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Showbiz Tidbits: September 14, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger lands new TV gig. The former California governor/actor has been named host of NBC’s  “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  Schwarzenegger takes over in the 7th season of the reality show for billionaire/super personality/now presidential candidate, Donald Trump. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to... Read More →

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“Jurassic World” stomps competition and breaks records

As predicted, Universal’s “Jurassic World” was a monster at the box office  over the weekend. The dino-pix stomped the competition and now owns the record for the biggest weekend debut in the U.S. with a haul of $208.8 million. The previous record holder “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012) slipped down into second place with $207.4 million. Also, “Jurassic World” grabbed the number spot for best International opening with $315.3 million. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part... Read More →

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Art festival returns to Downtown Burbank this weekend

Downtown Burbank will be alive this weekend with the creative vibe and works of more than 100 artists from traditional painters, photographers, sculptors to special effects wizards and hip urban street painters. The art festival will once again take over several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard, between  Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Also, there will be live art demonstrations, panel discussions with top industry artists, and art directors as part of a presentation by Burbank-based Creative Talent Network.  Guest speakers include talent from Marvel Studios, Pixar, and Insomniac Games. For a... Read More →

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New movie poster for Christmas release “Into the Woods”

Christmas is coming and so are those holiday movies. The poster for Disney’s “Into the Woods” is out. This is the first poster for the Stephen Sondheim musical, according to The Disney Blog. Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is pictured on the poster as “The Witch.” Also starring in the film, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. The musical intertwines some of the plots and characters from some famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales with an original story about a baker and his wife and the witch... Read More →

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Warner Bros. CEO admits layoffs are coming

Apparently no one’s job is safe at Warner Bros. A lot of tension and frayed nerves there as the employees wait to see who will get the axe.  In an office memo yesterday, CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed reports that layoffs are coming. Tsujihara did not say how many jobs would be cut, but said the axe will fall  “across the Studio. ” Warner, based in Burbank,  has somewhere around 8, 000 employees globally. Here’s part of that memo. “We are doing our best to minimize staff reductions.... Read More →

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Heads up: Burbank meeting, contest, and Nickelodeon project

   Caltrans officials are hosting a special community meeting this evening to update the public on the 1-5 highway and Empire construction project in Burbank. The improvements include: Adding carpool lanes between Magnolia Blvd. and Buena Vista St. Constructing a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Ave. Reconstructing the Burbank Blvd. overcrossing and realigning ramps Elevating the railroad at Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. and adjacent to Empire Ave. Improving the intersection at San Fernando Blvd/Victory Pl. and Lincoln St. Realigning and widening the Buena Vista St. ramps... Read More →

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Disney expansion project clears major hurdle

Another major studio expansion project is working its way through the political process. Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch revamp was approved by the Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission yesterday. Last April, NBCUniversal got the go ahead from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for its  $1.6 billion 25-year Evolution Plan, which the studio says will generate 30,000 jobs. Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch expansion now goes to the Sups for their approval. Golden Oak Ranch is in Santa Clarita and Disney wants to develop 58 acres off Placerita Canyon... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Disney star gets book deal, hip hop artist hooks movie role, and NBCUniversal plan is a go

Teen TV star scores book offer Disney Channel star, Bella Thorne, is now an actress, singer, dancer, and author. The 15-year-old has a new deal to write a YA, young adult, book series called, “Autumn Falls,” according to Galleycat. Not familiar with Thorne? Well, she’s co-stars in the sitcom, “Shake It Up,” and reportedly has 2.9 million followers on Twitter! Sean Combs joins football movie cast Hip hop artist, music mogul, entrepreneur, and actor, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs has been... Read More →

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A Strong View: Stop runaway production

  If you are at all familiar with the motion picture industry no doubt you know about runaway production. Entertainment is big business here in Southern California and especially in Burbank. The major and independent studios probably do their best to employ locally. Yet, here in a time of economic deficiencies in the job market; the powers that be, whoever they may be, in charge of permits and rules governing what can be done where — are running productions out of town. Many studios, because of... Read More →

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Open casting call for new DreamWorks movie

Another big search for new talent. Entertainment heavyweight DreamWorks is holding an open casting call for a lead role in its upcoming film, “Welcome To People,” starring Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine. The casting folks are looking for someone to play the character, “Josh.” Some of the requirements include age 11-13, Caucasian, and able to remember large chunks of dialogue. Also, no acting experience is required. The casting call is this Saturday, December 4, at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, between... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: Lindsay Lohan free again, Jay-Z’s memoir & NBC Universal Prez bows out

 Lindsay Lohan back on the streets  After a freaky Friday that included court drama and a short stay in jail, Actress Lindsay Lohan is a free woman once again. After failing a court-ordered drug test, Lohan appeared in a Beverly Hills court yesterday. True to his word, Judge Elden Fox, sent her to the slammer for 30 days without bail. However within hours, Lohan’s lawyer got another Los Angeles Superior Court judge to reverse the bail ruling. Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, pointed out defendants convicted of misdemeanors are allowed... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits:Lindsay Lohan’s drug test, that gate crasher at Warner Bros. & Gabby Sidibe’s magazine cover

Uh-oh! Lindsay Lohan failed a court-ordered drug test Instead of calling a news conference when they’re in deep, deep, whatever, a lot of celebs turn to Twitter to tell their side of the story. The latest to do so, the troubled Lindsay Lohan. Late Friday reports were all over the Internet about Lohan possibly testing positive for drugs. Early Saturday morning, Lohan went online and copped to failing a recent drug test on her Twitter page. Here’s a sampling of what she wrote: “Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if... Read More →

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Entertainment: Jackson Browne, Disney profits soar, and “The Other Guys” win the battle at the Box Office

“Show Me the Polyester” If you look great in polyester and dig rock singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne, here’s a contest for you. Browne is touring the U.S. right now with musician David Lindley. Apparently, Browne and Lindley are sporting flashy polyester shirts on stage during their performances this summer. The duo is encouraging fans to show-off their best eye-catching polyester shirts in a photo contest going on at the “Show Me the Polyester” website, according to a PR Newswire press release. Fans have until August 25 to upload photos of themselves wearing  polyester shirts to the site. One winner will... Read More →

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Entertainment: Disney finally sells Miramax, Record breaking ratings for “The View” thanks to Obama, and another milestone for the “Black Eyed Peas”

 Actor Rob Lowe reportedly part of the group that bought Miramax Miramax, a hot commodity in Hollywood, has been sold to a group of investors led by Billionaire/Construction Magnate, Ronald Tutor. The price tag — somewhere between $600-$675 million. The announcement came out yesterday. Late today, The Wrap reported that Actor Rob Lowe is among the investors. The prestigious Miramax library includes such films as “My Left Foot”  (1989), “Pulp Fiction”(1994), and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998).  The Wrap has several reports on the deal and the behind the scenes drama. President Obama’s appearance... Read More →

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Entertainment: Conan O’Brien scores Emmy nominations, Disney loses big time in court & “Eclipse” still hot at the Box Office

 Conan O’Brien gets four Emmy nominations Late night talk show host, Conan O’Brien, has plenty to joke about after receiving four Emmy nominations today, for his short-lived version of “The Tonight Show,” including nods for outstanding variety music or comedy series, for writing, directing, and art direction. How many nominations did his rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman get? Nada! Zilch!   That recent odd-ball Emmy ad campaign by the TBS Network for the comedian just might have paid... Read More →

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Hot movies, deals, and entertainment news

“Iron Man 2”  a hot ticket seller Another comic book-inspired movie is blasting into theaters today, and is set to make a ton of money at the domestic Box Office this weekend. The Hollywood Reporter says “Iron Man 2” scored an estimated $7.5 million at midnight shows — with a predicted weekend tally of $140 million. This film sequel to the 2008 blockbuster is on a nice roll. It opened in foreign markets a few days ago and according to Box Office Mojo, “Iron Man 2” has rung up more than $120 million worldwide.... Read More →

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