In movies as diverse as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) and “When in Rome” (2010), Kristen Bell has been a first-rate comic actor with a mastery of pert, fed-up, sometimes wistful deliveries. In “Fanboys” (2009) she was a subtle and beguiling parodist, echoing the spunky, curvy tomboys of George Lucas and S
Kathie Warren was working as a graphic artist when she stumbled upon a thriving art scene in downtown Santa Ana.
It was the late '90s. Neutral Grounds, where Lola Gaspar restaurant now stands, would host poetry readings and open mic sessions. She found herself in the presence of muralists such as Emigdio Vasquez and Sergio O'Cadiz.
There was a kind of magic that happened many nights when Johnny Carson, the legendary host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” invited a Jimmy Stewart or an Angie Dickinson, a Sylvester Stallone or a Lucille Ball onto his stage and into our homes, says documentary filmmaker Peter Jones.
For one thing, they’d o
Lewis Black is known for his quick wit, sharp tongue and no-holds-barred approach to stand up comedy. The 65-year-old’s fiery rants often lead him to tightly ball his fists and cause veins to protrude from his neck and the middle of his forehead, as he vents frustrations via smart satirical bits about politics, religion and basic human stu
Is television's Second Golden Age coming to a close? The explosion of quality and novelty that began with “The Sopranos” in 1999 and “Survivor” in the summer of 2000 is still going strong, but that's largely because of the significant number of excellent shows that have been around for a while. The new nuggets are becomin
ANAHEIM – Disneyland Resort will host a new half-marathon weekend this fall with a Marvel theme and characters cheering along runners, the company announced Tuesday.
The 13.1-mile race will go through Disney’s two theme parks as well as along city streets on a new course yet to be revealed. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Mara
Nancy DuFault was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 17 years ago. She shakes so much she has trouble bringing a fork to her mouth.
But on March 1 she will let go of her walker, take her husband Bob’s hand and dance the Argentine tango.
At Segerstrom Hall.
In front of 1,700 people.
In his spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone surrounded Clint Eastwood’s tall, monotone killer with extroverts and comic grotesques who kept the audience primed for action and made his antihero look supercool. In his reboot of “RoboCop” (1987), Brazilian director Jose Padilha does something excitingly similar. He encircles his talle
In case anyone out there (hello, dudes) forgot, Friday is Valentine’s Day.
If you’ve got a sweetheart – or hope to seal that particular deal today – we suggest these seven romantic ways to celebrate your heart’s content.
After all, when you have Orange County, who needs Paris?
Savor some c
The short documentaries nominated for Oscars open at the South Coast Village this weekend. They provide straightforward portraits of artists displaying grace under pressure and unflinching accounts of people transcending political and personal demons.
The artists are Ra Paulette in “Cavedigger,” who creates caves that soar un
Even when the wit in this cartoon mini-epic is scattershot, it knocks you silly, because the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, launch it from a circus super-cannon.
For two-thirds of the way through, their inventiveness keeps pace with a madcap plot – they concoct wild comic fantasias out of little Lego bricks. The film
A 400-strong force of art historians, artists, impresarios and museum personnel became known as Monuments Men after entering the Allies’ Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives programs in World War II, determined to stop the ruination of European culture. They’re reduced to a skimpy, fictionalized squad of seven in “The Monuments Me
This French psychological thriller is both the opposite of “Cruising” (1980) and the movie “Cruising” wanted to be. It examines a specific gay subculture, graphically and sometimes humorously, while spinning an existential mystery out of the link between erotic urges and the death wish.
The deceptively pristine se