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Archive | November, 2009

Female movie fans rule at Box Office

Photo: Melanie Sochan/The Saginaw News “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” continued to outshine the competition at the Box Office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The latest installment of the romantic fantasy series raked in an estimated $42.5 million to hold onto the title of number one movie in the U.S for a second straight week. Female moviegoers are credited with keeping “New Moon” and the second place finisher “The Blind Side ” in the top spots.  “The Blind Side,” a sports drama, earned around $40.1 million. In third, the disaster blockbuster “2012” with about $18 million, bringing... Read More →

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“Twilight” items hot sellers this holiday season

Black Friday is the official kick-off for the holiday shopping season. Thousands of sleep deprived, but eager bargain hunters stormed the stores, malls, and outlet centers before dawn today — traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Cash registers were ringing all day long and into the evening giving the appearance of strong Black Friday sales. Nevertheless, it’s going to take a few days before retailers know if this is going to be a jolly season for them. At this early stage, there is one clear gift winner: The Twilight Saga. At the top... Read More →

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Thanksgiving greetings from President Barack Obama

Official White House Photo/Peter Souza — Yesterday President Obama, First Lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha helped distribute food for Thanksgiving to the needy at Martha’s Table, a food pantry in Washington, D.C.   Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address Thursday, November 26, 2009 For centuries, in peace and in war, in prosperity and in adversity, Americans have paused at this time of year to gather with loved ones and give thanks for life’s blessings. This week, we carry on this distinctly American tradition.  All... Read More →

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Gas prices riding high this Thanksgiving week

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Looking for bargains this Thanksgiving week? Head for the malls or shopping centers, but don’t expect to find great deals at the local gasoline pumps.  If you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving take along some extra cash or plan on swiping your credit card a few times, because the trip is going to cost ya! Last night, I bought almost 7 gallons of regular at the Conoco Phillips 76 station at Alameda Avenue and Victory Boulevard in Burbank for about 20 bucks. The price per... Read More →

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“New Moon” huge at the Box Office

                                                   We knew it was going to be big, but I don’t think anyone predicted it would be like out-of-this world huge! The fantasy/romance, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” made an astronomical figure — an estimated $140 million this weekend — to easily become the number one movie in the country!! This is the second in the “Twilight” saga of two young lovers, teenager Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, based on a series of bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyers. In “New Moon” it becomes a love triangle when Bella gets... Read More →

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Attorney Solomon E. Gresen responds to Dahlia lawsuit

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Attorney Solomon E. Gresen speaks to the media outside Burbank city hall on November 3, 2009. Encino Attorney Solomon E. Gresen represents Burbank Police Lieutenant Omar Rodriquez and several of the other eight present or former BPD officers suing the city and the department. The Burbank Leader  reports BPD Detective Angelo Dahlia alleges in his lawsuit that he saw Lieutenant Rodriquez threaten a witness. According to the Leader, Dahlia characterized Rodriquez as having “…a reputation for corrupt and illegal practices.”   Today, Gresen slammed those allegations as “categorically untrue.” Here’s... Read More →

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Burbank gets sued by another one of its police officers

File Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at North Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue. The number of present or former Burbank Police Officers suing the city and some department brass jumped to eight this week, and there are indications that total will go even higher. The latest lawsuit was filed by BPD Detective Angelo Dahlia on Tuesday in federal court, according to the Burbank Leader. The story was up on the Leader website at 5:26 p.m. last night. A terse statement on the Dahlia suit appeared on... Read More →

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Hollywood’s most overpaid stars

Some surprises on the annual list of the most overpaid Hollywood stars by Forbes magazine. It wasn’t just about the fat paychecks with all those zeros. Some actors aren’t generating a good return at the Box Office, according to Forbes. In the number one spot on the magazine’s list, comic/actor Will Ferrell. Funny guys Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey and actor Tom Cruise made the top 10 as well. However, the shockers for me were Drew Barrymore and Ice Cube! Here’s the story on how Forbes decided who is worth the big bucks... Read More →

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JOHNNY DEPP photo | Johnny Depp

The Sexiest Man Alive

Photo of Johnny Depp —Paul Treadway/Matrix/People Magazine Actor Johnny Depp is 46-years-old. No matter. Today People Magazine handed Depp his second “Sexiest Man Alive” title, beating out hot younger hunks and fellow thespians Ryan Reynolds and Robert Pattinson. Depp won the title the first time around in 2003. It’s nice to see a celebrity, who’s nearly 50, getting props for aging gracefully and not trying to look 25. Also, I love his I-don’t-care-what-the-fashion-police-say style that includes showing up at events wearing some pretty funky outfits and hair that always seems in... Read More →

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Business, Entertainment, and Publishing News Bytes

FORD FUSION SELECTED MOTOR TREND CAR OF THE YEAR American automaker Ford has picked up one of the most prestigious honors in its industry. Motor Trend magazine picked the Ford Fusion 2010 as the car of the year. The Ford model beat out the redesigned Toyota Prius and BMW 7-series.  Story here. “MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT” HEADED TO TV  The TV rights to the  documentary of the late Michael Jackson’s final concert rehearsal footage was snatched up by the MTV Network. The music channel will begin showing “This Is It” in 2011. More details on the deal on... Read More →

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Disaster film sweeps to top of Box Office

        The disaster thriller “2012”  totally wiped out the competition at the Box Office this weekend. The film about a worldwide catastrophe in the year 2012 earned an estimated $65 million!  “2012” is now the number one film in the country. That incredible movie poster probably sold a few million tickets for the doomsday flick. “2012” stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Danny Glover. The epic adventure is directed by Roland Emmerich. Disney’s “A Christmas Carol,” last week’s top movie, dropped to second with around $22 million.  In two weeks, this version of the Charles... Read More →

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Business, Publishing, Entertainment & Internet News Bytes

 BERNIE MAKES A BUNDLE FOR HIS VICTIMS Bernie Madoff is behind bars, but the big-time crook managed to generate a lot of dough for the victims of his Ponzi scheme, yesterday. In New York, personal property authorities confiscated from Madoff and his wife went on the auction block. Bidders shelled out major bucks for things like Madoff’s Rolex watches and New York Mets baseball jacket and his wife’s diamonds and furs. Nice story and photos of some of the items here.  CALLING ALL AUTHORS: MAJOR PUBLISHER LOOKING FOR NEW SUBMISSIONS Publishing giant Harlequin has launched a new venture called Carina Press. It’s a digital-only... Read More →

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Digging on Burbank

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Burbank This week, a lot of talk, angry words, debate, and even some ranting, tripping, spewing, and spinning about what’s wrong in Burbank. On this fine example of a sunny, fall day, with temperatures to top out in the upper 60s or mid-70’s, one is reminded of some of the oh-so positive groovy reasons for living in Burbank.                                Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank While other parts of the country deal with the snow and “brrr” of autumn, here we can walk, jog, bicycle, garden, or just sit out on... Read More →

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Veterans Day Consoling a Visitor in Arlington

Veterans Day: A time to remember and honor

Official White House Photo/Samantha Appleton — In a cold drizzly rain, President Obama stopped to share a moment with a couple of visitors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, today.   All across the nation today, Americans are remembering those who serve and those who have served in the armed forces. At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, President Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then spoke to a gathering at the nearby Memorial Amphitheater. His remarks below are from The White House blog.   That... Read More →

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UPDATED 11/11/09: Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr to retire!

  Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr I don’t know if he was pushed or he volunteered, but Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr is heading for the door. The announcement appeared a short while ago on the Burbank city website. It comes almost a week after that volatile council meeting where Councilman David Gordon called for an emergency action to consider putting Chief Stehr on administrative leave. His fellow council members balked and refused to consider the motion. Last Friday afternoon, I published a post... Read More →

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A Christmas classic wins the Box Office derby

                                              It’s a little early for me to be getting into the Christmas mood, but that was not the case for ticket buyers at the nation’s movie theaters. Disney’s new version of “A Christmas Carol” scored the biggest haul at the Box Office this weekend, collecting somewhere around $31 million, to become the number one film in the country. This 3-D take on the Charles Dickens holiday tale of redemption stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and as the three ghosts who visit the bitter miser on Christmas Eve.   “Michael... Read More →

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President Obama praises the heroes and honors the victims of the tragedy at Ft.Hood

  White House file Photo/Chuck Kennedy — 11/06/09 The investigation continues today into that deadly mass shooting on the U.S. Army base, Fort Hood, last Thursday. Military officials say 13 people were killed and more than two dozen others injured. The rampage ended when the alleged gunman, Army Major Nidal M. Hasan, was severely wounded. While the suspected shooter and many of the victims recover in the hospital, investigators are trying to piece together information on why the shooting occurred.  Today President Barack Obama focused his weekly radio and Internet address on the Fort Hood tragedy. Here is the text from the Read More →

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Time for serious change in Burbank

  Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Councilman David Gordon and Vice-Mayor/Council Member Anja Reinke at the Tuesday November 3, 2009, council meeting. Reverberations from last Tuesday’s Burbank City Council meeting are still shaking the town and probably will continue to do so for some time. That should really come as no surprise to anyone who was there or watched it on TV. It was an explosive event with huge ramifications. Things really got cooking when Councilman David Gordon declared publicly what many in this city have been talking about... Read More →

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King of Pop dances to top of the Box Office

Even in death, the late superstar, Michael Jackson, can still generate millions of dollars in ticket sales. The legendary entertainer’s behind the scenes documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” thrilled enough moviegoers to become the number one film in the country this weekend. The Jackson flick debuted with an estimated $21.3 million, falling short of some expectations, but still winning the domestic Box Office derby just the same. Jackson was in the Los Angeles area rehearsing for his “This Is It” series of London concerts when he died suddenly on June 25, 2009. Later, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s... Read More →

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