Gunmakers such as Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger & Co. are boosting firearms sales by building weapons that are more accurate and easier to use, with gun-related U.S. patents at a 35-year high.
Hollywood has long fetishized Japanese gangsters, with their full-body tattoos, missing pinkies and harems of buxom groupies. Ever since Sydney Pollack’s “The Yakuza” in 1974, the colorful mafiosi have provided regular fodder for directors including Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino.
Sony Corp., which meets with investors this week about improving the company’s entertainment unit performance, has hired Bain & Co. to identify $100 million in cuts, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday.
“Gravity,” in which satellite debris sets astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney adrift in space, turned into a blockbuster for Warner Bros. Astrium wants real-life spatial waste to do the same for the company.
Comcast Corp. plans to begin selling movies over its cable service before the end of the year, opening up a new way for the pay-TV provider and Hollywood studios to make money, a person familiar with the matter said.