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September 26, 2004
Back in 1950, life was simple. DuMont dominated the television universe with its majestically sprawling, aptly named Royal Sovereign. It boasted a 30-inch screen, the largest black-and-white picture tube ever produced. It was the best TV on the market. Period. Now there is no "best," just a bewildering variety of choices: Will that be projection? Front or rear? Will that be flat screen? Liquid crystal display or plasma? Or would you prefer a good old cathode-ray tube?
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.
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.
May 2, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Film producer and clothing entrepreneur Brad Zions has sold his house in the Hollywood Hills West area for $7.95 million. Among notables in the home's ownership history is actor Richard Gere , according to the Movieland Directory. The gated contemporary features views of the Los Angeles basin, a two-story entry, a bar, three en suite bedrooms, three additional bathrooms and a home theater. Outside the 4,534-square-foot home is a swimming pool, spa, deck, outdoor living room and kitchen.
April 10, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
“What would you do if you won Powerball?” No, that's not a news headline; it's from an ad on The Times' website. The Powerball lottery has come to California -- finally -- and though, with its lousy odds, that may not work out for most Californians, at least it means ad revenue (and perhaps job security) around here. So I'm for it. But, in between worrying about North Korea and wondering what's so hard about making background checks mandatory for all gun buyers, I admit it: I started to wonder just what I would do if I won Powerball.
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.
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.
Douglas Roy, former controller of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., has been sentenced to six months' home detention for his role in a bogus sales scheme at the Anaheim company. Roy, a 29-year-old Pomona resident, pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and could have received up to five years in prison. In addition to the home detention, he was placed on three years' probation by U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor in Santa Ana.
Paul R. Safronchik, the former chief executive of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for a scheme in which his company logged millions of dollars of bogus sales. Prosecutors said investors in the Anaheim company lost more than $20 million as a result of the scheme. Safronchik, 37, of Aurora, Ore., also was ordered by Judge Gary L. Taylor to pay $300,000 in restitution to investors.
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