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July 18, 2001
Small touches make it shine Melissa Brown is an artist living in Montrose. I think this is a terrific, fun and unpretentious bit of filmmaking capped with a top-notch cast. Marlon Brando brings eccentricity to his relatively small part, while Robert De Niro raises the idea of "earnest thief" to new levels. And Edward Norton as the young upstart is just that. But it's the small touches that make the film shine. Just as the thieves go to considerable lengths to carry off a seemingly impossible heist, Frank Oz does the same as this little caper of a movie is laced with humor, inspired scenes and entertaining plot twists.
NEWS
November 11, 2000
People in the entertainment industry know all about loss. Performers lose work, writers lose deals, and studios lose money every day in Hollywood. But when show business loses a great person through untimely death, that is a loss that is hard to take. Such is the case with the passing of Steve Allen. Steve's death hit me hard. I started my career working with him. I worked for this great man for three full years on the last syndicated comedy show he hosted, at what was then, The Hollywood Video Center on Vine Street.
NEWS
February 25, 2009
Closure could hurt businesses too As a 15-year ?resident? of the Magnolia Park Post Office and a 25-year resident of Burbank, I am disappointed to the level of outrage that there is the possibility that the branch will be closed (?Post office is being shipped,? Feb. 14). This feeling rises from two directions, the practical and the sentimental. Practically speaking, there are hundreds of Burbank businesses that use a Magnolia Park Post Office box as their ?home office.
NEWS
March 31, 2004
Jackson Bell The film festival dedicated to the art of acting returns to the city for its second year as big names and unknown faces will show off their make-believe chops on the silver screen. The sixth annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival will run Friday through April 9 at the AMC Media Center 8 Theatres. Organizers and city officials anticipate more than 12,000 people will come to downtown Burbank to watch 26 feature films and 47 shorts.
NEWS
July 3, 2004
little bit Editor's note: This commentary was submitted June 22, nine days before Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando died. Can you remember the last American motion picture that actually led to changing an unjust social condition in our society? Sure, "Saturday Night Fever" changed the way we danced, and after Watergate, films kept reminding us how messed up everything was, especially our government. But few have ever really had the impact of "On the Waterfront."
NEWS
David Laurell | May 26, 2010
I n 1930, Cuba's capital city of Havana celebrated the grand opening of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba — a luxury hotel and casino located on the Malecón that stretches over four miles along Havana's sea wall. Over the next two decades, the hotel became a hot destination for the jet set of the era, and a favorite getaway for many American actors, athletes and writers such as Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Mickey Mantle and Ernest Hemingway. In a tip of the hat to this nostalgic time and place, members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles gathered at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, which had been transformed into a re-creation of the legendary Cuban hotel, for the organization's 61st annual spring cotillion.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | November 22, 2008
Eric Nazarian created such a moving script based on his family’s journey to reconciliation that it won him a fellowship, allowing him to continue doing what he loves most — writing. The independent filmmaker from Burbank was one of five to receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 23rd Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship at an awards dinner Nov. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The experience was a realization of the American dream, following his family’s journey from Armenia to the United States in 1981, his graduation from USC School of Cinematic Arts to his 10-year struggle to making his first film, he said.
NEWS
By DAVID LAURELL | March 4, 2009
Members of the Burbank Heritage Commission joined city officials and representatives of the Cusumano Real Estate Group this past week to unveil a bronze plaque that memorializes the site of Burbank’s first City Hall. Located on the northeast corner of what today is the Cusumano Civic Plaza on Olive Avenue and Third Street, the plaque commemorates the site of Burbank’s first governmental administrative building that housed the offices of the City Council and city manager, as well as the city’s police and fire departments.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Perky Doris Day is the perfect match for handsome Rock Hudson in the 1959 Universal comedy "Pillow Talk" offered by the Alex Film Society in two screenings today at the Alex Theatre. Day is Jan Morrow, a single interior decorator sharing a party line with playboy Brad Allen (Hudson) in New York City. She becomes irritated when he ties up the line serenading his many loves, keeping her from making or receiving any business calls. The fun begins after he catches a glimpse of her, and slyly sets out to meet her by pretending to be a shy businessman from Texas.
NEWS
February 28, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH The Action/Reaction Theater Company and A Noise Within simultaneously delve into the dysfunctional family arena as they begin previews of their latest productions this weekend. Action/Reaction presents the drama "Everything Dies in Winter" by Dennis Pratt. The story line centers on a family consisting of an aging couple, a schizophrenic Vietnam veteran, his girlfriend, and their baby trying to break free of the hereditary cycle of abuse.
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NEWS
February 25, 2009
Closure could hurt businesses too As a 15-year ?resident? of the Magnolia Park Post Office and a 25-year resident of Burbank, I am disappointed to the level of outrage that there is the possibility that the branch will be closed (?Post office is being shipped,? Feb. 14). This feeling rises from two directions, the practical and the sentimental. Practically speaking, there are hundreds of Burbank businesses that use a Magnolia Park Post Office box as their ?home office.
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NEWS
July 18, 2001
Small touches make it shine Melissa Brown is an artist living in Montrose. I think this is a terrific, fun and unpretentious bit of filmmaking capped with a top-notch cast. Marlon Brando brings eccentricity to his relatively small part, while Robert De Niro raises the idea of "earnest thief" to new levels. And Edward Norton as the young upstart is just that. But it's the small touches that make the film shine. Just as the thieves go to considerable lengths to carry off a seemingly impossible heist, Frank Oz does the same as this little caper of a movie is laced with humor, inspired scenes and entertaining plot twists.
NEWS
November 11, 2000
People in the entertainment industry know all about loss. Performers lose work, writers lose deals, and studios lose money every day in Hollywood. But when show business loses a great person through untimely death, that is a loss that is hard to take. Such is the case with the passing of Steve Allen. Steve's death hit me hard. I started my career working with him. I worked for this great man for three full years on the last syndicated comedy show he hosted, at what was then, The Hollywood Video Center on Vine Street.
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