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 >>
Toasting computer love, a genocide musical and a Midwestern odyssey
It's schtick and explosions for the great Robert Downey Jr.
See the update at the end of this post on the warring theaters reaching an agreement with Disney that has them selling advance Iron Man 3 tickets.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 16, 3:27 P.M.: For an idea on how psyched Disney is about the Iron Man movie franchise, you needed only to go to the Anaheim theme pa ... More >>
Bowers Museum spotlights the best of British-made movie dress-up
Like Robert Downey, Jr.'s character in The Avengers, we were craving shawerma. After cruising to Papa Hassan's for our Lebanese fix, our restaurant radar honed in on the banner a couple of storefronts over. Its straightforward (if not redundant) signage got us thinking about random French cuisine in ... More >>
The spider becomes a man and a joy
Good guys, bad guys, tight pants and explosions!
ColdplayMay 1, 2012Hollywood BowlColdplay's first of three nights at the Hollywood Bowl kicked off in a most impressive fashion. Eighteen thousand rabid Coldplay fans soaked up every note as the band held the audience in the palm of their hand from the beginning notes of "Mylo Xyloto" till the very ... More >>
Everyone's favorite Victorian detective gets a Bond makeover in 'Game of Shadows'
The Irvine Co.'s revamped Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach won't open to the public until Friday, but charity screening events tonight and Wednesday night give sneak peaks to guests who pony up $50 each.
Ten movie womanizers, from the sick to the sublime
Charity records often bring together oddball combinations of musicians (or semi-musicians; see Aykroyd, Dan and "We Are the World"). According to Rolling Stone, a brand-new anti-nuclear-weapons benefit album titled Prayer Cycles 2: Path to Zero will do just that. Artists ranging from Sting to Sin ... More >>
Galifianakis steals another Todd Phillips buddy comedy in 'Due Date'
Comic-book-based film will likely lead to more sequels, but that doesn't mean it should
Back to School
There's really only one, isn't there? I mean, sure, if you live near an L.A. art-house theater, you can and should go see SON OF RAMBOW, unless you already caught it at the Newport Beach fest. But I don't need to tell you what the main movie to see this weekend is. [Adopting Beavis and Butt-head v ... More >>
On Friday night, Dave Segal watched London duo, Black Ghosts, put on one of the better hipster-dance live shows he's seen in a while. Saying, "It was kind of like a combination of Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, full of aggressive beats, filthy synth textures and sing-along tunes." Saturday found ... More >>
Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love sleep deprivation, huge crowds and wonderful toys
Oh hell yeah! Fuckin' Sabbath! YES! Thith ith cool, huh-huh, huh-hu, DUN DUN DAH DAH DAH, DUNANUNANUNA DUN DA DA DAH! Pardon momentary lapse into Butt-head-dom, but considering that the Transformers live-action movie failed to use the obvious theme song, one can never be too sure with Hollywood. Bu ... More >>
Out of the basement and into the spotlight, Comic-Con 2007 is the place to be
Amusing movies about depressed young men are in at the Los Angeles Film Festival
A few more summer releases you might be interested in
Blood Diamond and more
Nicole Kidman misfires, but Fur still succeeds by a hair
Coming of age and stayin alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens
Duck Season, Failure to Launch, The Hills Have Eyes, The Libertine, Quality of Life, The Shaggy Dog
A lopsided Eros
Mr. President, we have an alibi
Halle Berrys loony-tuned fireworks jinxed by a French ex-auteurs waterlogged ambition
Let them drink Charles Shaw
The festival regurgitated
Of dope and frat boys and girls named Stacy
Discovering Americas filthy little (recorded) secret
The year in great movies
Whatre we gonna call George W.?