February 26, 2013 |
The big winners at this year's Academy Awards: adult moviegoers. For years, the studios have fixated on young men in their teens and 20s, serving up big-budget popcorn movies populated with dazzling visual effects, comic book heroes and high-voltage action sequences. They've also made films geared to win awards, but oftentimes those pictures bring prestige without huge financial returns. At the Oscars on Sunday night, however, six of the nine best picture nominees were hits that earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office.
February 14, 2013 |
The Justice Department has given the green light to Random House and Penguin for their proposed merger, they announced Friday. The department approved the proposed merger of the two major publishing companies “without conditions.” In October , the companies confirmed that they had plans to merge into a single entity, Penguin Random House (Alas, not Penguin House or Random Penguin). Random House is part of Bertelsmann Group, based in Germany; Penguin is part of Pearson, which is based in England.
January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Since the '90s, bestselling humorist David Sedaris has given Hollywood the Heisman. Anyone endeavoring to adapt his wryly observed personal essays into feature films was greeted with an automatic no, a byproduct of Sedaris' enduring apathy toward mounting movies. All that changed, however, when director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 29, slipped a copy of his 2009 indie phone sex drama “Easier With Practice” to the author at an Irvine book reading along with a note laying out his hopes to adapt Sedaris' autobiographical essay “C.O.G.” (from the 1997 essay collection “Naked”)
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January 16, 2013 |
No school has meant more to the African American community in Los Angeles than Crenshaw High . For most of its 45 years, it has been an established neighborhood hub, known for championship athletic teams and arts programs, sending graduates to top colleges. But the Leimert Park campus has declined in recent years. Dropout rates have soared and student achievement has plummeted. L.A. Unified school Supt. John Deasy calls it one of the district's biggest disappointments. In an effort to turn the school around, the Board of Education on Tuesday approved Deasy's drastic proposal to remake the campus into three magnets - and require teachers to reapply for their jobs.
December 18, 2012 |
Pau Gasol will return Tuesday night from an eight-game absence as the Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. Gasol, who struggled with knee tendinitis through most of the early part of the season, has been given the green light to play without restriction. "The sky is the limit, 48 [minutes], if overtime 50," joked Gasol. The Lakers have struggled in his absence, losing five of eight. "It's been difficult," said Gasol of sitting out. "I had no other choice.
November 8, 2012
Re “ Trolley gets a green light ,” Nov. 7 Trolleys were a great civic improvement in the early 1900s when they helped get tons of horse droppings off the streets. It is 2012 and the horses are long gone, but Anaheim is considering building a trolley line, which will make traffic worse and cost $318 million for 3.2 miles.That's about $100 million a mile. I guess it seems reasonable compared with California's high-speed rail project. Hasn't anyone noticed that California is broke and broken?