June 1, 2007
I took a date to a movie last Saturday night. The movie was new, but the theater was old. Very old. I think the last time we were there was in the 1950s. There have been some changes over the years, mostly technical. But the audience and the ambience are pretty much the same as I remember them 50 years ago. My date and I were wallowing in nostalgia at Newport-Mesa's oldest-newest theater, the Star-Vu Drive-In, that has set up shop in the parking lot of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
October 8, 2004
TRICIA BEHLE "Shaun of the Dead" is an enjoyable mix of three things that wouldn't seem to go together -- relationships, comedy and zombies. "Shaun" takes place in a working-class neighborhood in London. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a decent guy at heart, but he's let himself fall into a serious rut. At 29, he's working as a salesman at an electronics store. He spends his evenings drinking at his local pub, the Winchester, with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost)
April 3, 2002
The Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday announced the lineup for its 2002 Seminar Series to be held April 13 and April 14 at the Newport Beach Public Library. Experts from all fields of filmmaking will cover such topics as screenwriting, directing and film music composing. Writers Ken Nolan ("Black Hawk Down"), David Franzoni ("Gladiator"), David McKenna ("American History X") and Roger Schulman ("Shrek") are among the screenwriters to speak on April 13. Directors, including Roland Joffe ("The Killing Fields")
June 4, 2002
-- Interviews and photos compiled by Christine Carrillo The Daily Pilot went to Rea Elementary School in Costa Mesa to ask sixth-graders, 'What types of movies do you like the best?' "I like comedies because it makes you happy and makes you laugh a lot. I like Shrek." RONALD MAGANA, 11, Costa Mesa "I like comedy movies because I like to get a good laugh when I'm sad. I like to see the bloopers, especially Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, and when I hear good jokes, I like to memorize them and tell them to my friends at school."
July 19, 2012
"I am what I am, I don't want praise, I don't want pity I bang my own drum; some think it's noise, I think it's pretty And so what if I love each sparkle and each bangle Why not try to see things from a different angle Your life is a sham 'til you can shout out loud I am what I am" - Zaza, "La Cage aux Folles" * Thousands of sequins and countless yards of lamé are about to be rolled into Segerstrom Hall for the arrival...
March 8, 2011
The Costa Mesa institution now known as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its first performance in September 1986. Nearly 25 years later, the largest performing arts venue in Orange County is planning a robust lineup for its silver anniversary season that will feature world-premiere productions and nine touring shows, including Broadway's "American Idiot" and "Shrek the Musical. " The seasonal lineup comes amid some encouraging financial news for the center. The Segerstrom Center recently eliminated a deficit of about $1 million accumulated during the recent recession, said spokesman Tim Dunn.
September 13, 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.
April 19, 2006
In an attempt to prove that there is more to discuss besides illegal immigration, 50-meter swimming pools and April Fools' jokes, here's a topic everyone will appreciate. Several Sundays ago, movie director Peter Bogdanovich wrote an excellent op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times about the current crop of movies and why we are going less and less to see them in theaters. The bottom line for Bogdanovich: Better stories would help bring back the crowds. On our way home from New York last week, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how many families are turning to old movies to watch at home because family-friendly new movies are hard to find and the ratings do not always tell the whole story.
March 18, 2003
Lolita Harper The Orange County Performing Arts Center will be alive with the sounds of Academy Award winner Julie Andrews when she takes part in an upcoming series of celebrity talks. This season's Up Close at the Center series starts at 8 p.m. Monday at Segerstrom Hall with the three-time Tony Award nominee. While the series has yet to pick up the steam expected by many Center officials from years past, spokeswoman Angela Dickson said, efforts have not been weakened to garner big-name speakers, such as the legendary Andrews.