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Archive | August, 2013

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Crowds on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank for "Ladies Night Out" August 30, 2013

Photo Gallery: “Ladies Night Out” attracts crowds to Magnolia Park

“Ladies Night Out” drew crowds to a business section of Magnolia Park last night.  The weather very warm and humid —  still they came to stroll the Magnolia Boulevard sidewalks  from Hollywood Way to Florence Street. Visitors were greeted by a variety of food trucks, musicians,  and local vendors. Also,  more than 30 stores, along this street were open during this monthly event, which ran from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. There was festive sort of carnival feeling — a terrific way to showcase Magnolia Park and its small businesses.  

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“Ladies Night Out” — Friday night party in Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park in Burbank is getting ready for its monthly street party, “Ladies Night Out.” This Friday night affair is to “… celebrate small businesses and the customers that keep us thriving,” according to the Ladies Night Out Burbank website. Started back in 2010 by women’s clothing boutique, Encore Nouveau, “Ladies Night Out” has expanded to include numerous shops and businesses between Hollywood Way and Florence Street on Magnolia Boulevard, along with food trucks, local artists, live music, special discount, and giveaways. The event runs from 6... Read More →

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President Obama honors the dreamer and his dream

      President Barack Obama spoke today at the “Let Freedom Ring ” ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the historical March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have A Dream” speech. The president delivered his remarks at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in D.C., where the civil rights leader stirred the hearts of Americans with his famous speech a half a century ago.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank City Council meeting August 27, 2013

Sidewalks on North Screenland Drive approved: Controversy may not be over

The Burbank City Council made a decision on sidewalks for North Screenland Drive last night. Despite passionate arguments to from a small group of residents, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and Vice-Mayor, David Gordon; the majority voted for the construction of the sidewalks. For the record: Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmen Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes voted “yes” on the sidewalk project. Vice-Mayor Dr. Gordon and Councilman Frutos voted “no.” Sidewalks are not a bad thing, but the way city officials have handled this long-delayed controversial project and disrespected the residents in the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Two students on North Screenland Drive head home from Luther Burbank Middle School Burbank winter 2011

City Buzz: Burbank sidewalk controversy – what’s the solution?

The 1900 block of North Screenland Drive sidewalk controversy has been festering, brewing, and churning for several years. Finding a solution is not going to be easy. Tonight, the Burbank City Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to go forward with the installation of sidewalks on this residential street near Luther Burbank Middle School. The sidewalk project is funded by a Safe Routes to School Grant program, which according to a memo from Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, dated December 7, 2010 is “… designed to improve and... Read More →

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Going to be hot,hot in Burbank today!

  Get out the umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses! The Media City is sizzling today with temperatures in the upper 80s before 10:30 a.m. When that happens you know it’s going to be a hot one in B-town. Also, the weather may get a little weird– there’s a 20- 25 percent chance of rain — even some thunderstorms in the forecast. The high today in Burbank — low to upper 90s, but don’t be surprised if we hit triple digits.

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Photo: FLLLewis/Media City G -- Two Luther Burbank Middle School students walk home from school on North Screenland Drive Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisited: An opposing view

Those opposed to installing sidewalks on North Screenland Drive tend to be passionate and tenacious about their position. None more so than long-time resident and North Screenland Drive resident, Janet Strong. She’s a retired motion costume artist turned activist and occasional guest blogger on Media City Groove. Here’s Strong’s opinion post, which appeared  in “Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council” March 30, 2011 .   The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank student walking on North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisted: A supporting view

The issue of sidewalks on North Screenland Drive has blown up into a huge controversy since the first vote on the matter by the Burbank City Council back in December of 2010. At that time, by a three-to-two vote, the council supported the majority of the residents who do not want sidewalks on their street. However, Councilman, Gary Bric, changed his mind, had the issue brought back to council, and eventually voted against the residents and for installing sidewalks on a street that flows right into Luther Burbank Middle School, at... Read More →

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Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'"

“The Butler” still king of the domestic box office

The historical drama and Oscar contender, “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,” scored domestic box office gold again this weekend. The drama, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, held onto the number one spot for the second week in a row, despite challenges from a group of new films. “The Butler” appears to be expanding its audience from mostly older African Americans to younger and more diverse moviegoers. The film could hold strong in theaters for weeks and that means more dollars and more time to build on its Oscar buzz. More on... Read More →

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Talk of the Town: Uproar over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman

  Actor Ben Affleck played a superhero on the big screen once, and many movie fans don’t want to see that happen again. Affleck played a blind Marvel comic hero in “Daredevil,” which opened Valentine’s Day 2003.  The film was pretty much a dud. It cost around $78 million and to date, has made only $102 million. Yesterday, Warner Bros announced Affleck as the new Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel set for 2015. There is chatter all over the Internet about the selection. The negative reaction... Read More →

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Halle Berry and Coty introduce new fragrance

A new marriage, new baby on the way, and now a new fragrance for Halle Berry. The Oscar winning actress raves about her new scent in a PRnewswire release: “Jasmine is such a timeless, beautiful floral note, and I loved the way the perfumer interpreted it as a modern take on a classic ingredient. I wanted this fragrance to be a reflection of, beautiful, yet empowered femininity.” The fragrance is by Coty. Exotic Jasmine eau de parfum one ounce sells for $28. This is not Berry’s... Read More →

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Disney-ABC Television Group to layoff 175

The Disney-ABC Television Group is reorganizing and laying off 175 workers. The cutbacks reportedly will start  today, mostly at the unit’s eight owned and operated stations in New York, Southern California, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh Durham and Fresno. The SoCal station is located nearby in Glendale. The firings will reduce the 7,600 staff by 2 per cent. The reason: new technologies forcing the hiring of workers with skills for the digital age. More here on where the axe will fall.

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“The Butler” wins the weekend box office derby

  “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” kicked some serious butt at the box office this weekend, to snatch the top crown from the sci-fix actioner, “Elysium.” “The Butler,” an emotional drama based on the real life story of a black White House butler who served eight presidents, scored an estimated $25 million during its opening weekend. The other three  high-profile releases were left in the dust. A lot of chatter today about why and how “The Butler” connected with moviegoers. Also, this strong debut at the box office will... Read More →

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Republicans go after CNN and NBC over Hillary Clinton projects

  The 2016 presidential race is still several years off, but there is already controversy swirling around one potential candidate and the GOP. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, hasn’t officially announced  another run for president, but some Republican Party leaders are so fearful of her candidacy they’re threatening two networks who are developing projects about the ex-First Lady. Yesterday a Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution quote “… preventing the committee from partnering with CNN and NBC for debates if they don’t drop their Hillary Clinton productions ahead... Read More →

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“Elysium” in for major fight at box office

  The sci-fi actioner, “Elysium,” won the battle for number one at the domestic box office last weekend, but another tussle is underway for that top spot. There are four new contenders hitting theaters this weekend:  the corporate thriller, “Paranoia,” the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs,” the sequel to the superhero comedy, “Kick-Ass 2,” and the historical drama about a black butler who served eight presidents, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ .” The real threat to “Elysium” holding onto number one for a second week, comes from “Kick-Ass 2” with... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- West Nile Virus warning sign on Magnolia Boulevard near Meyers Street Burbank August 15, 2013

West Nile virus warnings posted in Burbank

West Nile virus warning signs are up in Burbank after two more mosquito samples tested positive for the disease. The first occurred back in July. Now two more mosquito samples, one near 600 North Myers Street and the second around  2000 Evergreen Street, were confirmed as positive last Friday. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reports 164 positive mosquito samples and 36 dead birds. There have been 22 people infected by the West Nile virus this year. GLACVCD public information officer, Levy Sun, told me those numbers are not... Read More →

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Photo: FLLLewis/Media City G -- The on ramp of Burbank Boulevard North bound on the 5 freeway shut down because of "flash mob" car event at the Empire Center on Victory Place in Burbank August 13, 2013

Flash Mob car event draws thousands to Burbank

Thousands of car enthusiasts invaded Burbank Tuesday night for a social media driven event near the Krispy Kreme doughnuts outlet in the Empire Center on Victory Place. The event was due to kick off at 9 p.m., but three hours before the center parking lot was reportedly packed with cars. In response to the big crowd, both off ramps of Burbank Boulevard on the Golden State Freeway were closed and Victory Place at Five Points was blocked off. A Burbank traffic officer told me that blocking off Victory Place prompted... Read More →

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Box office battle: Who’ll be number one this weekend?

Several new films are gunning to bump the action flick, “2 Guns,” from the number spot at the domestic box office this weekend. The sci-fi thriller, “Elysium” appears to be the front runner  to take down the Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg buddy pix. However, the other new flicks like the raunchy comedy, “We’re the Millers,” the Disney animation “Planes,” and the fantasy adventure sequel “Percy  Jackson: Sea of Monsters” are out there fighting for the box office dollars as well. “This is going to be one... Read More →

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Photo:FLLewis/Media City G -- "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" sign at the NBC Studios in Burbank Spring 2009

Jay Leno to exit “The Tonight Show” next February

It’s official “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” will be ending on Thursday, February 6, 2014, according to Deadline.  The talk show’s executive producer, Debbie Vickers, reportedly made the announcement to staffers today. Also, the cast and crew will be paid until Leno’s contract runs out in September 2014. Leno’s replacement, Jimmy Fallon, is set to take over the “Tonight Show” on Monday, February 24. Once Leno takes his final bow, the “Tonight Show” will move to New York. Meanwhile, Leno continues to beat the competition in late... Read More →

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“Chicken Soup for the Soul” headed for the big screen

Another major book series has been snatched up by Hollywood and is on track to be turned into a theatrical production. “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” the inspirational and uplifting book collection, reportedly has sold more than a  100 million copies. The original book of short stories, plus some bonus reads, hit book shelves this past June, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  Now, comes word Alcon Entertainment has a deal to produce a movie based on the series, according to Deadline. Warner Bros is on board... Read More →

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