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February 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
With the succcess of Judd Apatow's movies, one stample of romantic comedies has become the loser adult guy who finds love. Once, that guy was a 40-year-old virgin working in an electronics store. Another time, he was a slacker on a bong water-stained couch. In the hands of other writers, he has changed -- he's become, of all things, a writer. The new film "Finding Joy," which opened in limited release last week, features a writer who is such a failure that he has to move in with his parents.
February 20, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Samsung's Galaxy Note has a challenger in the so-called smartphone/tablet hybrid category of devices -- which many are starting to call phablets -- in the new LG Optimus Vu. LG, the second largest South Korean electronics maker behind Samsung, has teased the Optimus Vu for a couple of weeks as a new phone that offers the usefulness of a tablet in a smaller, more portable size. On Monday, LG detailed some impressive specs for the Optimus Vu on its Korean website and a Japanese blog . confirming a 5-inch touchscreen with a 4:3 aspect ratio that, like the 5.3-inch screen Galaxy Note, makes use of a stylus.
October 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Beverly Hills 3-D technology and licensing company RealD Inc. is further expanding its business in Russia, one of the world's leading cinema markets. RealD announced Thursday an agreement with Cinema Park, Russia's leading national cinema chain, to equip as many as 200 cinema screens with 3-D technology. The deal doubles RealD's screen count in Russia and follows an agreement announced in February with Russian exhibitor Kinomax to install 100 screens across the country. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 The Cinema Park installations have already begun and are expected to be completed within five years, the companies said in a statement.
January 23, 2012 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Step inside any theater at the Sundance Film Festival this week and you'll find directors unspooling tales of economic despair, food shortages, collapsing healthcare and a broken justice system. But if the troubles of so many American have-nots leave you in the dumps, the festival's corporate hangers-on have just the cure: endless canap├ęs, on-the-house snow boots and iPads, and enough Grey Goose vodka, Sugar lip exfoliations and Paul Mitchell hairstyling touch-ups to make you feel like a million bucks.
April 10, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
It has taken businessman John Aglialoro nearly 20 years to realize his ambition of making a movie out of "Atlas Shrugged," the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand that has sold more than 7 million copies and has as passionate a following among many political conservatives and libertarians as "Twilight" has among teen girls. But the version of the book coming to theaters Friday is decidedly independent, low-cost and even makeshift. Shot for a modest $10 million by a first-time director with a cast of little-known actors, "Atlas Shrugged: Part I," the first in an expected trilogy, will play on about 300 screens in 80 markets.
February 20, 2013 | Valerie J. Nelson
In the 1950s, special-effects pioneer Petro Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre possible -- the blockbuster. He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect" for the 1959 epic film "Ben-Hur. " And he did it again when he created a related technique that made Dick Van Dyke appear to dance among the penguins in the 1964 movie "Mary Poppins. " By devising new ways to combine separately shot footage of actors and backgrounds into a single scene, he opened the door to such special-effect spectaculars as "Star Wars" and "Titanic.
September 28, 1987 | JACK MATHEWS
"Out of the headlines, onto the screen!" That enticing old advertising pitch has never had a more likely candidate than Ellsworth Sonny Wisecarver, the subject of the current film "In the Mood." But the leap from newspapers to theaters usually takes a little less than 43 years. "I like to think of it as a story that was so hot, it took 40 years to cool down," says "In the Mood" writer/director Phil Alden Robinson. "The story never really went away. It has stayed in the news."
March 25, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Furthering Hollywood's push into China, Imax Corp., the Canadian-based big-screen theater chain, is expanding its footprint in that country in hopes of cashing in on the nation's rapidly growing film industry. In a joint venture with China's largest cinema operator, Wanda Cinema Line Corp., Imax plans to open 75 theaters in 25 locations by 2014. The deal with Wanda represents Imax's first full revenue-sharing agreement in China and brings the total number of Imax theaters slated to open there to 177 over the next several years.
September 17, 1995
In "Computer Firms Feeling the Heat on Monitor Size" (Aug. 29), you complain about the misleading dimensions of monitor screens attached to computers. The complaint should be extended to the even more misleading statements about screen resolution. The monitor manufacturers do include specification sheets in their brochures and manuals. These spec sheets tell all about the actual dimensions of the viewable screen, the spacing of the colored spots on color screens and brag about the wonderful resolution you can expect.
October 28, 2002
Touch-screen voting last week (my first time doing it) was a bit frustrating. The on-screen ballot did not match the sample ballot in layout or content. On screen, the page breaks were different, and the easy-reference punch numbers were missing. This slowed me down. The machines' huge screen and type size diminished the secrecy of voters' ballots. As soon as I entered the room, I could see the layout and choice pattern of someone else's ballot. (A poll worker said that was because the voter chose to sit.)
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