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August 30, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Rebecca Keegan
Audiences typically avoid the multiplex around Labor Day , devoting their time instead to last-chance summer pursuits like barbecues and back-to-school shopping.  But Walt Disney Studios will attempt to lure people back to theaters this weekend by expanding its Marvel superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers," and Pixar princess tale, "Brave," to roughly 1,700 theaters apiece. An end-of-summer push has been attempted before by the studio -- last year, “Cars 2," which first hit theaters in June, expanded from around 200 theaters to more than 2,000 during the Labor Day holiday and grossed $1.8 million.
May 5, 2002 | Mike Terry
Playing the kind of game they so often lost in their first two Arena Football League seasons, the Avengers overcame their errors to squeak past the Dallas Desperados, 52-51, before 15,196 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The Avengers--who led, 28-27, at halftime--improved to 2-1 despite amassing 18 penalties for 96 yards. Last season the Avengers led the league in penalties, with 122 for 889 yards.
August 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Tom Hiddleston is a big enough fan of Disney's "The Jungle Book" that he isn't afraid to perform the animated film's classic song "The Bare Necessities" in front of a room full of fellow fans bearing camera phones to immortalize the stunt online. "The Avengers" star, who plays the duplicitous Loki in Marvel's franchise, hit Disney's D23 Expo (think of it as a Disney-centric, Comic-Con lite) in Anaheim on Saturday to promote the upcoming Tinker Bell film, "The Pirate Fairy," costarring "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks.
May 12, 2012 | Chris Erskine
"The Avengers," as you may have heard, is the biggest thing to happen to America since World War II but, you know, louder and more troubling. At the end of the matinee I witnessed, audience members actually cheered, believing what they'd just seen was some sort of documentary. Manhattan had been saved, which is almost always a cause for celebration, though I met this one New Yorker the other day at the rent-a-car place: swaggery young Italian guy, you know the type. The New Yorker said he didn't like L.A. because "ders nuttin' to do hair," which translates roughly into "there is nothing to do here.
July 13, 2000 | MIKE TERRY
Avenger fullback/linebacker Andy Chilcote has decided to leave the team after being told he would not play Friday at Buffalo. Chilcote said he was pulled from Wednesday's practice with the starting unit by Coach Stan Brock and told he was not going to play Friday. Chilcote refused to work with the scout team and left the field. Chilcote said that once he completes his exit physical, he will return to La Crosse, Wis., to be with his fiancee Stacy and their 14-month-old daughter Zoey.
May 10, 2003 | Gary Klein
Site -- Staples Center. Radio -- XTRA (690, 1150) Records -- Avengers 10-4, Crush 2-12 Record vs. Crush -- 1-0. Update -- The Avengers can secure a first-round playoff bye with a victory over the Crush, which has registered both of its victories on the road. Colorado won at Indiana and Tampa Bay. The Crush lost to Orlando in overtime last week, 48-42. The Avengers beat the Crush, 59-53, in overtime in the first meeting Feb. 16 at Denver. The Avengers are averaging 64.
February 20, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Cornelius Coe, a starting defensive specialist for the Avengers, has been charged with multiple cocaine-related felony counts, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. He is in custody awaiting transport to Michigan. Coe, 28, could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of all charges, said Phillip Green, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids.
You could say the Avengers finally felt at home Sunday, winning their first regular-season game at Staples Center. But, with their 63-49 Arena Football League victory over Florida, before 8,578, the Avengers were also feeling hopeful about making a playoff push after their second victory in three weeks. The timing couldn't be better, with a spot in the playoffs still not out of the question for the Avengers (2-8), who improved to 1-4 at home.
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