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Disney ends the historic 20th Century Fox brand

It comes as the legendary House of Mouse has rebranded one of its TV studios as 20th Television.

It follows January's rebranding of the 85-year-old film company 20th Century Fox as 20th Century Studios.

Last year Disney completed a $71.3bn (£54.7bn) deal to buy the bulk of Rupert Murdoch's Fox media assets.

Disney has also renamed its other television studios, including changing ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios to ABC Signature while Fox 21 Television Studios will become Touchstone Television.

Mulan: UK cinemas hit out at 'disappointing' Disney+ release

The live-action reboot had been due in cinemas, but the company has now said it will be put on Disney+ in the US.

The UK Cinema Association said it understands the same will happen in the UK, which is "hugely disappointing".

Chief executive Phil Clapp said: "For many this will seem a step backwards rather than forward."

Cinemas have been reopening in the UK since July, but face a battle to tempt fans back. Most new releases have been delayed or released online.

Disney stops paying 100,000 workers during downturn

The world's biggest entertainment group operates theme parks and hotels in the US, Europe and Asia.

Stopping pay for almost half of its workforce will save Disney up to $500m (£400m) a month, according to the Financial Times.

Disney made operating income of $1.4bn for its parks, experiences and products in the last three months of 2019.

The company said it will provide full healthcare benefits for staff placed on unpaid leave and urged its US employees to apply for government benefits through the $2tn coronavirus stimulus package. 

Disney drop Mulan character following #MeToo movement

The film tells of a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in place of her father in China's imperial army.

In the 1998 animated original, based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, General Li Shang developed a bond with Mulan's male warrior alter-ego Ping.

After her true identity was revealed, she and Li Shang have dinner together.

Given recent revelations in Hollywood, however, producer Jason Reed confirmed they were uncomfortable with the power dynamics in their relationship.

Disney boss Bob Iger steps down as chief executive

Disney said it had appointed Bob Chapek, who previously ran the company's parks and products division, to replace him.

Mr Iger will remain Disney's executive chairman until the end of next year to direct "creative endeavours".

The move came as a surprise.

Mr Iger, who is considered by many to be the most powerful man in Hollywood, had served as chief executive since 2005. He has previously announced plans to retire only to push back his departure date.

     

Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone fans mock remake news

Disney announced it'll be rebooting the classic family movie for its streaming service Disney Plus, with Night at the MuseumCheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid remakes also in the works.

The company, which owns franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar along with recently acquiring 20th Century Fox, is making billions remaking older properties such as The Lion KingAladdin and Dumbo.

But Home Alone may be a step too far, according to many social media users.

Disney star Cameron Boyce dies aged 20

Boyce suffered a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical problem, his family said.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," a family spokesperson said.

"He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.

How Avengers put Disney at the top of the charts

More than 90% of the value of all tickets sold in UK cinemas last weekend was for Avengers: Endgame.

Within five days it had become the fastest film to break the $1bn sales barrier worldwide.

But more significantly, it is the latest evidence that Walt Disney is now the world's biggest box-office player.

Of the 10 films with the biggest worldwide sales in their opening weekend, Disney has distributed five.

Variety magazine reported that Disney took one fifth of all global box office takings in 2018.

Disney seeks patent for a 'humanoid robot' that can play a character

A new patent application from Disney (DIS) suggests it's something the company has considered.

Disney's live-action remakes explained: Why now and what's coming?

This week Beauty and the Beast is the latest to hit the big screen, with a CGI-packed blockbuster take on the 1991 animation.

These remakes are bringing in big bucks for Disney and the studio has even more planned in the coming years.

But are they any good, who are they for, and why are we seeing this cartoon-to-live-action trend now?