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April 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
The decision by Gary Ross and Lionsgate to part ways on "Catching Fire" has fans worrying how the new "Hunger Games" film will fare without the original director. But this is just the latest example in a long tradition of studios switching horses on a sequel. How have previous franchises turned out? Here are six comparisons. "Twilight" is perhaps the most famous of all recent cases, and the one to which "Catching Fire" is now most often being compared. In late 2008, after studio Summit and "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke haggled over issues large and small, Summit hit the reset button and hired Chris Weitz to handle the second film.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Golden State's shots kept bouncing off the rim. Some nicked the front, others clanged off the side and still others caromed high off the back. It only seemed as though DeAndre Jordan was there to grab every rebound. The Clippers center repeatedly extended his massive hands to seize the ball, doing it for the final time with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night at Oracle Arena when he grasped Stephen Curry's airballed three-pointer, flung a pass to teammate Chris Paul and raised his arm in triumph.
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April 19, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
A Burger King restaurant in Glendale wants its customers to have it their way -- right to their front door. Since April 9, the Burger King on North Central Avenue has been delivering a handful of orders each day -- the first Burger King in the state to do so, said franchise owner Bob Stevens. "We were chosen to be the first Burger King franchisee to have delivery in the state, so it's quite a feather in our cap," Stevens said. Following in the footsteps of delivery programs in Miami, Washington and Houston, the fast-food company is bringing its delivery program to California.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Resoundingly and emphatically, the Clippers responded to the challenge presented to them in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series by winning in historic fashion Monday night at Staples Center. Blake Griffin answered the call with a playoff career-high 35 points. And Doc Rivers coached his team with a purpose while mixing it up with one of his former players. Griffin's 35-point night, in just three quarters of play, was the impetus behind the Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors.
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August 11, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The "Final Destination" series has skirted death many times. Originally conceived as a sample script for "The X-Files" in 1995, it made the unusual transition into a feature film five years later. That horror movie was thought of by executives at New Line Cinema as a low budget one-off, but when it became a surprise hit, a sequel was quickly cooked up. By 2009, fourth entry "The Final Destination" was, as its title implied, intended to finish the series. But despite negative reviews and fan reactions, 3-D projection saved the day. Domestic box-office sales rose modestly to $66 million, and international grosses nearly doubled from the previous high to $120 million, sending producers back to the drawing board yet again.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
It will be the end of an era for many young women at the box office this weekend, as the "Twilight" finale hits theaters and could gross more than any movie in the vampire franchise. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," the fifth and final installment in the massively popular series based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels, is expected to debut with around $150 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That would be the biggest opening ever for a movie in the series, whose biggest domestic hit to date is 2009's "New Moon," which launched with $142.8 million.
SPORTS
December 21, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Word-association time. Buffalo Braves? "I know Bob McAdoo," said the Clippers' Jamal Crawford. On Friday, he was being asked about his knowledge of the place where it all started for this Clippers' franchise, years ago, in Buffalo. The Buffalo Braves established a franchise-record 11-game winning streak in 1974. But it's hard to expect the Clippers to know that much about the pioneers of the franchise and achievements from 38 years ago. Especially when Crawford was born in 1980.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
By one standard, the $84.8 million in receipts over the weekend for Peter Jackson's first crack at "The Hobbit"  was a success. The 3-D film about Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey was, as box-office pundits reminded us, the biggest-ever opening for a December release. And the film's "A" CinemaScore suggested the fans got what they came for. But there was also plenty lacking. Pre-release estimates had the New Line/Warner Bros/MGM movie (budgeted at a whopping $250 million)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before asking why I can't go to South by Southwest. The Skinny: I need to catch up on FX's "The Americans. " I'm two episodes behind and if I fall one more behind I may throw in the towel. Thursday's headlines include Time Warner's decision that Time is not on its side and a preview of the South by Southwest festival. Daily Dose: The other day the New York Post reported that NBC would like Howard Stern to replace Jimmy Fallon in late night if Fallon replaces Jay Leno.
SPORTS
June 10, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Where have you gone, Jerry Buss? If sports are a shared experience handed down from fathers to sons, it's not every dad who can give his boy the NBA's glamour franchise. As Jim Buss' first solo decision, the coach search was a Lakers landmark before it led to Mike Brown. Well, people didn't like the Louisiana Purchase, either. However it turns out, Brown didn't hire himself, making it unfortunate the sky fell on him. Actually, Jim didn't appoint himself, either, making it unfortunate the sky fell on him too. The question is not what Jim should have done, like run Brown's name past their franchise player.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Clippers have never won more games in a season. They've also never been better at home. All of which may not mean much depending on how the next few months go. There was no denying that the Clippers' 117-105 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center gave them franchise records of 57 victories and 34 home wins in the same season. BOX SCORE: Clippers 117, Nuggets 105 Of course, those aren't the ultimate goals for a team seeking to make it past the second round of the playoffs for the first time.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
VS. DENVER When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 56-24, Nuggets 36-44. Record vs. Nuggets: 1-2. Update: The Clippers need one more win to set a franchise record for most victories in a season. The Clippers, playing in their final regular-season home game, are 33-7 at home. The Nuggets are 14-26 on the road. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won't play because of a sprained left ankle.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | Helene Elliott
If the hockey gods had a sense of humor, they would have arranged for the Kings and the Ducks to play for the Pacific Division title Saturday at Staples Center. At the very least, they would have put one team in position to knock the other out of the playoffs. Alas, the hockey gods must have been busy elsewhere because they didn't leave much drama surrounding Saturday's game. The Kings have been locked into third place in the division for a while, certain that they will start on the road against the San Jose Sharks, likely on Wednesday.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 127 - New York Knicks 96 (end of regulation) The Lakers (24-46) stunned the New York Knicks (29-42) on Tuesday night at Staples Center, damaging the Knicks' chances to catch the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks (31-38). In doing so, the Lakers hurt their own odds at the bottom of the standings, heading into the 2014 NBA draft lottery in May. At 24 wins, the Lakers are sixth in the lottery standings, just one win "ahead" of the seventh-slotted Sacramento Kings (25-45)
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson wasn't overly visible Tuesday at Staples Center, hanging out in a luxury suite in a corner across from the New York Knicks' bench. Probably better that way for him. His former team drilled his new team, the Lakers bashing New York, 127-96, in front of a keyed-up crowd that hadn't seen a victory this one-sided all season. BOX SCORE: Lakers 127, New York 96 The Lakers avoided another loss and also the "We want Phil!" chants that would drift through the arena from time to time.
SPORTS
December 21, 2012 | By Michael Robinson
Another night at Staples Center, another double-digit win; it's just what L.A. fans expected heading into this season - just not from the Clippers. Chris Paul and Co. won their 12th straight game on Friday, breaking the franchise record for consecutive wins. Paul finished with 24 points, 13 assists and five steals as the Clippers defeated the Kings, 97-85. Blake Griffin added 21 points and 13 rebounds as the team broke the franchise mark set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves.
SPORTS
September 15, 1987 | United Press International
Bev Hayasaki says she holds the key to producing world-class gymnasts for the United States the way fast-food restaurants churn out hamburgers. Hayasaki, a former gymnast with a degree in child psychology, and her husband Yoshi Hayasaki, a 22-time national champion and coach of the University of Illinois gymnastics team, operate Sportastiks--the nation's only children's gymnastics franchise. Now in their eighth year, they have 38 pilot operations and 10 franchise locations in 23 states.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Meg James
Time Warner Cable Inc. has stirred anger over its hike in subscription rates for customers and its efforts to extract hefty fees from rivals to air the L.A. Dodgers channel. Now it has incurred the wrath of city officials. On Friday, the city of Los Angeles sued the cable giant, alleging it stiffed the city on franchise fees over four years through 2011. The city seeks nearly $10 million in fees, money it said could have helped ease its budget problems during the financial crisis.
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