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Marvel Expands Its Universe With "Guardians Of The Galaxy"

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 | Filed in: Film / Movie Reviews

"Guardians of the Galaxy" by Lucas Mirabella - LATF USAMarvel Comics have their sights set on cosmic domination. Already a force to be reckoned with in 2014, with three of the top five grossing films of the year under their banner, not to mention two television series on ABC in full swing (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the upcoming “Agent Carter”), the multimedia behemoth behind such superheroes as Spiderman, X-Men and The Avengers is back with another summer blockbuster, “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” an epic space adventure starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and featuring the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Far from a well-known property, “Guardians” was conceived in 1969 by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, though the comic has since been relaunched several times, most notably by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in 2008. Similar in tone to the universally acclaimed “Iron Man” franchise, “Guardians” sets itself apart from the onslaught of superhero films with the unique vision of its daring writer-director, James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”), who jumped at the opportunity to tap into his inner child and essentially create an entire world from the ground up.

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Byron Scott Named New Head LA Lakers Coach

Tue, Jul 29, 2014 | Filed in: Health/Sports Fitness

Byron ScottThe Los Angeles Lakers have signed Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

“After an extensive and thorough search, we’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,” said Kupchak. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.”

“I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family,” said Scott. “I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.”

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Donald Sterling Loses Court Battle To Prevent Sale Of Los Angeles Clippers

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 | Filed in: Health/Sports Fitness

Shelly Sterling

A judge gave Shelly Sterling a sweeping victory Monday afternoon and cleared the way for Steve Ballmer’s record $2-billion purchase of the Clippers to proceed. In a tentative oral decision, Judge Michael Levanas ruled in Sterling’s favor on all three counts and rejected virtually all of Donald Sterling’s arguments in the probate trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. The ruling included the extraordinary step of granting of Shelly Sterling’s request for an order under section 1310(b) of California’s probate code that allows the sale to be completed regardless of an appellate court’s intervention. “Ballmer paid an amazing price that cannot be explained by the market,” Levanas said. Levanas also ruled that Shelly Sterling acted properly when two doctors declared her husband mentally incapacitated in May under terms of the Sterling Family Trust before she proceeded to agree to sell the Clippers to Ballmer.

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Zillow Acquires Trulia For $3 Billion+

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 | Filed in: Lifestyle / Real Estate

Zillow and TruliaTwo real estate big shots, Zillow, Inc. and Trulia have made deal. Zillow operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web. Truliagives home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals all the tools and  information they need to be successful in the home search process. Zillow today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia, Inc. for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2015.

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Box Office: "Lucy" Hits Full Capacity At #1

Sun, Jul 27, 2014 | Filed in: Film

According to Rentrak, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ruled the planet again this weekend in the international marketplace adding another $54.4 million from 59 territories for a global tally of $356 million.  Meanwhile, newcomer "Hercules" impressively showed strength in the international arena, earning $28.7 millionfrom only 25 markets. Notably "Transformers: Age of Extinction" nears a billion dollars globally.

1. Lucy - Universal - $44.0M
2. Hercules - Paramount - $29.0M
3. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - 20th Century Fox - $16.4M
4. The Purge: Anarchy - Universal - $9.9M
5. Planes: Fire and Rescue - Disney - $9.3M

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