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.
August 16, 1998
Airline customers are mad as hell, and they're just not taking it anymore--or are they? Only 417 travelers--about enough to fill a jumbo jet--responded last month to an online survey titled the "Air Traveler's Bill of Rights," launched with fanfare by the American Society of Travel Agents. That wasn't enough to get airline-by-airline ratings, and ASTA conceded it was disappointed. Still, a solid 66.
February 13, 2014 |
Money worries are killing romance right when we need it, on Valentine's Day. The holiday means pricey dinners and sparkly gifts, an outlay of cash -- and added financial stress -- for many Americans. For those wanting to add some romantic sizzle, money worries are a cold shower. PHOTOS: For Valentine's Day, monogamous animals A recent survey shows money-related stress may be snuffing out sexual desire. A majority of Americans surveyed in the Harris poll, conducted for financial data company Yodlee , thought about money more often than sex -- 62% of those 18 and older.
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.
November 3, 2003 |
Eating at your desk could make you sick. A new survey from the American Dietetic Assn. has found that nearly a third of those who bring their lunch to the office don't refrigerate it. Worse still, about four-fifths of them leave their lunch at room temperature for more than three hours -- ample time for those leftovers, salads, fish dishes or meat-and-cheese sandwiches to go bad. And although office parties allow co-workers to share some fun, they may also be sharing the spoilage.
June 26, 2013 |
The confirmation has arrived. Tablet owners do describe themselves as self-important know-it-alls. Nearly seven in 10 tablet owners say they are more knowledgeable about current events than their friends, compared to nearly five in 10 non-tablet owners, according to an online survey by Wakefield Research. A greater percentage of tablet owners also said they have pretended to know about a news story to impress someone else -- 52% versus 27%. The survey also found that half of women and a third of men have cried to mourn a celebrity's death.
October 14, 2012 |
Despite the fear of identity theft and threats from computer viruses, the use of public wireless Internet has jumped by 240% in the last 12 months, a new survey has found. The top log-in sites were coffee shops and restaurants (75%), hotels (54%) and airports (38%), according to an online survey of 377 people by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in partnership with Private Wifi, a firm that develops online protection software. Still, Internet users are aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
August 26, 2012 |
When you travel for business, you might work hard and live a clean life, but most people suspect you are drinking, cheating on your spouse and stuffing your face with fatty food. That's the conclusion of an online survey of more than 2,000 adults taken by Harris Interactive on behalf of On24 Inc., a San Francisco-based Web casting and virtual events company. The survey found that 94% of those surveyed said “bad behaviors” take place among people who travel to business trade shows and conventions.
August 28, 2012 |
Here's something to ponder as Labor Day approaches: Los Angeles workers leave the highest percentage of their total employer-provided vacation time unused: 35%. By comparison, Boston workers let only 16% of their vacation days go unused. That's according to a new survey of America's 10 largest cities released this week by private destination club Inspirato . In all cities except Boston and Philadelphia, the majority of employees do not use all of their vacation time. San Francisco workers leave 32% of their total vacation days on the table, second only to L.A.'s 35%. Among America's 10 largest cities, the study found residents of Washington, D.C., were the most likely to take a vacation over the last five years while Chicagoans were the least likely.
March 31, 2013 |
The world's largest hotel company is giving its guests free Internet access. But there is a catch. U.K.-based Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes such brands as Holiday Inn, Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza hotels, said guests will get free Internet at all of IHG's 4,600 hotels in more than 100 countries by joining its newly renamed loyalty reward program, IHG Rewards Club. To join, members must submit an email and a business or home address, which can be shared with third-party businesses.