February 21, 2012 |
Ever yell at your TV? Well, someday soon, it's going to talk back. In what could be the biggest boost to couch potatoes since the remote control, Google Inc. is developing a technology that would allow a viewer to tell a TV, by voice, to change the channel or even seek out a favorite show or movie. No more having to get off the sofa to look for a remote. Soon, TVs may even reply to your commands, like the new Siri-enabled iPhones. The first steps of making all this a reality are already being taken by some of the biggest names in the tech industry: Google, Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., LG Electronics Inc., Microsoft Corp.
November 2, 2009 |
The last time one of Michael Jackson's tours played the continental United States was 1988. So perhaps it's no surprise that "This Is It," Sony Pictures' film made from rehearsal footage for Jackson's planned London concert series, did more than twice as much business internationally in its first five days as it did domestically. "This Is It" opened to a studio-estimated $68.5 million in 108 foreign territories from Wednesday through Sunday and $32.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, where it started late Tuesday.
March 10, 1991 |
Peter Guber and Jon Peters were determined to acquire a fleet of corporate jets for Columbia Pictures Entertainment that would rival that of Warner Bros., where they had last made their home. Fine, the word came back from Sony headquarters in Tokyo, but the planes were to be used for internal corporate purposes, not jetting stars around the country like their idol, Warners chief Steve Ross, was fond of doing. Impossible, said Columbia's co-chairmen in Culver City. Who was going to tell director Ivan Reitman to find another way to get his family to Canada?
October 7, 2009 |
Japan's big-name electronics manufacturers are readying flat-screen TVs that can show high-definition movies and video games in 3-D for launch next year. At the country's biggest consumer electronics show, which opened Tuesday just outside Tokyo, all the major makers had large 3-D prototypes on display. Visitors to company booths at the show donned special electronic glasses and watched as soccer balls flew toward them in sports clips and virtual heroes moved deep into the background of video games.
October 26, 2012 |
David Mitchell came to Los Angeles because of an 8-year-old book. Thanks to the movie by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, Mitchell's novel "Cloud Atlas" has landed on American bestseller lists -- right behind the decidedly less literary trilogy "50 Shades of Grey. " Mitchell sat down with the L.A. Times' Carolyn Kellogg -- in this extended interview, which has been edited for length and clarity, he talks in detail about his writing process, what makes a book last and the "Cloud Atlas" adaptation.
July 16, 2013 |
Sony Pictures is skipping over ”The Lost Symbol” and heading into an “Inferno,” announcing Tuesday that the 2013 Dan Brown novel will be its next Robert Langdon movie. The studio has hired writer David Koepp, who penned the 2009 hit “Angels & Demons” based on Brown's novel of the same name, and aims to release the movie in December 2015. Tom Hanks is attached to return in the Langdon role; no director has been announced. Released in May, the “Inferno” novel centers on Langdon and his partner Sienna, who are off on an adventure in Florence, Italy, sparked by a clue on a modified rendition of Botticelli's “Map of Hell.” The book, the fourth in the Langdon series, quickly became a bestseller upon its release.
January 15, 2013 |
The science-fiction hit "Looper" started off the new year by launching on the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales and rental charts as well as the video-on-demand charts. During the first week of January, "Looper" was the only prominent new home entertainment release and was No. 1 by every measure, according to data from Rentrak Corp. The Sony Pictures release pushed aside "Ted," which had been the most bought DVD and most popular VOD title, as well as the No. 1 DVD rental "The Dark Knight Rises.
February 19, 2013 |
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Denzel Washington's action-thriller “Flight” soared to the top of the rental chart but failed to knock "Hotel Transylvania" out of its No. 1 spot in the sales rankings. Paramount's “Flight,” which earned Washington an Oscar nomination, was the most-rented disc in the U.S. during the week ending Feb. 10, but came in second in sales. “Hotel Transylvania,” the computer-animated comedy produced by Sony, was the top seller in its second week since being released on disc.
February 5, 2000
Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of Sony, wants to see the American Film Institute take a leadership role in "redefining the moving image in the digital era. This is a de facto revolution and we have to embrace it" ("Stringer Is Chosen to Head AFI's Board of Trustees," by Kathleen Craughwell, Jan. 8). What this really refers to, in everyday English, is shooting movies on videotape rather than film. For some years now, Sony has been waging a campaign to persuade filmmakers that film is old-fashioned, and that video origination is the inevitable future of the industry.