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December 17, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Savvy kids know that Earthworm Jim has what it takes to vanquish video game villains like Major Mucus, Psycrow, Henchrat and Evil the Cat. That's the way things work for the unlikely superhero of Earthworm Jim, a hot-selling video game produced by a Laguna Beach-based company. In the game, Jim wins super-worm status when he dons a mysterious spacesuit that enables him to stand up against Major Mucus and the rest of the game's bad guys.
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January 23, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elvis has left the building, but so have James Taylor, Red Skelton, Roberto Duran, the Anaheim Amigos and the California Oranges. The Anaheim Arena, which opened its doors with a Doors concert in 1967, has played host to musicians, comedians, boxers, circuses and ice shows. The Amigos of the American Basketball Assn. and the Oranges of World Team Tennis played there, as did the Harlem Globetrotters, who could be seen for $3 in 1970.
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July 7, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
There are a lot of recreational activities in the Anaheim flatlands. In the flatlands, between Knott Avenue to the west and the Orange Freeway to the east, where 200,000 people live, you'll find Disneyland, ice-skating rinks, bowling alleys, batting cages, restaurants, nightclubs, you name it. But if it's a first-run movie you want to see, look elsewhere.
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September 30, 1999 | ALLISON COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it Almost Sundance. The third annual Laguna Beach Film Festival previews tonight, and over the next four days, like Robert Redford's celebrated Utah film forum, it showcases a widely varied group of independent features, shorts, documentaries and foreign movies.
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December 28, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the comedy boom of the '80s continues apace in the '90s, it won't be long before the opening of a new comedy club holds all the sense of occasion of a ribbon-cutting at a frozen-yogurt store. But for now, it's still noteworthy--if not quite front-page news--that the Improvisation's nationwide chain of chuckle factories on Wednesday opened its second Orange County operation, this one in Brea.
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August 13, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Beatles sang about fixing a hole where the rain gets in. The Sun Theatre, Orange County's newest, glitziest pop concert club, aims to fix a perennial, gaping hole in the county's network of music venues and lure big-name touring acts that often have skipped Orange County because there was no suitably sized place to play. The Sun, scheduled to open Sept. 2, is a hangar-like, yellow and tan concrete box in a corner of the parking lot at Edison International Field of Anaheim.
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December 16, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone looking for evidence that the comedy biz is changing need only peek ahead to Jan. 12, when the Brea Improv brings in Finis Henderson for a whole month. First of all, the Improv (like most local comedy clubs) usually brings in comics for one-week stands. Second, Henderson isn't really a comic at all--he's a musical impressionist, someone who offers dead-on takes on everyone from Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra. And that's no booking fluke.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the past six years, Interplay OEM Inc. in Irvine has quietly emerged as a savvy player in the ever competitive computer game industry. Interplay OEM--or "original equipment manufacturer"--signs deals with hardware makers such as Compaq, Dell and Apple to bundle and distribute game software to markets in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
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December 20, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ / TIMES STAFF WRITER
A developer plans to turn 23 acres next to The Pond into an ambitious $50-million entertainment and retail complex. The development, to be built on the site of a mobile home park closed earlier this year, would be called "The Quarter" and employ architecture modeled after the French Quarter in New Orleans. It would be anchored by five restaurants, some possibly the caliber of Planet Hollywood or Cheesecake Factory.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kaleidoscope Complex Approved: Hollywood will come to Orange County with a vengeance in the form of an entertainment-retail complex that would include a 16-screen cinema and an array of high-end restaurants. The complex has been approved by the Mission Viejo Planning Commission. Few residents showed up at a Monday night hearing on the proposed 350,000-square-foot mall. After 90 minutes of discussion about traffic and parking, the project was approved unanimously.
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August 30, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Christian pop-rock concert was to herald the revival of Anaheim's Freedman Forum Concert Theater. Trouble is, one day before Saturday's benefit, the show was canceled, one more in a long string of scrapped dates at the 2,500-seat venue formerly know as the Celebrity Theatre. Promoter Joe Pastorelli blamed it on sluggish ticket sales and a dearth of promotion and publicity for the concert.
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August 13, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Beatles sang about fixing a hole where the rain gets in. The Sun Theatre, Orange County's newest, glitziest pop concert club, aims to fix a perennial, gaping hole in the county's network of music venues and lure big-name touring acts that often have skipped Orange County because there was no suitably sized place to play. The Sun, scheduled to open Sept. 2, is a hangar-like, yellow and tan concrete box in a corner of the parking lot at Edison International Field of Anaheim.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Beatles sang about fixing a hole where the rain gets in. The Sun Theatre, Orange County's newest, glitziest pop concert club, aims to fix a perennial, gaping hole in the county's network of music venues and lure big-name touring acts that often have skipped Orange County because there was no suitably sized place to play. The Sun, scheduled to open Sept. 2, is a hangar-like, yellow and tan concrete box in a corner of the parking lot at Edison International Field of Anaheim.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the past six years, Interplay OEM Inc. in Irvine has quietly emerged as a savvy player in the ever competitive computer game industry. Interplay OEM--or "original equipment manufacturer"--signs deals with hardware makers such as Compaq, Dell and Apple to bundle and distribute game software to markets in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
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September 21, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Irvine Spectrum's Entertainment Center just got a bit noisier. NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway opened last week, enticing racing fans to stop by the virtual reality arcade, slap down $7.50 and slip into the driver's seat. Twelve cars are parked inside a darkened room.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to take advantage of investors' interest in digital entertainment, game developer Interplay Entertainment Corp. said Monday it plans to raise about $72 million by selling stock in an initial public offering. The company--best known for its outrageous marketing campaigns--has struggled to make a profit over the last several years, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN
On the pop and rock music front, operators of Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheatre failed in their efforts to do away with profit-draining competition from the rival Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Officials of the Pacific, owned by the East Coast-based Nederlander Organization, made a bid in March to acquire a controlling interest in their longtime competitor in Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1998 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This will be the year Southern Californians can view a new version of the future from Disney, walk among sharks at a world-class aquarium, ride a high-wire bicycle without fear of falling and dance again to big-band music at classy nightclubs, including one that was a hangout for spies during World War II.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the popular outdoor concert site threatened with destruction in a recent dispute, is being sold to a financier who helped propel the Hard Rock Cafe chain to international fame. In an agreement disclosed Friday, Thomas "Jock" Weaver III's Nashville Country Club Inc. will buy 51% of the theater from a group headed by Robert E. Geddes, the theater's managing partner. Weaver also is buying control of Geddes' Avalon West Coast, a leading concert producer and promoter.
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