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Archive | December, 2013

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Connie Weir and Virginia Meyers added lettuce seeds to the horn of the Victrola record player in the float barn Burbank December 28, 2013

More volunteers needed for Burbank Rose Parade float

Burbank Rose Parade float preparations kick into high gear today and more volunteers are needed. Yesterday, I spent some time at the float barn, 123 West Olive Avenue in Burbank, watching the volunteers work their magic. I followed two volunteers, Connie Weir and Virginia Meyers, as they meticulously decorated a recreation of a Victrola record player — produced during the early part of the 20th Century by The Victor Talking Machine Company. Weir and Meyers added detail to the float prop with cranberry and lettuce seeds. Oh, and... Read More →

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Who are the most desirable and undesirable celebrity neighbors?

Future “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon, is getting some kudos today from an unlikely source. The “Late Night” host topped the list of most desirable celebrity neighbors for 2014. In the seventh annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor survey, for the online real estate data company Zillow, Fallon got 11 percent of the favorite vote — mostly from young adults. For the Ipsos poll, a national sampling of 1,023 people over the age of 18 were quizzed earlier this month. “It’s been a landmark year for Jimmy Fallon. He had his first... Read More →

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Director Garry Marshall and son to ride on Burbank Rose Parade float 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for the 2014 Burbank Rose Parade float, “Lights… Camera… Action!” Volunteers are busy at the float construction and decoration site, 123 West Olive Avenue, getting the Media City entry ready for its debut in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Riding on the float, veteran writer/producer/director, Garry Marshall. He has a long history in film, television, and theater. Among his credits, directing Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the popular romantic comedies, “Pretty Woman” (1990)  and “Runaway Bride”  (1999). Marshall is the co-founder of The... Read More →

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UPS and FedEx delivering Christmas packages late

  Are you still waiting for some of your Christmas gifts to be delivered? If they were shipped by UPS you may get your packages today or tomorrow. UPS is blaming high volume of packages and bad weather for the delay. FedEx is claiming it has only “isolated” incidents of packages not being delivered on time. Gee, wouldn’t it have been helpful to let retailers know a few days before Christmas about the back-up in deliveries — and therefore, another company for shipping could have been used. Instead,... Read More →

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Happy Holidays: A warm and sunny Christmas in Burbank

  Ho! Ho! Ho! We have beautiful SoCal weather on this Christmas day. The high is expected to reached the 80s today in Burbank! Yeah, winter started last Saturday and we’re getting spring-like weather. Yippee! Along with the sunshine and warm temps, we’re going to have deal with low humidity and a chance of Santa Ana winds in Los Angeles County. In addition, extremely dry condition have prompted red flag warnings, which will remain in effect through 6 p.m. tomorrow. Enjoy the day and remember, Jesus... Read More →

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Paul Walker to appear in “Fast & Furious 7” due out in 2015

Despite his untimely death, actor Paul Walker, will appear in the next installment of the billion-dollar movie franchise, “Fast & Furious.”  His fellow actor, Vin Diesel, made the announcement late yesterday on his Facebook page and posted the above photo saying it was “… the last scene we filmed together.” Also, Diesel disclosed “Fast & Furious 7” will be released on April 10, 2015. Universal Pictures later confirmed the release date and Walker’s appearance in the film. The Wrap posted this response from the studio: “… Continuing... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Three BCR clients perfromed Christmas carols at the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting in Burbank December 2, 2013

Photo Gallery: Singing Christmas carols

Some special entertainment at the December Burbank Coordinating Council meeting/luncheon at the Little White Chapel, 1711 North Avon Street in Burbank.  Three BCR clients sang Christmas carols, while their director Julie Larsen looked on with pride. BCR is a Burbank non-profit that provides day care and activities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. It has operated in Burbank since 1963. For over 80 years, The Burbank  Coordinating Council has been a volunteer service organization in the Media City. At the end of their performance, the... Read More →

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Winter begins today

  Today is the winter solstice — the shortest day of the year, and the start of winter. From here on out, the days will be getting longer. The winter solstice is really an event — the point at which the sun reaches the most southern point in the sky. It happened at 12:11 p.m. ET today. On this the  first day of winter, Burbank is enjoying mild temperatures — and the beginning of a warm-up. Today’s high the low 60s by Wednesday, December 25, the temperature will... Read More →

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In the wake of a huge fraud case Target offers shoppers a deal

Only a handful of days left before Christmas. Shopping gets real serious now. Yesterday, Target confirmed the theft of  40 millions debit and credit card numbers from its sytem over the past few weeks, adding to the holiday worries of many shoppers. Target is investigating this massive crime along with law enforcement and the Secret Service. It’s one of the largest data breaches in history. Today, some downplayed the impact of the fraud on consumers, among, them,  Gregg W. Steinhafel, CEO of Target. “We want our... Read More →

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Cloudy skies and showers in Burbank

  Cloudy skies and showers in Burbank today. Also, there’s a chance of thunderstorms. The roads and highways are slick — so take it easy when driving. The high today in the Media City –only about 55. The cold weather system moving through the Southland is expected to hang around through tonight — before clearing out by tomorrow.

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Winning Mega Millions tickets sold in California!

Yeah, they say you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery jackpot. Well, lightning struck at least twice in yesterday’s huge $648 million Mega Millions game. One winning ticket was sold in Georgia — the other in California. Finally we get some of that lottery moolah. The lucky Cali ticket was bought at Jenny’s Gift Shop 1818 Tully Road in San Jose. That ticket is worth around $318 million. The winner has not step forward, but the owner of Thuy Nguyen met... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Otto's Import Store & Delicatessen 2320 W Clark Ave, Burbank December 17, 2013

Luckiest store in Burbank

Tom Huber thinks his Burbank store is the luckiest in town and with good reason. Seven years ago, a winning lottery ticket for $1.2 million was purchased at Otto’s Import Store & Delicatessen, 2320 West Clark Avenue. Also, players have bought lottery tickets, including scratchers, at this little European import shop, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. People buy a lot of tickets when the jackpot gets huge, but Huber says his shop is a destination for players who focus on the scratcher tickets as well. Some buy one or... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot blows up to $636 million!

  Lottery fever is sweeping the country! In a matter of days, the Mega Millions jackpot exploded from $550 to $636 million — and that money pot is still growing! It is now nearing the all time Mega Millions record of $656 million —  won by a group of players on March 30, 2012. As part of the new rules that took effect last October, the game now has a new second prize feature of at least $1 million. To win this prize, you have to... Read More →

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Joan Fontaine (October 22, 1917 - December 15, 2013)

Two movie stars gone: Joan Fontaine and Peter O’Toole

Two major movie stars are being remembered today, after both passed away over the weekend. Oscar-winning actress, Joan Fontaine, reportedly died “peacefully” in her sleep at her Carmel, California home yesterday at the age of 96. Fontaine was the younger sister of actress Olivia de Haviland. Fontaine appeared in more than 30 films, many of them classics, like “Rebecca” (1940) and “Suspicion” (1941), which won her the best actress Academy Award. More here about Fontaine’s career and rivalry with her sister. Actor Peter O’Toole died last Saturday at... Read More →

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Temps expected to reach into the 80s today in Burbank

  The sun is really going to be shining in the Media City on this Sunday. Yesterday, the high reached the low 70s — today weather watchers say it could get into the low 80s in Burbank! We will have several warm days — before the cold weather returns just in time to kick off winter, which officially begins on Saturday, December 21. It will drop down into the 40s tonight. Back up into the 80s on Monday — then on Tuesday, the cooling trend arrives. So get... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Some of the gift bags and boxes being checked by volunteers at George Washington Elementar y School Burbank December 13, 2013

Photo Gallery: Holiday Basket Program gears up for delivery Saturday

Today is the big delivery day for the annual Holiday Basket Program — designed to provide some holiday cheer for hundreds of needy families with school age children  in Burbank. A team of diligent volunteers and organizers worked for several hours late yesterday, building and stocking baskets for 600 families in the auditorium at George Washington Elementary School on North Lincoln Street in Burbank. The baskets are really colorful boxes and bags stuffed with things like personal items, clothes, toys, DVDs …etc. Food will be added to each... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney Studios in Burbank

Disney makes major donation to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines as death toll rises

Disney makes a big commitment to help typhoon victims in the Philippines, while new figures are out today on the human toll of that disaster. The government in the Philippines has upped the death toll from 4-to-6,000 and the number of missing to nearly 1,800. Typhoon Haiyan, considered one of the most powerful storms to ever make land, flattened or damaged the homes of 16 million people when it struck on November 8. Some reports estimate the clean-up and rebuilding will take at least three years. Meanwhile, Disney is pitching... Read More →

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Wow! Mega Millions jackpot explodes to $400 million

  Money, money, money!!! The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is filled with tons of it — at least $400 million. This is the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.  It has reportedly sparked lottery fever, from coast to coast, with long lines of ticket buyers.This money pot has been growing since October first. Since then, the jackpot has rolled 20 times without a winner. A pretty grim holiday season for double-M players in California. They have been missing out on some of the big money.  It’s been... Read More →

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2014 Golden Globe Awards: Who got nominated and who got snubbed

  A lot of chatter in the entertainment biz about the 2014 Golden Globe Awards nominations, which came out this morning. These awards are consider a good barometer of who has the best chance for Oscar gold. The brutal historical drama, “12 Years a Slave” and  the con artists drama/comedy, “American Hustle,” each picked up seven nominations to lead the motion picture categories. Here are the nominees for the top film awards.   Best Motion Picture, Drama 12 Years a Slave  Gravity Captain Phillips Rush Philomena   Best... Read More →

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Employees’ Choice Awards: The best places to work

  If you’re goals in the new year includes finding a new gig, you might want to check out the Employees’ Choice Awards. For the past six years, the online jobs website, Glassdoor, has been surveying employees on the best places to work in the country. The 2014 list for large companies is out and three social media heavy hitters, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook are in the top five. Locally, popular Burbank retailer, Costco, grabbed 16 and Bob Hope Airport carrier Southwest Airlines 21. The... Read More →

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Awards season kicks into high gear with 2014 SAG Awards nominations

A lot of chatter in the media and in the entertainment biz about the announcement this morning of the nominations for the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The arrival of the SAG nominations means the Hollywood awards season is in full swing. Topping the list for outstanding performances in 2013,  “12 Years a Slave,” in the film categories and “Breaking Bad” in television. Each one received four nominations. These awards  are extremely important to actors because they are handed out by their peers. The most prestigious awards are... Read More →

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