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February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Bryan Cranston is not a happy camper in the newly released trailer for the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot, and given the widespread destruction all around him, it's easy to see why. As the video surveys downed planes, terrified crowds, smoldering wreckage and hovering military helicopters, a desperate Cranston, playing scientist Joe Brody, seethes. "You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster," he says. "You're lying. It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon.
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AUTOS
March 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Though some may consider Infiniti's 560-horsepower Q50 Eau Rouge concept the spawn of Satan, it turns out that the all-wheel-drive sedan is actually closer to the spawn of Godzilla. That's the nickname of Nissan's current GT-R supercar. When the Japanese automaker went looking for a powertrain to breathe some excitement into its luxury brand's Q50, the GT-R's twin-turbocharged V-6 was a perfect fit. “Building on the extremely positive feedback on the Q50 Eau Rouge at its recent Detroit Auto Show launch, we decided to further whet the appetite of performance sports sedan fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast,” Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti, said in a statement announcing the Eau Rouge at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
"Godzilla" is not scheduled to set foot in the U.S. for another two years, but things are already getting ugly. Legendary Pictures, the film finance and production company behind "Inception" and "The Hangover," has been sued by a trio of prominent producers for "tens of millions of dollars" in a dispute over a planned remake of the Japanese monster classic. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, along with Lee's partner Doug Davison, filed a lawsuit against Legendary on Thursday after they were removed from the project earlier this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Bryan Cranston is not a happy camper in the newly released trailer for the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot, and given the widespread destruction all around him, it's easy to see why. As the video surveys downed planes, terrified crowds, smoldering wreckage and hovering military helicopters, a desperate Cranston, playing scientist Joe Brody, seethes. "You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster," he says. "You're lying. It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon.
AUTOS
March 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Though some may consider Infiniti's 560-horsepower Q50 Eau Rouge concept the spawn of Satan, it turns out that the all-wheel-drive sedan is actually closer to the spawn of Godzilla. That's the nickname of Nissan's current GT-R supercar. When the Japanese automaker went looking for a powertrain to breathe some excitement into its luxury brand's Q50, the GT-R's twin-turbocharged V-6 was a perfect fit. “Building on the extremely positive feedback on the Q50 Eau Rouge at its recent Detroit Auto Show launch, we decided to further whet the appetite of performance sports sedan fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast,” Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti, said in a statement announcing the Eau Rouge at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1998
I feel compelled to comment on Kevin Thomas' review of "Godzilla" (May 19). Having witnessed firsthand the disappointment of a hyped-up audience, I find it amazing that Thomas finds not one fault in the film. Yes, it had moments, but they were few. The film is a dud. I always thought it was a movie reviewer's responsibility to overcome media hype and truly evaluate a film for its worth. I will no longer be expecting this from The Times. DAVID PONAK Los Angeles Having seen the original "Gojira" (the underlying film from which the 1956 "Godzilla" version was derived)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Japan's most endearing legacy in the last half of this century is not electronics or autos that run forever. It's the green, horny-plated, lumbering, 40-story-high, radioactive, fire-breathing star of all of those elaborately cheesy "Godzilla" movies that have made the rounds on television. You know, the giant reptile with an insatiable desire to trample.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1998
To the "Sony insider" who admits that "maybe we were too aggressive in promoting" "Godzilla," but says defensively that "that still doesn't explain the constant and mean-spirited attention that's been directed at the movie" ("Sony Is Finding Out That Size of Prediction Matters," by Richard Natale, June 1): In spite of all the attention lavished on "expected grosses," I don't see anything mean-spirited about criticizing poor filmmaking, and this was a lousy movie. All the neatest effects in the world do not a movie make.
SPORTS
November 5, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Godzilla lives in the Bronx. . . . Hideki Matsui terrorized Pedro Martinez and the Philadelphia Phillies in a style reminiscent to the monster whose coarse complexion, according to a 2002 story in the Daily Yomiuri, prompted Matsui's nickname as a youngster in Japan. . . . This time, Alex Rodriguez was not the centaur of attention. . . . The incredible thing about Mariano Rivera , the New York Yankees' King of Late Night, is that he's able to dominate major league batters with one pitch.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 1992 | RYAN MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The dinosaur vogue in Hollywood won't end with Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" next summer. According to industry sources, TriStar Pictures is bringing back the fire-breathing, building-crushing Japanese superstar Godzilla. TriStar Chairman Mike Medavoy refused to comment on plans for a new Godzilla movie, but sources say an official announcement about the project, tentatively scheduled as a Christmas, 1994, release, is imminent.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
"Godzilla" is not scheduled to set foot in the U.S. for another two years, but things are already getting ugly. Legendary Pictures, the film finance and production company behind "Inception" and "The Hangover," has been sued by a trio of prominent producers for "tens of millions of dollars" in a dispute over a planned remake of the Japanese monster classic. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, along with Lee's partner Doug Davison, filed a lawsuit against Legendary on Thursday after they were removed from the project earlier this month.
SPORTS
November 5, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Godzilla lives in the Bronx. . . . Hideki Matsui terrorized Pedro Martinez and the Philadelphia Phillies in a style reminiscent to the monster whose coarse complexion, according to a 2002 story in the Daily Yomiuri, prompted Matsui's nickname as a youngster in Japan. . . . This time, Alex Rodriguez was not the centaur of attention. . . . The incredible thing about Mariano Rivera , the New York Yankees' King of Late Night, is that he's able to dominate major league batters with one pitch.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
There's something about the Nissan GT-R that brings out the hype in people. "It's been like anticipating an asteroid hitting the Earth," said Chad Glass, a 37-year-old North Hollywood storyboard artist who moderates a forum at www.nagtroc.com, a website dedicated to the high-performance sports car. Glass was talking about the debut of the new GT-R, a vehicle most Americans have never heard of and most likely won't be able to afford when it shows up in the U.S.
OPINION
September 10, 2007
Re "Westchester residents keep a wary eye on L.A. airport," Sept. 3 This article speculates that renovations to Los Angeles International Airport will enable "Godzilla-like airplanes" to bring more noise and pollution to airport-adjacent communities. Mocking the size of the Airbus A380, this article fails to explain the benefits of the new aircraft -- which will actually reduce noise and improve air quality.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
A G-rated film from the creators of "South Park"? J.F. Lawton was 6 years old when he saw the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" (screenplay by Roald Dahl!) in 1967. But the film's peek at an exotic Japanese culture, with its kimonoed beauties and training camps full of stealth warriors, had him hooked. Young Lawton began devouring books about Japan, studying martial arts and, inevitably, delving into the antagonistic latex world of Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Who's on DVD? Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The first season of the comedy legends' TV series, "The Abbott and Costello Show," arrives today in a fun, nostalgic "100th Anniversary Collection Season 1" set (Passport Entertainment, $40). After working for years on radio -- the duo's "Who's on First?" is one of the best-loved routines -- and topping the box office for several years in the 1940s, the two turned to TV near the final years of their career.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the monster besieges New York City in "Godzilla," a television anchor gives a play-by-play of the destruction. He reports that looters have created bedlam on "pricey Fifth Avenue," pillaging the Disney and Warner Bros. stores. It's one of the more subtle inside jokes of this outsized movie, if one knows that "Godzilla's" studio, Sony, failed at the studio store game (it shuttered its Sony retail store in New York a couple of years ago).
NEWS
January 17, 1991 | JON MATSUMOTO
"Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero" (1966), directed by Inoshiro Honda. 93 minutes. No rating. Not the best of the Japanese monster flicks (check out "Godzilla" or "Destroy All Monsters" for that honor), but a terrific bad movie nonetheless. In a character switch worthy of the World Wrestling Federation, Godzilla is cast as a quasi good guy, spitting fire to save the world. The film's unintended shoddiness is what makes it such riotous adult fun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Akira Ifukube, 91, the composer who brought the giant movie lizard Godzilla to life with a trademark anthem and high-pitched roar, has died. He was 91. Ifukube died Wednesday of multiple organ failure at a hospital in Tokyo. Born on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in 1914, Ifukube composed more than 250 film scores over 50 years, including music for the 1956 war film "The Harp of Burma." He headed the Tokyo College of Music from 1976 to 1987.
SCIENCE
November 11, 2005 | Alex Raksin, Times Staff Writer
Researchers combing the gray mudstone of an Argentine desert have discovered the 140-million-year-old remains of an ancient crocodile they have nicknamed Godzilla for its massive jaw and jagged, saw-like teeth up to 4 inches long. The new species, Dakosaurus andiniensis, "would have made T.
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