| 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....
| 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....
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Remember Jem and the Holograms? Hasbro’s line of glam rock dolls with bright hair that spawned a short-lived cartoon series in the '80s? No?
Well, they're back, and there's a high-powered team working on the big-screen comeback of the animated...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:47 PM
This post has been updated. See below for details.
Last week, news that a live-action film version of "Jem and the Holograms" was in the works sent fans of the cartoon series and Hasbro’s line of dolls into an online frenzy.
But one person not...