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BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
They were planning to spend nearly $500,000 on a home theater. What was an additional $35,000 to show first-run movies? When Ken and Carol Schultz began remodeling their 10,000-square-foot San Diego-area residence, they spared no expense on a screening room. The couple tricked it out with custom-built armchairs with heat and massage functions, and a Runco 3-D-capable projector with a price of about $100,000. But the most unusual feature of the theater is a $35,000 device that offers 24-hour rentals of first-run movies.
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BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
NBA analyst Kenny “the Jet” Smith and his wife, model-actress Gwendolyn Osborne, have put their stamp on a gated home in Encino and placed it on the market at $2.795 million. The more than half-acre contemporary French country estate, built in 1963, includes a main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Among its features are vaulted ceilings, skylights, a sunroom, an office and a home theater. There are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 6,106 square feet of living space. Smith, 48, is a retired NBA player and now an NBA analyst on television.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Brad Turell, executive vice president of corporate communications at Paradigm Talent Agency, has listed his house in Sherman Oaks for sale at $3.295 million. Designed for entertaining, the 9,400-square-foot Mediterranean has been his family home for nearly a decade. The grand foyer serves as the entrance to the house, with dual marble staircases, a circular hand-painted ceiling and a 35-foot-tall ceiling. There are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, including a 1,000-square-foot master suite with a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the mosaic-bottom swimming pool.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's back, and there's still some Shaq. The retired pro basketball great's former home on the Westside has come on the market at $9.495 million. Owned since 2004 by one of Japan's bestselling singer-songwriters, Kyosuke Himuro, the contemporary estate still pays homage to the onetime Laker. Gone are the red flowers in a bed of white forming Ss on either side of the steps to the front door. Redone is the home theater, which now has its walls lined with guitars. Retained is the tennis/basketball court, where “NBA MPV” is painted at one end and a Superman S at the other.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home theater systems are expensive but, contrary to popular opinion, they are not so costly that only the rich can afford them. Though it is possible to spend from $10,000 to $100,000 for a deluxe home theater, it is also possible to assemble one that's fairly impressive for only a few thousand dollars.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan. The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area.
HOME & GARDEN
October 20, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Former major league pitcher Bret Saberhagen has listed his gated Calabasas home for sale at $3.25 million. The renovated and rebuilt compound includes a 5,600-square-foot, single-story Tuscan-style villa and two guesthouses on 1.2 acres. The main house has a home theater with a 90-inch screen and eight recliners, a wine cellar that can seat 12, five bedroom suites and six bathrooms. Outdoors there is a cabana with a fireplace and flat-screen television, a swimming pool with spa, a wet bar and a putting green.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
An ocean-view estate came on the market in Malibu recently listed at $35,000,001. There was no typo. That is, in fact, the asking price. Homeowner/seller Deanna Staats, owner of the restaurant Feed Body and Soul in Venice, happens to believe in numerology. And the digits 3, 5 and 1 add up to a pretty commanding figure in her circles: a 9. The number 9 is about completion, according to “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Numerology” by Kay Lagerquist. Nine draws people and money - both requirements for a successful home sale.
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