October 2, 2013 |
Residential blocks east of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are filling in as the area attracts more young singles, couples and baby boomers. Six real estate parcels, now mostly parking lots in the shadow of AT&T Center, have been purchased in what may be the largest downtown land acquisition since the recession. And a $750-million residential complex there is on the drawing boards. Sleek high-rise apartment towers, shops and restaurants are to rise along a path of real estate development spreading east from Staples that is transforming a former asphalt-covered dead zone in South Park into a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
September 30, 2013 |
The infection caused by "World War Z" has spread from the box office to home entertainment. The apocalyptic zombie film starring Brad Pitt is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, and it's also the No. 1 rental. The movie, based on the fictional oral history by Max Brooks, was a major summer hit for Paramount and director Marc Forster that generated more than $539 million at theaters worldwide. ...
September 25, 2013 |
In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects' Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs. The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes: Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
September 18, 2013 |
Investors have been battering the company that owns the Redbox DVD kiosks after the company cut its forecast for third-quarter and full-year earnings because customers are keeping movies fewer days. Outerwall Inc. shares are down 13% from Monday's close and have lost 26% since reaching a 52-week high on July 25. The company, which also operates Coinstar coin-counting kiosks, said Tuesday that its revenue has been lower than expected because of a promotional discount campaign and because people kept movies for fewer nights in August.
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September 17, 2013 |
"Now You See Me," which became a surprise hit when it was released in theaters in May, is topping charts in home entertainment. For the week ended Sept. 7, it was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week on retail shelves, according to Rentrak. The Summit Entertainment film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, follows a team of investigators as they pursue a group of bank-robbing illusionists. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "Now You See Me" was also the top video-on-demand title and reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Xbox during the last week, noted Lionsgate, which owns Summit. At the box office, the film grossed $117 million domestically and more than $200 million internationally.
September 6, 2013 |
Airbnb, an online service that helps people rent rooms to travelers from around the world, has allowed hundreds of Angelenos to turn their dwellings into a potentially lucrative source of income. But the influx of short-term guests has also led some neighbors to complain about noise, traffic and other annoyances. City officials could step up enforcement of an ordinance that bans short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods, which would stop much of what's happening on Airbnb. That stricture, however, is overly broad.
September 3, 2013 |
The computer-animated fantasy film "Epic" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, passing the action movies that dominated the previous week's rankings. "Olympus Has Fallen," a White House-set action movie starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, fell to No. 2 in its second week. "Epic," featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis and Beyonce, tells the story of a teenage girl magically sent to a secret forest in the midst of an intense struggle between good and evil.
September 2, 2013 |
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.
August 26, 2013 |
A trio of action films took the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray spots last week as the explosion-packed blockbusters from the spring started to hit retail shelves. In its first week in release, the White House-set thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" was the No. 1 DVD and Blu-ray title. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who has to save the White House from a terrorist takeover, got a lukewarm critical reception but performed well at the box office . PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" slipped to second place for the week, and "G.I.