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October 25, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The first volleys of the next roller coaster revolution have been fired in the forested Idaho panhandle, the emerging epicenter of thrill ride innovation. Located in the small town of Hayden, Idaho, Rocky Mountain Construction has burst onto the ride manufacturing scene seemingly out of nowhere, shaking the theme park industry like a rumbling coaster train rocketing along a rickety old track with plans to build two looping wooden coasters in 2013. > Photos: Rocky Mountain and the history of looping wooden coasters Not since the coaster wars of the 1980s and '90s have the possibilities for thrill rides, new and revamped,   seemed so promising.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before trying out as Jets quarterback. The Skinny: I can't decide whether to see "Here Comes the Boom" this weekend or wait until Monday and catch it on DVD. Tuesday's headlines include the sale of Variety, a Charlie Brown feature film, a preview of News Corp.'s annual meeting and Paramount's plans to build a theme park in Britain. Daily Dose: DirecTV still doesn't have a deal with Time Warner Cable to carry its SportsNet, which is home to the Lakers.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Most Disneyland visitors would describe the old cars on the Matterhorn ride as aging and cramped. The chairman of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives is calling the cars "the holy grail" of roller coaster artifacts. Disneyland announced Tuesday that it had donated two of the cars from the Matterhorn Bobsled attraction at the Anaheim theme park to the museum in Arlington, Texas. Museum officials couldn't be happier. “The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed ride industry,” said museum Chairman Gary Slade.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a half decade without a new roller coaster and the removal of two aging rides from its coaster fleet, Cedar Point can once again reclaim its self-proclaimed title of "America's Roller Coast" with the addition of Gatekeeper in 2013. > Photos: Gatekeeper winged coaster at Cedar Point Billed as the tallest, fastest and longest winged coaster with the highest inversion of any coaster in the world, the $30-million record-setting ride will fly over Cedar Point's front entrance as the new icon of the Ohio amusement park.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Escalating the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia said it would open the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster next spring. The debut of Full Throttle will bring the number of coasters at the park to 18, widening Magic Mountain's lead over its longtime rival Cedar Point. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have battled for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by adding and operating the most coasters of any amusement park.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia announced Thursday what the park says will be the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster, set to open next year. The debut in 2013 of a coaster called Full Throttle will bring to 18 the total number of coasters at the park, putting Six Flags ahead of its longtime rival, Cedar Point, a theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, which now has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain battled in the media for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by trying to operate more coasters than any other amusement park.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
PIGEON FORGE, TENN. - Set against the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is surrounded by a green canopy of hardwood trees and colorful blankets of flowers that envelop every ride and attraction in the Tennessee wilderness. Photos: Top 10 Dollywood rides and attractions The 150-acre theme park in Pigeon Forge traces its origins to the 1961 debut of the Rebel Railroad, a five-mile steam train ride into the foothills of the Smokies, complete with Indian attacks and train robberies.
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
MASON, Ohio -- With 14 roller coasters, Kings Island ranks just behind North America's coaster capitals: California's Six Flags Magic Mountain (17), Ontario's Canada's Wonderland (16) and Ohio's Cedar Point (15). Photos: Top 10 Kings Island roller coasters Kings Island, just outside Cincinnati, traces its history to Ohio's Coney Island park, which dates to 1867 as one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Many of Coney Island's rides -- including Scrambler, Dodgem and Monster -- were relocated to Kings Island when the 364-acre theme park opened in 1972.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
David Krumholtz, who starred in the CBS mystery series "Numb3rs," which was helmed by executive producers Tony and Ridley Scott, took to Twitter on Sunday to write a short remembrance of Tony Scott, the 68-year-old film and TV director who died in an apparent suicide Sunday. The actor wrote about being directed by Scott in an episode of the series in which he played an eccentric math genius. Krumholtz wrote , "I had come to know Tony as a warm, enthusiastic and whimsical general with great vision and pride for his work and for the art of action.
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