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Archive | December, 2009

President Obama’s New Year’s Message

  From The White House Blog: President Obama sends out good wishes for the new year.   Good evening. Tonight, as Americans across the country gather with family and friends, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And while 2009 was difficult for many Americans, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us –... Read More →

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Top honor: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” selected for National Film Registry

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is at his singing and dancing best in the wildly entertaining and unforgettable 1983 music video “Thriller” (also released as a film). Created with incredible imagination and energy that leaps off the screen, “Thriller” was directed by John Landis and runs about 14 minutes. It was produced in conjunction with Jackson’s groundbreaking “Thriller” album, considered the best selling album ever. Michael Jackson, co-star Ola Ray, and the undead in the “Thriller” video (1983) I’ve seen the “Thriller” video a gillion times and have no... Read More →

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2009 Oscar nomination ballots are in the mail

Photo: Greg Harbaugh/AMPAS — Rick Rosas and Bradley Ottmanns of PricewaterhouseCoopers give the nomination ballots a final check before sending them off to be mailed. (12/28/09) The Oscar race is officially on. Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent out 5,777 nomination ballots to its voting members. Before being carted off to the Beverly Hills post office, the ballots went through a meticulous verification process by staff members of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. They were counted, sorted, and “… numbered to guarantee that each one is... Read More →

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President Obama addresses the nation about that attempted terrorist bombing on Christmas Day

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BLOG: President Barack Obama’s address from earlier today. Good morning, everybody. I wanted to take just a few minutes to update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred on Christmas Day and the steps we’re taking to ensure the safety and security of the country. The investigation’s ongoing. And I spoke again this morning with Attorney General Eric Holder, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, and my counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, John Brennan. I asked them to keep... Read More →

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Biz Bytes: Holiday retail sales jolly & Warner Bros. chalks up another multi-billion dollar year

                                             New stats show holiday shoppers spent more this season than last Some Christmas cheer for retailers and good news for the economy today. Consumer spending during the period of November first through Christmas Eve rose 3.6 percent. That’s a heck of a lot better than what happened last year, when fears of economic disaster had shoppers holding tight to their money and thus sales plunged 2.3 percent, according to a report on Reuters. For more on those earlier figures, analysts’ reaction to them, and a look at some... Read More →

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A very merry Christmas weekend Box Office

UPDATED: Monday 12/28/09 Over the Christmas holiday weekend, folks bought movie tickets like they were the best bargains in town. Despite the blizzard type weather in some parts of the country and those enticing markdown deals at the malls and stores, Americans went to the movies in huge numbers. And that produced one of the best Box Office weekends ever. James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic “Avatar” managed to keep a firm hold onto the number one spot for the second week in the row with an estimated $75.6 million.... Read More →

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Book deals and buzz for two screenwriters-turned-novelists

Hollywood is gung-ho right now for film projects based on material from other mediums — particularly comics and novels. Screenwriter Suzanne Corso has written a number of unproduced scripts, but she recently hit the big time with her first novel. Corso wrote a coming-of-age story, based on personal experience, about a teenager in Brooklyn during the 1970s who falls for a local Mafioso wannabe, according to Publishers Weekly. The novel, “Brooklyn Story” was picked up by Simon & Schuster for publication. Also, Director Penny Marshall grabbed the film rights. Some... Read More →

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H1N1 influenza widespread in CA, so what about those flu shots?

The State Department of Public Health is recommending all residents get a flu shot for the H1N1 virus as soon as possible. The so-called swine flu remains widespread in seven states, including California. Even though some indicators suggest H1N1 cases may be tapering off here, health officials fear another wave of the illness could hit after the first of the year. As of December 19, 2009, that agency’s data reports 449 people have died from swine flu in California. In a story on the Los Angeles Times website, the Director of the State... Read More →

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Christmas Eve: On A Night Like This

On a night like this, the stars seem to twinkle a little brighter. If you’re a believer in the magic of Christmas; well you might just hear the jingling of sleigh bells in the distant sky.  If your thoughts turn to Jesus, perhaps you’ll look to the heavens searching for that mysterious star that proclaimed the Savior’s birth.   On a night like this, the stars seem to twinkle a little brighter. Peace and good tidings to all. May you be blessed and the deepest wish of your heart come true. Fronnie   MERRY CHRISTMAS    

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Photo Gallery: The 2009 Official White House Christmas tree

Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton On November 27, 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree. It’s an 18 1/2 foot Douglas-Fir and will be set up in the Blue Room of the White House.   Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson On November 30, 2009, volunteers work on decorating the official White House Christmas tree.   Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson On December 6, 2009, President Barack Obama and First Lady... Read More →

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Holiday Tidbits: How to save 1,000 calories and still celebrate

Want to keep your holiday calorie in-take in check, remember to go for white meat instead of dark. A decision like that can save you a few hundred calories during this holiday season of eat, drink, and be merry. The InStyle website has a nice reminder post on how you can make some sensible choices with a little extra effort. Jackie Keller, a celebrity wellness coach for stars like Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, has this suggestion for slowing down the urge to graze at the food tables:”Trick yourself into allowing the... Read More →

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Holiday Tidbits: Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Gifts

    Media Mogul/Talk Show Superstar Oprah Winfrey is well known for her generosity. Not only does she fund numerous charity ventures, she loves to give special gifts to individuals as well. The entertainer’s list of all-time favorite gifts is on her Oprah.com website here. Josh Groban’s Noël CD made the “O” list. Since its release in 2007, this collection of popular Christmas tunes has sold over five million copies and is still selling. The price is around $14, even cheaper at places like Barnes & Noble.com.  Also, Oprah’s list includes some to-die-for cupcakes, Sarabeth’s... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: President Obama gets a flu shot

Official White House photo by Pete Souza — December 20, 2009  Like millions of Americans, President Obama rolled up his sleeve for a flu shot yesterday. The Prez did not have to stand in line at a clinic or make an appointment at a doctor’s office. Obama received the H1N1 vaccine from a White House nurse. Obama got a vaccination for the seasonal flu a few weeks ago. Actually, the entire first family, except for the dog Bo, has been immunized against both flu viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in... Read More →

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Entertainment Bytes: Alec Baldwin donates $1 Million & “Avatar” tops the Box Office

Alec Baldwin bankrolls scholarship fund Actor Alec Baldwin is in the news for a couple of reasons. Baldwin is starring in a new romantic comedy film called “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin: due to open this week, on Christmas Day. Also, Baldwin is sharing his good fortune with some drama students at New York University. Last week the university announced Baldwin had shelled out a million bucks for a scholarship fund, which will “…provide tuition assistance to students who demonstrate an unwavering work ethic, development of leadership skills, willingness to collaborate,... Read More →

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News Bytes:Holiday shoppers on the prowl for bargains this weekend & Burbank flu shot shortage

     Shoppers are expected to flood stores and malls today On the last weekend before Christmas, there are predictions shoppers will get real serious about their gift buying. Retailers are hoping to be swamped by folks looking for bargains and last minute gift ideas. No matter how good the numbers are this weekend, some analysts say they won’t be good enough to boost the holiday season into the black for retailers. Also, a snowstorm may slow down shoppers back east. Locally, the forecast is for sunny skies with temperatures in the... Read More →

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Burbank has a new interim police chief

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at 200 North Third Street. A new interim police chief will be stepping through the doors of the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters soon. Hopefully, he’ll bring with him the kind of new leadership that’s needed for the BPD, in the wake of lawsuits, scandal, the recent suicide of a police office, and oh yes, those investigations. A news release appeared on the Burbank city website this afternoon announcing that law enforcement veteran Scott LaChasse has accepted... Read More →

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Entertainment Bytes: The #1 bestseller on Amazon.com & the 2009 SAG Award nominees

A fast paced thriller is flying off store shelves this Holiday Season Super successful author Dan Brown is holding down the number one spot on the bestseller list on Amazon.com today with his novel, “The Lost Symbol.”  As in the mega-hit The Da Vinci Code, this thriller features brainy Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon out to unravel a maze of codes, clues, and secrets.This time the scene is closer to home, Washington, D.C. More than a thousand customers have submitted reviews on this Brown novel. Check them out here.... Read More →

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President Obama visits Home Depot

Photo: Pete Souza/White House —President Obama visits a Home Depot in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15, 2009. Where does the president park when he drops by Home Depot? Not outside in the lot. No way. When President Barack Obama visited one of those home improvement stores in Virginia yesterday, his limo parked in the lumber aisle. President Obama was there to talk up the importance of retrofitting homes with a group of small business leaders on the floor of Home Depot. Obama says retrofitting homes saves a lot of... Read More →

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Awards Season: The Golden Globe nominees announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills.  At the top of the list with six nominations, the movie comedy/drama “Up In The Air,” about corporate downsizing and a guy who gets paid to travel from place to place firing people.  The musical “Nine” received five nods, the new sci-fi flick “Avatar” got four, and so did the war drama “Inglourious Basterds.” Here are the nominees in some of the top categories: BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA AVATAR THE... Read More →

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Biz Bytes:The #1 bestseller at Barnes & Noble.com & a new money scandal in the music industry

Holiday shoppers buying into “… a little faith” Mitch Albom, author of the hugely popular, “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” has a new bestseller about faith this holiday season.  “Have A Little Faith: A True Story” is the number one bestseller on the Barnes & Noble website Monday evening. The nonfiction book is about Albom’s renewal of his own faith during an eight year period spent interacting with two men of different religions who share a strong belief in a higher power.... Read More →

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Christmas 2009: Grave Hunter Lisa Burks & a fan pilgrimage to Michael Jackson’s burial site

Photo: Lisa Burks snapped this rare picture of Michael Jackson’s sarcophagus through an open door at Forest Lawn in Glendale on December 3, 2009.   Fellow blogger/photog/writer Lisa Burks had a very interesting experience with some devoted fans of the late pop superstar, Michael Jackson recently. The fans made a Christmas visit to Forest Lawn in Glendale, where Jackson’s body is entombed at the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum.  Burks has a nice report, with photos, here of her time spent with these special fans of the legendary entertainer. Also on Lisa’s Adventures in... Read More →

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