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August 3, 1992 | RICHARD ROTHENSTEIN, Rothenstein, a writer and consultant for HBO, was a featured performer in the Emmy-winning film "The Josephine Baker Story."
It has been one of the most hyped events of the summer, and I don't mean the Olympics or Ross Perot. The Times jumped on the "blandwagon" with its pun-headlined Calendar story about Hollywood's latest theme park extravaganza, "Universal Tours Fires Up Its Backdraft" (June 24). My 9-year-old nephew, Jake, still claims the highlight of his last trip to Los Angeles was Earthquake--The Big One on the Universal Studios Tour.
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July 6, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
ONCE upon a time, high above the Hollywood Freeway and the Lane of Lankershim, lived a little tourist attraction called the Universal Studios Tour, which amazed visitors from near and far with its tales of movie magic. Trams of blue transported wide-eyed wanderers through the studio backlot past film landmarks such as the "Psycho" house, through the parting Red Sea inspired by "The Ten Commandments" and to Lucille Ball's dressing room.
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December 18, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
OPINION
June 27, 2006 | JOEL STEIN
WHEN I WAS working as a sitcom writer on the Universal lot, I couldn't stop myself from waving excitedly every time the Universal Studios tour tram would drive by. My workplace was so exciting that people paid money to see it! It was not until my 20th straight night of eating dinner in the office that it struck me there's a reason workers don't wave at the Hershey's factory.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1993 | MARKUS GUNTHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Apparently encouraged by the extraordinary success of its Australian movie theme park, Warner Brothers plans to invest about $180 million to create a similar attraction in Bottrop, Germany, according to a German newspaper. The Westdeutsche Allgemeine newspaper has reported that Warner Bros., the Burbank-based movie studio owned by Time Warner Inc.
NEWS
September 25, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three syllables. A harmless word, really. But, on the Universal Studios Tour, it amounts to blasphemy. It ranks, perhaps, with homicide and bestiality. The word is: Disneyland. And that's not the only noun that Universal tour guides are forbidden to utter. Recently, two guides provided The Times with their never-before-revealed top-secret list of do's and don'ts: what the studio does and doesn't want its guests to hear.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1988
. . . Paying by the foot? The Universal Studios Tour is advertising for "an exceptional performer" between 4-foot-3 and 4-foot-6. Salary: $4.25 per hour. . . . The pain of creativity: We spotted a Toyota license plate with the letters ARTHRTS. Or maybe the driver has arthritis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1995 | FRANK WILLIAMS
Asmall fire at Universal Studios on Tuesday morning prompted firefighters to shut down four sound stages at the entertainment complex, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. Firefighter Larry Duran said the fire started about 9 a.m. near the "Cinemagic" portion of the Universal Studios tour. The fire was doused in about 20 minutes but not before ripping through a wall on Sound Stage No. 32. Duran said no one was injured. The amount of damage was not disclosed.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Showscan to Open Motion-Simulator Theater: Culver City-based Showscan Corp. has signed an agreement for lease with Power Trocadero Ltd. to open its second motion-simulator theater at Picadilly Circus in London, Chairman William D. Eberle said. The new, $2.5-million theater is to open early this summer. The first of the Showscan-owned-and-operated theaters opened last fall at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, near the Universal Studios Tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Albert A. Dorskind, the former MCA executive who created the popular Universal Studios tour and spearheaded construction of Universal City, including its amphitheater and multiscreen motion picture complex, has died. He was 82. Dorskind, who was vice president of MCA Inc. and president of MCA Development Corp., died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with prostate cancer, said his son, Jim.
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November 1, 1995 | FRANK WILLIAMS
Asmall fire at Universal Studios on Tuesday morning prompted firefighters to shut down four sound stages at the entertainment complex, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. Firefighter Larry Duran said the fire started about 9 a.m. near the "Cinemagic" portion of the Universal Studios tour. The fire was doused in about 20 minutes but not before ripping through a wall on Sound Stage No. 32. Duran said no one was injured. The amount of damage was not disclosed.
NEWS
May 26, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the heart of the new film "Casper" lies a simple romance between the boyish, translucent hero and a teen-age girl who moves into his haunted mansion. But putting that simple story onto the screen--making a movie in which animated ghosts cavort with human actors--proved to be a complex endeavor, requiring the equivalent of 19 million floppy disks of computer-generated images.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Showscan to Open Motion-Simulator Theater: Culver City-based Showscan Corp. has signed an agreement for lease with Power Trocadero Ltd. to open its second motion-simulator theater at Picadilly Circus in London, Chairman William D. Eberle said. The new, $2.5-million theater is to open early this summer. The first of the Showscan-owned-and-operated theaters opened last fall at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, near the Universal Studios Tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1993
MCA Inc. is pressing Los Angeles County transportation officials to relocate a proposed subway station to a site more convenient to its Universal Studios Hollywood amusement park. The move would also place the Metro Rail station within walking distance of Universal CityWalk, a popular new promenade of restaurants and shops adjacent to the park. The idea deserves consideration, particularly in light of the fact that the theme park drew 4.8 million visitors last year.
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September 24, 1993 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Susan Vaughn writes regularly about architecture for The Times.
Universal Studios' back lot is an armchair-traveler's dream. Within the 420 acres, one can stroll from Paris to Boston without fatigue--the cities are separated only by the Red Sea and Denver--or visit ancient Rome, the 1880s Wild West and 21st-Century suburbia without aging noticeably. The acreage is crammed with Alice in Wonderland architecture. Buildings seem real--monumental and solid.
NEWS
May 26, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the heart of the new film "Casper" lies a simple romance between the boyish, translucent hero and a teen-age girl who moves into his haunted mansion. But putting that simple story onto the screen--making a movie in which animated ghosts cavort with human actors--proved to be a complex endeavor, requiring the equivalent of 19 million floppy disks of computer-generated images.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1988
I have suggested to the presiding bishop of the United Methodist Church to have a letter read in every church asking people not to see any movie current and future that is released by Universal. I have also asked other churches to do the same. I have also asked that all members across the United States not visit Universal Studios Tour. If Christians do not see any current or future movie by Universal, I am sure that the whole financial end of MCA will react. JOHN OWENS SUTORIUS Hollywood
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September 2, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
MCA Inc. has quietly resolved a high-profile sexual harassment case by agreeing to pay a former Universal Studios Hollywood tour employee an estimated $600,000 in an out-of-court settlement, sources said Wednesday. In a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed in December, Wendy-Sue Rosen accused two of her bosses of pinching and fondling her at the theme park box office and offering her money for sexual favors. She accused one of her superiors of masturbating in front of her.
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