July 19, 2012 |
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter declared this week that his team's baseball operations department wouldn't be under any budget restrictions leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. To fans desperate for a blockbuster trade after seeing their team lose 19 of its last 26 games, that was hopeful news. However, in the wake of Walter's remarks, team President Stan Kasten would like to clarify a couple of things. Any trade, he said, would "have to be governed by reason" and "make sense long term.
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July 14, 2012 |
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.
June 24, 2012 |
Last year's "Puss in Boots"was made on the lush 13-acre DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale by 300 people working for four years at a cost of $130 million. Its knockoff was made on the second floor of an office building just two miles away - by 12 people, in six months, for less than $1 million. The DreamWorks version, which starred the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, was a box-office smash. The other, produced by tiny Renegade Animation, went direct to DVD. The animated knockoff is what's known in the film industry as a "drafting opportunity.
June 2, 2012 |
PARIS — Omar Sy's life has changed quite a bit recently. One sign? "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is standing in front of the French actor. With a pitch. For a movie about Milli Vanilli. "You are the man," Ratner says in English as Sy flashes his million-euro smile. Ratner gestures to a script on a nearby table and says, "Read it and write me. Write me right away. Write me in French and I'll translate. " The two are in the lobby bar of a Paris hotel a few days after the Cannes Film Festival.
May 31, 2012 |
Any Hollywood studio would kill to release "The Hunger Games" in theaters and the fourth "Twilight" movie on DVD within two months of each other, but doing so hurt Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s bottom line in the short run. The Santa Monica studio on Wednesday disappointed Wall Street as it reported a net loss of $22.7 million, or 17 cents a share, on $645.2 million in revenue during the quarter that ended March 31. The reason: $51...
May 11, 2012 |
"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.
April 30, 2012 |
He didn't hit the last shot. He didn't make the big steal. He summoned only a handful of oohs, a couple of aahs and a smattering of M-V-Ps. Cued to enter his favorite stage Sunday, Kobe Bryant instead spent most of the first postseason game of his 16th season hovering in the wings. He's never been quieter. He's rarely been better. Just when we thought we'd seen every possible evolution of this town's most complicated athlete, a howling Staples Center sellout crowd was introduced to the Invisible Mamba.
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April 24, 2012 |
George B. Rathmann, a far-sighted entrepreneur whose small team of talented scientists created two blockbuster drugs that helped turn his upstart Thousand Oaks firm, Amgen Inc., into the world's most successful biotech company, died Sundayat his Palo Alto home. He was 84. The cause was complications from pneumonia, according to his son, Richard. Biotechnology was still an embryonic business when Amgen opened in 1980. More than a quarter of a century after James Watson and Francis Crick had discovered DNA, the twisting molecular structure that carries life's genetic blueprint, the elaborate science of isolating key genes in the laboratory continued to elude researchers.
April 15, 2012 |
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.
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.