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September 28, 1987 | KEITH BRADSHER
Videotape rentals began in stores that marketed nothing else, then spread to convenience stores and supermarkets as some consumers sought the ease of one-stop shopping close to home. The next trend, experts say, lies in videotape dispensing machines, or VDMs. Resembling a cross between a juke box and a soda vending machine, each VDM carries between 100 and 600 titles and costs between $12,000 and $20,000.
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April 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game. The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2009 | Ben Fritz and Dawn C. Chmielewski
In 2006, Shane Felux was on a makeshift set near his home in northern Virginia producing a Web video when he received an out-of-the-blue phone call from Barry Jossen, who was then executive vice president of production for Disney's ABC Studios.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com has sent out invitations to members of the media for an April 2 event at which the company is expected to unveil a video-streaming device. The online retailer is scheduled to hold the event in New York at 8 a.m. PDT, according to a screenshot of the invitation posted by Business Insider . The event is to be led by Peter Larsen, vice president of the company's Kindle division. "Please join us for an update on our video business," the invitation reads. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Best Home Videos: VCR lovers, the favorite video flicks of video business insiders are in. The winners of the Video Software Dealers Assn.'s 1990 Homer Awards are "Rain Man," "Look Who's Talking," "Lethal Weapon 2," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "Dead Calm." Arnold Schwarzenegger was voted star of the year.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1990 | From United Press International
NBC Sues Sony and Columbia: The National Broadcasting Co. filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Sony Corp. and Columbia Pictures, claiming that the two companies are sabotaging a home video business owned in part by NBC in order to boost Columbia's fortunes. The suit claims Columbia used inside information and made deals behind NBC's back. (Filed March 8, 1990, Case No. C754591)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1995 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Walt Disney Co. has put the genie back in the lamp. Despite a well-publicized fallout with the studio over the use of his voice in the 1992 blockbuster "Aladdin," Robin Williams will reprise his role as the big blue guy for "Aladdin and the King of Thieves," a new animated film scheduled for release next year on home video.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com has sent out invitations to members of the media for an April 2 event at which the company is expected to unveil a video-streaming device. The online retailer is scheduled to hold the event in New York at 8 a.m. PDT, according to a screenshot of the invitation posted by Business Insider . The event is to be led by Peter Larsen, vice president of the company's Kindle division. "Please join us for an update on our video business," the invitation reads. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
BUSINESS
July 14, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When "The Lion King" was released on home video last winter, it conquered stores with a mighty roar. The Walt Disney Company said consumers snapped up 20 million units in just six days. But was the lion's roar really that loud? Some researchers suggest the actual number was lower than the one Disney reported. Others say the studio's figure, while perhaps high, was probably within a small margin of error.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1998 | KAREN E. KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Q: I have an extensive managerial background with a large national transportation company. I am confident that my skills can be applied beyond the industry I have worked in and feel I am well-suited to start up and manage a business. I am an East Coast transplant, here in L.A. in the name of love for my fiancee, a native Angeleno. I think starting my own business will be the only way I can acquire the flexibility I need to maintain my relationships with friends and family in New England.
WORLD
October 28, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
An Iranian-born Montreal man faces three criminal charges in an alleged attempt to board a Los Angeles-bound plane with bomb-making components in his carry-on luggage, Canadian media reported Monday. Antony Piazza, 71, appeared in court a day after his arrest at Pierre Trudeau International Airport to be charged with possession of an explosive substance, attempting to transport an explosive substance on an airplane and mischief by endangering the safety of an airport or aircraft, the Toronto Star reported . Conviction on the charges would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, news reports said, quoting Crown Prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A dispute between Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit and a small cable operator has turned particularly nasty and is shining a brighter light on how programmers package their channels for sale to distributors. Cable One, which has 730,000 subscribers in 19 states, recently dropped several Turner-owned cable networks, including CNN, TruTV and HLN, rather than agree to pay more money to carry them under a new deal. However, Cable One wanted to continue carrying TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network and was willing to pay the higher fees Turner was seeking for those channels.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Sony President and Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said his company is taking "a serious look" at a proposal from an activist investor to take part of the company's entertainment business public. "It's something that's been discussed at the board level, and discussed thoroughly," said Hirai, who used the prominent platform of the All Things Digital technology conference in Rancho Palos Verdes to address some of the challenges confronting the company. Hedge-fund investor Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point Capital owns about 6% of Sony, has urged an initial public offering for part of the company's music and movie business.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Long stuck in low gear, Walt Disney Co.'s video game division is aiming for infinity. The entertainment conglomerate on Tuesday unveiled plans for a high-stakes initiative called Disney Infinity that could determine the success or failure of its video game business over the next few years. Infinity will enable players to buy toys based on famous Disney characters like Mr. Incredible and "Pirates of the Caribbean's" Jack Sparrow and “scan” them into a game. Each character can have adventures in his or her own environment - like Sparrow on the high seas -- or together in a "playground" mode where players create new worlds.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix Inc.'s beleaguered stock got a boost Monday after an analyst said Amazon.com is much less of a threat in the subscription video business than many had thought. Shares of Netflix were up 11% shortly before the market closed Monday. If the surge holds, that would be its biggest daily rise since January. Its top price of $74.09 was the highest the stock has traded at since late July. Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt upgraded Netflix stock based primarily on his conclusion that "Amazon.com is not a direct threat to Netflix's U.S. business.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"The Dark Knight Rises" doesn't hit movie theaters for nine months, but Batman is at the heart of what may just be Warner Bros.' most important release of the fall. With the launch Tuesday of video game Arkham City, a sequel to 2009 hit Arkham Asylum that lets players control the Caped Crusader, the studio's Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unit has one of the best-reviewed and most anticipated titles of the year. It's expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in sales.
WORLD
October 28, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
An Iranian-born Montreal man faces three criminal charges in an alleged attempt to board a Los Angeles-bound plane with bomb-making components in his carry-on luggage, Canadian media reported Monday. Antony Piazza, 71, appeared in court a day after his arrest at Pierre Trudeau International Airport to be charged with possession of an explosive substance, attempting to transport an explosive substance on an airplane and mischief by endangering the safety of an airport or aircraft, the Toronto Star reported . Conviction on the charges would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, news reports said, quoting Crown Prosecutor Alexandre Gauthier.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1994 | DENNIS HUNT
Retailers are reporting that "The Fugitive" is still outdistancing its rental competition by a wide margin. None of the current crop is likely to overtake it but the upcoming "Mrs. Doubtfire" will surely run it down. Due out next week, "Mrs. Doubtfire" should be the spring's biggest hit. "What's Love Got to Do With It," the Tina Turner biography, is making a strong showing--climbing three notches to No. 3.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2009 | Ben Fritz and Dawn C. Chmielewski
In 2006, Shane Felux was on a makeshift set near his home in northern Virginia producing a Web video when he received an out-of-the-blue phone call from Barry Jossen, who was then executive vice president of production for Disney's ABC Studios.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1998 | KAREN E. KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Q: I have an extensive managerial background with a large national transportation company. I am confident that my skills can be applied beyond the industry I have worked in and feel I am well-suited to start up and manage a business. I am an East Coast transplant, here in L.A. in the name of love for my fiancee, a native Angeleno. I think starting my own business will be the only way I can acquire the flexibility I need to maintain my relationships with friends and family in New England.
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