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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2012
The sci-fi action flick "Battleship" got off to a solid start overseas this past weekend, grossing $58 million in 26 foreign countries. That sounds good — until you compare it with the receipts for "Titanic 3D," which has collected that much in China alone. Indeed, the revamped version of James Cameron's 1997 classic posted the biggest opening of all time in China, surpassing the $55-million debut of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" last year. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet dominated at the international box office this weekend, raking in $88.2 million from 69 foreign markets and bringing its total abroad to $146.5 million, according to distributor 20th Century Fox. Upon its release in China 14 years ago, "Titanic" played in only 180 theaters, compared with the 3,500 locations the 3-D reissue screened in over the weekend.
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NATIONAL
February 11, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
Three-dimensional mammogram technology, which could reduce the number of women who need additional screening for breast cancer, received approval Friday from the Food and Drug Administration. But experts and advocacy groups were divided over how helpful the new images would be. About 10% of women require follow-up screening because their first set of mammograms is not clear enough, which 3-D images might help resolve, said Kristin Byrne, chief of breast imaging for New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
SCIENCE
December 8, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
These bots were made for walking - out of rat heart cells and hydrogel. Scientists have paired these unlikely ingredients to create simple biological machines that look something like a front-loaded inchworm and can step their way through fluid at speeds up to 236 micrometers per second. Bioengineers working at the boundary between organics and mechanics dream of harnessing the power of biology's nuts and bolts. Some have built tweezers out of DNA; others have made sensors by sticking bacteria on a chip.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
Parsons Corp., a Pasadena-based engineering and construction company, said it had bought 3D/International, a Houston-based company that specializes in designing and constructing schools and public buildings. "We had been looking for an entity that could fill out our skills and resources" in the educational world, said Charles Harrington, president of Parsons Commercial Technology Group, a unit with about 2,500 workers. The transaction was announced late Thursday. The price was not disclosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011
'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' MPAA rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Playing: In general release
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Baz Luhrmann's 3D version of "The Great Gatsby" will not be released until 2013, Warner Bros. announced Monday. The film was expected to be in theaters by Christmas -- a promotional poster , still the film's IMDB icon as of Monday noon, features an elaborate art deco design with the words "The Great Gatsby -- Christmas -- in 3D. " The change in release date means the film will not be in contention for the Academy Awards. At our movie blog, Movies Now, John Horn notes that the movie has been buzzed about as an Oscar contender.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The main problem with owning a network that specializes in 3D is that there isn't a ton of 3D programming around to fill the schedule. With that in mind, 3Net -- the 3D cable channel owned by Sony, Discovery and IMAX -- have created an in-house production company to make original 3D content. “With the industry now struggling to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating consumer demand for 3D programming across multiple platforms...the formation of a world-class production studio to help fill both the 3D and ultra-high-definition content voids became a logical next step in our evolution as a global player in the entertainment arena,” said Tom Cosgrove, president of 3Net.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Even though 3D printing is all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show, many people outside the industry are still puzzled by all the fuss. "Explain 3D printers to me. Why are they useful?" one non-techie friend of mine tweeted me this week, after I posted a picture of a 3D printer at the show. By the way, there are 28 3D printing exhibitors at the show, up from just eight in 2013, according to Gary Shapiro, the president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Assn., which organizes the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2010 | By John Horn
It worked for classic children's literature. The signs look equally promising for Greek mythology. Hollywood's stereoscopic crusade has led several studios to rush to retrofit two-dimensional movies into 3-D releases. While some smaller companies dabbled in the conversion strategy before with mixed results -- such as 2007's " Battle for Terra" -- so far only two studios have finished rebooting movies originally conceived and shot as 2-D titles. The first, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," is a massive hit, with a domestic gross approaching $300 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 3-D re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic" in early 2012 was a worldwide box-office success (though nowhere near the scale of the original 1997 movie's theatrical run), and it performed best in China. The re-release grossed over $100 million, outperforming even the original's take in that country. However, that record has been trumped by an unlikely local movie. "Lost in Thailand," a low-budget comedy about two businessmen searching Thailand for their boss, has grossed $160 million since its mid-December debut.
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