| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Mattel Inc., the nation’s largest toy company, and Barbie, likely its best-known product, are heading into Christmas looking up.
The El Segundo-based company reported net income of $422.8 million, or $1.21 a share, for the third quarter, which...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:29 PM
Heading the 2013 list of best toys from FamilyFun magazine are creative play sets, toys with motion and plush toys. Those categories took the top honors in the magazine's annual Toy of the Year Awards.
"After reviewing more than 300 contenders, the 30...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Artist Gary Baseman has arrived at the Skirball Cultural Center with a brightly colored throw pillow under his arm and a determined look on his face.
After greeting security guards and the few visitors browsing his sprawling retrospective exhibition...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:43 AM
The Transformers filmmaking crew will return to Chicago next month, but the disruption may not be as significant or conspicuous as it was three summers ago, when Michigan Avenue was shut down and adorned with faux destruction.
A casting call for paid...
| 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...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Discovery Communications Inc. has extended Chief Executive David Zaslav's lucrative employment agreement for another six years, fortifying the leadership of the cable television programming company after a period of sustained growth.
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:11 PM
"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (The Hub, Saturdays; Shout Factory home video). I had neglected this candy-colored gem of a show, whose fourth season began in November, until the latest DVD, "A Pony For Every Season," fell through the mail slot...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:18 PM
We are officially in the mad dash toward Christmas Day.
To help you navigate the endless promotional materials and discount news, I will post a running list of deals every weekend through Christmas with help from the bargain hunters at crazytowndeals....
| Apr 14, 2014
| 1:33 PM
All Willie Nelson pot-smoking jokes aside, Sunday afternoon's Stuart House benefit at the John Varvatos boutique in West Hollywood -- including a musical performance by the country singer and sons Lukas and Micah -- marked a serious high point in the...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:04 PM
The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began.
Halliburton, an oil and gas drilling company, rose after reporting a first quarter profit on rising revenue in the Middle East and...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:41 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web....