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May 2, 2014
One must wonder then what happened this past week when The Sun ran a front-page story about the racial comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling but made no mention of the stunning disclosure of the September 14, 2012 email from White House aide Ben Rhodes. That email played a central role in preparing former UN Ambassador Susan Rice for the appearance on TV in which she wrongly blamed the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on protests over an Internet video rather than on terrorist attacks, no doubt motivated by the upcoming November presidential election.
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By Michael Justin Lee | August 14, 2014
Although the summer season still has a few weeks left, the box office take thus far suggests that Hollywood's string of consecutive records likely ended last summer. While consumer tastes are notoriously fickle in the entertainment industry, I do give credit to Hollywood for trying to give consumers more of what they have wanted in the past. So, this season, we welcomed back old friends in new displays of derring-do as they saved humanity from various foes. There was Captain America appearing with the Winter Soldier, Falcon and the Black Widow.
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By David Conn | November 20, 1990
Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., the nation's largest video retailer, said yesterday that it has agreed to purchase Erol's Inc., the Baltimore area's biggest video chain, for $40 million.The proposed sale would erase the big expansion plans -- a doubling in size in two years -- that owner Erol Onaran announced in the summer, when he resumed operating control of his Springfield, Va.-based chain.Although Blockbuster, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said consumers would notice no changes for the time being, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said his antitrust unit is looking into whether the sale would make the video rental market anti-competitive.
NEWS
By Daniel Lyons | June 10, 2014
The cable company is one entity everyone likes to hate. Perhaps this knee-jerk animosity is to blame for the rush to condemn Comcast's proposed $44 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Critics complain that combining the nation's two largest cable companies would create a "behemoth" with 30 million customers, nearly one-third the cable/satellite market. But calling this a "cable deal" misunderstands the dynamic nature of the modern video marketplace. America is in the midst of an entertainment revolution, giving consumers more choices than ever.
SPORTS
By Ron Fritz and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2012
It's like The Drive and The Fumble all over again, rolled into one. When news broke late Friday that the Washington Redskins had obtained the No. 2 pick in April's NFL Draft, my thoughts turned to my hometown Cleveland Browns and another opportunity lost. Let's call this The Trade. Holding the No. 4 and No. 22 picks in the first round, I thought there was no way they could let another team complete a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick and presumably Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. But these are the Browns we're talking about.
BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 18, 1994
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Is the merger between Blockbuster Entertainment and Viacom Inc. on again?Wall Street analysts have been talking about that possibility for weeks. Blockbuster Chairman Wayne Huizenga fueled speculation this week in a brief aside to a Miami Herald reporter."It looks like the Viacom deal is going to go through," Mr. Huizenga said.But yesterday, the company lips were sealed."The company has no comment at this time on the status of the transaction," said Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Hawkins, who expressed disbelief over Mr. Huizenga's remark.
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | February 5, 2013
Finally. No, this has nothing to do with The Rock. But it's still just as relevant to say. Finally. FINALLY. The news of WWE's latest Hall of Fame inductee broke Monday afternoon. When I read the name, I got goosebumps. A smile on my face. It was one of those moments as a pro wrestling fan where you can't believe what you are reading. As if hell just froze over. While watching Raw, everything seemed to take a backseat, for this night only. CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a terrific match.
BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 18, 1994
Todd Barton and T.J. Hawkins braved a brutal thunderstorm recently to keep a date at their local Blockbuster store in Plantation, Fla.The 13-year-old boys didn't risk a soaking just to rent a movie. They came to play games. Video games.Todd and T.J. are competing in Blockbuster's summer video game competition. Recently, they played Sonic the Hedgehog 3.Players in Plantation got four minutes to guide their character over cliffs, underwater and across a three-dimensional checkerboard.Some kids danced at the controls.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | December 30, 1993
To raise its investment in Viacom Inc.'s battle for Paramount Communications Inc., Blockbuster Entertainment Co. is said to be seeking a Viacom asset as well as better terms, according to several executives close to Blockbuster.Although it was unclear yesterday whether a revised deal between Viacom and its equity investor was imminent, many analysts said they expected Viacom's chairman, Sumner M. Redstone, to make another bid before Jan. 7.That is the deadline the Paramount board has set for Viacom to top the cash-and-stock offer by QVC Network Inc. that is worth about $10 billion.
NEWS
By Robert Lee | December 20, 1990
Disappearing soon from a Blockbuster Video store near you: The signs.Citing widely ignored sign ordinances on the books for 20 years, the county's chief of land use enforcement said yesterday that he has ordered the removal by Jan. 11 of five illegal signs at the company's video store at the corner of Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road and one Clement Hardware sign at the same building.The signs had raised the ire of the North Severna Park Community Association and the Greater Severna Park Council, which last week passed a unanimous motion opposing all of Blockbuster's signs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Prestige television has some inherent advantageous over movies: With dozens of hours to tell a story, TV can develop characters with the same depth as novels.  But, now and then, television also can beat movies at their own game: Delivering a blockbuster thrill-ride. Sunday's “Game of Thrones” episode, called “The Watchers on the Wall,” was one of those times. Just as they did for Season 2's best episode “Blackwater,” HBO show-runners brought in Neil Marshall to direct what was essentially an hour-long war movie.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
One must wonder then what happened this past week when The Sun ran a front-page story about the racial comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling but made no mention of the stunning disclosure of the September 14, 2012 email from White House aide Ben Rhodes. That email played a central role in preparing former UN Ambassador Susan Rice for the appearance on TV in which she wrongly blamed the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on protests over an Internet video rather than on terrorist attacks, no doubt motivated by the upcoming November presidential election.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Tom Clancy, the prolific Baltimore-born author whose novels "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" inspired blockbuster movies and action-packed video games, earning him the nickname "king of the techno-thriller," died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness. He was 66. "When he published 'The Hunt for Red October' he redefined and expanded the genre and as a consequence of that, a lot of people were able to publish such books who had previously been unable to do so," said Stephen C. Hunter, a Baltimore author and Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic for The Washington Post.
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | February 5, 2013
Finally. No, this has nothing to do with The Rock. But it's still just as relevant to say. Finally. FINALLY. The news of WWE's latest Hall of Fame inductee broke Monday afternoon. When I read the name, I got goosebumps. A smile on my face. It was one of those moments as a pro wrestling fan where you can't believe what you are reading. As if hell just froze over. While watching Raw, everything seemed to take a backseat, for this night only. CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a terrific match.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | November 24, 2012
It's late November and all is relatively quiet on the Orioles front, which has got to be frustrating for a still-wary fan base that has watched the Toronto Blue Jays undergo a startling competitive transformation over the past few weeks and knows that the checkbooks will be coming out in New York and Boston any minute now. There's no need for alarm, at least not yet. This is pretty much standard operating procedure for baseball operations chief...
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
For more than four years, a team of 40 or so people in Sparks secretly worked for this Tuesday. In perhaps the biggest day in Firaxis Games' history, the design studio releases " XCOM: Enemy Unknown," a richly detailed and immersive video game that already has gotten rave reviews. Firaxis and its parent company, 2K Games of Novato, Calif., need all the buzz they can get. Firaxis wouldn't say how much it spent developing the game, but large releases typically cost tens of millions of dollars.
BUSINESS
By Andrew Leckey | August 7, 1991
Q. We're thinking of buying 10 shares of Blockbuster Entertainment. Its stores seem to be on every corner. Though 10 shares isn't a lot, we want to be careful with our retirement dollars.A.This flashy company isn't receiving rave reviews anymore.Don't buy shares of Blockbuster Entertainment (around $10 a share, New York Stock Exchange), the big video rental chain which both owns and franchises stores, for company growth has been slowing since 1989, said David Presson, analyst with Edward D. Jones & Co.For example, average monthly sales of its company-owned stores, up 35 percent in 1988, rose just 8 percent in 1989 and 7.5 percent in 1990.
FEATURES
By David Altaner and David Altaner,Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | February 18, 1995
Blockbuster Entertainment Group might be taking a stab at challenging Ticketmaster, the ticket sales giant that has been accused of monopolizing the industry.Some Blockbuster Video stores around Philadelphia will sell tickets for the company's joint-venture project, an amphitheater in Camden, N.J., expected to open in early summer.The ticketing experiment will be closely watched in the music industry. Blockbuster has more than 3,300 video and music stores in the United States, and the venture would be spearheaded by two entertainment industry giants, Sony Music and Blockbuster's $9.6 billion parent company, Viacom.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
"Better Living Through Chemistry," an independent movie about a pharmacist's life unraveling after he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer, will film for five weeks in Maryland starting this month, Governor Martin O'Malley announced Thursday. The cast includes Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Sam Rockwell — TV and independent-film stars with wide mainstream-movie credits including blockbusters like "Tron: Legacy" (Wilde), "Mission: Impossible 3" (Monaghan), and "Iron Man 2" (Rockwell)
SPORTS
By Ron Fritz and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2012
It's like The Drive and The Fumble all over again, rolled into one. When news broke late Friday that the Washington Redskins had obtained the No. 2 pick in April's NFL Draft, my thoughts turned to my hometown Cleveland Browns and another opportunity lost. Let's call this The Trade. Holding the No. 4 and No. 22 picks in the first round, I thought there was no way they could let another team complete a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick and presumably Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. But these are the Browns we're talking about.
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