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Archive | January, 2010

“Avatar” rules the Box Office and claims another record

The sci-fi epic “Avatar” has rolled right over that other James Cameron mega-hit, “Titanic” to become the highest grossing movie of all time. “Titanic” held that record with $1.843 billion. No more. That record has been shattered by the alien adventure film. After 45 days, the worldwide gross for “Avatar” stands at an incredible $2.039 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.   Amazingly, “Avatar” is still going strong in theaters. This weekend, “Avatar” nabbed around $30 million at the domestic Box Office, holding onto the number one spot for the seventh straight week. Mel Gibson’s... Read More →

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Kathryn Bigelow wins the DGA’s best feature film director award!

Photo from Director James Cameron is king of the Box Office right now, but the Directors Guild of America picked filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow as the best feature film director of 2009. The winner was announced last night at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards dinner in Los Angeles.    The 58-year-old Bigelow won for the highly acclaimed Iraq-war drama, “The Hurt Locker.” She is the first woman to ever win the prestigious award, considered a reliable predictor of who will walk away with the best director Oscar. Bigelow is quoted in the Los... Read More →

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Los Angeles Lakers meet President Obama & go on a winning streak

Photo from Quite a week for the 2009 NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. Last Monday, they were honored at the White House by President Obama and some local congressional Lakers fans among them, Jane Harmon, Laura Richardson, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Brad Sherman, and Adam Schiff. President Obama belatedly congratulated the Lakers on their 15th NBA title — their fourth in the past ten years.  Here are some of the president’s remarks.  “I want to congratulate everybody who helped make this team what it is -– from the assistants to the front office... Read More →

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Jay Leno tells his side of “The Tonight Show controversy”

Look who’s talking? Oprah interviewed Jay Leno yesterday about the much debated “Tonight Show” debacle. NBC executives jerked around both Leno and fellow talk show host Conan O’Brien. Last Friday, O’Brien gave up “The Tonight Show” rather than see it compromised. Oh, O’Brien walked away with a huge chunk of money and a ton of favorable publicity as well. On the other hand, Leno did not come out the clear winner, either. He gets to host “The Tonight Show” again, but has become the target of bad press and dissing from fans for not... Read More →

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Props and praise for Burbank city crews

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A Burbank city crew on East Angeleno Avenue, between Glenoaks Boulevard and 3rd Street, fixing some of the potholes created by that brutal week of powerful storms.  City of Burbank work crews were taking care of serious business during the past couple of weeks. They were on the job during and after the recent big storms cleaning up debris, removing downed trees, repairing streets, and solving other weather problems. One major repair job over on Victory Boulevard, between Magnola Boulevard and Olive Avenue, was apparently not really storm related. Photo:... Read More →

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address:”We don’t quit”

White House photo: Pete Souza — President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address 01/27/10 More jobs and pumping up the weak economy were major themes in President Obama’s first State of the Union speech delivered before a joint session of Congress last night. And that’s the way it should be. The country, and especially the backbone of the our society — middle class folks — are still struggling under the weight of this recession. ” For these Americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough.  Some... Read More →

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Sunshine in the Southland

Hello, sunshine!! The rain is gone and the sun is out in the Southland. Here in Media City this afternoon, the temperature is around 66, but feels warmer. The weather is expected to be sunny with comfy temps in the 60s and even low 70s in the Southland for the next few days.

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Major troubles for Toyota

2010 Camry from The Big Three Detroit automakers are not the only vehicle manufacturers who have hit a few bumps in the road. In an unprecedented move industry leader, Toyota, is telling dealers to temporarily suspend sales of eight of its models, in the wake of a massive safety recall, that according to a news release yesterday from Toyota Motor Sales USA, headquartered in Torrance out in the South Bay.   Last Thursday, Toyota announced a U.S. recall of 2.3 million vehicles to fix a problem that could cause the accelerator pedal to stick. “This action... Read More →

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Here we go again, rain!!!

Burbank and the Southland are getting dumped on by another winter storm this afternoon. Weather watchers are saying it’s not going to be as bad as expected. We are getting a “glancing blow” rather than a full punch from this storm.   It should roll out of here by tomorrow, after dropping about a quarter of an inch or half-inch  or so of rain. Then our weather should be sunny and mild through next week. As much as we need the rain, I’m looking forward to a longer stretch of sunshine and warmer temps.

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“Avatar” wins Box Office race, but new flick “Legion” scores, too

“Avatar” has become a phenomenon. The epic adventure held onto the title of number one movie in the U.S. for the sixth straight week. This weekend, “Avatar” sold an estimated $36 million in theater tickets, bringing its total domestic take to $552.7 million. Amazing!!  Second place goes to a newcomer, the supernatural thriller, “Legion,” which debuted with around $18.2 million. Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid star in this action fantasy about a fallen angel fighting to protect humankind. Another film with religious overtones, “The Book of Eli” landed in third with $17 million.... Read More →

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16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards winners celebrated

Several of the winners at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center last night are now serious front runners to collect an Oscar this year. Sandra Bullock took home the Actor statuette for outstanding performance by an actress in a motion picture for her role in the football drama, “The Blind Side.” Jeff Bridges won best actor for his lead role in the film “Crazy Heart.”  Also, Mo’Nique won the most votes from her fellow actors for her supporting performance in the movie drama, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’... Read More →

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Sunshine, cloudy skies, cold temps, and a chance of rain

We will probably get through the rest of the weekend without the need for umbrellas, but keep them handy. After a cold night with temperatures in Burbank and other parts of the Southland dropping down into the low 40s and some 30s, it should be sunny with patchy clouds on Sunday. Temps will warm up only into the 50s here in Media City, according to the website. Other weather reports predict we’ll get up into the 60s. Those cloudy skies will linger through the beginning of the week and by... Read More →

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“The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” is history

One of the most bizarre episodes in television ended last night when “Tonight Show” short-timer Conan O’Brien signed off. O’Brien took over the late-night hosting gig seven months ago and the ratings plummeted. Some say O’Brien was not being his usual off-beat, funny, edgy self; instead he was attempting to sell some bland image created by the corporate types. Apparently in the past couple of weeks, O’Brien has gotten his comic groove back, because he has been hilarious and the ratings are up. Okay, some of that attention and interest is most likely due to the messy... Read More →

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More thunderstorms, strong winds, and hail coming!!!

We’ve had so much rain, the flowers and plants in my yard are drooping from it all.  This evening, I discovered clusters of white pebbles in the puddles in the flower beds. The pebbles — small ice chips — hail. I got caught in a hail/rainstorm around 6 p.m. while out running some quick errands in Burbank. One cloudburst dropped so much rain, I had trouble seeing through the windshield even though the wipers were whipping back and forth like crazy. Many areas of the Southland, were battered by rain, hail, and wind today. Also,... Read More →

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Southland slammed by wind, rain, hail, and tornadoes!

Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times — A man watches mud, water, and debris wash down a street in front of his Sierra Madre home yesterday. Two powerful storms pounded the Southland over the past couple of days, and weather watchers are predicting a third truly monstrous system will roll through before we get a chance to dry out. When I got out this morning, it was chilly and the skies overcast. Soon the showers arrived with rumbling thunder, flashes of lightning, and heavy downpours. As I drove along a street... Read More →

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2010 Golden Globe winners

        Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times — Actress Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James, arrive at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night.  Actress Sandra Bullock was one of the double winners at last night’s 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Despite the rain showers, Bullock looked cool, dry, and dazzling in a purple chiffon gown by Bottega Veneta. The actress quickly won a spot on most fashion critics’ best dressed list along with Penélope Cruz, Heidi Klum, and Drew Barrymore. Once... Read More →

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Live The Dream

The Dreamer: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ( January 15, 1929 — April 4, 1968 ) “… Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked... Read More →

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Stormy weather in the Southland

Burbank and the rest of the Southland are in for a serious drenching, according to weather watchers. A storm swooped down on “Media City” this afternoon and it has been raining off and on here since then. The light patter of rain falling on the roof is rather soothing, but the weather situation is expected to get pretty rough later in the week. The temps will dip down into the 50s, perhaps even the 40s tonight with the high only reaching near 60 tomorrow, MLK Jr. Day. This storm is reportedly... Read More →

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“Avatar” continues its winning streak at the Box Office

Movie fans continued to spend beaucoup dough at theaters on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. After beating back a threat from the new flick, “The Book of Eli,” James Cameron’s mega-hit, “Avatar” remains the number one film in the country with a take of $41.3 million. “Avatar” is the top film in the country for the fifth straight week. “The Book of Eli” is a post-apocalyptic action adventure/drama about a drifter who fights his way across America to protect a sacred book that holds the power to... Read More →

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Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush join forces for Haiti relief fund

Photo: Pete Souza/White House —  Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attend a news conference with President Barack Obama. 01/16/10  Former President Bill Clinton is leaving for quake-ravaged Haiti tomorrow to deliver much needed aid supplies and to meet with local leaders. Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. Meanwhile, Haitian officials still fear more than 100,000 people have been killed by last Tuesday’s huge 7.0 earthquake, according to CNN. Yesterday, Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush joined President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Devastation and Despair in Haiti

Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times — Devastation in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where survivors, and reportedly looters, were caught rummaging through the ruins. 01/16/10 Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times —  Despair on the face of a homeless father as he clings to his sleeping son during another night in a park with other quake survivors in the hard hit city of Port-au-Prince. 01/16/10 The L.A. Times has more terrific images of the aftermath of that 7.0 catastrophic earthquake, which ripped through Haiti last Tuesday, January 12. Click here to check out the... Read More →

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Hoopla on Burbank Boulevard in Burbank

            Photos by FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A large than life statue of the founder of our “Media City,” Dr. David Burbank, was unveiled Tuesday, January 12, as the center piece of a new park-like enclave at  1075 West Burbank Blvd, or at the Five Points as it’s known. A lot going on this week on Burbank Boulevard in Burbank. Once a street with a shabby or rundown look and reputation, this boulevard is starting to shine. Earlier on Tuesday, at Five Points, that... Read More →

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