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ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
We're one week away from the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” semifinals, and the stakes are higher than ever. This week, each of the remaining seven couples had to perform two whole dances: an individual ballroom dance with a military theme in honor of Veterans Day and a Latin trio performance with another professional or troupe member added to their group. If that wasn't pressure enough, all the stars knew they were facing a double elimination this week. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani have had their best two weeks ever.
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BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The cast of"Modern Family"has an ancient problem. In the television industry, actors typically sign contracts that range from five to seven years with annual pay increases of 4% to 6%. The compensation can range from $40,000 to $70,000 per episode to more than six figures for established stars. On its face, that doesn't sound so bad. But in the rare cases of a huge commercial hit, the companies that produce and air the show get a big and quick return on their investment. Then their headaches begin - with the actors.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
If you've ever been to the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Mann's, originally Grauman's), you've probably walked over the handprints and footprints of Hollywood stars imprinted in the concrete. They're a big tourist draw - you can see the stars' signatures and compare your hand size to that of the people you see on the big screen - but the very first one was an accident. According to our archives, the tradition was born after actress Norma Talmadge accompanied Sid Grauman - the theater magnate who was opening the now-famous landmark - and other Hollywood stars to the site of the theater when it was under construction in 1927.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp. is partnering with Paramount Pictures on a promotional effort for the studio's "Star Trek Into Darkness. " It represents the biggest such undertaking ever for the software giant. The Redmond, Wash., company's campaign isn't short on whimsy: Bing, Microsoft's Internet search engine, was updated Tuesday to include the "Star Trek" language Klingon in its online translation service. But there also is strategic significance to the marketing venture, because it leverages so many Microsoft services, devices and platforms in a way not previously attempted by the company for a movie promotion.
IMAGE
September 13, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
For the last few years, celebrity names have been landing on clothing labels almost as often as they land on Page Six. The perennially shirtless Matthew McConaughey launched J.K. Livin beachwear, octogenarian Cloris Leachman unspooled her flowy Clorisline and Donald Trump tied his name to neckties. Then, earlier this summer, fashion industry bible Women's Wear Daily declared that celebrity lines had lost their luster, citing Jennifer Lopez's Sweetface label, Heidi Montag's Heidiwood and Mandy Moore's Mblem T-shirt line as the most recent casualties.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2013 | By Martin Miller
If you listened carefully in the hills and canyons around the Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, you could almost hear a simple ostinato built around two bass notes that evoked the ominous feeling of an imminent attack by a predatory shark. Da-dum. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum. Run for your lives, here it comes! Something deep, dark and ageless -- at least in pop culture terms -- indeed swept into the Bowl on a very warm summer night. But it wasn't the Oscar-winning theme from "Jaws" by film composer John Williams, who conducted his annual concert "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies" (the show also plays Saturday night)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
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