Matthew Lillard

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones Prepare to Breathe In Sundance Film Fest Again

    Home is swell, but ff Orange County-raised filmmakers Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones really want to feel the love, they go to Utah--Park City to be more precise and the Sundance Film Festival to be preciser.It was announced Monday that Breathe In, the latest independent film directed by Doremus wi ... More >>

  • Film

    November 17, 2011

    'The Descendants' Is a Fantasy Island

    Alexander Payne's Hawaiian excursion might be the feel good movie of the year

  • Film

    March 3, 2011

    'Spooner' Is Love Crazy

    Recently crowned Sundance king Drake Doremus' early promise is evident in his directorial debut

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Drake Doremus' Debut, Spooner, Opens March 4

    Matthew Lillard plays Herman Spooner.​Like Crazy, Drake Doremus' third film, was picked up by a division of Paramount Pictures at January's Sundance Film Festival for theatrical release this fall. Douchebag, Doremus' second film, was bought after the previous Sundance and had a short theatrical ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2011

    [UPDATED] Like Crazy, Latest Film From OC-Bred Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, Is First Sundance Sale

    ​UPDATE, JAN. 23, 2:51 P.M.: The reaction to Like Crazy getting picked up from Ben York Jones:"I'm completely overwhelmed. I don't think anyone here with the film has gotten more than an hour or two of sleep in the past 36 hours. Those negotiating were up all night doing so, and the rest of us w ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2010

    Drake Doremus' 'Douchebag' at Sundance

    OC stage prodigy-turned-filmmaker Drake Doremus brings his 'very personal' movie to Park City, Utah

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Let the Sundance Film Festival Bloggage Begin!

    Village Voice Media has launched a film blog featuring posts directly from the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through through Jan. 31. Yours truly will blog on Navel Gazing from Park City, Utah, as well--in the event I find something to plug into.​If I do have the power, having both blogs up d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Sundance Picks Up "Spooner" Director Drake Doremus' Film "Douchebag"

    Photo by Matt Coker Drake Doremus at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival party for filmmakers.​Drake Doremus, the former Santa Ana resident whose comedy Spooner scooped up several awards on the festival circuit, just learned his newest film will make its world premiere at Sundance.Douchebag--whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    "Spooner" Picks Up Another Award

    Herman (Matthew Lillard) and Rose (Nora Zehetner) jump into their relationship.Spooner, the romantic comedy that was directed by former Santa Ana resident Drake Doremus and stars former Tustin resident Matthew Lillard in the title role (and which won a rave here as well as an Outstanding Achievement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Newport Beach Film Fest Ends on Some Strong Notes

    UPDATED WITH THE EMOTIONAL LA MILAGROSA Q&A! The final Newport Beach Film Festival entries viewed by yours truly on closing day Thursday were solid efforts. Denied access to former San Clemente resident Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom Tuesday night, Clockwork joined a decent-sized  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Seraphine is Big Winner at Newport Beach Film Fest

    The "French Spotlight" film Seraphine, which is from France and Belgium, was the big jury-award winner at the just-concluded 10th anniversary Newport Beach Film Festival. The film nearly swept the jury's feature-film categories, winning best film, actor (Ulrich Tukur), actress (Yolande Moreau), dire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Newport Beach Film Fest: Halftime Report

    UPDATED WITH EYEWITNESS REPORT ON DJ MOM PANTS!Johnny Cash, the revenge-minded father of a dead teen porn star, Bijou Phillips, Julius Shulman, Kelly Lynch, "Kevin" from The Office, Vilmos Zsigmond and a sour-faced Kristen Scott Thomas. No, these are not my ideal players in the perfect poker game bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Spooner is Hidden Gem at Newport Beach Film Fest

    Herman (Matthew Lillard) and Rose (Nora Zehetner) get a jump on their relationship in "Spooner."This post is based on one of life's happy accidents. Folks at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday, asked weeks ago if I wanted to write about a film called Spooner, which was dire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Filmmakers Pitch Their Wares at NBFF Director Party

    Photos by Justin ViegaDrake Doremus works the crowd.A crowd estimated at 100-125 filmgoers, filmmakers and film presenters took over one side of Mesa restaurant in Costa Mesa Tuesday night for "An Evening With the Directors," a benefit that precedes the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival openin ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    Last Night: In the Name of the King at the Block in Orange

    Rarely have I gotten the kind of hate mail that I received a year ago when I gave a semi-positive review to Uwe Boll’s BLOODRAYNE. Anonymous posters attacked me personally and went after my family and regular website commenters in an almost deranged fashion, merely because I had deigned to write s ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2007

    Ten for the Money

    There are more than 182 features at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Here are 10 weve seen

  • Film

    March 15, 2007

    New Reviews

    Dead Silence; I Think I Love My Wife; Nomad: The Warrior; Tortilla Heaven; The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided

  • Unknown

    July 4, 2002