CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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, 2014 |
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by Insure.com. The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
August 30, 2008 |
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is in the process of developing its first cultural master plan since 1991, and the agency wants your input. Along with holding community meetings throughout the city over the next few months, Cultural Affairs also invites the public to take an online survey detailing individual cultural activities, preferences and motivations. To take the survey, visit www.culturalplan.lacity.org. -- Diane Haithman