April 11, 2014 |
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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December 18, 1992 |
A former employee filed a $10-million lawsuit against the MCA/Universal Studios Hollywood tour on Thursday claiming management "tolerated and fostered" sexual harassment of female employees on the grounds of the theme park for nearly a decade.
March 7, 2003 |
E.T. is about to phone home for the last time. Universal Studios Hollywood will close its E.T. Adventure ride Wednesday. No special ceremony is planned to mark the last day at the attraction, which features "flying bicycles" that take visitors through scenes from the 1982 Steven Spielberg hit. The ride opened as part of the theme park's lower lot expansion in May 1991. Look for a new ride at E.T.'s location in 2004, according to Universal spokesman Eliot Sekuler.
May 2, 1997
Cathy A. Nichols, a 22-year veteran of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Universal Studios Recreation Group. Her appointment fills a key position for Universal Studios because the entertainment conglomerate has identified the theme park business as a prime area for strategic investment. The company is a unit of Seagram Co.
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May 17, 1996 |
Let them eat . . . well . . . everything. Some 75 Los Angeles-area chefs will whip up tapas, Chinese food, cheesecake, ice cream, espresso, sausage and much, much more at the ninth annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles smorgasbord and fund-raiser Saturday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event is part of a circuit of Share Our Strength events taking place nationwide, with 100% of the proceeds going to hunger-relief programs.
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July 28, 1999
Alfred Hitchcock made Janet Leigh film the bloody shower scene in "Psycho" 70 times before he was satisfied. Even so, Leigh still remembers the luminary filmmaker as one of the easiest people to work with in Hollywood. "Hitchcock was always so well-prepared that filming with him was pleasant no matter how scary the material," said Leigh, who starred in the 1960 Hitchcock classic. "He's made some of the best pictures ever. You just can't say enough about him."
April 8, 1995 |
VALLEY ELDER: MCA, the entertainment giant expected to be acquired by the Seagram Co. (A1, D1), has 80-year roots in the Valley. . . . In 1914, Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle paid $165,000 for 240 acres of ranchland northeast of the Cahuenga Pass. Twenty thousand people turned out on March 15, 1915, for the opening of Laemmle's state-of-the-art motion picture studio, now part of MCA. Its first feature was "Damon and Pythias" (1914).
December 22, 2010 |
The seemingly endless stream of bad weather forced several Southern California theme parks to close Wednesday and others to restrict hours or limit access to certain areas. SeaWorld San Diego , Legoland California and Six Flags Magic Mountain were closed Wednesday due to inclement weather. Knott's Berry Farm , which closed early Tuesday because of the rain, was open for business Wednesday. Disneyland was operating on a regular schedule Wednesday, but Disney California Adventure planned to close an hour early (at 9 p.m.)