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 >>
If you can't satisfy California safety regulations, move your theme park ride to Missouri. That the attitude Knott's Berry Farm has taken with its Windseeker attraction in Buena Park, the iconic tall swing ride you can see for miles--and where two riders got stuck last year.
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 >>
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 >>
A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!
*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 >>
See Also:* "Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil"* Read about REAL tortillas in our weekly feature: Tortilla Tuesdayst's amazing--scratch that. It's disturbing as hell how ill-informed the mainstream media is and how damn laz ... More >>
Wait, what? It's American Craft Beer Week? Here I thought it was Bike to Work Week, and I could have been sucking down beers instead of pedaling to the office, uphill and into a stiff headwind both ways. Wil Dee, the Beverage Director at Haven Gastropub and enthusiastic road cyclist, can celebrate ... More >>
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 >>
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the exquisite documentary about Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old chef at the famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. (Read a Q&A with director David Gelb here.) Need a reason to drive out to L.A. to catch the film, which opens today? Here are five delicious ones. ... More >>
We told you earlier in the week that a federal judge in Santa Ana rejected MGA Entertainment's claim for a $1 billion judgment against Mattel, which the same jurist had previously ordered to pay the smaller toy company $310 million for stealing trade secrets involving Bratz dolls. Now, the maker ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Dave LiebermanIt's a rare occasion when we link to Fast Food Maven around here, but I was intrigued by the recent article post handmade biscuits at Carl's Jr.After all, everything in a fast-food chain comes preportioned and pre-dumbed-down so that anyone can do it, right? Creativity and individua ... More >>
StudioSchulz.com KochThe founders of Stone Brewing Co., Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, have written a book on how they built SoCal's biggest and arguably best-known craft brewery. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. reveals the 15-year history of the Escondido-based brewer, and includes recipes for ... More >>
You may or may not like Carl's Jr's. commercials. They're purposely polarizing and provocative. The ads use either tits or creepers to capture your eyeballs and your wallet. Now they're using both at the same time--creepy old man moobies to sell Hardee's Fried Bologna Biscuit breakfast sandwic ... More >>
Dave LiebermanDoesn't look like much, but it's still awesome.I love dive bars. Dive bars are my birthright as an American. I love walking into a dim, dank room, bellying up to a worn old bar of no pedigree whatsoever, ordering a beer and maybe a shot, and talking to the random characters sitting ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ah, summer. You've packed the towels.Sunscreen: check.Anal Lube Natural!?!
Well this is a great story: mega-chains ranging from McDonald's to Nestle, Cracker Barrel to Whole Foods, are raising their prices, not because they're trying to milk you dry, but because the cost for food is going up, up, up. Yay!The United States Department of Agriculture had already forecast t ... More >>
It's no big secret that beer companies have long targeted Latinos in the United States to drink their swill, going as far as to turning an obscure Mexican holiday into the Cinco de Drink bacchanal we celebrate every May 5. Beer-company logos now decorate everything from booth banners at Mexican I ... More >>
The vinyl boom is fueling a resurgence of record retailers
The Long Beach Press-Telegram, whose history extends back to 1897, is reportedly eliminating its sports, photo and features departments.In Long Beach, anyway.Some members of those departments will be swallowed up by the Torrance Daily Breeze, which shares news the P-T and other MediaNews Group pa ... More >>
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It was first Applebee's, then Olive Garden, and now this. Chili's is the third restaurant in the last few weeks to be accused of serving an alcoholic drink to a child. This time it's in Chicago, and the drink was a Mudslide allegedly mistaken for chocolate shake.
[Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?
Better load up on the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, and other budget brews that help this Great Recession go down a bit smoother: the nation's beer cartel is openly raising the prices of such beers in a blatant effort to squeeze consumers into buying their more-expensive brands. So much for ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Record Store Day, Andrew W.K. and Honeypie at Detroit Bar
Yep, it's been a whole year: Ben & Jerry's free cone day is coming up on Tuesday, April 12. And as much as we love classics like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, why not try one of four new (or newish) flavors? There's even one that contains chocolate-covered potato chips. And it's tastier th ... More >>
Is this burger going the way of Carlos Jr.?Carl's Jr. has spent most of the last decade boasting of its waistline-busting burgers, proudly proclaiming their entrees are for sloppy guys who think a salad and any thought of health is one fey thang, hanging their hat on 1,000-calorie-plus creations ... More >>
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OC's own Haven Gastropub is opening a second, Pasadena location in late 2011. It's not just a clone of the Old Towne Orange restaurant, but an ambitious expansion into their own, on-site beer brewing operation.
Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>
Flickr user b r e n tMany of ustedes are probably going through John Wayne Airport for points north and east this week, probably munching on food you brought with you from home lest you get ripped off at Mickey D's or Starbucks. Many of you are hoping that the Orange County Board of Supervisors a ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record StoreA 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 >>
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 >>
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