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Cullen Hoback doesn't know what Mark Zuckerberg thinks of his documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply." But he's already made the Facebook leader smile once. Toward the end of the documentary, which screens Friday and May 2 at the Newport Beach Film...
An island nation you can't find on a map can threaten your retirement savings. Your health insurer could refuse to pay your medical bills by arguing you're covered only if someone drops a baby grand piano on your head, not an upright. On any given day,...
Tags: Cardiac Arrhythmia, FBI, H.L. Mencken
"A Good Day To Die Hard" is the fifth installment of this loud and obnoxious movie franchise. This one takes place mostly in Russia, with Bruce Willis reprising his long-running role as a supercharged cop. In this film, he is on vacation to visit his...
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") has masterfully directed action and actors in "Zero Dark Thirty," a slow-burning re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Like a crime thriller, the story takes us through unsettling...
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...
A Costa Mesa man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges that he posessed the makings of explosives. Baylor Maggenti, 66, had materials commonly used to make pipe bombs, prosecutors said. He has been charged with felony counts of intent to...
Tags: Prosecution, David Petraeus, Barack Obama, Trials, Mitt Romney
Tim Burton's wonderfully strange imagination is on fire in "Frankenweenie." A lonely boy loves his dog, loses his dog, and re-animates his dog. It's a charming reworking of the old Frankenstein movies, but here the only monsters are loutish neighbors and...
A social gathering with serious national ramifications launched a campaign to end American dependence on fossil fuel. The Newport Coast residence of Yael and Eyal Aronoff welcomed significant participants in an organization called the Fuel Freedom...
It's a mark of great film-making when the retelling of history, with a known outcome, seizes us with suspense. Such is the case with "Argo," which had my heart racing within the first five minutes thanks to Ben Affleck's smart direction. It opens with...
Animation master Hayao Miyazaki has become the Walt Disney of Japan. He is the director and driving force behind the Oscar winning"Spirited Away" and the acclaimed "Ponyo." Both of those fantasy films had intriguing issues appealing to adults and older...
Nine films were nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, but I think only my top three picks below have a real chance of winning. They're included here with some other movies that I think also deserved recognition: 1. "The Artist"—...
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has introduced a bill in Congress that would grant citizenship to the Pakistani doctor who helped CIA agents track down and kill Osama Bin Laden last spring. A special Pakistan government commission has recommended...
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