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April 9, 2012
The track record of transforming a hit movie into a TV series has been decidedly mixed. For every "MASH," "Alice," "Lassie" or "The Naked City," there have been countless disappointments including "The Planet of the Apes" and the recent "The Firm. " On Tuesday, Warner Home Video is releasing another short-lived small screen adaptation of a big screen blockbuster, "Logan's Run," based on the 1976 sci-fi thriller starring Michael York. The TV series, which aired on CBS from fall 1977 until early 1978, starred Gregory Harrison; Heather Menzies from "The Sound of Music" costarred.
April 15, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
HALIFAX, Canada - Simple, says the gravedigger. It's about the movie. No, says the academic. It's about the money. Absolutely not, says the model-ship builder. It's about people. This is what happens when you ask why the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate us. The question has a special resonance in Halifax, a rainy, foggy port and capital of Nova Scotia that inherited perhaps the nastiest of all Titanic tasks. It was the seamen of Halifax, nearest major port to the sinking, who were sent out to collect corpses and wreckage in the days after the Titanic went down on April 15, 1912.
December 22, 2013 | By Jason Abbruzzese
I recently said goodbye to an old friend that had been with me since I was about 12 years old: my worn-down, blue-and-yellow Blockbuster video rental card. There are few better examples of how the entertainment business has actually changed (as opposed to various romantic theories about how it could develop) than the decline of this once culturally important institution. The downfall of Blockbuster was held by many experts to portend the fate of traditional media business models that relied on the other kind of blockbuster - those big, bloated mass-entertainment creations that had become a mainstay of the industry.
October 9, 2010 | Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel Inc. has named a former Blockbuster Inc. executive as its acting president to help redirect the company, which appeared to be on the brink of bankruptcy this summer. In hiring Tom Casey, who was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blockbuster from September 2007 through August of this year, American Apparel is bringing on an executive who doesn't have an apparel background but who has ample experience working with another troubled company.
December 19, 2002 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
In the mid- and late '70s, blockbuster films such as "Jaws" and "Star Wars" brought an end to the American auteurist cinema that had fermented in the years before. The same thing, Witold Rybczynski wrote recently, is happening to architecture, which is more and more about dazzle and star architects, about structures as tourist attractions.
May 11, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"The Avengers"will take a big bite out of the opening of"Dark Shadows,"as the superhero blockbuster is set to dominate the box office for the second consecutive weekend. After launching with a record-breaking $207.4 million - the biggest opening weekend ever, not adjusting for inflation - "The Avengers" isn't likely to lose steam at the box office any time soon. In its second weekend, the film featuring beloved comic book characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk is expected to collect an additional $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
July 14, 2012 | Dennis McLellan
One day in 1962, the Hollywood legend Darryl F. Zanuck turned to his 27-year-old son, Richard, seeking advice. Whom, the elder Zanuck asked, should he appoint head of production of 20th Century Fox, which had fallen on hard times and was losing millions on the problem-plagued "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Richard Zanuck gave his father -- a co-founder of Fox - a piece of paper with a single word on it: Me. Dad took his son's recommendation and, over the next five decades, Richard Zanuck emerged from the shadow of his father at the studio and eventually became an Oscar-winning independent producer of such films as "Jaws," which ushered in the modern blockbuster era. He followed with well-regarded films such as "The Verdict," and "Driving Miss Daisy.
February 11, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
At last year's Academy Awards, the two Oscar-nominated songs got short shrift - they weren't even performed on the telecast. There will be no such exclusion on the 85th Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24 because the show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are bringing music back to the Academy Awards in a big way. It's not surprising: Zadan and Meron were the producers of 2002's "Chicago," the last musical to win the best-picture Oscar. To carry out their mission, Zadan and Meron have enlisted some big names to sing on the telecast, such as Barbra Streisand and James Bond chanteuse Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever")
December 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a  remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways romps. Just a year ago Russell had a different film playing in multiplexes around the holiday season. But it was playing a lot more sparsely: "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell's mental-health-dramedy slash-dancing-dramedy-slash-romantic-comedy, was in just a few hundred theaters, the product of a Weinstein Co. rollout so slow it made molasses seem like a fast-spraying liquid.
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