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Archive | May, 2011

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama paused after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA May 30, 2011

Photo Gallery: President Obama at Memorial Day ceremony

President Barack Obama: “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.  But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must.  We must honor it in our own lives by holding their memories close to our hearts, and heeding the example they set.  And we must honor it as a nation by keeping our sacred trust with all who wear America’s uniform, and the families who love them; by never giving up the search for those who’ve gone missing under our country’s flag or... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Morning sun shining through the camphor trees in Burbank March 2011

Morning: A tribute to Gil Scott-Heron 1949 – 2011

A music pioneer has passed on. Poet and spoken-word musician, Gil Scott-Heron, died in a New York City hospital yesterday at the age of 62. He reportedly became ill after returning from a European trip. Scott-Heron became famous for his well-known song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” from his first album “125th and Lenox” (1970).  Other versions of the composition appeared on the artist’s other albums including “Pieces of a Man” (1971). Scott-Heron was known for his songs that spoke of social and political issues. He’s considered an inspiration for... Read More →

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movie poster for "The Hangover Part II"

“The Hangover 2” has record breaking Thursday at box office

“The Hangover Part II” is off to a fast start at the Memorial Day weekend Box Office. The R-rated comedy opened with a huge $31.6 million yesterday. That’s the highest grossing day ever for a live-action comedy, according to Box Office Mojo.  And the long holiday weekend is just beginning. The sequel to the 2009 hit, “The Hangover,” is written by Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong, and Todd Phillips — who also directs.  This time out the guy pals are in Thailand for a wedding when something... Read More →

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Photo: www.oprah.com -- Oprah says good-bye to her millions of fans on the finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired May 25, 2011

Oprah’s 25th year finale a ratings winner

 “The Oprah Winfrey Show”  finale was huge — in true Oprah style. On Wednesday, Oprah’s talk show wrapped up 25 years with a tribute to her fans, who stuck with her year after year. That show scored its biggest overnight rating for Oprah’s talker in 17 years,  according to the website TV by the Numbers. If you missed the big episode, click over to the Oprah.com website and share some of the finale highlights. Here is some of what the queen of talk shows had to say to her fans. Oprah: “After deliberating for some time, we... Read More →

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book cover for "Produced by Faith"

Movie studio executive-turned-author gives advice to script writers

Columbia Pictures Vice-President, DeVon Franklin, leads a double life and he’s proud of it. Franklin is a devote Christian and a minister as well as studio executive.  Franklin has incorporated his faith into a business model, which he talks about in his new book “Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Compromising Your True Self.” Franklin is the executive who brought the low-budget, but very successful script project, “Jumping the Broom,” to Columbia. Produced for less than $7 million, the romantic comedy has made over $30 million at the box office in about three... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A smiling Bob Frutos says thank you to his supporters for his city council campaign at Caminiti's Restaurant on West Burbank Boulevard Burbank April 14, 2011

City Buzz: Bob Frutos, police commission drama, BPD cases and more

Bob Frutos plans to stay involved in city matters Bob Frutos lost on two fronts recently: a city council seat in a very tight race with Emily Gabel-Luddy and last week, the city council-majority (including Gabel-Luddy) refused to re-appoint him to the Burbank Police Commission.  Nevertheless, Frutos is still smiling and touting the need for change in Burbank. Frutos provided some details for his sunny viewpoint  in answers to a couple of e-mail questions I sent him over the weekend: 1. Change was at the heart of your city council campaign. You... Read More →

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Photo: Lawrence Jackson/White House -- Thousands gather at College Green to welcome President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Dublin, Ireland May 23, 2011

Photo Gallery: President Obama visits his roots in Ireland

Thousands gathered at College Green in Dublin yesterday to welcome President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Ireland.  This was the first day of a six-day European tour for the first couple, which includes visits to England, France, and Poland. President Obama: Earlier today Michelle and I visited Moneygall where we saw my ancestral home and dropped by the local pub.  (Applause.)  And we received a very warm welcome from all the people there, including my long-lost eighth cousin, Henry.  (Laughter.)  Henry now is affectionately known as Henry VIII. ... Read More →

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movie poster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides"

“Pirates 4” captures huge haul at box office

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides” sailed right to the top of the box office on its opening weekend. The fourth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series earned an estimated $90.1 million to easily become the number one flick in the country. This bountiful debut clearly shows movie audiences are willing to throw down some money at theaters to see sequels. “Pirates 4” stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz,  Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush in a plot based on the book, “On... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank in bloom 2011

A so-so weekend ahead — we might get rain in B-town

 If you’re planning to go outside for some exercise or garden work or whatever this weekend, best to do it on Saturday. We’ll get less sun and more patchy clouds tomorrow, and by evening a chance of that drizzle — or light rain. More drizzle , low clouds, and fog in the forecast for Sunday through Tuesday. Mild temperatures with highs in the 60s and 70s, too.  Great weather for the growing things here in the Media City.

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movie poster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides"

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides” opening tomorrow

The big summer movies are rolling into theaters. Tomorrow, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides,” opens in the U.S.  The fantasy adventure is the fourth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean”  film series. The movie is based on the book from 1987, “On Strange Tides,” by Tim Powers. Today over on the publishing site Galleycat, Powers talks about his fantasy  book, how it got optioned by Disney, and more here.

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Photo: INF/People -- Mildred Patricia Baena the mother of Swarzenegger's out of wedlock child with their son

Photo Gallery: Schwarzenegger’s mistress revealed

The media is all over the Arnold Schwarzenegger love child story. Today photos of the other woman, retired housekeeper Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena, popped up — many with the child she had with the former California governor and Hollywood movie star. In most photos, the face of their love child is disguised. This photo is from the People website, where there are several stories about this shocking scandal.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney Studios in Burbank

Protesters arrested at the Walt Disney lot in Burbank

Two protesters, dressed as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, chained themselves to a gate at the Walt Disney Studios today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The costumed activists reportedly were protesting because of a fiber in Disney’s children’s books, which they say is from endangered Indonesian rain forests. Updated: 2:15 p.m. A short while ago, Burbank Police sent out a press release about the incident saying four demonstrators were arrested at Disney this morning.  The cops arrived at the entertainment company on south Buena Vista Boulevard around 7 a.m. The police along with... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- (l-r) Police Commissioner Jim Etter, Chair Bob Frutos, at the Police Commission Community Forum at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank April 20, 2011

City Buzz: BPD lawsuits, investigations, and controversies

BPD cases and lawsuits Where is ex-Burbank Police Chief, Tim Stehr? Some reports say he’s planning to continue on a loooong European vacation for at least three months, perhaps more. On the other hand, a reliable source tells me Stehr is due back in the Southland next weekend. Stehr’s vacation has resulted in an expensive delay in the discrimination and retaliation case of Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez. The City Attorney’s Office got a stay order one day before Guillen-Gomez’s trial was to start. I’m hearing Stehr’s getaway cost thousands of dollars –maybe as much as $30,000 in... Read More →

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movie poster of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the "Terminator"

Arnold Schwarzenegger admits fathering child with housekeeper/household staffer

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. — Reaction from Maria Shriver here. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revival of his movie career is on a roll, but his personal life is in shambles. Last Friday, Annapurna Films won the bidding for the rights to the “Terminator” franchise with Schwarzenegger attached, according to Deadline.com . This is just one of many projects Schwarzenegger has solidified, including a children’s book deal, since leaving office in January 2011. On the home front, Schwarzenegger has not been as successful. The Los... Read More →

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Bridesmaids movie poster

Chick flicks hot at the box office

Chick flicks are packing them in at movie theaters. Two in the last couple of weeks have beaten projections and grabbed a lot of attention away from the front runner, “Thor”. While the superhero actioner held onto first place over the weekend, the debut of the raunchy female comedy, “Bridesmaid” is the talk of Tinseltown. The comedy about a down-on-her luck woman whose experiences as a maid of honor are hilarious, painful, and finally life changing. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kristen Wiig, co-wrote the screenplay with... Read More →

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Photo: NASA -- Endeavour attached to a rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 16, 2011

Photo Gallery: Endeavour launched into space on final journey

Endeavour lifted off from the launch pad at Kennedy Space  Center and into the clouds this morning. Later, Endeavour detached from the rocket and shot out into space. The shuttle crew is scheduled for a 16-day mission, which includes time on the International Space Station. Endeavour is due to return to Earth from its final space voyage in the wee hours of June 1. Then Endeavour will be heading to the Southland to become part of an exhibit at the California Science Center in L.A.

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Another spec script is bought in the hot Hollywood market

Another spec script sale to report, the 34th this year, according to Scott Myers over on the Go Into The Story blog. Twentieth Century Fox picked up, “From Mia With Love,” a comedy about three dudes who are eager to part with their virginity. So they send-off for a Russian mail order bride, but as you can probably imagine, things do not work out the way the guys plan. The screenwriters are Seth Grahame-Smith, Bryan Shukoff, Kevin Chesley, and David Katzenberg who will direct. Katzenberg’s father is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Manager Mike Flad at a city council meeting at Burbank City Hall March 15, 2011

Burbank City Manager proposes dumping merit pay for some employees

Major development involving Burbank’s controversial practice of merit pay for some employees. In the last fiscal year of 2009-2010, the city reportedly paid out an estimated $1 million in bonuses, during these hard economic times of cutbacks and reduced city services. The Burbank City Attorney’s Office is fighting a lawsuit to get details on those bonuses filed last January by The Burbank Leader/The Los Angeles Times. Last fall, the Leader filed a public records request for that information.  I also requested the same information from the City... Read More →

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