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February 20, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher >>>
When it was announced that Marlon Wayans and not Eddie Murphy would be portraying Richard Pryor in the long-discussed biopic of the comedy giant, the news was greeted with Internet jeering. Wayans wasn't surprised when he read the disparaging comments -- you can't hang your star on films like "White Chicks" and "Little Man" without consequences. "Look, I want to be able to make the stupidest movies ever, because they make people laugh and they make money," Wayans recently said with a smirk.
April 27, 2014 | By Simon Mundy
  The plot of the South Korean television series "My Love From the Star" is farfetched, dealing with an alien who falls in love with a pop star. But the drama dominated a morning of debate for a Chinese Communist Party committee last month when delegates lamented the inability of homegrown offerings to match the show's runaway success in China. "The Korean drama craze … is resulting in a lack of confidence in our own culture," warned Xu Qinsong, a party official from Guangdong.
June 23, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Time Warner Entertainment Units Merge: Composer Quincy Jones and TV producer David Salzman have merged their individual production companies into Quincy Jones + David Salzman Entertainment. Previously, both principals operated their own production companies in association with Time Warner Inc., which will remain affiliated with the entertainment conglomerate. QDE principals will continue as executive producers of NBC's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Dark Justice" on CBS.
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
September 18, 2012 | By Peter Pae
The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, is selling its AEG subsidiary, a sports and entertainment conglomerate that owns the Staples Centerand the Los Angeles Kings. The sale is likely to spark a billion-dollar bidding war for some of the sports and entertainment world's glitziest properties. Here is a partial list of AEG's assets: Entertainment venues: Staples Center, Los Angeles The O2, London Home Depot Center, Carson Best Buy Theater, Times Square, New York Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Ore. Target Center, Minneapolis Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia Sports interests: Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Kings L.A. Galaxy Concerts and special events: Coachella Music & Arts Festival Stagecoach New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ALSO: L.A. officials react to news of AEG being put up for sale Owner of Staples Center and Los Angeles Kings is put up for sale Proposal for downtown L.A. NFL stadium advances to City Council
July 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Rocker, the hard-throwing left-handed reliever who often opened his mouth and inserted his foot while playing in the majors, was at it again this week, saying baseball was more entertaining and a better game when players were using performance-enhancing drugs. Rocker, whose rants in the past were sometimes racist and usually offensive, told a CBS Sports Radio show on WRKR-FM in Cleveland on Tuesday that people were getting their money's worth when the players were juiced. “Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said of the steroids era. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.
September 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Sue Naegle knows when to leave a party. The president of entertainment for HBO, which won 27 Emmy Awards Sunday night, is exiting the pay-TV juggernaut after five years. Naegle, who reported to Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, will get a first-look deal at the network for a new production company she is setting up. Her role at HBO is not expected to be filled. HBO is not commenting on Naegle's departure, but an associate close to her with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to comment publicly, confirmed her exit.
March 30, 2012 | By David Sarno
If there's a brawl between Silicon Valley and Hollywood to be California's marquee industry, it looks like the geeks have come out on top. More than 65% of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said the technology industry was more important to the state's economy than entertainment, perhaps showing that SoCal's famous vixens and heartthrobs are losing the battle for screen time to NorCal's search engines and social networks....
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
April 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, after announcing last year his decision to quit touring. "Wow," the 61-year-old musician said as he was greeted by a standing ovation in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "You know, I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.
March 26, 2014
John Corrigan is the assistant managing editor for Arts and Entertainment, leading one of the Los Angeles Times' largest editorial departments in its coverage of film, television, culture, music, media and the fine arts. Corrigan has worked at The Times since 1999, serving as Business editor from 2009 to June 2012. He greatly expanded the Business section's online presence, adding daily video reports and building up its Tech Now and Money & Co. blogs. Corrigan directed several of The Times' most ambitious projects, including stories that won Loeb Awards in 2010 and 2012.
March 25, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Honolulu visitors have a new luau to consider when planning their evening entertainment in Waikiki. And it's being staged by a company with decades of experience in island entertainment. “Te Moana Nui” -- “Tales of the Pacific” in English -- launched in late February at Pacific Beach Hotel  on Kalakaua Avenue. Through storytelling, song and dance, the show takes guests back in time to when the first Polynesian voyagers celebrated their arrival in Hawaii.  The links between Hawaiians and the natives of other Pacific lands -- such as the Cook Islands, Tahiti and Tonga -- are then shared through native dances.
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
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