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August 13, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Daniel Miller
Major Hollywood studios have resolved a tax dispute in China that has held up hundreds of millions of box-office dollars since 2012. The months-long dispute centered on a 2% value-added tax that state-owned distributor China Film Group insisted Hollywood studios pay out of their share of Chinese box-office revenues, cutting into their profits in the world's second-largest film market. But Tuesday evening the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which represents the major studios, said the matter had been resolved.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2005
SO the golden era of cinema is drawing to a close; too bad ["In a Losing Race With the Zeitgeist," by Patrick Goldstein, Nov. 22]. But it's the studios' reliance on technology as a replacement for good writing and directing, more than the advent of DVDs and such, that's been doing them in. Technology's changed things, but it'd be hard to conjure a more putrid and unimaginative stream of bilge than Hollywood's been producing. Good riddance. WILLIAM CRAIG DROSE Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Matjames Metson's Silver Lake studio is in a 1930s Art Deco duplex perched atop a steep flight of aging, concrete stairs overlooking a cul-de-sac, which overlooks a hillside, which overlooks a bustling intersection that, from above, appears to be teeming with tiny toy cars and action-figure people. Inside, Metson's dusty, sunlit living room-turned-art studio is also full of tiny treasures. The assemblage artist builds intricate, architectural sculptures, wall hangings and furniture made from his abundant stash of objects, most of which he finds at estate sales.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Jon Healey
FilmL.A. produced another one of its gloomy reports on runaway production Thursday, this time looking at the 108 films released last year by the 11 leading studios. One of the most galling findings : More of those films had been shot in Louisiana than in the state that's home to 10 of those studios (that would be California, in case you've forgotten). Louisiana, really? That's almost as bad as the Lakers getting stomped by the Pelicans. What's worse, as my colleague Richard Verrier reports , California's share of big-budget films has shrunk dramatically.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Directors Guild of America and the group representing the major Hollywood studios have agreed to begin contract negotiations next month, nearly seven months before the expiration of the current agreement. The DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Wednesday that they have agreed to begin negotiating new film and TV contracts Nov. 4. The talks will be held at the alliance's  headquarters in Sherman Oaks. "The DGA and the AMPTP have also agreed that neither organization will comment to the press regarding negotiations until negotiations have concluded," the parties said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Just three months after shipping his first game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has reportedly laid off the entire staff of his two development studios, Big Huge Games and 38 Studios, and shut down the operations. They had roughly 400 employees combined. Messages left for Schilling's spokesman, Adam Kahn, were not immediately returned. Schilling's 38 Studios had been working on a massively expensive multiplayer online game that was supposed to be released later this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After the coffee. Before wishing I had submitted as a comedy instead of a drama. The Skinny: I didn't watch the 12/12/12 concert last night but I know a lot of you did because I got more than my share of live snarking on Twitter and Facebook. Lesson learned: Stay offline during popular cultural events. Today's news includes the Golden Globe nominations, Redbox Instant taking on Netflix, and an analysis of which studios actually still make movies. Daily Dose : Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles are getting new channels including BBC World News and Aspire, the cable network being launched by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Buoyed by the seven nominations snagged by "American Hustle," Sony Pictures Entertainment led all studios with 15 Golden Globe nominations in film categories. Trailing Sony were 20th Century Fox Film with 10 nominations, the Weinstein Co. with nine, Paramount Pictures with eight and Warner Bros. with seven. Golden Globes nominations are considered a top indicator of Academy Awards success. The Golden Globes awards show takes place Jan. 12. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Fitting “The Tempest” in a teapot-sized theater is a daunting enough prospect, but the bigger challenges facing SkyPilot Theatre Company's “The Island,” a self-described “musical re-imagining” of Shakespeare's play, are the handicaps arising from its own unmet ambitions. In this new present-day adaptation by composer-book writer Jonathan Price and lyricist Chana Wise, and directed by Jeanette Farr, air travel, smartphones, Internet and hip-hop dance clubs coexist uneasily with “The Tempest's” familiar narrative elements (power-grabbing betrayal, magical spells, parental tribulations and raging teen hormones)
BUSINESS
April 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million. The 13,796 square feet of loft-like space, some 200 feet from the sand, includes a 10,000-square-foot art studio that was used by Graham, a dance studio, a gym, a library/study, a media room, an office, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The home and studio share a central courtyard shaded by a coral tree.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open July 15, the theme park announced Friday at an event attended by Japanese and foreign dignitaries. The $500-million Wizarding World, similar to an attraction that opened at Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, will include rides incorporating environments and characters from the "Harry Potter" book and film franchises. The themed land, part of the 108-acre theme park in Osaka, will feature attractions such as Hogsmeade Village, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and Hogwarts castle.  Universal Studios Japan unveiled that castle -- the focal point of the Wizarding World -- at an event attended by Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Universal Studios Hollywood will open a similar Wizarding World attraction in 2016.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Relativity Media is hoping to outbid the Walt Disney Co. for the popular YouTube network Maker Studios.  Relativity, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company, has offered to pay $525 million in cash and stock for the Culver City digital media company, plus as much as $500 million more depending on the financial performance of the company, according to a person familiar with the deal. Relativity has also offered a bonus pool worth $75 million for "key talent and executives," this person said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from  Relativity Media  worth up to $1.1 billion.  "As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2009 | Richard Verrier
After weeks of back-channel talks, Hollywood's biggest actors union and the major studios appear to have broken their logjam and could be close to striking a deal on a contract, according to people close to the situation. The agreement would come as a breakthrough for the Screen Actors Guild, whose members have been working without a contract for nine months as various attempts at negotiations with the studios collapsed.
MAGAZINE
August 1, 1993 | BARBARA THORNBURG
Give us "something beautiful," mandated CalArts President Steven Lavine when architects Jeffrey Daniels and Elyse Grinstein were hired to design 20 artists' studios at the California Institute of the Arts. Built on a knoll overlooking Valencia and partly shaded by wispy eucalyptus trees, the cream-colored stucco boxes are easily recognized by their colorfully painted, steeply raked triangular clerestories.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong.  Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday. The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials, the companies said.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The latest piece in Universal Studios Hollywood's $1.6-billion expansion debuted Friday with dancing, music, speeches by dignitaries and swarms of minions. The theme park's newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, was unveiled to the members of the news media and special guests; it opens to the public Saturday. The opening is set to take advantage of the crowds of school-age children and college students vacationing in Southern California during spring break. The ride is based on the characters of the two "Despicable Me" movies, which have grossed about $1.5 billion.
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