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April 24, 2006 | Jan Stuart, Newsday
Far be it for me to dispense advice to mothers of little girls with vexing mental-health issues. Still, if my kid were sleepwalking her way toward mile-high gorges and drawing violent pictures while babbling about some mysterious ghost town called Silent Hill, then throwing her into a Jeep and driving her there in the dead of night would be about 289th on my list of corrective options. This is where Rose, the decision-challenged mom played by Radha Mitchell in "Silent Hill," loses me.
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October 28, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Moviegoers had four new films to choose from at the box office this weekend, but "Argo" - the well-reviewed film that has been out for 17 days - still seemed like a better option to most. Ben Affleck's political thriller claimed the top spot at the multiplex with $12.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That's the second-lowest No. 1 of the year, behind the $9.3 million "The Possession" took in during its second weekend of release in September. Still, "Argo" - which has been in the runner-up position for the last two weekends - is well on its way to becoming a hit with a total of $60.8 million so far. There wasn't much else for studios to celebrate at the box office this weekend.
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April 12, 1999 | AARON CURTISS
Video games allow the average schmo to do everything from piloting the latest military hardware to saving a grateful medieval town from maniacal overlords. Rarely, though, are the heroes of these games--the characters that players assume--anything but muscle-bound studs who have a wit as deadly as their aim. Few titles feature average guys. "Silent Hill," a spooky role-playing game for Sony PlayStation, does. And it's one of the elements that makes the game so much fun and so addictive.
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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.
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October 18, 2001 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Silent Hill 2" is more a mood than a game--a dreary, psychotic mystery set amid the dense fog of a lakeside town. Neither completely satisfying nor entirely enjoyable, "Silent Hill 2" is nonetheless a disturbing diversion with considerable technical grace and emotional depth. It's worth playing, if only to appreciate the graphics power of Sony PlayStation 2 and the efforts of game designers to develop experiences outside the run-and-gun escapades traditionally found on set-top consoles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Moviegoers had four new films to choose from at the box office this weekend, but "Argo" - the well-reviewed film that has been out for 17 days - still seemed like a better option to most. Ben Affleck's political thriller claimed the top spot at the multiplex with $12.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That's the second-lowest No. 1 of the year, behind the $9.3 million "The Possession" took in during its second weekend of release in September. Still, "Argo" - which has been in the runner-up position for the last two weekends - is well on its way to becoming a hit with a total of $60.8 million so far. There wasn't much else for studios to celebrate at the box office this weekend.
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.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2003 | Alex Pham
Konami Corp. is the latest video game company to locate offices in Los Angeles. The Tokyo company is expected today to announce it will open a 30-person business development and licensing office in Century City led by the head of the conglomerate's $700-million video game business, Kazumi Kitaue. Los Angeles in recent years has attracted a number of game companies looking to develop relationships and products with the movie and music industries. Electronic Arts Inc.
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February 26, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. E.V. Hill, the pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles who rose from poverty in Texas to become a confidant of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a power within one of the nation's largest African American denominations, has died. He was 69. Hill died late Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was admitted Feb. 8 with what an aide said was an aggressive form of pneumonia complicated by other medical conditions.
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April 24, 2006 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
Horror of the gory sort remains a potent lure for the under-25 crowd, as "Silent Hill" illustrated this weekend with an estimated tally of $20.2 million in first position at the nation's box office. The video game-based thriller directed by Christophe Gans ("The Brotherhood of the Wolf") drew audiences that were 65% younger than 25 and about 55% male, Sony Pictures reported Sunday. For more mature audiences, the political thriller "The Sentinel" took in about $14.
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April 24, 2006 | Jan Stuart, Newsday
Far be it for me to dispense advice to mothers of little girls with vexing mental-health issues. Still, if my kid were sleepwalking her way toward mile-high gorges and drawing violent pictures while babbling about some mysterious ghost town called Silent Hill, then throwing her into a Jeep and driving her there in the dead of night would be about 289th on my list of corrective options. This is where Rose, the decision-challenged mom played by Radha Mitchell in "Silent Hill," loses me.
NEWS
October 18, 2001 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Silent Hill 2" is more a mood than a game--a dreary, psychotic mystery set amid the dense fog of a lakeside town. Neither completely satisfying nor entirely enjoyable, "Silent Hill 2" is nonetheless a disturbing diversion with considerable technical grace and emotional depth. It's worth playing, if only to appreciate the graphics power of Sony PlayStation 2 and the efforts of game designers to develop experiences outside the run-and-gun escapades traditionally found on set-top consoles.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1999 | AARON CURTISS
Video games allow the average schmo to do everything from piloting the latest military hardware to saving a grateful medieval town from maniacal overlords. Rarely, though, are the heroes of these games--the characters that players assume--anything but muscle-bound studs who have a wit as deadly as their aim. Few titles feature average guys. "Silent Hill," a spooky role-playing game for Sony PlayStation, does. And it's one of the elements that makes the game so much fun and so addictive.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2006
Source: Exhibitor Relations Co. Los Angeles Times *--* MOVIE 3-DAY TOTAL VENUES AVG WEEKS (STUDIO) GROSS (MILLS.) PER (MILLS.) VENUE 1 Silent Hill $20.2 $20.2 2,926 $6,887 1 (Sony) 2 Scary Movie 4 $16.8 $67.5 3,673 $4,578 2 (Weinstein/Mir amax) 3 The Sentinel $14.4 $14.4 2,822 $5,091 1 (Fox) 4 Ice Age: The $13.3 $168.3 3,540 $3,753 4 Meltdown (Fox) 5 The Wild $8.3 $22.2 2,854 $2,919 2 (Buena Vista) 6 The Benchwarmers $7.3 $47.1 3,094 $2,345 3 (Sony) 7 Take the Lead $4.2 $29.
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