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Archive | June, 2011

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“Transformers 3” rakes in $37 million on opening day

It’s going to be a hot, sizzling July 4th holiday weekend — and I’m not talking about just the weather.  The box office is fired up. The sci-fi action sequel, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opened yesterday with  around $37 million —  which means it’s on track to make some serious bucks over the next few days. The other major  movies opening this weekend are romantic comedies: “Larry Crowne” starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and  “Monte Carlo”  featuring Selena Gomez.

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $105 million

The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps rolling along collecting millions!  That lottery jackpot skipped over the $100 million mark after no one had all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. That big money stash now stands at $105 million. Those lucky digits are: 12, 17, 27, 47, 48, and the Mega Ball 33.  Someone bought a ticket in California that has all of those digits, except for the Mega Ball. That ticket is worth a hefty $701, 316.  Now that kind of  money will start your July... Read More →

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Burbank compost classes and native nights workshop

Summer is a good time to get into the compost groove, especially when the City of Burbank is offering free classes.  Tossing things like veggie scraps, leaves, small twigs, and  fresh grass into a compost bin provides a feast for microorganisms  — which in turn create a rich soil amendment for your yard. In the compost classes you get to learn how to cut down on the smelly waste in your trash can, mulch leave clippings, details on grasscycling and other techniques, which save water, energy, and help protect the environment. Classes begin tomorrow, June 29, 6:30 p.m.... Read More →

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Tips and insight from Jean Youn

The first half of the year is already over. How many of those things that you planned to do in the beginning of the year have you accomplished, which are you still working hard to achieve, and on which things have you given up? We often try to measure ourselves and our success by what we accomplish and by all the money, wealth, and pride that we try to fill our lives with. However, according to the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, in order to achieve success and... Read More →

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“Cars 2” a runaway winner at the box office

The final box office numbers for the weekend are out today. The animated sequel, “Cars 2” leads the pack with a debut of $66 million winning bragging rights as the number one film in the country. In second place, the Cameron Diaz-Justin Timberlake new R-rated comedy, “Bad Teacher,” with $31.6 million, followed by the superhero actioner “Green Lantern” $18 million,  the sci-fi flick “Super 8 ” $12 million, and rounding out the top five, the family comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with $10 million.

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Mega Millions jackpot balloons to $88 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is getting closer to that $100 million mark. No one got all of the winning numbers right in last Friday’s draw. Those lucky numbers are: 10, 14, 40, 49, 51, and the Mega Ball 4. The jackpot now stands at $88 million and will probably ignite some lottery fever. The next draw is Tuesday, June 28, at 8 p.m.

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Rebecca Forster's latest novel, "Beyond Malice," is a digital release only.

A Writer’s View: Am I An Author Idiot?

Am I An Author Idiot?  Working with a freelance editor I face each new project with a combination of angst and self pity, positive I will never write a decent book again much less publish one. After 23 published novels, one indie and two scripts (one in development) you’d think I’d be over all that. I’m not. Enter, my freelance editor Jenny Jensen*. I work with her because she is in my corner and because I sell more often when I do. Still, I have to wonder, why can’t I edit myself?... Read More →

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Peter Falk 1927 — 2011

Peter Falk, who became a television icon playing the disheveled, quirky, but brilliant  detective, Lieutenant Columbo, died today at the age of 83. Falk’s acting career span 50 years and included two Oscar nominations. The Los Angeles Times has photos and a couple of nice  pieces about Falk on its site.

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ShowBiz Bits

Movie star’s poetry book published The star of the “Matrix”  sci-fi action movie trilogy, Keanu Reeves, is now a published author  or  should I say poet.  The  actor ‘s new book of poetry is called, “Ode to Happiness.”   The  price , 55 bucks.  More on Galleycat. Rewind! Lindsay Lohan in court again Living on the edge actress, Lindsay Lohan, gets another break in court today. Lohan tested positive for alcohol, but a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled it was not a violation of her probation. Details on Lohan’s latest court drama over on... Read More →

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Burbank Police promotes first African American officer

A history making promotion in the Burbank Police Department. Veteran  police officer, Jamal Childs, has been upped from school resources officer to detective.  This is the first time in 100 years — that’s right — that an African American cop has been promoted in the BPD. In the past, black officers were ignored or the rules of promotion changed once they were in line to move up to the next level.  For too long, police brass  and city officials made  flimsy excuses  for the discrimination and  pretended there were no qualified  black candidates.  I doubt... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits

“Jackass” star killed in car accident  Actor Ryan Dunn was reportedly killed in a horrible car accident early this morning. The 34-year-old star of the  R-rated “Jackass”  movie comedy series apparently died when his Porsche crashed and exploded into flames in Pennsylvania. The Wrap has more on the  tragedy. “Dilbert” creator in hot water over blog post The  Internet is buzzing over the recent blunder by Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip.  In an attempt to explain the rash of  sex scandals by some prominent men, Adams recently published... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Tips and insight from Jean Youn

It’s Father’s Day. Someone once said that the impression that children have of their fathers seems to change as they grow older. According to them, the image of a father changes over time as follows: 4 years old — Dad can do anything. 7 years old —Dad really knows about lots of things. 8 years old — Who is higher, my dad or my teacher? 12 years old — Dad is ignorant of a lot of things. 14 years old — My father? There is a... Read More →

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The $64 million lottery jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to the $64 million mark. No ticket held all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw.  Those  important digits: 12, 29, 46, 47, 51, and the Mega Ball 24.  One lucky California player has a ticket with all of  those hot numbers, except the Mega Ball. That ticket is worthy a hefty $735,439.  A very nice return on a dollar investment. The next draw is Tuesday, June 21, 2011 a 8 p.m.

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ShowBiz Bits

McCourts’ divorce settlement and TV deal The battling McCourts announced a divorce settlement today —  but it depends on a TV contract  between the Dodges and the Fox network .So it’s not quite a done deal for Frank and Jamie. Details here on the Los Angeles Times website. “Green Lantern” burns red hot in theaters The “Green Lantern”  made a ton of green at theaters today. Nikki Finke over on Deadline.com says the superhero flick’s opening day haul is around  $24... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $53 million

The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled over into the serious money zone.  None of the players in last night’s game scored all six winning numbers : 9, 10,  20, 51, 53, and the Mega Ball 24.  For that reason, the Double-M jackpot leaped the $50 million mark — and now hovers at around $53 million. The next chance to win this lottery jackpot is Friday, June 17. The draw is at 8 p.m.

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