| Nov 2, 2013
| 2:31 PM
A favorite won the second Breeders' Cup race in a row as Groupie Doll was a repeat winner of the $1-million Filly and Mare Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita.
The 5-year-old mare took the lead on the far turn, extended it to two lengths entering the...
| Jul 3, 2013
Now begins the annual flurry of press releases that I'll be getting in advance of the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). With each news item, I'll be feeling twinges of regret for not being able to attend this year. (Cue the sad trombone.) I'll be...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:59 PM
If Barbie looked like an average 19-year-old girl, she’d have shorter legs, a thicker waist and a rear end to make pop star Demi Lovato proud.
When Lovato saw photos this week comparing a more realistic doll, a model created by independent...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Rather than have his buddies over to his Los Angeles home Thursday for a Fourth of July barbecue, Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik was playing host in a mostly bare dressing room backstage at Ravinia Festival, where his band was set to perform its...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Barbie seems to be losing ground as the queen bee of doll-dom, as sales of the Mattel Inc. figurine slipped for the fourth straight quarter.
Revenue from the fashion toy sank 12% in the second quarter, which ended June 30, the El Segundo-based company...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Disturbing news this week for Barbie: Mattel reported that revenue from the doll fell 12% in the second quarter that ended June 30. That’s Barbie’s fourth straight quarterly sales slide.
It’s tough to be a middle-aged female...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:04 AM
Hasbro Inc., the country’s largest toymaker behind Southern California’s Mattel Inc., suffered a 16% slump in second-quarter profit as its boys category struggled to recoup last summer’s strength.
During the period, which ended June...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday.
The fast-food giant said it’s the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:55 AM
In 1976, when I was in the fourth grade and had discovered the joys of reading books, my mother shared with me her own childhood literary passion. One afternoon, in a sun-dappled room in our old Victorian home, she told me that when she was my age, she...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Many a mechanically minded child growing up in the 20th century honed his or her construction skills with a toy Erector set — a collection of small metal beams, nuts and bolts, gears, wheels and other parts that could be assembled in countless ways....
| Aug 13, 2013
| 12:56 PM
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To the kids, I would explain that while new toys are great, since they live with me, I buy them things that are also great and needed: food, home, clothes, medicine, etc. To the ex, I would discuss...