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ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
This weekend will see one of the biggest box office face-offs of the summer as two big-budget franchises aiming to attract male moviegoers go head-to-head at the multiplex. The action-heavy "Fast & Furious 6" and the raunchy comedy "The Hangover Part III" arrive in theaters over the long Memorial Day weekend. But it doesn't seem like there will be much competition for the No. 1 spot. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The latest installment in the series featuring hot cars and hot girls should easily take the top spot, raking in a robust $100 million over the four-day weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Warner Bros. is opening one of the riskiest movies of the summer this weekend, while Walt Disney Studios is opening one of the most commercially challenged. Warner's thriller "Inception" from director Christopher Nolan will probably top the box office, people who have seen pre-release surveys say, although they're far from certain how audiences will respond to its narrative complexity that's already dividing critics. The movie should open to roughly $45 million but could easily go higher or lower depending on word of mouth.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Warner Bros. has extended a deal with its longtime partner Village Roadshow Pictures, which has secured debt financing of more than $1.1 billion to invest in upcoming movies like "The Great Gatsby," "Lego," and "Mad Max: Fury Road. " The agreement is a critical one for the Burbank studio, as Village Roadshow is one of two companies that put up half the budgets for most of Warner Bros.' productions. Village, which has worked with Warner since 1997, will continue to do so through the end of 2017 under the new deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
"Godzilla" is not scheduled to set foot in the U.S. for another two years, but things are already getting ugly. Legendary Pictures, the film finance and production company behind "Inception" and "The Hangover," has been sued by a trio of prominent producers for "tens of millions of dollars" in a dispute over a planned remake of the Japanese monster classic. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, along with Lee's partner Doug Davison, filed a lawsuit against Legendary on Thursday after they were removed from the project earlier this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
20th Century Fox is finalizing a deal to co-produce movies in China with Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese conglomerate that finalized its $2.6-billion purchase of U.S. theater chain AMC Entertainment this week. Discussions about a potential partnership began last year when Fox Co-Chairman Jim Gianopulos and International Productions President Sanford Panitch were visiting China. They continued this week when Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin visited with the leaders of a number of studios during a visit to Los Angeles to mark the closing of the acquisition of AMC. Wang, who has said he intends to invest as much as $10 billion in acquiring American companies and products, met with senior executives at studios including Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2011 | Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Independent studio Relativity Media is jumping into the fast-growing Chinese film market with a deal that gives it a stake in a local production company and a means to release its own movies in the country. Relativity said Sunday evening that it was investing in SkyLand Film & Television Cultural Development Ltd., a China-based entertainment production company. By doing so, Relativity is joining forces with SkyLand's two other financial backers: SAIF Partners, an Asian private-equity firm with $3.5 billion under management, and IDG China Media, the Chinese arm of Boston-based tech firm International Data Group.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure my electric bill is paid up. The Skinny: I wonder if that blackout during the Super Bowl would have been as much fun without Twitter around for people to crack jokes and stay interested in the game. I just hope that Joe Flacco's swearing won't lead to another decade-long legal battle between CBS and the FCC. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the sometimes tense relationship between Legendary Films head Thomas Tull and Warner Bros., and the challenges of trying to make historical films look right.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Ben Fritz and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Law enforcement officials plan to continue an undercover presence in Los Angeles-area movie theaters through at least Sunday, as"The Dark Knight Rises"opened to a very strong $249 million worldwide. There was only one reported incident this past weekend after police were posted in local theaters in an effort to reduce anxiety and prevent copycat crimes following Friday's massacre at a showing of the third film in   Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise in Colorado. A man waiting for the superhero film to begin at an AMC theater in Norwalk was arrested Sunday after fellow patrons reported that he became agitated and said, "I should go off like in Colorado," sheriff's deputies said.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Twentieth Century Fox's G-rated "Horton Hears a Who!" opened to an estimated $45.1 million at the weekend box office, the studio said Sunday, the latest potent performance by a movie aimed at family audiences. The animated picture, produced for about $90 million, follows a string of G- and PG-rated hits since the fall including Walt Disney Co.'s "Enchanted" and "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" and Fox's partly animated musical-comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
When "The Hangover Part III" opened with half as many ticket sales as its predecessor in May, it was clear American moviegoers had tired of the Wolf Pack.  But there was hope yet for Warner Bros. In the two years between the second and third "Hangover," the international marketplace expanded -- and the second installment had performed especially well for a R-rated comedy overseas. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Hangover III' "If you look at the third movies of comedy trilogies -- 'Rush Hour,' 'Meet the Parents,' 'Austin Powers' -- honest to God, those movies tend to drop in their third film.
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