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Archive | October, 2009

UPDATED 11/02/09: Tragedy strikes the Burbank Police Department

                                           Photo 11/01/09: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters where the flags are flying at half-staff in remembrance of Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, Sr. The Burbank Police Department has taken some pretty big hits lately from lawsuits, investigations, low morale, scandal and now the apparent suicide of one of its patrol officers. According to a press release put out by the Burbank PD, 50-year-old Neil T. Gunn died on a residential city street corner of a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday morning. It happened around 11:40 a.m. near the intersection... Read More →

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UPDATED 10/29/09:New developments about the Burbank Police Commission

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove. (From left to right) Commissioner James Etter’s empty chair, Chairman Robert Frutos, Commissioner Claudia Bonis, and Commissioner /Vice-Chairman Nathan Rubinfeld at the October 14 police commission meeting. There’s a good chance James Etter’s chair will be vacant at this Wednesday’s special Burbank Police Commission Meeting. Commissioner Etter walked out of the police commission meeting on October 14, after complaining loudly about what he considered a lack of progress by his fellow commissioners. Later on, the commissioners voted to hold a special meeting to draft a letter to the city council... Read More →

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A fright movie scares up big bucks at the Box Office

                            “Paranormal Activity” has become the little movie that could. This weekend, it leaped into the number one spot, leaving a pack of competitors far behind. “Paranormal Activity” rang up an estimated $22 million to become the top movie in the country. In five weeks, the spooky story of a couple haunted in their home by a demonic presence has scored over $60 million. The horror/thriller reportedly was produced for only $15,000. In second place, the debut of “Saw Vl” with $14.8 million. A disappointing opening for the latest flick in this horror/torture/porn franchise.  Last week’s number one movie, the fantasy/adventure “Where the... Read More →

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2009 Screenwriting Expo: the pitch meetings, the winning scripts, and the exposure

Photo:  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove. Writers crowd around a table to buy tickets to pitch to representatives for management firms, agencies, and production companies. In the background writers line up and wait for the call into the pitch room. Some up-and-coming screenwriters are getting Hollywood attention and exposure from the 2009 Screenwriting Expo. Hundreds of scribes pitched their ideas and scripts during the three day Golden Pitch Festival in a huge room at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The tickets were not cheap: $25 for a... Read More →

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Do Burbank City Council Members read e-mails and letters from the public?

          Photos: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Mayor/Councilman Gary Bric & Vice-Mayor/Council Member Anja Reinke Last Tuesday’s Burbank city council meeting provided a lot of reasons for folks to get riled up.  At the top of the list, the city council’s 3-1 approval of that hotly-debated new film permit ordinance. Gary Bric, Anja Reinke, and Jess Talamantes voted for it. Dr. David Gordon was the lone naysayer. Dave Golonski was absent from the council meeting. A lot of chatter on the blogs about the vote and the film permit ordinance. I still... Read More →

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UPDATED 10/25/09: A settlement in the Grand View cemetery class action lawsuit

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery  09/20/09 Finally some good news for the beleaguered landmark Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale. I’ve been covering the story on this blog for more than a year. I got an e-mail a short while ago from Attorney Paul Ayers declaring a major legal decision: “Class counsel is pleased to announce a settlement in the Grand View Memorial Park class action lawsuit… The settlement includes compensation to class members and a $500,000.00 fund to be used to help restore... Read More →

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Phillies win game five 10-4: end of the road for Dodgers

                                                                                                                 File photo of Matt Kemp from his blog A sad day-after for Dodger fans. Last night the guys in Dodger blue were soundly beaten by the Phillies 10-to-4, allowing Philadelphia to win the National League Championship Series. Second year in a row that the Phillies have dusted the Dodgers in the NLCS and moved onto the World Series. A lot of analyzing and “what ifing” going on today and that will probably be the case for the days, weeks, and perhaps months to come. I have to say I like... Read More →

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Game five of the NLCS do or die time for the Dodgers

A crucial game for the guys in Dodger blue in Philadelphia tonight. The Dodgers are down 3-1 games in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers must win tonight to keep their dreams of playing in the 2009 World Series alive. No doubt, some folks in Philly are thinking the L.A. team should be packing its bags and getting ready to head for home today. On the other hand, Southland fans are still rooting for the homeboys to win tonight’s game and the NLCS series. Here’s what Dodger Matt Kemp posted on his blog yesterday about the team’s present... Read More →

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It’s a wrap for the 2009 Screenwriting Expo

  The 2009 Screenwriting Expo in Downtown Los Angeles is history. What a wild, roller coaster ride it was, providing this writer with some exciting moments and a thrill or two. I joined hundreds of eager screenwriters or aspiring screenwriters at the Wilshire Grand hotel from October 15-to-18 for seminars, pitch meetings, and the all important, networking. Writers came from places like China, Canada, London, Washington D. C., Chicago, West Palm Beach, Canoga Park, and oh yes, Burbank. They got the chance to pitch their scripts to heavy hitters... Read More →

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“Wild Things” roars to top of the Box Office

  Movie audiences were doing the”wild thing” at domestic theaters this past weekend. The new Spike Jonze directed, “Where the Wild Things Are,” exceeded expectations and earned an estimated $32 million to debut as the number one movie in the country. “Where the Wild Things Are” is a live-action adaptation of the 1963 children’s book by Maurice Sendak. It’s the fantasy story of a young boy who runs away from home to an island where strange giant creatures roam. In second place, another new film, but with a very different tone.  “Law Abiding Citizen,”... Read More →

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Dodgers vs Phillies tonight in game one of the NLCS

Photo: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 10/10/09   The Los Angeles Dodgers breezed by the St. Louis Cardinals last Saturday to win the National League West Division Series with a three game sweep. After a lot of champagne celebrating and several days off, some are wondering if the Dodgers will still have that winning spark tonight, when they play game one of the National League Champion Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. I think Dodger Matt Kemp has the best answer to that on his blog:”It’s time to play baseball. We had four... Read More →

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Burbank Police Commissioners get fired up!

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street & Orange Grove Avenue. Burbank Police Commission meetings at police headquarters are getting more and more interesting. Last night’s meeting brimmed with drama including verbal fireworks and one commissioner abruptly walking out in a huff. The way I see it, these are the growing pains of commissioners who are struggling to break out of an old sedentary model and leave a “do nothing” reputation behind, or as new Commissioner Ray Adams put it,”… beef up our strength…be more valuable to the community.” To this I say, right... Read More →

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“Couples Retreat” shines at the Box Office

Halloween is around the corner, but most moviegoers this weekend passed on horror and went for the relationship comedy about four couples on a tropical getaway. Despite a lot of negative reviews, “Couples Retreat” made buckets of money, an estimated $35 million, to become the number one movie in the country.  “Couples Retreat” is a Vince Vaughn project. Vaughn co-wrote the script and stars with Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Jean Reno. The story revolves around the antics of four couples during relationship therapy sessions at... Read More →

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E-mail from President Obama about the Nobel Peace Prize

Photo: file picture of the White House A few minutes ago, I got an e-mail from President Barack Obama about the Nobel Peace Prize. I’m on an e-mail list handled by the Democratic National Committee. Here is the president’s e-mail, which is similar in tone and text to his comments earlier at the White House.   This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. To be honest, I do... Read More →

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President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize and sparks new controversy

Here we go again, another President Obama controversy.  This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee surprised many by announcing Obama had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Obama has been in office less than a year and while dealing with huge domestic problems, he’s managed to confront some major global issues as well.  The Nobel Committee noted Obama’s international impact in its press release today. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 The Norwegian Nobel Committeehas decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Dodgers 2009 NL West Division champs

Photos from 10/03/09: Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers                                                               The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting ready to play some serious October baseball. The guys in blue clinched the National League West Division title for the second straight season on Saturday, by beating the Colorado Rockies 5-zip. Manny Ramirez and crew ended the regular season with a 5-3 victory over the Rockies last night. The Dodgers will swing into the play-offs on Wednesday, at Dodger Stadium, against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Go Dodgers!!!                                                                                   

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“Zombieland” scares up Box Office gold

Movie audiences were up for something creepy and funny and apparently the new flick, “Zombieland” filled the bill. “Zombieland ” stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors trying to stay ahead of the zombies who have become a worldwide plague. The horror/comedy raked in an estimated $25 million to easily win the Box Office race and to become the number one movie in the country. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” dropped to second place, after two weeks in the top spot. The 3D animated film earned an... Read More →

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Councilman criticizes Burbank Leader story

                     Photo: Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski from Burbank city website   Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski is not happy with the way the Burbank Leader newspaper reported on that statement read by Mayor Gary Bric at last Tuesday’s city council meeting. The much-talked-about and reported-on statement is the first official public reaction from the entire city council to a slew of police lawsuits and a number of investigations going on in Burbank. The complete statement is posted on this blog. Today I was over on the Leader website... Read More →

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A Burbank official goes on the attack over those police lawsuits

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. In a recent Los Angeles Times story about the FBI probe and those lawsuits filed by former and current members of the Burbank Police Force, Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow had very little to say. City Attorney Barlow is quoted as saying he “… was unable to comment on the FBI investigation or the lawsuits against the city and Police Department, citing pending litigation.” Barlow may be mum, but another major player in the Burbank City Attorney’s Office has had... Read More →

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