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February 7, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The Deal Random House Films, in tandem with Focus Features, options Beth Raymer's "Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog," an unpublished memoir about her odyssey through the world of sports betting. The Players Raymer is represented on literary rights by Andrew Blauner (Blauner Books Literary Agency) and on film rights by Creative Artists Agency. The book will be published in 2009 by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House Inc. The Backstory In gambling, as in book-to-film deals, timing is everything.
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February 7, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The Deal Random House Films, in tandem with Focus Features, options Beth Raymer's "Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog," an unpublished memoir about her odyssey through the world of sports betting. The Players Raymer is represented on literary rights by Andrew Blauner (Blauner Books Literary Agency) and on film rights by Creative Artists Agency. The book will be published in 2009 by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House Inc. The Backstory In gambling, as in book-to-film deals, timing is everything.
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November 4, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Random House Inc. and Focus Features will join forces in a new production entity, Random House Films, the companies announced Thursday. The two firms will share financial, creative and production responsibilities for adapting books to film and turning film material into books.
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June 15, 2010
A sculpted stone head by artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at Christie's in Paris on Monday for $52.8 million, breaking the record for a work by the Italian artist, the auction house said. It was also the highest-priced work sold at an auction in France, Christie's said. An anonymous buyer bid for the piece by telephone. The piece, sculpted between 1910 and 1912, depicts an elongated head with almond-shaped eyes and flowing hair, and it is reminiscent of the artist's paintings.
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August 19, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Conan the Barbarian," a reworking of the 1982 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, is hoping to vanquish the competition at the box office this weekend. But even the sword-wielding brute may not have enough strength to conquer "The Help. " Ever since its release more than a week ago, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel about civil rights in 1960s Mississippi has been exceeding industry expectations at the box office. Audiences who saw the film last week gave it a perfect grade of A+, according to market research firm CinemaScore, and that positive word of mouth was reflected in the picture's midweek grosses.
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August 22, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Claiming the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend was an easy job for "The Help. " But for four new films, attracting moviegoers was a tougher chore. "The Help" continued its strong box office run, adding an impressive $20.5 million to its domestic tally this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. The film set in 1960s Mississippi benefited from positive word-of-mouth, with ticket sales dropping a scant 21%, bringing the movie's total to $71.8 million after 12 days in theaters.
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July 17, 2006 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
"The Devil Wears Prada," the 20th Century Fox rendition of a bestselling novel published by Random House Inc., has racked up a surprising $83 million in ticket sales so far. A $100-million domestic gross is in sight. The Random House cut of the movie bounty for "Prada"? Nada. The most it can expect is a bounce from the sale of special paperbacks tied to the film, a gross that could approach $7 million.
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