June 6, 2012 |
"John Carter's" journey into Redbox kiosks may be as complicated as a flight to Mars. Walt Disney Studios has decided to not sell its DVDs to any rental outlets, including Redbox, Netflix and Blockbuster, until 28 days after they go on sale. Disney previously offered its DVDs to Redbox the same day they went on sale at retail stores and online. The policy change began with the studio's release of the Japanese animation movie "The Secret World of Arrietty" on May 22, a studio spokeswoman confirmed, but has gained widespread notice this week as it is applying to the high-profile flop "John Carter.
June 7, 2012 |
Netflix is joining Redbox in defying Walt Disney Studios' attempt to stop DVD rentals for four weeks after the discs go on sale. Disney recently decided not to provide its discs to the nation's largest rental companies until 28 days after they hit store shelves, adopting a policy similar to those of 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. (Warner's so-called "window" is even longer: 56 days). The studios believe the delay can help boost home entertainment revenue by steering consumers toward more profitable DVD purchases and video-on-demand rentals.
April 1, 2005 |
Noah Wyle, the only leading player from the original "ER" cast to have stayed with the show, will leave the medical drama at the end of this season. But he won't disappear entirely: NBC says the actor has committed to returning for four episodes in each of the next two seasons. Wyle, who plays Dr. John Carter, will bid farewell to colleagues at the Chicago hospital in the season finale, scheduled for broadcast May 19.
May 26, 1991 |
** 1/2 Horace Tapscott, "The Dark Tree 1 & 2," Hat Hut . The problem with this pair of live recordings is that the Los Angeles pianist's all-star supporting cast--the late clarinetist John Carter, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Andrew Cyrille--is just that , a backup band and not a group that's had the chance to live with Tapscott's music. Consequently, the playing behind the leader's cascading torrents is too stiff and formal.
August 15, 1993
Many recent articles in The Times' Business section leave the impression that enforcement of Mexican ecology laws is much less stringent than in the United States. In fact, it appears that the next segment of U.S. industry to experience significant growth--perhaps replacing some of the dwindling aerospace business in Southern California--will be related to the Mexican environmental effort. Do not present Mexico as a backward country incapable of instituting meaningful environmental controls.
August 14, 2003 |
Noah Wyle knows a good thing when he sees it. The actor, who plays Dr. John Carter on NBC's "ER," has signed to continue in the medical drama through the 2004-05 season, Warner Bros. Television said Wednesday. Wyle is the only member of the original cast to have stayed with the show continuously since its premiere in 1994. Sherry Stringfield, who plays Dr. Susan Lewis, was in the original cast but left the series for a few years to pursue other activities.
November 29, 2012 |
Air Force Capt. Harry "Skip" Brittenham was stranded in officers' quarters in Washington, D.C., during a snowstorm in 1964 when he found a copy of "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings. " He couldn't put it down. The next day, he trudged through the snow until he found an open bookstore with a copy of the sequel. Today, Brittenham is arguably Hollywood's most powerful deal-maker, an attorney whose A-list clients have included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
July 31, 2001 |
Seventy-one swimmers from 27 aquatics clubs were selected to the 80-member Southern California contingent that will compete in the Western Zone Championships Aug. 7-11 in Maui, Hawaii. Irvine Novaquatic boys' qualifiers are T.K. Erwin, Douglas Ciolli, Peter Baer, David Hwang, Erik Johnson, Collin Gladys and David Kim. Girls' swimmers are Kimberlee Frith, Frances Tran, Stephanie Furuno and Mallory Bojorquez.