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April 13, 2010 | By Ben Fritz reporting from new york
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is starting a new act. The video game publisher best known for the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series is poised for a high-level shake-up Thursday when shareholders are expected to elect representatives of activist investor Carl Icahn to three of its eight board seats. It was only three years ago that a team led by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, the former president of record label BMG Entertainment and movie studio 20th Century Fox, took over a company that was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the New York district attorney's office.
June 7, 2012
FAMILY Even with weather as generally terrific as ours (air quality alerts aside), getting kids outside isn't always easy given the pull of TV, summer movies and videogames. Hosted by the Children's Nature Institute and the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, the fifth annual Kids Rock Music and Eco Fest features all sorts of outdoor pleasures including music by the Verve Pipe, animals, crafts and, of course, food trucks. Hancock Park between LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits. 11 a.m. Sun. Free.
September 30, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
TV sets in American homes are on more than ever, Nielsen Media Research reported Thursday. During the yearlong television season that ended Sept. 18, the average U.S. household was tuned into TV for 8 hours, 11 minutes per day, the ratings company said -- an increase of 2.7% over the previous season and 12.5% higher than 10 years ago.
February 20, 2004 | Jon Healey
Shoppers who buy music CDs, videogames and software may soon be greeted by a message familiar to anyone who buys or rents movies: a warning from the FBI not to make illegal copies. Representatives of the FBI announced that they were making a new version of their anti-piracy warning available to the entertainment and software industries, along with a letter cautioning the public about copyright infringement, obscenity and hacking on peer-to-peer networks.
June 6, 2001 | Dow Jones and Times Staff
French video-games maker Titus Interactive SA said Tuesday it has initiated talks to sell its 34% stake in Interplay Entertainment Corp., the Irvine software game maker now in talks to be sold. Titus said in a press release that its retail subsidiary Virgin Interactive will continue to distribute Interplay products in Europe. In the U.S., distribution has been assured for the past weeks by Titus' own local teams. The Paris company, which lost $23.
December 18, 2005 | Elaine Dutka
MARC SHMUGER Vice chairman, Universal Pictures The boom that masked some of our underlying problems and convinced us of our own genius came to an end. We saw moviegoers spend less time at the multiplex and more time consuming videogames, the Internet and other forms of entertainment. We saw a demand for DVDs slacken and cost pressures press their price to new lows. Things need to change.
August 9, 1985 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS and For detailed data and results of other companies, see tables, Page 10.
Continuing its steady earnings improvement, Mattel said second-quarter income rose to $19 million, an increase of almost 8% from a year ago. Sales climbed 32%. The profit for the three months ended June 29 compares to income of $17.6 million in the 1984 quarter. However, a year ago the company implemented a restructuring that included a $231-million cash infusion and has recalculated its results to reflect the effects of that cash infusion on the entire fiscal year.
April 27, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning rapper Juicy J has sold his Sherman Oaks house for $1.82 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The Tuscan-style home, built in 1955 but entirely remodeled, has a two-story entry; a family room with a wet bar and stone fireplace; a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and island; a master bedroom suite with a balcony and sitting area; a master bathroom with a fireplace, spa tub and steam shower; and maid's quarters....
February 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
When you're playing Nintendo you may be learning more than how to control a voracious gorilla, rescue a kidnapped princess or negotiate a go-cart course, according to a new study. You just may be learning skills to help you perform laparoscopic surgery. In a study posted online Wednesday in the open access journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the department of surgical sciences at the University of Rome measured the surgical skills of students who trained on a Nintendo Wii. Across four tasks measuring 16 skill-sets on a simulator, such as locating objects with a camera and photographing them, and touching flashing, colored balls with its corresponding tool, Wii team outshone their traditionally trained colleagues in 13 of them.
April 11, 1985
Not long ago personal computers were all the rage. Those clever machines carry price tags in the thousands, but customers were snapping them up, and manufacturers saw only rising curves on their sales projections. Computers were named Time magazine's Man of the Year.
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