Written by Robert Niles
Published: September 20, 2004 at 10:00 AM
Dissident shareholders vow board fight if Eisner doesn't step down soon
Orlando Sentinel -- Sept. 17
The Disney board is set to meet in L.A., starting today. The Sentinel sets the stage for the meeting with a look at the supposed pressure Disney chairman George Mitchell is under to find the right successor for Michael Eisner. The only pressure Mitchell's feeling is from Eisner's hand reaching through his back to make his mouth move. Look, Mitchell's talking while Michael Eisner's drinking a glass of water! How do they do that?
Roy and Company promise to send more mass e-mails and hold more press conferences if the board doesn't pick a candidate they like.
Whom do *I* like? Since my man Bill Clinton's laid up right now, I say go for Steve Jobs. At least then the Mickey-eared Disney computers wouldn't crash as often... and we could get the "Impressions de France" soundtrack on an iPod. And, oh yeah, Pixar would likely stick around since the two companies would have the same CEO. In fact, a wholesale Pixar takeover of the Walt Disney Studios sounds about right to me.
Ride from hell: Horror as man killed at church fair
Boston Herald -- Sept. 20
Two mentally retarded men were thrown from a scrambler-type ride at a church fair in Shrewsbury, Mass. Sunday. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where one, an unidentified 38-year-old man, died. The second, a 48-year-old, was in serious condition. Witnesses said one of the ride's cars was damaged in accident, with its side ripped open and metal seat missing. No official word on how or why the two men fell out of the ride, however. Authorities are investigating and the ride operator was brought in for questioning.
In other theme park-related news...
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that it has started running its famed studio tour in Spanish as well as English. This isn't a translation, using tapes or audio wands, made available to riders who request it, as at many other theme parks. It's a full-fledged Spanish version of the tour, complete with Spanish-speaking hosts. Check Universal's show guide when you visit for the special tour times. From the park's press release:
Coinciding with Latino Heritage month, Universal Studios Hollywood, the world's largest movie studio and theme park, has enhanced its signature Studio Tour attraction with a new "Studio Tour en Espanol" hosted by the acclaimed Latina celebrity Maria Celeste Arrarás.
Offered multiple times daily, the Spanish language tours, narrated by the popular television personality, will take guests along a 45-minute journey through the famed studio's 415 acres, showcasing the many soundstages and working movie sets where today's filmmakers and celebrities create some of the world's most famous movie and television productions.
As the new celebrity host of Universal Studios Hollywood's "Studio Tour en Espanol," Arrarás will introduce guests to the glamour of Hollywood filmmaking through a series of video vignettes showcased on the tram's state-of-the-art LCD flat-screen monitors.
Spanish-speaking studio tour guides, armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of the studio's history and its current production schedule, will also provide commentary as guests pass the locations of over 8,000 motion pictures.