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Archive | February, 2009

White House News: Michelle Obama & Stevie Wonder

 White House photo/ Joyce N. Boghosian from www.whitehouse.gov   This is the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. It was released yesterday and yes, continues to fuel the controversy over the first lady’s propensity to go sleeveless. According to the Mrs-O website, this stunning black dress is from Michael Kors’ spring 2009 collection. In my opinion, this time Michelle scored high marks on three levels: the dress is appropriate and it showcases her personal style and personal preference. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve gotta admit the... Read More →

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Day 38: President Obama outlines plan to end Iraq war

                                                         White House photo/Pete Souza    “Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” that coming from President Barack Obama today during an appearance at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina. The President said. “We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done. And... Read More →

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The first Superman comic goes on the auction block

Action Comics #1 DC Comics/ www.mikecs.net    The first superhero, Superman, was introduced in the Action Comics #1 published in 1938 for 10 cents. These days the average price of a regular comic book is around $3. One of the few remaining copies of this rare publication is up for bid at ComicConnect — an online marketing website for comic book buyers and sellers. You can get a peek inside the landmark comic on that website. This original copy of the first Man of Steel comic went up for auction... Read More →

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Michelle Obama’s bare arms controversy

photo from http://www.people.com   First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of the People Magazine issue set for release tomorrow, Friday, February 27. It’s a lovely cover. The Michelle Obama fashion style website www.mrs-o.org says the first lady is wearing a lace kimono dress in dried azalea (love that color) by African American designer Tracy Reese. A full length view of a version of that dress is on www.mrs-o.org. The dress looks wonderful on Michelle, however, it also highlights the latest style controversy buzzing around the first lady. The controversy is... Read More →

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Samuel Jackson signs super deal with Marvel films

Google Image   Actor Samuel Jackson has signed a major multi-picture deal with Marvel films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jackson and Marvel reportedly have been haggling for weeks, but now it’s a done deal for the actor to play Nick Fury, a spy in the comic book agency S.H.I.E.L.D.  The deal calls for Jackson to appear as Fury in an unprecedented nine Marvel films including “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America,” and “The Avengers.” Jackson is going to be one busy actor. Over at the Marvel.com website they’re reporting “Iron... Read More →

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Win a role on a popular TV show

    “NUMB3RS” cast/ Google Image   If you’re a fan of the popular CBS series, “NUMB3RS” or looking for that 15 minutes of fame or a jump start for an acting career, then you might want to place a bid in an auction on eBayThe Writers Guild Foundation is auctioning off a walk-on role on “NUMB3RS.”  It’s a fundraiser for charity. I first read about the auction over on Chad Gervich’s Script Notes blog. There are more details on his site and on eBay. Also there are some requirements, therefore, you would... Read More →

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Three Burbank City Council seats to be decided in run-off election

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Hall   Today the race for the three available seats on the Burbank City Council is a little less crowded, but there are still six candidates in the run-off. There were 13 candidates on the ballot for the primary election, held yesterday. Mayor Dave Golonski, an incumbent who has served several terms on the city council, led the pack with 4,858 votes, according to the Burbank Leader. Next in the ballot count, incumbent Dr. David Gordon with 4,537 votes then followed... Read More →

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President Obama speaks to Congress and the nation

  White House photo/ Pete Souza   President Obama’s first speech to a joint session of congress is being analysed and scrutinized today. So I’m having my say. First, I agree with a radio commentator who called last night’s address a “pep talk” to keep Americans inspired and focused on the tough job of rebuilding the nation’s economy and confidence in our financial systems. A New York Times editorial complimented the president’s speech for being right on target: “He sounded confident — promising that the nation will rebuild and ’emerge stronger than before’ — without... Read More →

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Screen Actors Guild rejects producers’ last, best and final offer

Hollywood is once again facing a real life cliffhanger now that the Screen Actors Guild has turned down the producers’ so-called last, best and final offer. Remember a few weeks ago, the hard line negotiator in SAG  was tossed out by moderates who felt they could better work a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Well, what the moderates got was a tough lesson in how the game of negotiations is played by the producers.       In a statement on its website, the Screen Actors Guild admitted... Read More →

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Condoleezza Rice gets a multi-million dollar book deal

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is probably hammering away at a computer keyboard today as part of her new job, author. Several major media outlets, yesterday and today, report Rice has signed a three book deal with Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. According to the Associated Press, the deal is worth at least $2.5 million! The 54-year-old George W. Bush confidant will begin with a book about her White House days: “Rice will combine candid narrative and acute analysis to tell the story of her time in the White... Read More →

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Big Oscar winners: “Slumdog,” Penn, Winslet & Ledger

Heath Ledger as the Joker wins best supporting actor Oscar.   The late Heath Ledger, a talent that left us much too soon, was honored for his incredible performance as the “Joker” in the blockbuster, “The Dark Knight, ” at the 81st Academy Awards last night in Hollywood. Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment a year ago last month. Later officials would rule his death an accidental overdose due to prescription medications. He was only 28. Last night at the Kodak Theatre, his parents and sister went... Read More →

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Tyler Perry’s “Madea” kills the competition at the Box Office

Critics slammed it, but movie fans packed the theaters this weekend to see, “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.”  The new over-the-top comedy racked up a huge $41 million to easily become the number one film in the country.  Variety reports that this is the seventh Perry film distributed by Lionsgate. So far those films have grossed $300 million at the domestic Box Office. Perry is a writer/producer/director/actor. The sight of Perry in drag as the aggressive mouthy grandmother, Madea, is enough to make some of us  cringe. However, Perry’s fan base has supported the... Read More →

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Rihanna finally speaks out after alleged assault

  Google Image    Pop star/model and suspected domestic violence victim, Rihanna, is speaking out. Rihanna’s P.R. firm released a statement yesterday. It was the first from Rihanna and her representatives since the February 8th street fight incident in Los Angeles. A story on the People website includes part of the statement: “At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown,” says the statement from her rep on Friday. “She wants to assure her fans that she remains strong, is doing... Read More →

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Election Tuesday: Hot race for Burbank City Council

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Council candidate, Lee Dunayer, smiles and chats with folks at a campaign meet and greet on January 29, 2009, at the popular Porto’s Bakery & Cafe on West Magnolia Blvd.   You can tell there’s a city primary election coming up by just driving or walking through the neighborhoods of Burbank. Candidate signs dot the landscape and the windows of businesses, too. Most of those candidates are running for three seats on the Burbank City Council.                                                      Read More →

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Schwarzenegger, the new state budget, and Hollywood

  photo from http://gov.ca.gov/  02/20/09  — Governor Schwarzenegger holds news conference yesterday to sign the new state budget into law.   After a painful three months of bitter debate, the state legislature finally approved a budget on Thursday and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law yesterday. The budget reportedly solves a $42 billion deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. The governor says the budget lays the foundation for fiscal responsibility in the future:“During a down economy and facing an historic budget deficit we had to make some... Read More →

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LAPD reacts to photo of a battered Rihanna

Google Image   Pop star/model Rihanna remains in seclusion, but a photo allegedly showing her battered face is all over the Internet today. The photo first appeared on the celebrity gossip website TMZ last night. Newsradio KNX 1070  has the photo on its site. Ironically, today is Rihanna’s 21st birthday.  Last night, the LAPD put up a statement questioning the source of the photo on its website: ” The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation. At about 7 p.m. on February 19,... Read More →

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The day after release, new Spidey-Obama comic still in demand

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — House of Secrets in Burbank   The day after the release of the fifth edition of the Amazing Spider-Man #583 featuring President Barack Obama, it’s still very much in demand. Over the past few days, a lot of folks have been calling House of Secrets on West Olive Avenue in Burbank searching for the comic. New issues usually appear in comic book shops on Wednesday. Yesterday, House of Secrets got some of its order, but not the fifth edition Spidey-Obama comics. When I was in the shop on Wednesday,... Read More →

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Hot Spidey-Obama comic fifth edition released today

President Barack Obama is not only making news on the economic front, but in the comic book world as well. Today Marvel Comics  released a fifth edition of its now famous Amazing Spider-Man # 583 featuring President Obama: “After numerous sold out printings, Marvel is going back to press with a record fifth printing arriving in stores February 18. Now’s your chance to experience the story uniting President Barack Obama with the character that, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he named his favorite super hero!”  The first... Read More →

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Day 28: President Obama signs $787 billion stimulus bill into law

It’s a done deal. Less than a month into his new administration, President Barack Obama signed that massive and much fought-over $787 billion economic stimulus bill in Denver, Colorado today. President Obama reportedly used as many as 10 different pens to sign the measure. Earlier, the media event was on the verge of becoming bogged down in speeches, when President Obama finally stepped to the mike. Perhaps, the White House should have stuck with a reported original plan of having the president sign the bill yesterday, Presidents Day; and then go on the road today and the rest... Read More →

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Singer Chris Brown says he’s “sorry” for alleged attack

Google Image   Damage control is underway by the handlers of singer and suspected girlfriend batterer, Chris Brown. Yesterday, the pop singer released a statement to the media through a spokesperson claiming he was “.. sorry and saddened by what transpired.” The statement goes on to say: “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.” Hmm, the singer may need to seek more professional help for his, ah, problem. 19-year-old Brown got booked at... Read More →

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Horror trumps romance at the holiday Box Office

On this Valentine’s Day weekend most of the moviegoers were not looking for hearts, flowers, and romance. Surprisingly, the biggest crowds opted for a good fright by packing the theaters to see the new version of  “Friday the 13th.” This horror re-make of the bloody adventures of the machete wielding killer, Jason Voorhees, pulled in an estimated $42 million over the weekend to become the number one film in the country. Variety claims  “Friday the 13th” had the best opening ever for a horror movie and may break other records before the four-day-holiday weekend... Read More →

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