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October 21, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi secretly salted away more than $200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world before he was killed, about $30,000 for every Libyan citizen and double the amount that Western governments previously had suspected, according to senior Libyan officials. The new estimates of the deposed dictator's hidden cash, gold reserves and investments are "staggering," one person who has studied detailed records of the asset search said Friday.
April 23, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" isn't going anywhere. The hit soundtrack to Disney's animated feature film topped the Billboard 200 for the 11th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 259,000 copies in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the album's biggest one-week business yet, wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield, who attributed the 94% boost over the previous week to Easter shopping, "which tends to lift sales of music that appeals to families and children. " PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney films, spring and beyond In extending its stint at No. 1, "Frozen" also broke the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart for a soundtrack to an animated movie.
January 24, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
The first time Rick Dempsey heard Idina Menzel sing "Let it Go," the ice queen empowerment anthem in the Walt Disney Animation movie "Frozen," he knew he had a serious problem on his hands. "How are we going to do that in 41 languages?" said Dempsey, senior vice president of creative for Disney Character Voices International. It's Dempsey's job to internationalize Disney films -- matching voice actors in foreign territories to performances in the English-language version of a movie.
April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
December 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The holiday's were good to Disney's animated musical "Frozen. " After a big weekend, the loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" will pass the $500-million mark in worldwide ticket sales on Monday, the company said. In the U.S. and Canada alone, the film grossed an estimated $28.8 million in its fifth weekend in wide release, almost matching the tally from the 3-week-old No. 1 movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. " That's a 47% jump from its take during the previous weekend, indicating that "Frozen" was a leading pick for families trekking to cinemas over the holiday weekend.  The total gross for "Frozen" is essentially split between domestic and international at around $250 million for each.
November 29, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
Walt Disney Animation Studios has tapped Jennifer Lee, one of the screenwriters of its video game-based hit "Wreck-It Ralph," to direct its 2013 comedy-adventure film "Frozen. " A musical adaptation of the 1845 Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Snow Queen," the story follows a young girl named Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) as she attempts to break a spell cast by the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), who has trapped the kingdom in an endless winter. "'Frozen' is not a modern setting but it's told in a modern style," Lee said in a recent interview with The Times.
November 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is making Thanksgiving box office history after generating big ticket sales over the holiday.  After taking in $20.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Wednesday, the Jennifer Lawrence action movie made $14.9 million on Thursday, breaking the record for the biggest gross ever on the holiday held by Pixar's 1999 hit "Toy Story 2. "  The "Hunger Games" sequel is on track to make anywhere from $90 million to...
November 5, 2009 | Kate Linthicum
This is the land where Larry Gordy was destined to live, until it was made unlivable. The Navajo believe that a person will always be tied to the place where his or her umbilical cord is buried. When Gordy was born in 1968, his father put his in this rust-colored dirt. It was here on the family's ranch on the edge of the Painted Desert that his father dreamed of one day building homes for his children, and of tilling a field where watermelon and corn could grow. But the Gordys were forced to put their dreams on hold.
November 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Walt Disney Pictures has its animation mojo back. Finally. With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, "Frozen" is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake. A certain scene-stealing snowman named Olaf chief among them. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee create a magical 3-D winter wonderland in "Frozen. " A sisterhood saga loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," it is filled with heart and heart-stopping action.
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
April 9, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
As it has so many times over the last few months, the hit soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" topped the Billboard 200 album chart Wednesday, reflecting sales of 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But another title came close to melting "Frozen's" hold on the No. 1 spot: a four-song EP by the Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. "She Looks So Perfect" sold 143,000 copies, the result in part of a boost that 5 Seconds of Summer received last year when it opened for One Direction on the latter's world tour.
April 3, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
The family of an 80-year-old woman is suing a Boyle Heights hospital after a pathologist determined that she was "frozen alive," " eventually woke up" and injured herself as she struggled unsuccessfully to escape, according to court records. Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced dead in July 2010 at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights after suffering a heart attack. When morticians received her body a few days later, they found her body facedown, with her nose broken and cuts and bruises to her face, injuries so severe they could not be covered up by makeup, according to court papers.
March 31, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Disney's hit musical "Frozen" became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time over the weekend, pushing its estimated worldwide box-office haul to $1.072 billion and unseating  "Toy Story 3" for the top spot. Now we're curious to hear what your favorite animated movie is among the top grossers. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, "Frozen," a loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," boasts two Academy Awards - for animated feature and original song - in addition to its seat on the box-office throne.
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For the first time in forever, "Toy Story 3" is no longer the highest grossing animated film of all time. With its opening in Japan this weekend, Disney's "Frozen" has taken the top spot and pushed its worldwide box office to an estimated $1.072 billion. The two-time Oscar winner , which was released in the United States and Canada in late November, joined the billion-dollar box-office club in early March. The movie is running in 36 countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom and Germany.
March 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again. The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23. With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out . SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Pop music "Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by. " One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost?
May 26, 2008 | Claudia Luther, Special to The Times
J.R. Simplot, whose lifetime fascination with the potato helped change the nation's eating habits and made him a billionaire, died Sunday. He was 99. Simplot, who in his prime drove around Idaho in a Lincoln Continental with the license plate "Mr. Spud," died at his Boise home, apparently of natural causes, according to the Ada County coroner's office. The son of a farmer, Simplot began building his fortune while barely a teenager, finding new ways to bring potatoes and other vegetables to market.
February 22, 2014 | By David Ng
For someone who made his name with ribald musical comedies like "The Book of Mormon" and "Avenue Q," Robert Lopez would have seemed like the last choice on Earth to write the songs for a Disney animated movie. But his work on "Frozen" has been a popular success, earning him his first Academy Award nomination for the song "Let It Go," which he co-wrote with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. If they win, Lopez will be able to add the Oscar to the Tony Awards he received in 2011 for co-writing "Mormon" (with "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker)
March 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" is back at No. 1. After two weeks in which rap albums by first Schoolboy Q and then Rick Ross dominated the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's smash-hit animated feature returned to the top spot Wednesday, reflecting sales of 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those numbers push the disc's sales this year past the 1 million mark -- more than any other album has sold so far in 2014, notes Keith Caulfield at Billboard.
March 15, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Frozen Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 Available on VOD beginning March 18 Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-winning Snow Queen revamp "Frozen," and - if all goes well - a renewed emphasis on animation at the studio synonymous with the medium. At the least, between the grosses and the accolades, it's pretty clear that "Frozen" will have lasting impact on the generation of children who are going to grow up watching it over and over, while belting out the hit song "Let It Go" into their bedroom mirrors.
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