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Producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov had no idea who was going to direct "Argo." "Maybe I was going to, maybe Grant would, maybe somebody else," Clooney said. "We didn't know." But when Ben Affleck called Clooney and Heslov's Detroit hotel in early...
It's a truism that all Hollywood screenwriters learn, either the easy way or the hard way, that filmmaking is a collaborative art. Still, some personality types struggle with that. Not Chris Terrio. That becomes all the more clear when, intending to...
As the director of "Argo," Ben Affleck knew who he wanted in the starring role as CIA agent Tony Mendez: himself. "I was just greedy for this part in this movie," Affleck said at The Envelope Screening Series. What's more, he joked, the director and the...
FrameworkBy Bryan Chan, Los Angeles Times In Los Angeles it might be said that we’ve seen it all. In February we saw a 340-ton boulder hauled 105 miles over two weeks to an art museum. But a space shuttle moving through city streets was going to be unique....
Money & CompanyForeign earnings tax break: A tax break for foreign earnings could produce 2.9 million new jobs, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce....
Money & CompanyU.S. technology giants seem to be heeding Wall Street pressure to funnel some of their cash hoards to shareholders. Computer networking titan Cisco Systems said Tuesday it expects to start paying a dividend for the first time. Investors liked the......
L.A. Times Tech BlogHere's the official list of attendees of Thursday evening's meeting of technology industry chiefs with President Obama in San Francisco. It includes many of Silicon Valley's biggest names. John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Carol Bartz,...
Money & CompanyA top Treasury official said that a temporary tax holiday to allow U.S. corporations to bring back billions of dollars in overseas profits should only be part a broader overhaul of the tax code, pouring cold water on a top......
L.A. Times Tech BlogCisco Systems is flipping the off-switch on the Flip Video camcorder. On Tuesday the computer networking giant said it was shutting down its Flip Video unit as a step toward narrowing its business -- a reversal after years of looking to diversify its...
Money & CompanyPresident Obama will gather top business chief executives at the White House on Wednesday to talk about how to strengthen the economic recovery. Plans for the meeting were still being finalized Monday, but among the expected attendees are Eric Schmidt.......
Obama meets with top CEOs to urge more hiring, discuss 'our shared mission of building a strong economy'Money & CompanyPresident Obama on Wednesday sat down with chief executives from major companies such as Boeing, Comcast, General Electric and Google for a lengthy "working meeting" to urge them to do more hiring to bring down unemployment and work with him......
Top of the TicketAlso Bertha Lewis of ACORN, GOP Chair Michael Steele, Reps. Darrel Issa and John Boehner, Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Carl Levin and Sherrod Brown....
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