Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and other Hollywood stars who have had issues with Disney
Tim Burton is airing out his issues with Disney.
During a recent press conference, Burton criticized Disney for becoming “very homogenized” and said that the studio is only focused on the Marvel, “Star Wars” or Pixar films.
Burton also admitted he was “fired” by the studio several times throughout his career.
“My history is that I started out there,” Burton said. “I was hired and fired like several times throughout my career there. The thing about ‘Dumbo’ is that’s why I think my days with Disney are done. I realized that I was Dumbo, that I was working in this horrible, big circus and I needed to escape. That movie is quite autobiographical at a certain level.”
A representative for Disney did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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A crisis and PR expert explained to Fox News Digital that the studio’s consumers and customers likely aren’t concerned about who will or won’t work with Disney.
“Disney has weathered its share of crises, and it will continue to,” said Dave Quast, senior vice president of Red Banyan.
“Disney’s customers are likely much more concerned about whether their kids enjoy Disney movies and whether they can afford to take their kids to theme parks with sky-high ticket prices than they are about movie studio ‘inside baseball.'”
However, Burton isn’t the only A-lister who has had issues with Disney.
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Johnny Depp was fired from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise in 2018. The actor argued during his 2022 trial against ex-wife Amber Heard that the op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post led to his firing.
Heard had written an article that claimed she was a victim of domestic violence. Although she didn’t mention Depp by name, the actor argued that the article had ruined his career.
Despite gossip that the actor would return to the franchise, Depp shut down the idea during his trial testimony.
“If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film, correct?” Heard’s attorney asked during the actor’s testimony – referencing a report that had surfaced in the media that claimed Depp would return as Captain Jack Sparrow.
“That is true,” he replied.
Depp went on to tell his own lawyer, Camille Vasquez, that he felt betrayed by Disney.
Depp was awarded $10.35 million in damages after a jury found that Heard had defamed him.
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While Hilary Duff didn’t outright criticize Disney, she made it clear in 2020 that she had a disagreement with the major studio.
“Was incredibly excited to launch ‘Lizzie’ on D+ and my passion remains,” Duff wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with Lizzie who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating.”
“It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable,” she added. “It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.”
However, the project never saw the light of day.
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Miley Cyrus starred on Disney Channel from 2006 until 2011 in the hit show “Hannah Montana.” In 2016, she revealed that she was the “least paid person” on the teen show and hinted that people might have been taking “advantage” of her.
“I just wanted to be on TV,” Cyrus told Elle magazine. “I mean, at one point – they’ll probably kill me for saying it – I was probably the least paid person on my [‘Hannah Montana’] cast because I didn’t know any better. I was just like, ‘I can be on Disney. Yeah, I want to do it.’ My name was Miley on my show, but I didn’t own my name – we didn’t think about that. Like, ‘Yeah, you can use my name on your show, sure.’”
“My mom started understanding how many people take advantage of a child, so she hired smart people to protect me in that way,” Cyrus continued. “I’m happy that when I was younger, people protected me and put me in a position where I can now control my music.”
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Selena Gomez has also shared a similar sentiment when it comes to Disney.
“I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age, so I didn’t know exactly what I was doing,” Gomez said during the virtual Hulu panels of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in 2021.
The star was promoting her new series, “Only Murders in the Building,” in which she actually played a character her own age.
“The level of sophistication of the material is the first reason why I wanted to do this,” Gomez continued at the time. “But when I was a kid, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just running around on set, and now I just feel like a sponge and I soak up all the wisdom that I can.”
She added, “It’s … really nice to be back on TV, and it’s nice to be cast as my actual age, which never happens. So, I am very happy to be doing this. I was just a kid. I didn’t know what I was thinking.”
Oscar Isaac characterized the studio as “Disney overlords” while promoting “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The film was released in 2019.
The actor had seemingly pushed for a romantic relationship between his character, Poe Dameron, and John Boyega’s Finn, but Disney shot down the idea.
“I think there could’ve been a very interesting, forward-thinking – not even forward-thinking, just, like, current-thinking – love story there, something that hadn’t quite been explored yet, particularly the dynamic between these two men in war that could’ve fallen in love with each other,” Isaac told IGN at the time.
“I would try to push it a bit in that direction, but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that.”
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Demi Lovato has also spoken out about her issues with Disney and her childhood stardom.
“I’ll always look at child stardom, at what I went through, as something traumatic for me,” Lovato told Spin. “No child should ever be in the limelight. It’s too much pressure. There’s an absence of childhood that you never get to experience. It makes things confusing because you develop problems from that experience, whether it’s addiction or trust issues or financial stress. It follows you into adulthood.”
The “Camp Rock” star also has claimed that she was “overworked” during her time at Disney.
“I would have people over for meetings on my lunch breaks because that’s how much I worked,” she recalled during a 2020 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “People would come in and I’d be covered in a blanket on the couch, and people would say, ‘Why is it 80 degrees in here?’ I would be like, ‘Because I’m freezing.’ They would be like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s wrong with you?'”
“I had an eating disorder, and I was underweight and freezing,” she added.
Lovato had claimed she wasn’t sleeping while filming “Sonny With a Chance” and that her schedule made her “angry.”
“I was so miserable and angry, too, because I felt like I was being overworked,” Lovato said.
Tina Turner’s Cause of Death Revealed
More details on Tina Turner’s passing have come to light.
One day after the legendary performer died at the age of 83, her cause of death has been attributed to natural causes, her representatives confirmed to DailyMail.com. Her publicist also told NBC News her death came after a long illness.
E! News has reached out to her manager for comment but hasn’t heard back.
On May 24, her team shared that she passed away at her home in Switzerland.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” a statement posted to her social media pages read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
During the latter years of her life, the “Proud Mary” artist opened up about battling several health issues, including high blood pressure, vertigo, a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney failure.
In her 2021 documentary, Tina, the singer also shared she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result from her tumultuous marriage to her ex Ike Turner.
“I’ve been on such a wild roller-coaster in the four years since my wedding,” Turner—who wed music executive Erwin Bach in 2013—wrote in her memoir, My Love Story, per Today, “that even I have difficulty keeping my medical catastrophes straight.”
Turner’s passing came just five months after the death of her and Ike’s son Ronnie and nearly five years after her son Craig passed away.
Her death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with many celebrities speak out about the influence her achievements had on the industry.
“Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her,” Angela Bassett, who played the legend in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement. “Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.”
As the actress—who won a Golden Globe for her role—noted, it was an honor knowing the icon on a personal level.
“Her final words to me, for me, were ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world,’” she added. “I shall hold these words close to my heart for the rest of my days.”
Tina Turner survived an abusive relationship with Ike and death of two sons
Tina Turner escaped an abusive relationship to find true love with her second husband, Erwin Bach.
The singer, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday following an unspecified illness, was in a relationship with the record executive for 38 years. The pair married in 2013.
Tina had publicly praised Erwin for helping her find happiness after fleeing from her first marriage to husband, Ike Turner, which was plagued with physical and emotional abuse.
Ike first met Tina when she was a vulnerable teenager named Annie Mae Bullock. He renamed her Tina, and went on to form the musical duo, Ike & Tina Turner. According to Tina, he micromanaged her career, withheld her finances and beat her while she was pregnant.
After filing for divorce in 1978, Tina was left in debt and had her children to support. She went on to establish a successful solo career.
The songstress met Erwin in 1985 when he was working as an executive with EMI. The pair had an instant connection the moment they met, when he arrived to collect her from Düsseldorf airport.
She said Erwin had taught her how “to love without giving up who I am”, and that he had never been intimidated by her fame or success. He even donated a kidney to her in April 2017, which saved her life.
Writing in her book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina said: “Falling in love with my husband, Erwin, was another exercise in leaving my comfort zone, of being open to the unexpected gifts that life has to offer.
“The day I first met Erwin, at an airport in Germany, I should have been too tired from my flight, too preoccupied with thoughts of my concert tour. But I did notice him, and I instantly felt an emotional connection.
“Even then, I could have ignored what I felt — I could have listened to the ghost voices in my head telling me that I didn’t look good that day, or that I shouldn’t be thinking about romance because it never ends well. Instead, I listened to my heart.”
Tina’s spokesman confirmed she died “peacefully” at home and added: “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”
Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83
Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.
“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.
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