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August 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A total of 11 people were stuck Monday morning in a car on the Universal Studios' Transformers ride, but the remaining few were being helped to an exit, said Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. The fire department received a call about the incident at 9:10 a.m. Monday, said spokeswoman Ebony Williams. They arrived on the scene at 9:16 a.m. One car of the themed indoor ride had gotten stuck in an elevated position due to technical difficulties, said Tony Akins, an inspector with the department.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1998
Re "Panel May Limit Late-Night Noise at Film Studios," Sept. 12. I was pleased to see your report that negotiations between Universal and the powers that be are approaching resolution (meetings are scheduled Oct. 7 and 14). As a longtime resident in the neighborhood adjacent to Universal City (Toluca Lake), I have watched with interest this project, attending all the hearings since inception of discussions between the staff from Universal and the commission. Strongly believing that Universal's master plan will benefit this entire area, including reclamation of the North Hollywood business section, which I've sadly watched slide into decline, I hope that rationality will prevail so that inevitable progress will proceed expeditiously.
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.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
To Beijing, with love. That might capture the vibe at Universal Studios Hollywood this weekend as the Southern California theme park opens a three-day cultural exhibit called "Glamorous Beijing. " It's all part of a Beijing-L.A. event designed to encourage tourism between the cities. Since 2006, the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board has had an office in Beijing that stokes the East-meets-West Coast relationship. "Glamorous Beijing" kicks off with a traditional lion and dragon dance at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Globe fountain near the entrance.
NEWS
May 16, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. has made an offer to renew the contract of longtime Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer -- a potential vote of confidence that could quell speculation in Hollywood that his days in the job are numbered under the cable giant's new ownership. But the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. A key sticking point in the negotiations is how long Meyer's contract will be extended beyond its current expiration in 2012. Comcast was offering a shorter extension than the executive would like, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the talks.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Universal Studios Hollywood has quietly raised the price of admission by $2 to $47 after a similar increase this month at Walt Disney Co. theme parks in Anaheim. The price increases at Universal and the two Disney parks -- Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure -- come as the two theme park companies are reinvesting in attractions and gearing up for stronger attendance in coming months. Universal, a unit of Vivendi Universal, raised the admission price five days after Disney's move.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
In his first major public appearance in Los Angeles in more than three years, the Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of several thousand people Sunday about his hopes for Tibet, the need for dialogue in resolving conflicts and the importance of spurning the material world to cultivate compassion. People today are "too much concerned with exterior material values and not our inner values," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said. Happiness, he said, touching his heart, "ultimately depends on here."
BUSINESS
June 28, 2011
Cable giant Comcast Corp. isn't changing the channel at Universal Studios. Universal President Ron Meyer has signed a new contract with his bosses at Comcast that will extend his tenure until December, 2015. His previous deal had been set to expire at the end of 2012. The extension is a vote of confidence by Comcast, which acquired the studio's parent company, NBCUniversal, in January. Many people in Hollywood had speculated that the new owner might seek to make a management change at Universal given the poor performance of its movie division over the last two years with a string of costly flops such as "Land of the Lost" and "The Wolfman.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp. has made an offer to renew the contract of longtime Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer — a potential vote of confidence that could quell speculation in Hollywood that his days in the job are numbered under the studio's new ownership by the cable giant. But the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. A key sticking point in the negotiations is how long Meyer's contract would be extended beyond its current expiration in 2012. Comcast was offering a shorter extension than the executive would like, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the talks.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Universal Studios Hollywood is putting the pedal to the metal on a new attraction based on the popular "Fast and Furious" movie series. The theme park announced Tuesday plans to add a high-definition, 3-D feature to the park's long-running Studio Tour tram ride by the summer of 2015. The addition is part of a larger $1.6-billion, 25-year expansion that will include a highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in the next two years and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, set to open Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Their yellow, begoggled faces have covered billboards, blanketed toy store shelves, appeared in music videos and mobile games. So it's only logical that family cinema's ubiquitous, gibberish-speaking stars, the minions of "Despicable Me," now have their own theme park attraction - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - at Universal Studios Hollywood. For the uninitiated, "Despicable Me" is an animated film series centered on Gru, a supervillain voiced by Steve Carell who, uncharacteristically for a man who makes his living trying to steal the moon, adopts three daughters from an orphanage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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 Aastocks.com.
BUSINESS
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 aastocks.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2004 | Richard Verrier
Universal Studios has sold its 37% stake in theme park resort Universal Mediterranea in Spain to Spanish bank and partner La Caixa for $30 million. A Universal Studios spokeswoman confirmed the sale and said the NBC Universal unit would remain involved in the resort through a licensing agreement, but declined to comment further. Universal had acquired its stake in Universal Mediterranea in 1998 and developed two adjoining hotels and a water park at the resort.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest casualty of Hollywood's march to digital technology, Technicolor Inc., the French-owned film processing and post-production company, has closed its film lab in Glendale less than three years after its opening. The 40,000-square-foot-facility adjacent to DreamWorks Animation on Flower Street shut down Thursday, an employee at the lab told Times. A spokeswoman for Technicolor did not returns call seeking comment. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Opened in 2011 , the facility replaced a much larger lab at Universal Studios that closed.
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