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“American Hustle” and “Gravity” got the most Oscar nominations today

                  “American Hustle” and “Gravity” were the 2013 movies mentioned the most today when the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were revealed. Both got 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The big winner at last Sunday’s Golden Globes for Best Movie Drama, “12 Years a Slave,” came in second with 9 nominations, followed by “Captain Phillips” and “Nebraska” with 6, and “The Wolf of Wall Street with 5. Films nominated for best picture “American Hustle”... Read More →

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards scores for both comedy and drama

What a show! The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony delivered a program packed with surprises, comedy, and yes, drama. “12 Years a Slave” the brutal drama of a free American black man’s ordeal of being kidnapped and forced into slavery, was shut out of every award — except the biggest of the night — Best Motion Picture Drama. “American Hustle,”  about couple of con artists forced to work a sting operation for the FBI, won  three major trophies: Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, Best... Read More →

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Who’s America’s favorite movie star?

Tom Hanks name was not called during the People’s Choice Awards ceremony last Wednesday night. However, in the latest Harris Poll Tom Hanks won the title of America’s Favorite Movie Star.  A position he held in 2002, 2004, and 2005 in similar Harris Polls. Despite being skipped over by the People’s Choice Awards, Hanks is getting a lot of award buzz for his performance in two major films in 2013: “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” Last December, 23 hundred adults were quizzed online... Read More →

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DGA award nominations for 2013 feature films out today

 The nominations were released this morning for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013. This is a major award — as these nominees are usually the front-runners in the race for the Best Director Oscar. “To be chosen by your peers in a year full of incredibly well-crafted films is the true marker of outstanding directorial achievement,” said Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay in a news release on the organization’s website . “The passion and vision of each of the nominees resulted... Read More →

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Awards Round-up: WGA and PGA nominations

  This past week, the Writers Guild East and West put out their list of nominees for outstanding writing for the big screen in 2013. Here are the nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures   ADAPTED SCREENPLAY August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy... 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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2014 Writers Guild Awards nominations for television announced today

Scribes for some of television’s most popular shows topped the list of nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards. The guild’s outstanding achievement in TV nominees were announced today, along with those in the radio, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation categories for the 2013 season. Here are the nominees in some of the major TV categories: DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill,... Read More →

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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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Pop singer Cyndi Lauper, “Kinky Boots,” and the 2013 Tony Awards

  Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is having a lot of fun these days on Broadway. Lauper wrote lyrics and music for “Kinky Boots,” about a struggling shoemaker whose business gets a big turnaround when he switches over to producing fancy footwear for drag queens. The musical is based on a true story, a 2005 film by the same name as well as a book by Harvey Fierstein. “Kinky Boots” opened this spring on Broadway and last Tuesday, received 13 Tony nominations the most of any production. Cyndi Lauper,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Rose Parade float "Deep Sea Adventures" thrilled crowds in Burbank January 3, 2013

Photo Gallery: Final hurrah for “Deep Sea Adventures”

The winner of the fantasy trophy for outstanding display of animation and imagination at the 124th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day has wrapped up a final showing in Burbank. Burbank’s float, “Deep Sea Adventures,” built by volunteers, drew crowds to the parking lot at Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue from January 3-7. This morning the float was moved to the auxiliary warehouse at the Burbank Water and Power site on Olive Avenue. On Saturday, January 12,  there will be a float dismantling party there beginning at 10... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank float "Deep Sea Adventures" wins fantasy trophy in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena January 1, 2013

Photo Gallery: Burbank float wins big at Rose Parade

Check out a winner up close. The Burbank float, “Deep Sea Adventures,” grabbed the judges attention and won the fantasy trophy at the 124th Rose Parade yesterday. “Deep Sea Adventures” will be on display in the Burbank Central Library parking lot, Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue, starting tomorrow January 3 at 9 a.m. Food trucks on site at lunch time. More details  here.

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Award Season: Oscar maker layoffs, Writers Guild and Grammy nominations

Oscar maker to axe  a lot of workers It’s not going to be a ho, ho, jolly holiday season for some employees of the company that makes Oscar. The Wrap is reporting today that R.S. Owens, a Chicago-based company, will be laying off almost 100 workers by December 17. That’s more than a third of the staff. R.S. Owens is the supplier of awards for the Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards, and “American Idol” as well. More details here. Writers Guild nominations... Read More →

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Burbank PD’s 1949 Ford police cruiser wins award

Burbank Police Department has a winner on the force and it rolls on four wheels.  The department’s vintage 1949 Ford police cruiser has won the 2012 California Peace Officers Association “Best Specialty Vehicle” award. The cruiser has been restored with donations from local businesses and individuals, according to a news release from the Burbank PD. The retro cruiser has appeared at a number of city events including the 2012 Burbank on Parade. Most days it’s on display in the museum at the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at 200 North... Read More →

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Recap: 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are history. Sunday’s telecast of the ceremony was ho-hum — in fact, some of the jokes and failed gags were down right painful to watch, so the writers responsible should hope they are forgotten real quick. Favorite moments: Julianne Moore picking up best actress in a miniseries for her performance as Sarah Palin in “Game Change” and saying: “Wow. I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down.” “Game Change” was about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign. Also,... Read More →

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Photo: Frank Micelotta/Pictures Group -- Actress Shirley MacLaine received the AFI Life Achievement Award at Sony Pictures in Culver City June 7, 2012

AFI Life Achievement Award 2012 goes to actress Shirley MacLaine

Hollywood superstar, Shirley MacLaine, is the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement award for 2012, according to a PR Newswire release.  Maclaine has won more than 40 awards including best actress for “Terms of Endearment” (1983). She has appeared in numerous films and  is best known for her acting in “The Apartment” (1960), “Sweet Charity” (1961), “The Turning Point” (1977), and “Steel Magnolias” (1989). I remember her delightful portrayal of a hooker/nun in “Two Mules for Sister Sara” (1970). Maclaine remains active, she is set to appear in “The Boom... Read More →

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Daytime Emmy Awards nominations announced on the “Today Show”

The nominees for the 39th annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were announced this morning on the NBC “Today Show.” The ceremony is scheduled for next month, on Saturday, June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but oddly a decision on who will carry the live broadcast has not been made yet. ABC collected the most nominations with 56, followed by PBS with 51. ABC’s long running soap, “General Hospital,” got the most nomination this time around. In second, “Sesame Street” and “The Young and the Restless”... Read More →

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“Parks and Recreation,” “Homeland,” and “Game of Thrones” among Peabody winners

NBC’s popular comedy series, “Parks and Recreation,” is among the winners of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in electronic media. The list, announced today, includes other entertainment programs such as the Showtime’s terrorism drama, “Homeland,” and the dark fantasy-epic on HBO, “Game of Thrones.” The George Foster Peabody Awards recognizes excellence and distinguished achievement by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals. The awards for the best in electronic media 2011 will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony... Read More →

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Awards catch-up: WGA, NAACP, SAG, and DGA

Last Sunday, February 19, the Writers Guild of America West and East announced the winners of the 2012 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing. Simultaneous ceremonies were held at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. SCREEN WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the... Read More →

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Producers Guild Awards winners

The silent French film, “The Artist,” begins the week with some extra Oscar heat. Last Saturday the feature, about an aging silent male film star and and a rising young actress, picked up the top trophy at the 23rd Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. In the past two years, the winner of the PGA honor for the best produced motion picture has gone on to win the Best Picture Academy Award. Last year, “The King’s Speech” — in 2010 “The... Read More →

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