The Long Dumb Road Is Anything But

If Planes, Trains and Automobiles had a baby with Sideways then the baby decided to go to art school, you’d have The Long Dumb Road, a 90-minute film that screened last week at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Taken on its visual surface, the movie serves as a kind of art exhibit, showcasing the lesser-appealing crevices…

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‘American Animals’ and Opening Night Gala Kick off 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival began Thursday night just like it should, with cameras flashing. Dozens of photographers crowded a logo-filled backdrop at Edwards Big Newport multiplex as well-groomed actors and filmmakers cascaded across a carpet undeniably red. Held to a staccato beat by the pop of bright lights, guests prepared for the debut…

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‘Up to Snuff’ Shines Spotlight on TV’s Most Accomplished Composer

On its surface, the story of William Garrett “Snuffy” Walden plays out like an expertly written drama. The innocence of youth, the tragedy of rock ‘n’ roll, the demise, the about-face and finally, the triumph. But as Up to Snuff shows, the heroic arc of real-life protagonist Snuffy is actually a much twistier tale that…

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The Triangle to Offer Dining Discounts for Newport Beach Film Festivalgoers

Here’s the deal: You already know the Newport Beach Film Festival is coming to town this week (we’ve written about it here and here). What you might not know is that a select group of delicious and cinematic-minded restaurants are featuring discounts for all those who attend a movie at Starlight Triangle Cinemas at The…

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2018 Newport Beach Film Festival: Culinary Film Series

There’s special care and attention that must be given to a certain genre of films on display at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival and if you ask why, the answer is food. During the cinematic fête that is the Newport Beach Film Festival (happening April 26 – May 3 in Newport Beach), eight movies…

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Seinne Scenes Vol. 5: Pin Up, Bowl Over

Each week, we’re recapping the latest Bachelor episode featuring Seinne Fleming, former Newport Beach resident and current Season 22 contestant vying for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s love. Welcome to #SeinneScenes, everyone … In the world of Seinne Scenes, we have our good weeks and our bad. Some episodes are abundant with Seinne; she’s smiling, offering commentary, wearing super…

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Seinne Scenes Vol. 4: Can’t Use the L Word Yet

Each week, we’re recapping the latest Bachelor episode featuring Seinne Fleming, former Newport Beach resident and current Season 22 contestant vying for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s love. Welcome to #SeinneScenes, everyone … It lasted only a few minutes, was interrupted by binocular-wielding contestants and a few girls speculating whether a connection would be made, but despite the disruptive…

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Seinne Scenes Vol. 3: There’s No ‘S’ in Bachelor (But There is an ‘S’ in Rose)

Each week, we’re recapping the latest Bachelor episode featuring Seinne Fleming, former Newport Beach resident and current Season 22 contestant vying for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s love. Welcome to #SeinneScenes, everyone … I’m convinced the most recent episode of The Bachelor existed in a parallel universe, where good is bad and bad is really, really bad. How else…

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Calling All Creatives: Submit to the Newport Beach Film Festival

Submissions for the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 26 through May 3, 2018, are now open. If you’re a filmmaker with something to say and show, now is your opportunity to highlight what you’ve done to a discerning, elite audience of cinemaphiles. Submit your film by Jan. 26, when Late Deadline registration…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Let’s Have a Movie Night)

Sometimes, when late December rolls around, the temperature drops below 75 degrees in Newport Beach. Under ordinary circumstances (and anywhere else in the country) that would be perfectly fine but this is Southern California, which means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to Orange County Living, the area must be ceaselessly sunny on…

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