Your cheat sheet for the Newport Beach Film Festival, from the parties to the flicks about speed-dating geezers
The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 24-May 1, will be bookended by comedies. Opening night's Lovesick, which is making its world premiere here, stars Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter and Chevy Chase. Closing the festival is Chef, which makes its West Coast premiere and stars its w ... More >>
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Emmy Award-winning journalist and photographer Amber Lyon has covered upheavals from the Middle East to North Africa, but it wasn't until the former CNN correspondent headed to Anaheim in the midst of the July 24, 2012 riots that she found herself caught in the crossfire. Taking refuge between U-H ... More >>
It's been a historic year for anniversaries, among them is Steven Spielberg's immortal "Animaniacs" cartoon recently turning 20. Yes, this year marks two decades since the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) began escaping from the watertower to wreck havoc on the Warner movie lot. While the sho ... More >>
Pity Jane Kaczmarek. Brilliant as the mom on Malcolm in the Middle from 2000-06--she was nominated for a Golden Globe three times and an Emmy seven times--the Milwaukee-born actress would go on to see her co-star (and three-time Emmy nominee for Malcolm) Bryan Cranston not only win three consecutive ... More >>
We could all use some tips and a little food variation when it comes to the kitchen and if you have thirty-minutes, Kelsey Nixon is here to help you whip up some delicious meals in a super uncomplicated way. Gaining her training from Hollywood's Le Cordon Bleu and the French Culinary Institute, Kels ... More >>
Have you ever been at a dinner party and a pal mentions he saw someone on a television show who resembles you and as he describes the program you realize it was you and you'd totally forgotten being interviewed on camera and now have no idea when the show aired?That happened to the smug-looking bast ... More >>
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 >>
How goes our favorite skankin', live-action TV superheroes? The last time we saw the Aquabats, they were performing at the Great Park for a 2012 summer season-ender, and there were suspiciously a ton of kids in the audience. (Maybe it has something to do with the first season The Aquabats! Super Sho ... More >>
After spending the last twenty-three years doing stand-up, Billy Gardell still considers himself an overnight success by landing the role of a lifetime playing a cop named Mike Biggs on the CBS hit show "Mike & Molly." We of course know better. Sure, the show has been nominated for various awards an ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 3 about a local blogger's pictorial tribute to Annette and funnymen busting out tweets.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 8, 1:51 P.M.: Annette Funicello today "died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years," according to a ... More >>
Panelists for the 14th annual Women in Focus Conference presented by Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts include Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, comedic actress Maya Rudolph, director/choreographer Anne Fletcher, Universal Pictures Co-Chairwoman Donna Langley, dir ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain, the man who might not have invented the food-travel show but made it into a literate and beautifully-shot art form, is now on CNN and he's bringing his Emmy-winning crew with him.Bourdain's new program, set to debut any day now, is called Parts Unknown, and from the mostly non-info ... More >>
It is safe to say that Dennis Miller is a man of many rants. He poked fun at the news with Weekend Update on SNL, won five Emmy awards with Dennis Miller Live on HBO, has written a slew of awesome rant related books, and not to mention, bitching, grinding his teeth at current events, making us laugh ... More >>
With big-studio millions behind him, the 'Hotel Transylvania' director still goes it alone
Anthony Bourdain has been everywhere, eaten everything, and held various titles of increasing influence, including Executive Chef at a NYC restaurant, best-selling author, Emmy-winning travel show host, and publisher. Now the man who makes news with his exploits and quips (see his comments on the Pa ... More >>
The Orange County chapter of the National Organization for Women will present Central High School: No Girls Allowed - a documentary about the Philadelphia public high school that in 1983 was forced to admit girls into the historic all-boys institution - at Cal State Fullerton on March 24 from 1 ... More >>
UPDATE: Feb. 13, 12:27 p.m.: TMZ says the L.A. County Coroner told Whitney Houston's family that the singer d"id not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol."Sources also told TMZ that the family was told there ... More >>
"Irvine International Film Festival is Full of Hidden Gems" gives an overview of the inaugural event running through Monday at Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine, but more advance word is in order for Vic Losick's In God We Teach. Though it mostly chronicles a New Jersey high school student outing his ... More >>
Coming to television after the new year: The Annoying Orange.No, it is not yet another reality series based in our lil' slice of heaven, although practically all of them that have or are airing from here could easily use that title.The Annoying Orange is an Internet phenomenon crossing over to th ... More >>
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.
Gay Days Anaheim kicks off today at the Disneyland Resort, and it was just announced that Glee star Jane Lynch will make an appearance at the event tomorrow.Learn more about Gay Days Anaheim and Lynch's book-signing appearance after the jump.
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Searching the High Road.Checking in on the Newport Beach Film Festival at its halfway mark, viewers have been treated in this 12th year to the option of sticking to one genre of presentations--say, only shorts or comedies or Spanish-language movies--or creating their own cultural bouillabai ... More >>
An 11th-hour relocation saves the 12th annual celebration of cinema
Bloody Thursday, a documentary about the struggle of the West Coast dockworkers during the Great Depression, has won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. The one-hour film debuted on Huntington Beach-based KOCE public television (channel 50).
The documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, which screened at last month's Newport Beach Film Festival after making its world premiere in January at Sundance, has been picked up for distribution, it was announced today.Emmy-winning journalist Reed Cowan's indictment of the Mormon Church's historic ... More >>
A "historic moment" happened last night on the third level of the GardenWalk outdoor shopping mall (just follow the Disney Tower of Terror shadow)--historic not just for Anaheim but California and the whole world as we know it, according to Sinan Kanatsiz.www.facebook.com/anaheimfilmAIFF co-found ... More >>
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez tonight gives a video profile of a Camp Pendleton family soon to be separated by an overseas military deployment.
Fox's high school musical-twisted comedy Glee and segments on KCET/Channel 28's SoCal Connected on medical marijuana dispensaries and pot farm-busting law enforcement officers known as "cannabis cowboys" are among the latest winners of prestigious Peabody Awards honoring the best in electronic ... More >>
Photo Courtesy Travel ChannelI don't like where this is going. Scripps Network Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network, which has slowly but noticeably descended into semi-homemade mediocrity, bought a controlling stake in the Travel Channel last week. For Anthony Bourdain's sake, I hope ... More >>
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On the October 16 episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, television news anchor and Emmy nominee Stephen Colbert announced that he was "officially considering" whether or not he would announce if he was considering running for President of the United States, and would make that ... More >>
Documentary about the end of segregation faces segregation