January 24, 2012 |
After a weak holiday season, shares of Malibu toy maker Jakks Pacific Inc. rose on rumors that it may once again get a takeover bid from Oaktree Capital Management — after rejecting an earlier offer from the Los Angeles investment company. An industry analyst suggested that, because of the poor holiday results, the new bid may be lower than the last one. Last October, Oaktree offered to take the toy company private in a $670-million hostile bid that offered shareholders $20 a share in cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1999 |
Millions of movie fans may have been transfixed on a little man named Oscar, but about 500 collectors of action figures only had eyes for G.I. Joe on Sunday afternoon. Collectors and fans of the military-themed toy--some even clad in camouflage--gathered at the ninth Action Figure Show and Sale at the Ramada Inn, buying everything from books and clothes to expensive plastic vehicles and figurines of the boys' answer to Barbie. The show was originated by James DeSimone, an avid G.I.
July 25, 1997 |
Wasp-waisted Barbie, she of the anatomically impossible contours, is irreverently lampooned in Rebecca Hughes' "Plastica Fantastica" at the Actors' Gang El Centro. (In the play, the pouty protagonist's name is 'B***ie'--the asterisks evidently intended to forestall legal action from M***el). Let's not ponder too closely the point that, whereas little boys have action figures, little girls have . . . well, Barbie.
November 30, 1998 |
Hoping to create revenue opportunities, Irvine-based software developer Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a line of toy action figures over the weekend that ties into its most popular titles, the shoot-'em-up action games WarCraft and StarCraft. There's only one small problem. Traditionally, the majority of people who buy these tiny toys are boys, ages 8 to 12. The folks who flock to Blizzard's games are also boys, but in their late teens and 20s.
March 11, 2004 |
The most unlikely Hollywood action figures to emerge in recent years are Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, glamorous women who've made fortunes playing rough. Next week, they go head-to-head in cop thrillers, as Jolie's "Taking Lives" opens against Judd's "Twisted" (which has grossed $16.8 million in two weeks). Who will make the big box office collar? On the blotter, they appear equally matched.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1993 |
Eight stolen science-fiction figures worth an estimated $14,750 have been returned to Northridge artist Joe Sid after they were bought at a swap meet. Sid, whose clay action figures of movie and comic-book heroes are popular among sci-fi buffs and movie stars, said he retrieved the stolen sculptures from the home of Pacoima collector John Golden on Thursday, after Golden realized he had acquired stolen works.
June 3, 1999 |
"G.I. Joe" reminds me of my grandmother. She isn't part of an elite military force, and she doesn't have her own cartoon, action figures or comic book. My grandma has the gift of constant, unrelenting, never-ending nagging. Don't get me wrong: She is the only grandmother I've got and I love having her around, but when she wants you to do something, there is no stopping her. But what does "G.I. Joe" have to do with her? Well, whenever she or any other family member began one of their verbal tirades when I was a kid, I'd simply turn on the TV and search for "G.I.
April 24, 2011
SUNDAY Remember "Everwood," the five-years-gone family drama on the now-defunct WB network? Well, that series' Emily VanCamp (below) and Treat Williams are reunited in the inspirational fact-based TV movie "Beyond the Blackboard. " (CBS, 9 p.m.) If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, get back to the Big Easy with "Treme. " David Morse ("St. Elsewhere") and Jon Seda ("The Pacific") join the cast of the music-tinged post-Katrina-themed drama, which returns for its second season.
May 12, 2004 |
Imagine the ultimate science fair, with room after room of students displaying their work but without any baking soda volcanoes that won't explode or potatoes with electrodes sticking out at awkward angles. That was the vibe at the 2004 Otis College of Art and Design senior show, where the sculpting, digital rendering, sketching and sewing was at such a professional level that it was easy to forget the work had been done by students. Which, of course, is the point.