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April 12, 2009
PAPERBACKS Fiction -- Fiction weeks on list 1. True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $27) 1 Two crime solving brothers find themselves assigned to the same missing persons case. 2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 38 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 3. Long Lost by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $27.95) Private eye 1 Myron Bolitar takes the case of a woman accused of murdering her ex. 4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99)
September 12, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Let's say there's a famous movie star who thinks he owns Malibu, or a big-name actor who holds himself out as an expert on psychiatry on national television. Or maybe there's a famous actress who frequently calls in sick to the movie set, costing producers thousands of dollars, because she is tired (or hung over). Aren't these examples just proof that celebrity and narcissism go together like Paris Hilton and paparazzi? Not really. They're just anecdotes.
November 13, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to the movie business, John Malone, the Colorado billionaire who built his fortune in cable TV, for years lived by the mantra "Why build it when you can buy it?" It took some convincing, but Liberty Media Corp.'s chairman is finally ready for his Hollywood close-up. With the help of entertainment veterans Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett, Liberty is launching Overture Films, which aims to produce eight to 12 live-action movies a year under the umbrella of its Starz cable channels.
October 27, 2006 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Nine members of the Vineland Boyz street gang in the San Fernando Valley were convicted Thursday in a federal racketeering and drug trial, part of a sweeping campaign by law enforcement to rout the gang after the shooting death of a rookie police officer. A jury found one of the defendants -- Gilberto Carrasco, 27 -- guilty as an accessory after the fact to the killing of Burbank Officer Matthew Pavelka during a traffic stop in November 2003.
August 3, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
The full blaze of the midday sun shone down on Dodger Stadium, and heat waves danced on the infield dirt. But the Dodgers weren't poised to take the field. In fact, the only Dodger present was Andre Ethier, and he was sprawled on a yoga mat in pigeon pose. All around him, about 100 fans were similarly contorted -- having paid $100 a pop for the privilege. In the brave new world of sports marketing, it's not always enough to sell game tickets or offer high-priced trips to spring training.
January 16, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The queen of television is expanding her empire. Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc. said Tuesday that they were forming a company with a flagship cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The channel is expected to debut in mid-2009, taking the place of the underperforming Discovery Health Channel. The venture could be Winfrey's encore once she exits daytime television.
November 3, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
As Hollywood studios make fewer movies in an effort to tighten their belts, top talent agencies quietly have sauntered into the void, becoming de facto bankers by enticing private equity money and wealthy outsiders to fund movies featuring their clients. The trend marks a significant shift for Hollywood, where studios have long served as the largest source of film financing.
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