March 17, 2009
Ken Wales, producer of the 2006 film “Amazing Grace,” will speak after a free showing of the movie at the Lido Theater at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The film is based on the life of the 18th Century British antislavery crusader William Wilberforce. The event is part of Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week, which features numerous community events and inspirational speakers. Wales is the producer of the award-winning CBS series “Christy.” He also has produced several films, including “The Tamarind Seed,” starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif, and “The Wild Rovers,” starring William Holden and Ryan O’Neal.
December 15, 2009
As mentioned in this space a week ago, I spent much of my youth at the Mesa Theater in Costa Mesa. Emblazoned with a big “MESA” atop its marquee, the magenta-colored building sat at the corner of 19th Street and Newport Boulevard. I enjoyed many a Saturday matinee there in the 1950s and ’60s, watching science-fiction flicks and B-movies, and chomping on Big Hunks. Every once in a while, the print would break and the screen would go blank, and a thousand kids would commence screaming.
August 29, 2002
'Serving Sara' does not dish up many laughs An absolutely dreadful attempt at comedy, "Serving Sara" is an insult to anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size. This inane film is a wannabe zany farce and road trip movie with gross-out jokes and a little romance thrown in. But this clunker falls flat on its face on every count. No laughs, no love, no life. The first five minutes are mildly amusing and give a hint of what the movie might have been if it had better writing, directing and acting.
August 21, 2007
As a former film critic for Los Angeles magazine, Rod Lurie has only one negative critique of “Resurrecting the Champ,” his upcoming film. “Four stars!” the 45-year-old film director and screenwriter exclaimed. “Sam Jackson is going to win the Academy Award and Josh Hartnett should win it, but maybe he’s a little young. Alan Alda at his best. The only thing I would criticize is Rod Lurie’s performance in the opening scene.” Before the film opens nationwide Thursday, local audiences will have an opportunity to see Lurie’s cameo at a special advanced screening presented by the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Orange County Film Society at the Lido Theatre.
March 13, 2014
Join the cast and crew of the major motion picture "Draft Day" for a special screening at the Big Newport Theater on April 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and the screening benefits the Foundation for the Undefeated, which champions stories of perseverance in sports like Mr. Irrelevant, the last player chosen in the NFL Draft. The film stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. Costner is expected to walk the red carpet prior to the screening. Ivan Reitman, the film's director, plans to introduce the film.
November 10, 2012
Corona del Mar High School students and parents filled the Lido theater Wednesday night for the first step in a campus campaign against bullying. CdMHS's Human Relations Council screened the Lee Hirsch-directed documentary "Bully. " The film was followed by a panel discussion to kick-off "Stand Up, Don't Stand By," a year-long campaign to raise awareness that bystanders can put a stop to bullying. "I hope that you guys take from the film what I did: We all have a duty to step up when you see the really terrible things you are going to see in the film," said HRC co-President Mason Lyle.
December 30, 2006
COSTA MESA — Christmas could have been a drag this year for Brad Long. The 44-year-old video production specialist for the city of Costa Mesa needed a fourth hip replacement surgery, he got an infection that threatened to claim his leg, and he only had three weeks' paid leave from his job but needed several months off. But in the 13 years he's worked for the city — 12 of them part-time — Long has made a lot of friends....
February 28, 2013
I was privileged to attend the private screening of a captivating new documentary. Catherine Jayasuriya is a very sharp local mom on a major mission. She is the driving force behind "Dusty's Trail," which is vying for a spot in the Newport Beach Film Festival. Dusty is Catherine's handsome 20-year-old son, who is wheelchair-bound. He has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that Catherine is determined to help conquer. She set up a charity to increase awareness of the affliction and raise money for medical research.
August 27, 2012
I enjoy classic cinema, particularly Hollywood and British fare of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The other night my wife, Hedy, and I settled down on the couch to watch the 1946 film "Gilda," starring one of the most iconic people of the silver screen: Rita Hayworth. Miss Hayworth has to rank as one of the most elegant and beautiful ladies ever to walk the face of the planet. Oh yeah, actor Glenn Ford and some other notables were also in the film. As the opening credits dissolved into the movie's first scene, Hedy turned to me. "Do you realize that every person in this film is dead?"
July 2, 2004
Even in Newport Beach, a bastion of conservatism, Michael Moore's new documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11" attracted many self-described Democrats to the Lido Theater on Thursday. Some were there to see what all the controversy over the film was about. Others just wanted to be able to join the national conversation about the film. Most, at least after an 11:30 a.m. showing at the Lido, agreed the film should be seen by those who agree and disagree with the Bush administration's handling of war policy after Sept.