DISNEY FACES BACKLASH OVER HAKUNA MATATA: As Disney starts to rev up for the live-action reboot of the cartoon classic The Lion King, the House of Mouse is getting burned over its trademark of the Swahili phrase "hakuna matata." Activist Shelton Mpala has launched a petition calling Disney to abandon the phrase, which loosely translates to mean "no worries." "While we respect Disney as an entertainment institution responsible for creating many of our childhood memories, the decision to trademark ‘Hakuna Matata’ is predicated purely on greed and is an insult not only the spirit of the Swahili people but also, Africa as a whole," Mpala writes in the Change.org petition, which has more than 130,000 signatures.
ROSE MCGOWAN RETURNS TO THE SCREEN: The #MeToo activist Rose McGowan retired from acting in 2015, explaining it was too "boring," but she is still performing. The 45-year-old is taking part in a new art installation short being show at London’s Institute of Light on December 15 and 16th. "Art has always healed me and at the time I joined the project, I needed some healing," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I filmed this during the tidal wave of Weinstein press in May, when Harvey Weinstein was arrested and it was good to be able to exorcise some demons."
AUDREY GEISEL DIES AT 96: Dr. Seuss’ widow and The Grinch producer Audrey Geisel has died at age 97. She and Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) were married from 1968 until his death at age 81 in 1991. Two years later, she founded Seuss Enterprises, and produced 2008’s Horton Hears a Who! and November’s The Grinch, among others. She is often credited with pushing her husband to address social issues, as in The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book.
BUMBLEBEE SWEETENS CALIFORNIA ECONOMY: Paramount’s Bumblebee, which nabbed $22.4 million in tax incentives from California to film there, ended up pumping $85 million in the local economy, according to data released by the studio. More than 2,800 local workers took home $50 million in wages filming the Transformers prequel, and 1,250 local vendors got gigs for 189 days on locations throughout the state. She is survived by her two daughters from her first marriage.