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Pioneering female reporter provides the inspiration for Kara Lindsay's character in Disney "Newsies the Musical"
Elizabeth Jane Cochran didn't exactly make headlines when she was born in Western Pennsylvania 148 years ago this Saturday. But all of that would change when -- at just 16 years of age -- Ms. Cochran took up the pen name Nellie Bly and thus became America's first female investigative reporter...
3 May 2012
What Rich Ross' exit from Walt Disney Studios is really all about
For the past three days, the story that's been dominating entertainment news is Rich Ross' removal as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios . Now most of these articles seem to lay the blame for Ross' exit on " John Carter " 's box office . And while it's true that this Andrew...
22 Apr 2012
Monday Mouse Watch: Will “Rapunzel” ‘s new title translate into higher grosses for Disney’s next animated fairy tale?
I got a note this past weekend from HatMadder Am I the only who’s confused by what’s going on in Burbank these past few week? First Disney changes “Rapunzel” ‘s title to “Tangled” and then cancels “The Snow Queen” outright because studio execs reportedly believe that modern moviegoers are no longer interested...
22 Feb 2010
Animators & cartoonists from all over come together to “Help the Hodges”
I know, I know. Wednesday is typically the day we talk about books here at JHM. But today, I just had to make an exception. I mean, take a look at this beauty. Copyright 2010 Help the Hodges. All Rights Reserved This copy of Jeff Kurtti ’s “The Art of Mulan” redefines one-of-a-kind. By that I mean, this...
21 Jan 2010
Monday Mouse Watch : 2010 to be a time of transition at Walt Disney Studios
The last four months of 2009 saw plenty of upheaval on the Studio side of things at The Walt Disney Company. With many senior staffers in Marketing being let go . Not to mention Disney Channel president Rich Ross replacing Dick Cook , a 38-year Mouse House vet, as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios...
28 Dec 2009
Tune Tuesday: Disney to celebrate the performing arts in 2010
If you’re a fan of The Walt Disney Company’s theatrical productions , then you should probably make a point of setting your TiVo to record Friday’s “ Live with Regis & Kelly ” (when the Las Vegas company of “ The Lion King ” will be making an appearance on that syndicated morning talk show) as well...
24 Nov 2009
Do eye-popping effects & an emotional thru-line really hold the key to audiences connecting with “Alice” ?
In response to last week’s Alice in Wonderland touring exhibit article , Cheshire Brat wrote in to say: In today’s article, you say that Tim Burton wants his version of “ Alice in Wonderland ” to be different from all the movies & TV shows that proceed it. That this time around, Burton wants to emotionally...
5 Aug 2009
Comic-Con crowds go crazy for “TRON: Legacy”
Given the firestorm that that “TRON” test footage created at last year’s Comic-Con … Well, it only made sense that the creative team behind this highly anticipated follow-up to that landmark 1982 film would then return to San Diego to reveal even more to this year’s attendees. The only problem is … Director...
24 Jul 2009
“Nemo” gets new screenwriter, subs & costumes to be displayed in San Diego
If you were listening carefully yesterday, you might have heard an enormous sigh of relief coming from the 20K fan community as word began to spread that Randall Wallace had been hired to rewrite Bill Marsilii & Justin Marks ’ script for “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Copyright Disney...
10 Jul 2009
Hollywood bets big on “Beast,” considers remake of “My Fair Lady”
Are you a fan of “ Beauty and the Beast ”? I hope so. Because – over the next few years – three different versions of this “Tale as Old as Time” are going to turn up at theaters near you. First up is the re-rendered version of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 1991 hit. Which turns this Academy Award-winning...
1 Jul 2009
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