July 23, 2013 |
After watching bobsledders, ski jumpers and snowboarders, spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to take a thrill ride of their own at a theme park next to the Olympic village. The $300-million Sochi Adventure Park is to open in late 2013, just ahead of the Games, and continue as a year-round theme park after the Olympics end in February. Organizers envision repurposing the sporting venues, theme park, hotels, apartments and retail shops into a resort destination after the Olympics.
July 10, 2012 |
Lionsgate plans to make its next three "Hunger Games" movies an annual event every November from 2013 through 2015. The Santa Monica studio announced Tuesday that it will release "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015. The company has already scheduled the second picture, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," for Nov. 22, 2013. The news demonstrates how critical it has become for Hollywood studios to stake out the best release dates for their event movies as early as possible.
July 10, 2012 |
Talk about long-term planning. Lionsgate on Tuesday announced dates for the next three (!) movies in its flagship "Hunger Games" series. “Catching Fire,” directed by Francis Lawrence, will come out just before Thanksgiving in 2013, while the two “Mockingjay” movies will be released in November 2014 and November 2015. By the time the final “Hunger Games” movie rolls around, so much time will have passed that we'll be long past this presidential-election cycle and knee-deep in the next one. In making the announcement, Lionsgate revealed its intention not to play the game that “Twilight” studio Summit and “Harry Potter” company Warner Bros.
November 4, 2013 |
Harley-Davidson on Monday blew the covers off two dramatic new motorcycles for 2014: the Street 750 and Street 500. The bikes represent an aggressive attempt to expand Harley's already massive reach to younger, newer and smaller riders by offering them a substantially lighter and more manageable urban street cruiser. Both models feature the company's Dark Custom stylings, and a new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X motor, cradled in an all-new frame. Lane-splitting controversy: guidelines from the CHP The belt-driven bikes feature a seat height of barely 25 inches and a fueled weight of only 480 pounds.
October 4, 2013 |
This summer Harley-Davidson announced a new line of motorcycles and a plan to take the company in a new direction. The 2014 Street Glide Special is an example of the road ahead. This is an all-new variation on the 100-year-old American manufacturer's heralded “touring” line of Electra Glides and Street Kings, yanked into the 21st century by a bunch of high-tech additions. Among them are a dramatic new dashboard presentation that offers GPS navigation, AM-FM stereo, iPod plug-ins for your personal jukebox and a hands-free voice recognition system for your telephone calls.
September 2, 2013 |
John Force has known triumph and tragedy on the track, but now the drag-racing legend is having to battle back from a financial 1-2 punch. Two of Force's biggest sponsors, Ford and Castrol motor oil, recently announced separately that they plan to pull their support after the 2014 season, a major setback for his four-car team based in Yorba Linda. Both companies, in so many words, said they were looking for better returns on their marketing spending than they could earn where Force competes, in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.