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By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot | September 30, 2011
The Pinocchio who will walk onstage next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, just a few miles away from Disneyland, isn't for the fainthearted. Costa Mesa resident Luke Yellin will perform as the wooden puppet in "Shrek the Musical," but his Pinocchio is a far cry from the docile, naïve wooden puppet of cartoon fame. "Cheated by a fox, swallowed by a whale," yet still believing he is a real boy, Pinocchio lives in denial through much of the show. The kid-friendly musical version of "Shrek," based on the wildly popular 2001 DreamWorks film and a 1990 book of the same name, tells the story of a flatulent ogre with a good heart, a princess with a mean judo chop, a vertically challenged would-be prince, a wise-cracking donkey and an assortment of evicted fairy-tale creatures.
NEWS
October 6, 2007
It will be a 15-acre kids wonderland today and tomorrow at the Orange County Fairgrounds. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend Kidsfaire will feature nonstop family entertainment, interactive exhibits and stage shows. The ubiquitous purple dinosaur Barney will lead a sing-a-long; Strawberry Shortcake and friends will have a stage show; and somewhere roaming the fair will be the green ogre himself, Shrek. Watch out for the heat and look to the skies both days at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. as the Clowntown BigTop show entertains with fire eaters, tightrope shows and slapstick comedy.
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By JOHN DEPKO | May 24, 2007
What was clever and original in the first two "Shrek" movies has been reduced to a predictable formula in "Shrek the Third." There's still a lot of family-friendly fun on screen. A bevy of famous celebrities voice the wild characters who populate the story. Pratfalls, puns and personal zingers are still part of the show. Amusing pop culture references abound. But the great sharpness and wit of the previous films is missing in action. Most of the plot centers on Shrek trying to avoid the responsibility of becoming the new king of the realm.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2007
After about 30 years without a drive-in, Costa Mesa now has one, and it's already a hit. The Star-Vu Drive-In played "Shrek the Third" to sold-out audiences during its opening weekend May 18 through 20. Although the weekend shows have been popular, Orange County Marketplace President Jeff Teller said the company is thinking about having only one showing during weeknights. "Especially with a kid's movie, there just isn't the demand…. To see 'Shrek' at 10:30 at night on a school night isn't as popular," Teller said.
NEWS
May 31, 2001
Happily go to the box office for 'Shrek' Fairy-tale creatures. Ogres. Donkeys. Damsels in distress. Boring? Actually, "Shrek" wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was hilarious. As an ogre and a donkey, Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, respectively, make a great combination. This is the story of an ugly ogre, Shrek, who was thought to be evil because of his appearance. He meets up with a donkey, whom he saves and is annoyed by. Together, they journey to Lord Farquaad's castle in an attempt to get rid of the creatures who have invaded Shrek's swamp.
NEWS
May 28, 2004
SUSANNE PEREZ It is June 1940 and thousands are trying to flee a German-occupied Paris, and the roads are clogged with cars, trucks, carts and what precious belongings they can hold. Suddenly, a German plane passes overhead, and a blue sky is raining bombs and bullets. A pretty young war widow, Odile (Emmanuelle Beart), and her two children leap out of their car just before it is hit and catches fire. A young man scoops up her little girl and leads them into the relative safety of the woods.
FEATURES
September 17, 2007
Universal Studios is synonymous with Hollywood, and its “world-renowned, behind-the scenes” tour of the back lot studio offers visitors a glimpse into the entertainment industry. Blockbuster movies and current hit television shows are filmed daily. Actor Steve Carell’s movie, “Evan Almighty,” the follow-up to Jim Carey’s “Bruce Almighty,” due out later this year, is being filmed on the back lot at Universal, along with new episodes of the hit TV series “Heroes,” “CSI” and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “Ghost Whisperer.
NEWS
September 10, 2001
Bryce Alderton Spray a little bit of water and pack some sand. Take a scalpel to carve an alligator's fingers, Shrek's eyelids in the sand or the scales that emerge on a dragon's back. From ogres to pyramids to dogs, sandcastle builders worked feverishly in the three hours they had Sunday afternoon to create masterpieces in the sand on Big Corona State Beach in the 40th annual Sandcastle Contest. And although there were awards given, most contestants entered the contest for the fun of it and to spend time with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2011
WEDNESDAY House and Soul Music DJ Thrifty Lips and Danger House perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. TILL SUNDAY 'Pride and Prejudice' South Coast Repertory presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The shows will be at the Segerstrom Stage. For showtimes and ticket information, visit http://www.scr.org. TILL MONDAY 'A Year of Dreaming Dangerously' Orange Coast College is hosting "Alex's Adventures in the Five Rivers" or "A Year of Dreaming Dangerously," a new exhibit of work by Arthur Taussig, a former OCC film and photography professor.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
TILL SUNDAY 'Pride and Prejudice' South Coast Repertory presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The shows will be at the Segerstrom Stage. For showtimes and ticket information, visit http://www.scr.org. TILL MONDAY 'A Year of Dreaming Dangerously' Orange Coast College is hosting "Alex's Adventures in the Five Rivers" or "A Year of Dreaming Dangerously," a new exhibit of work by Arthur Taussig, a former OCC film and photography professor.
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October 14, 2011
SATURDAY Fall Fest Christ Lutheran School will host a community "Fall Festival" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 760 Victoria St., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 548-6866 or go to http://www.christcm.com. Temple Happenings Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its Shabbat Morning Children's Service at 9 a.m. The temple will also hold its Torah Study from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., which will be followed by a Saturday Shabbat Service at 10:40 a.m. For more information, call (949)
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2011
FRIDAY Sukkot Night Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds a Shabbat Sukkot evening service and dinner geared toward families. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or go to http://www.tby.org. AIDS Benefit Event Orange Coast College Professor Irini Vallera-Rickerson will give a presentation on "Art and Architecture Around the World" at 7 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at OCC, 2701 Fairview Road. Tickets are $10 and tax-deductible donations also are welcomed.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
TILL SUNDAY 'Pride and Prejudice' South Coast Repertory presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The shows will be at the Segerstrom Stage. For showtimes and ticket information, visit http://www.scr.org. TILL MONDAY 'A Year of Dreaming Dangerously' Orange Coast College is hosting "Alex's Adventures in the Five Rivers" or "A Year of Dreaming Dangerously," a new exhibit of work by Arthur Taussig, a former OCC film and photography professor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot | September 30, 2011
The Pinocchio who will walk onstage next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, just a few miles away from Disneyland, isn't for the fainthearted. Costa Mesa resident Luke Yellin will perform as the wooden puppet in "Shrek the Musical," but his Pinocchio is a far cry from the docile, naïve wooden puppet of cartoon fame. "Cheated by a fox, swallowed by a whale," yet still believing he is a real boy, Pinocchio lives in denial through much of the show. The kid-friendly musical version of "Shrek," based on the wildly popular 2001 DreamWorks film and a 1990 book of the same name, tells the story of a flatulent ogre with a good heart, a princess with a mean judo chop, a vertically challenged would-be prince, a wise-cracking donkey and an assortment of evicted fairy-tale creatures.
ENTERTAINMENT
John Depko | May 28, 2010
T he first "Shrek" movie was a breath of refreshing air that took animated family films into a new stratosphere. Witty and sharp, it worked on multiple levels with kids laughing at one great joke while adults laughed at another. Unfortunately, the first two sequels didn't quite live up to the promise of the original. But with "Shrek Forever After," DreamWorks has recaptured the snappy heart and cultural satire that started the whole franchise. This time around, the story has Shrek heading into a midlife crisis.
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By JOHN DEPKO | November 29, 2007
Disney’s “Enchanted” delightfully combines animation and live acting to bridge the family entertainment gap. Bill Kelly’s screenplay tells the story of a cartoon princess from a faraway land who suddenly comes to life in nasty New York. The wicked queen throws her into a cosmic sinkhole that propels her into the Big Apple through a manhole cover in the middle of Times Square. Still wearing her giant hoop skirt, she wanders the strange streets hoping for the kindness of strangers.
NEWS
October 6, 2007
It will be a 15-acre kids wonderland today and tomorrow at the Orange County Fairgrounds. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend Kidsfaire will feature nonstop family entertainment, interactive exhibits and stage shows. The ubiquitous purple dinosaur Barney will lead a sing-a-long; Strawberry Shortcake and friends will have a stage show; and somewhere roaming the fair will be the green ogre himself, Shrek. Watch out for the heat and look to the skies both days at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. as the Clowntown BigTop show entertains with fire eaters, tightrope shows and slapstick comedy.
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