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August 28, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, John Horn and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
China is rolling up the red carpet for Hollywood. Just six months after Chinese and American leaders reached a new agreement allowing more foreign movies into the world's most populous nation, officials there are trying to torpedo the box office returns of some of Hollywood's biggest summer films. American studios carefully schedule their pictures' launch dates - often declaring them a year or more in advance - to avoid colliding with similar movies going after similar audiences.
August 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
It was a remarkable day in Dodgers history, one in which there were so many twists and turns that a fan, well, almost needed a program to keep up. Here's a recap of Saturday's events: - The Dodgers close the biggest trade in their history, obtaining first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility fielder Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four prospects, three...
August 26, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Adrian Gonzalez fell a warning track short of producing his second magical moment in as many days with the Dodgers. With the bases loaded and the Dodgers down by two runs in the eighth inning, Gonzalez hit a towering fly ball that went back, back, back . . . and was caught at the edge of the outfield grass by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. "It would have been great, absolutely," Gonzalez said. The Dodgers lost to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, 6-2, but Gonzalez looked back at his first two games at Dodger Stadium as a home player with warm feelings.
August 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Dodgers management praised the team's historic multiple-player trade Saturday and the club's key acquisition, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, was in the starting lineup for the game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. "This is an exciting day," Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson told a news conference before the game. "We did this for our fans. We feel, of course, we want to win now. " Besides Gonzalez, the Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility fielder Nick Punto.
August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have completed a blockbuster trade in which four-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez lands in Los Angeles, the latest example of the Dodgers' new ownership group investing heavily in a win-now approach. Even though the possibility had been hinted at in recent days -- and was all but finished by game time Friday night -- the acquisition by the Dodgers of the Red Sox first baseman was a stunning development. The deal: The Dodgers acquired Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfielder Carl Crawford and utilityman Nick Punto in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four  prospects.
August 11, 2012
The Dodgers announce they are trading what's-his-name for Magic at the end of March, the Kings storm through the NHL playoffs in April and May and win the Cup in June, Steve Nash comes to the Lakers in July and now Dwight Howard in August. Not a bad five months, L.A.! Eric Monson Temecula :: Jerry West to Mitch Kupchak - the torch has been passed! Vincent Martinez Arcadia :: Kobe and Pau must be laughing in London and woofing LeBron that the Heat just "borrowed" the NBA championship that the Lakers will now reclaim as their own with the most potent lineup in pro basketball.
August 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
July 19, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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.
June 24, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
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.
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