Hasbro Enters Holiday Season With CEO on Health Leave

Hasbro Inc.’s HAS -1.23% abrupt leadership change this week leaves the toy company in the hands of lieutenants to navigate selling strategies and supply-chain challenges during a make-or-break time of the year. The maker of Nerf blasters and Monopoly board games said late Sunday that Chief Executive Brian Goldner, 58 years old, has taken a … Read more

Disney Meets Roadblocks to Releasing Movies in China

The Magic Kingdom is running into trouble in the Middle Kingdom. Over the past year or so, releases of three Walt Disney Co. DIS -0.55% movies designed for box-office appeal in China have been embroiled in political controversies, complicating a decade of unprecedented success in the market for the world’s largest entertainment company. The Marvel … Read more

On Call for Halloween: A Horror Buff Offers Scary Movie Recommendations By Phone

Samuel Zimmerman hops on the phone every Friday afternoon in October with people hunting custom movie recommendations. “Hey, this is the Shudder Halloween hotline,” he said last week. “Who’s calling?” Mr. Zimmerman, head of programming at Shudder, a streaming service specializing in horror, suggested an Australian flick about a killer boar, “Razorback,” for a caller … Read more

Angelina Jolie Sells Stake in French Wine Estate, Capping Fight With Brad Pitt Over Miraval

Actress Angelina Jolie sold her stake in a French château and winery business to a third party, capping a yearslong fight in which she and her ex-husband Brad Pitt battled over the future of the assets. The couple bought the Château Miraval estate in the South of France in 2011, and they were married there … Read more

‘F9: The Fast Saga’ Review: Furiouser and Curiouser

In the old days, meaning before the first installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise in 2001, one of the measures of a good car was its ability to hold the road. Now the ninth installment is upon us—“F9: The Fast Saga”—and cars in it not only leave the road and fly, which they did … Read more

Disney Nears Pact to Acquire Assets From 21st Century Fox

Walt Disney Co. is close to a deal to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., people familiar with the situation say, in a pact that could help the entertainment giant accelerate its ambitions in streaming media, shore up its television business and grab hold of lucrative movie franchises. The deal, expected to … Read more

Disney Agrees to Buy Key Parts of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 Billion Deal

21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch invited Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger to his winery in Los Angeles last month as the executives were trying to nail down a deal that would mark a turning point in both of their careers. After a lunch of chicken and salad, the executives opened a … Read more

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Review: Fantastic and Funny

Myth-making is Marvel’s stock in trade, and almost any movie ascending out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point requires a classicist’s devotion to subtextual minutiae. Which is exactly why “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is such a breath of freshly fantastical air: It is—almost—a self-contained and original story. Research not … Read more

21st Century Fox Agrees to Higher Offer From Disney

Walt disney Co. raised its offer to purchase most of 21st Century Fox FOX 1.51% to more than $71.3 billion in cash and stock, topping an unsolicited offer from rival Comcast Corp. and escalating the bidding war for the coveted media properties. Fox, in a news release, said the new Disney DIS 4.04% deal “is … Read more

Brian Robbins Goes From ‘Head of the Class’ to Head of Paramount

When “Paw Patrol: The Movie,” a big-screen adaptation of a Nickelodeon show, became an unexpected hit this summer in theaters and on the Paramount+ streaming platform, few in Hollywood thought its success would catapult Nickelodeon chief Brian Robbins to the top of Paramount Pictures. “There were a lot of people who didn’t think a preschool … Read more