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ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | March 24, 2007
With more than 400 films — including 150 world premieres, 27 U.S. premieres and 15 selections from the Sundance Film Festival — live music and a cinematographer's forum, the Newport Beach Film Festival promises an even bigger and more diverse event this year. The lineup was announced Friday. The festival will open on April 19 at Edwards Big Newport with Chad Lowe's directorial debut, "Beautiful Ohio," a dysfunctional family's coming-of-age story set in the 1970s and starring William Hurt and Rita Wilson.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | April 24, 2008
Newport Beach may not boast a movie theater with handprints immortalized in cement out front (yet), but the city is fast becoming a mecca for first-rate film premieres and red-carpet celebrity sightings. With an expected attendance of more than 40,000, the ninth annual Newport Beach Film Festival, opening tonight at the Edwards Big Newport theater, has been a launching pad for feature films that debuted here. The 2006 Academy Award-winning movie “Crash” made its U.S. premiere at the festival that year, and popular films including “Waitress,” “The Illusionist” and “Son of Rambow” made their West Coast premieres in Newport Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller and Tom Ragan | April 8, 2010
There was a long time in Vi Cowden’s life when she never imagined herself at a movie premiere. The Huntington Beach resident served among the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women to fly American military aircraft, during World War II. For decades, their efforts were barely recognized, until a push began in the 1970s to honor their contributions and grant them veteran status. The group reached a breakthrough last month when about 200 of the surviving female pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | April 21, 2009
Life was a party. Life was empty. Life was a drag. But that’s all in Joey Buran’s past. The famed surfer says he’s now living life beyond the dream, working as a pastor in Fountain Valley, coaching the U.S. surf team and national junior squad, and keeping busy as a father of four with his wife, Jennifer, in Costa Mesa. Does he ever relive his past? It’s hard not to, especially when he’s the producer of the film about his life. “Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story,” a documentary-style movie will be part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts Thursday and ends April 30. Buran’s film will be viewed at 2:15 p.m. April 29 at Lido Theatre, as part of the Action Sports series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | April 6, 2007
From middle school classrooms in Texas to penguin-covered glaciers in the Antarctic, local filmmakers will take audiences around the globe at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, though many of them are happy setting their films right here at home. When she graduated two years ago from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Phoebe Shackeroff never imagined a childhood acquaintance from the summers she spent at her family's vacation home on Balboa Island would take center stage in her directorial film debut.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2008
Renovations began on the Port Theater in Corona del Mar this week. The theater, once planned to be demolished, received its first pieces in a makeover that will take the better part of a year, city officials said. The remodel was approved last month after the owner decided to renovate the building to restore it to its original use as a movie house, Newport Beach Planning Director David Lepo said. The building permit was issued June 17 to renovate, Lepo said. The building’s signature blue sign over head will remain after the remodel, with the building’s owner planning to restore it while other new additions will be made to the theater, including sofa seating in the mezzanine area.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford | July 12, 2008
Renovations began on the Port Theater in Corona del Mar this week. The theater, once planned to be demolished, received its first pieces in a makeover that will take the better part of a year, city officials said. The remodel was approved last month after the owner decided to renovate the building to restore it to its original use as a movie house, said David Lepo, Newport Beach planning director. The building permit to renovate was issued June 17, Lepo said. The building’s signature blue sign will remain after the remodel, with the building’s owner planning to restore it while other new additions will be made to the theater, including sofa seating in the mezzanine area.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | April 10, 2008
Independent filmmakers will be the first to tell you showbiz is tough to break into. There’s rarely any money to actually produce a film, and once it’s done there’s the Herculean task of getting a distributor to watch it. But modern technology is changing the way films are made, and a troupe of Vanguard University students are proof of the evolving entertainment paradigm. It began when aspiring filmmakers David and Daniel Holechek produced a five-minute short that parodied the blockbuster “300.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Kim | April 29, 2013
Despite difficulties finding locations to shoot "A Werewolf Boy," a blockbuster from South Korea and this year's selection for the Newport Beach Film Festival's Korean Spotlight, filmmakers were able to capture some of the country's most scenic destinations. Shot primarily in natural settings, including the waterfalls of Pocheon, a cypress forest in Jangheung and the scenic national island of Jeju, the film, written and directed by Sung-hee Jo, is about a family that moves to a small village and takes in an orphan boy who resembles a wolf more than a human with his feral behavior and supernatural strength.
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