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July 18, 2010 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If a geek-chic lifestyle came with a primer, it might read something like Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novels. A six-part series influenced equally by rock 'n' roll and old Nintendo games, O'Malley's tale of one hopeless romantic's quest to win the girl of his dreams is filled with relationship-challenged characters who come of age the same way Mario and Luigi battle pixilated turtles — with a kick, a jump and a prayer for a...
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July 18, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The lights were down low in Sylvester Stallone's Beverly Hills office on a recent afternoon so it was impossible to see the 64-year-old movie star's eyes behind his plum-tinted sunglasses. His snug Italian suit emphasized his still-muscular frame as he sat ramrod straight. His face doesn't move much, either, so he seemed like a statue, until he started recounting the moment when he knew that he was becoming expendable. "It was that first Batman movie," he said, referring to the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton, an actor never known for biceps.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Even if Los Angeles fails to woo one of the nation's biggest gatherings of comic book fanatics, the city at least has netted a major conference of computer techies. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce Monday that the city will host Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, a gathering of the company's staffers and business partners July 10 to 14 next year. The conference is expected to bring about 15,000 attendees, who would spend an estimated $45 million, officials say. It would be one of the biggest gatherings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
If there is anyone in Hollywood who shouldn't be startled by loud noises, it's Jerry Bruckheimer. Still, on Saturday, the producer behind thundering movies such as "Armageddon," "The Rock" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series looked positively startled by the crowd roar that greeted him at the Moscone Center during an event called WonderCon. After struggling to find his properly assigned seat on stage, Bruckheimer surveyed the 4,500 fans and blinked into the flares and flashes of hundreds of snapping cameras.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
Call it a clash of the titans. San Diego has been home to the wildly successful comic book and pop culture convention Comic-Con International for nearly 40 years. But with the four-day festival surging in popularity and outgrowing the San Diego Convention Center, Los Angeles and Anaheim are vying to steal the lucrative show away. "Wherever it goes, that would be a very significant convention to land," said Doug Ducate, president of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that tracks the convention and trade show industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | Denise Martin; Scott Collins; Alex Pham
Judging by Thursday's 25-minute preview unveiled at Comic-Con, James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" will be every bit the spectacle of his 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic." The animated "Avatar" is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na'vi -- tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | John Horn
If you look closely at some of the most popular comic book and collectible characters featured at Comic-Con International in San Diego, you notice some unexpected similarities. "X-Men's" Professor Charles Xavier uses a wheelchair. "Daredevil's" Matt Murdock is blind. "Iron Man's" Tony Stark doesn't have a healthy heart. But it's not just the superheroes who are living with disabilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2009 | John Horn
Robert Zemeckis has never been to Comic-Con International in San Diego, and the director's "Disney's A Christmas Carol" seems like an unusual choice for a first appearance. But like several filmmakers heading to this week's colossal fanboy convention, Comic-Con -- with its new 3-D projection system -- offers an exceptional occasion to position upcoming releases. Snippets of film shown at earlier Comic-Cons have helped launch several blockbusters, including "300," "Iron Man" and "Twilight."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Some people say Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has a temper like the Hulk, others think Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is more slippery than Aquaman -- but did anyone expect the two presumptive presidential candidates to be getting their own comic books? IDW Publishing, a comics company best known for horror titles (most notably "30 Days of Night") and adaptations of movies and television shows, is going into the inside-the-Beltway world by publishing "Presidential Material: Barack Obama" and "Presidential Material: John McCain," comics that chronicle the lives of the two men who both want to be riding on Air Force One. Announcement of the titles was timed to the kickoff of Comic-Con, the annual convention in San Diego for fans of all things pop culture.
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