2014 Archive Stories

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  • Bruno Mars scores with Super Bowl show By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    “Are you ready for the biggest concert of the
    Mon Feb 03, 2014
  • Erotic idyll turns homicidal in 'Stranger by the Lake' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    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
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Michael B. Jordan: 'I want the roles that Leonardo DiCaprio can't shoot' By BARRY KOLTNOW
    Michael B. Jordan was anointed Hollywood’s next big thing after his celebrated portrayal last summer of a young man shot to death by a transit cop in the searing drama “Fruitvale Station.” Earlier this week, he learned the price of such new-found fame when he officially lost his privacy. “I feel violated,&
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Super Bowl halftime: A breakthrough at the break By PETER LARSEN
    When Bruno Mars got the nod to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII we were mildly surprised. We love Mars’ brand of retro-funk-and-soul music, mind you, but he’s so young and fresh – so unexpected when you look back at the history of Super Bowl entertainers. More often than not you got acts from the middle o
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Doobie Brothers, Gov't Mule to play Doheny Blues By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    The lineup for the annual Do
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Lighter shade of Pink still thrills at Honda Center By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Roughly an hour into Pink’s mostly spectacular performance
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Mötley Crüe saying goodbye with Final Tour By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    “All bad things must come to an end,” Mötley Crüe has declared in anticipation of what prom
    Thu Jan 30, 2014
  • Super Bowl ads upping their game BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Some say the star of Super Bowl XVIII was Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen; others would insist it was an obscure British actress named Anya Major. It was Major, dressed in orange shorts and a white track shirt and bearing a sledgehammer, who starred in Apple Computer's spooky science-fiction-movie of a commercial that intro
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Ethan Stiefel returns to U.S. as New Zealand's cultural ambassador BY PAUL HODGINS
    New Zealand doesn’t seem a likely spot for one of the greatest male ballet stars of his generation to develop his career. But Ethan Stiefel says he loves life in Wellington, the capital, a city of about 400,000 on the South Pacific nation’s north island where its principal dance company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, resides.
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Newport exploring giving state control of some of its beaches By AMY SENK
    First it was lifeguards. Now, maybe, it’s the entire beach. What began as an idea to relinquish the city’s lifeguard operations at Big and Little Corona beaches could be morphing into a plan to give up city control of the beaches, according to discussions at a special Newport Beach City Council planning meeting Saturday at th
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • O.C. surfers brave big waves at Mavericks By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    The Mavericks Invitational went down in Northern California last week, with the world’s best big-wave surfers taking on bombing 40-foot waves. There were several surfers who call Orange County home among the 24 invitees in the line-up, including San Clemente’s Greg Long, brother Rusty Long, Nathan Fletcher, and Newport transp
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Surf contest winner calls himself lucky
    Billy Hopkins wasn't going to go for it. Another surfer on the shoulder of the big wave in Seal Beach pulled out at the last second, so Hopkins thought, “What the heck.” He dropped down the face, bending his knees and crouching down to tuck into the bombing barrel that engulfed him. As he was spit out, Hopkins raised his arms
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Koltnow: Oscar race a gambler's nightmare By BARRY KOLTNOW
    Two gamblers walk into a bar … GAMBLER NO. 1: Who do you like? GAMBLER NO. 2: I like Denver. I think Peyton Manning’s offense is too much for Seattle’s defense. Who do you like? NO. 1: I like “Nebraska.” NO. 2: Nebraska? Nebraska isn’t in the Super B
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Vanessa Hudgens seeks a life after Disney BY BARRY KOLTNOW
    Vanessa Hudgens is a young woman on a quest. The 25-year-old actress has devoted most of her adult life to seeking an answer to the burning show business question – “Is there life after Disney?” Many have tried, but only a relative few have succeeded. Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Barry Gibb bringing first solo tour to the Bowl By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    It’s been more than a decade since legendary pop trio the Bee Gees gave their last proper performance in S
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Slight changes ahead for OC Music Awards By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    The annual OC Music Awards, which spotlights local up-and-coming talent while continuing to honor some of the county's long-est
    Tue Jan 07, 2014
  • Black Lips, FIDLAR cap Burgerama III lineup By: BEN WENER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    You know a local fringe festival is starting to gain widespread attention
    Tue Jan 07, 2014
  • Get ready for 2014 movies By BARRY KOLTNOW
    This is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates the best movies of 2013, but it’s 2014 at your local movie theater. Oscar season is so last year. You’re ready for a new year of movies, and that new year has begun. Before we preview the movies of 2014, however, keep in mind that opening dates often change wi
    Fri Jan 03, 2014
  • TV 2014: What to watch – or not By MICHAEL HEWITT
    We tend to greet the new year with such optimism, more full than usual with belief in the yet-unsullied future. And it's the same way in Televisionland, where 2014 arrives with new and returning shows filled with promise – because they haven't had a chance to disappoint us yet. TV fans are lucky in this regard: We actually get two
    Fri Jan 03, 2014
  • Of Mice & Men pulls together for third album By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, which is exactly how Costa Mesa quintet Of
    Fri Jan 03, 2014