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ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After virtually disappearing from sight since late 2010, George Lucas' video game company is attempting a comeback by plunging back into the Star Wars universe. LucasArts on Friday announced that it has been developing a new title, "Star Wars 1313. " Set to be unveiled at the E3 conference next week in Los Angeles, the game puts players in control of a bounty hunter ensconced in a "ruthless criminal underground," according to a company statement. Unlike the plethora of Star Wars titles aimed at kids, the company is describing "Star Wars 1313" as a "mature-themed video game.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1994 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
"Knight Rider," move over. NBC rolls out its version of demolition derby at 9 p.m. Sunday with a two-hour premiere of "Viper," a series about yet another crime-fighting sports car and "the three-man vigilante team behind it." This clunker's regular time slot, on Channels 4, 36 and 39, is 8 p.m. Fridays.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1990 | David Pecchia \f7
City Slickers (Castle Rock). Shooting in L.A., Durango, Colo., and Santa Fe. Billy Crystal (he also exec produces), Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby play three pals from New York who go on a cattle drive. The trio become enlightened about life, friendship . . . and really smelly animals. Producer Irby Smith. Director Ron Underwood ("Tremors"). Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("Parenthood"). Also stars Bill Henderson and Bill Lewis. Distributors Columbia (U.S.), Nelson (foreign).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
The ads and trailers for "The Wrong Guys" (citywide) suggest a Cub Scout variation on "Police Academy"--but that isn't quite accurate. Despite the requisite salvos of crude slapstick, broad characters and silly situations, director-co-writer Danny Bilson's film is closer in spirit to "The Best of Times," that underrated wish-fulfillment comedy whose subject was the attempt to reclaim your past, to relive your youth and this time do it right. Would that "Wrong Guys" were as good.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Alex Pham
THQ on Monday said it ended an agreement to publish games based on the UFC license, a big blow for the struggling Agoura Hills game publisher that was once the undisputed master of MMA video games. At the same time that THQ made its announcement via a news release, UFC President Dana White strode onto a stage at Electronic Arts' news conference at E3 in Los Angeles to announce a multiyear agreement with EA to make mixed martial arts games. "Our fans are so passionate, it's insane," White said at the media event.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2011 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Spooked by disappointing reviews of THQ Inc.'s newest big-budget action video game, Homefront, investors pummeled the game publisher's stock Tuesday, pushing it down $1.25, or 21%, to $4.69. Homefront, the most expensive project undertaken by the Agoura Hills company, takes place in a dystopian future in which North Korean forces occupy the United States. The game, based on a script by John Milius, puts players in the shoes of a civilian resistance fighter. The game garnered a relatively weak average score of 72 out of 100 from 28 reviews by Tuesday afternoon, according to Metacritic, a site that aggregates reviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Like its intrepid hero, fearless flyboy Cliff Secord, "The Rocketeer" simply wears you down. This film is so dogged, so insistent, so relentlessly earnest in its one-dimensionality that no option but partial surrender to such charms as it has seems possible.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2011 | Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
With sales of its 4 1/2-year-old Wii console plummeting and avid gamers spending most of their money on competing devices from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., Nintendo Co. has unveiled a new console that it hopes will draw those players back. The Japanese game company showed off the device, which marries an iPad-like touch screen with a traditional controller, at a news conference Tuesday morning before the official opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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