Many of the costumes, props, books and other sci-fi and horror memorabilia once owned by the late Forrest J Ackerman will be auctioned off by Profiles in History the last week of April.

Ackerman was noted for having amassed an extremely large and complete collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror film memorabilia, which was, until 2002, maintained in a remarkable 18-room home/museum known as the “Ackermansion” in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, filled with 300,000 books and pieces of movie memorabilia.

He was credited with nurturing and even inspiring the careers of several early contemporaries, such as Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Charles Beaumont, Marion Zimmer Bradley and L. Ron Hubbard.

Videogame giant Electronic Arts Inc. — which has locations across California, including Los Angeles — announced this week it will lay off 11 percent of its workforce (1,100 jobs) and close 12 facilities.

“Our holiday quarter came in below our expectations and we have significantly reduced our financial outlook for fiscal 2009, a clear disappointment,” said John Riccitiello, Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Financial Officer Eric Brown said that the company expects $500 million of operating expense reductions in fiscal 2010.

The company also said it plans to narrow its product portfolio and cut other variable costs.

[Editor's Note: From the blog of one of the owners of the The Orphanage]

Today I had the heart-wrenching task of joining my co-founders Scott Stewart and Jonathan Rothbart in announcing that The Orphanage will be suspending operations indefinitely. We started the company ten years ago, tripled in size each year for our first three years, and worked on some of the biggest and best effects movies made. We produced shorts and even features, we spawned a commercial division and an animation company, and we hung out in the halls with Frank Miller, Ethan Hawke, and M.C. Hammer. We did DI before it was called DI, we gave birth to Magic Bullet, and we did really, really good work.

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