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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Lego's sales soared 25 percent last year thanks in part to its new series of building blocks designed for girls.
The privately owned company said Thursday that on revenue of 23.4 billion kroner ($4.2 billion) its net profits grew 38 percent, to 5.6 billion kroner ($1 billion).

The company, based in western Denmark, said the Lego Star Wars and Lego Ninjago series remained among the more popular, but it was a novel rollout for girls, Lego Friends, that sold better than expected — to the extent that production units were unable to keep pace with demand.

In the United States, Lego Friends surpassed early projections, with its sales eventually increasing three times more than expected, Lego said.

The new line, which includes mini-figures in pink, a dream house with a pool, and a beauty shop, was criticized by some U.S. consumer groups as reinforcing gender stereotypes.

Lego said its share of the total U.S. toy market has quadrupled in five years. As of the end of 2012 it was 7.9 percent, up 1.6 percentage points from the previous year.

Markets in North America, Asia and Europe delivered "impressive" sales results, the toy maker said, while growth in some southern European markets were "more moderate but still in healthy single digits."

The company, which sells products in more than 130 countries, expects sales to continue to climb in 2013, but at a slower rate due to global economic uncertainty.

Lego is not publicly listed but has published earning reports since 1997. It does not release quarterly figures.
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Book Review: Carole King, A Natural Woman


The most revealing part of Carole King’s long-awaited autobiography isn’t when she writes about penning some of the most elevated melodies of the 20th century as a spindly teen in the Brill Building. Neither is it when she details the creation of one the most beloved solo albums in the history of recorded sound, “Tapestry.”

It’s when she recalls hiking up to an outhouse in minus 20 degree weather to go to the bathroom. Or getting up at 4 a.m. to milk goats. Or living in a house without electricity in the midst of snow country, where she spends her days chopping wood, tanning hides, and making bread by grinding wheat by hand.

Such arduous tales aren’t part of an elaborate complaint about a rough rearing from which fame and riches rescued her. They’re key components of a life King chose for herself — long after she’d become a wealthy woman of international renown.

In the mid-’70s, following scores of blockbuster hits, King packed up her young children whom she’d reared in the plush Hollywood Hills, to venture into the coldest, most remote parts of Idaho.

When that initial area proved not removed enough, she pushed even further into the wild.

“You could be dining in the finest restaurants, drinking Champagne, eating caviar, taking limos,” a concerned friend said to her. “Instead you’re performing tasks any woman in her right mind, who could afford it, would be asking her ‘people’ to do.”

Yet, it’s King’s decision to shun such things that makes credible the title of her book, “Natural Woman.” (Of course, she also titled it for the classic song she penned of the same name, the one Aretha Franklin made divine.)

Carole King — nee Carol Klein of Brooklyn — never sought fame, just achievement. And she had little interest in the explorations and vices of her boomer star peers. She largely shunned drugs (except for the occasional joint), indulged in little luxury, and, it seems, got into a long-term relationship with just about any man she ever slept with. It’s inadvertently hysterical to read about King’s life in the Laurel Canyon of the late ’60s and early ’70s - a time when everyone else is hooking up and snorting up a storm. She’s the classic wallflower at the orgy.

Then again, her personal life strongly encouraged the role. She was a mother by age 17, and one three times over by her late 20s.

King’s maternal role showed in the music as well. Her recordings exuded a pronounced sense of succor. It’s nurturing and comforting in the extreme, from the eternal vow of loyalty in “You’ve Got a Friend” to the homey longing of “So Far Away.”...

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/book-review-a-natural-woman-carole-king-article-1.1057485#ixzz1rZ4MWpev
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Valley filmmakers turn to Kickstarter to crowd-fund completion of anthology film

Ricky Schroder leads Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning cast and crew in locally-made Locker 13

Phoenix, Ariz., July 15, 2013. – Local filmmaking company Brothers’ Ink Productions, in association with multiple filmmakers and high-profile talent, have produced Locker 13, a film comprised of five stories intertwined by their ties to a mysterious locker in a modern day old west theme park. Local director/producers Adam Montierth, Donovan Montierth, and John Waldron are turning to the popular site Kickstarter to help fund post-production and release the film in theatres nationwide.

Movie buffs can help fund the completion of Locker 13 by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign while receiving various rewards, including their name listed in the film’s end credits, a copy of the screenplay, a copy of the Locker 13 graphic novel, props and costumes from the film, signed merchandise by the cast and crew, and an invite to the screening of the film, among other rewards.

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Locker 13 is the story of Skip (Jason Spisak, The Vampire Diaries), a young ex-convict who takes a position as a night janitor at an old-west theme park. His supervisor Archie (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite), teaches him the ropes, but more importantly attempts to convey critical philosophical messages through a series of four stories: a down and out boxer (Ricky Schroder, NYPD Blue, Silver Spoons, The Champ) is given the opportunity to become a real golden gloves killer; an assassin (Rick Hoffman, Suits, Battleship) kidnaps three people in order to find out who hired him for his latest hit; a new recruit (Bart Johnson, High School Musical) is initiated into a lodge of fez-wearing businessmen where hazing can take a malevolent turn; and a member of a suicide club (Jason Marsden, Boy Meets World, White Squall) introduces real fear into a man about to jump to his death. The four stories suddenly come into play when Skip is faced with a life-or-death decision.

Brothers’ Ink Productions was founded by Valley-based brothers Adam and Donovan Montierth, who have won more than 20 awards for their previous films and screenplays, including film festival accolades and an Emmy® for their film “Reveille”. Cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Academy Award® Winner for Titanic) leant his talents to Locker 13, drawing the interest of Golden Globe winner Ricky Schroder (The Champ), leading other notable talent to quickly sign on.

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Gunsight Pass, the authentic western town built for the film just outside of Fountain Hills in the east valley, has fully functional interiors and exteriors, providing a perfect backdrop for interviews and photo shoots with the filmmakers. There are plans to turn the set into a media production backlot for use in films and photo shoots.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brosink/locker-13
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This day in LITERATURE: "The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. Soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated, critical opinion is divided as to the poem's status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.
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J.K. Rowling announced today, the title of her new book,The Casual Vacancy, and a worldwide publication date, Sept. 27.
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