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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013
It's refreshing to see a film full of African American actors who are college-educated and living an upscale middle-class life. "The Best Man Holiday" is Malcolm D. Lee's reunion take on his 1999 hit "The Best Man. " The same excellent ensemble cast is back, dealing with new problems that come with middle age. Morris Chestnut plays a wealthy running back for the New York Giants. He and his wife decide to host a Christmas gala at their luxurious county estate for their old college pals.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 21, 2013
A nearly four-hour meeting on Costa Mesa's public pension plans Wednesday brought modest debate to the fore of what's been called an "out-of-control" financial situation for taxpayers. The city's Pension Oversight Committee met with Kerry Worgan, a senior pension actuary with the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), who provided them with a chance to hear the pension fund's side of a complex debate. Like many municipalities, Costa Mesa faces an unfunded liability to CalPERS that, according to some estimates, is within the range of $220 million . Eight committee members attended.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013
"Dallas Buyers Club" is a hardscrabble look at a real-life character who helped transform the nation's attitude toward AIDS. Ron Woodroof was a Texas roughneck working the oil fields, riding bulls in the rodeo and partying way too much for his own good. Cocaine, whiskey and trailer-trash hookers were the core of his life. Woodroof was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985. It triggered the expected homophobic response from everyone he knew, including himself. With no FDA-approved treatment regimen in place, he set out to try all the experimental drugs and therapies the rest of the world had to offer.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013
Asa Butterfield is the starry-eyed young actor who played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated "Hugo. " He jumps up several levels to play Ender Wiggin, a pre-teen of the future called upon to save Earth from attack by insect-like alien invaders. Based on the popular novel "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, this film will probably please readers of the book with its faithful rendering of the story. For those not familiar with the novel, the movie version leaves much to be desired.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013
Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The movies are extremely low-budget but fully entertain the target audience of video-gaming teenage males. Knoxville takes a huge leap forward with his latest effort. "Bad Grandpa" is an actual story with a real timeline that goes from a beginning to an end. Knoxville plays an 86-year-old man whose adult daughter has been sentenced to prison.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa's police association responded this month to a lawsuit filed by two councilmen alleging the union, its former law firm and a private investigator conspired to harass and intimidate them for political gain. Lawyers for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., called Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's accusations "an insult" and an attempt to muzzle critics of Costa Mesa's City Council majority led by Righeimer, according to copies of Orange County Superior Court filings reviewed by the Pilot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | October 24, 2013
The saga of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, has been headline news across the world. Find proof in the recent conviction of Army Private Bradley Manning for divulging thousands of classified documents to the website. The drama continues to play out in real life. Director Bill Condon (screenwriter for "Chicago" and "Kinsey") recounts this complex story in "The Fifth Estate" with a European flare. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange with eerie style. Daniel Bruhl (Niki Lauda in "Rush")
NEWS
October 19, 2013
Re. "Commentary: Costa Mesa can easily attract police recruits," (Oct. 12): Less than a month after Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi is ordered to meet every Thursday afternoon with Mayor Jim Righeimer to discuss hiring Costa Mesa's much-needed police officers, the chief is called out by Planning Commissioner Tim Sesler, who was nominated by the mayor. It seems that in Costa Mesa, planning commissioners have a history of strong opinions regarding police activities, such as DUI checkpoints, and now their hiring procedures.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 18, 2013
Costa Mesa's archaeological consultant hired to survey the Fairview Indian Site is being met with some concern because of its controversial excavations in neighboring Huntington Beach, though officials contend the job there is far different from what's being done up the hill. Scientific Resource Surveys Inc.'s (SRS) work on the Bolsa Chica Mesa was part of a controversial housing development in the area, where hundreds of human remains were found years ago. They were later reburied.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | October 8, 2013
Elegant and spellbinding, "Gravity" instantly hurtles you out of this world straight into the breathtaking realm of deep space. Stunning visuals display the mysteries of zero gravity physics in awesome detail. The magnificent photography will hypnotize and astonish you at every turn. But the story is as old as time. Two people are in mortal danger very far from home. They yearn to live through the staggering crisis and return safely. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are excellent as the two astronauts on a space shuttle mission gone terribly wrong.
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