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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | June 28, 2012
The Pixar studio is the gold standard for generation jumping animated films. "Toy Story,""Finding Nemo" and"Wall-E" were ground breaking blockbusters. The win streak clearly continues with their rousing fairy tale adventure"Brave. " This time they add a dose of Disney philosophy to the Pixar formula. The spirited heroine is Merida, a spunky and self reliant girl with flaming red hair. She is a princess of course, as Disney requires in such stories. Her father rules a kingdom in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
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By JOHN DEPKO | January 27, 2006
ready"Hoodwinked" is the latest entry in the animated genre that tries to make kids laugh out loud while their parents smile. It's an amusing farce that will entertain youngsters with short attentions spans and MTV minds. But the parents will find it falls way short of similarly styled movie hits in the mold of "Shrek," "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles." The plot revolves very loosely around the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. But here, the Big Bad Wolf is a misunderstood journalist.
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By JOHN DEPKO | August 16, 2007
In a summer full of cinematic retreads and endless sequels, "Stardust" radiates high energy and original thinking. Spanning many movie categories, it offers fantasy, adventure, romance and science fiction themes all at once. It may be the first film that dares to follow in the multi-tasking footsteps of "The Princess Bride" and "The Witches of Eastwick." Director Matthew Vaughan launches "Stardust" into an alternate universe of magical possibilities and strange events. Claire Danes is perfectly cast as the personification of a falling star whose descent to earth starts the plot rolling.
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By Jessie Brunner | July 17, 2007
Michele Wiles has not outgrown her childhood fantasies of being a fairy tale princess. At 27 years old, she is realizing them. In her third year as a principal dancer for the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre, Wiles is one of six ballerinas starring as Aurora in a new production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty," opening tonight at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "My big thing was that I wanted to be a ballerina, and to be a ballerina, you have to be a princess," she said.
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By Heather Hart | March 21, 2009
“Once upon a time…” are the magical words that can lead you into a fairy tale adventure. The words are familiar to all, but really, how well do you know your classic fairy tales? Introduce your children to some of the classics, look for a classic with a twist, or look for a new fairy tale. From Disney to the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen to Mother Goose there is something at the Newport Beach Public Library for everyone. For younger readers there are plenty of stories about young princes and princesses.
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By By Michael Miller | January 26, 2006
Newport Elementary students stage a new take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale for their winter musical.It may not be a period piece, it may look more like "Lizzie McGuire" than a Grimm's fairy tale, but the play at Newport Elementary School this week really is a beloved classic. It just has a few modern twists. "Val E. Gal Meets the Best on the Beach," scheduled to have its first full performance Friday evening, tells the story of a long-suffering girl who flees her cruel stepmother and finds herself rescued by the love of her life.
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December 8, 2001
Young Chang Cinderella's fairy-godmother transforms more than just cinder girls to glamdom and pumpkins into horses this year. At the Trilogy Playhouse in Costa Mesa, James Mulligan has changed from last month's insane Dr. Frankenstein -- for the Halloween show "Frankenstein" -- into Prince Charming. Jenny Stumpf, who played a 1930s village girl mourning the death of her brother in "Frankenstein," has become Cinderella. Both will lead the playhouse in a musical production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's "Cinderella" through Dec. 16 "It's very sweet and heartfelt," said Mulligan, a tenor.
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By Jim Carnett | July 1, 2008
“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’” writes the psalmist. George Carlin loved to tweak God’s beard. But God — not Carlin — had the last laugh, though, doubtless for both, it was a heart-wrenching moment. The counterculture comedian died after suffering a heart attack. He took his final breath at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Oh to have been a fly on the pearly gates when Carlin and God met face-to-face.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | January 31, 2013
Jason Statham built his acting career playing hardcore tough guys. This time around, he plays the no-nonsense title character and master criminal in "Parker. " The film starts out with Parker being cheated of his rightful share of a successful heist. When he is shot and left for dead by his cohorts, a familiar revenge plot begins to unfold. Michael Chiklis plays the leader of the criminal gang that betrayed him. Parker plans a systematic payback against everyone involved. Jennifer Lopez is cast as his beautiful but unlikely partner.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | June 2, 2011
The Dreamworks studio builds well on successful elements of the first movie of this franchise to make "Kung Fu Panda 2" a very worthy sequel. But it's the new director, Jennifer Yuh, who skillfully blends the fast-paced action with family-friendly themes to really make it all work. Our panda hero seeks to solve the mystery from the first film surrounding his long-lost parents. In the process he comes into conflict with the evil peacock responsible for his fate. Many different animal friends and foes take part in the adventures that follow.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | January 31, 2013
Jason Statham built his acting career playing hardcore tough guys. This time around, he plays the no-nonsense title character and master criminal in "Parker. " The film starts out with Parker being cheated of his rightful share of a successful heist. When he is shot and left for dead by his cohorts, a familiar revenge plot begins to unfold. Michael Chiklis plays the leader of the criminal gang that betrayed him. Parker plans a systematic payback against everyone involved. Jennifer Lopez is cast as his beautiful but unlikely partner.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | June 28, 2012
The Pixar studio is the gold standard for generation jumping animated films. "Toy Story,""Finding Nemo" and"Wall-E" were ground breaking blockbusters. The win streak clearly continues with their rousing fairy tale adventure"Brave. " This time they add a dose of Disney philosophy to the Pixar formula. The spirited heroine is Merida, a spunky and self reliant girl with flaming red hair. She is a princess of course, as Disney requires in such stories. Her father rules a kingdom in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
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By Heather Youmans, dailypilot@latimes.com | August 25, 2011
The San Francisco Ballet, one of the country's oldest and most esteemed professional ballet companies, will return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in September for the first time in three years. The company will perform Sept. 27 to 28 and Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. The six performances, divided into two programs, include the Southern California premieres of Yuri Possokhov's "RAkU" and "Trio," choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, the San Francisco Ballet's artistic director and principal choreographer.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | June 2, 2011
The Dreamworks studio builds well on successful elements of the first movie of this franchise to make "Kung Fu Panda 2" a very worthy sequel. But it's the new director, Jennifer Yuh, who skillfully blends the fast-paced action with family-friendly themes to really make it all work. Our panda hero seeks to solve the mystery from the first film surrounding his long-lost parents. In the process he comes into conflict with the evil peacock responsible for his fate. Many different animal friends and foes take part in the adventures that follow.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
Corona del Mar High School senior McKenzie Brown recently earned international recognition for her artwork. But she did not take a traditional route. She designed an image for a shoebox. Brown, 18, participated in contest called BOX IT UP! for retail website Solestruck and Jeffrey Campbell, a shoe designer, for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. This week she found out she placed third. "I didn't even think I would make the top 10, so to make third was really nice," Brown said.
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By Susanne Perez and John Depko | December 2, 2010
"Burlesque" is as much about the art of the sexy tease as "Dancing with the Stars" is about dancing. Small-town girl Ali (Christina Aguilera) arrives in Hollywood with only her stripper shoes and ambition. Pounding the pavement for a job, she limps into the Burlesque Lounge just in time for proprietor Tess' big number. Anybody notice that Tess sorta looks like Cher? Ali goes from plucky waitress to chorus girl until Fate steps in and – hey, she belts out a song just like Christina Aguilera!
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By Candice Baker | November 4, 2010
Rehearsals have been anything but ordinary for UC Irvine students preparing for their production of Stephen Sondheim's tour-de-force musical "Into the Woods. " Along with their usual blocking and memorization duties, the students studied with and performed for their heroes over the last few weeks. Joanna Gleason, who won a Tony Award for her origination of the sardonic, world-weary Baker's Wife in the fairy tale's original Broadway production of 1987, stopped by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts to give a master class and watch the students perform a song from the show.
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By Heather Hart | March 21, 2009
“Once upon a time…” are the magical words that can lead you into a fairy tale adventure. The words are familiar to all, but really, how well do you know your classic fairy tales? Introduce your children to some of the classics, look for a classic with a twist, or look for a new fairy tale. From Disney to the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen to Mother Goose there is something at the Newport Beach Public Library for everyone. For younger readers there are plenty of stories about young princes and princesses.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | July 1, 2008
“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’” writes the psalmist. George Carlin loved to tweak God’s beard. But God — not Carlin — had the last laugh, though, doubtless for both, it was a heart-wrenching moment. The counterculture comedian died after suffering a heart attack. He took his final breath at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Oh to have been a fly on the pearly gates when Carlin and God met face-to-face.
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