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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
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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.
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
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.
SPORTS
March 15, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Stanley Gold and Leo Hindery, the leaders of the two Dodgers bid groups rejected by Major League Baseball, will appeal to a court-appointed mediator, two people familiar with the process said Thursday. Joseph Farnan, the mediator overseeing the sale of the Dodgers for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, is scheduled to hear from Gold and Hindery on Monday, the people said. Farnan is expected to rule Tuesday. The 30 major league owners are expected to vote to approve or reject all remaining bidders next Thursday or Friday.
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.
SPORTS
March 8, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Jared Kushner has withdrawn from the Dodgers sweepstakes, leaving seven parties in the running to buy the team. Kushner, the owner and publisher of the New York Observer and son-in-law of Donald Trump, submitted a bid with a financial structure Major League Baseball declined to approve, according to a person familiar with the sale process but not authorized to discuss it. Kushner was invited to consider restructuring his bid or joining with...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
His name is Dr. Tohme Tohme, and although he has not taken the witness stand in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case, he was the center of attention Wednesday. Tohme was one of Jackson's many managers, who seemed to come and go. “With Michael Jackson and his advisers you needed a scorecard,” testified Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, which was promoting and producing the singer's comeback concerts. Phillips said he was introduced to Tohme in a meeting at the Century City offices of Colony Capital, the investment firm that held the mortgage on Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are getting the reunion they've long sought - and moviegoers could end up getting sequels to such older favorites as "Shakespeare in Love," "Swingers" and "Rounders. " The brothers' film company, Weinstein Co., has struck a production and distribution deal that reconnects them to Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and built up with such critically acclaimed movies as "sex, lies and videotape" and "Reservoir Dogs" before selling to Walt Disney Co. in 1993.
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