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June 17, 1996
Do you think that Bob Woodward is now working on a sequel to "All the President's Men"? WES SCHOPPE Manhattan Beach
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March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and used the occasion to reveal a few tidbits about its forthcoming film projects, including a pair of animated sequels and the company's first "Star Wars" picture. Shareholders of Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, also confirmed all 10 members of the board of directors who were up for reelection. The meeting was also notable for what did not transpire there. The Burbank company was able to avoid a vote on a proposal put forward by a group of activist investors who wanted to amend the process by which candidates are nominated to the board.
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BUSINESS
June 21, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to sequels, "Cars 2" flies in the face of conventional Hollywood calculus. Its predecessor was the least well-reviewed of Pixar Animation Studios' 11 movies and among its poorest performers at the box office — at least, by the premier animation studio's sterling standards. One attribute distinguishes "Cars" from most other films: it sparked a licensing bonanza that continued to fuel merchandise sales long after Lightning McQueen, Mater and the movie's other anthropomorphic autos rolled out of the megaplex.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
A decade after the titular superhero family of "The Incredibles" donned their spandex suits to save the day, Disney announced that its animation studio Pixar is working on a sequel to the Oscar-winning movie. The sequel was announced by Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Portland, Ore. Iger also revealed that Pixar is planning a third movie in the popular "Cars" franchise. Written and directed by Brad Bird, "The Incredibles" tells of a superpowered-family living in a world where superheroes have been banned from fighting crime.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Sharknado" looks more like a "Snarknado. " Syfy's so-bad-it's-great B-movie , starring Tara Reid, generated a whirlwind of response from Twitter on Thursday night. Perhaps recognizing Syfy puts out goofy movies like this all the time -- 2010's "Sharktopus" comes to mind -- many clamored for a sequel. Some tweeters proposed possible titles. Right now, I'm hoping for a producer's credit for "Avalanchovies. " Or "Shrewnami. "  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Here are some favorites: "Shih Tzunami" -- @annielowrey " Lizard Blizzard" -- @TheTweetOfGod "Hurricats" --  @goingforgoofy "Squidquake" -- @brayingdixon " Velocirapture" --  @JasonAbbruzzese "Sharknobyl" --  @swin24 We've got a few more Hollywood-ready ideas here .  "Sharknado" racked up about 387,000 tweets, according to a spokesman for Syfy, and at its peak boasted 5,000 tweets a minute ( which didn't exactly translate into stellar ratings )
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By John Horn
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Disney is plunging back into familiar waters, announcing a November 2015 sequel to “Finding Nemo” titled “Finding Dory.” Enthusiasts of the 2003 finned favorite will recall Dory as the friendly, slightly amnesiac tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who'll return to voice the title character. News of a sequel had been known for some time, but the announcement Tuesday clarifies the focus, title and release date (exact day, Nov. 25). Andrew Stanton, who directed the 2003 hit-cum-animated-Oscar winner, is returning behind the camera.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1986 | Morgan Gendel
They're baaaaack! The Ghostbusters, that is. Dan Aykroyd is putting finishing touches on the script for "Ghostbusters II"--for Columbia Pics. According to Bernie Brillstein, Aykroyd's manager (and exec producer of "I"), the film will reunite Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman--who've all committed to the project. No word yet on whether Sigourney Weaver will return.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The video-game-inspired action film "Need for Speed" outpaced the competition at the box office Friday night, taking in $6.6 million, according to estimates. Starring "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul in his first role since the hit AMC crime drama concluded, the car chase-heavy movie that shares a title with a long-running racing game franchise was expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million in its first weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The video-game-inspired action film "Need for Speed" outpaced the competition at the box office Friday night, taking in $6.6 million, according to estimates. Starring "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul in his first role since the hit AMC crime drama concluded, the car chase-heavy movie that shares a title with a long-running racing game franchise was expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million in its first weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The burgeoning "Lego Movie" franchise has a new master builder: Chris McKay, who served as animation co-director on the first film. McKay has been hired to direct the 2017 sequel, according to a Deadline Hollywood report , taking the reins from "Lego Movie" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. A Chicago native, McKay got his start in TV animation, winning an Emmy for his work on Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken. " He also worked on the Adult Swim series "Titan Maximum. " The "Lego" sequel will mark his first studio film as a director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of the 2011 reboot "The Muppets," which delighted critics and grossed more than $165 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. Opening March 21, "Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the Muppet gang left off and sends them on a grand tour of Europe. According to a number of early reviews, however, "Most Wanted" pales in comparison to its predecessor. Variety's Justin Chang calls the film "a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's 'The Muppets' such a delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings. The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead. " Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The sequel "300: Rise of an Empire" is proving unstoppable at the box office on its opening weekend, earning more than $17 million on Friday, according to estimates. The number adds to an already strong start for the 3-D Greco-Persian epic, which earned $3.3 million in its Thursday night screenings across the U.S. and Canada. The film is expected to earn $45 million this weekend, which would place it well behind the first "300. " That film opened in 2007 with nearly $71 million in sales and eventually took home $456 million worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada. That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original.  The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 "Rise of an Empire" is expected to do well in foreign markets and bows in 58 countries this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Ahead of the premiere of its telepic "Flowers in the Attic," Lifetime has announced plans for a sequel. The followup will be based on the second book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind. " The announcement was made Thursday just before the network's panel to promote "Flowers in the Attic" during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Kayla Alpert, who adapted the controversial novel for Lifetime, is penning the sequel. The story will pick up 10 years after "Attic" ends.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen King published "The Shining" way back in 1977. It was his fourth novel. A year earlier, his first, "Carrie," had come out as a film directed by Brian De Palma, and had been a huge success. King was big, but he wasn't yet the giant bestselling author he's become. Now, 35 years later, King has gone back to "The Shining" and written a sequel, " Doctor Sleep . " It comes to shelves in January of 2013, just when everyone who might be snowed in will be. "Doctor Sleep" features the now-adult Danny, the child who could see ghosts in the Overlook Hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before confessing that I invented Bitcoin. The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife. " Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As much performance art as movie, "300: Rise of an Empire" unfolds as beautiful, bloody, slow-motion machismo. Torsos bared, swords flashing, another 300 rock the leather skirts and loincloths with pounding, passionate music perfectly underscoring this latest round of the "beautiful death" the ancient Greeks were so poetic about. Though it is hard to replicate the freshness of the first, "Rise" is almost as visually stunning as 2006's "300," when Gerard Butler as King Leonidas sacrificed Sparta's finest abs in a no-win battle against the Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro)
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