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May 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
The "Star Trek" movie series has lived long at the box office. But is it time for Captain Kirk and Spock to really prosper? "Star Trek Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the science-fiction franchise, debuted in a handful of theaters late Wednesday evening and has since collected $3.3 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. The movie launched at 8 p.m. in 336 IMAX locations, because 30 minutes of the film was shot on IMAX cameras.
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Syfy may have announced plans for a follow-up to its viral hit "Sharknado" on Wednesday, but screenwriter Thunder Levin hasn't heard if he'll be asked back to write the sequel. Levin spoke with The Times for a live video chat on Wednesday and revealed that neither he nor "Sharknado" director Anthony Ferrente have heard from producers about the just-announced sequel. Levin did say that he initially turned down the writing project, which had been called "Shark Storm" and was nowhere nearly as outrageous.
June 17, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Disney Channel has ordered its "Boy Meets Girl" reboot "Girl Meets World" to series. It's a historic occasion that might only be matched by the Season 3 opener of the original ABC comedy that saw Cory finally confess his love for Topanga. When news first spread last fall that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who played the central couple in the '90s TGIF sitcom, would reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga in a sequel to the popular sitcom for the Disney Channel, the Internet exploded.
August 4, 2013 | By Chris Barton
As has been thoroughly documented, the past decade or so has not been easy for independent musicians, particularly for those with a taste for venturing outside typical bounds of rock and pop. Consider producer-musician Chris Schlarb, who at 36 years old has a wife, two kids and a full-time job as a short-haul truck driver that carries him around Southern California. “I've been working there off and on for about 10 years and what I've found is it ... allows me to think about music all day,” Schlarb said, speaking by phone while driving home in Long Beach.
June 18, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Guillermo del Toro, director of the forthcoming sci-fi picture "Pacific Rim," had a  very specific set of parameters for the movie's visuals. For starters, the filmmaker, whose directing credits include "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy," knew what he didn't want the movie to resemble. “I didn't want the movie to look or feel like an action movie of the summer … basically looking like a car commercial or a recruitment video for the Army,” said del Toro, speaking at an event for reporters in Hollywood on Tuesday morning hosted by "Pacific Rim" producer Legendary Entertainment.
October 25, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
A sports drama, a teen comedy, a horror flick and a multi-century epic are all hitting theaters this weekend, but none look like they will be a major draw for moviegoers. Of the four films debuting, "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" seems to have the best shot at No. 1. The sequel to a 2006 movie based on a popular video game is expected to start off with a decent $15 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The big-budget "Cloud Atlas," based on the critically acclaimed 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, will likely open with a disappointing $13 million.
December 30, 2008 | From a times staff writer
Twenty-two years after launching the music of the night, Andrew Lloyd Webber is preparing a sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," the musical that has amassed more than $5 billion at box offices around the world. The composer tells the Times of London that he expects "Phantom: Love Never Dies" to premiere at the end of next year -- and not merely in one city but possibly three. "I don't think you could do this if it wasn't the sequel to 'Phantom'. . . ," he told the British newspaper.
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.
February 5, 2012 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Quality of Mercy A Novel Barry Unsworth Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 336 pp., $26.95 "Sacred Hunger," which won a half-share in the 1992 Man Booker Prize for Barry Unsworth (the co-winner was Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient"), tracks the adventures of the crew of the slave ship the Liverpool Merchant, that mutinies and establishes an egalitarian community in the Florida swamps. The novel is a parable about the capitalist impulse, about man's lust for "profit, which justifies everything, sanctifies any purposes.
May 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Often film sequels are slam dunks at the box office, a seamless continuation from where a previous hit left off. But as the new installment of the 15-year-old franchise "Men in Black" proves, getting to the big screen isn't always a cakewalk. One of the most troubled productions in recent Hollywood memory, Sony Pictures' latest movie in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi-comedy franchise encountered multiple script rewrites, a discontented star and a three-month production shutdown as writers and studio executives scrambled to fix a project that nearly fell apart . By the time it was over, the studio had run up a tab of nearly $250 million - making "Men in Black 3" one of the most expensive releases of the summer.
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