November 19, 2012 |
Many people in Hollywood considered "Life of Pi" to be unfilmable. Now that it's about to hit theaters Wednesday, there's a new question: Can it be profitable? Director Ang Lee's $120-million adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 book, which has sold 9 million copies worldwide, is precisely the kind of movie that many complain the big studios don't make anymore: an ambitious and highbrow creation that's not a sequel and isn't based on a comic book or theme park ride. Marketing the movie in no easy task either.
October 21, 2012 |
The gig: Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is president of international distribution for Warner Bros., Hollywood's largest film and television studio. She manages the release of more than 20 movies a year in more than 120 countries around the world, selecting release dates, dealing with cinema owners and collecting ticket sales revenue. In addition, as a senior executive in the studio's motion picture group, she helps select which movies Warner makes, with an eye toward potential worldwide popularity.
October 9, 2012 |
After squeezing into a white spacesuit and helmet, daredevil Felix Baumgartner entered a pressurized capsule and waited to be taken by balloon to 120,000 feet above New Mexico for a leap into history. But as the desert winds picked up, the attempt to break the world's free-fall record was scrubbed Tuesday afternoon. Officials had said that an attempt at the feat, the longest and fastest free fall, can be made only if winds on the ground are about 2 mph. Mission officials said that weather conditions Wednesday were not expected to be suitable, and they have not decided when to try again.
September 24, 2012 |
USC welcomes an open date this week with hopes that injured players and mentally and physically drained starters will be at full strength for an Oct. 4 game at Utah. Nursing the offense to its full potential could take more time. On Sunday, a day after rushing for nearly 300 yards in its 27-9 victory over California, USC remained No. 13 in the Associated Press media poll but dropped from No. 12 to No. 13 in the USA Today coaches' poll. For a team that boasts a record-setting quarterback, two 1,000-yard receivers and two 1,000-yard running backs, the Trojans have not recently approached offensive juggernaut status.
July 26, 2012 |
Kansas City is about to get some ultra-fast Internet. Google Inc.is rolling out its much-anticipated "gigabit" Internet service Google Fiber, which the company says will enable users to download, upload and stream 100 times faster than normal. The Internet search giant has been laying a network of fiber cables throughout the region for the last several months. Google chose the Kansas City region of Missouri and Kansas to showcase the project, which will also include a cable TV package.
July 1, 2012 |
Actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, are joining in one of coastal Malibu's summer rituals — putting their home up for lease. They have listed Orchid House at $250,000 a month. Just in case the renters scuff up the newly built 13,000-square-foot place, a $750,000 security deposit is required. Set on 120 feet of beachfront, the Thai and Balinese-influenced contemporary features high ceilings, walls of glass, a screening room with a bar, a music room, a library, a wine cellar, a Japanese-style soaking tub, a sauna, a steam room, a cold plunge tub and a gym. There are three master suites for a total of four bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
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June 23, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Mimi Walters, an Orange County Republican, landed at the center of an ethics investigation after she helped a firm owned by her husband collect cash from the state prison system. Now at least a dozen subcontractors - dentists and pharmacists hired by two of David Walters' companies to treat inmates - say the firms owe them more than $120,000 in back payments. The workers have filed complaints in court and with the state labor commissioner.
May 29, 2012 |
SAN ANTONIO - Nasty worked for the San Antonio Spurs. So did cutesy. There was Manu Ginobili midway through the third quarter Tuesday night at the AT&T Center, flipping a behind-the-back pass with his left hand. Tony Parker received the ball in the corner and spotted up for a three-pointer that gave the Spurs a 20-point lead. It was a freewheeling moment for a precision-oriented team, and it proved equally effective. It also served as a metaphor for San Antonio, which continued its rampage through the postseason with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
May 24, 2012 |
A high school baseball season that began in March with Lucas Giolito of Studio City Harvard-Westlake throwing a 100-mph fastball is ending in May with sophomore right-hander Alonzo Garcia of San Fernando throwing a 77-mph fastball that is baffling City Section hitters. "He doesn't give in to anybody, no matter the count. That makes him special," Birmingham Coach Matt Mowry said Thursday afternoon after Garcia improved to 12-0 and lowered his earned-run average to 0.69 by leading the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over Birmingham in a City Section Division I quarterfinal game.
May 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Wading into the gay marriage debate, the Republican-led House tacked a provision banning same-sex marriages at military chapels onto a sweeping defense bill that is now headed to the Senate. Despite the high-octane public discussion over gay marriage that has intensified since President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriages, the issue has been one that Capitol Hill has largely sought to avoid. But the GOP majority led Congress into the issue by adding the same-sex marriage prohibitions to the defense bill.