August 23, 2012 |
Like many people, filmmaker David Koepp believes most movies are too long. "Premium Rush," a 91-minute look at New York City bicycle messengers, is Koepp's answer to the problem. "I wanted to do something contained, like 'Panic Room,'" said Koepp, who wrote that 2002 Jodie Foster thriller along with the Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" and "Jurassic Park. " "And I am obsessed with maps, so I wanted to do a movie where a guy has to get from point A to point B in a limited period of time.
August 23, 2012 |
Cable news may get the big ratings this election season, but local broadcast news is where politicians should put their advertising money, according to the Television Bureau of Advertising. The TVB, a nonprofit trade association representing broadcast stations, said in a report that the audience for local morning and late-evening local news in the nation's biggest cities more closely mirror the makeup of the electorate. For example, while more than 50% of the prime-time audience for cable news channels is 65 and older, that demographic represents only 19% of voters.
June 20, 2012 |
The toll of a heart attack may be more than just physical. Patients who suffer heart attacks could also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder -- which could raise the risk of another heart attack, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that often develops after a traumatic event involving the threat of injury or death, according to the National Institutes of...
January 6, 2012 |
Consumer news is big news here at the Los Angeles Times Business section. As the weekend begins, be sure to check out our latest story on the Buy Here Pay Here industry. Many of you read Ken Bensinger's brilliant three-part series last fall on the used-car segment known as Buy Here Pay Here, which caters to working-class people who need a car to get to their jobs - but don't have the income or good credit to get conventional auto financing. Buy Here Pay Here dealers finance the sales themselves, assuming the risk of a default, but they also charge interest rates of up to 30% and are quick to repossess - and resell - the car when payments are late.
October 30, 2011 |
First of three parts Tiffany Lee wanted a car. She was weary of the two-hour bus ride to her job at a UCLA Health System clinic. She hated having to ask friends to drive her 7-year-old son to his asthma treatments. But as a single mother with three children, bad credit and a $27,000-a-year salary, she couldn't find a bank or dealership willing to give her a loan. Then a friend steered her to Repossess Auto Sales in Hawthorne. Another buyer might have balked at the deal she was offered.
August 14, 2011 |
The roofing supply yard in Long Beach is rumbling with activity these days, thanks in part to a wet winter that has property owners eager to make repairs before fall. Men drive humming forklifts around the site in a cacophony of engine noise, delivering shingles and plywood to flatbed trucks for the next day's deliveries. Supervisor Miguel Murillo pauses in the commotion and wipes his hands, his sweat-spotted shirt showing the day's toil. A year ago, things were so slow he'd often take a day off without pay. Recently he's had to work a few Saturdays.