Gizmodo: Disney Made a Movie Quality AI Tool That Automatically Makes Actors Look Younger (or Older)

Gizmodo: Disney Made a Movie Quality AI Tool That Automatically Makes Actors Look Younger (or Older). “Further demonstrating the power of artificial intelligence when it comes to photorealistically altering footage, researchers from Disney have revealed a new aging/de-aging tool that can make an actor look convincingly older or younger, without the need for weeks of complex and expensive visual effects work.”

Inside the Magic: Disney Investigating “Reprehensible” Hack on Company Social Media

Inside the Magic: Disney Investigating “Reprehensible” Hack on Company Social Media. “Earlier this morning, the Instagram and Facebook accounts for the Disneyland Resort were hacked, with a singular individual or several people spreading the incredibly offensive and hateful messages across both platforms to millions of people. At the time of our original publication, there were a total of four posts and two Instagram stories. These have now been deleted and the account has been reclaimed by Disney.”

Techdirt: Disney Gets Fans Who Made Their Own ‘Club Penguin’ Online Game Arrested Over Copyright

Techdirt: Disney Gets Fans Who Made Their Own ‘Club Penguin’ Online Game Arrested Over Copyright. “In the pantheon of aggressive intellectual property bullies, Disney certainly would be one of the companies that would be competing to be Zeus. Disney has simply never seen an opportunity for IP enforcement that it hasn’t acted upon, be it copyright, trademark, or anywhere in between. More to the point for this post, Disney also has this fun mindset that even if it isn’t going to use an IP it owns, it doesn’t like it if anyone else does, either…. Remember Club Penguin?”

Orange County Register: Santa Ana police blasted Disney songs to prevent a resident from filming them

Orange County Register: Santa Ana police blasted Disney songs to prevent a resident from filming them . “The idea, according to the videographer and others, was that because social media platforms remove home-made videos with copyright-protected music, any video made by the blogger wouldn’t spend much time online and wouldn’t be seen by many people. The video was shot anyway. And it wound up starring Santa Ana police and a city councilman, Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, who chastised an officer for waking his neighbors and disrespecting his community.”

CNBC: Disney is hiring TikTok creators — you need to love theme parks, food and social media

CNBC: Disney is hiring TikTok creators — you need to love theme parks, food and social media. “On Monday, the company announced it’s hiring two social media content coordinators to ‘expand DPEP (Disney Parks, Experiences and Products) social media presence’ – especially on TikTok. The chosen applicants would work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, respectively.”

Deadline: Disney Reaches New Carriage Deal With Google’s YouTube TV

Deadline: Disney Reaches New Carriage Deal With Google’s YouTube TV. “YouTube TV and Disney agreed to a new deal that will restore access to a number of the entertainment giant’s networks including ESPN, ABC and FX. News of the updated carriage deal comes Sunday afternoon, just days after negotiations between Disney and Google failed to reach fruition, leading to the Disney networks going dark on YouTube TV.”

The Verge: Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voices censored words like “gay” and “lesbian”

The Verge: Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voices censored words like “gay” and “lesbian”. “TikTokers have demonstrated that Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voice, meant to sound like Rocket the Raccoon, would refuse to read words like ‘gay,’ ‘lesbian,’ or ‘queer’ out loud. This decision seems to have been reverted — you can now get the voice to read out those words, but it’s unclear why it was happening. The change, however, is very recent — The Verge confirmed that the voice wouldn’t say the words, but it started to do so in a subsequent test minutes later on Monday afternoon. TikTok hasn’t commented on why this happened, but videos posted to highlight the issue still have the words blanked out.”

The Verge: Disney partners with TikTok for official text-to-speech voices from Stitch, Chewbacca, Rocket Raccoon, and more

The Verge: Disney partners with TikTok for official text-to-speech voices from Stitch, Chewbacca, Rocket Raccoon, and more. “Disney is teaming up with TikTok to add official character voices to the popular social media app’s text-to-speech feature, allowing you to have your captions read by Lilo and Stitch’s Stitch, C-3PO, Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper from Star Wars, and Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Deadline Hollywood: Emilio Estevez Not Returning To ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ For Season 2

Deadline Hollywood: Emilio Estevez Not Returning To ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ For Season 2. “The Mighty Ducks franchise will continue without Gordon Bombay. Emilio Estevez, who reprised his role from the 1992 movie and its 1994 and 1996 sequels in Season 1 of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, will not be back for the Disney+ series’ upcoming second season, I have learned. I hear Disney Television Studios’ ABC Signature, which produces the hockey-themed sequel series, made the decision not to pick up Estevez’s option for Season 2 after weeks of back and forth with his team over the show’s Covid vaccination requirement. Reps for the studio and Estevez declined comment.”

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide. “A group of Texas academics recently analyzed the effect of animated films—culled from the vast catalog of productions released by Walt Disney Pictures between 1937 and 2020—on children’s cognitive and behavioral functions, and they found the movies played a valuable role in inspiring dialogue from children, about tough issues they may be facing at that delicate time in their lives.”

Hollywood Reporter: Marvel Suing to Keep Rights to ‘Avengers’ Characters From Copyright Termination

Hollywood Reporter: Marvel Suing to Keep Rights to ‘Avengers’ Characters From Copyright Termination. “Disney’s Marvel unit is suing to hold on to full control of Avengers characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Thor and others. The complaints, which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained, come against the heirs of some late comic book geniuses including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Gene Colan. The suits seek declaratory relief that these blockbuster characters are ineligible for copyright termination as works made for hire. If Marvel loses, Disney would have to share ownership of characters worth billions.”

Variety: New Google Chrome Extension SignUp Offers ASL Captions for Three Films on Disney Plus

Variety: New Google Chrome Extension SignUp Offers ASL Captions for Three Films on Disney Plus. “SignUp, a new Google Chrome extension, overlays ASL captions on three Disney Plus movies — ‘Moana,’ ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Incredibles.’ Founded by Mariella Satow, the free tool was created because many members of the deaf community find that written captions lack vibrancy or aren’t descriptive enough, or are absent from media sites entirely.”

AP: Disney Reaches Vaccination Agreement With Union Workers

AP: Disney Reaches Vaccination Agreement With Union Workers. ” Florida’s Walt Disney World will now require union employees as well as non-union and salaried workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs at the theme park. The deal was reached Monday with a union coalition, shortly after the Pfizer vaccine earned full Food and Drug Administration approval.”