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Twitter Earnings, Released Early, Disappoint Investors; Shares Plunge. A Feast of Architectural Styles for Expo Milano 2015. Photo MILAN — James Biber can see Russia from his roof. Mr. Biber, the architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fair that is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, also has a good view of Kuwait next door and Iran across the street. But with its 33-yard roof canopy jutting out like a knife, Russia’s national pavilion commands particular attention.

This is no small coup when you’re among dozens of buildings lined up in aesthetic disjunction, like words pulled from a hat by a Dadaist poet. Beside the nearly milelong road that is the spine of the fairgrounds, the British pavilion hunkers behind a massive aluminum-and-steel sculpture inspired by a beehive. Next to it sits Hungary’s pavilion, a ribbed structure alluding to Noah’s ark, but also reminiscent of Pinocchio’s whale. “It’s really a kind of identity parade,” Mr. Mr. A New Yorker who designed the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and the set of “The Daily Show” for Jon Stewart, Mr.

Mr. Dream Job: Q&A With Sideshow Collectibles. Twenty-five years ago Tom Gilliland found himself working at the mecca of model building. He was making something like $7.20 an hour working the register at Kit Kraft, a hobby shop located in Studio City, California. He began by painting miniatures for role-playing games in his off hours, but his interest quickly scaled up. By the time he left the shop, he had produced a painting and model-building video, a line of custom paints, and hundreds of box-art paint prototypes. Today he’s the creative director of Sideshow Collectibles, a company that creates 150 intricately designed, limited-edition figurines annually, from classics like a bust of Batman to a sixth scale of Hawkeye to a (terrifying!)

Life-size Darth Malgus. We asked Gilliland how he turned his hobby from free-time fare to full-time gig. Wired Design: How did all of this start? Click to Open Overlay Gallery Tom Gilliland: They were importing Japanese polyvinyl kits of B-movie characters at the hobby shop. WD: Fun! The All-Star Blizzard Toy Line We've Always Wanted. Toy makers learn that construction sets aren't just for boys anymore.

For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess. But now, female chief executives are leading huge corporations, including Yahoo Inc. and General Motors Corp., and more women are becoming engineers and mathematicians. Meanwhile, toy companies are realizing that girls want to build bridges and wire circuits. Parents, too, are demanding playthings that nurture a love of science and math in their daughters, driven in part by nationwide hand-wringing over a lack of interest in STEM careers (short for science, technology, engineering and math).

As a result, construction toys, bolstered by demand from girls, are a bright spot in the $22-billion industry, which has seen other categories stagnate or decline. Eager to make up for lost time, Mattel Inc. in April acquired Mega Brands, known for its construction sets. "It's baffling that it took this long for toy makers to get on board," said Jaime Katz, an equity analyst at Morningstar. Gowns, masks, armor galore: L.A. Opera to hold costume sale. Culture Monster All arts, all the time Anyone need a gladiator helmet? The Los Angeles Opera’s colorful costume shop will hold a rare tag sale on Saturday. The shop is moving locations and cleaning house.

More than 1,000 costumes worn on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage by the likes of Plácido Domingo and Frederica von Stade will fill about 90 clothing racks in a downtown L.A. parking lot. Think late 19th century bustles and flouncy panniers; handmade shoes and masks; military garb and gladiator gear; period wigs and accessories. The items for sale are from productions such as “Cinderella,” "Aida," “The Grand Duchess,” “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “The Turn of the Screw.” Prices start at $25 for complete costumes and $2 for individual pieces.

A special “diva rack” will have the high-end items, $1,000 to $5,000, worn by stars such as Jennifer Larmore, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. The sale will take place 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twitter: @debvankin Arts and Culture Loading. Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo.

At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie. "How does it feel to win a Razzie for worst song of the year for 'Newsies'? " someone piped up, referring to the Golden Raspberry Awards, the anti-Oscars, and a film musical that had been one of the year's biggest flops. "I had to admit that it felt kind of great to run the gamut that night," Menken recalls more than two decades later. "It became emblematic of the fun people had with the apparent bomb that 'Newsies' was.

" FULL COVERAGE: Spring Arts Preview 2015 A Razzie is obviously a lot easier to take when you've got eight Oscars and 11 Grammys on the mantel. He says that was true even before "Newsies" enjoyed an unexpected redemption three years ago as a hit Broadway musical. "We never thought of the movie as something meant for the stage," Menken says. SPRING ARTS PREVIEW 2015: The lists For the Record:

Imperiled Foxes on California Islands May Come Off Endangered List. Continue reading the main story Video Four endangered subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands off the California coast have recovered so well over the past 11 years that the is announcing Wednesday that it is starting to consider taking them off the endangered list. Study and discussion of their status will take about a year, but if the agency does decide to delist the foxes, the decision will signify the fastest recovery ever of a mammal under the endangered species act, said Robert D. McMorran, the lead biologist in the Ventura office of the service.

“It has been a fantastic success,” said Christina Boser, a California islands ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, which owns most of one of the islands and is participating in the announcement with the agency and the Catalina Island Conservancy and the National Park Service. All of the groups own or run parts of the four islands where the foxes went into a catastrophic decline, and all joined in the recovery planning and work. Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty. The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who condemned the attacks but said there is little that can be done outside of military intervention to prevent future acts of cultural pillaging. "It's outrageous -- it's the destruction of some of the world's greatest antiquities dating back thousands of years.

These are objects that truly belong to the world," said James Cuno, president and CEO of the Getty Trust in Los Angeles, in an interview on Friday. Cuno said that he had seen the five-minute online video that the Islamic State released on Thursday and said that the video appeared to be legitimate. "It wouldn't be in the interest of ISIL for it to be fake. The Getty is one of the world's leading art institutions that is active in the field of conservation. Daft Punk to issue action figures later this year. Most of us will never be cool enough to play alongside Daft Punk (unless, of course, you’re Pharrell), but the mysterious Parisian electronic duo will give fans a chance to literally play with them when they roll out a set of action figures later this year.

The six-inch figurines were crafted by Japan’s S.H. Figuarts and Bandai and designed under the direct supervision of the duo. Dressed in the band’s current aesthetic for its critically acclaimed forth album, “Random Access Memories,” the likenesses of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo come equipped with their trademarked metallic robotic helmets and sleek black outfits. REVIEW: Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' The toys will also have “seven sets of left/right interchangeable hand parts for re-creation of dynamic posing. " Daft Punk’s figures won’t be available in North America until Dec. 27, with a projected Japanese release date set for November. Follow @GerrickKennedy gerrick.kennedy@latimes.com.

Studio Tour | Sideshow Collectibles. 1Concept Corps Every journey begins with a single step, or an adventurous leap! Our process starts here, with research, concepts and designs. 2Waxworks Working from the design concepts, our sculptors dig in and get their hands dirty. The Waxworks is where heroes and icons take form – literally! 3Mold Hold Double, double, toil and trouble! 4Paint Next, our master painters use a variety of advanced techniques to bring sculpted figures to life with color, contrast, texture and special effects!

5Cut & Sew Wardrobe! 6Production After all of the finishing touches have been applied, the Production team shepherds the prototypes through the manufacturing process and into limited edition pieces. 7Photo Lab Lights, camera, action! 8The Gad Presentation is everything! Meet Sideshow Artist Amilcar Fong One of the amazing illustrators behind our Court of the Dead collection, Amilcar’s work is literally both our worst nightmares and dreams come true. Jeannette Villarreal Bernardo Esquivel – Painting Through th… Meet Sideshow Artist Amilcar Fong | Sideshow Collectibles. Bandai.com - Home: find toys for Power Rangers, Ben 10, Pac-Man, TechPet, and Various Other Action Figures and Toys.

NECA - National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Bandai Namco partners with Roadhouse for new western-focused mobile RPG. Bandai Namco has announced it's working with Roadhouse Interactive on a new mobile game. The as-yet-unnamed game is being billed as a "character-based builder-battle RPG set in an entirely new fictional universe. " Its creation will be based at one of Roadhouse's Vancouver studios by a blend of Bandai Namco and Roadhouse developers, with more details set for release over the coming months. Having recently enjoyed top ten Japanese chart success with Drift Spirits and the Tales series, mobile gaming isn't an new area for Bandai Namco. However, the deal is a new opportunity for the Tokyo-based company to grow its presence in the western mobile market, and to tap into the $25 billion in worldwide revenue that market researcher Newzoo predicts the industry will generate by the end of 2014.

Western promise Its partnership with Roadhouse is a savvy one, since the Canadian studio has enjoyed a string of successful game launches in recent months. Atsuo Nakayama. Belgian Artist's Painting Infringes Upon Photographer's Work, Court Rules.