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July 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
No one does Halloween like the spindly Jack Skellington. The "Nightmare Before Christmas" star and other Disney characters will dress up with passengers on new Halloween-themed cruises this fall that sail from Florida to the Bahamas. Disney announced Wednesday the new Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard selected Disney Dream sailings from Sept. 22 to Oct. 31. During the cruise, Skellington and the love-struck Sally will be on deck after an interactive showing of the movie.
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BUSINESS
September 15, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
For the last 18 years, Jakks Pacific Inc. has been a player in the ultra-competitive Southern California toy-making business, up against the likes of giant Mattel Inc. in El Segundo and others. But Jakks' roster of toys - including the Smurfs, Monsuno action figures and Winx Club fairy dolls - have not been pulling in the fun for investors. Sales have declined five straight years. In the most recent quarter, revenue fell 27% and the Malibu company lost $46.9 million compared with net income of $214,000 a year earlier.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2003 | Richard Verrier and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
In Walt Disney Co.'s upcoming animated tale "Brother Bear," an American Indian boy is transformed into a 7-foot grizzly and has trouble adjusting to his new body. Meanwhile, Disney is undergoing a radical transformation of its own, experiencing wrenching internal changes in its bedrock animation business.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2003 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Producer Marc Abraham is accustomed to A-list attitude. After all, he's made movies with Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford. So when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson approached Abraham on the very first day of filming "The Rundown," the producer was ready for the usual laundry list of diva demands. "I want you to know that if there's anything you ever want to tell me about my acting ... " Johnson began, as Abraham waited for the punch line, " ... be sure to let me know."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2001 | RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One casualty of the Disney-DreamWorks animation battle may have been a few seconds of footage featuring Shrek playing the bagpipes and Donkey playing the accordion. It was part of a new trailer promoting THX, the venerable sound system owned by George Lucas and used in more than 2,500 theaters across America. Last June, DreamWorks pitched THX the idea of using the "Shrek" characters in a new trailer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996
As usual, some heavy hitters will participate Sunday in AIDS Walk Los Angeles: GTE, The Gap and DreamWorks SKG will all sponsor walkers. But in sheer numbers, a modest, second-floor beauty shop in Studio City is beating out these world famous corporations. Salon Paul/Florent, with only five employees, has registered more participants for the walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles than any of the corporations named.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996 | DADE HAYES
As usual, some heavy hitters will participate Sunday in AIDS Walk Los Angeles: GTE, The Gap and DreamWorks SKG will all sponsor walkers. But in sheer numbers, a modest, second-floor beauty shop is beating out these world-famous corporations. Salon Paul/Florent, with only five employees, has registered more participants for the walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles than any of the corporations named. During this final week of registration, the salon ranks fifth out of more than 800 teams.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Thirty-two states have urged Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks SKG and other Hollywood studios to add non-smoking messages to DVD releases. Maryland Atty. Gen. J. Joseph Curran Jr. is leading the effort, which he said was prompted by the release of a study that found adolescents with the most exposure to depictions of smoking in movies were almost three times as likely as their peers to try smoking. The study appeared Nov. 7 in the journal Pediatrics.
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