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‘Suicide Squad’ to Breathe Life Into Box Office

FILM: Warner Bros.’ anti- heroes expected to break summer ticket sale record.

Star-studded supervillain movie “Suicide Squad” looks set to save the summer box office by opening to record numbers this weekend.

Sports Museum Makes Another Pitch for Fans

HOSPITALITY: Collector revives memorabilia venue after seven-year hiatus.

As the Dodgers mire through the dog days of summer, sports collector Gary Cypres is trying to ignite a passion for baseball among younger generations.

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Scopely Closes Series B as Mobile Games Spur Race for Partnerships

Mobile game producer and distributor Scopely has closed a $55 million Series B funding round, bringing its total equity funding to $99 million.

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Mattel Reports Strong ‘Ghostbusters’ Sales Amid Disappointing Q2 Results

Mattel Inc. is ready to believe in the new “Ghostbusters.” On Friday, the El Segundo-based toymaker reported strong sales figures that have “exceeded expectations” for its “Ghostbusters” action figures and movie-inspired replica items such as the Ecto vehicle and the Proton pack. The announcement was originally reported by Variety.

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Hitching Ride at Theme Parks

MARKETING: Index sees sites as major attractions for toy sales.

Index Promotions looks to ride the theme park boom into more custom merchandise orders.

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Radio, TV Broadcaster Tops Chart

INVESTMENT: Entravision hits No. 1 on list of most profitable.

Spanish-language radio and TV broadcaster Entravision dialed up its performance to top the Business Journal’s list of most profitable public companies.

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Paper Delivers With Internet

Los Angeles Times has found social media more welcoming than local TV news rivals.

High on Scary Situations

If the sky is the limit in starting and running a business, Dan Goman wants to see just how high he can go.

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Good Magazine Hopes to Do Well With Revamp

MEDIA: New editor-in-chief’s makeover includes price hike.

Good magazine sees a refocus on editorial content as the best way to revive the publication’s circulation.

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Holiday a Workday for CEO

Smart & Final Stores Inc. Chief Executive Dave Hirz marked the Fourth of July making rotisserie chicken. His culinary endeavors weren’t, however, part of a family cookout.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

DINING: Restaurant Week has goal to feed business for participating eateries.

Local eateries hope profits will be on the menu during Dine L.A. Restaurant Week, which helps restaurants entice customers with special menus that will take smaller bites out of their wallets.

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Best-Of Edition Ranks as Magazine’s Top Seller

PUBLISHING: Los Angeles hits annual sales high with curious category salutes.

Swimsuits – and ranked lists – sell magazines.

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Streaming Service Takes Break on Traditional Ads

INTERNET: Crackle to run fixed-time commercials with show-related content.

Crackle, a multiplatform streaming service from Sony Entertainment, has implemented a new advertising model designed to keep viewers more engaged during commercials.

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Net Gains

Festival events flesh out beach volleyball series

Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball organizers have spiked the event with added attractions.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

EVENTS: Comic-Con real draw for Hollywood with its nerd consumer power.

Legions of fans and journalists along with L.A.-area entertainment executives and Hollywood stars will soon flood into San Diego for the influential annual pop culture festival Comic-Con International.