Yesterday's news that the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will be closing in September was met with mixed reaction. Haters weren't too fond of the venue's location, (frankly who wanted to navigate through thousands of clueless tourists?) nor the ridiculous parking fees. But one thing that was ... More >>
There are two reasons why you must, must go to Le Croissant Dore: the bo kho, Vietnamese beef stew served with a crusty, hot French loaf to tear and dunk into the gravy like a donut to coffee; and the fruit tart, which is a legend in its own right.
Mr. Bib's reintroduction to quality Young Adult fiction comes mostly courtesy of the Little Bibster, aged 10, who patiently explains the often complicated relationships, plot twists, characters and worlds of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Lemony Snicket series, and especially Rick Riordan's seeming ... More >>
It is evident that few
series (books or movies) will ever be able to achieve the popularity and esteem
that the Harry Potter novels attained in the past years, and most certainly, none will be able to
enchant readers quite like these novels did. But fret not, HP fans, after the jump are 5 Things ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 19, 4:57 P.M.: Despite the abysmal turnout at The Undefeated's midnight debut in OC, the film's distributor, ARC Entertainment, is declaring the opening weekend numbers a win. A news release called the opening "stronger than expected," earning a per screen average of more than $ ... More >>
Has there ever been a franchise-ending movie more hyped than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II? I mean, since Steve Martin killed the Pink Panther franchise? (It is dead, isn't it? Please tell me so.)Starting at 11:59 tonight and continuing about every minute through 1 a.m. Friday, th ... More >>
The final witching hour is almost upon us (July 15), which means a teary, worldwide farewell to a decade of cinematic Potter spells, adventures and memorable grub. When you're contemplating how to best drown your post-Potter depression (fully decked out in a Luna Lovegood costume, of course) ... More >>
Besides San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event to happen this week has been the release of the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's musical-video game-romantic epic, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.(Oh, and you might've heard that the series is getting the big-screen treatment fr ... More >>
parl @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Don't give people you hate weapons they can use against you.Every February, some snarky person writes an article about nasty Valentine's gifts you can send the person you've recently dumped (or been dumped by). It usually centers around those little colored sugar ... More >>
PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE "MATT COKER" BYLINE ABOVE. THIS IS FROM DIEP TRAN. ENJOY!ALSO, SEE DIEP TRAN'S SLIDESHOW.UPDATE: LA TIMES REPORTS HARRY POTTER BROKE MIDNIGHT SALES RECORDS.It
must be a breeze to work at Warner Brothers right now. Not only have they won
critical acclaim and endless amounts of ... More >>
It is always heart-warming to see one's county first in something. Though when it's something as terrifying--though not really--as swine flu, you can't help feeling even more proud. According to the Associated Press, Orange County, with our gargantuan total of 5 deaths, ranks as the number one count ... More >>
Yes, I know I have a serious and perhaps life-threatening addiction to cupcakes--I've actually noted Sprinkles' upcoming Brown Sugar Praline flavor in my diary--but I'm clearly not the only one. Just as there's an unstoppable number of cupcakes stores opening all over the country, there are also doz ... More >>
Dog lovers and cruel cackling people who like to dress their pets in degrading outfits and drag them around town gathered in Long Beach yesterday for the Haute Dogs 7th Annual Howl’oween Parade. Livingston Park and 2nd Street were overtaken by more than 600 costumed creatures and countless spectat ... More >>
Lionsgate films claim they make SAW movies for the fans, and while it's easy to be cynical about that claim, Sawfest was definitely a fan-friendly move – all four SAW movies on the big screen for the price of one ticket. Now, could it have been even better? Sure. Had I been in charge of marketing, ... More >>
According to Facebook, the following are the most popular books in the Orange County online community:
1. Harry Potter
2. The Bible
3. Catcher In The Rye
4. Angels And Demons
Insert your own punchline here.
No, seriously. That's why we have comments enabled.
It's hard to get all that enthused about some of the releases this week, but there's one that I'm definitely all fired up NOT to see.
THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING
Remember back when Harry Potter was first going to be a movie, and it was suggested that Steven Spielberg would direct, with Haley Jo ... More >>
Faithful despite the crappy leadership: The Times sent three reporters out to get a reaction to recent priest sex-abuse scandals and found many Catholics angry, but steadfast in their faith. "It's not Christ in crisis . . . it's the institution," said one scholar.
He's no angel, say the cops: Angel ... More >>
Last Friday Weekly web editor extraordinaire Janine Kahn and I were cordially treated to a fantastic voyage on the Irvine Great Park's $5 million big orange helium airship attraction. While publications like the OC Register and Los Angeles Times — a bunch of negative Nancies — dwell on the ballo ... More >>
You probably thought I was going to say Harry Potter, and I thought so too, until about 2 a.m. last night.
The new Harry Potter's fine -- better than fine, if you catch it in IMAX and see the 20 climactic minutes in 3-D. But it's also wildly inconsistent, with some scenes being really nicely direc ... More >>
Disclaimer: On the insistence of my best friend, I attended a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night at the Irvine Spectrum. Five full theaters had sold out, and there were lines wrapping from Edwards through the Spectrum and down the street.
(Almost) unbelievably ... More >>