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  • Movie projector: 'Couples Retreat' could bring Universal much needed good news

     
    After a brutal summer at the box office that contributed to the ouster Monday of co-chairmen David Linde and Marc Shmuger, Universal has a clear run at the box office and a potential hit on its hands. The romantic comedy......
  • Pricey tropical junket seems to have paid off for 'Couples Retreat'

     
    One of the keys to the strong $35.3-million opening of 'Couples Retreat' was that oldest of Hollywood marketing ploys: the glitzy media junket. Universal flew dozens of journalists to Bora Bora for interviews with the cast in the same tropical......
  • A hit romantic comedy and a viral phenomenom drive a big weekend at the box office

     
    One wide-release hit and one word-of-mouth sensation were enough to keep the movie business humming this weekend.Universal's 'Couples Retreat' collected more money than the four new movies that opened on the same weekend last year combined, helping to...
  • First look: 'Couples Retreat' a popular destination, 'Paranormal Activity' sets record

     
    It was a big weekend at the box office for the ultra-mainstream and the ultra-indie. Universal's romantic comedy 'Couples Retreat' grossed a studio-estimated $35.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, surpassing expectations and becoming the studio's first...
  • The '2012' doomsday craze is keeping scientists busy and frustrated

     
    Los Angeles Times staff writer John Johnson Jr. writes about science for the paper, not science fiction, so you don't see his name pop up in this blog. That changes today, though, because Johnson and the scientists he covers are......
  • Lionsgate planning aggressive rollout for 'Precious' after huge start

     
    Most years, at least one independent movie opens in the fall with dreams of Oscar glory and ends up a box-office sensation. This year, it's looking like that movie is 'Precious,' if Lionsgate's expansion plans pay off. The Sundance award-winning,......
  • Voices: Daryl Gates, 1926 - 2010

     
    March 29, 1978: Daryl F. Gates becomes police chief. ( George Holliday / Courtesy of KTLA via Associated Press ) Four Los Angeles Police Department officers charged in the videotaped beating of Rodney G. King on March 3, 1991, were acquitted in Superior...
  • At last, shuttle returns to space

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - With the thunderous roar of 7.5 million pounds of thrust, equivalent to the power of a small nuclear device, America re-launched its era of space flight yesterday, sending seven astronauts into orbit aboard the space shuttle...
  • NASA Watches Sky as Launch Clock Ticks

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Barring thunderstorms and last-minute technical problems, NASA officials said the space shuttle Discovery was on track to launch Wednesday. NASA managers offered a generally upbeat appraisal of the launch prospects after a...