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March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Swathed in gunmetal blues and grays and motored by a deliriously heaving pulp sensibility, the British gangsters-and-cops thriller "Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun. Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling. Plotted like a British conspiracy miniseries (think "State of Play") that's been reduced to only the juiciest, silliest moments, it pits James McAvoy's dogged, renegade detective against Mark Strong's brooding criminal mastermind, and eventually the two together against a greater threat with - naturally - political connections.
August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The home entertainment business is growing again, albeit slowly, despite the fact that people continue to spend less on DVDs. After years of declines, total consumer spending on movies for home use grew 2% in the first half of the year to $8.63 billion. People increasingly spent money to access or own digital copies of movies, which helped make up for declining sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. A 15% increase inĀ  sales of more expensive Blu-rays helped offset an overall decline in disc sales of about 5%. FULL COVERAGE: Home Entertainment Most of the business went to online retailers Inc., Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, Best Buy Co.'s CinemaNow, Google Play and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Vudu.
September 5, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Guggenheim Partners is looking to make a big impression in Hollywood. The financial services firm, which in March spent more than $2 billion on the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed to acquire Dick Clark Productions for $370 million, people close to the deal said. Spending almost $2.5 billion in less than six months might be enough for some investors, but Guggenheim's appetite for entertainment assets is still ravenous. "We would characterize this as the beginning of the beginning," Guggenheim Partners President Todd Boehly said.
November 20, 1996
Businesses wanting to offer live entertainment in Long Beach may have to prove themselves good neighbors under a proposal that was scheduled for final consideration last night by the City Council. Councilwoman Jenny Oropeza said granting permanent entertainment permits has often led to unresolved complaints from neighbors about noise and other disturbances at local businesses.
June 21, 2013 | By Paula L. Woods
No one knows celebrity murder trials better than Marcia Clark, the former prosecutor in the L.A. County district attorney's Special Trials Unit. Clark's watershed case, the 1995 Nicole Brown Simpson-Ron Goldman homicide trial, became know as the Trial of the Century for O.J. Simpson, its celebrity defendant, and its gavel-to-gavel coverage on media outlets around the world. Clark and her DA colleagues famously lost the case amid allegations of mishandled DNA evidence and misconduct by the LAPD.
July 28, 1985
I realize that the astrology column is considered by most editors to be an entertainment and not a factual report. Although it's not my idea of entertainment, I don't have a serious quarrel with this perspective. The real nature of astrology is blurred, however, in the minds of many with astronomy and science. Because there is no scientific basis for astrology, I believe the distinction should be kept clear. Science is a tool--no more, no less, and it is important that we understand the nature of our tools and how to use them.
May 14, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp. stock soared in afternoon trading after New York hedge fund Third Point proposed that the electronics and media giant make an initial public stock offering of up to 20% of its entertainment arm. That unit, known as Sony Entertainment Inc., includes film and television studio Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment. The proposal also raised the specter of a possible Sony alliance - perhaps with CBS Corp., whose CEO Leslie Moonves has long dreamed of running a movie studio.
January 3, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Planning for a pedestrian-friendly entertainment corridor in Agoura Hills moved another step forward this month with the City Council's approval of funds to hire a consultant who will create a "vision plan" for the area. The consultant, expected to be named next week from among six applicants, will be given the task of using the design elements that were established during council and planning-committee hearings, and creating sketches to market the idea to developers.
July 30, 1997 | JULIO V. CANO
A divided City Council has approved a one-year extension of live entertainment at Via Maria Restaurant after hearing police testimony that efforts at reducing noise and violence at the eatery are working. Via Maria's live entertainment has been the focus of considerable debate because of noise complaints and reports of fights in recent months. Last year, a similarly divided council granted a live entertainment permit for Via Maria, at 9969 Walker St.
March 29, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Legendary Entertainment, the finance and production company behind "The Dark Knight" and this weekend's "Wrath of the Titans," is beefing up its balance sheet as it becomes a bigger player in Hollywood. The Burbank company headed by Chairman Thomas Tull is close to raising about $250 million in new financing, according to knowledgeable people unauthorized to speak publicly. The money, split evenly between equity and debt, will be used to refinance the Burbank company's existing debt and to invest in upcoming movies and other content.
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