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October 1, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Pictures will release "Warcraft," a film from Legendary Pictures based on the best-selling video game franchise of the same name, on Dec. 18, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday afternoon. "Warcraft," to be directed by "Source Code's" Duncan Jones, is the first Legendary project to get a release date since the production company signed a deal  with Universal in July. Under terms of the arrangement,  Universal, a unit of NBCUniversal, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
While two new movies will open Friday, all eyes will be on the second weekend performance of "The Dark Knight Rises," which will be dampened in part by moviegoer reluctance to go to the multiplex after last week's massacre in a Colorado theater. The final installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, however, will again dominate the box office, though box-office experts believe some moviegoers will steer clear of theaters after last Friday's mass shootings at a post-midnight screening of "Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo.
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
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
June 16, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Dawn C. Chmielewski and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
In the latest sign of Hollywood's accelerated efforts to expand its presence in the fast-growing Chinese market, Warner Bros. Entertainment has announced plans to offer its movies via cable television there, the first such venture by a major studio. Warner Bros. expects as many as 3 million Chinese households to have access to its recently released films and older titles as early as this summer through pay-per-view and on-demand services. Ultimately, the studio, a division of Time Warner Inc., is hoping to reach 200 million homes in a country where access to Hollywood entertainment has been undermined by government control and censorship.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Will the kids who turn out for “Despicable Me 2” get the better of the on-screen man-children of “Grown Ups 2”? The two films will battle for No. 1 at the multiplex this weekend, as Guillermo del Toro's 3-D "Pacific Rim" will meanwhile hope to avoid the same fate as recent big-budget flops “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down” and “After Earth.” "Despicable Me 2," which debuted with a huge $83.5 million, will likely take...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
China bought $91.9-billion worth of U.S. goods last year, including boatloads of medical devices, precious metals and electrical equipment. But when it comes to America's most celebrated cultural export - Hollywood movies - crossing China's borders has proved more difficult than climbing the Great Wall. After years of frustration with the Chinese government's severe limits on how many imported movies can play in its theaters, several prominent American film producers are cutting ambitious deals with Chinese firms that provide alternative routes into the country's exploding movie market.
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.
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.
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."
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