DISNEY TO RELEASE “MULAN” TO ITS STREAMING SERVICE, NOT TO THEATERS
UNDATED (AP) – No movie theaters for “Mulan.” Disney says it has scrapped plans to put the live-action sequel of its movie into theaters. Instead, it will release it directly to its own streaming service. The release date on Disney-Plus is Sept. 4. The decision to release directly to Disney Plus is a blow to the nation’s theater chains – which had held out hope that Mulan would help spark a return to theaters once coronavirus concerns had eased enough for people to venture out to the multiplexes. It will also be a blow to those who want to watch it on Disney Plus. It will cost subscribers $29.99 to see Mulan – on top of the monthly subscription fee.
TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUED OVER USING NEIL YOUNG’S MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s been no immediate response from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign about a lawsuit filed by musician Neil Young. The Canadian-born performer has sued the Trump campaign for copyright infringement for using two of his songs at campaign events. The suit seeks up to $150,000 in damages for each infringement. In the suit, Young says he doesn’t want his music used as a backdrop for what he calls “a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”
“WHO’S THE BOSS” TO GET A REBOOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Add “Who’s The Boss?” to the list of sitcoms getting new life through a reboot. Sony Pictures Television says the show starring Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano will return for the new version of the series, which originally ran on ABC. Helping to produce the reboot will be veteran sitcom master Norman Lear, who will work along with Danza and Milano at the helm.
CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES BRING “FIXER UPPER” TO THEIR OWN NETWORK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chip and Joanna Gaines will be using the show that helped them build their brand – to help them launch their new network. The couple will bring “Fixer Upper” to their Magnolia Network, which launches next year. The series, which made the Grimes do-it-yourselves celebrities, aired for five seasons on HGTV, until it went off the air in April, 2018.
FOX NEWS VIEWERS SHUN JOHN LEWIS’ FUNERAL
NEW YORK (AP) – John Lewis may have been a civil rights icon. But that didn’t do much for viewers of Fox News Channel. Last week, Fox News joined other networks in carrying the funeral for the late congressman. But many Fox viewers didn’t stay around to watch. The hour before the funeral started, Fox averaged about 1.7 million viewers. But once the funeral began, half the network’s viewers defected, while the ratings for CNN and MSNBC increased. President Trump didn’t attend the funeral, though former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all spoke.