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Archive | March, 2014

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“Noah” rolls over the competition to win box office race

  Like a mighty flood, “Noah,” rolled right over the competition in theaters to win the domestic box office derby.  The final numbers came out today and they show “Noah” debuted in the top spot with $43.7 million. The film beat expectations and the doomsday predictions of critics. Russell Crowe plays the biblical character ,Noah, who builds an ark to save his family and two of every species on Earth from the great flood, as God had commanded. The movie was criticized by some for not... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Lottery signs at Burbank Deli and Market 1414 West Alameda Avenue Burbank May 16, 2013

Mega Millions lucky ticket sold in Burbank

No one won the $15 million jackpot in last Friday’s Mega Millions lottery draw, but a ticket purchased in Burbank did score a six-figure payday! That ticket had five of the winning numbers: 2, 3, 9, 50, and 73, but not the Mega Ball 12. That ticket is still a big winner. It’s worth $344, 779! The lucky ticket was bought at the Burbank Deli and Market  at 1414 West Alameda Avenue. So far, the ticket holder has not stepped forward — but the owner of the Burbank... Read More →

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Heads Up: Discussions about controversial unlicensed care facilities in Burbank neighborhoods

The hot button issue of care facilities and group homes in Burbank residential neighborhoods will be discussed at a special community meeting, 150 North Third Street in Burbank at 7 p.m. this evening. The Burbank City Council has come under fire for adopting a state-required housing element policy earlier this year, which allow those types of facilities, with six people or less, to operate in single family neighborhoods. Barbara Kautz, an attorney and an expert on land use law as it pertains to housing has been hired... Read More →

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McDonald’s free coffee promotion kicks off today

McDonald’s is going after the morning coffee crowd. That’s probably bad news for Starbucks. In a two-week promotion, which kicks off today, McDonald is offering free small McCafé coffee to customers who visit participating outlets during breakfast hours. “This event is McDonald’s way of encouraging new guests to try McCafé coffee while giving our breakfast lovers even more reason to enjoy the great taste of our signature blend,” Greg Watson, senior vice president, McDonald’s US Menu Innovation, said in a news release. The promotion runs today, Monday March 31... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Site of Taco Bell 2425 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank 91506 March 30, 2014

Update on the redo of that Taco Bell in Burbank

A thriving Taco Bell once stood at 2425 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. What stands there now amounts to three bare bones wall frames — and little else. It’s an eye catcher. An attention grabber. I walked by the site yesterday and was shocked at how the Taco Bell had been reduced to an unrecognizable shell. Last week, I was told  by Burbank Building Division the construction was for  a”… patio enclosure and a number of other improvements.” It appears the plans for the site are far more... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Rihanna, Pink, and Jodie Foster put homes up for sale

Rihanna has put her Pacific Palisades pad up for sale. The 10,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 8-bath ultra modern mansion with a Caribbean-influence was never home sweet home for the singer. The Grammy winner  moved into the gated estate back in December of 2012, within a few short months, “trespassers, stalkers, and burglars” were arrested at or near the property, according to the Trulia website. The singer quickly moved out and put the place up for rent at $65,000 a month. It’s now up for sale — asking price $14,995,000. Pink... Read More →

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4.1 aftershock rattles the Southland today

A good size aftershock from Friday’s moderate quake rattled a section of the Southland this afternoon. The 4.1  magnitude shaker hit at 2:32 p.m. and was center about one mile southeast of Rowland Heights down in Orange County.  In the same area where last night’s 5.1 quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was described as a “… short jolt and then a rolling motion.. “by a resident who felt it. Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the USGS, sent out this tweet about the quake.... Read More →

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Best days to get cheapest airfares? Not on the weekend

Thinking of planning a relaxing getaway or even a business trip? For air travel, the weekend is not the best time to buy tickets. A recent survey from Boston travel-tech company Hopper found… ” Thursday is the cheapest day to purchase a ticket, with weekends the worst.” according to Businessweek. The bargain airfares are for Wednesday departures and returns are cheapest on Tuesday for domestic flights and on Wednesday for international trips. The difference between the worst and best fare could be as little as 10 bucks... Read More →

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Earthquakes shake up the Southland and movie screenings of “Noah”

A lot of rocking and rolling in SoCal Friday evening as dozens of earthquakes rumble through the region.  A 3.6 magnitude quake near La Habra at 8:03 p.m.last night kicked off a swarm of shakers centered in Orange County. That was apparently a foreshock to a moderate 5.1 quake, which rolled and swayed through our area at around 9:09 p.m.. It  was felt in seven counties — from Ventura to the Mexican border.  We definitely felt that one here in Burbank! There have been more than 30... Read More →

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New action packed trailer for “Jupiter Ascending”

A new sci-fi film is stirring up interest. “Jupiter Ascending” is directed  and written by Andy and  Lana Wachowski, two science fiction/fantasy loving filmmakers who created  the ground-breaking  special effects laden”Matrix”  movie series. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a janitor who had some tough breaks, but also has an impressive set of genes, which mark her as the next ruler of the Universe. That gets her in trouble. To the rescue, Cane, an interplanetary ex-military hunter, played by Channing Tatum.  Movie opens this summer on July 18.

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Los Angeles Dodgers hosting major job fair

If you are unemployed or thinking about changing jobs you might want to check out the major event at Dodger Stadium tomorrow. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a huge job fair at the stadium on March 29, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. More than 100 companies including Kaiser Permanente, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Lowe’s will be on site at the 19th Annual Community Job Fair. Last year, more than “…  5,000 job seekers from throughout Southern California…” gathered at Dodger stadium for a chance to meet... Read More →

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City Buzz: First official Burbank City Council candidate for 2015

Burbank has been buzzing for some time about the two city council seats on next year’s election ballot. Several potential candidates have been talking about launching campaigns in 2015 for city council, however, none had officially announced until today. Burbank Planning Board member/small business owner, Chris Rizzotti, officially announced his candidacy for the city council on MyBurbank today. In his announcement, Rizzotti who’s a life long resident of the city and the owner of Rizzotti Real Estate, says he’s a good fit for the city council: “Nobody... Read More →

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Conventional TV pretty much dead for majority of teenagers

That old argument between parents and their teenagers over the TV remote is not happening a lot these days, according to a new study out by professional services and consulting firm, Deloitte.  Surveying the 14-24 group, the so-called “training millennials,” found 56 percent of them catch their “… favorite shows on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices rather than a television,” according to Engadget. In the millennials group, 25-30 year olds, 53 percent are still into TV watching. The biggest TV audience is in the... Read More →

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Photo: www.oprah.com -- Oprah says good-bye to her millions of fans on the finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired May 25, 2011

Web Buzz: March 26, 2014

Oprah is going on tour. The big announcement in the Media and on Oprah.com today. “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” will feature Oprah Winfrey and special guests in 8 city arenas:  San Jose, California, Miami, Florida, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia, Newark, New Jersey, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. So far, the Southland is not on the fall tour. “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement on her... Read More →

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” trailer

No surprise, a lot of buzz out there for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The movie web-slings into theaters in a few short weeks. Andrew Garfield is back as the struggling hero, Peter Parker, and Emma Stone is Gwen — the love interest. Probably most interesting are the villains: Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dana DeHaan as Green Goblin.  “Amazing Spider-Man 2” opens in the U.S. on Friday May 2. See trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg2Akx-G7IE or on Media City Groove.

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Facebook buys a virtual reality company for $2 billion

Facebook has made another staggering purchase — $2 billion for  the virtual reality gaming company, Oculus VR Inc. The social network made the announcement on its website yesterday. The deal includes $400 million in cash,  23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock, and $300 million earn-out in cash and stock “…  based on the achievement of certain milestones.” “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in the website statement. “Oculus... Read More →

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L’Wren Scott laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Fashion designer, L’Wren Scott, was laid to rest yesterday at the landmark Hollywood Forever Cemetery  6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Hollywood stars Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power, and Marion Davies are buried there. Scott’s funeral was arranged by her longtime partner, Mick Jagger, and attended by a small circle of family and friends. Scott committed suicide in her New York  apartment on March 17, 2014. More on the funeral here.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Nickelodeon Animation Studios on West Olive Avenue in Burbank March 25, 2014

Nickelodeon expansion project clears major hurdle

Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank has cleared a major hurdle in its quest to expand. Last night the Burbank Planning Board unanimously approved a plan, with a 4-to-0 vote, to construct a five-story office building and parking lot at 203 West Olive Avenue, right next to the Nickelodeon campus. The expansion plan includes a 113, 760 square-foot office building and a 137, 229 square-foot parking structure. The development would more than double the amount of office space on the Nick lot at 231-239 West Olive Avenue.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A major makeover for the Taco Bell at 2425 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank March 24, 2014

What’s happening to this Taco Bell in Burbank?

A lot of chatter in town about the major construction going on at the Taco Bell 2425 West Magnolia Boulevard, between North Buena Vista and North Brighton Streets, in Burbank. Last week the restaurant was open for business, now it’s shut down and work crews are ripping out parts of the structure. I got some answers from the Burbank Building Division.  Permits reportedly have been pulled for a patio enclosure and a number of other improvements at this Taco Bell. So apparently this is just a major renovation... Read More →

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

Disney buys Maker Studios for $500 million

Disney announced today it’s shelling out $500 million for the YouTube Network, Maker Studios. If certain performance targets are met the deal gets sweeten by $450 million. Not bad for a company that started back in 2009. Maker Studios is an online video network with some impressive stats: More than 55,000 channels, 380 million subscribers, and 5.5 billion views per month on YouTube. “Short-form online video is growing at an astonishing pace and with Maker Studios, Disney will now be at the center of this dynamic industry with an unmatched combination... Read More →

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California DMV investigating possible credit card data breach

The California DMV has one of th worst reputations for long lines and poor customer service. Now a possible credit card data hack may add to the image problems for that department, which handles transactions for more than 23 million drivers and registrations for at least 32 million vehicles. Now, the DMV has launched an investigation into security breach, which could involve millions of transactions. Over the weekend, the DMV posted a statement on its website stating it had been  alerted by law enforcement to a... Read More →

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