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Archive | July, 2013

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Who’s the highest paid actress in Hollywood?

Hollywood is a tough town, but you can make your mark and pulled in some big bucks. It’s still a struggle for women in Tinseltown, but some of the actresses are now taking home some pretty hefty paychecks. Topping the list, Angelina Jolie who earned a reported $33 million between June of 2012 and June of 2013. Another veteran, Jennifer Aniston, made the top five, too. More here.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Street sign Olive Avenue at Lomita Street in Burbank July 29, 2013

City Buzz: Olive Avenue the deadliest street in Burbank?

There’s always some danger when you cross a busy street, however, Olive Avenue may be the deadliest street for pedestrians in Burbank. Last night, a man was hit and killed at Olive Avenue near Naomi Street. The fatal accident reportedly happened around 10:15 p.m. The victim was in one of the eastbound lanes when he was struck by a car, according to myburbank. An investigation is still underway into another serious traffic accident on the same busy street last Thursday, July 25. Two women were seriously injured when... Read More →

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Burbank Police launch new website

The Burbank Police Department has a new home on the Internet. Yesterday, a news release announced the launch of the BPD’s new website www.burbankpd.org .Two years in development, the site is packed with information in a user friendly format. According to the release, the new site came about, “… in an effort to provide the community with greater access to the police department. .. Several members of the department worked closely with the web designer, Americaneagle.com, to create a vibrant and easy-to-use website, including features including features... Read More →

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Shout-outs and Call-outs: Who got noticed

Shout-outs   Some praise is deserved for the extremely popular and apparently very customer service savvy Porto’s Bakery at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way in Burbank. As I was leaving the bakery/eatery last Thursday night at closing time, I noticed an employee handing out bags of something at the door. I asked the young lady with the bright smile about the bags. She told me her name is Alejandrina and that  she was explaining to the late comers that the bakery was closed and offering each one a... Read More →

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Burbank Northwest Library: Officially open for business today

    Back in business! The Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library officially reopened to the public today. As reported here earlier here, the branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard was closed last August for earthquake retrofitting, up grades, and general renovations. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held last Saturday. Great piece about the event by Joyce Rudolph on MyBurbank. The Northwest branch was completed in October of 1972, for around $195,000. How much did the new overhaul cost? Well, the... Read More →

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Warner Bros. announces Superman/Batman film is on fast track

  Get ready for an unprecedented double dose of superhero power on the big screen. Warner Bros. announced yesterday the sequel for their super-successful “Man of Steel” will involve both Superman and Batman! “Man of Steel” director, Zack Snyder, is at the helm of the sequel, which is apparently in pre-production and has a scheduled release date of summer 2015. More on this surprise announcement and plenty of comments about it on Deadline.

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Burbank Northwest Library reopening ceremony this weekend

A reopening ceremony is on tap tomorrow for the nearly 41-year-old Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library. Since August first of last year, the library branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard has been closed for upgrades and renovations. The festivities on Saturday begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by an open house until noon. The public is invited to come out and tour the new Northwest branch. The library officially reopens on Monday, July 22. Normal hours are Monday-Friday noon-6 p.m.

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2013 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees announced today: Netflix makes history

  The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees came out this morning and rocked the entertainment industry with some surprise choices. Netflix, an online provider, grabbed 12 nominations including 9 for its political thriller, “House of Cards.” This is a first time the Emmys have recognized digital content delivered on the Internet as equal to the quality of the best regular TV has to offer. Once again cable giant, HBO, led the pack of networks with the most nominations — 108.  Standard TV providers, CBS and NBC, were far... Read More →

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Why “Pacific Rim” was defeated by “Despicable Me 2” at the box office

As the final numbers for the weekend show, “Despicable Me 2” is still king of the domestic box office. The new big budget sci-fic actioner, “Pacific Rim” had a fan base and good reviews, but still lost steam before the weekend was over. ‘Pacific Rim”had to settle for third, behind the poorly reviewed “Grown Ups 2.” What happened? Perhaps moviegoers are getting tired of the big screen battle to save Earth. Or maybe ticket buyers just wanted a break from all those flashy and loud special effects. Producers... Read More →

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“Despicable Me 2” beating “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim”

  The animated juggernaut, “Despicable Me 2,” is refusing to give up its title as the number one film in the U.S.  Two new contenders, “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” put up a fight — but “Despicable Me” appears to be headed for the winner’s circle for the second week in a row. “Despicable Me 2” brought in an estimated $44.7 million this weekend and has a haul of $200 million at the domestic box office since opening on July 3. More on the weekend numbers and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Romancing the Bean cafe 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank July 11, 2013

A Strong View: Romancing the Bean

Romancing the Bean. This little place has the best coffee.  They have a large variety including specialty coffees.  Also, the quiche is delicious, the blueberry muffins are divine. Their menu is uniquely chosen with a little bit of something for ever taste. They have pressed Sammy’s, (aged white cheddar, taleggio, blue cheese, mayo on walnut raisin bread) – if you love cheese, this is for you. There is a wonderful Smoked Salmon wrap, I liked this one. Whipped light cream cheese, English cucumber, arugula, spinach . It was just enough, not... Read More →

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City Buzz: Plastic carryout bags banned in Glendale. Is Burbank next?

Forget your reusable grocery bag and you’re going to pay extra to get a carryout sack for your purchases at some retailers in nearby Glendale now. It’s part of a strict plastic bag ban ordinance, which is being rolled out in two stages. The new ordinance is listed on the City of Glendale website. Here’s the first phase: “Beginning July 1, 2013 plastic carryout bags will no longer be available at farmer’s markets, larger grocers and food marts with gross annual sales of $2,000,000 or more... Read More →

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“Grown Ups 2” opens with poor reviews and better than expected performance

“Grown Ups 2” is apparently not for the mature nor anyone looking for anything but a weak story filled with bad jokes. The film is getting slammed by many reviewers including Claudia Puig over on USA Today. The first “Grown Ups” earned $162 million at the box office back in 2010. Despite the bad reviews, apparently a lot of moviegoers still want to see the sequel. The numbers are in for the late Thursday/early Friday morning screenings and “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” did better than expected.... Read More →

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Another big budget box office flop for Disney?

It looks like the executives at Disney have another supersized dud at the box office to explain. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” owned the 4th of July weekend and scooped up an amazing $83.5 million in its debut, while Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” opened far behind with only $29.2 million. There’s chatter around town that Disney may have another big budget flop the size of its last summer bomb, “John Carter.” More on that here and here.

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Talk of the Town: Dwight Howard turns his back on the Lakers

After one season of less than dazzling play center, Dwight Howard, is saying bye-bye to the Lakers and its fans. For weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about Howard and what he might do once he became a free agent on July first. Would he re-sign with the Lakers or go elsewhere? Last night, it became official:  Howard was blowing off some heavy recruitment by Kobe and the Laker management and headed to another NBA Team. Apparently, the Lakers were outmaneuvered by the... Read More →

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Weather change: Overcast skies and a chance of rain

  A change in the weather for Burbank and much of the Southland today. Sure there will be sunshine, but cloudy skies and cooler temps as well. In fact, there’s a 20 per cent chance isolated storms in the Media City. The high in B-town today– somewhere in the low 80s. Definitely better than the scorching triple digits of the recent heat wave. However there are reports, the extreme heat could be back by early next week.

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Happy Fourth of July!

  It’s Fourth of July. A birthday celebration for the USA and the American way of life like freedom, fireworks, hot dogs and BBQ! The Starlight Bowl in Burbank is continuing its holiday tradition by offering its “4th of July Spectacular” with entertainment and fireworks. The grass seats are sold out but, as of this morning, there were still other ticket options. Details here. Or you could wait to dark, find a high place in the Media City or surrounding  area — and watch... Read More →

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“Despicable Me 2” shines at theaters, “The Lone Ranger” struggles

The long Fourth of July holiday weekend is shaping up to be a biggie at the box office. Two new films are in the spotlight. Moviegoers appear to be storming the theaters to see Universal Pictures’ animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” while Disney’s stylized western “The Lone Ranger” is struggling to find an audience. Both flicks have great promotion and movie trailers. Both have received mixed reviews. The final decision will come from the ticket buying movie fans. More here.  

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“Monsters” win box office derby, but “The Heat” is the big story

  The colorful creatures of Disney’s “Monster University” rule the domestic box office for the second straight week. The final box offices numbers released today show “MU” pulled in $45.6 million over the weekend to hold onto first place. The two week total for the film, $170.4 million. The second place winner stole much of the spotlight from the monsters. The female cop buddy pic, “The Heat” over performed and grabbed $39 million in its debut. The Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy flick was made on a modest... Read More →

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