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February 15, 2005 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
The other day James L. White gave me a tour of the place where he spent his first decade trying to make a living in Hollywood. It's a tour every wannabe screenwriter should take so they could measure the vast distance that lies between taking a first crack at telling a story and creating a film that not only touches people's souls but earns an Oscar best picture nomination.
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February 15, 2005 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
The other day James L. White gave me a tour of the place where he spent his first decade trying to make a living in Hollywood. It's a tour every wannabe screenwriter should take so they could measure the vast distance that lies between taking a first crack at telling a story and creating a film that not only touches people's souls but earns an Oscar best picture nomination.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004
"Ray" on DVD: Universal has announced that its musical biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, will arrive on DVD on Feb. 1. More Social D: Orange County punk band Social Distortion has added a sixth show for tonight at the Wiltern LG after five sold-out performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004
"Ray" on DVD: Universal has announced that its musical biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, will arrive on DVD on Feb. 1. More Social D: Orange County punk band Social Distortion has added a sixth show for tonight at the Wiltern LG after five sold-out performances.
NEWS
May 4, 1985 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger, switching roles from scientists and space explorers to amateur electricians and repairmen, continued to pull order out of chaos Friday and to salvage a mission that had been moving toward failure. The latest tape-and-baling-wire repair came when Dr. Norman E. Thagard, a physician, and Lodewijk van den Berg, a chemical engineer, rewired and brought back to life a machine designed to monitor cosmic rays.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Satyajit Ray's "Distant Thunder," which opens the city's "multicultural" films-on-video series tonight, was inspired by the Indian famine that killed millions during the later years of World War II. The film informs us that as combat escalated, rice eventually became as rare as gold dust. Made in 1973, and based on Bibhutibhusan Banerjee's 1946 novel of the same name, "Distant Thunder" begins with a romantic appreciation of military might.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix flexed its muscle Monday, saying it would raise prices about 20% for subscribers who rent Blu-ray movie discs. The movie service said the higher rates would allow it to stock more copies of the high-definition discs to keep pace with demand. The rate change, which takes effect April 27, will add $4 to the $17 monthly fee paid by subscribers who rent three movies at a time. Customers who rent standard DVDs will not be affected.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012
Here's a look at some of Ray Bradbury's movie and TV work: Movies: "It Came From Outer Space" (1953): Bradbury supplied the story for this 3-D sci-fi classic about an amateur astronomer who sights a spaceship. "Moby Dick" (1956): Bradbury penned the script for John Huston's ambitious adaptation of Herman Melville's allegorical novel, starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. "Fahrenheit 451" (1966): Francois Truffaut's first English-language film was an adaptation of Bradbury's tale of a future in which books are outlawed.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and “Safe House” stayed on top of the DVD and  Blu-ray sales and rental charts, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada last week.  Among new movies, “Project X” emerged the best-seller and “Wanderlust” the best renter. Other new movies that launched last week were “Big Miracle” which debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and “Seeking Justice” at No.5. The action thriller “Safe House,” starring Denzel Washington, stayed at No. 1 on the rental chart for the third week in a row. However, on the disc sales chart, it dropped three places from the prior week to No.6.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Joe Flint
An industrywide slump in DVD sales and the weak economy have prompted Paramount Pictures to enter into talks with at least two competitors to merge some aspects of its home video operations, people briefed on the negotiations said. Although discussions are still preliminary, the Viacom Inc.-owned studio initiated talks a few months ago with Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox to handle the production, packaging, distribution and administrative elements of their DVD businesses, these people said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Satyajit Ray's "Distant Thunder," which opens the city's "multicultural" films-on-video series tonight, was inspired by the Indian famine that killed millions during the later years of World War II. The film informs us that as combat escalated, rice eventually became as rare as gold dust. Made in 1973, and based on Bibhutibhusan Banerjee's 1946 novel of the same name, "Distant Thunder" begins with a romantic appreciation of military might.
NEWS
May 4, 1985 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger, switching roles from scientists and space explorers to amateur electricians and repairmen, continued to pull order out of chaos Friday and to salvage a mission that had been moving toward failure. The latest tape-and-baling-wire repair came when Dr. Norman E. Thagard, a physician, and Lodewijk van den Berg, a chemical engineer, rewired and brought back to life a machine designed to monitor cosmic rays.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Chmielewski is a Times staff writer.
Hollywood is singing the holiday blues. Several major studios and consumer electronics companies are bankrolling a $25-million marketing campaign this holiday season to promote Blu-ray movie discs. The commercials will begin airing this month on television shows and cable channels that attract heavily male audiences (the classic technology early adopter), such as Fox's NFL games, ESPN, Comedy Central and the Discovery Channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
James Franco is an actor-turned-artist-turned-author-turned-actor-playing-an-artist-named-Franco in the soap opera "General Hospital" — who has made a movie, "Francophrenia," that documents the experience. He's about as "meta" as it gets. Now Franco has brought his knack for melding pop culture and fine art in unorthodox ways to a new exhibition for Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. "Rebel," which opens Tuesday, is a high-concept group show that is a loose, interpretive ode to the 1955 James Dean film "Rebel Without a Cause.
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