May 24, 2010
"Prince of Persia" didn't exactly get a royal reception overseas this weekend. Walt Disney Studios' big-budget video game adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened in 19 foreign markets, including every major European country except France, one week ahead of its Memorial Day weekend debut in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The film sold a studio-estimated $18 million worth of tickets. That's 5% more than the opening of "National Treasure" in the same countries in 2004, but 13% less than the original "Iron Man" in 2008 and 24% less than 2005's historical epic "Kingdom of Heaven."
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
April 27, 2010 |
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....
August 9, 1985 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
August 26, 2005 |
A federal judge called on the Bush administration Thursday to explain what it was doing about two men being detained at Guantanamo Bay prison despite the military's conclusion that they were not "enemy combatants." Justice Department lawyer Terry Henry said the two Chinese Muslims, in custody for almost four years, would be held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba until the U.S. government found a country to send them to.