Folks are pondering what’s going to happen in the entertainment world, now that The Walt Disney Co. paid billions for a chunk of Fox.
The $52.4 billion-stock deal, announced Thursday, will move some Fox TV and moviemaking studios to Disney, as well as rights to characters from the Marvel comic book universe.
CNN reports that the sale is a turning point for octogenarian mogul Rupert Murdoch, who’s cashing out after building a major media empire. And Disney will get more prime entertainment assets to its already sizable portfolio in its quest to vie with streaming services.
Some have noted the contrast between Disney’s wholesome material and Fox’s edgy content: Just how will the bawdy and irreverent “Family Guy“ and “The Simpsons” get along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse?
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds’ comments got attention: On Twitter, he posted a photoshopped picture of Deadpool being led off Disneyland premises by a security guard, with the caption, “Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn.”
Legendary TV writer, producer and director James L. Brooks tweeted, “Simpsons say hi to Mickey with respect. He’s a lot older than we are.”
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has come forward with a jam-packed confessional, describing sexual indiscretions and being a drunk.
The director of “Super Size Me” shared details in a Twitter post titled “I Am Part of the Problem” about: an encounter in college that ended with his partner claiming rape; that he called a former employee “sex pants” in the office and paid her a settlement to keep quiet about it, and that he has been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend he’s had.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman that her White House employment had been terminated, even though she publicly said otherwise.
Details of her dismissal emerged Thursday, hours after she denied she was fired in an interview on “Good Morning America.” She also denied reports she made a scene while being escorted from White House grounds and that she tried to enter President Donald Trump’s residence.
Screen Actors Guild Awards will have a host for the first time — it’ll be Kristen Bell — and all of the presenters will be women.
Executive producer Kathy Connell said the decision to exclusively include female presenters is to “salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves.”
Nominations were announced by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash earlier this week.
Morgan Freeman will be given a lifetime achievement award at the Jan. 21 ceremony; let’s just hope that no unsavory sexual misconduct news about the acting legend breaks in the meantime.
Actor Adam Brody is 38. … Actor Don Johnson is 68. … Singer Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes is 78. … Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 84. … Politician John Burton is 85,
— Staff, wire reports