Universal raises hourly wage to $17, setting pace for parks
Universal Orlando Resort plans to raise its starting minimum wage by $2 to $17 an hour, becoming the wage leader among the big theme parks in central Florida, just as its crosstown rival, Walt Disney World, is in contract talks with service worker unions who are pushing to increase the starting hourly wage from $15 to $18.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios scare and delight UM students
It’s all great fun, say some of the brave University of Miami students who are visiting the park specifically for Horror Nights. At the start in 1991, tickets for Halloween Horror Nights, or Fright Night as it was originally named, cost $12.95 per night. Because of the COVID-19, Universal Studios did not host Halloween Horror Nights last year. Perhaps the most magical thing about it all are the dedicated actors who make Halloween Horror Nights possible, Kramer said. Halloween Horror Nights is always my favorite time of year.themiamihurricane.com
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck Are Not Rushing To Move Back In Together
WASHINGTON — Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were recently spotted enjoying time together and bonding as a family with their kids. Last week the couple was spotted walking around Hollywood’s Universal Studios with their children. “Affleck is very settled in his home, and it’s close by to his kids. Lopez’s house is also a place she likes being and is a good family home,” as per the reports. Lopez and Affleck have already taken significant steps in their new relationship, like meeting the parents and taking vacations together.thewestsidegazette.com
Disney shares rise after reporting 73 million paid Disney+ subscribers, losses not as drastic as expected
Disney reported strong growth in streaming service subscribers in its fourth quarter earnings report Thursday. The company exceeded expectations on revenue and showed less drastic losses than anticipated. Loss per share: 20 cents, vs 71 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts20 cents, vs 71 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts Revenue: $14.71 billion, vs $14.20 billion expected, according to Refinitiv Disney said its streaming service, Disney+, now has more than 73 million paid subscribers as of the end of the fourth quarter. The Covid-19 pandemic has most significantly impacted Disney's parks division due to local restrictions that have forced temporary closures or limited capacity. Disney estimated that the net adverse impact of Covid-19 on the parks division operating income was about $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter.cnbc.com
AMC, Universal agree to shrink theatrical window to 17 days
NEW YORK In a sign of how the pandemic is remaking Hollywood traditions, AMC Theatres and Universal Studios on Tuesday announced an agreement to shorten the exclusive theatrical window to just 17 days for the studio's films. The standard window of theatrical exclusivity typically runs about 90 days. The new deal covers Universal films which include the Fast & Furious franchise, Jurassic Park movies and the Despicable Me series in the U.S. over the next three years. The agreement repairs a rift between AMC and Universal, which is owned by Comcast Corp. The theatrical experience continues to be the cornerstone of our business," said Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
Universal Studios cancels this year’s Halloween Horror Nights due to pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Studios announced Friday that it has canceled this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at its Orlando and Hollywood theme parks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Park executives said they made the “difficult decision” so they can continue focusing exclusively on enhancing health and safety procedures during regular park hours. pic.twitter.com/72uyzTWDXE — Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) July 24, 2020Universal Studios Hollywood remains closed at this time, while the Orlando theme park reopened last month. “We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests,” a statement from Universal Studios read. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.”The announcement of the cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights comes as Florida reported Friday that it has surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 cases with 135 new deaths.
States jockey to host Trump as he accepts GOP nomination
The Universal Studios theme park reopened today for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)WASHINGTON Several states are vying to host President Donald Trump when he accepts his partys nomination later this year, after Trump officially pulled the plug on North Carolina because of the state's concerns over the coronavirus. But Trump has made clear that he will not be accepting the nomination in Charlotte and will be holding his made-for-TV event somewhere else. Meanwhile, Florida's Republican Party said its state is ready to roll out the red carpet for the delegates who will formally nominate Trump. During a news conference in Orlando, Gov.
Sneak peek: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley
Sneak peek: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley Diagon Alley, the first place Harry Potter visited in the "wizarding world," is weeks away from opening at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. A few lucky diehard fans got a chance to see the attraction before anyone else. Amaka Ubaka reports.cbsnews.com