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May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
In a further sign that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is ramping up efforts to produce its own movies again, the company said it had hired industry veteran Bedi Singh as its finance chief and head fundraiser for upcoming films. The studio, taken private for nearly $5 billion in 2005, aims to establish a fund to co-finance its upcoming films.
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April 9, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Michael Bay, the "Transformers" film series producer, has sold his estate in Bel-Air for $11.45 million. The three-story clean-lined contemporary was designed by the late Jack Warner, whose architectural firm worked on the Bel-Air Country Club. The 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, library, a home theater, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The nearly one-acre promontory has views that encompass the Los Angeles Basin, Mt. Baldy and Santa Monica Bay.  The site includes a swimming pool and mature trees.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1992
We noticed you left out a few upcoming films in your "Sneaks '92" listings (Jan. 19): "Don't Tell Japan the Studio's Dead." Entertainment exec flies to Tokyo, leaving his zany hairdresser in charge. With Dudley Moore as Mr. Matsushita. (Columbia) "One Tough Mother." Jodie Foster is a single mom supporting her child the only way she knows how--in the brutal world of bare-knuckle boxing. (Touchstone) "The Human Bomb!" Any movie starring Bruce Willis. (Silver Pictures) "Stephen King's Grocery List."
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March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
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December 15, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Quentin Tarantino had been shooting "Django Unchained" for two solid weeks at a plantation outside New Orleans, but a pall of uncertainty hung over the cast and crew: Just what kind of slavery movie was this going to be? After all, this was a white writer-director with a blaxploitation fixation whose previous film, "Inglourious Basterds," was a wisecracking Holocaust revenge farce. Now it was February in Louisiana, and he had scores of African American extras on set playing field hands, house servants and "ponies" (pretty black girls who served as companions to slave owners)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
In the opening scenes of "The Grey,"the new film opening in theaters Friday, Liam Neeson's character explains in a letter to his dead wife that the dull ache of his grief has taken him to the frigid ends of the earth and put him in the company of desperate and empty men. It's difficult to watch Neeson trudge through snow and heartache at the start of the film and not think about the actor's own ordeals - it will be three years ago this March that...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Robert De Niro constructs a highly memorable sports-fan character in David O. Russell's new dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," playing a Philadelphia Eagles supporter so superstitious he believes the positioning of the remote can affect a game's outcome. The real-life De Niro? He's not exactly a team colors face-painter. VIDEO: Trailers to upcoming films   "People can watch certain football players and get genuinely excited about it, and I just don't understand it," he said.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Perhaps they had a change of heart. Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have put a Pacific Palisades property they bought two years ago on the market at $6.5 million -- minus the house. The couple purchased the lot in early 2011 for $5.7 million, public records show, and razed the existing house and swimming pool. The graded lot of more than half an acre is level and has views of the Getty, Century City and the mountains. Russell, 61, starred in "Touchback" (2011) and will star in the upcoming films “The Fix” and “Bone Tomahawk.” Hawn, 67, gained recognition among television viewers in the late 1960s for her role as a regular and dancer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Michael Bay, the "Transformers" film series producer, has sold his estate in Bel-Air for $11.45 million. The three-story clean-lined contemporary was designed by the late Jack Warner, whose architectural firm worked on the Bel-Air Country Club. The 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, library, a home theater, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The nearly one-acre promontory has views that encompass the Los Angeles Basin, Mt. Baldy and Santa Monica Bay.  The site includes a swimming pool and mature trees.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Online ticket seller Fandango has come up with a new metric for measuring the "buzz" around upcoming movies. The NBCUniversal-owned company, which sells tickets to more than 20,000 screens nationwide, announced Friday the debut of "Fanticipation," a tool that helps predict what upcoming films will or will not resonate with fans at the box office. Similar to the Zagat restaurant surveys, the system assigns a percentage score to movies based on Fandango's proprietary data collected from its online and mobile traffic, social media sites and advance ticket sales.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
At least 25 streets and 46 schools are named in his honor, but many young people know little about Cesar Chavez, who in life was a polarizing figure, most famous for the successful series of marches, fasts and strikes he led on behalf of mostly immigrant farmworkers. The next big act of Chavez's afterlife begins this month, with the first dramatic film about the towering Chicano figure and a major biography due out days before California and other states celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31. Both projects seek to reclaim Chavez's place in the American memory.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Robert Pattinson has found a warm body and it's ... Jim Parsons? Yep. The “Twilight” film series vampire has sold his house in Los Feliz for $6.375 million to the star of “The Big Bang Theory.” The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings maintain the period vibe. The 1.5-acre terraced property, enclosed by walls on a gentle hillside, features a lagoon-style swimming pool, waterfalls and fountains.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Silver Lake Picture Show is back again for its second summer, with a slate of free films to be shown outdoors on a patch of Sunset Boulevard real estate known as Sunset Triangle Plaza. Co-founder Nicholas Robbins says seven movies will be shown this summer, at sunset, every other Thursday. Movie lovers are encouraged to bring their own seating for a series of movies curated around an 1980s and '90s theme. Upcoming films are "Wet Hot American Summer" showing on June 27, "The Sandlot" on July 11, "Zoot Suit" on July 25, "Empire Records" on Aug. 8, "To Wong Foo" on Aug. 28 and "The Princess Bride" on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Online ticket seller Fandango has come up with a new metric for measuring the "buzz" around upcoming movies. The NBCUniversal-owned company, which sells tickets to more than 20,000 screens nationwide, announced Friday the debut of "Fanticipation," a tool that helps predict what upcoming films will or will not resonate with fans at the box office. Similar to the Zagat restaurant surveys, the system assigns a percentage score to movies based on Fandango's proprietary data collected from its online and mobile traffic, social media sites and advance ticket sales.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Perhaps they had a change of heart. Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have put a Pacific Palisades property they bought two years ago on the market at $6.5 million -- minus the house. The couple purchased the lot in early 2011 for $5.7 million, public records show, and razed the existing house and swimming pool. The graded lot of more than half an acre is level and has views of the Getty, Century City and the mountains. Russell, 61, starred in "Touchback" (2011) and will star in the upcoming films “The Fix” and “Bone Tomahawk.” Hawn, 67, gained recognition among television viewers in the late 1960s for her role as a regular and dancer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Universal Pictures is getting back into the toy business - led by a swarm of small, yellow creatures with a penchant for mischief. The Hollywood studio plans to unveil an array of new toys and games for its upcoming 3-D computer-animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" at this weekend's Toy Fair trade show in New York, signaling a willingness to reenter the competitive consumer products market with some of its bigger movie franchises. Much of the product line, to be launched ahead of "Despicable Me 2's" theatrical release July 3, focuses on the signature pill-shaped, jabbering creatures called minions that were featured prominently in the original 2010 film.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Silver Lake Picture Show is back again for its second summer, with a slate of free films to be shown outdoors on a patch of Sunset Boulevard real estate known as Sunset Triangle Plaza. Co-founder Nicholas Robbins says seven movies will be shown this summer, at sunset, every other Thursday. Movie lovers are encouraged to bring their own seating for a series of movies curated around an 1980s and '90s theme. Upcoming films are "Wet Hot American Summer" showing on June 27, "The Sandlot" on July 11, "Zoot Suit" on July 25, "Empire Records" on Aug. 8, "To Wong Foo" on Aug. 28 and "The Princess Bride" on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment. The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion. Chase hired Van Zandt, whom he'd cast as Silvio Dante on HBO's mob series, to oversee the film's music - "to design what the band sounds like as they go from 1962 to 1968, and to have that be authentic," as Van Zandt put it recently in an interview at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinema.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Quentin Tarantino had been shooting "Django Unchained" for two solid weeks at a plantation outside New Orleans, but a pall of uncertainty hung over the cast and crew: Just what kind of slavery movie was this going to be? After all, this was a white writer-director with a blaxploitation fixation whose previous film, "Inglourious Basterds," was a wisecracking Holocaust revenge farce. Now it was February in Louisiana, and he had scores of African American extras on set playing field hands, house servants and "ponies" (pretty black girls who served as companions to slave owners)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Once a week for the last several years, I've driven to skid row to visit a friend. I get depressed about the area at times because it's such a depository of the unfortunate and the forgotten. But then I'll catch a warm greeting, or see a sign of hope in someone trying to crawl out of a hole they thought they'd never escape. The friend, by the way, is Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, the ever-devoted musician who inspired the book and movie "The Soloist. " In the process, he helped inspire another movie, "Lost Angels," a documentary that opens Friday night at the ArcLight in Hollywood.
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