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THE818NOW
May 6, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said.  The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
The Force is strong with Alan Horn. At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the Walt Disney Studios chairman said the company plans to release three “Star Wars” films by the end of the decade - one in 2015, 2017 and 2019. In between those movies, “we expect to have pictures derived from that universe,” Horn said, indicating that spinoff movies should be expected in 2016 and 2018 as well. The news comes six months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a surprise deal for $4.05 billion.
THE818NOW
June 19, 2013
Already the entertainment industry's biggest licensor, the Walt Disney Co. is looking to "Star Wars" to lift it to new galactic heights when it releases three new movies over the next few years.  "It's already an extraordinarily robust franchise without all that new content,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney's consumer products unit. “Imagine what's going to happen when we have this succession of new movies.” The next "Star Wars" installment, directed by J.J. Abrams , will be released in 2015.
THE818NOW
May 9, 2013
Netflix has reached an agreement with the Disney/ABC Television group to become the only subscription streaming service to offer the popular children's shows "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and the animated "Tron: Uprising. " The multiyear licensing deal also brings "Handy Manny," "Special Agent Oso" and "JoJo's Circus" to the movie and television service on a non-exclusive basis. The announcement follows a high-profile agreement last December, in which Netflix won exclusive pay TV rights to Walt Disney Studio films -- including its Marvel's superhero pictures, Pixar 's animated fare and Lucasfilm 's " Star Wars . " Continue reading > > -- Dawn C. Chmielewski  
FEATURES
By Rachel Kane | March 28, 2007
Snuggled up to a palm tree on West Alameda Avenue in Burbank sits a mailbox disguised as a droid. Star Wars-themed mailboxes like the R2-D2 boxes in front of NBC and Warner Bros. studios in Burbank were put out March 16 as a promotion for a 30-year anniversary Star Wars commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. There are 400 R2-D2 boxes in 200 cities across the nation serving as fully functional mailboxes. But the drop-off box on Alameda isn't being used that much at all, said letter carrier Harold Maxham.
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By Michael Arvizu | October 10, 2009
Glendale Community College on Thursday hosted a lecture on the anthropology of ?Star Wars? and ?Star Trek.? Can you see my grin? Daryl Frazetti, an anthropology and biology professor at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., gave the talk. According to campus e-mails, the talk focused on the politics, religion, identity, technology, the cultural role of the individual and the anthropological concept of ?race? that is inherent in both franchises. Of course, I can speak about ?
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By Alison Tully | August 6, 2008
Ron Piasecki came home one night to a disturbing sight. A burglar was moments away from stealing valuable possessions from his neighbor’s home. After police came and successfully apprehended the suspect, Piasecki was determined to find a way to express his gratitude. So he decided to host a block party to celebrate National Night Out, an event held for the past 25 years across the United States on the first Tuesday of August. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the program gathers community members, police officers and other city officials to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, according to the association’s website.
NEWS
May 18, 2002
As I arrived at Olive Park last Friday afternoon for my son's T-ball practice, the campers were already pitching tents along Olive Avenue, securing their positions in line for the summer camp sign-ups the following morning. I write this seven days later on Friday afternoon, as my wife leaves to begin her 24-hour stint in line at Olive Park to sign my kids up for swimming lessons tomorrow morning. As competition for the parks and recreation summer programs becomes ever more cutthroat, I am left angry and dumbfounded at the perverse pleasure our parks and rec officials seem to take in allowing this process to continue.
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | December 9, 2009
For the last several years, Frank Corona, along with his wife, Heidi, have maintained the Halo 13, in the Burbank Town Center that sells everything from comic books, antique figurines, action figures, shirts and DVDs. But don’t call Halo 13 a comic book store; call it more of a collectible toy store, he said. “We get a lot of collectors here,” Frank Corona said. “Mostly people looking for that one-of-a-kind item.” Halo 13, although similar to the name of the video game, has nothing to do with the popular series, he said.
NEWS
May 25, 2005
Maybe Episodes I and II lowered my expectations so dramatically I was bound to love the final installment of the "Star Wars" series, since it provides the major pay-off I've been craving for six years now -- witnessing Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finally turn to the dark side and become the dreaded Darth Vader. The truth is: I don't care, I loved this movie. "Revenge of the Sith" is satisfying because it actually does something very gutsy: it chronicles the unraveling of a hero (Anakin)
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 5, 2014
A decade after last selling a Frankenstein statuette or a King Kong action figure, Creature Features is open again in Burbank with shelves stocked with memorabilia from many classic horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. The Magnolia Boulevard storefront is organized much like a library as each display case is dedicated to a well-known movie monster or a TV series ranging from "The Addams Family" to "The Twilight Zone . " This month, the fastest-selling items are anything from the Godzilla franchise, which has been given a cinematic reboot by Legendary Pictures and is due out in May, said Creature Features owner Taylor White.
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THE818NOW
June 19, 2013
Already the entertainment industry's biggest licensor, the Walt Disney Co. is looking to "Star Wars" to lift it to new galactic heights when it releases three new movies over the next few years.  "It's already an extraordinarily robust franchise without all that new content,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney's consumer products unit. “Imagine what's going to happen when we have this succession of new movies.” The next "Star Wars" installment, directed by J.J. Abrams , will be released in 2015.
THE818NOW
May 9, 2013
Netflix has reached an agreement with the Disney/ABC Television group to become the only subscription streaming service to offer the popular children's shows "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and the animated "Tron: Uprising. " The multiyear licensing deal also brings "Handy Manny," "Special Agent Oso" and "JoJo's Circus" to the movie and television service on a non-exclusive basis. The announcement follows a high-profile agreement last December, in which Netflix won exclusive pay TV rights to Walt Disney Studio films -- including its Marvel's superhero pictures, Pixar 's animated fare and Lucasfilm 's " Star Wars . " Continue reading > > -- Dawn C. Chmielewski  
THE818NOW
May 6, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said.  The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
The Force is strong with Alan Horn. At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the Walt Disney Studios chairman said the company plans to release three “Star Wars” films by the end of the decade - one in 2015, 2017 and 2019. In between those movies, “we expect to have pictures derived from that universe,” Horn said, indicating that spinoff movies should be expected in 2016 and 2018 as well. The news comes six months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a surprise deal for $4.05 billion.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
The Walt Disney Co. will acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $4.05 billion, according to an announcement released Tuesday. The deal will make George Lucas -- who became a movie-making icon with his “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” franchises -- even wealthier since he is the sole owner of the Lucasfilm, according to the announcement . Disney said it would pay for roughly half of the acquisition in cash, while issuing about 40 million shares at closing.
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By Richard Tafilaw | February 24, 2010
The recently erected statue at Five Points has truly inspired me . . . to think about some of the other truly lame, artistically challenged eyesores around town! Here’s what I found one afternoon: 1. What’s with these lame-o banners all over the place? “Come Out & Play,” “Come Out & Dine,” “Newer Than Ever,” “Cooler Than Ever,” “Dumber Than Ever!” Do they think we’re complete idiots?
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | December 9, 2009
For the last several years, Frank Corona, along with his wife, Heidi, have maintained the Halo 13, in the Burbank Town Center that sells everything from comic books, antique figurines, action figures, shirts and DVDs. But don’t call Halo 13 a comic book store; call it more of a collectible toy store, he said. “We get a lot of collectors here,” Frank Corona said. “Mostly people looking for that one-of-a-kind item.” Halo 13, although similar to the name of the video game, has nothing to do with the popular series, he said.
FEATURES
By Michael Arvizu | October 10, 2009
Glendale Community College on Thursday hosted a lecture on the anthropology of ?Star Wars? and ?Star Trek.? Can you see my grin? Daryl Frazetti, an anthropology and biology professor at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., gave the talk. According to campus e-mails, the talk focused on the politics, religion, identity, technology, the cultural role of the individual and the anthropological concept of ?race? that is inherent in both franchises. Of course, I can speak about ?
LOCAL
By Alison Tully | August 6, 2008
Ron Piasecki came home one night to a disturbing sight. A burglar was moments away from stealing valuable possessions from his neighbor’s home. After police came and successfully apprehended the suspect, Piasecki was determined to find a way to express his gratitude. So he decided to host a block party to celebrate National Night Out, an event held for the past 25 years across the United States on the first Tuesday of August. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the program gathers community members, police officers and other city officials to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, according to the association’s website.
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