Lisa Lampanelli is dubbed the "lovable queen of mean" for a good reason. On stage, LL knocks out crowds with her sharp tongued comedy but off stage, she's a god damn sweetheart. She'll be gigging at the City National Grove of Anaheim for one night only on August 15th and if you haven't had the chanc ... More >>
Andrew Jackson Musical, Cannibals, John Waters and Shakespeare!
Adventures with Santa and co. in Dreamworks Animation's holiday wonderland
City National Grove of Anaheim
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
[¡Ask a Mexican] And why do Mexicans want to redistrict political boundaries in their favor?
A little over a decade ago, Mike Altman and I were both attending the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Columbus, Ohio. Today, Mike works at Pixar as a Technical Director, and I'm interviewing him for "OC Weekly." He wins!Mike worked for animation houses DNA Productions in Dallas and ... More >>
Galaxy Concert Theatre
The headline is as scandalous as it gets: "China Makes Fake Rice From Plastic." The news reports, like the one linked above from a site called Very Vietnam, alleges "that some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes an ... More >>
When it comes to hip indie film theaters, OC is no LA—but LA is no NYC. Why not?
More words have been written about William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet than probably any piece of literature in history other than the Bible. It's been the subject of countless dramatic treatments, at least nine film versions and Lord knows how many pop-culture references. But a Hamlet produced ... More >>
The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival opened Wednesday night at GardenWalk with five movie programs, a lauded UK director with a gift for gab, creepy Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt extras, incredibly tall waifs gliding across the red carpet in incredibly high heels and a packed-in ... More >>
Woody, Buzz & Co. confront immortality, irrelevance and daycare
From 'MacGyver' to 'MacGruber': Filmmakers pay homage to the pop culture of their youth
It was announced this morning during day one of the FOUR DAY DISNEY EXTRAVAGANZA THAT IS D23 EXPO! that former pop star (and current wife of alt-country rocker Ryan Adams) Mandy Moore will lend her voice to the title character in the 3D-animated Rapunzel. Directed by Byron Howard (Pocahontas, Mul ... More >>
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Spartan laughs to be had in this lackluster parody
As much as I enjoy Star Trek, and always have, I can't say I was that enthused by the idea of “Star Trek: The Tour.” What could they show me that I haven't seen? Could it possibly top the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas? Do I really want to pay top dollar to see a bunch of multicolored spandex ... More >>
Horror films failed to scare up the big bucks in 2007
Sometimes critics forget movies are meant to be fun
Costa Mesa resident Lori McDonald's odd taste in holiday decorations may be getting her into trouble with the city and her neighbors, but after she described them to us we had to get a look. McDonald's huge 1971 Cadillac Hearse, painted "Plum Crazy" purple has raised the ire of some of her uppity ... More >>
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Once Upon a Time . . .
Cate camps it up for Queen Hard with a Vengeance
Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love sleep deprivation, huge crowds and wonderful toys
It's not clear how aware the rest of the world is of the new Beowulf movie, but it's quite the huge deal here. Coming out in November in 3-D, 3-D IMAX, and plain old regular (not the way to see it if you can help it), this is a performance-capture animated film, a la Polar Express. I'm going to ass ... More >>
Forward into the past at Disneylands Storybook Memories exhibit
Movie of the Week: Sicko
The Star-Vu delivers the biggest screen for your buck
Cannes artistic director
Third times the charmless for Shrek franchise
(And eight I plan to avoid like the plague)
Code Name: The Cleaner; Freedom Writers; Happily N'Ever After; Thr3e
Aurora Borealis; Facing the Giants; Flyboys; Jackass: Number Two; Man Push Cart; Open Season
Mapping todays kiddie-movie landscape
Breaking down the Brokeback hysteria
Glory Road, Hoodwinked, Last Holiday, Tristan & Isolde
The Chronicles of Narnia
Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law
Thank God for big expensive favors
Hero is a Gas
Is Eisner trying to kill Disney with Americas Heart and Soul?
Anime Expo 2004 descends into the heart of Disney
The Labs creator discovers theres no I in Irvine
The decidedly grown-up pleasures of Shrek 2
Pirates of the Caribbean is big, loud, empty.
Picking the top movies of 2001
Spellbound in Shallow Hal
You can plan cities, but you cant plan people