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Archive | November, 2010

Photo of Publicist Ronni Chasen

New details about the murder of Ronni Chasen

The murder of Hollywood publicist,  Ronni Chasen, is looking more and more like a professional hit. Two weeks ago today, Chasen was gunned down in her Mercedes on Whittier Drive, south of Sunset Boulevard, in Beverly Hills at around 12:30 a.m.  A short time earlier, Chasen had attended a Hollywood party celebrating a the movie premiere of the musical, “Burlesque.” Several gunshots hit the 64-year-old press agent and according to The Wrap, a leaked coroner’s report says at least one of those was a hollow-point bullet. That type of bullet is designed to expand once inside the... Read More →

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publicity photo for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"

Harry Potter wins tough battle at weekend Box Office

The final numbers are in and  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” managed to beat back newcomer, “Tangled,” to remain the number one movie in the country, for the second straight week.  The seventh installment of the phenomenal film series conjured up $49 million at theaters last weekend. Its two week total stands at around $219 million at the domestic box office. The new animated re-telling of the “Rapunzel” fairy tale, “Tangled,” came in a very close second, outpacing expectations with... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $52 million

Big money on the line in the Mega Millions lottery game today. The jackpot is at least $52 million. The Mega Millions is one of the largest lottery games in North America. If you win the big one, you’ll get the choice of taking your winnings in 26 annual installments or the cash value. The odds of hitting the jackpot: 1 in 176 million. Mega Millions draws are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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City Buzz

 Nomination period extended until Wednesday Today at 5 p.m. was supposed to be the deadline for all nomination documents  for the 2011 Municipal Elections to be turned into the Burbank City Clerk’s Office. However, that deadline has been extended. A notice of the deadline change to Wednesday, December 1, 2010, appears on the city website. Interestingly, it includes Mayor/City Council member Anja Reinke’s decision not to seek a second term. Reinke reportedly announced her intentions not to run back on November 19. Here’s the statement from the... Read More →

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Windy, cold, and more showers possible

Windy and cold on this Sunday in the Media City and same goes for a lot of places in the Southland. There’s a wind advisory in effect from 9 a.m. today until 3 a.m. tomorrow. In the Burbank hillside area, the winds are whipping through the trees and making it feel a lot colder than the low 50s.  The high today might reach 60.  The winds are blowing at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Oh, don’t put away the umbrella. There is still a chance... Read More →

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Stormy Saturday evening in Burbank & most of the Southland

All of a sudden rain is pounding Burbank.  Sure showers were in the forecast, but the weather was mild and sunny for most of the day. Then a cold front rolled into the Southland late this evening. Chilly temperatures tonight, 30s and 40s, in the Media City. Also, along with the showers some 15 to-25 mph winds.   When I looked outside at the falling rain, I could see the neighbors’ twinkling holiday lights. Not only is it beginning to feel like a SoCal Christmas season, it’s startintg look like it as... Read More →

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Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images/Los Angeles Times -- After getting injured in a basketball game, President Obama heads back to the White House with a busted lip in Washington DC, November 26, 2010

Photo Gallery: President Obama gets a high-five & a busted lip

  President Barack Obama probably has a very sore lip today, after being injured in a pick-up basketball game, with friends and White House aides, at Fort McNair in Washington DC, yesterday. During the game, President Obama got elbowed in the  mouth and had to leave because of a busted lip. A short time later, he reportedly received 12 stitches at the White House. The Los Angeles Times has a report today on the incident and the player who whacked the president with his elbow.  Earlier in the week, President Obama had an easier time... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flappers co-owner, Barbara Holliday and Santa Hollywood share a laugh on November 9, 2010

Flappers in Burbank gearing up for the holiday season

Flappers Comedy Club on East Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank is putting the word out that it wants to be party central this holiday season. The Flappers’ staff dished out samples from its delicious food menu and passed around tiny versions of its speciality martinis at a promotional event, held at that club, earlier this month. The tasty Oreo-mint martinis were my favorites — I’d go back for one of those any day. Also comic, Michael Rayner, took over the main stage to deliver a quickie version of  brand of... Read More →

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Thanksgiving and a hoop shot at Trader Joe’s

  I’m thankful for the major blessings like good friends, loved ones, church, health, and career opportunities on this Thanksgivings. Also, when I sit down to that feast later on today — I will be thankful for those small moments that bring laughter and surprises. Last week on Wednesday, November 17, I  had one of those surprise moments at the Trader Joe’s on East Alameda Avenue in Burbank. And I shared that moment with a store full of strangers. I was at the checkout stand, when all of a sudden there were shouts from... Read More →

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Controversy over Amazon’s new big bucks contest for filmmakers and screenwriters

A new online contest is offering more than two million in prizes to wannabe screenwriters and filmmakers. Launched last week Amazon Studios , is backed by online retailer,, which has a first look deal with Warner Bros. The Amazon Studios’ website claims it,”… will award  a combined $2.7 million in our first year’s worth of monthly and annual contests for the best scripts and movies. There is no charge to participate.” If you are eager to break into Hollywood, this sounds like a terrific deal.... Read More →

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Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov/People -- Prince William and Kate Middleton at their first official appearance today after the announcement of their engagement November 16, 2010

A wedding date for Prince William and Kate Middleton

A date and place for the royal wedding of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, have been selected. It’s Friday April 29, 2011 at the historic Westminster Abbey. The announcement was posted today on the official website of the British Monarchy and on website of The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. The latter is really a family site for Prince Charles, his sons, William and Harry, and wife, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.   Also, on The Prince of Wales site, video interviews with Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as more royal wedding details from Jamie... Read More →

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Another new talent search site launches

Former “American Idol” Judge, Paula Abdul, just launched a new website today,  that’s looking for folks with talent who want to audition. The site,, not only encourages wannabe stars to visit, but also talent scouts, according to The Wrap. Last week, Sony Pictures kicked off an online casting service. Apparently, the success of all of those television reality shows is now fueling the creation of Internet talent search sites by some pretty big players in the entertainment industry. The Abdul casting site reportedly includes contests as... Read More →

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Movie poster "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1"

Harry Potter huge at the Box Office

  Fans of the wild adventures of that wizard, Harry Potter, stormed movie theaters this weekend.The latest installment in the popular fantasy film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” cleaned up with an estimated $125.1 million –easily becoming the number one movie in the country. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1,” is the first of a two part film epic of the seventh and final book in the series by J. K. Rowling.  In this film, Harry Potter is out to destroy his... Read More →

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Stormy weather in the Southland

Stormy skies over the weekend for Burbank and the rest of the Southland, according to the weather watchers. The rain rolled in late last night. This morning, the major freeways were littered with wrecks, toppled vehicles, and pockets of backed-up traffic.  The forecast is for steady rain, heavy at times, throughout the day and much of the evening. There’s a flash flood watch for the local burn areas and a wind advisory for the mountains, where gusts could reach 60-to-70 mph. Here in the Media City, riding along with... Read More →

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Another MSNBC TV host is suspended

Here we go again. MSNBC TV Host, Joe Scarborough, was suspended today for making donations to eight political campaigns from 2004-to-2008. MSNBC President, Phil Griffin, announced a two-day suspension without pay for Scarborough saying he “… will return to the air on Wednesday, November 24th.” Scarborough is a former Republican congressman from Florida. His punishment was similar to that received by MSNBC host, Keith Olbermann, on November 5. NBC News policy forbids political contributions by its journalists without prior approval of the company president. NBC is... Read More →

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Sony’s new online casting service aims to turn fans into stars

Sony Pictures just launched a search for fans with the right stuff to be in some of its productions. The kick off of this virtual talent search from the entertainment giant was announced in a PRNewswire release today. Sony’s new motto, “turning today’s fans into tomorrow’s stars.” The search is through casting calls and contests on a new Sony website   The ongoing program includes Sony Pictures properties in film, television, and online. In the release, Screen Gems President, Clint Culpepper, gives thumbs-up to the new site:... Read More →

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Update on Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen’s murder probe

Beverly Hills Police reportedly have a “working theory” about the murder mystery surrounding the death of well-known Hollywood Publicist, Ronni Chasen.  The Hollywood Reporter posted an article on its website today saying investigators believe the fatal shooting of Chasen was planned and not “the result of road rage or a carjacking gone awry.” This fuels speculation that the attack was a professional hit. The Hollywood Reporter attributed its information to a “Beverly Hills city official” who was allegedly briefed on the case by Beverly Hills Police Chief, David Snowden.  Also,... Read More →

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New NBC Universal management team announced

Details coming out today about the management structure of the new NBC Universal. The NBC Universal Comcast marriage has not received the approval of the Feds yet, but certain business operations are moving ahead as if it’s a done deal. The new CEO of NBCU, Steve Burke, made the announcement in an internal memo today and it’s posted over on Nikki Finke’s Former NBCU Chief, Jeff Zucker, is still on the job, yet clearly, Comcast COO Burke is running the show now.  Back in September, Zucker... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank City Hall 275 East Olive Avenue

Burbank survey — a high grade for city services

City Hall officials are fiercely working to spruce-up and polish Burbank’s image ahead of those all important local election coming up in a few months. First, that highly touted, but rather bland monthly newsletter, Burbank USA, popped up around town and in utility bills. Recently, a lengthy article on the effort to quote “refresh the city’s image” appeared in the Burbank Leader. Now comes the results of the Burbank Citizen Survey 2010. In September, Godbe researchers conducted phone interviews with a “cross section”  of 400 Burbank residents. A summary of the survey and the results are posted on... Read More →

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Photo: Cliff Watts/People -- Actor Ryan Reynolds

Sexiest Man Alive 2010

Today People Magazine announced it’s Sexiest Man Alive 2010. The lucky hunky guy, Actor Ryan Reynolds. Besides his good looks, Reynolds has a lot of other things going for him these days. He’s married to Actress, Scarlett Johansson, and his acting career is on a roll. Reynolds is getting some buzz for his upcoming role as the superhero, Green Lantern. The Warner Bros. movie is due out next June. Checkout the Green Lantern website and new trailer here. More on Reynolds and People’s selection of some other sexy men on its website.

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta at White House ceremony today November 16, 2010

Medal of Honor awarded to a brave soldier

A rare ceremony at the White house today. President Barack Obama presented U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, Salvatore Giunta, with the nation’s highest military award — the Medal of Honor.  Sgt. Giunta is the first living service member from either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive this award. The Medal of Honor is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry” way beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Giunta doesn’t think he did anything special. President Obama says Giunta comrades’ report of his heroism tell a different story. President Obama: “Staff Sergeant Giunta, repeatedly and without... Read More →

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