6.12.2009

Tales of Folly (June 12, 2009)

A month after reporting a 26% drop in earnings, The Walt Disney Company is seeing "continued signs of stability in the marketplace," but warned that consumers and ad buyers are still "cautious", as reported by Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs this week. Outside of Fantasyland, cautious consumers responded by asking if you could spot them $10 for gas. 

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According to the website HitFix, and its interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is now likely to happen before the new incarnation of Long Ranger, both starring Johnny Depp. Previous buzz had the masked hero ahead of the planned extension to the Pirates mega-franchise. But Bruckheimer was quoted as saying that “Disney’s priority is to get [a fourth] ‘Pirates’ made.” (Presumably because the franchise is still very popular and thus more bankable.) No story details have been released though one rumor has Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow encountering the rest of the Rolling Stones at the Fountain of Youth.   

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In other film news, Diane Lane will star in a Disney film about the famous 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse Secretariat. Lane will play the horse’s owner Penny Chenery. The movie is set to be directed by Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) and Disney’s Pearl Harbor, and directed the criminally underrated We Were Soldiers. No word yet on who has been cast as Secretariat though rumored to have interest are Bullseye, Shia LaBeouf, and Silver (with Lone Ranger heading to the stable). 

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Disney has launched two new official Twitter accounts for DisneyPictures and DisneyPixar. DreamWorks Animation twittered in response with a fart joke. In 3D.

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Lastly, a Happy 75th Birthday this week to Donald Duck, the frustrated foil to Mickey’s inspiring icon and the last of Disney’s Fab Five to reach this milestone birthday. And as you might imagine, he’s not happy about it. The famously curmudgeonly duck reportedly threw an indecipherable tantrum after being asked how the anthropomorphic water fowl planned on celebrating his semisesquicentennial. Aw, phooey....Happy Birthday, Donald! 



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