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Archive | March, 2009

Photo Gallery: High flyer

Photo courtesy: Juan Ocampo   Los Angeles Dodgers Rafael Furcal takes to the air in a double play during the fourth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics in the spring training ball park at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona yesterday. Still, the A’s beat the Dodgers 9-to-5. 

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Queen Latifah attached to new romantic comedy movie deal

   Singer/actress Queen Latifah has signed on to play the lead in the romantic comedy, “Just Wright.” The story is a so-called Cinderella tale involving a physical therapist who falls in love with a basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. The rom-com had been in development for the past six years at Disney. Recently, Fox Searchlight picked up the project and set it up to begin production some time in May. Latifah’s company, Flavor Unit, will be co-producing the movie with producer Debra Martin Chase. This is not the first romantic... Read More →

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“Monsters vs. Aliens” rumble to number one at the Box Office

 “Monsters vs. Aliens” had a smashing debut earning a gigantic $58 million to easily crush the competition and grab the top spot at the Box Office this weekend. That’s the third best March opening ever. The 3-D animated flick is about a misfit group of home-grown monsters who must go to battle to protect planet Earth from space aliens. The DreamWorks animation is one of the first movies ever to be totally shot in the 3-D format.   Another new film, “The Haunting in Connecticut,” had an impressive first weekend as well,... Read More →

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Burbank City Council race heats up

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove The candidates running for three Burbank City Council seats are cranking up their campaigns for the final push to election day, April 14. Last Monday, all six candidates appeared at a forum in Burbank’s Magnolia Park area. If you missed the forum, the Burbank Leader has profiles of all six council contenders in this weekend’s edition of the newspaper and on its website. Reporter Christopher Cadelago’s profiles are really interesting short feature pieces with quotes from the candidates on their views and concerns. The candidates are Elise Stearns-Niesen, Garen Yegparian,... Read More →

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Jury deliberations underway in Phil Spector’s murder retrial

  For a second time, the fate of legendary music producer Phil Spector is in the hands of a Los Angeles County jury today. The jury got the case yesterday after closing arguments wrapped up. The 12 jurors will decide if Spector murdered 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson. The cult film actress was found shot to death in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra mansion in 2003. During the nearly five months of testimony in the retrial, the prosecution tried to prove an enraged Spector killed Clarkson when she tried to leave... Read More →

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Comedian Steve Harvey’s relationship book still a hot topic

Comic/ radio D.J. and now best-selling author, Steve Harvey, is getting mucho attention on his promotional tour for his relationship book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, And Commitment.” Women everywhere are talking about this book. Harvey was on “Oprah” Monday, March 23, his second appearance in less than a month. If you missed the TV show, you can get a taste of Harvey’s book and love advice on Oprah’s website. Like most of these advice and self-help... Read More →

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Phil Spector’s defense team sums up its case for the jury

  The fate of legendary rock producer Phil Spector will soon be in the hands of a Los Angeles County jury. Today the prosecution is expected to complete its rebuttal to the defense team’s closing arguments, which began on Tuesday. Spector’s attorneys urged the jury to acquit their client on the grounds that the alleged victim, actress Lana Clarkson, probably committed suicide. Clarkson was found shot to death in the hallway of Spector’s Alhambra mansion in 2003. The prosecution claims an enraged Spector pulled the trigger of the .38 Special... Read More →

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Manny hits first spring training home run of ’09!

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers   Los Angeles Dodgers heavy hitter Manny Ramirez is back in the swing of the game. Yesterday, Manny cracked one over the left-field bullpen at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona — his first home run in spring training this season. It happened in the first inning with two out during a game against the Mariners. Nevertheless, Seattle beat the Dodgers 8-to-6. Still, Manny’s performance last night gave the Dodgers something to cheer about. After being out for a week or so with a leg injury, Manny returned to play on... Read More →

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President Obama faces the nation in prime-time

   White House file photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama took to the air waves last night for the second prime-time news conference of his 64-day-old administration. President Obama’s main goal was to rally the country around his proposed new $3.6 trillion budget, which is causing debate in Congress mainly because of its huge dollar commitment. In his news conference, the president described how his budget: “… will build our economic recovery on a stronger foundation so that we don’t face another crisis like this 10 or 20 years from now. We invest in... Read More →

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Spring is here: more sunny skies and warmer temps ahead

FLLewis/A Writers Groove Two walkers chat and keep up a brisk pace on Olive Avenue in Burbank recently. I’m seeing more and more exercisers pounding the street pavement and sidewalks as the temperatures rise. For the next few days, the highs are expected to be in the mid-70s to the 80s here. So I’ll probably be seeing even more folks outside, reviving up their sluggish or dormant exercise programs. Just like I’m doing.

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Closing arguments underway in the Phil Spector murder retrial

After nearly five months of testimony, the murder retrial of rock legend Phil Spector is about to wrap up. Yesterday, the prosecution presented its closing arguments in an attempt to convince the jury to convict Spector of murdering 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson. The actress was found shot to death in Spector’s Alhambra mansion back in 2003. Clarkson starred in “Barbarian Queen” (1985) and the movie spoof “Amazon Women on the Moon” (1987). Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Truc Do called Spector a “demonic maniac” who was known to use a gun to play Russian Roulette with the lives of women... Read More →

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Former Internet hacker gets a book deal

Doing time in the big house has not hurt the writing career of ex-Internet hacker, Kevin Poulsen. Publishers Weekly is reporting today that Poulsen has sold his book “Kingpin” to Crown. In the 1980s and 1990s, Poulsen had quite a colorful reputation as a cyber criminal and was once a fugitive on the run. In one of his notorious hacks, Poulsen reportedly engineered a scheme to rig call-in contests of Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM to win two Porsches, some vacation trips, and thousands of dollars.  Finally captured by authorities, Poulsen pleaded guilty... Read More →

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Science fiction wins out over romance at the Box Office

Weekend filmgoers were in the mood for a science fiction thriller and that pushed the new movie, “Knowing” to the top of the Box Office. The Nicolas Cage supernatural doomsday flick debuted at number one with a haul of $24.8 million. The new bromance, “I Love You, Man,” with its crude humor and “R” rating swaggered into second with around $18.4 million. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star in the new sophisticated, corporate spy romance, “Duplicity,” which earned about $14.4 million for third. Since it stars Roberts, many film watchers expected “Duplicity” to score... Read More →

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First Lady gets help planting a White House garden

  White House photo/ Joyce N.Boghosian   Veggies and herbs will soon be sprouting on the south grounds of the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama and about two dozen elementary school volunteers broke ground for a kitchen garden last Friday. The kids and the First Lady appeared pretty handy with the shovels, pitchforks, and rakes. The fifth-graders from local Bancroft Elementary School will help work the spring garden. In the weeks ahead, lettuce, peas, spinach, collard greens, carrots, radishes, broccoli, onions, and kale will be planted along with herbs like sage, garlic, chives, and... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery open to the public on Sunday

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove  — Visitors at Grand View cemetery during a recent opening. The gates of Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale will once again be open for a few hours tomorrow, Sunday, March 22. This is one of a series of openings ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr. The 125-year-old cemetery is considered to be a landmark by many in the nearby community; both Burbank and Glendale residents. Grand View has fallen on hard times and it has little to do with the economic meltdown.... Read More →

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President Obama makes historic appearance on “Tonight Show”

                                                                                                       FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove President Barack Obama is back in Washington, D.C. today after a whirlwind visit to the Southland. President Obama wrapped up two days of events with a trip to Burbank to tape a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” late yesterday. This is the first time a  U.S. President has sat down for a chat on the “Tonight Show.” However, Obama has been on the late night show twice before: December of 2006 and October of 2007. So the president was quite comfortable with the routine... Read More →

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President Obama gets cheers and applause in the OC

 Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama and his team today are probably doing a quick review of his performance at yesterday’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. It seems to me that the president pretty much rocked the place.  The one thousand or so folks in the auditorium cheered and applauded like so many did during Obama’s presidential campaign. That’s really a surprise in Orange County, the bastion of conservative Republican views, a county the president did not win during... Read More →

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Actress Natasha Richardson dies at age 45

Natasha Richardson 1963 – 2009    Los Angeles Times Photo   Actress Natasha Richardson died today after apparently suffering a serious head injury in a ski accident on Monday. Media reports say Richardson took a tumble on a beginners’ slope at a resort near Montreal. Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, was shooting a film in Toronto at the time. Neeson was with his wife when she was flown from a Canadian hospital to one in New York City, yesterday. Richardson’s family released a statement: “Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire... Read More →

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Air Force One touches down at Long Beach Airport

Lawrence K.Ho/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama arrived on board Air Force One at Long Beach Airport right on schedule, at around 3 p.m. today.     Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times   The president stepped off the aircraft and into the Southern California sunshine and waved at the waiting crowd. The first stop on his busy two day visit: the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa for a town hall meeting.

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President Obama arrives in the Southland today

Folks in the ticket line pass the time by doing the “wave” yesterday. Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times   Despite spending hours in line just for a chance at a ticket for President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairground and Event Center in Costa Mesa, many folks were in the mood to have a bit of fun by performing the “wave” yesterday. Those fortunate enough to get tickets returned to the fairgrounds this morning to wait again. Hundreds of people have to go through some very... Read More →

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