| Feb 14, 2015
| 10:00 AM
Amid the complaints over the lack of ethnic diversity in the major Oscar categories, critics and defenders alike failed to notice that one nominee featured a cast that included two women (one of them Latina), an African American and an Asian American:...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:03 PM
With the holiday season upon us, I hope that those who like to give during this time of year will consider giving to our libraries — either through the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries to support the current facilities (address contributions to...
| Nov 26, 2014
Wednesday, Nov. 26: "JELLIES"
One of the city's most popular exhibits of the last two years, the Shedd Aquarium's "Jellies" has announced its last call for visitors. The hauntingly beautiful jellyfish will vanish in January, so there's no time like the...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:09 AM
Given the rate at which Hollywood cranks out sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots and spinoffs, it's almost surprising that there are still beloved films that have never gotten the follow-up treatment.
Now a new poster exhibition in Los Angeles is here...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 10:53 AM
Remember all those times a Pixar movie made you laugh, made you cry? Because Pixar would like to remind you.
The Disney-owned animation house has released a teaser trailer for "Inside Out," Pete Docter's ambitious film set inside the mind of an 11-year-...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:30 PM
"Thunder and the House of Magic" epitomizes the sort of animated film that's supposed to be fun for the whole family but that actually pleases no one. Co-directors Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson have assembled so many clichés and bits borrowed from...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Michael Apted is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the third installment of his "Married in America" series.
"Married in America" chronicled the journeys of nine diverse couples wed in 2001 -- using a format similar to Apted's "7 Up"...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry.
The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:30 PM
French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet pulled no punches at the 2014 3D Creative Summit in London March 12 as he criticized Hollywood's approach to 3D and bemoaned poor-quality exhibition.
"I think Hollywood is killing 3D," Jeunet told the assembled...
| May 27, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Pixar Animation has revealed the official synopsis for its next movie, "Inside Out," which is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl.
Directed by Pete Docter ("Up," "Monsters, Inc.") and set for release June 19, 2015, "Inside Out" tells the story of...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:31 AM
No other film released 25 years ago, and few made since, captured the crosscurrents of a single neighborhood on a sweltering summer day in late 20th-century America the way Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" did.
Lee's brash masterwork still plays like...