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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Bryan Cranston is not a happy camper in the newly released trailer for the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot, and given the widespread destruction all around him, it's easy to see why. As the video surveys downed planes, terrified crowds, smoldering wreckage and hovering military helicopters, a desperate Cranston, playing scientist Joe Brody, seethes. "You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster," he says. "You're lying. It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon.
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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
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
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Jackie Robinson beat the odds again this weekend, as a film about the player who broke baseball's color barrier outperformed at the box office. "42," which tells the story of the first African American Major League Baseball player, debuted with a robust $27.3 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That figure far exceeded prerelease industry polling, which suggested the film would start off with about $21 million. The weekend's other new film, "Scary Movie 5," didn't have as much success at the box office.
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
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.
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