July 29, 2013 |
Activist investor Daniel Loeb, the chief executive of hedge fund Third Point, has turned up the heat on Sony Corp. in his call for the electronics and media giant to make an initial public stock offering of up to 20% of its entertainment arm. Loeb, who since May has made multiple public pleas for the Tokyo-based company to adopt his proposal, said in his second-quarter letter to Third Point investors that Sony's entertainment arm "remains poorly...
July 16, 2013 |
Sony Pictures is skipping over ”The Lost Symbol” and heading into an “Inferno,” announcing Tuesday that the 2013 Dan Brown novel will be its next Robert Langdon movie. The studio has hired writer David Koepp, who penned the 2009 hit “Angels & Demons” based on Brown's novel of the same name, and aims to release the movie in December 2015. Tom Hanks is attached to return in the Langdon role; no director has been announced. Released in May, the “Inferno” novel centers on Langdon and his partner Sienna, who are off on an adventure in Florence, Italy, sparked by a clue on a modified rendition of Botticelli's “Map of Hell.” The book, the fourth in the Langdon series, quickly became a bestseller upon its release.
July 15, 2013 |
The husband of a state legislator and his Orange County real estate lending company were found liable for $10 million in damages after a jury found they acted with "malice, oppression or fraud" in breaching their fiduciary duties to investors. Dan Harkey, the husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), was accused of making ill-advised loans through his company, Point Center Financial in Aliso Viejo, and pocketing fees and commissions from the doomed loans. Diane Harkey was removed as a defendant in the first jury trial.
July 8, 2013 |
Dan Hubbs will remain as USC's baseball coach. The Trojans took a $1-million-plus run at coaxing over UCLA Coach John Savage, but when that advance was spurned, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden decided to stay with Hubbs. Haden said Monday that USC was working on "a long-term contract" with Hubbs, who was promoted from associate head coach to the top spot when Frank Cruz was fired only weeks before the start of last season. Hubbs was not immediately available for comment. Haden acknowledged that Hubbs was "unproven" as a head coach, but expressed confidence that he had "a good future ahead of him. " Recruiting is key for USC, a high-cost private school with only 11.7 scholarships to split among 30 or so players.
June 29, 2013 |
In 2010, it was Brian Burke leading the way in assembling Team USA for the Olympics in Vancouver and then-Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson behind the bench. This time, the tandem at the top for Sochi, Russia, in 2014 will be Nashville President and GM David Poile as general manager of Team USA, and the Penguins' Dan Bylsma as coach. Burke, who is a consultant with the Anaheim Ducks, will serve as director of player personnel. The announcements were made official Saturday at a news conference in New York.
June 19, 2013 |
ABC News has tapped Dan Abrams to be an anchor of "Nightline. " The appointment of Abrams comes on the heels of ABC's decision to shift "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran to chief foreign correspondent for the network's news unit. Moran will be based in London. Abrams has been at ABC News since 2011. A lawyer, he has provided analysis of high-profile trials for the network, mostly on its morning show "Good Morning America. " ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Abrams would continue to appear there and have his own regular segment on the show.
June 19, 2013 |
For all the talking that occurs in the tedious drama "Between Us," little of substance is actually said. What's left is an unpleasant visit with a pair of hateful married couples who, in due time, prove mirror images of one another. Symmetry has rarely been so dispiriting. Although producer-director Dan Mirvish, who co-wrote with Joe Hortua (based on Hortua's play), tries to open up the film with sporadic flashbacks and outdoor moments, it remains a stagey chamber piece with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
June 18, 2013 |
The ink is barely dry on Dan Harmon's agreement to return to "Community," the NBC comedy series he created and then was fired from, but already the outspoken writer is causing trouble. The latest dust-up came from comments Harmon made Sunday during the taping of his "Harmontown" podcast, in which he expressed his intense dislike of the work done on the show during its fourth season, the season after he was replaced by showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port. "It is very much like an impression, and an unflattering one," he said of the 13-episode season.
June 16, 2013 |
UFC 161 takes place Saturday night from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the first UFC event from Winnipeg. The event is headlined by a battle between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and former Pride, Strikeforce and RINGS champion Dan Henderson. It is an important bout for each man, as both are coming off losses. Henderson vs. Evans was not the original intended main event, but a series of injuries left the card decimated. Stay tuned for coverage throughout the evening.
June 15, 2013 |
One of the toughest jobs for a fantasy owner is deciding how long to stick with a struggling pitcher. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at four usually reliable starters whose problems on the mound are making life miserable for their owners. Cole Hamels Philadelphia Along with Roy Halladay, another of the Phillies' Big Three who has been uncharacteristically pedestrian in 2013. The left-hander went 0-6 in May and has a 5.32 ERA at home. On the plus side, he did strike out 11 Marlins last week … of course, they are the Marlins.