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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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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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Disney takes a hit from “The Lone Ranger” flop

“The Lone Ranger” seriously under-performed movie theaters and that is going to cost Disney dearly. Since opening in the U.S. on July third, the western has made only $87 million, added to the global take — the total is $175 million. Box Office Mojo puts the production cost at $215 million and then there are those extra millions spent on promotion. Yes, in movie terms, “The Lone Ranger” is an expensive dud. How expensive? The Wrap is reporting Disney expects to take $160-190 million... Read More →

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President Obama coming to Burbank today: Streets to avoid

President Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Media City this afternoon, after stopping in Arizona. Obama is going to be the guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Wisely, Los Angeles Police have put out a traffic advisory for streets that might get caught up in a so-called Obamajam. Valley streets to avoid between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The area around Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road from 2:30 pm to 6:30 p.m. The area around Hollywood Way and Burbank Blvd. from 2:30 p.m. to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media Citg G-- Starbucks 1520 West Olive Avenue Burbank July 30, 2013

Starbucks opens a reserve store in Burbank

There’s a new Starbucks Coffee in Burbank. The new store at West Olive and West Verdugo Avenues is a week old today. Store manager, Kate Kevorkian, says the reaction from the public  has been “wonderful” and there’s ” a lot of excitement” about the store. For many years, this location was the home of Theresa’s Family Restaurant. Back in the spring, Starbuck’s took over the lease of the property and rebuilt what was a dated restaurant into a modern Starbucks complete with patio seating. There are more than a dozen... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Street sign Olive Avenue at Lomita Street in Burbank July 29, 2013

City Buzz: Olive Avenue the deadliest street in Burbank?

There’s always some danger when you cross a busy street, however, Olive Avenue may be the deadliest street for pedestrians in Burbank. Last night, a man was hit and killed at Olive Avenue near Naomi Street. The fatal accident reportedly happened around 10:15 p.m. The victim was in one of the eastbound lanes when he was struck by a car, according to myburbank. An investigation is still underway into another serious traffic accident on the same busy street last Thursday, July 25. Two women were seriously injured when... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police Department has launched a new website www.burbankpd.org

Burbank Police launch new website

The Burbank Police Department has a new home on the Internet. Yesterday, a news release announced the launch of the BPD’s new website www.burbankpd.org .Two years in development, the site is packed with information in a user friendly format. According to the release, the new site came about, “… in an effort to provide the community with greater access to the police department. .. Several members of the department worked closely with the web designer, Americaneagle.com, to create a vibrant and easy-to-use website, including features including features... Read More →

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Burbank Northwest Library: Officially open for business today

    Back in business! The Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library officially reopened to the public today. As reported here earlier here, the branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard was closed last August for earthquake retrofitting, up grades, and general renovations. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held last Saturday. Great piece about the event by Joyce Rudolph on MyBurbank. The Northwest branch was completed in October of 1972, for around $195,000. How much did the new overhaul cost? Well, the... Read More →

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Warner Bros. announces Superman/Batman film is on fast track

  Get ready for an unprecedented double dose of superhero power on the big screen. Warner Bros. announced yesterday the sequel for their super-successful “Man of Steel” will involve both Superman and Batman! “Man of Steel” director, Zack Snyder, is at the helm of the sequel, which is apparently in pre-production and has a scheduled release date of summer 2015. More on this surprise announcement and plenty of comments about it on Deadline.

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Photo of Burbank Northwest Library courtesy City of Burbank

Burbank Northwest Library reopening ceremony this weekend

A reopening ceremony is on tap tomorrow for the nearly 41-year-old Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library. Since August first of last year, the library branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard has been closed for upgrades and renovations. The festivities on Saturday begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by an open house until noon. The public is invited to come out and tour the new Northwest branch. The library officially reopens on Monday, July 22. Normal hours are Monday-Friday noon-6 p.m.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Romancing the Bean cafe 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank July 11, 2013

A Strong View: Romancing the Bean

Romancing the Bean. This little place has the best coffee.  They have a large variety including specialty coffees.  Also, the quiche is delicious, the blueberry muffins are divine. Their menu is uniquely chosen with a little bit of something for ever taste. They have pressed Sammy’s, (aged white cheddar, taleggio, blue cheese, mayo on walnut raisin bread) – if you love cheese, this is for you. There is a wonderful Smoked Salmon wrap, I liked this one. Whipped light cream cheese, English cucumber, arugula, spinach . It was just enough, not... Read More →

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

Another big budget box office flop for Disney?

It looks like the executives at Disney have another supersized dud at the box office to explain. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” owned the 4th of July weekend and scooped up an amazing $83.5 million in its debut, while Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” opened far behind with only $29.2 million. There’s chatter around town that Disney may have another big budget flop the size of its last summer bomb, “John Carter.” More on that here and here.

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Weather change: Overcast skies and a chance of rain

  A change in the weather for Burbank and much of the Southland today. Sure there will be sunshine, but cloudy skies and cooler temps as well. In fact, there’s a 20 per cent chance isolated storms in the Media City. The high in B-town today– somewhere in the low 80s. Definitely better than the scorching triple digits of the recent heat wave. However there are reports, the extreme heat could be back by early next week.

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Happy Fourth of July!

  It’s Fourth of July. A birthday celebration for the USA and the American way of life like freedom, fireworks, hot dogs and BBQ! The Starlight Bowl in Burbank is continuing its holiday tradition by offering its “4th of July Spectacular” with entertainment and fireworks. The grass seats are sold out but, as of this morning, there were still other ticket options. Details here. Or you could wait to dark, find a high place in the Media City or surrounding  area — and watch... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank

Two Burbank libraries designated cooling centers during heat wave

Starting today, folks in Burbank will get some relief from the heat wave. Two of the city’s libraries will have longer hours through Sunday, providing cool places to escape hot temperatures in the 90s and even triple digits. Two designated cooling centers were announced yesterday in a news released: “Residents are encouraged to seek relief from the heat by visiting either the Buena Vista Library at 300 N. Buena Vista Street or the Burbank Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard. The Northwest Branch Library on W. Victory Boulevard remains... Read More →

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Heat is on in the Media City

  You know it’s going to be a sizzler when the temperature reaches 85 before 11 a.m. Well, that’s the case in Burbank today. A heat wave is building and it’s effecting much of the Southwest and including the Southland.  No relief is expected until sometime next week. The national weather service has issue an excessive heat warning for the San Fernando Valley. The warning comes with this advisory: “This extended period of hot conditions will result in an increased risk of heat related illness. Take the needed... Read More →

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Temperatures heating up in Burbank and the rest of the Southland

  It looks like the Southland is heading into the first heat wave of the summer.  Some parts of the valley could get up into the triple digits over the next few days. Burbank is already sizzling. Today at 12:30 p.m. the high was 87 in the Media City and felt even warmer. B-town can expect highs in at least the 90s tomorrow through Monday. There will be plenty of sunshine go along with the hot temperatures. Yeah, summer is here.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Saraya Thai Cuisine 1439 West Olive Avenue, Burbank May 16, 2013

A Strong View: Saraya best Thai food in Burbank

  SARAYA THAI CUISINE  1439 West Olive Ave. Burbank, CA. 91506  (818) 846-1244 Saraya Thai Cuisine is a nice place to dine anytime. This little Thai café offers a variety of delicious entrees as well as appetizers and deserts. It is small, clean and comfortable. The drinking water they serve to customers here is fresh and tasteful. Many restaurants, when you ask for water, and it is served– after one sip and you know you don’t want another drink of it. The prices at Saraya are reasonable and run from : $6.95... Read More →

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Weekend box office: Monsters are beating the Zombies

  The weekend box office is all about the monsters and the zombies. The battle is between the new Disney animation, “Monsters University” and Brad Pitt’s new zombie action flick, “World War Z.” And the monsters are winning. The weekend numbers are estimates today, but “Monsters University” appears to be headed to the top spot with around $82 million verses “World War Z” debut of $66 million. Nikki Finke over at Deadline has more on the weekend box office and how it’s shaping up to be... Read More →

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“Looking for love” contest: Win book contract, $10,000, and maybe get movie deal

  There are tons of talented writers in the Southland, especially here in the Media City, with all kinds of stories to tell. One of them could have just what Quirk Books is searching for through its “Looking for love” contest. Quirk is not on the prowl for the typical love story. This company likes to publish offbeat books like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which became a New York Times bestseller and is in development to become a movie. Another Quirk book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home... Read More →

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