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Archive | February, 2012

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Site of proposed Walmart 1301 North Victory Place at the Empire Center in Burbank

Burbank City Council vote on Walmart — was it fixed?

The Burbank Walmart controversy just keeps growing. Now there are questions about the fairness of that quickie vote taken by the Burbank City Council at its  February 21 meeting, which cleared the way for Walmart to get the permits it will probably  need to renovate the site of The Great Indoors out at the Empire Center.  Despite  protests and hours of emotional speeches by opponents of the project, the council voted 4-to-1 to accept a staff report that dismissed all those protests and concerns.  The lone “no” vote came from Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy. Last night, anti-Walmart forces returned to... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Sun of the heart

 Last week, I read a letter a father wrote to his daughter who is getting married. In the letter he wrote, “Dearest daughter, a long time ago in England, wives were called peace weavers.” It seems to suggest that the father was hoping that his daughter would be able to create peace in the new family she will start with her husband-to-be. As I read the letter, I was reminded of something. The Korean word for wife is ‘ah-neh’. The root of that word is ‘ahn-heh’. ‘Ahn’ means inside and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Actor Arlow Stewart in Abraham Lincoln Park 300 North Buena Vista Street Burbank February 25, 2012

UPDATED-Media City G Profile: Actor Arlow Stewart

There’s a ton of great talent in the Southland. So we’re going to be giving shout-outs to some of  that talent in a new feature called Media City G Profiles.  First up: Actor Arlow Stewart. I heard Arlow Stewart give a cold reading during a community event here in Burbank a short while ago. I was impressed with his skill. Others there commented on his strong vocal delivery as well. At the age of 16, Stewart and his mother took what he called “a risk of faith” by leaving Oklahoma City for Hollywood. Stewart enrolled at... Read More →

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Photo: Courtesy -- Octavia Davis accepted the Oscar for best supporting actress and gave a heartfelt emotional speech at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood February 26, 2012

Oscars shine brightest for “The Artist”

As expected “The Artist” collected the major prize of best picture last night at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. However, one of the best moments of the night occurred when Octavia Spencer won the best supporting actress Oscar for her work as a feisty maid in “The Help.” Octavia Spencer received her golden statuette from last year’s best supporting actor, Christian Bale, and she joked about it. “Oh, thank you! Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room. “I have to thank my... Read More →

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Americans think “The Help” should win Best Picture Oscar

The Best Picture Oscar is the most-coveted prize at this Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony. The odds-on favorite to win best picture is “The Artist,”  the homage to Hollywood ‘s silent film era. However,  most Americans believe “The Help,” the story of two African-American maids living in Mississippi during the civil rights movement,  should walk away with that honor, according to a survey by The Harris Poll. Last week, 2,239 adults were surveyed online by Harris and 21 per cent said “The Help” should win best picture. “War horse”... Read More →

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Awards catch-up: WGA, NAACP, SAG, and DGA

Last Sunday, February 19, the Writers Guild of America West and East announced the winners of the 2012 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing. Simultaneous ceremonies were held at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. SCREEN WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the... Read More →

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Comcast announces deal with four new minority-owned networks

The nation’s largest cable company, Comcast, announced  a sweeping deal today with four new minority-owned network with some famous names like Earvin “Magic “Johnson, Sean “Diddy”Combs, and filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez. Comcast did not suddenly decide to reach out to minorities. The deal was part of the conditions of last month’s controversial approval by the government of that mega-merger of Comcast/NBC Universal. The Comcast press release, states the four proposals were selected from a field of over 100. Comcast agrees to distribute the selected networks... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Another meaning for born again?

Does your car have any features that stand out? Sometimes I notice some very interesting accessories on cars. I have seen some pretty interesting vanity license plates and bumper stickers. Among these bumper stickers are some that proclaim the driver is “Born Again,” and I understand that holds a religious message. Quite a while ago, I remember driving on a one lane road with solid double lines separating the directional paths in the median. The speed limit was 50 miles an hour but the car in front of me was... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

  Wanted extras for TV crime drama   Extras needed for upcoming filming in Los Angeles. The posting on craigslist says the film shoot involves bank, museum, and jewelry/mall scenes. They reportedly need around 40 males 18-60, and 40 females 18-60 background work.  All ethnicities, character types , and  non-union are encouraged to apply. This is a paid gig.  Call 323-468-7365 for an appointment – pre-auditions/interviews: Tues. 2/21 & Wednesday 2/22. For more details check out the craigslist posting here. The Huntington Library and Botanical... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Mayor Jess Talamantes at a Burbank City Council meeting December 13, 2011

A letter from Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes

Today one of Burbank’s classroom warriors got some high marks, kudos, and acknowledgement from Mayor Jess Talamantes in a letter released to the media. Here’s the full text. As Mayor of the City of Burbank I am writing this letter in support of one of Burbank’s middle school teachers, Ms. Rebecca Mieliwocki, who was named the 2012 California Teacher of the Year, and is one of the four finalists nationwide for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award. On behalf of the City of Burbank, I could not be more proud... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

Ten scribes for the first Fox Writers Intensive program have been announced. The names of the lucky writers appear on The program is “… designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices, backgrounds, life and professional experiences that reflect the diverse perspectives of the audiences we create to a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, directors, screenwriters and creative executives,” according to the Fox Network. These are not newbies, but writers with plenty of connections as well as relevant experience on their resumes. Oh, employment... Read More →

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Jean Youn:Valentine’s Day and overcoming differences with love

Though it really depends on the particular individual, it seems kids often don’t share all their thoughts and feelings with their parents. I’m sure that many of us can relate when we think about our teen years and early 20s. It was the same way 4000 years ago. This is what we call generation gaps. Even if we do succeed in trying to understand younger generations and even older generations, there would still be some clear differences between generations. An example of this generation gap is evident as I work... Read More →

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Whitney Houston: 1963-2012

Today the entertainment world and music fans around the globe are mourning Whitney Houston — a phenomenal talent with a voice like no other.  The pop superstar was found dead in her Beverly Hilton hotel room yesterday afternoon.  She was 48. Details of her death are still sketchy. The Los Angeles Times has extensive coverage on its website. Also, photos, videos, and more on the official Whitney Houston website.   Houston was once a powerhouse in the music industry as well as a succesful movie producer and actress, then... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hiring. The Dodger organization is looking to fill several positions among them, security officer, account executive, usher, and stadium operations assistant.  Deadline to apply is Monday, February 13, 2012. Current Los Angeles Dodgers employees can submit a cover letter and resume directly to the Human Resources Department for consideration.  All other job seekers  are asked to apply on line at or send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources Department via fax at... Read More →

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Garden Guru: The truth about black roses

 “What is a black rose like the ones they have in the florists that I can grow”? Well those “black” and also the “blue” roses are only found in those 1960 Hercules movies and the “NCIS” TV series! Those rose colours(and other florist colours) are dyed by fresh cutting the stems and putting them immediately in the colored water to slowly absorb the color to the “tight” budding blooms. There are two popular roses that the gardener can grow in their garden that can give them a reasonable facsimile. Black... Read More →

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Academy Awards nominees at the Oscar luncheon February 6, 2011

Photo Gallery: Oscar luncheon

A lot of smiles at the Oscar luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6.  The traditional get together for Academy Award nominees includes a photo shoot. A series of pictures from that event  as well as video highlights  are on the official Oscar website. The 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live around the world later this month on Sunday, February 26, from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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Jean Youn: A hardy flower that blooms in winter

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn Do you like flowers? If so, what kind do you like? The most popular flower in Korea, China, and Japan is what’s called Me-wha. Its English name is Japanese apricot blossom. If you look at a lot of old Asian art, many are images of Me-wha or Japanese apricot blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums, and bamboo trees. However, among Me-wha plants, there is a kind that blossoms in the winter time. It is called seol-jung-me. No matter how... Read More →

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