Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dateline Disney (01/14/2018)

Rather ironic that my last big think piece was on the monorail, as not only was there reports of a monorail door opening in Disney World unexpectedly, but there were also rumors (and only rumors) that the monorail was going to be removed altogether. Fortunatley, mostly good news abounds with Coco winning a Golden Globe and Black Widow getting her own movie.

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Hollywood Reporter

'Coco' Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Movie

The hit Pixar film added to its early awards season haul, taking the best animated feature trophy at tonight’s Golden Globes.

The win follows best animated film honors from the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle.

Coco also was nominated in the Globes’ song category for Robert Lopez’s “Remember Me.”



Orlando Sentinel

Disney Monorail train travels with door open, video shows

Disney-goers riding the Monorail to Epcot recently captured video of the train traveling with one side of the door open.

A Disney spokeswoman said the Monorail train on the red line was immediately removed from service after the incident happened midday Saturday.

Disney values safety and regrets what happened, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Disney is taking steps to make sure the incident does not happen again, although the spokesperson would not elaborate.



Laughing Place

Despite Reports, Disney World Monorail Not Closing

WPLG reported a rumor that the Walt Disney World Monorail may be ending operation due to high maintenance and upgrade costs and that the closure of the Epcot Monorail Line is 100% necessary.

A Disney spokesperson told us that this report is incorrect and that the Walt Disney World Monorail System will not be going down.

The closure of the monorail system would be odd considering the recent investment in a new train control system.



The Verge

Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen. Variety reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the as-of-yet untitled film.

The project is reportedly still in the development stages without a formal greenlight in place, but the fact that Marvel is even developing a Black Widow movie is significant. Johansson has been part of the larger franchise since 2010, when she appeared in Iron Man 2. But despite the prominence of her character in The Avengers and subsequent movies, she has nevertheless been relegated to supporting roles, with male heroes at the helm of Marvel’s standalone movies.




Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74

Doreen Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, has died, according to Disney publicist Howard Green. She was 74.

Tracey died from pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Tracey maintained ties to Disney and show business throughout her life, appearing in the film “Westward Ho the Wagons!” and touring with the Mouseketeers. She later served as a publicist to musician Frank Zappa and worked at Warner Bros.



Disney Video of the Week


Many fans have cried foul over the controversial fate of Luke Skywalker in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. But is the unexpected later life of The Original Trilogy's main hero really such a major departure? Or has director Rian Johnson adhered closer than at first seems apparent to the original conception of Lucas' unlikely hero - and the classical myths and legends that inspired him?


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