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Games Run Up Scores for Movies

ENTERTAINMENT: Studios see mobile tie-ins giving films legs.Studios look to mobile games tied to movies to push the right buttons with fans.

By Omar Shamout December 22, 2014 midnight   Share

'The Interview' to Hit YouTube, Google Play; Sony in Talks with Netflix

Sony Pictures Entertainment released “The Interview” online on Wednesday morning, making it available for purchase on YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft Inc.'s Xbox Video and the Sony-created website seetheinterview.com.

Sony to Release 'The Interview' After All

Sony Pictures Entertainment will be releasing controversial film “The Interview” in theaters on Christmas Day after all.

LAX Board Approves $4 Billion Train Project

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which oversees the Los Angeles International Airport, has approved a $4 billion project that includes building a train that will link LAX to a new Metro rail station nearby.

Sony Cancels Release of ‘The Interview’ After Hacker Threats

Sony Pictures officially decided on Wednesday not to release the film “The Interview” in theaters on Christmas Day, the Culver City studio said in a statement.

Hotel Industry Sues L.A. over Minimum Wage Law

Hotel industry groups on Tuesday sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court over the city’s enactment of a minimum wage ordinance requiring large non-union hotels to pay their workers $15.37 an hour.

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Ace in the Hole? Downtown Hotel Listed for Sale

Less than a year after opening its doors, the Ace Hotel Los Angeles in downtown L.A.’s Broadway Theater District is on the market.

Game Version Takes ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Mobile

A mobile game based on hit TV biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” is in revving up for release.

DreamWorks to Launch TV Channels in 19 Asian Countries

DreamWorks Animation Inc. plans to launch a TV channel in 19 Asian countries next year, the Glendale studio announced.

Could Carson be Home of NFL Stadium?

The Los Angeles area already has three potential sites for an NFL football stadium. But now, there appears to be a fourth.

Robb Report, the Rich Man’s Bible, Acquired by Detroit Firm

Detroit private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Malibu’s Robb Report, the luxury lifestyle magazine that serves as a consumer bible for the uber-rich.

Warner Bros. to Lay Off 152 Employees

Warner Bros. Entertainment will lay off 152 employees in January as part of previously announced cutbacks amid pressure by parent Time Warner Inc. to reduce expenses.

Lions Gate Rises on News of Wanda Talks

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co., one of the biggest theater owners in the United States, is in talks to acquire a stake in Santa Monica independent studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Wang Jianlin, the Beijing company’s chairman said. Shares of Lions Gate rose 3 percent on the news.

DreamWorks Plunges After 'Penguins' Disappoints

Shares in DreamWorks Animation Inc. fell more than 5 percent on Monday, reflecting the weak box office results for “Penguins of Madagascar ” – which could become the latest bomb for the struggling studio unless ticket sales pick up.

More Cargo, Passengers at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport continued its growth streak last month, reporting solid gains in both passengers and cargo over October 2013, according to figures released Wednesday.

Poll: Have you gambled at any of the Los Angeles County card clubs?

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