May 31, 2013 |
Young adult movies are the ticket for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., maker of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” sagas. Movies based on teen-oriented books helped the company swing to profit in its fiscal fourth quarter and it's looking ahead to similar offerings that will debut this year and next. “We're obviously not the only ones mining the young adult space, but owning the top young adult franchises, 'Hunger Games' and 'Twilight,' gives us enormous catalyst,” said Jon Feltheimer, Lions Gate's chief executive officer, in a conference call with analysts Friday.
November 18, 2010 |
Teen retailer Hot Topic Inc., struggling with weak sales and earnings, is cutting staff and closing 40 to 50 stores by early next year. The City of Industry chain, which operates 680 Hot Topic stores and 155 Torrid stores for plus-sized teen girls, said it would cut about 14% of management positions as part of "a cost reduction plan to meet the challenges of the current environment. " The company plans to shutter 15 Hot Topic locations and two Torrid stores in next two months, with the rest to follow next year, Chief Financial Officer Jim McGinty said in a conference call.
June 21, 2011 |
Premier Fiesta Mexicana is the kind of working-class bar that most Southern Californians drive past without even seeing. The Bell Gardens restaurant and nightclub offers a dinner show with mariachi music and is packed most weekends, but on a summer night nearly a year ago, Carlos Galindo wasn't there looking for a good time. He was looking for a truck — and a way out of a desperate situation. Carlos, the lead character in director Chris Weitz's "A Better Life" — a new movie about the personal struggles of a Mexican gardener in the United States illegally — had scraped together every last dollar to buy a used pickup.
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September 29, 1988
A former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, who was fired last year after allegedly having sex with a prostitute in a parked car, failed to appear at his Civil Service hearing. Gary Kesselman, the original prosecutor in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter case, was fired last November after being arrested on a charge of lewd conduct. But he had appealed his dismissal to the Civil Service Commission, claiming that there was insufficient evidence to dismiss him.
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May 17, 1986 |
A judge refused Friday to dismiss two counts of involuntary manslaughter against film director John Landis and two associates in the 1982 "Twilight Zone" movie set helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roger Boren turned down the defense request in a brief written opinion.
July 12, 2010 |
Hollywood may be having a mixed year at the box office overall, but family films continue to boom. Universal Pictures this weekend became the latest studio to find success in family animation as its first stab at the genre, "Despicable Me," opened to a sensational $60.1 million, according to studio estimates. The 3-D film easily beat "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which collected $33.4 million on its second weekend and is performing almost identically to last year's "Twilight" movie, "New Moon."
July 26, 2012 |
EXCLUSIVE: When "The Hunger Games"hit big in the spring, many blogs were quick to point out the movie's similarities to "Battle Royale," a 2000 Japanese hit about teenagers in a totalitarian state fighting for survival in a government-imposed competition. Now a long-stalled U.S. remake of "Battle Royale" could be restarted -- as a TV series. In the last few weeks, the CW has had talks with the project's Hollywood representatives about the possibility of turning the property into an English-language show, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.
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October 12, 1993 |
Brooklyn-born character actor Frank Christi was the consummate New York tough guy, police say, and sometimes the lines between his roles and reality blurred. On screen, he played villains in 1970s movies such as "The Godfather," "Terminal Island," "The Hit" and "The Don Is Dead." He appeared in countless episodes of television crime shows such as "Beretta," "Mannix" and "The Rockford Files." Off-screen, Los Angeles police said, he had been involved in counterfeiting and forgery scams.
August 30, 2013 |
Peter Facinelli, who plays doctors in the "Twilight" films and the "Nurse Jackie" television series, and his ex-wife, actress Jennie Garth , have sold their home in Toluca Lake for $3.99 million. The buyer is "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady . The Paul Williams-designed traditional house, built in 1937, has a long Hollywood history. It was once the home of country singer and actor Tex Ritter and the childhood home of his son, the late actor John Ritter . Enlarged since Williams' day and renovated, the house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space.