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February 23, 2013
Re “ Sneak peek fees pique studios ,” Business, Feb. 19 Thank you for reporting on this irritating new practice, whereby studios are being strong-armed by theaters into paying to have trailers screened. Studios and theater owners decry losing audience share, but when they subject their audiences to 20 minutes or more of trailers, what do they expect? I, for one, will express my displeasure by always choosing an independent theater. Laurie Trainor Los Angeles Recently I sat through more than 20 painful minutes of inane trailers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
As the ties between Hollywood and China continue to deepen, organizers plan to bring a first-of-its-kind entertainment industry convention to Los Angeles this fall. The U.S. China Film & TV Industry Expo, aimed at broadening business relationships between film and TV producers in the U.S. and China, will hold its inaugural event Sept. 15 and 16 at the L.A. Convention Center. The expo will include exhibitors from the U.S. and China and will feature panels bringing together filmmakers and entertainment industry executives from both countries to discuss such topics as navigating China's bureaucracy and forming co-production deals.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Hal Douglas, a voice-over artist whose husky intonations provided the backdrop to thousands of movie trailers, has died at age 89, according to the New York Times. Douglas' daughter, Sarah, said the cause was complications of pancreatic cancer. In a career spanning five decades, Douglas narrated trailers for serious dramas ("Philadelphia") comedies ("Meet the Parents," "Men in Black"), action movies ("Lethal Weapon," "Con Air") and everything in between. His demo reel, which you can watch above, further demonstrates his range and prolificacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the age of social media, it should come as no surprise that moviegoers are weighing the recommendations of their peers on sites such as Facebook and Twitter when making their choices at the multiplex. Even so, the majority of moviegoers still rely on good old-fashioned reviews, according to a recent Nielsen poll. Nielsen's 2013 American Moviegoing report found that 80% of moviegoers refer to reviews at least some of the time when they're considering what to see. By comparison, 40% of those surveyed they value recommendations they see posted by their friends or family on social media.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Jimmy Orr
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire.  "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase .  Regardless, Douglas was a classic.  He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
A New Jersey company may not make its own online trailers for Disney and Miramax movies after a federal judge ruled that trailers, like movies themselves, are protected by copyright. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said trailers were not included in the "fair use" statute that allows, in some instances, the use of quotes and clips from writings, music and other media. The ruling gives film companies control over how their trailers are used.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Screenzone, a start-up company from New Jersey, is bringing movie trailers to shopping malls. Friday at Torrance's Del Amo Fashion Center, a 4-by-8-foot screen located near Warner Bros. Studio Store and Suncoast Video will start showing movie trailers to thousands of shoppers. The venture is the first of dozens planned by South Orange, N.J.-based Screenzone. There would appear to be good prospects for a medium that targets moviegoers at the point of purchase--malls that contain movie theaters.
NEWS
March 3, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jack Atlas, Hollywood publicist and developer of motion picture "trailers" or "previews" to tout upcoming films, has died. He was 81. Atlas, who worked for MGM and Columbia before starting his own firm, died Friday at his home in West Los Angeles. A 1939 graduate of Tufts University, he first worked in MGM's publicity department, but began making trailers after serving in the Navy during World War II.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2003 | John Derevlany
Why must the stuntman lecture me about movie piracy? This is what I asked myself recently while waiting for the feature presentation to start at the Beverly Center theaters. The same goes for the set painter who told me not to steal movies just before a showing at another cinema a few weeks earlier. For the last few months, the Motion Picture Assn. of America has been running a series of 60-second movie trailers to discourage people from downloading pirated copies of films.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Art Gilmore, who launched his more than 60-year career as an announcer in the 1930s and became a widely recognized voice on radio, television, commercials, documentaries and movie trailers, has died. He was 98. Gilmore died Sept. 25 of age-related causes at a convalescent care center near his home in Irvine, said his nephew, Robb Weller. "He was one of an elite corps of radio and television announcers, a voice that everyone in America recognized because it was ubiquitous," film critic and show business historian Leonard Maltin told The Times this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Hal Douglas, a voice-over artist whose husky intonations provided the backdrop to thousands of movie trailers, has died at age 89, according to the New York Times. Douglas' daughter, Sarah, said the cause was complications of pancreatic cancer. In a career spanning five decades, Douglas narrated trailers for serious dramas ("Philadelphia") comedies ("Meet the Parents," "Men in Black"), action movies ("Lethal Weapon," "Con Air") and everything in between. His demo reel, which you can watch above, further demonstrates his range and prolificacy.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Jimmy Orr
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire.  "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase .  Regardless, Douglas was a classic.  He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
On Wednesday, the trailer for the film "The Fault In Our Stars" was posted online. On Thursday, the novel was on top of Amazon's bestseller list . The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a girl who meets Gus, a guy (Ansel Elgot) in a cancer support group for teens. Excitement about the film has sent lots of new readers to buy a copy of the book online. John Green's young adult novel "The Fault in Our Stars" was published in January 2012. Since then, it's  had plenty of time at the top of bestseller lists, including 68 weeks on our own hardcover list.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting in State of the Union mode. The Skinny: I've watched the first two episodes of Fox's "The Following," and while the producers have done a good job coming up with compelling and creepy new characters, I'm not sure I'm up for another season of murder and mayhem. It's very draining. Tuesday's headlines include the latest twist in Charter's efforts to buy Time Warner Cable. Also, movie theater owners want shorter trailers and media pundits are busy analyzing Jay Leno's final interviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Cinema owners have long complained about the length of movie trailers. Now they're clamping down. New guidelines issued Monday by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners call for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes. The guidelines, which the trade group said were designed to "maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the industry's marketing efforts," also call for restricting marketing time for trailers to 150 days prior to the release date of the film, and 120 days for all other in-theater marketing materials.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2006 | Susan King
Hal Douglas Voice-over actor for four decades specializing in movie trailers, TV, documentaries, commercials and business films. "It's really narration in all of its own forms. One takes what comes -- that is the working craft, you know." Currently providing the voice-overs for the faux movie trailers in "The Holiday" and for the actual trailers for "Night at the Museum."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Now you can order movie tickets on your television set. Fandango, the Los Angeles-based online ticketing service, said it will debut a new service that allows consumers to watch movie trailers and order tickets on Samsung Smart TVs. Fandango's high-definition movie trailers, embedded with ticketing features, will be built into the Movies & TV Shows panel, a video recommendation and discovery service offered on Samsung Smart TVs.  The...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
It's hard not to feel, well, torn about "Torn," a post-post-9/11 melodrama that only occasionally lives up to its noble ambitions. The film sets out to follow the dynamic that develops between very different mothers whose teenage sons are killed, along with eight others, in a Northern California shopping mall explosion. But the friendship of these women - Pakistani American Maryam (Mahnoor Baloch) and the rougher-hewn Lea (Dendrie Taylor) - never really gets going before they are at odds.
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