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September 4, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The nation's hotel industry, already struggling to pull out of its worst slump in decades, is now suffering from another loss in revenue because of the booming popularity of cellphones and laptop computers. In the past, hotel operators could expect to collect extra money by charging guests for in-room phone calls and on-demand movies. But today most guests check into a hotel packing cellphones and laptop computers that are linked to the Internet and loaded with movies, games and music.
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September 4, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The nation's hotel industry, already struggling to pull out of its worst slump in decades, is now suffering from another loss in revenue because of the booming popularity of cellphones and laptop computers. In the past, hotel operators could expect to collect extra money by charging guests for in-room phone calls and on-demand movies. But today most guests check into a hotel packing cellphones and laptop computers that are linked to the Internet and loaded with movies, games and music.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1994 | SUSAN KING
Film producers tend to hit pay dirt when transforming classic TV shows into feature films. "Maverick" and "The Flintstones" are now burning up at the box office. And producers are already pinning their hopes on the big-screen "Mission: Impossible" and "Green Acres." But mining the small screen for features is nothing new. The first was "Dragnet." No, not the 1987 Tom Hanks-Dan Aykroyd comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2006 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
"That's one of the most famous operas in the world -- 'Carmen,' " a middle-aged gentleman explained to a couple of companions during intermission at Andrea Bocelli's Hollywood Bowl concert Sunday. OK, so maybe this wasn't the most opera-savvy audience in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1993 | JOHN ANDERSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not exactly a movie with a surprise ending. For that matter, "The War Room"--a backstage look at the Clinton campaign, which opened last week--isn't even the movie that D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus set out to make. Not that they're complaining. "A lot of people go into marriages they didn't want to make either," Pennebaker said with a laugh--and a quick glance at Hegedus, his wife of 11 years--during a recent interview in New York. "But in the end they come out OK.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1989 | DAVID COLKER
Movie executives love the First United Methodist Church of Hollywood. So do theater, dance, television, music and Las Vegas show people. Their admiration for the grand old sanctuary on the corner of Highland and Franklin avenues has nothing to do with religion. The church is a prime provider of rehearsal, audition and film location space for the entertainment industry. In turn, the church loves the industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1993 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
Even directors get the blues. Responding to the cool reception and critical reviews his new movie received at the recent Venice and Toronto film festivals, director Gus Van Sant is going back to the drawing board to re-edit his screen adaptation of Tom Robbins' '70s cult novel "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues." The film's marketer and distributor, Fine Line Features, has agreed to push back the release date to the first quarter of next year from the original Nov. 3 opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2006 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
"That's one of the most famous operas in the world -- 'Carmen,' " a middle-aged gentleman explained to a couple of companions during intermission at Andrea Bocelli's Hollywood Bowl concert Sunday. OK, so maybe this wasn't the most opera-savvy audience in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1997 | MATTHEW GILBERT, THE BOSTON GLOBE
Boldly, Meryl Streep hoists her feet onto the coffee table's edge. "Only because it's not my living room," she says wryly, looking around her in case there are stray children hiding under the couch. She's in "Connecticut Mom" mode, this great Hollywood actress, and with her smart green blazer, pearl necklace and sensible haircut, she does look like she's en route to a PTA gathering.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1993 | JOE BRANCATELLI
* Continental Airlines is eliminating first-class service on nonstop flights on its Los Angeles-Newark and San Francisco-Newark routes. Effective Oct. 31, the airline will offer "BusinessFirst" cabins outfitted with sleeper seats, individual video monitors and other amenities. Introduced earlier this year on Continental's transoceanic flights, BusinessFirst is priced about 30% below current transcontinental first-class fares.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1997 | MATTHEW GILBERT, THE BOSTON GLOBE
Boldly, Meryl Streep hoists her feet onto the coffee table's edge. "Only because it's not my living room," she says wryly, looking around her in case there are stray children hiding under the couch. She's in "Connecticut Mom" mode, this great Hollywood actress, and with her smart green blazer, pearl necklace and sensible haircut, she does look like she's en route to a PTA gathering.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1994 | SUSAN KING
Film producers tend to hit pay dirt when transforming classic TV shows into feature films. "Maverick" and "The Flintstones" are now burning up at the box office. And producers are already pinning their hopes on the big-screen "Mission: Impossible" and "Green Acres." But mining the small screen for features is nothing new. The first was "Dragnet." No, not the 1987 Tom Hanks-Dan Aykroyd comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1993 | JOHN ANDERSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not exactly a movie with a surprise ending. For that matter, "The War Room"--a backstage look at the Clinton campaign, which opened last week--isn't even the movie that D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus set out to make. Not that they're complaining. "A lot of people go into marriages they didn't want to make either," Pennebaker said with a laugh--and a quick glance at Hegedus, his wife of 11 years--during a recent interview in New York. "But in the end they come out OK.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1993 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
Even directors get the blues. Responding to the cool reception and critical reviews his new movie received at the recent Venice and Toronto film festivals, director Gus Van Sant is going back to the drawing board to re-edit his screen adaptation of Tom Robbins' '70s cult novel "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues." The film's marketer and distributor, Fine Line Features, has agreed to push back the release date to the first quarter of next year from the original Nov. 3 opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1989 | DAVID COLKER
Movie executives love the First United Methodist Church of Hollywood. So do theater, dance, television, music and Las Vegas show people. Their admiration for the grand old sanctuary on the corner of Highland and Franklin avenues has nothing to do with religion. The church is a prime provider of rehearsal, audition and film location space for the entertainment industry. In turn, the church loves the industry.
OPINION
May 6, 2005
I have never laughed so hard at a commentary as I have just now reading Joel Stein's May 1 piece, "From Horror to Simply Horrible" (Opinion). After having driven by the hilariously pathetic billboard of "The Room -- The Movie" on Highland Boulevard for years now, I feel it is now my duty as an L.A. artist to see it. If I laugh half as hard at the film as I just did reading your newspaper, I will feel even better about my own life! Thanks so much, Joel, for making my day! Tally Briggs Toluca Lake
TRAVEL
March 14, 2010 | By Judy Mandell
Hotel problems are inconvenient and annoying, but managers often will do something for you so you'll return. The best managers give their guests options. What can you expect when you complain? Here are some examples, but the sky's the limit: An upgrade to a better room Free drinks, fruit and cheese basket, wine, Champagne, flowers, candy, cookies, chocolate covered-strawberries or a hotel T-shirt Lunch, dinner, room service or an in-room movie, on the house Free airport transportation A significant discount of your bill A complementary return visit A comparable room or suite (at no charge)
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