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October 28, 2012 | By Barry Levinson
In a bygone age, there were movie palaces. They were ornate and grand. And as you sat in your seat, you looked to a large, red velvet curtain. Behind it, hidden from view, the silver screen. And they made you wait to see it. It was that special. Then suddenly there were images that you could see through the curtain. And there it was, the glorious movie screen. But that's gone. That was another time. Today, the screen can be big or small. We can watch a film on IMAX, we can watch on our iPhone.
October 9, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Josh Glenn is the co-editor of " Unbored ," a new illustrated book for kids ages 8 to 13 -- and their parents -- about making things and doing things. Hack an average water gun to make it a remote-control water gun. Start a rock band. Create your own board game. Mark Frauenfelder, in addition to being one of the founders of BoingBoing , is the editor of Make Magazine . In his introduction to Unbored, he writes, "We live in a culture of experts who like to say 'Don't try this at home.' That's rubbish.
May 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday but expects to emerge from restructuring by the end of June. The Boston company said in a statement that it expects to eliminate $3.1 billion of debt through a debt-to-equity transaction that is backed by the “vast majority of key financial stakeholders.” The filing, made in a New York bankruptcy court and expected for weeks, will not affect Houghton Mifflin's daily operations nor its employees' pay and benefits, the company said.
April 26, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Once considered one of the most powerful and sought-after positions in Hollywood, running Walt Disney Studios - the 89-year-old Burbank institution behind "Snow White," "Mary Poppins" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" - now seems about as desirable as playing Goofy on a hot day at Disneyland. But since Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger fired his studio head Rich Ross last week, the buzz in Hollywood has been less about who's angling for the studio chairman job and more about who would want it. The reason: Iger's strategy of turning Disney into a collection of brands means that most of the films it releases are not overseen or greenlighted by the movie studio chief, as they are at rival companies.
April 14, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Reading habits may be fundamentally changing, but a new survey shows that the printed word remains fundamental. Although many Californians who own Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers love their gadgets, they still prefer books the old-fashioned way - on paper - according to a poll by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times. Even with sales of e-readers surging, only 10% of respondents who have one said they had abandoned traditional books. More than half said most or all of the books they read are in printed form.
March 20, 2012 | Michael Eisner, Michael Eisner is founder of the Tornante Co. and served as chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. from 1984 to 2005
In the past 100 years, technology has drastically changed most things in our lives. But one crucially important part of our political system has remained mired in the last century: the way we choose our president. America's current nominating system dates to 1910, when the first presidential primary was held in Oregon. At the time, this was a radical step, aimed at taking the nominating process away from political bosses. Now, a century later, we're overdue for another radical step.
March 15, 2012
Two months after Eastman Kodak Co.declared bankruptcy, another household name is succumbing to the relentless march of technology. Encyclopaedia Britannica announced Tuesday that it is discontinuing its best-known product, the 32-volume collection of reference material on everything from aardvarks to zygotes. The company is shifting its focus to the Internet, where it offers a virtual version of its books and a slate of fee-based educational services. The company's ability to sell pricey bound volumes for 244 years is a testament not just to the power of its brand, but also to the demand for a convenient, reliable source of information.
February 2, 2012
Are you an ultra-modern new parent who wants to raise kids the tried-and-tested midcentury way? "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care," the bestselling child-rearing bible, will be available as an ebook starting next week, Skyhorse Publishing has announced. Dr. Spock's manual has sold more than 50 million copies and gone through nine editions since its initial publication in 1946; now parents can read it on Kindle, Nook or iPad. Three other Dr. Spock books have already made the ebook leap: "Dr. Spock's The School Years," "Dr. Spock's The First Two Years" and "Dr. Spock's Pregnancy Guide.
December 31, 2011 | Patt Morrison
There'll be a pair of Pasadena institutions along Colorado Boulevard for New Year's -- the Rose Parade, and a company marking 100 years in business. Anderson Business Technology, nee Anderson Typewriter Co., has bucked two trends: It's been a one-family operation all along, and it's managed to leap from the age of slammed return levers and carbon paper to ctrl.alt.delete. Don Anderson and his son, David, are chairman and president, the second and third generations in the firm. Change has been crucial to their century of success, and yet a romantic roll call of anachronistic mechanical brands -- Royal, Underwood, Smith Corona, Olivetti, Sholes and Glidden, Hermes -- still connects the Andersons to the "typosphere," where poet Charles Bukowski's manual Olympia stars on a mouse pad, and composer Leroy Anderson's whimsical "The Typewriter" stars on YouTube.
December 18, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Robert Levine, 41, a former executive editor of Billboard, sounds the alarm on Internet piracy and technology companies' economic war on the music, movies, television, book publishing and newspaper industries in "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back" (Doubleday). What made you decide this book needed to be written? The decision was gradual. When Napster came out I thought it was the greatest thing ever, like a lot of people did. I thought the Internet would give artists a way to reach fans directly and do business with them, and labels would have to compete and offer better deals.
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