Enlarge / The Magic Kingdom enjoys millions of dollars in tax breaks from the city of Anaheim. (credit: Sean MacEntee)
Studios commonly offer movie reviewers advance screenings of their movies so they have time to write their reviews (Ars included) before the movies become available to the general public. The Los Angeles Times is the paper of record for the Los Angeles metro area, so you’d expect its writers to have easy access to these movie screenings.
But in a Friday tweetstorm, LA Times writer Glenn Whipp said that Disney had banned the paper from screenings of movies like Thor: Ragnarok in retaliation for its critical coverage of Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim, home of Disneyland.
“The Los Angeles Times has been ‘put on pause’ by Disney, barring its reporters and critics from seeing its movies,” Whipp wrote. “Disney didn’t like the Times‘ recent two-part story detailing Disneyland’s business ties with the city of Anaheim.”
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