NEWPORT BEACH — The opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival, featuring the world premiere of "East Fifth Bliss," was marked by high-profile celebrities and a packed theater at the Edwards Big Newport Cinemas.
Actors Michael C. Hall and Peter Fonda were among the television and film celebrities who showed up for the red carpet gala for the film about an emotionally dysfunctional man who wants to travel, but has no money and no job, and finds himself involved in an odd relationship with a former classmate's daughter.
The movie premiered shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the theater near Fashion Island.
"I'm excited to see this movie in a room filled with over a thousand people on a big screen — that's a unique experience," Hall said. "To feel this collective excitement and energy is really gratifying."
Along with Hall, the film co-stars Fonda, Lucy Liu, Chris Messina, Brie Larson, Sarah Shahi and Brad William Henke.