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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 1, 2013
The premiere of "Touchdown Newport," along with the short film "What It Takes," sold out at Lido Theatre Tuesday night as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The majority of the audience appeared to enjoy both movies, as each provided emotional and exciting moments. The event was such a success, an encore screening has been added Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Big Newport. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. "Touchdown Newport," the documentary about the 1970 Newport Harbor High football team, made its debut Tuesday night.
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NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2013
What do a journalist, musician, truck driver, soldier, politician and model have in common? Fortitude in the face of chaos and the desire to uplift their homeland - Pakistan. While headlines, predominantly in the United States, screamed blue murder about the "War on Terror," Stanford Law School student Cary McClelland, 33, chose a different viewfinder. During a visit to Lahore in 2007, he witnessed a nation that was attempting to maneuver beyond the crises that abound. "My interest, post-9/11, was the gap in how national media, particularly in America, was covering some of the countries that we were in conflict with," he said.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Highlights for Tuesday at the Newport Beach Film Festival : * Pilot Picks Discovering Mavericks Action sports documentary by Joshua Pomer about California's most notorious big wave. 8:30 p.m.; Lido Theatre. The Hypnotist Thriller by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom about a family targeted by a killer. 7:45 p.m.; Edwards Big Newport 6. How to Make Money Selling Drugs Documentary by Matthew Cooke about America's drug culture and government policies.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 30, 2013
Randy Hamilton, the director of the high school football documentary "Touchdown Newport," hopes the movie becomes popular nationwide after its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. That desire may sound lofty, but Hamilton has seen the seemingly improbable become reality while working on the film about the Newport Harbor High School 1970 football team over the past three years. On a whim, the Newport Beach resident reached out to Emmy-award winning actor Kyle Chandler to be the narrator of the documentary.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 30, 2013
In Rafa Lara's film "Cinco de Mayo: The Battle," calendar dates are superimposed over the action counting down to May 5 - the day in 1862 when a ragtag Mexican army defeated France in the fight for independence. It may not be the only countdown that takes place in the Regency Lido Theatre when the movie screens Wednesday as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Not only is the Mexican holiday a few days away, but Lara's film, which depicts the battle in vivid (and often gruesome)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2013
When Alan Arkin signed on to "In Security," he wanted to play only one role. A motorcycle cop. "He wanted the boots, helmet, glasses and leather jacket - he wanted to look good," said Evan Beamer, who co-directed the movie along with his older brother, Adam. After the Beamers granted his wish and filming was underway, Arkin turned to them and said, "You realize this is completely ridiculous, right? There's no such thing as a 75-year-old motorcycle cop. " Adam recalled working with the senior Arkin for three or four hours, after which the assistant director called a wrap.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 27, 2013
Alfred Molina accompanied Joseph Kibler at the AIDS Walk Los Angeles last year. This was no ordinary partnership. The actor, with roles in "Frida," "Spider-Man 2," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Chocolat" to his name, offered support to Kibler, who is HIV-positive and paraplegic, but was determined to successfully complete the feat. "There's no event or way greater to show that not only am I proud of what it's taken to get to where I'm at, but what it's taken to get an entire community of HIV/AIDS survivors to that day," said the 24-year-old Glendale resident.
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