Monday, April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello 1942–2013

A sad day for the Walt Disney Company and fans, family, and friends of Annette Funicello. The former Mouseketeer of The famous 1950s “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show died today of complications of multiple Sclerosis — a disease Funicello had battled for more than 25 years.  The actress/singer, who was know as well for those 1960s “Beach Party” movies, reportedly […]
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety sold

The oldest of Hollywood’s trade papers, Daily Variety, has a new owner today. The 107-year-old Variety was very slow to move into the digital age. For that reason, and poor management, it has been struggling for years and bleeding a lot of red ink. In its glory days of the 1990s, when circulation and advertisement were robust, the publication took […]
Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest Blogger: Garden Guru Emilio “Elmo” Telles

Welcome a new guest blogger.  Emilio “Elmo” Telles, the Garden Guru.  He has a vast knowledge of gardening and a passion for growing things like plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Elmo works at the Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, where he frequently teaches free classes.  I’ve covered some of Elmo’s great gardening classes on this blog. Last Saturday, July 9, Elmo conducted a class […]
Monday, June 20, 2011

Entertainment Bits

“Jackass” star killed in car accident  Actor Ryan Dunn was reportedly killed in a horrible car accident early this morning. The 34-year-old star of the  R-rated “Jackass”  movie comedy series apparently died when his Porsche crashed and exploded into flames in Pennsylvania. The Wrap has more on the  tragedy. “Dilbert” creator in hot water over blog post The  Internet is buzzing over the […]
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Another spec script is bought in the hot Hollywood market

Another spec script sale to report, the 34th this year, according to Scott Myers over on the Go Into The Story blog. Twentieth Century Fox picked up, “From Mia With Love,” a comedy about three dudes who are eager to part with their virginity. So they send-off for a Russian mail order bride, but as you can probably imagine, things do not work […]
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ShowBiz Bits:Tom Hanks, John Wayne, and spec script sales

 Tom Hanks takes on real-life hero role  The high-seas drama of cargo ship Captain Richard Phillips and the Somali pirates is headed to the big screen. Actor Tom Hanks is reportedly on board to play Phillips, according to Back in April of 2009, Captain Phillips traded himself as a hostage to the pirates to save his crew. Phillips was later freed […]
Monday, February 7, 2011

City Buzz

The Burbank Primary Nominating Election is coming up fast. Only two weeks to that February 22 election and there’s a lot at stake for the city and its residents. Most of the attention is focused on the two seats available on the city council and the four candidates campaigning hard for them. On the ballot, City Councilman Gary Bric and three challengers: Emily Gabel-Luddy, Bob Frutos, and […]
Monday, January 10, 2011

City Buzz

 Burbank’s merit pay for city employees controversy Some new developments in the growing controversy about merit pay for Burbank city employees — who gets them — how much per individual — what is the real criteria for who pockets those extra bucks — are the main questions yet to be answered fully by city officials. Late last Friday, city officials made […]
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

City Buzz

“Rain rain go away” When will it stop? Soon is what the weather watchers are saying about this deluge. Like most of  the Southland, Burbank is soggy from several days of heavy rain. The worst of the storms is rolling across Los Angeles County now through mid-afternoon. I was out driving in the Media City shortly before 9 a.m. this […]