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  • Comic Images to debut new Star Wars Plushes and Back Buddies at SDCC

    Comic Images to debut new Star Wars Plushes and Back Buddies at SDCC
    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...
  • Barbie vs. realistic doll: Guess which one Demi Lovato likes?

    Barbie vs. realistic doll: Guess which one Demi Lovato likes?
    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┬ámore realistic doll, a model created by independent...
  • Interview: Backstage party with Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik

    Interview: Backstage party with Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik
    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...
  • Mattel profit slumps 24%; Barbie sales keep sliding

    Mattel profit slumps 24%; Barbie sales keep sliding
    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...
  • Barbie at 54 finds her revenues sagging

     Barbie at 54 finds her revenues sagging
    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...
  • Hasbro expands Marvel, 'Star Wars' deals as superhero toy sales slow

    Hasbro expands Marvel, 'Star Wars' deals as superhero toy sales slow
    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...
  • Taco Bell discontinues kids' meals and toys, says it's the first

    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...
  • 'Pretty Little Liars' season premiere recap: 'A is for A-L-I-V-E'

    Previously on "Pretty Little Liars," Toby died, Detective Wilden got hit by a car (driven by Hanna’s mom) we found out Toby didn’t die, the girls got trapped in a lodge fire, Alison saved the girls from the fire in the lodge, Officer Wilden&...
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  • Men allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Burbank Toys R Us

    Three men were arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards from the Toys R Us in Burbank, police said. The men – David Lundari, 20, Vincenzo Francese, 21, and Seth Marion, 52 –...
  • Listen to John Mayer's new single, 'Paper Doll'

    Listen to John Mayer's new single, 'Paper Doll'
    John Mayer made a lot of noise about moving beyond his tabloid-victim past with last year's revealing, stripped-down "Born and Raised." But if the singer-songwriter learned any lessons about the dangers of kissing and telling, you wouldn't know it...