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Archive | November, 2013

Catching up: Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino is writing another western

Despite this summer’s major flop of “The Lone Ranger” (2013),  one veteran Hollywood screenwriter is still high on the genre. A lot of chatter on the Internet now about Academy Award winning screenwriter, Quentin Tarantino’s new script. It’s another western — but Tarantino says it will be different from “Django Unchained” (2012) — the movie that won him an Oscar for best original screenplay. Last Tuesday on”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the writer/director revealed the screenplay he’s working on is a western.  Also, the filmmaker described his... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $230 million

A hefty bag of money in the Mega Millions lottery jackpot. That big winner’s pot now stands $230 million. You could really “deck the halls” and shop t’ll you drop with a bundle like that. The winning numbers from last Tuesday’s draw: 27, 44, 59, 74, 75 and the Mega Ball 3.  Not only did no one score the jackpot, but there was no winner  that matched all five numbers in California. The payout for that would have been $1, 214, 542. Now that would have been a... Read More →

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A wet Black Friday — be careful out there

  We got some rain overnight and showers are in the forecast through today. We will have mostly cloudy skies in the Media City with a high predicted in the low 70s. A lot of accidents out there on the wet streets, roads, and highways so stay alert.

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Millions hitting the road for Thanksgiving holiday as gas prices rise

If you’re hitting the road for the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, you are not alone. The Automobile Club says 43.4 million of us will be traveling during this time — and nearly 90 percent will be doing so on the roads and highways. The busiest day for any kind of  Thanksgiving travel is today, the day before Turkey Day. Meanwhile, gas prices are rising , after declining steadily for several weeks. On November 12, the national average for a gallon of regular gas $3.18. Over the... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot leaps the $200 million mark

  Money, money, money! Tons of it in the Mega Millions lottery jackpot today, which now stands at $205 million. There hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since lottery officials changed the rules last month on October 19, making the odds longer.The changes of scoring the big one in this game use to be 1 in 176 million — now it’s 1 in 259 million! The next draw is tonight after the ticket buying closes at 7:45 p.m.

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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” wins big at the box office

As expected, the debut of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”   exploded at the box office.The final numbers are out today and the sci-fi adventure raked in $158. 1 million, to become the number one movie in the country this week. It was an incredible achievement  — placing sixth on the list of the biggest movie openings ever. The second installment is about a teenaged girl in postapocalyptic North America who is a winner in the brutal “Hunger Games,” but still must battle to stay a live during... Read More →

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Funeral services today for the murdered father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto

A huge turnout in the Los Feliz area today for the funeral of Joseph Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto. More than a thousand mourners attended services at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 2060 North Vermont Avenue, according to KNX 1070 Newsradio. Joining the family, relatives, and friends, members of the State Assembly as well as local politicians and dignitaries. Joseph Gatto, a well-liked retired teacher and artist, was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home on November 13. A team... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy took a spin on the ice at the opening of the Burbank ice rink November 21, 2013

Downtown Burbank ice rink open for business

The Rink is open in Downtown Burbank. The city’s first temporary ice rink got its grand opening last Thursday. Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy was one of those who laced up skates and took a spin or two or maybe three around the new ice. The rink is located in the back parking lot of city hall between Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue. It will be operation through January 2014. Residents and visitors to the Downtown area, young and old, are invited to come out and enjoy a... Read More →

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Holiday in the Park tonight in Burbank

Holiday in the Park kicks off at 5 p.m. this evening in the Media City. More than 50 stores and shops will be celebrating the holidays with festive decorations, entertainment, food, and shopping specials. There’s a report out that Santa and Mrs. Claus will break away from their busy Christmas schedule and drop by to take photos with the kids. Most of the action will be along Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista Street. However, some of the stores and shops nearby on Hollywood Way, like... Read More →

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Photo:AMurray/Bagcy--  Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Tuskegee Airman (retired) Lt. Colonel Robert J. Friend Veterans Day Burbank November 11, 2013

Photo Flashback: Honoring a veteran on Veterans Day

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the McCambridge Park War Memorial at the corner of Amherst Drive and San Fernando Road in Burbank on November 11, 2013. Tuskegee Airman (retired) Lt. Colonel Robert “Bob”  J. Friend, 93, was the guest speaker. Among the acknowledgments, Friend received a certificate of recognition from the California Assembly. Friend was one of the first African-American pilots to serve in the U.S. military.  He trained at Tuskegee, Alabama. He was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group and was stationed in Europe during World War... Read More →

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Will “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” spark a movie trend for women?

  Oscar-winner, Jennifer Lawrence, is getting a lot of attention for her upcoming leading role in the “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire.” Not a lot of big films out this year being carried by females. This past summer, Sandra Bullock was the lead in two notables: “Gravity” and “The Heat” with Melissa McCarthy. Women go the movies just as much as men: “The gender composition of moviegoers (people who went to a movie at the cinema at least once in the year) in 2012 skewed slightly more towards... Read More →

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Burbank Police Department issue warning about new phone scam

‘Tis the season for a new scam to be making the rounds. The Burbank Police Department is sending out a warning about imposters who phone residents, pretending to be law enforcement officials, and then proceed to rip off money from the victims. Apparently it has happened several times in surrounding communities. It’s called the Moneypak Scam and this is how it works. The thieves, claiming to be from the local police department, ring up the victims and accused them of not appearing in court on a traffic... Read More →

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Big turkey giveaway at Dodger Stadium today

  A big turkey giveaway at Dodger Stadium today. Turkeys, fixings and reusable canvas bags will be handed out to “… 2,100 pre-selected not for profit community organizations who will in turn distribute them to families in need,” according to a news release from the Dodger organization. Dodger  alumni “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Bobby Castillo, Matt Luke and Al Downing will be there to help with the ninth annual Community Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in this special program, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Golden State Water... Read More →

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Rain or shine, Burbank ice rink opening ceremony is a go

  Downtown Burbank’s first ice skating rink is set to open with a ribbon cutting ceremony, entertainment, and, of course, ice skating tomorrow. Despite storm clouds rolling into the Southland, I’m told,  the festivities will go on “as planned.” Downtown Burbank merchants are behind this special holiday event, which they hope will  give a boost to the local economy by attracting visitors and the community to the area. The city council approved the project,  back in September. The temporary rink, at no cost to the city, is being... Read More →

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Super successful Hollywood writer/producer to tell her story

  The ABC TV political drama, “Scandal” is a top rated political drama created by prolific Hollywood writer/producer, Shonda Rhimes. She’s the creative wiz behind the popular medical dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” Now, Rhimes is getting a chance to write about herself in a book deal with Simon & Schuster, according to The Wrap. The book reportedly will be “…part memoir, part inspiration, part prescription.” Rhime is quite impressive. She’s the first African-American woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network series. Also,... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Office : Mike Gatto and father, Joseph, at his first term swearing in ceremony June 10, 2010

Funeral services set for the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Preparation are underway for the funeral of Joseph Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The assemblyman’s office announced the services will be this coming Monday, November 25, 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church ,2060 North Vermont Avenue, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. A private reception and graveside burial will follow the funeral mass, according to a news release. Meanwhile, LAPD detectives continue the investigation into the shooting the death of the family patriarch. The 78-year-old retired art and design teacher was discovered slumped... Read More →

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My Take: The unfriendly skies

After my scary flight on American Airlines last week, the friendly skies do not look so, ah, friendly. Turns out passengers on another commercial jetliner, a Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina, got an even worse fright from their pilot. Last Tuesday evening,  the Southwest pilot announced over the PA system: “We’re going down.” And the plane reportedly dropped about 20,000 feet in 11 minutes.  Later, the 737 made a safe emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Many of the passengers... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $165 million — how high will it go?

  Jackpot winners have been hard to come by for the Mega Millions lottery game lately. So the game’s money pot has continued to grow and now stands at $165 million! When a jackpot blows up to that size — lottery fever frequently breaks out. The lines of ticket buying dreamers gets longer and more dollars get pumped into the jackpot. By the way, changes in the Mega Millions game went into effect last month. The field of five numbers to select from has expanded from 1... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A long line of job seekers in front of IATSE Local 33 in Burbank November 16, 2013

More than a hundred job seekers lined up in Burbank for entertainment jobs

The temperatures in the low 60s, the skies cloudy, and a threat of rain hung in the air, but still they came to a union office in Burbank this morning. Shortly before the interviews began at IATSE Local 33, 1720 West Magnolia Boulevard, the line of job seekers stretched around the block. By 9 a.m., more than 160 applications had been handed out to folks hoping to get on the union’s referral list for skilled technicians to work stage and television production jobs. The first person in line, Joey Barreto,... Read More →

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