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March 13, 2012
The Walt Disney Co.has done preliminary work on introducing Marvel's superhero characters to the happiest place on earth: Disney's theme parks. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending an annual meeting that the company has had a number of discussions and done preliminary design work that it hopes will one day lead to Marvel characters appearing, as Disney's other familiar faces do, in the theme parks. "We haven't announced anything yet," Iger said Tuesday in response to a question posed by a shareholder at the company's annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. "But we're working on some concepts.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
DreamWorks Animation is placing another bet in China . The Glendale studio is partnering with one of Asia's largest resort operators to bring its characters to  Macao . Dreamworks has signed a deal with Sands China, a subsidiary of the company that owns the Venetian and the Palazzo hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, to license its characters for a "DreamWorks Experience" at the Cotai Strip Resorts in Macao. The deal will give resort patrons various opportunities to see and mingle with Po, Shrek, Alex the lion, Hiccup and other characters from DreamWorks Animation movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | September 27, 2008
A Season of Awakenings is the theme for A Noise Within’s 2008-09 season. All the principal characters in the season are awakened to their true natures, said Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who shares artistic director duties with husband and actor Geoff Elliott. “There is a great deal of self-discovery in all the plays,” she said. “So it’s an interesting season in that way.” Case in point is actress Deborah Strang’s interpretation of the character Gertrude in “Hamlet,” which opens tonight.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
Stan Lee Media, an Internet company that shut down more than a decade ago and has been mired in litigation ever since, has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado, where Stan Lee Media -- co-founded by the famous Marvel Comics writer, who is no longer an officer of the company -- is headquartered. It claims that a contract signed by Lee in 1998 assigned his rights to all of his comic book creations, including Spider-Man , the X-Men and most members of super-team Avengers, to Stan Lee Media.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | October 4, 2008
Three actresses are getting their taste of lead roles in a local college production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Savage in Limbo.” And their director and producer, Melissa R. Randel, believes they’re up for it. “It’s a really character-driven play, and I felt like the students that we cast were really ready for that challenge,” said Randel, who is co-chair of the Glendale Community College Theatre Arts...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Burkin | August 13, 2008
Eliza Jane Schneider is a great person to spend an evening with. She’s smart, pretty, sweet and oh so talented. How many of us can legitimately claim we can play the violin, guitar and piano; have earned money doing voice-overs for “South Park;” sang in a rock band; composed music for television; can speak French and Russian; and have written, performed and toured with several award-winning, one person/multiple-character shows?...
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By Lyda Truick | June 3, 2009
La Crescenta author Alice Zogg has hit her stride with her latest mystery novel. Chock full of entertaining trivia and chatty dialogue, Zogg has developed a style very similar to that of popular author Lillian Jackson Braun. “Final Stop Albuquerque” is the sixth book in Zogg’s self-published R.A. Huber series, yet one need not read the others to enjoy this most recent title. Elena Campione appears to lead a charmed life. She lives in a South Pasadena mansion with her husband, Bruno, owner of Pasadena’s finest dance club, the Gem. She attends classes at the local community college, and is passionate about dancing, as was her late grandmother.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | March 29, 2007
Brushes hesitantly inked characters onto leaves of paper Wednesday as Wilson Middle School students worked through a calligraphy lesson with Japanese exchange students, bringing the students together to write the word "peace." Thirty students from Higashiosaka, Japan — one of Glendale's sister cities — arrived on Sunday for a five-day cultural exchange visit, said Andy Naoki, liaison for the sister city program with Higashiosaka. The students are the All-Star Higashiosaka basketball team, a gathering of the best players from a large basketball league from their hometown, Naoki said.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 12, 2008
Mickey, Donald and Pluto are some of the characters who are on display as works of art at the Forest Lawn Museum. The exhibit, ?Mixed Doubles? features the work of Southern California artist David Willardson. His paintings are of an array of Disney characters, including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse. On Sunday, visitors to the museum came to see the work, which also includes paintings of non-Disney characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Little Orphan Annie.
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By Ray Richmond | November 22, 2013
In a world where everything seems to be a reality show, nearly everyone appears to believe that his or her life qualifies for national exposure. The guy with a wacky family. The odd couple running a dry cleaners. The crazy old lady who never throws anything away. [For the record: An earlier version of this piece stated "White Color Brawlers" was created by Authentic Entertainment and developed by Olkkonen. Neither is correct. ] But it turns out there's a little more to it than that.
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By Andy Klein | September 13, 2013
One of the things we learn from Shane Salerno's biographical documentary about J.D. Salinger is that Salinger loved old Hollywood movies as much as loathed the idea of his own work ending up on the screen. Before he became famous for “Catcher in the Rye,” he sold his wonderful short story “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut” to the Samuel Goldwyn Company and saw it morph into “My Foolish Heart,” a romance with Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward. He justifiably hated the film, which took a perfect, self-contained little tale and bloated it into something almost entirely different.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | September 6, 2013
The set isn't finished. No costumes, no special lighting. Cables and portable fans litter the aisles. Actor John Sloan takes center stage and positions himself on a circular metal grid. Behind him and off to one side is a wooden throne mounted on a tiered platform; plain wooden risers flank either side of the stage. At the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, director Jessica Kubzansky, Sloan and fellow cast members Paige Lindsey White and James Ortlieb are rehearsing “R II,” Kubzansky's new adaptation of Shakespeare's “Richard II,” premiering Sept.
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By Andy Klein | September 6, 2013
The worst thing about “Afternoon Delight,” Jill Soloway's feature directorial debut, is its title: Does anyone want, or need, to be reminded of the Starland Vocal Band's one-shot 1976 hit? Once you get past that easily surmountable bump, there is much to recommend Soloway's portrait of social unease among post-millennial yuppies. Our heroine is Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a married, middle-class (or upper middle-class) woman in her 30s, whose life is clouded by an itch she can't locate, let alone scratch - a general sense of boredom or disappointment with her life, with most of the focus on her marriage.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
She's an American icon with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.   But it has been four decades since she had her own prime-time TV show, on which her courage, loyalty and knack for saving the day endeared her to millions of baby boomers.   Can Lassie really come home again?   A Hollywood studio is hoping so. Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation, creator of the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movies, plans to put the charismatic collie back in the public eye, along with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and other decades-old characters.
NEWS
February 18, 2013
DreamWorks Animation SKG is licensing its movie characters for various theme parks being developed in Russia , an increasingly important market for the Glendale-based studio. The creator of the " Shrek ," " Madagascar " and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises said it had signed a licensing agreement with Regions Group of Companies, which is developing what is billed as Europe's largest indoor theme parks. Regions says it's the fourth-largest retail property owner in Russia.
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By Andy Klein | November 2, 2012
From the ads and trailers, you might think that “Flight” is some sort of legal thriller, with Denzel Washington's character being unfairly accused or even framed; and you'd be about 10% right. In fact, “Flight” is primarily a moral character drama of the subspecies “addiction.” Its greatest suspense centers on how low the hero's self-sabotage will take him. Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an experienced airline pilot who for many years has managed to hide his alcoholism from his corporate overlords.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
Stan Lee Media, an Internet company that shut down more than a decade ago and has been mired in litigation ever since, has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado, where Stan Lee Media -- co-founded by the famous Marvel Comics writer, who is no longer an officer of the company -- is headquartered. It claims that a contract signed by Lee in 1998 assigned his rights to all of his comic book creations, including Spider-Man , the X-Men and most members of super-team Avengers, to Stan Lee Media.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon | August 26, 2012
There are painted warriors and hitmen, tattooed tough guys and brawling body builders. Some are fat, some are skinny, some are chiseled and even more are somewhere in between. Super heroes and villains, dastardly heels and bravado-brimming babyfaces, they are comedians and clowns, aerial acrobats and grounded grapplers. It is a band of brief-clad brothers striving to please an audience, follow a passion and earn a living. From curtain jerkers and jobbers to champions and main eventers, they make up a cavalcade of characters not often seen at your everyday job, though most of them hold one down.
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