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January 14, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Following weak box office performances for re-releases of "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans for   a 3-D "The Little Mermaid" in September. The underwater animated hit from 1989 was the fourth and final 3-D re-release for which Disney announced plans in late 2011 after "The Lion King" proved a surprise hit in the format, grossing nearly $100 million in the U.S. and Canada. But "The Lion King" turned out to be an anomaly, as the three follow-ups grossed far less.
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January 14, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Following weak box office performances for re-releases of "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans for   a 3-D "The Little Mermaid" in September. The underwater animated hit from 1989 was the fourth and final 3-D re-release for which Disney announced plans in late 2011 after "The Lion King" proved a surprise hit in the format, grossing nearly $100 million in the U.S. and Canada. But "The Lion King" turned out to be an anomaly, as the three follow-ups grossed far less.
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May 3, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Like the subtitle of his next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has found himself "on stranger tides" at Disney. Under new studio Chairman Rich Ross, Disney is tacking in a new direction, bringing more fiscal restraint to its movies — especially the costly spectacles that are Bruckheimer's stock in trade. His lavish, action-packed productions, from "Armageddon" to the multibillion-dollar franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," have drawn crowds and contributed generously to Disney's bottom line.
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December 28, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"Fast Five," "The Hangover Part II" and "Thor" were the year's most pirated movies, topping a list that contained some surprising differences from the most popular movies at the box office. The fifth and most successful installment in Universal Pictures' high-octane "The Fast and the Furious" action series, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, was downloaded 9.3 million times worldwide in 2011 through BitTorrent Inc.'s file-sharing technology. The data was compiled by the BitTorrent-focused website TorrentFreak.
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May 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Appeals Court Upholds Judgment Against Universal: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 1991 jury verdict for $11.6 million in favor of Accent Films against Universal Pictures. Accent had claimed that Universal in 1983 breached a contract to distribute the Roman Polanski film "Pirates." The film, eventually released by MGM/UA in 1986, was a box office flop. Accent had claimed that Universal refused to pay $18 million of the $27-million budget of the film for U.S.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Universal Hit by Big Judgment: A federal jury in Santa Ana ordered Universal Pictures to pay more than $11.6 million to Accent Films in a breach of contract suit. Accent had contended that Universal reneged on an oral agreement to distribute the Roman Polanski film "Pirates," which was later distributed by MGM/UA and bombed at the box office. "Universal is reviewing the verdict with its counsel and at this time has no further comment," a spokeswoman for the studio said,
BUSINESS
December 28, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"Fast Five," "The Hangover Part II" and "Thor" were the year's most pirated movies, topping a list that contained some surprising differences from the most popular movies at the box office. The fifth and most successful installment in Universal Pictures' high-octane "The Fast and the Furious" action series, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, was downloaded 9.3 million times worldwide in 2011 through BitTorrent Inc.'s file-sharing technology. The data was compiled by the BitTorrent-focused website TorrentFreak.
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May 22, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal marshals seized 378 allegedly pirated movies from a video store here, including recent releases such as "A River Runs Through It" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." Video-$-Day on Calle de Industrias was raided by authorities on Thursday after a lengthy investigation initiated by representatives of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "We had several complaints from consumers about the quality of the tapes there, so we launched an investigation," said David H.
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February 28, 1998 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a nearly monthlong investigation of a video store rumored to be selling cigarettes to minors, police said Friday that they had uncovered more than a tobacco-vending violation. "We found more than 500 pirated videotapes the store was selling," said Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young. "And the surprising thing about them is that the tapes were of movies that were just released and aren't on videotape yet."
BUSINESS
June 17, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Senate Judiciary Committee has signed off on a bill that would criminalize websites that profit by streaming bootleg movies to consumers. The committee approved legislation that would make it a felony for operators of websites to make money from delivering pirated movies to consumers via online streaming. It's expected to be taken up by the full Senate later this year. Current anti-piracy laws, which were enacted in the 1990s, target the downloading of movies from so-called peer-to-peer websites but do not address the growing problem of online streaming of pirated content.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Senate Judiciary Committee has signed off on a bill that would criminalize websites that profit by streaming bootleg movies to consumers. The committee approved legislation that would make it a felony for operators of websites to make money from delivering pirated movies to consumers via online streaming. It's expected to be taken up by the full Senate later this year. Current anti-piracy laws, which were enacted in the 1990s, target the downloading of movies from so-called peer-to-peer websites but do not address the growing problem of online streaming of pirated content.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that seeks to rein in foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies and TV shows, a move that drew widespread support from a broad coalition of entertainment industry groups. Called the Protect IP Act, the proposed law is strongly backed by Hollywood's chief lobbying group, the Motion Picture Assn. of America, as well as the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the National Assn. of Theatre Owners and other industry and labor organizations.
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May 3, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Like the subtitle of his next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has found himself "on stranger tides" at Disney. Under new studio Chairman Rich Ross, Disney is tacking in a new direction, bringing more fiscal restraint to its movies — especially the costly spectacles that are Bruckheimer's stock in trade. His lavish, action-packed productions, from "Armageddon" to the multibillion-dollar franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," have drawn crowds and contributed generously to Disney's bottom line.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Johnny Ray Gasca, a Los Angeles resident whom the FBI has called the poster boy of movie piracy, said taping movies in theaters wasn't illegal at the time he was arrested. Gasca, 35, is accused of taping movies, including Sony Pictures' "Anger Management," at screenings before they were released and selling copies he made over the Internet. Piracy costs the movie industry about $3.5 billion a year in lost business, according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz and Jon Healey, Times Staff Writers
Hollywood's all-out war against movie piracy is turning into a big-budget bomb, with illegal copies of virtually every new release -- and even some films that have yet to debut in theaters -- turning up on the Internet. Sophisticated computer users currently can download pirated versions of titles ranging from "Bad Santa" to "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a nearly monthlong investigation of a video store rumored to be selling cigarettes to minors, police said Friday that they had uncovered more than a tobacco-vending violation. "We found more than 500 pirated videotapes the store was selling," said Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young. "And the surprising thing about them is that the tapes were of movies that were just released and aren't on videotape yet."
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October 2, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assistant FBI Director William M. Baker, who has headed the bureau's efforts to fight terrorism and organized and white-collar crime, is leaving to combat the $1.2-billion annual piracy of U.S. films for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, it was learned Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz and Jon Healey, Times Staff Writers
Hollywood's all-out war against movie piracy is turning into a big-budget bomb, with illegal copies of virtually every new release -- and even some films that have yet to debut in theaters -- turning up on the Internet. Sophisticated computer users currently can download pirated versions of titles ranging from "Bad Santa" to "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
BUSINESS
May 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Appeals Court Upholds Judgment Against Universal: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 1991 jury verdict for $11.6 million in favor of Accent Films against Universal Pictures. Accent had claimed that Universal in 1983 breached a contract to distribute the Roman Polanski film "Pirates." The film, eventually released by MGM/UA in 1986, was a box office flop. Accent had claimed that Universal refused to pay $18 million of the $27-million budget of the film for U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal marshals seized 378 allegedly pirated movies from a video store here, including recent releases such as "A River Runs Through It" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." Video-$-Day on Calle de Industrias was raided by authorities on Thursday after a lengthy investigation initiated by representatives of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "We had several complaints from consumers about the quality of the tapes there, so we launched an investigation," said David H.
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