| Jun 18, 2013
| 1:02 PM
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover got its own official Lego avatar. The Mars Science Laboratory robot was picked by thousands of fans to be designed in toy brick form, and it joins a pantheon of other Red Planet...
| 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 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 14, 2013
| 3:02 PM
There are plenty of reasons to lie awake at night: The electric bill. The ecological disaster that is the Canadian tar sands. Freaky twists of fate. Mortality.
But the thing that wakes me in a cold sweat lately is both simpler and more chilling —...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 10:32 PM
I work in digital media for a living; I’m constantly on a laptop, iPad or smartphone. I see huge benefits with these devices both as a parent and a website manager. And Libby, my 3-year-old, is now becoming a tech-savvy toddler.
She knows how...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
When Walt Disney Pictures releases "Iron Man 3" on homevideo Sept. 24, it won't be the first post-theatrical glimpse fans will get of the film after its theatrical run. The movie will be available for high-definition download three weeks earlier on a...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
In an ironic way, toymaker Hasbro is helping Randall Emmett and George Furla grow up.
As film financiers, the producers have built a reputation for making mid-range-budgeted action films such as "2 Guns," "Righteous Kill" and the reboots of "Conan the...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Highland Park's long-running "Three-Church Rummage Sale" is now four.
A city tradition for decades, this rummage-palooza has in recent years been a collaborative effort among three churches. But on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, Christ Church, for the first time,...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Mary Cain seemed full of chutzpah, in a delightfully naïve way, when she talked after her first-ever race at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in June about making the top three and getting to Moscow for the World Championships in August.
| 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...