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March 8, 2012 | Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"John Carter,"Walt Disney Studios' $250-million-plus fantasy epic, is poised to disappear into a box-office black hole. The film's premiere this weekend will probably be upstaged by the nation's current No. 1, the animated 3-D hit"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. " The family film, which opened last weekend with $70.2 million, could bring in as much as $40 million this round, whereas pre-release audience surveys indicate that "John Carter" may sell only $20 million to $25 million worth of tickets over the three-day period.
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September 20, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Hopes for a sweeping immigration overhaul suffered another serious setback Friday , when two key Republican lawmakers ended their collaboration with a bipartisan House working group. Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Sam Johnson (R-Texas), who had been working with a bipartisan immigration group for years, blamed their departure on President Obama, saying they did not trust that if Congress developed new immigration laws, the administration would adhere to them. “The bottom line is -- the American people do not trust the president to enforce laws, and we don't either,” Carter and Johnson wrote in a joint statement, pointing to the White House's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law that has undergone adjustments, as an example of the administration's selective approach to enforcing laws.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
WhenWalt Disney Co.executives gave the greenlight to the project that became the Martian adventure film"John Carter,"they hoped they were launching the studio's next big franchise. It was to be directed by Andrew Stanton, who had been associated with a string of successful Pixar Animation Studios films - starting with the 1995 hit "Toy Story. " The source material was a century-old sci-fi touchstone that had inspired filmmakers including George Lucas and James Cameron. The movie would fit perfectly into Disney Chairman and Chief ExecutiveRobert A. Iger's big-picture plan to produce movies that would spawn sequels, become theme park attractions and drive sales of "John Carter" merchandise.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Steven Zeitchik
As Walt Disney Studio's "The Lone Ranger" limps off into the sunset after a bruising box-office encounter with the minions of "Despicable Me 2," it could be years before the studio gambles on a character unfamiliar to young moviegoers. The new take on the masked lawman and his sidekick Tonto, which cost Disney more than $225 million to produce, brought in just $48.7 million at the box office over the five-day holiday weekend and could result in a write-down of $100-$190 million for the studio, according to analysts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In one of the biggest box-office upsets of the year, a mustachioed orange cartoon creature brought down a brawny loinclothed space warrior at the multiplex. Last weekend's No. 1 film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," claimed the top spot again. The animated 3-D environmental tale for families collected an additional $39.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. The movie has now grossed a robust $122 million in just 10 days of release. Meanwhile, the $250-million-plus "John Carter" debuted with a disappointing $30.6 million this weekend, as fanboys failed to gravitate toward the 3-D fantasy epic that has been under a cloud of bad buzz for months.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
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April 8, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Carter, an award-winning jazz clarinetist, musical educator and composer, has died of complications from lung cancer. His son, John Jr., said he was 61 when he died at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood on March 31. Winner of a Down Beat award in 1973 for his own small combo and another Down Beat honor in 1982 as the clarinetist most deserving of wider recognition, Carter was considered a reed virtuoso.
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April 14, 1991 | DON SNOWDEN, Don Snowden writes about jazz and pop music for The Times. and
You never would have guessed how John Carter's music sounded from just talking with the man. The acclaimed jazz clarinetist-composer, who died March 31 of complications from lung cancer at age 61, was a cautious, innately dignified man who carefully searched for the right phrase or word to express himself in conversation.
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December 31, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When composer-clarinetist John Carter died in 1991, at 61, he left behind one of the most ambitious jazz suites written in the last quarter-century, "Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music." Part of that opus, which spanned five album releases (and two recording labels), will be covered in a January concert performed by a group under the direction of cornetist, composer and longtime Carter associate Bobby Bradford.
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September 5, 1990 | DON SNOWDEN
One of the most poignant moments of the Los Angeles Festival may come when John Carter takes the stage at the Japan America Theatre Thursday night. Under any circumstances, the renowned jazz clarinetist would savor the rare opportunity to perform with his octet in his hometown. It would be only the third time--the first in a prestigious, high-visibility setting--that Carter would present a portion of his acclaimed five-album "Roots and Folklore" series of song cycles locally.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
What a difference a year makes. On March 9, 2012, Walt Disney Pictures released "John Carter," the sci-fi adventure film that promptly bombed, taking in about $40 million en route to a $73-million domestic gross that precipitated the resignation of Walt Disney Studios Chairman   Rich Ross. But with the $80.3-million domestic opening of Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which unfurled Friday, the studio has a hit that appears to have plenty of life left in it. "We are happy that the movie seemed to land with audiences -- and a broad spectrum of the audience," Sean Bailey, head of production at Walt Disney Studios, said in an interview Sunday morning.
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November 28, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Even at 100, Tarzan, the Lord of the Jungle, is still the ultimate swinger. Since Edgar Rice Burroughs' first tale, "Tarzan of the Apes," appeared in the popular All-Story magazine a century ago, the world's infatuation has never abated for the athletic, buff and educated man who lives in the jungles of Africa. Now Tarzan is the subject of a lavish coffee-table book, "Tarzan The Centennial Celebration," by Scott Tracy Griffin. The well-researched look at Burroughs and his creation features a forward by Ron Ely, who played Tarzan in the 1966-68 NBC series.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Graham Norton Show:  Cameron Diaz are Sarah Millican guests on the comedy-variety show and Rod Stewart performs (8 p.m. BBC America). Redneck Island:  A fight breaks out over food and a fishing themed challenge tests physical and mental strength in this new episode (9 p.m. CMT). Wedding Band:   At ComiCon the band draws the attention of a science fiction actress in this new episode (10 p.m. TBS)
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | Ben Fritz and Richard Verrier
Adding another marquee pop-culture property to its roster, Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $4.05 billion to acquire the company that controls the blockbuster "Star Wars" franchise -- allowing Disney to exploit the brand through film, television, consumer products and theme parks. With the purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd., Disney plans to churn out new "Star Wars" movies every two or three years beginning in 2015 with "Star Wars Episode 7," Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said in conference call with analysts late Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The surprise announcement about Disney buying Lucasfilm had barely been made when the Twittersphere lit up: jokes about Disney-"Star Wars" mash-ups, quips about Jedi as Mouse House characters. ("Leia is a Disney princess now," wrote Alice Taylor of the digital toy company MakieLab.) My colleagues at Company Town are breaking down the business implications. As George Lucas said in a statement, this was a way for the franchise to keep going after he's gone (and possibly stewarded better, he might have added, than in his lifetime)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
When his movie "John Carter" thudded into theaters in March, director Andrew Stanton escaped to New York and spent the next three weeks riding the subway, noodling on scripts and visiting with his daughter and some friends. For the first time since he started at Pixar Animation Studios in 1990 at age 24, Stanton was facing an unfamiliar sensation - the gut punch of a public failure in an industry that hardly shelters it. The film had forced Walt Disney Studios to take a $200-million write-down and helped lead to the departure of two top executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Even at 100, Tarzan, the Lord of the Jungle, is still the ultimate swinger. Since Edgar Rice Burroughs' first tale, "Tarzan of the Apes," appeared in the popular All-Story magazine a century ago, the world's infatuation has never abated for the athletic, buff and educated man who lives in the jungles of Africa. Now Tarzan is the subject of a lavish coffee-table book, "Tarzan The Centennial Celebration," by Scott Tracy Griffin. The well-researched look at Burroughs and his creation features a forward by Ron Ely, who played Tarzan in the 1966-68 NBC series.
OPINION
September 9, 2003
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BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | Amy Kaufman
Three days after Walt Disney Studios said it would incur a $200-million loss on "John Carter," the film's star, Taylor Kitsch, was still licking his wounds. He had just returned to his Beverly Hills hotel, cheeks flushed following a boxing workout where a fellow gym rat had tried to console him about the box-office dud. "This guy came up to me and goes, 'Next one. Don't worry about it, you'll be fine,' " Kitsch chafed. "I'm like, 'I'm not worried about it, man. I didn't market the movie.
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