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  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Anaheim Councilwomen Slam Mayor Tom Tain for Getting Money from Garden Grove Hotelier...then Do the Same

    Anaheim councilwomen Lucille Kring and Kris Murray have made a sport of bashing Mayor Tom Tait over his private hotel-related business dealings in Garden Grove. The animosity stems back to the Mayor's dissenting vote opposing the $158 million mega-subsidy given to the now-infamous GardenWalk hotel p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Why the Latin Grammys Remain America's Biggest Anti-Mexican Sham

    Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Employee Pay Lawsuits Against Regal Cinemas Land in Orange County Federal Court

    Claims that Regal Entertainment Group and Edwards Theaters violated labor laws by forcing employees to work for free through break periods has landed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse. Though the labor law cases were originally filed in places like San Francisco and Los Angele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Cathy Schulman, John Chichester, Well-Known Hollywood Players, Join Chapman Film School

    Chapman University in Orange routinely lands notables behind Hollywood cameras for its Dodge College of Film and Media Arts ... so why stop now? Among those who have joined for the looming school years are Academy Award-winning producer and Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Ill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Medieval Times ... The Movie?!

    Here ye, here ye, my lords and ladies! Medieval Times, the famed fake castle where you can watch a jousting tournament while gnawing on a turkey leg and chugging ye olde Diet Pepsi, may be headed to the big screen. Deadline reports that production companies Benderspink (The Hangover Part III) and ... More >>

  • Film

    November 21, 2012

    Jack Frost and the Secular Pantheon in 'Rise of the Guardians'

    Adventures with Santa and co. in Dreamworks Animation's holiday wonderland

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    [UPDATED W/FUNNY PHONE CALL] Ace Hardware: Anti-Medical Marijuana?

    *See end of post for an update and link to funny phone callORIGINAL POST, Sept. 21, 11:05 a.m.: Medical marijuana activists in Long Beach are planning a protest in front of the Ace Hardware store at 746 E. Fourth St. on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 21. But that's not all--the protest will also ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Judge Issues Tentative Sanction Against Toyota in Sudden-Acceleration Trial

    The federal judge in Santa Ana assigned to Toyota's nationwide sudden-acceleration trial issued a tentative sanction against the automaker for an inspection of a crashed 2008 Toyota Camry. Judge James V. Selna writes that the inspection casts "a cloud of suspicion" over Toyota Motor Sales USA's beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Your Handy Guide To Orange County Stores

    What's happening in the OC/LB area for this year's edition of Record Store Day, you ask? Here's a nifty guide to all the excitement spinning around on Saturday, April 21.Black Hole Records: They will carry a selection of the official Record Store Day limited edition releases. 108 N. Harbor Blvd., F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Vons, Albertsons, and Walmart To Stop Selling "Pink Slime" Beef

    ​What Louis Braindeis once said about sunlight being the best disinfectant can probably apply here. After being "pink"-listed by The Daily as sellers of "pink slime" beef, several supermarket chains have announced that they will stop offering beef that contains the filler previously known as  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Anaheim Hotel Tax Giveaway Dominates Town Hall Forum

    ​Anaheim residents filed into an auditorium at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church last night for a KABC-TV Channel 7 town hall. The space in the heavily Latino neighborhood is usually situated for bingo nights, but a majority of the capacity crowd attended in order to express anger for a city coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Vandals' Joe Escalante on SOPA: How the Daily Variety Lawsuit Proves it Will Ruin the Internet

    ​ We all know about the Daily Variety suit that plagues the Vandals, but yesteday bassist Joe Escalante published a column over at Huffington Post that talks about SOPA and how it bodes ill for the Internet...using their case as an example. Read an excerpt after the jump. (That case, by the way, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    5 Most Important Video Game-Related News Stories of 2011

    ​2011 has come and gone, and the year that seemingly slipped right past us was full of major events--some of which may very change the landscape of the video gaming industry forever. Everything from new a new Nintendo console to the death of a computer pioneer was all crammed into the previous yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Correction:] Revenge of the Electric Car ALREADY ROLLED Into Long Beach

    ​CORRECTION, DEC. 12, 9:50 A.M.: No, it was not a bank of dead batteries that prevented filmmaker Chris Paine and his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car from showing up as advertised (by . . . gulp . . . me) at the Art Theatre in Long Beach Sunday. As it turns out, that event was Dec. 4. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    [UPDATED With Agreement Ratified:] Disneyland and UNITE HERE Local 11 Near Bargaining Agreement, Higher Wages, Better Healthcare For Hotel Workers

    ​UPDATE, DEC. 8, 10:41 A.M.: The ballots have been counted and the results announced. The fierce feud is over.An "overwhelming majority" of UNITE HERE Local 11 members who cast ballots yesterday voted in support of the new collective bargaining agreement with Disneyland Resort. The newly ratified ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    The Five Best Foods to Have Delivered on Cyber Monday While You Shop Online

    ​It's Cyber Monday, that analogue to Friday's truly shameful display of American consumerism. (Seriously, that image of the woman's butt crack in the video for the $2 toasters? Some things you can never un-see.)Our brethren and sistren at the Houston Press wrote a great list of why Cyber Monday is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Warner Bros. Records Announce Exclusive Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day On Black Friday

    ​This morning Warner Bros. Records announced that they'll be releasing exclusive Record Store Day releases on Black Friday. See below for details on limited edition vinyl packages from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, The Black Keys, and Eric Clapton that'll be available this F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    SoCal Film Festival Keeps Chugging in Surf City

    ​Last October, amid much glitz, glamour but light attendance, the first ever Anaheim International Film Festival premiered, and while it's not quite one-and-done, organizers plan this year to sprinkle festival screenings in with regular UltraLuxe of GardeWalk programming throughout the fall. Meanw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Top Eight Highlights from Tokyo Game Show 2011

    ​Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    [UPDATED: Tentative Agreement Reached] UFCW Cancels Grocery Contract, Removes Final Barrier To Strike

    UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    D23 Expo Announces Arena Schedule

    ​The annual D23 Expo (or "Disney Expo" for all you non-Disnerds out there) hits the Anaheim Convention Center this August 19th through the 21st.Disney just announced the arena schedule for the three-day event which includes feature screenings, celebrity panels, autograph signings and more.Look fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011

    Art Alexakis

    Coach House

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    [UPDATED with Tribune Talks Back On:] Sale Could Lead to One Company Owning All SoCal Dailies

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper  publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Jenna Jameson Faces Suit, Tito Ortiz Loses His

    ​A theater owner is suing Jenna Jameson for allegedly faking an illness to get out of a series of Chicago-area personal appearances to promote her movie Zombie Strippers! Meanwhile, the retired porn star's off-and-on-and-off-again boyfriend/baby daddy Tito Ortiz, known around MMA circles as the " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Surf City Sex Stuff Seller Summer Sale

    ​Ah, summer. You've packed the towels.Sunscreen: check.Anal Lube Natural!?!

  • Music

    May 5, 2011

    Record Stores Revinylize OC

    The vinyl boom is fueling a resurgence of record retailers

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    The Wii 2: Fact vs. Rumor

    ​News in the video game industry is typically slow within the few months leading up to the Electronics Entertainment Expo, since video game companies want to save their surprises for the biggest gaming event of the year. In a way, this is like the "calm before the storm." Nintendo, however, doesn' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011

    Young the Giant

    House of Blues

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Volcom Sues Jay-Z

    [Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Why is Lil Wayne a Genius? We Explain His Appeal (Plus, His New Video for 'Six Foot Seven Foot!')​Lil Wayne is a genius, and not simply because he spends seven days a week in the studio, recording some of the most lyrically intricate, metaphor-laced verses in the history of the rap game off the top of his head, no pen, no pad. 

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    [UPDATED] Braking News! Government Report Clears Toyota Software as Cause of Sudden-Acceleration Problems

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 24, 12:47 P.M.: In my mailbox yesterday was a recall notice from Toyota for my wife's Highlander.Today I learned she is not alone: Having already recalled nearly 8 million of its models in the U.S., Toyota announced it is calling back another 2.17 million to correct brake and acceler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Sen. Lou Correa Praised for Proposed Online-Gambling Bill

    ​Orange County state Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is better than a handful of aces, if you ask the California Gaming Association.The group is praising Correa's proposed Senate Bill 40, which would legalize online poker in California and is opposed by--one guess--yes, greedy Nevada casino execu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Toyota Lawsuits Can Move Forward, Judge Tentatively Rules in Santa Ana Court

    ​A federal judge has tentatively (double-negative alert) refused to dismiss dozens of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp., despite the automaker's motion. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna issued the order last Wednesday, and then heard arguments from Toyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    WTF of the Week: The Grammy Noms

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEminem, nominated for 'Recovery'​WTF:Despite the fact that the way the world listens to music has changed radically over the past decade, the Grammys ostensibly continue to reward bands based on a model en vogue 50 years ago. This year's list of nominees reflects that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Embassy Suites Irvine, Hotel Facing Worker Complaints and Union Push, is Sold

    ​HEI Hotels & Resorts just sold the 293-suite Embassy Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport for an undisclosed price.The Norwalk, Conn.-based investor in hotel properties reportedly says the sale will allow it to implement further cost-cutting at the hotel by managing the property. But it also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Record Stores Hold Nationwide Vinyl Sale on Black Friday; Here's a Handy List of Local Participants

    John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record Store​A few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Orange County Register Owner Freedom Communications' Papers, TV Stations for Sale

    ​Update, November 18, 5:20 p.m.: A media industry watcher suggests Freedom Communications may have a strategy behind what would seem to be a counter-intuitive move to sell the modern-day equivalent of buggy whips, daily newspapers."Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep othe ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2010

    Know Fearless Records

    The OC label that first signed Plain White T's has a plan for keeping the next big thing from bolting to the majors

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    The Thing About the North Park Music Thing

    ​The thing about the North Park Music Thing, explains founder Kevin Hellman, is that he wants the two-day festival in San Diego to be as regional as SXSW. And some day, maybe bigger.  "The first year it was called North by North Park, but the folks in Austin (home of SXSW) threatened to su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Walt Disney Company Grants the Right to Bare Arms: Sleeveless Tops!

    Flickr user JMRosenfeld​The Walt Disney Company has always been notorious for their employee guidelines: Issuing just how warm it has to be before they can drink water or eat ice cubes while working theme parks; how to point directions out for visitors; and, of course, how to dress. It's been 10 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher Wants Feds To Restrict Internet Companies

    Dana: consistently inconsistent​Dana Rohrabacher might just be the most consistent member of Congress--consistently inconsistent that is. The Huntington Beach politician--who likes to be called "a patriot" or a libertarian but not so much a Republican--is interested in writing a federal law that p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Filling Station Overpriced for Merely Good Meals

    I promised milady a special breakfast this morning, but she's the kind of gal who wants things her way. I suggested Anton Schwager's Jagerhaus, La Galette Creperie in San Clemente; she demanded The Filling Station, an Orange institution even though it truly hasn't been around that long, which goes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: LynnMarie & the Boxhounds, "Squeeze Box" (plus Grammy rant)

    God, I hate the stupid fucking Grammy Awards, an annual music industry wank-off that I've seriously been railing against ever since I was 12 -- in 1980, the year wus-pop icon Christopher Cross swept all the big awards, beating out classic recordings like Pink Floyd's The Wall (which somehow flew und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    What a Bunch of Knobs

    Dynamics—they used to be a given in recordings cut during the analog era. Now, apparently, we need an organized body to notify the music industry's tastemakers and consumers weaned on MP3s that a song not compressed to hell is not fatally flawed. What the fucking fuck?! Read all about this tragic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Parents Television Council Loves TBN, Is Full of It

    Tomorrow, those boob tube rubes known as the Parents Television Council will impart its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ (their trademark, not our lame irony) on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. "We commend the TBN Networks for upholding the positive values that families hold dear," states a PTC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Crazy-ass Reg letter o' the day!

    (Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2007

    Jane Magazine To Cease Publication

    This is such sad news. Announced earlier today, Jane magazine will end as we know it with next month's issue. At just under 10 years old, Jane was a fashion/beauty magazine with a spunky attitude unseen in larger publications. It was beautiful, but not in an intimidating, ultra-glam way like Vogue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2007

    Hu-what? Internet killing porn?

    The poor porn industry is suffering. And the once-wonderful World Wide Web is to blame, reports The New York Times. Well, more like the free or über-cheap porn that's now so rampant online. Cheaper digital equipment's inspiring a new breed of amateur pornographers, and nationwide porn revenue ... More >>

  • Food

    September 20, 2001

    Hi-Fi Food!

    Oranges Filling Station pumps up the vittles

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