fox owner Rupert Murdoch, who is 86 years old. He turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of…

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Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of ‘whitewashing’. The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan. Several Hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in Asian roles. Thousands took part in an online campaign calling for an Asian actress to be cast as Mulan. Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had…

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Culture 

Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'?

Fall, when temperatures dip and trees shed their leaves, is my favorite time of the year, not only because of the blustery weather but also because it marks the season of holidays and my family’s traditions. In my home, these include the viewing of holiday-themed television programs and theater visits to see blockbuster films. This year, Disney Pixar’s Coco, the new animated film that celebrates the Mexican tradition known as Día de Muertos, is sure to be a family favorite. Día de Muertos has its roots in a pre-Hispanic commemoration of deceased…

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Gaming 

Disney May Have Pushed EA to Pull Battlefront II Pay-to-Win Loot System Last Week

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, EA found itself in hot water as the official launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II approached. After first attempting to justify making players spend 40 hours unlocking a single hero, the company slashed hero prices, cut rewards and put a time-limited lockout on how many credits you could earn in a day when using Arcade Mode (undoing the impact of slashing prices), and appeared resolute in the face of mounting criticism. Battlefront II…

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Learning to accept my daughter's obsession with Disney princesses

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose passion for pink was so intense that she steamrolled her princess-averse parents and ushered in a period of tulle and tiaras that would have been unimaginable just a few years earlier. It was so over the top that Cinderella might have pretended to hurl. But this story has no ending – at least not yet. For a time I (the mother in this fairy tale) worried it would end badly. I imagined that the princess obsession was a prelude to…

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