Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is adding more firepower to the kids streaming service expected in the U.S. in late 2019.

Its “Star Wars” and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the service, along with the previously announced Disney and Pixar movies and TV shows. In the U.S., that will be the only way to stream those movies on demand as part of a monthly subscription.

Adding the movies gives the Disney service more heft, content-wise, and could make it appealing to consumers beyond families with young children.

Disney’s offering is one of many online film and TV options coming from entertainment and tech companies, with more in the works.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the additions at an investment conference Thursday. Disney had said it was considering it.

TV network focuses on Harvey animal rescues

NEW YORK (AP) — True to its calling, the Animal Planet television network is focusing on the four-legged victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The network is airing a special Saturday night called “Surviving Harvey: Animals After the Storm.” It will show stories of animals rescued from the storm that hit Texas, featuring the rescuers and volunteers who concentrated on making sure pets were safe.

Patrice Andrews, who is general manager of Animal Planet, said Thursday that the network hopes to promote the need for donations to organizations that worked on the rescue effort.

The program airs Saturday at 8 p.m. on the East and West coasts.

Race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC has announced race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. as its next “Bachelor.”

Luyendyk was revealed as the leading man for the reality competition on “Good Morning America” on Thursday. He says he’s going into the experience with “an open mind, open heart.” The 35-year-old says his experience making quick decisions on the race track will help him on the show.

Luyendyk was the runner-up on the eighth season of “The Bachelorette” in 2012, failing to win the heart of Emily Maynard.

He has competed in the IndyCar, Indy Lights and other racing series. His father is two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

Acclaimed UK production of ‘Angels in America’ heads to NY

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Theatre says its acclaimed production of “Angels in America” is heading to Broadway.

Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane lead the cast of Tony Kushner’s “gay fantasia on national themes,” which opens at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York for 18 weeks beginning Feb. 23.

Most of the London cast will make the journey, including Denise Gough, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.

It’ll be the first time the Pulitzer Prize-winning play has been seen on Broadway since its original production in 1993.

London critics have hailed the continuing relevance of Kushner’s depiction of a divided America, set against the backdrop of the 1980s AIDS crisis, the “Reagan revolution” and the end of the Cold War.

Producers announced Thursday tickets for the New York run go on sale Oct. 27.