December 6, 2008
?Australia? was marketed for weeks before its opening as an epic, and if large portions are any measure of that, ?Australia? is truly an epic film production. But large portions don?t necessarily make for great filmmaking, and in this case, much of the impact of the story is overwhelmed by the saccharine nature of its telling, and the film becomes a weepy, treacly tear-jerker. Producer/co-writer and director Baz Luhrmann has created a long, rambling motion picture that is part Western, part war movie and part romance, and the story is nursed along via narrative from a biracial boy named Nullah (Brandon Walters)
August 27, 2008
BURBANK — She is competing on a world stage in baseball — and she’s only a sophomore at Burbank High. Marti Sementelli, who pitched for the Bulldogs’ freshman hardball team last season, is finding success as a member of Team USA in the Women’s World Cup in Matsuyama, Japan. Tuesday, Sementelli held Australia to one run on four hits in five innings to lead the Americans to an 11-1 win. The Americans are 3-0 in the tournament and have outscored their opponents, 49-6.
June 14, 2003
Carolyn Brown of Burbank, a student at John Burroughs High School, has received a scholarship from Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg University Scholars program. The scholarship is renewable over four years, and can total $10,000 over the course of her education at Cal Poly Pomona. Molly Raine, a 1999 graduate of Burbank High School, has graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Redlands, earning a bachelor's degree in environmental management.
July 3, 2004
Mark R. Madler With a 13-hour flight to Australia ahead of her this Friday, Michelle Shirtcliff admits to feeling nervous. "I've never gone on an international flight by myself," said Michelle, who starts sixth grade at John Muir Middle School in the fall. Michelle, 11, will spend two- and-a-half weeks traveling Down Under as a representative of the United States with People to People, a nonprofit group promoting world peace through international trips by elemen- tary and high school students.
July 5, 2003
Molly Shore Jordan Curcuruto is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. The 11-year-old Burbank girl and 29 other Southern California students leave July 10 on a two-week trip to Australia as representatives of People to People. The national organization, founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, fosters global cross-cultural friendships among students. Jordan said she was surprised when she learned she had been selected, but she knows the experience will be a positive one. "I'd like to come back ... knowing about a different place, and knowing that people are just the same even though they may be of a different culture," she said.
August 5, 2006
When Burbank resident Carole Pane placed a personal ad in the Los Angeles Times more than 12 years ago, she had no idea how far it was going to take her. But about 18 months after meeting Australia native Lawrence Pane, who responded to her ad, she was aboard a sailboat traveling the world with Lawrence and his son, Ryan. Lawrence and Carole Pane gave a slide-show presentation of their six-year voyage at the Burbank Central Library on Tuesday, signing copies of their book, "Chasing Sunsets: A Practicing Devout Coward's Circumnavigation," which they co-authored with Ryan Pane, 18. Lawrence Pane had long planned to sail the globe with his first wife and Ryan Pane's mother, Patricia Mulryan.
June 22, 2002
Laura Sturza Cartoon characters have always traveled well, with the animation medium welcomed around the globe. But with so much work being farmed out to other countries, artists must find other ways to earn a living at their craft. So said industry insiders, many of whom were involved in Thursday's panel discussion on traditional and digital feature animation. "Studios used to keep artists on a long-term basis," said Bob Miller, who is on the board of ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society.
July 3, 2002
Descanso offers family nights LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Wednesday nights are family nights at Descanso Gardens for picnics and explorations of nature through stories and songs. Families will come to Descanso after the usual closing time at 5 p.m. and picnic at the Food Court. Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youths 13 to 18, $1 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.
January 11, 2006
Matt Johnston recently founded Workway, a Burbank-based staffing firm specializing in serving the financial industry, to provide temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire employees. The company identifies highly qualified potential employees through an extensive screening process of interviewing, skills testing and reference checking. Within the financial industry, Workway fills staffing positions that include loan processors, bank tellers, escrow officers and accountants. Workway employs 45 full-time staff and has 150 customers in Burbank and several other cities and including Irvine, Oak Park, Ill.; Phoenix; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Las Vegas.
April 25, 2001
Jeff Tully BURBANK -- Back in January, it looked as if Jaclyn Johnson would be saying goodbye to her career in women's basketball at the conclusion of her senior year at the University of Kansas. But it appears the former Bellarmine-Jefferson High star is not ready to hang up her sneakers just yet, after being drafted in the WNBA. Draft. Johnson, a 6-foot-1 forward, was chosen Friday in the third round -- 42nd pick overall -- by the Orlando Miracle of the professional league.