| May 3, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The votes are in for the winners of the 14th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
The eight-day festival concluded Thursday with a closing night spotlight of "The Way, Way Back." The sold-out screening was hosted at the Regency Lido Theatre, with an...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 8:43 AM
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...
| May 1, 2013
| 1:19 PM
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...
| May 3, 2013
| 6:55 PM
Evan Beamer, co-director of "In Security," had a brush with danger Friday.
The Los Angeles resident almost backed into a Camaro after receiving a text telling him that his first feature film had been honored as an Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Doug Penikas received his acceptance to the Newport Beach Film Festival in the most unceremonious of ways — an email that landed in his junk folder.
"I didn't believe it," he said. "I thought it was a hoax. Especially when I couldn't tell anyone...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 10:19 AM
It is fair to say that last week I was in utter agony, lamenting the hot mess in the Middle East.
You must've thought: This girl is so quick to tell us how peaceful and loving her religion is, but yet the minute we're about to prove her wrong, she...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Ever since I became a journalist, I have had one burning desire: to work the phrases "National Poetry Month" and "The Human Centipede" into the same column. With the following piece, my career will be vindicated.
I'll get to the second phrase later. But...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:01 PM
At Bella Terra, it's Kids Club time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday.
Singer Jamie Shaheen will entertain children with sing-a-longs as she plays the piano. The Kids Club takes place at the outdoor amphitheater near the movie theater and Johnny Rockets....
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 10:59 AM
My wife and I are trying to raise our daughter to appreciate the arts — not in a nose-in-the-air way, but in a manner that recognizes the importance of helping her develop both sides of the brain.
We want her to know a little bit more about...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:11 AM
Let's be honest.
As good as you might be on a board, as great a day you might have had, as unforgettable that one ride was when you felt you were on top of the world, there's always someone better.
There's always someone who had a better day. There's...
| Feb 8, 2011
| 8:01 PM
With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, many couples are making more creative plans to celebrate. Restaurants are offering weekend-long deals, and many are offering special incentives like gift cards for Feb. 14 diners to entice people to dine out...