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BUSINESS
May 30, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On a dusty hilltop in Simi Valley, David Naylor and a camera crew were zeroing in on Jake Green, the wayward son of the mayor of a small town that has been isolated by a nuclear holocaust. Naylor, wearing hiking boots and khaki pants, peered into a viewfinder as the hero talked about a fierce battle that had just been waged with rival militias, an Abrams M-1A1 tank parked on a hill in the background. But this wasn't a shoot for "Jericho."
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
There wasn't much of a theatrical appetite for "Hannibal Rising" -- Thomas Harris' prequel to "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs" -- when it opened earlier this year. The grisly horror film took in just $27.7 million domestically -- compare that with 1991's "Silence of the Lambs," which made $130.7 million; 2001's "Hannibal," which took in $165.1 million; and 2002's "Red Dragon," which earned $93.1 million.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
HERE we go again. Tonight the Grammys will announce, or at least whisper surreptitiously offstage to a hardly panting press or public, the 2006 classical awards. They won't mean much. The Grammys have long suffered a classical credibility gap. The days of know-nothing voters and the Atlanta Symphony block-voting itself honor after honor are long gone. The Grammys' tiresome fixation with Georg Solti died with the Hungarian conductor's death in 1997.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2007 | Susan King
The Afterlife: Though "Open Season," Sony Pictures Animation's first feature release, received decidedly mixed reviews from critics, the family comedy took in $84.3 million domestically and $101.6 million more internationally. The film is also nominated for six Annie Awards including best animated feature, though it has steep competition from "Cars" and "Happy Feet."
BUSINESS
January 26, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The much-vaunted anti-piracy protection on the next generation of DVDs has been cracked, leaving films in the new high-definition formats vulnerable to copying. Hackers have defeated the core means for protecting the medium seen by Hollywood as a major new source of revenue as growth of traditional DVDs has slowed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2007 | Susan King and R. Kinsey Lowe
"Babel"...In theaters; coming out on DVD Feb. 20 "Blood Diamond"....In theaters "Cars"...Out on DVD "The Departed"...In theaters; coming out on DVD Feb. 13 "The Devil Wears Prada" Out on DVD; no immediate re-release plans "Dreamgirls"...In theaters "Half Nelson"...Out on DVD Feb. 13; no immediate re-release plans "Happy Feet"...In theaters "The Last King of Scotland"...In theaters "Letters From Iwo Jima"...In theaters "Little Children"...In theaters "Little Miss Sunshine"...
BUSINESS
January 23, 2007 | From Reuters
Netflix Inc. has cut the price for its lowest-priced online DVD rental plan by $1 per month to $4.99 in response to "an ever-evolving and competitive market," a company spokesman said Monday. The entry-level plan allows subscribers to rent one DVD at a time with a limit of two DVDs per month. Prices for the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company's most popular three-at-a-time plan remained unchanged. The price cut comes about two months after rival Blockbuster Inc.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
In one of the quickest turnarounds ever for a television show to appear on DVD, Twentieth Century Fox Television today is expected to release the season premiere episodes of "24" less than 12 hours after the popular drama finishes airing. The sixth season of the show starring Kiefer Sutherland as federal agent and terrorist fighter Jack Bauer was launched Sunday and Monday on Fox Broadcasting Network. By this morning, DVDs of the shows will be on retail shelves.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Warner Bros. is set to introduce a high-definition DVD that can hold films and TV shows in rival and incompatible formats, the latest sign that the yearlong war over formats is far from over. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., said Thursday that it developed the Total HD Disc to help break the stalemate between HD DVD, developed by a consortium led by Toshiba Corp., and rival Blu-ray, backed by Sony Corp. Both deliver sharper pictures and increased space for special features.
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