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BUSINESS
August 3, 2002 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nine Pennsylvania coal miners rescued Saturday after three days underground have sold the TV-movie and book rights to their story to divisions of Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 apiece, according to the Pittsburgh attorney representing the men. Thomas Crawford, who specializes in criminal tax and labor law, said the deal includes a movie for Disney's ABC network and a book that will be published by the Burbank company's book arm, Hyperion Publishing. An ABC spokesman declined to comment Friday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah -- Now that the "Twilight" franchise is behind her, Stephenie Meyer, the woman who created the vampire world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, is upping her efforts in a different department: movie producing. And Meyer has a juicy new project, The Times has learned: "Anna Dressed in Blood," a young-adult ghost story from the acclaimed author Kendare Blake. Blake's book is a supernatural tale about a man named Cas who travels the world killing the dead -- he's a ghost hunter, essentially -- but runs up against a vexing case in the ghost of Anna, a woman who was brutally murdered in 1958 and who continues to haunt a small-town home.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2005 | Patrick Goldstein, Times Staff Writer
The director was coming off a flop and coming out of the closet. The producer's wife had taken the kids and left him. The screenwriter, whose career had been ruined by the blacklist, was scraping by writing second-rate schlock. The lead actors seemed all wrong for their roles. The Polish cinematographer had never shot a feature before and was learning English as fast as he could.
NEWS
September 9, 1993 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a daily ritual. Lonnie Dutton washed down sedatives with homemade beer and then beat and kicked his four young children with steel-toed boots in a slovenly central Oklahoma mobile home hidden behind oak and wild plum trees. There, he once forced his two oldest boys to throw darts at their little sister and mother, bellowing: "By God, you throw 'em hard!" relatives recalled. When his wife cried out, he poured jalapeno juice in her eyes, yelling: "I'll give you something to cry about!"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2008 | Brad Wilcox, Wilcox is a freelance writer.
When bestselling author Robert Jordan died last year from a rare blood disease, fans of his popular series, "The Wheel of Time," braced themselves for the possibility that his 12-book fantasy world would end one volume shy of completion. Before his death, Jordan, whose real name was James Rigney Jr., signed over the book rights to his wife, Harriet, and requested that she find a capable author to finish the series for his fans.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
A jury of 12 people was seated Friday for the murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad. Opening statements in the trial of the 42-year-old Army veteran are expected to begin Monday. The jury, with three alternates, includes some members with ties to the military -- an expected mix in a community with large Navy installations. The 10 women and five men, 13 whites and two blacks were culled from a pool of 123.
NEWS
December 19, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police have begun randomly searching school buses for drugs, pulling youths off the vehicles on the way to or from school and boarding the buses with drug-sniffing dogs. The school district policy, billed as an effort to discourage students from bringing illegal substances onto school grounds, has been carried out three times since Oct. 30, most recently Wednesday afternoon at Portola Middle School.
NEWS
June 16, 1990 | From United Press International
A jury Friday awarded nearly $7.6 million to the wife of a man stabbed to death by jailhouse author Jack Henry Abbott, rejecting the convicted killer's argument that she did not deserve a penny. "A little excessive, I would say," Abbott, 46, remarked to the judge after the jury announced its verdict in a state court in Manhattan. Abbott killed Richard Adan with a single stab wound to the heart outside an East Greenwich Village restaurant nine years ago after an argument.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1992 | Andy Marx
What's next, "The Sword and the Skateboard"? The hottest hero in Hollywood this season appears to be King Arthur. At least 10 studio projects are being developed around Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. "I think it's everybody's fantasy to be a king and there's a tremendous interest in King Arthur," says former Hollywood Pictures executive Andrew Z. Davis, explaining His Majesty's sudden popularity.
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