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ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
ON THE topic of Michael Jackson performing in Las Vegas, the mainstream media seem endlessly gullible. I don't care what the Wall Street Journal says. And I don't care what the New York Times offers. Michael Jackson is not going to be doing a show or shows in Vegas any time soon. As readers of the Buffet know, since December 2006, I have been swatting at rumors of various Michael Jackson comebacks set in Vegas. I have even offered the dude a gig in Vegas myself. Yet despite years of nothing happening, the rumors continue.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. has agreed to sell First Republic Bank, which mostly serves affluent clients in California and five other states, to private investors for a price said to exceed $1 billion. The buyers include private equity firms Colony Capital of Santa Monica and General Atlantic of Greenwich, Conn. They have partnered with First Republic Chairman James H. Herbert II and President Katherine August-deWilde in the deal. The parties didn't disclose the price, but a person familiar with the matter said it was more than $1 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
China's domestic box office has generated about $1.63 billion in the first half of the year, a government panel said, another sign of the film industry's growth in that country. It's the first time China's box office take has hit the milestone of 10 billion yuan in the first six months of the year, according to the National Film Development Special Funds Management Committee. The committee did not offer comparative data for last year. FULL COVERAGE: Reel China China is now the world's second-largest movie market behind the United States, with box-office takings reaching $2.74 billion in 2012, and it's expected to take the No. 1 spot within a few years .  ALSO: 'Duck Dynasty,' 'Vikings' lift A&E Networks in second quarter Former Maker Studios CEO sues co-founders, board members Colony Capital and Miramax exec Richard Nanula takes leave from firms Twitter/ @rfaughnder ryan.faughnder@latimes.com MORE INTERACTIVE: TVs highest paid stars ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This post has been corrected. See below for updates.  Script-writing isn't for everyone, so Amazon.com Inc.'s movie and TV production arm is now encouraging filmmakers to submit "concept videos" that could be developed into features. Amazon, which is in a race with more established players like Netflix to develop original content, launched Amazon Studios in 2010 and has been accepting script submissions for movies. It has received 1,400 movie scripts to date. But now, people have the option to upload a two- to 15-minute video instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson lost $26 million on the first leg of the HIStory tour in the mid-1990s and was in debt for sound, lighting and other expenses, according to testimony Friday in the wrongful death suit his family has filed. Paul Gongaware, now co-CEO of AEG Live/Live Nation, testified he was brought as tour executive for the 40 concerts that made up the second leg of the world tour. “I had to go in and cut a lot of expenses," Gongaware said. "There was so much excess. " FULL COVERAGE: AEG wrongful death trial Gongaware said HIStory, at the time considered one of the most ambitious tours ever, eventually broke even.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going for Dwight Howard's job at the Lakers. The Skinny: Spent the weekend watching some of season one of "The Sopranos. " Forgot how great that show was. Monday's headlines include the box office recap and a look at "The Lone Ranger," which is the summer's latest big flop. Also, Richard Nanula resigns from Miramax and Colony Capital and Legendary Entertainment is nearing a decision on a new home. Daily Dose: Kicking the tires of the online video site Hulu isn't the only thing DirecTV is up to these days.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out how to make a short week shorter. The Skinny: Sunday nights aren't the same without "Mad Men" or "Veep " but I am enjoying Netflix's new show "Orange Is the Black," which debuts for regular folks later this month. Monday's headlines include a big deal by Tribune Co., the weekend box office report and more bad news for Richard Nanula, who took a leave as chairman of Miramax last week. Daily Dose: Al Jazeera America continues to beef up its staff in advance of launching here in late August.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Colony Capital, a Century City real estate investment company, said Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $5.4 billion for a majority stake in a European fuel refining and retail company owned by Libya. The deal, which is worth 4 billion euros, gives Colony 65% ownership of Tamoil, a refiner and gas-station operator based in the Netherlands and owned by the Libyan government.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before preparing for a Monday without "Under the Dome. "  The Skinny:  I guess if you force yourself to watch something long enough sooner or later you'll start to like it a little. That appears to be happening to me with HBO's "Newsroom. " Just don't tell anyone. Monday's headlines include coverage of the CBS-Time Warner Cable fight and a recap of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose:  Satellite broadcaster DirecTV got some attention for coming out in support of Time Warner Cable in the pay-TV fight against CBS over a new distribution deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After the coffee. Before Joe changes his passwords.  The Skinny: I missed the MTV Video Music Awards, but here's my token reaction: One Direction won for song of the summer over Robin Thicke and Daft Punk? How does that make sense? Today's headlines include "The Butler's" box-office win and a new deal between Lionsgate and Tandem Communications. Daily Dose: Lionsgate has teamed up with the Munich, Germany-based company Tandem Communications to co-produce TV series internationally.
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