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September 21, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
With news that Disney has reached licensing agreements that will allow it to bring “Avatar” rides and attractions to its theme parks (Florida first, maybe as early as 2016), we have to ponder this question: How much do you really remember about the movie? It's only been a couple of years since the blockbuster film made its debut. And sequels are said to be in the works for 2014 and 2015. And, most important, the true aficionado will never forget. On the other hand, others may never have known.
July 16, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the biggest fish in the live music business, has purchased Rexly Inc., a tiny minnow of a music start-up based in San Francisco.  The acquisition, announced Monday, is part of Live Nation's ambitious expansion into digital, which the Beverly Hills company views as a potent channel for reaching new audiences and, ultimately, selling more tickets to its concerts. Last year, Live Nation acquired BigChampagne, a Los Angeles company that measures digital media consumption, particularly music.
September 12, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Don't look for Showtime to offer an over-the-top alternative anytime soon. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, said, "We like the eco-system as it is now. " Showtime is a unit of CBS. Going over-the-top is media industry lingo for offering a cable channel via broadband on an individual basis. As more people gobble up content through digital platforms such as Netflix, there is continuing speculation that down the road pay-cable channels such as HBO and Showtime will move to that model.
July 25, 2009 | Denise Martin; Scott Collins; Alex Pham
Judging by Thursday's 25-minute preview unveiled at Comic-Con, James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" will be every bit the spectacle of his 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic." The animated "Avatar" is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na'vi -- tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked.
February 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Pandora Media Inc., an Internet streaming radio service used by more than 80 million listeners, announced plans Friday to sell shares in an initial public offering this year. Pandora, which has a catalog of 800,000 songs from more than 80,000 artists, has roughly half the market for Internet radio in 2010, according to a study published in November by Ando Media. Though the service is wildly popular, it has yet to make a profit. In its prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Pandora reported a $16.8-million loss on $55.1 million in revenue for its fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010.
March 12, 1989
Regarding your editorial, "The Real Issue Is Students' Health" (Feb. 19), the birth control controversy may have clouded the issue. We in Los Angeles know experientially that school-based clinics have no silver lining. San Fernando High School (in the L.A. Unified School District), received a clinic in November, 1987. About 25% of the predominantly Hispanic 3,000-member student body uses its services. This on-campus clinic has been a classic case of "what you see is (not) what you get."
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