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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flash mob car event backsup traffic on Burbank Boulevard at Victory Boulevard in Burbank August 13, 2013

Flash mob car crowds expected to invade Burbank today

A flash mob car crowd gathers near the Krispy Kreme donut outlet, 1521 North Victory Place, in Burbank’s Empire Center. That invasion has happened before and despite warnings from the Burbank Police Department and threats of legal action from Burbank City Attorney, Amy Albano, the custom car enthusiasts are apparently planning on returning to the Media City this evening. A few thousand people at an unofficial  event and gridlock on surrounding streets makes the Burbank PD nervous. Burbank Police have sent out news alerts about the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Art festival draws crowds to Downtown Burbank April 11, 2015

Burbank ranked as one of the best cities in America

Is Burbank a better place to live than Seattle, San Diego or even Boston? You might get some arguments from some folks who live in those other cities — but not from Niche, an online ranking and review website. In the 2015 best cities to live rankings on that site, Burbank scored number 9 — not far behind San Francisco and Manhattan. Niche rates cities “based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a city... Read More →

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New website lists salaries and pensions of CA public employees

The new website Transparent California is a real eye opener for taxpayers. The salaries and pensions of many of the city, county, and state employees in the Golden State for 2011 and 2012 are listed.  Some are not on the site for various reasons. Glendale, Newport Beach, Inglewood, and City of Industry are “refusing to produce” the required data, according to the site. Los Angeles, Commerce, and Claremont are among the cities alleged to be  “stalling” in answering the request for this type of data. Burbank... 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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Why “Pacific Rim” was defeated by “Despicable Me 2” at the box office

As the final numbers for the weekend show, “Despicable Me 2” is still king of the domestic box office. The new big budget sci-fic actioner, “Pacific Rim” had a fan base and good reviews, but still lost steam before the weekend was over. ‘Pacific Rim”had to settle for third, behind the poorly reviewed “Grown Ups 2.” What happened? Perhaps moviegoers are getting tired of the big screen battle to save Earth. Or maybe ticket buyers just wanted a break from all those flashy and loud special effects. Producers... Read More →

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“Despicable Me 2” beating “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim”

  The animated juggernaut, “Despicable Me 2,” is refusing to give up its title as the number one film in the U.S.  Two new contenders, “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” put up a fight — but “Despicable Me” appears to be headed for the winner’s circle for the second week in a row. “Despicable Me 2” brought in an estimated $44.7 million this weekend and has a haul of $200 million at the domestic box office since opening on July 3. More on the weekend numbers and... Read More →

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“Grown Ups 2” opens with poor reviews and better than expected performance

“Grown Ups 2” is apparently not for the mature nor anyone looking for anything but a weak story filled with bad jokes. The film is getting slammed by many reviewers including Claudia Puig over on USA Today. The first “Grown Ups” earned $162 million at the box office back in 2010. Despite the bad reviews, apparently a lot of moviegoers still want to see the sequel. The numbers are in for the late Thursday/early Friday morning screenings and “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” did better than expected.... 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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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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Two more sequels for “The Amazing Spider-Man”

Sony Pictures made a big announcement  today about one of its biggest franchises, Spider-Man. Last year, “The Amazing Spider-Man” earned more than $750 million worldwide. A sequel is in  production in New York right now and is due out next May. A news release from Sony Pictures revealed the dates for two more sequels in June 2016 and May 2018. Details on Deadline.

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“Man of Steel” hottest movie ticket this weekend

  The new Superman movie lands in U.S. theaters tomorrow and it’s the hottest ticket this weekend. “Man of Steel” advance ticket sells were soaring high — in the number one spot — as of last Tuesday at Fandango, the popular movie site on the web. The publicity has been incredible. Movie posters and billboards for the comic-book-wonder -turned-big-screen-superstar are all over the Media City and the rest of the Southland. The new superhero flick is opening in 4,200 plus theaters nationwide. There’s no doubt, “Man... Read More →

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UPDATED: Aftermath of deadly shooting spree in Santa Monica

  UPDATED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 3:38 p.m.  A fifth shooting spree victim has died bringing the total to six dead. Details here.   The FBI has joined the investigation into that deadly shooting rampage in the Southland coastal community of Santa Monica yesterday. Five people were killed including the alleged gunman, who apparently died as the result of a shootout with law enforcement on the Santa Monica College campus. The Los Angeles Times has more details on the shooting spree as well as the... Read More →

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Archie and the gang headed to the big screen

  The forever teenyboppers, Archie, Veronica, and Betty are apparently headed to the big screen. Warner Bros. has worked out a movie deal with Archie Comics, according to an exclusive report on Deadline.com. Comic books are fertile territory for films and the superhero flicks have made millions at the box office. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin the producers put on Archie and his friends from Riverdale to attract the number of moviegoers needed for a film to be a hit and... Read More →

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Box office: “Fast & Furious 6” still king, Will Smith’s new film fizzles

Moviegoers are still hot for the fast cars and action of “Fast & Furious 6.” The sequel held onto the number spot at the domestic box office over the weekend leaving two new films eating its dust. “Fast & Furious 6” earned an estimated $34.5 million pushing its two week domestic total to around $170 million. In second, the new magic heist film, “Now You See Me” with about $28 million, and in third, the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi flick, “After Earth” with around $27 million. The... Read More →

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World’s most powerful women: Oprah, Beyonce, and Hillary are on the list

  Forbes is out with a list of the females who wheel the most power in 2013. Some high-profile women made the list like First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles, and Hillary Clinton. Also making the grade, Diane Sawyer, Meg Whitman, Angelina Jolie, Dian von Furstenberg, and Arianna Huffington. However, the woman who rated the number one spot, might surprise you. Details here.

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Southwest Airlines scores high in new study

When it comes to customer satisfaction, Southwest Airlines is flying high. The airlines, a frequent flyer out of  Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, ranked second only to JetBlue  Airways for low cost carriers in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 North America Airline Satisfaction study. Out of a total points of 1,000, JetBlue led the list of low-cost carriers with 787, followed by Southwest with 770 points. The report came out yesterday, showing passenger approval for airline travel at the highest level since 2006. Alaska Airlines got the best... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy, “The Great Gatsby,” and Barbara Walters to retire

Angelina Jolie’s breast cancer decision A lot of chatter on the Internet today about actress Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. The Academy Award winning actress, best supporting for the 1999 film “Girl, Interrupted,” went public in a New York Times opinion piece about her genetic risk of breast cancer and how that prompted a major decision to take preventative action. Jolie’s partner, actor Brad Pitt, reportedly praised Jolie’s courage and that of others in her similar situation. People has that. More discussion of Jolie’s decision... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Maria Shriver got a new gig, Jackson trial, and “Iron Man 3” rave review

Maria Shriver returns to NBC News Maria Shriver messy break-up and separation from former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently has not hurt her reunion with NBC News. In a press release, NBC announced Shriver “… joins NBC News as a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.” Shriver worked for the network as an anchor and correspondent from 1986 until 2004. Shriver’s new role at NBC  reportedly “… will build upon her pioneering... Read More →

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