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September 21, 2013 |
More people are flocking to downtown Los Angeles - and they have more money to spend, downtown advocates declared as they unveiled the results of a new study. "We have more people. They're making more money. They are more educated. And they are demanding more," said Carol Schatz, president and chief executive of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. Schatz based her comments on an online survey promoted through community newspaper ads, postcards and door hangers.
January 28, 2013 |
For millions of U.S. consumers, one screen in the living room is not enough. A new study from KPMG finds that 60% of American television viewers are devoted multitaskers, watching TV and accessing the Internet at the same time. "We continue to see that multitasking is getting bigger and bigger," said Paul Wissmann, leader of KPMG's U.S. Media & Telecommunications practice. "It's getting to older generations as well, as there are more and more options in front of them. " IN CASE YOU MISSED IT SAG 2013: Winners | Quotes | Photo Booth | Backstage | Best & Worst That has implications for network programmers and advertisers, which can no longer be sure which screen is drawing the viewer's eyes, Wissmann said.
January 2, 2013 |
Sure, it featured one of the most star-studded ensembles in the history of comic book movies. And yes, it took in more box-office dollars than any other movie in 2012. But Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" can now also boast another, less noble distinction: the most overrated film of the year. According to more than 2,600 respondents to a Times online survey Joss Whedon's get-the-band-together take on the iconic superheroes was the most overpraised feature film of 2012. The sometimes-quippy, sometimes-geeky save-the-world-fest garnered a whopping 85% of the votes, besting by a wide margin the next-closest film, Ridley' Scott's sci-fi actioner “Prometheus,” which drew just under 5%. Best of 2012: Movies | TV | Pop music | Jazz | Video Games | Art | Theater | Dance | Classical music Of course, big money tends to come with a big backlash.
July 3, 2013 |
Corporate America may be running away from Paula Deen as fast as it can, but ordinary viewers are sticking with the deposed chef, a new poll says. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they did not believe that Deen was a racist, according to the online survey from search engine Ask.com. And nearly two-thirds believe that another network will pick up Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network after scandal engulfed her last month. PHOTOS: Paula Deen scandal A court deposition surfaced in which Deen admitted to using the N-word and also planning a wedding party that would attire black wait staff as slaves.
September 12, 2012 |
Amazon is going into the comics business. It has become increasingly common in Hollywood for writers and producers who want to sell an original idea to a studio to first create a comic book. That gives them a piece of illustrated material to use while pitching and, if sales are decent, evidence that audiences are already interested in the concept. It also allows risk-averse studio executives to option a property rather than feel that they are taking a gamble on a total unknown.
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July 16, 2013 |
Can kidz rite 2day? Despite popular perceptions that the onslaught of texting, tweeting and other digital technologies is ruining students writing skills, a national survey of teachers released Tuesday found such advantages as greater creativity, personal expression and increased collaboration. Teachers gave more than half their students grades of good to excellent for effectively organizing writing assignments, considering multiple viewpoints, synthesizing content from multiple sources, using appropriate style and tone, and constructing strong arguments in the survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.