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July 12, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Product placement apparently isn't cutting it in the movie business anymore. Not satisfied, say, with a mere passing shot of a mega-star munching a Whopper, Burger King is developing a film whose main character lives above one of its burger franchises, according to a story in this week's Advertising Age, a trade magazine. No, it's not a horror film. And it's also not going to be what would seem the natural sequel to 2004's nutty teenage comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."
February 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor David Krumholtz, known for his role as Professor Charlie Eppes on the TV series "Numb3rs," has listed his Sunset Strip-area home at $2,175,000. The gated property, called El Castillo, includes more than 4,000 square feet of living space, an elevator, hand-carved living room ceilings, an eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms and four bathrooms Designed for entertaining, the 1985 Spanish-style house has outdoor entertaining space and a spa. Krumholtz, 32, starred in the CBS crime drama from 2005 to 2010.
August 2, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe
With an estimated take of $50.8 million, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" delivered Disney's best debut of the year by far, more than double the biggest of its previous 2004 openings, "Miracle" ($19.4 million). Relishing the break in a streak of disappointments, Disney execs also pointed out the figure was a company best for a movie opening in July, surpassing even the $46.6-million first weekend for last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
January 29, 2007 | Josh Ozersky, JOSH OZERSKY, a.k.a. "Mr. Cutlets," is the online food editor for New York Magazine and author of the forthcoming "Hamburgers: A Cultural History."
THE HAMBURGER is America's iconic sandwich, a sizzling symbol recognized from China to Peru. With all due respect to the bustling port city of Hamburg, Germany, a dish of chopped or minced beef (which that city's residents, and others, have been eating for centuries) is not the same as the sandwich we think of as the quintessential American invention. And now the perennial question of who invented the hamburger is in the news again.
December 22, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Fast-food eateries are in the throes of drive-through Darwinism as more upscale upstarts, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread Co., grab market share from the likes of Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy's. Chains that are fancier than fast-food options but cheaper than sit-down alternatives are part of a hybrid sector known as fast-casual that is maturing into one of the food industry's strongest. That category is tapping into growing demand for more healthful, specialty foods that are still speedily served and moderately priced.
March 23, 2009 | Glenn Whipp
Midway through "I Love You, Man," L.A. real estate agent Peter, played by Paul Rudd, wonders how quickly he can phone someone he just met. No, it's not a girl -- Peter's engaged. It's just that Peter, feeling like a "weirdo," needs a best man for his wedding party. And this buddy-less man -- who's always been a "girlfriend guy" -- is having a tough time navigating his way around the emotional land mines of the dude universe.
December 6, 2006 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
Few moments are more exhilarating for a screenwriter -- you know, other than that whole artistic breakthrough thing -- than becoming a millionaire off a mere pitch. And few moments are more miserable than being told that, well ... the studio has, uh, changed its mind. When Geoff Rodkey ("Daddy Day Care," "RV") shopped around his idea for a "Scary Movie"-like parody of the family film genre back in mid-April, he was in a particularly strong position.
Where to eat dinner used to be a relatively simple choice: Either head to the grocery store to pick up the fixings or make tracks to a restaurant. But the line between groceries and eateries is blurring as more restaurants try to build revenue by selling their most popular menu items in grocery stores.
May 2, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Former Lionsgate movie chief Joe Drake, who was squeezed out of his job as part of the independent studio's acquisition of Summit Entertainment, is joining his former Mandate Pictures business partner Nathan Kahane to launch a new film finance, sales and production company called Good Universe. Mandate is best known for quirky low-budget films such as "Juno" and "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," as well as horror films including "The Grudge" from its Ghost House label, a joint venture with director Sam Raimi.
July 12, 1997 | KAREN DARDICK
Clair Martin, rose curator for the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, recommends the following varieties of roses for Orange County gardens: Coastal * 'Abraham Darby'--soft pink with apricot * 'Charlotte'--soft yellow * 'Dove'--white * 'Golden Celebration'--golden yellow * 'Huntington's Hero'--pale pink to yellow * 'L.D.
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