x It was just a matter of time before this came up, now wasn’t it? Since its U.S. release on February 16th, Black Panther has blazed a trail straight into Hollywood’s hall of fame, notching all sorts of prestigious records along the way. First came that staggering opening in North America, when the pic earned around $202 million – a new high for Marvel solo movies – before collecting an additional $108 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. With the sky seemingly the limit for T’Challa, you’ve got to imagine that Disney is now looking into every imaginable way to squeeze as much money out of the property as possible and the next logical step would be, as many have already guessed, a theme park. Given that the company is already developing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, it’s not too crazy to think that they’d be looking into bringing Wakanda to life, too, and in a … [Read more...] about Is Disney Planning A Black Panther Theme Park?
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Visitor claims to have suffered brain injury after incident on Dollywood’s Waltzing Swinger…Dollywood, the theme park co-owned by Dolly Parton, is being sued by a visitor who claims to have suffered brain injury after an incident on one of the park’s rides. Tedi A Brown from Florida was injured after an incident on the Waltzing Swinger in the Tennessee theme park in December 2013, according to the lawsuit filed by her solicitors. It states her headfirst fall from the ride was caused by a mix of sleet and rain that made the ride “dangerously slick”, adding there was a lack of adequate safety measures. Brown, who has five children, is said to have been left with permanent impairments and disabilities as a result of the fall. The defendants in the suit are Herschend Family Entertainment Corp, and Dolly Parton Productions who co-own the park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.Dollywood spokesperson Pete Owens said in a statement: “Out of respect for the process … [Read more...] about Dolly Parton’s theme park sued over ride injury
The Japanese entertainment sector in 2015 closely watched new players' moves and saw some big deals. New kid on the block SoftBank linked with new arrival Netflix as it looked for more media deals, while industry stalwart Sony during the year after its hack forecast a return to a profit in the fiscal year ending in March 2016 even though Sony Pictures cut its outlook for the period. Nintendo returned to the black, but its president died, while NBCUniversal bought control of Universal Studios Japan. Plus, Japan submitted a female boxing tale as its foreign-language Oscar contender. Here is a look at the big media and entertainment stories of 2015 in Japan. Ex-Googler Rises at SoftBank After announcing a forecast-beating profit of $8.2 billion ( ￥ 982.7 billion) in May, billionaire SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son appointed ex-Googler Nikesh Arora president, setting him up to succeed him at the helm of the Internet, telecom and investing giant. … [Read more...] about Japan 2015 in Review: NBCU Buys Control of Theme Park, Sony Eyes Profit, Netflix Launches
No matter, because they're still generating boatloads of revenue, and their success serves as a magnet for younger musical talent, Disney CEO Robert Iger said Wednesday.Iger's comments came while discussing Disney's quarterly earnings with Wall Street analysts, one of which was interested in the conglomerate's music business, which Iger said "has turned into quite a nice success story."Disney, though, mixes its music results in with its movie studio numbers, and Iger declined Wednesday to separate them out.Iger also offered some unsolicited advice to SAG, suggesting that a work stoppage would be "unpopular" while wondering aloud why SAG leadership should expect a better offer than other guilds are getting. He added that he did not foresee a "particularly damaging impact" on Disney's business because of stalled talks.Disney's earnings topped Wall Street estimates, with television and theme parks picking up the slack from a weak studio performance, courtesy of the inability of "The … [Read more...] about Theme parks, nets offset Disney film losses
The family entertainment giant released a statement confirming its plans at about the same time as the Wall Street Journal released a story on its Web site that said Disney was working with Shanghai to build a $3.59 billion park to open as early as 2014.A Disney spokesman declined comment on the Journal story."Discussions have been ongoing about the feasibility of a theme park project in China," said Leslie Goodman, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in the statement."As part of this lengthy process, we worked on a joint application report with the Shanghai government which will be submitted to the central government for review. No deal has been signed, no project has been approved."Disney shares closed down 59 cents, or 2.6%, at $22.31.The Journal said Disney planned to take a 43% stake in Shanghai Disneyland, while a holding company owned by the local government would own 57%, citing unnamed sources.The first phase of the project, on about 1.5 square kilometers near … [Read more...] about Shanghai Disney theme park in the works