EXCLUSIVE: Disney is shuttering Blue Sky Studios, the $5.9 billion global grossing former 20th Century Fox animation division which during its run churned out 13 features including the Ice Age franchise. One can say that the writing was always on the wall for Blue Sky, especially after Disney acquired 20th Century Studios and its assets in March 2019. However, the past year has been challenging for Disney on many fronts, of course due to the pandemic, not just on the studio side but with theme park closures and cruise line dockings as well. Sustaining a third feature animation studio was no longer viable for Disney given the current economic realities caused by Covid. The last day for Blue Sky will be in April. The number of Blue Sky employees being impacted numbers 450. Disney will be working with the employees at the Greenwich, CT based animation house to explore open positions at the other internal studios. Related Story Disney Theme Park News Lifts Stock To New … [Read more...] about Disney Closing Blue Sky Studios, Fox’s Once-Dominant Animation House Behind ‘Ice Age’ Franchise
He impacted hundreds of films and jump-started the careers of unknowns including Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Reeve, LaVar Burton and Ned Beatty. Lynn Stalmaster , the canny casting director who pushed relative unknowns Dustin Hoffman for The Graduate , Christopher Reeve for Superman and John Travolta for Welcome Back, Kotter , has died. He was 93. Stalmaster , who at the Governors Awards in November 2016 became the first casting director in history to receive an Academy Award, died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles, Laura Adler of the Casting Society of America told The Hollywood Reporter . After he accepted his honorary Oscar, Stalmaster said that the key to his success was keeping an opening mind. "'Open' is one of my favorite words," he noted. "Because as I've said many times, you never know where or when you will find the answer [to casting a part]. And I've found the answer in some very strange places." On Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair … [Read more...] about Lynn Stalmaster, Legendary Casting Director, Dies at 93
He wrote hits for Elvis, had his own No. 1 with "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" and hosted an NBC variety show. Mac Davis, the genial singer-songwriter who had a No. 1 hit with "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me," penned Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" and "In the Ghetto" and starred in the football film North Dallas Forty , has died. He was 78. Davis died Tuesday in Nashville following heart surgery, his longtime manager Jim Morey said in a news release. His family had reported Monday that he was "critically ill" following the surgery. "Mac Davis has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly, my best friend," Morey said. "He was a music legend, but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. I will miss laughing about our many adventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor." Davis also performed with Nancy Sinatra, hosted an NBC variety show for three seasons in the mid-1970s and starred on Broadway in … [Read more...] about Mac Davis, Singer, Songwriter and ‘North Dallas Forty’ Actor, Dies at 78
Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 , the highly anticipated Mohanlal show will get its grand opening aka launch in few minutes on the Asianet channel. The much-awaited third season of Bigg Boss Malayalam is expected to bring some exciting surprises, as well as new challenges. As the tagline suggests, the show is getting bigger and better this time. Here are the LIVE UPDATES from the Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 grand opening: 6.00 PM: Mohanlal opens up about returning with the third season of Bigg Boss Malayalam, in the web-exclusive video. The superstar stated that this is the " season of dreamers. " "ഈ സീസണിലുള്ളവർ 'സീസൺ ഓഫ് ഡ്രീമേഴ്സ്' " മത്സരാത്ഥികളെ കുറിച്ച് ആവേശത്തിൽ ലാലേട്ടൻ #BiggBoss #BiggBossMalayalamSeason3 #Asianet #RealityShow #Mohanlal #BiggBossMalayalam #BBMS3 #lalettan #DigitalExclusive pic.twitter.com/D9NNvEZ7Ai — asianet (@asianet) February 14, 2021 6.10 PM: Mohanlal opens up about social media fasting. Interestingly, the … [Read more...] about Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 Grand Opening LIVE UPDATES: The Mohanlal Show Is FInally Back!
Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 , the highly anticipated Mohanlal show will get its grand opening aka launch in few minutes on the Asianet channel. The much-awaited third season of Bigg Boss Malayalam is expected to bring some exciting surprises, as well as new challenges. As the tagline suggests, the show is getting bigger and better this time. Here are the LIVE UPDATES from the Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 grand opening: 6.50 PM: Mohanlal makes a grand entry into the new Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 house. 6.55 PM: Mohanlal is seen giving instructions to the staff inside the Bigg Boss house. Later, he introduced the fans to Luke, a lamp. 7.00 PM: The superstar shakes leg for his chartbuster song Chettikulangara, with a group of dances. 7.03 PM: Mohanlal enters the confession room. Bigg Boss welcomes the superstar to the new season. The host requests Bigg Boss to play the Nenjinakathu Lalettan song. 7.06 PM: The Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 finally … [Read more...] about Bigg Boss Malayalam 3: LIVE UPDATES From The Grand Opening Of The Mohanlal Show!