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October 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Now that the summer box-office proceeds have been tallied, with the hits ("Iron Man 3") and misses ("R.I.P.D") identified, social media measurement firm Fizziology has weighed in with the season's social media standouts. Fizziology has generated its summer "Fizz" list, culling tweets, posts and pics to come up with its own Top 10 list -- based on such criteria as "most fangirl buzz" or "biggest comeback. " "We wanted to recognize the movies that did well in social," said Fizziology operations chief Jen Handley.
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October 9, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Legendary neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a critic of President Obama's health care reform efforts, has been hired by Fox News as a contributor. Carson rose to prominence in medical circles when he successfully separated conjoined Siamese twins in 1987. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In recent years, Carson has also built a following for his political views and attacks on political correctness.
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May 19, 1985 | Lisa Teasley and John Horn, Compiled by Lisa Teasley and John Horn
The list of 62 titles below represents the major releases of the summer movie cavalcade, set to roar into the theaters in just weeks. The emphasis, as is the habit during the summer months, is escapism geared toward the younger crowd: James Bond dodges bullets and passes again, there's a host of films ("The Goonies" and "The Emerald Forest" among them) about mysterious children's adventures, a few fright films, a "Road Warrior" sequel and a heavy sampling of Spielbergesque science fiction.
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October 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Now that the summer box-office proceeds have been tallied, with the hits ("Iron Man 3") and misses ("R.I.P.D") identified, social media measurement firm Fizziology has weighed in with the season's social media standouts. Fizziology has generated its summer "Fizz" list, culling tweets, posts and pics to come up with its own Top 10 list -- based on such criteria as "most fangirl buzz" or "biggest comeback. " "We wanted to recognize the movies that did well in social," said Fizziology operations chief Jen Handley.
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May 27, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON
This list of summer hunches comes with a huge disclaimer that we have seen none of the movies, so this is based on past reputation, intuition or, heaven help us, publicity. "Mo' Better Blues": The newest work from the fertile brain of Spike Lee and because the cast includes Denzel Washington, Lee, Ruben Blades and Giancarlo Esposito.
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May 19, 1985 | JOHN HORN and ALEX RAKSIN
What movies are teen-agers likely to spend their money on this summer? To find out, Calendar invited eight Los Angeles-area high school journalists to The Times to talk about movies. The students--admittedly a cut above the typical high-school party animal--were selected from more than 100 public high schools. After seeing previews of 11 major summer films, and looking over production notes, press kits, etc., the eight were asked for their comments, which follow.
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October 20, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood's film companies are still talking about the summer movies. Not the record-shattering $2.1 billion the movie industry generated at the box office during the summer just ended. Rather, the shaping of summer 1994. At this early point studio executives are already penciling in their movies, with an eye to what the other guys are doing.
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August 30, 1989 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Studio executives across Hollywood are shaking their heads over this summer's box-office results: For all their sophisticated market research and conservative reliance on familiar formulas, they still can't predict the tastes of American moviegoers.
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May 12, 1991 | DAVID J. FOX and NIKKI FINKE
. . . When we last left our intrepid studio executives about six weeks ago, they had nearly completed their plans for this summer's movie release schedules. The operative word here is "nearly." Since then, there's been a lot of wiggling and jiggling. Schedules have been fine-tuned, with hopes of selling the most tickets by avoiding competition, attracting the most publicity and, of course, keeping one's rivals guessing.
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May 15, 1994 | Listings by DAVID PECCHIA; Photo Research by SUE MARTIN
FRIDAY, MAY 20 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Gus Van Sant directs the quirky Tom Robbins novel, starring Uma Thurman as the large-thumbed gal who travels from New York to an all-cowgirl ranch out West. Lorraine Bracco and Rain Phoenix await her. (Fine Line) Maverick. Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and former Maverick James Garner star for director Richard Donner in this update on debonair drifter Bret Maverick. When he sits down with the likes of Foster and Garner at a big poker championship, the bullets and witticisms fly. (Warner Bros.
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July 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You can count on summer movies for one sure thing - a teenager will fumble through his or her first sexual experience. On-screen, I mean. Because so many boys have done it so boldly, reveling in their risky business and risqué language - a low bar set long ago by the likes of "American Pie" and "Porky's" - the girls were overdue for some score-settling. For that there is the new coming-of-age comedy "The To Do List. " PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The film stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy, the bookish valedictorian on a brash quest to experience all the unmentionables in the summer before college.
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July 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
Summer moviegoing is usually about the stars, the spectacle and the sizzle. But in a trend that's mystifying Hollywood, this summer's box office is being driven by films with modest ambitions, including relatively inexpensive comedies, lower budget animation and horror pictures. Call it the summer of the B-movie. Like the quickie flicks the studios used to crank out for the back end of double features, these new hits - "The Heat," "Grown Ups 2," "Despicable Me 2" and, as of this weekend, "The Conjuring" among them - are drumming up business, while bigger-budgeted offerings such as "The Lone Ranger" and "Pacific Rim" struggle to sell tickets.
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July 19, 2013 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING -- Forget Zach Snyder's "Man of Steel" or Keanu Reeves' "Man of Tai Chi. " China's movie of the summer is a chick flick that has touched off a mini-culture war while raking in the renminbi -- and a sequel is just weeks away. "Tiny Times" tells the story of four fashionable college girls in Shanghai and is perhaps best described as "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Sex and the City" (minus the sex) with a dash of "The Bling Ring. " The movie is based on a trio of popular young adult novels by Guo Jingming, a waifish 30-year-old celebrity author/entrepreneur who also directed the film.
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July 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. fell Wednesday after box office forecasters said its animated film "Turbo" could disappoint at the box office.  "Turbo," which features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as a garden snail with dreams of winning the Indy 500 , is expected to take in about $35 million over five days in its first weekend, according to early industry projections. The film, which cost $135 million, opens Wednesday.  Cowen & Co. analyst Doug Creutz said in a note to clients that the film was headed for a "very weak" opening, and may be hurt at the box office by this year's glut of summer movies.
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July 12, 2013 | By John Horn
The critics have spoken, and “Grown Ups 2” is the winner -- as the worst movie of the summer so far. Although the Adam Sandler comedy is expected to do good business in its debut this weekend, the sequel has attracted a blizzard of critical bashes, generating only 7% positive notices, according to the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes .   That's an improvement of sorts from the initial wave of reviews for the Sandler film, where a...
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July 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
In Walt Disney Studios' remake of "The Lone Ranger," the masked lawman and his loopy sidekick, Tonto, stop a runaway train, are beaten by bad guys and besieged by scorpions, and blow up a massive bridge with dynamite - all while trying to avenge the death of the Lone Ranger's brother and save his wife and child. The stakes for the studio might be even higher. Disney is making a big bet on a character that is largely unfamiliar to the young moviegoers who are the key demographic for big summer movies.
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August 17, 1997 | JACK MATHEWS, Jack Mathews is the film critic at Newsday
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises. --William Shakespeare, "All's Well That Ends Well" * Nothing riles excessive filmmakers, spendthrift studio heads and overpaid stars more than critics who ignore the genius of their work and instead review their budgets. And in a summer when nearly a dozen movies cost more than $80 million, we've reviewed a lot of budgets. It's only natural.
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July 23, 1990
Of the summer movies I've seen, "RoboCop 2" is my favorite. The biting satire of Frank Miller's screenplay was splendid. Kershner did not fail to make an entertaining and thought-provoking film. The critics simply failed to appreciate it. TOM TRIMAN Santa Ana
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June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Tulich
Though new blockbusters may grab all the headlines, summer movies reach new heights in the great outdoors. Why not enjoy the night sky, some fine food and tunes before relaxing with friends at the many outdoor cinema locations that have burst onto the L.A. landscape in the last few years? From nostalgic drive-ins to parties under the stars with local food trucks to a premium, Oscar-curated series, classic films and cult favorites get a replay in a whole new way. Oscars Outdoors Launched last year, this weekend screening series at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's open-air theater on its Hollywood campus has been a sold-out success.
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June 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
The summer moviegoing season is a time for superheroes, explosions - and marketing tie-ins. Some are a common-sense pairing of cinema and brand - "Fast & Furious 6" and Dodge,  "The Hangover: Part III" and Caesar's Palace Las Vegas - while others are a little more perplexing. Here's a list of some of this year's most over-the-top and unexpected movie tie-ins: The movie: "Man of Steel" The product: Hardee's (East Coast) and Carl's Jr.'s (West Coast) Super Bacon Cheeseburger PHOTOS: Celebrities cash in with overseas ads The concept: It takes many brands to save Metropolis.
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