The less is more strategy to improve overall quality and fill houses seems to be working at the halfway mark of the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival.Based on the screenings I've attended, you can't swing your elbows without hitting someone like you could in the past. Crowds seem to be digging it all ... More >>
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>
As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>
It's not often that an academic tome--even one related to film--snags a forward written by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, whose latest movie Hugo coincidentally opens nationwide today.But Kyung Hyun Kim, UC Irvine's associate professor of East Asian languages &
literatures and film &am ... More >>
Goodfellas appeared earlier this week, and it reminded me of one of those great stories-by-interviews that GQ does from time to time, reconstructing an event and then allowing people's words to create the narrative. The October issue did just that with Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, and the full ... More >>
Photos by Bleu Cotton
The scene at Fashion Island.The 10th Newport Beach Film Festival opened Thursday night at Edwards "Big Newport" with "celebrity" arrivals, flashing cameras and my exclusive red-carpet interview with Oscar-nominated film composer Marc Shaiman of Hairspray! and South Park: ... More >>
Tickets for the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), which runs April 23-30, are now on sale here. Those will cost you $12 for general admission (or $8 if you are a student or senior buying before 5 p.m.); $30 for all Spotlight films and parties; $55 for the Opening Night film and party; ... More >>
The Time: Thanksgiving, 1976.
The Place: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco.
The Occasion: The final concert by the original lineup of the Band, with a jaw-dropping number of guests (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, ... More >>
It's been more than four months since Lt. Bill Hunt of the OC Sheriff's Department was suspended from duty. Hunt wasn't suspended for hanging out with known mob associates (that was Sheriff Carona smiling for photos with guys who could pass for characters in a Martin Scorsese film), or caught on ta ... More >>
The internet (or internets, if you're George Bush) has helped change the way news gets reported. Take for example, R. Scott Moxley's story on Los Angeles County Sheriff's Commander and candidate for Orange County Sheriff Ralph Martin's call for Mike Carona's immediate resignation. On Thursday at a p ... More >>