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December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
April 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
MBS Media Campus, formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios, evacuated its staff Tuesday morning after receiving a bomb threat, a spokesman for the studio said. Mike Newport, a spokesman for MBS Media Campus, said the Manhattan Beach studio evacuated its staff as a precaution after receiving a bomb threat. Law enforcement officials set up a perimeter around the 1600 block of Rosecrans Avenue as they investigated the incident, according to CBS LA . ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Manhattan Beach Studios, formerly the headquarters of Marvel Studios, has been the site of numerous big Hollywood movies, including "Thor" and "Captain America: Winter Soldier.
April 6, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Amid expectations of more coverage for West Coast games and events, ESPN is officially opening its 12,300-square-foot studio today in the middle of LA Live, the entertainment complex across the street from Staples Center. The national sports cable network, which reaches 98 million viewers, will broadcast its first 10 p.m. "SportsCenter" from the new studio tonight.
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ryan Hansen of “Veronica Mars” fame has bought a home in Studio City for $1.35 million. The seller was animated movie producer Tom Jacomb. The nearly 4,000-square-foot traditional-style house, built in the 1970s and remodeled eight years ago, features vaulted beamed ceilings, wood plank floors, French doors, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The grounds of the two-story home contain a swimming pool, a raised outdoor entertaining area and a stone fireplace. Hansen, 32, played Dick Casablancas on “Veronica Mars” during its 2004-07 run and in the recent film, and he is planning a spin-off series.
October 14, 2010
BOOKS In a homage to the 1955 Six Gallery reading that put the San Francisco Renaissance on the map, Los Angeles-area poets will read their favorite poems at a one-night celebration of the Beat legacy, "Waiting for Jack. " Produced by Eve Brandstein, Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and John Densmore the readers will include John Harris, Bill Duke, Pegarty Long, Herbert T. Schmidt Jr., Doug Knott, Jerry Garcia, Sarah Maclay, Gail Wronsky, L.K. Thayer, Stephen J. Kalinich and S.A. Griffin, with works by Diane DiPrima, Gary Snyder, LeRoi Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski and others.
September 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Scott Elyanow had clung to the red, long-sleeved sweatshirt with the words "Marblehead High School" for 20 years. It had softened with age, like the memory of the long-ago love who had given it to him. But Elyanow was nearing 40, and what he had gained in years and wisdom he hadn't gained in living space - his apartment measures 275 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and an entryway with overhead clearance of 5 feet, 7...
September 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Digital Domain Media Group, the parent company of the Venice-based visual effects house, said Friday that it was laying off most of the 320 employees at its new animation studio in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and shutting down the facility. The company also announced that Digitial Domain Chief Executive John Textor had resigned immediately. Digital Domain, which created visual effects for such movies as "Titantic,"  the "Transformers" movies and "Tron: Legacy," said the moves were part of a "strategic realignment" to refocus the company on its core business of creating visual effects digital effects, CG animation and digital production for the entertainment and advertising industries.
July 24, 2011 | By Holly Myers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the northwest corner of Fran Siegel's studio, not far from a giant roll of bubble wrap, you'll find a horizontal band of wire netting suspended between a pair of slender metal armatures, several feet above eye level. But for a few scraps of foil and colored film tied to some of the wires, it isn't much to look at. Indeed, under most conditions, there is a good chance that you wouldn't notice it at all. When the sun reaches the right point in the sky, however, angling through a nearby skylight to fall directly across the wires, a twinkling composition of light and shadow springs to life on the wall behind.
September 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Digital Domain, the Los Angeles-based visual effects studio, is bulking up -- north of the border. The company, recently acquired by a Chinese investor and now operating under the name Digital Domain 3.0, said it is expanding its Vancouver studio with new leadership. Veteran visual effects producer Kelly L'Estrange will head the Vancouver studio, overseeing all feature film production at that location, the company said in a statement. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives L'Estrange has been with Digital Domain for 19 years, working on such films as "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "Apollo 13" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. " Joining L'Estrange in Vancouver will be 14-year Digital Domain veteran Swen Gillberg, who will be co-VFX supervisor for an undisclosed project.
November 29, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
China's box office through the first three quarters was up 35% from last year, with contemporary-themed Chinese films drawing particularly large audiences. Yu Dong, chief executive of Nasdaq-listed Chinese movie studio and distributor Bona Film Group, was in Los Angeles this month for the Asia Society's U.S.-China Film Summit and meetings with Hollywood partners, including Fox International Productions. We caught up with him to talk about the state of the market and his studio's plans for 2014.
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop. The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on Ben Sherwood's big promotion at Disney. Also, Disney buys Maker Studios and our TV Critic Mary McNamara wonders if "The Good Wife" made a bad move by offing a major character.
March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday. The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit - amounting to as much as $400 million a year - to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.
March 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Co. is buying Maker Studios, the digital media company behind YouTube successes such as "Epic Rap Battles of History" and PewDiePie. Burbank-based Disney said Monday that it will pay $500 million to Maker shareholders. Based in Culver City, Maker Studios has about  55,000 YouTube channels with 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month.  Shareholders could receive up to $450 million more, depending on Maker's performance after the acquisition.
March 19, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem motion simulator attraction coming to Universal Studios Hollywood puts riders through a relentless and chaotic minion training course full of slapstick humor. PHOTOS: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood Set to open in April, the 3-D attraction follows a story based on the "Despicable Me" animated films that starred Steve Carell as the super-villain Gru. The first two installments in the movie franchise grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide with a third installment planned for 2017.
March 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Layoffs are underway at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Sony Corp.-owned film and television studio that vowed late last year to significantly reduce its overhead. The cuts, which began Monday and will continue this week, include employees at divisions throughout the studio, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The layoffs were felt at the studio's Culver City headquarters and at international offices. Among the divisions said to be deeply affected by the staff reductions is Sony Pictures Interactive, the studio's digital marketing arm.  "We are continuously evolving the business to make SPE more efficient and competitive," Sony Pictures spokesman Charles Sipkins said in a statement.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV At an investors conference in November, Sony Pictures executives outlined  $250 million in budget cuts that were already underway.
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
October 16, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The main problem with owning a network that specializes in 3D is that there isn't a ton of 3D programming around to fill the schedule. With that in mind, 3Net -- the 3D cable channel owned by Sony, Discovery and IMAX -- have created an in-house production company to make original 3D content. “With the industry now struggling to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating consumer demand for 3D programming across multiple platforms...the formation of a world-class production studio to help fill both the 3D and ultra-high-definition content voids became a logical next step in our evolution as a global player in the entertainment arena,” said Tom Cosgrove, president of 3Net.
November 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See below for details. The studios of KNBC in Burbank were evacuated Wednesday evening after a bomb threat, station officials said. The station reported the threat on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m. The threat "is being looked into by Burbank police," the station said. "Our news desk will be temporarily unavailable. " The studio is at 3000 W. Alameda Ave. No other details were immediately available. [Updated 7:43 p.m. Nov. 13: The incident was cleared and the studio was resuming normal operations, the station said.
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Construction is set to start this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, declined to comment on the latest report. The park will be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Construction is set to start later this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, could not be reached for comment. The park would be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing later this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website
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