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NATIONAL
July 18, 2013 | By David Horsey
Let's take a break from politics today and dip into the fantastical world of the San Diego Comic-Con. The image above is a slice taken from my latest Horsey On Hollywood cartoon. You can jump to the full image by clicking here . This is a reminder that, in addition to my Top of the Ticket cartoons, I am now doing a weekly cartoon lampooning the wonderful, wacky world of entertainment. Starting next week, those cartoons will appear on Wednesdays in the Company Town blog . You can also see them in print on page 3 of the Sunday L.A. Times Calendar section.
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BUSINESS
December 6, 1994 | ALAN CITRON
Hollywood's favorite movie title these days isn't "The Santa Clause" or "Interview With the Vampire," despite their box office success. Insiders say it's more like "The Great Escape." Industry executives looking to get out from under their oppressive workloads are taking longer and more frequent vacations than at any time in recent memory, sources say. One studio is holding its Christmas party two weeks earlier this year than last.
NATIONAL
June 7, 2013 | By David Horsey
If you are wondering what the cartoon above is all about, I confess it is a tease. To see the entire image -- my take on the HBO series, "Game of Thrones" -- you'll need to go to the blog,  Company Town  or wait to see it in our Sunday newspaper. Last week, I expanded my role at the L.A. Times by doing the first cartoon in what I hope will be a long string of weekly cartoons about Hollywood. In the months to come, I will be commenting on the business side of entertainment, caricaturing celebrities and stars and finding satire in all the glitz, glamour, greed and goofiness of the movie, TV and music industires.
NATIONAL
June 7, 2013 | By David Horsey
If you are wondering what the cartoon above is all about, I confess it is a tease. To see the entire image -- my take on the HBO series, "Game of Thrones" -- you'll need to go to the blog,  Company Town  or wait to see it in our Sunday newspaper. Last week, I expanded my role at the L.A. Times by doing the first cartoon in what I hope will be a long string of weekly cartoons about Hollywood. In the months to come, I will be commenting on the business side of entertainment, caricaturing celebrities and stars and finding satire in all the glitz, glamour, greed and goofiness of the movie, TV and music industires.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2013 | By David Horsey
Let's take a break from politics today and dip into the fantastical world of the San Diego Comic-Con. The image above is a slice taken from my latest Horsey On Hollywood cartoon. You can jump to the full image by clicking here . This is a reminder that, in addition to my Top of the Ticket cartoons, I am now doing a weekly cartoon lampooning the wonderful, wacky world of entertainment. Starting next week, those cartoons will appear on Wednesdays in the Company Town blog . You can also see them in print on page 3 of the Sunday L.A. Times Calendar section.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After weeks of speculation, NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in the spring of 2014. As part of the switch from Leno to Fallon, “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank to New York City. Leno has served as host of “The Tonight Show” for more than two decades and has been in first place in the ratings during much of that run. Fallon, who hosts the show that currently follows Leno, recently signed a new deal with NBC. No replacement for Fallon has been named but there is talk that Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is the leading candidate.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Cristy Lytal
For "Chasing Mavericks," Grant Washburn taught Gerard Butler everything he knows about surfing - and even more about wiping out. In the film from 20th Century Fox, which debuted Friday, Butler plays surf legend Frosty Hesson, who teaches teenager Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) to take on Mavericks, the point break where waves crest at upward of 60 feet near Northern California's Half Moon Bay. And he relied on Washburn, a pro big-wave surfer, to make him look the part. VIDEO: Critic Betsy Sharkey on 'Chasing Mavericks' Washburn, 44, fondly remembers surfing Mavericks with Moriarity, who died at age 22 in a free-diving accident in the Maldives.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Investors poured back into the stock market on the first trading day of 2013 in a rally seen as a sigh of relief that President Obama and Congress were able to avert the so-called fiscal cliff and an immediate economic downturn. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 308.41 points, or 2.4%, to 13,412.55 on Wednesday - the best one-day rise in more than a year. Wall Street followed rallies in European and Asian equities markets after Washington's last-minute fiscal deal late Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opened atop the U.S. box office, though its debut didn't quite make the jump to warp speed that Paramount Pictures executives expected. "Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the long-running science-fiction franchise, took in $70.6 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates, bringing its total take to $84.1 million. The movie launched Wednesday in 336 Imax locations before opening wide Thursday. The overall total, while healthy, was $16 million less than what Paramount, which co-financed the $190-million-budgeted film with Skydance Productions, had forecast.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opened atop the U.S. box office, though its debut didn't quite make the jump to warp speed that Paramount Pictures executives expected. "Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the long-running science-fiction franchise, took in $70.6 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates, bringing its total take to $84.1 million. The movie launched Wednesday in 336 Imax locations before opening wide Thursday. The overall total, while healthy, was $16 million less than what Paramount, which co-financed the $190-million-budgeted film with Skydance Productions, had forecast.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After weeks of speculation, NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in the spring of 2014. As part of the switch from Leno to Fallon, “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank to New York City. Leno has served as host of “The Tonight Show” for more than two decades and has been in first place in the ratings during much of that run. Fallon, who hosts the show that currently follows Leno, recently signed a new deal with NBC. No replacement for Fallon has been named but there is talk that Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is the leading candidate.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Investors poured back into the stock market on the first trading day of 2013 in a rally seen as a sigh of relief that President Obama and Congress were able to avert the so-called fiscal cliff and an immediate economic downturn. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 308.41 points, or 2.4%, to 13,412.55 on Wednesday - the best one-day rise in more than a year. Wall Street followed rallies in European and Asian equities markets after Washington's last-minute fiscal deal late Tuesday.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Cristy Lytal
For "Chasing Mavericks," Grant Washburn taught Gerard Butler everything he knows about surfing - and even more about wiping out. In the film from 20th Century Fox, which debuted Friday, Butler plays surf legend Frosty Hesson, who teaches teenager Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) to take on Mavericks, the point break where waves crest at upward of 60 feet near Northern California's Half Moon Bay. And he relied on Washburn, a pro big-wave surfer, to make him look the part. VIDEO: Critic Betsy Sharkey on 'Chasing Mavericks' Washburn, 44, fondly remembers surfing Mavericks with Moriarity, who died at age 22 in a free-diving accident in the Maldives.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The company town is dead. Long live the company town. Scotia, California's last company town, has voted to become independent, according to preliminary election results released Wednesday. With 147 ballots cast — less than half of the eligible voters — 136 were to make the town an independent community services district, essentially severing the town from the New York hedge fund that owns it. Also in Tuesday's balloting, voters elected a town governing board of five people.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
There's still some magic in the Steven Spielberg touch as "Super 8," a coming-of-age/sci-fi movie hybrid, topped the box office this weekend — a rarity for an original film released in a summer filled with reboots, prequels and sequels. The Spielberg-produced and J.J. Abrams-directed film, with no A-list stars and a moderate budget, grossed $37 million upon its debut, according to distributor Paramount Pictures. That was enough to beat out a movie from a more well-established franchise in its second week of release, "X-Men: First Class," which collected $25 million.
OPINION
February 24, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Several years ago I participated in a public "debate" about the exigent matter of whether Los Angeles was better than New York or vice versa. I put "debate" in quotes because it was more like a reading followed by 20 minutes of lethargic sparring. The event was called something like "New York vs. L.A.: Which Is Better," and people had actually shown up to watch as if they might learn something. My opponent was a fortysomething writer/artist/DJ, or something along those lines. I won't attempt to re-create his oration, but these were his major talking points.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The Beliebers were right after all. While some had questioned the box office clout of diminutive pop star Justin Bieber, his rabid teenybopper fan base came out in full force this past weekend and spent $30.3 million on movie tickets for the 16-year-old's 3-D biopic, "Never Say Never," according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. As is shown in the film, Bieber can sell out Madison Square Garden, but it was unclear if he had enough fans to fill more than 3,000 movie theaters nationwide.
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