| Mar 4, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Edgar Landa is intrigued by violence.
But that's not to say he's a savage sort with a proclivity for destruction, the Hollywood fight choreographer is quick to add.
Starting out as an actor, Landa began training with fight directors as he followed his...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester.
The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist.
Both look for the good in people —...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:56 PM
Peter Gallagher read poetry, sang and watched football with Peter O'Toole.
At the start of every interaction, when asked how he was, the "Lawrence of Arabia" star would reply, "Gruesome," Gallagher recalled.
To the young actor, Jack Lemmon was like...
| May 29, 2014
| 7:36 PM
The programming offered by PBS SoCaL is arguably the finest available on the airwaves. This in spite of the ever-present on-camera fundraising replacing the presence of commercial pitching. On a recent Saturday night in Costa Mesa, the cultural outreach...
| May 14, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Last summer, Becca Lustgarten began to feel as if something was missing from her life.
The 26-year-old Boston University graduate who had relocated to Los Angeles recalled homing in on a void that she had previously filled by learning, acting and...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 8:35 AM
Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration has so far cost close to $400,000, significantly more than the initial $315,000 estimate to produce the event, according to a year's worth of public records reviewed by the Daily Pilot.
The total cost —...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon."
And then, the nerves crept in.
The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 8:49 AM
They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years?
Recently, the Westin South Coast Plaza welcomed Lauri Burns, founder of the Teen Project, as keynote speaker for a spring event...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:10 PM
On a windswept bluff with rippling ponds behind them, local officials Wednesday afternoon celebrated the latest phase of a multiyear revitalization effort for Fairview Park.
The Wetlands & Riparian Habitat takes up 37 acres of the 208-acre Costa Mesa...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 10:39 AM
The co-chairwoman of PBS SoCal's board of trustees received an award earlier this week for her leadership and advocacy.
Jo Ellen Chatham of the Costa Mesa-based station received the David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award on Monday from the Assn. of...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 8:27 AM
An off-duty Costa Mesa police officer was killed Tuesday night after his car crashed into a concrete pillar beneath the 55 Freeway, KTLA reported.
The officer apparently was the only person in the vehicle, which crashed near the intersection of...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 3:25 PM
With the closing of Sage Restaurant in January, and the selling of the Villa Nova in February, and the planned closing of the Ritz at the end of the year, I felt that as the owner of a 51-year-old restaurant it was time to speak up and let people know...