Your cheat sheet for the Newport Beach Film Festival, from the parties to the flicks about speed-dating geezers
Errol Morris tells us he's tired of interviewing people
Taping my show with the terrific film reviewer Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC's "Film Week" - and author of a new collection helpfully titled Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Time - I was happily affirmed in my sense that good wr ... More >>
Un Plan Parfait (Fly Me To The Moon), the romantic comedy that sold out its Tuesday night French Spotlight screening and earned a repeat showing last night, was the big winner of 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival awards.It won the juried Best Film, Best Actress (Diane Kruger), Best Director (Pascal C ... More >>
Women in combat is a hot topic and Kirby Dick is a hot documentary filmmaker.Both are coming to UC Irvine Tuesday, when Dick's Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War will be screened, followed by a panel discussion featuring the provocative director and the lead attorney in several cl ... More >>
The rambunctious lineup includes nine Oscar nominees
[Trendzilla] The street artist teams with Smashbox cosmetics for new spring collection
Grand Central Art Center
Behind the Orange Curtain, the award-winning documentary about an alarming rise in drug overdoses among South County's young, is going directly to its intended audience tonight.It screens at 7 p.m. at San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, where admission is free.
Grand Central Art Center
Santa Ana gets a closeup in tonight's HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation.Not that Santa Ana's chamber of commerce is trumpeting the appearance. The documentary is about the obesity epidemic in the United States.
The Oaxacan rapper brings xip-xop to OC
"I believe music is universal, and it responds to the context in which it was created," says Mare Advertencia Lirika--or Mare, as she's known professionally. "In my case, coming from indigenous roots, my music is the voice that speaks to this context." In Oaxaca, Mexico, where Mare makes her home, ... More >>
Jack Kaprielian and Kevin Derek bring the unscreened to OC
A short documentary about homophobia, bullying and school violence screens tonight in Huntington Beach.Admission is $5 to Teach Your Children Well at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach Central Library, with proceeds going to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.
In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore told you about the consequences from global warming.In Goold's Gold, Jonathan Goold tells you about the opportunities from global warming.You can see the documentary, which was directed and produced by Orange Coast College English instructor Tucker Capps, for fr ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 10, 10:43 A.M.: The Cuckoo's Nest documentary We Were Feared rolled on a screen at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Wednesday night, and contributing photographer John Gilhooley was there, just as he had been for the world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.Click here to s ... More >>
You know it's a special day when the world celebrates not one, but two members of music royalty--one for his inspiring and everlasting contribution to rock & roll, and another for her long (and persisting) career in pop. We count down the similarities between Elvis Presley, the King and Madon ... More >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] Superheroes, sequels and TWO Conans!
Junger doesn't dress like this for speaking engagements.Sebastian Junger, the good looking guy with the manly-man jaw and intense gaze, spent five months in the crossfire in Afghanistan, but he never shot a gun. He did shoot tons of footage for his documentary and took plenty of notes for hi ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 29, 5:15 P.M.: Just finished watching the short documentary on Orange County naturalist Joel Robinson at Triangle Square and, I gotta tell you, it left me wanting to know more.Directors Jonathan Formica, Celesta Giaimo, Mj Lat and Alexandra Santoro present an eye-opening look at ar ... More >>
Tumult and tragedy resurrected in 'The Arbor'
A dozen of the finest the fest has to offer
Keith MaySuper Girl, super flexible.First discussed in February of this year, and confirmed earlier this week, a documentary about the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego is about to go into production. The team behind it is sort of an all-star roster in the intersection of film and geeks ... More >>
Long Beach Art Theatre
Lion in Love
A Day on the Grand Canal With the Emperor of China
A documentary film and a concert will take place on UCLA's campus May 28 and 29, respectively, in order to raise funds and awareness for Darfur Now, which is committed to helping alleviate humanitarian problems stemming from the ongoing conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Press release after the cut. Trai ... More >>
I've been hesitant to write the final blog post in the festival because doing so would acknowledge that it's over. But all things must pass. And if you gotta go out, go out with a blowout: the closing night party concluded with a massive electricity blackout at the Lido and surrounding area. Since t ... More >>
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
And yes, I'm up prior to the crack of dawn to get them to you. The biggest surprise, if you can call it that, is the strong showing by MICHAEL CLAYTON, with six nominations. Not so surprisingly, THERE WILL BE BLOOD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN each have eight. Via CNN, because it announced even befor ... More >>
Hot on the heels of last night's Orange County Film Society's premier of Chris Paine's Who Killed the Electric Car?– a documentary that makes the "compelling case: that oil companies, automakers, lawmakers, consumers and the media killed a workable solution to air pollution, global warming, so ... More >>