Fans Got Lost At the "Forbidden Zone" Shadow Cast Screening in Long Beach's Art Theatre

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Long Beach's Art Theatre was packed as fans came from various places to see the first sold-out shadow cast performance of Forbidden Zone in history. The night's festivities included a free gig by the Radioactive Chickenheads at Lola's Mexican Cuisine and a Q&A and singing with director Richard Elfman after the shadow cast performance.

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Tom Arnold Talks 'Sons of Anarchy,' Sex Dolls, Rednecks and Jews.

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Tom Arnold, the guy most famous for being Roseanne's husband, has become somewhat of a cult classic. 

And even though he was labeled in the beginning of his fame, it's been proven over the years that Tom Arnold is an all-around great guy and an extremely hard worker. And did I mention he's a funny guy? Well I'm sure you already knew that part! 

His humor seems effortless as he casually slips it into conversation, but the impact is positively hilarious. 

Catch him at the Irvine Improv this weekend as he brings the funny and see for yourself why Tom Arnold (the man, not the name) has real staying power.

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Doug Benson Brings His Potty Mouth to The Galaxy Theatre

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Doug Benson moves pretty quickly for a pot smoker. Releasing his newest album Potty Mouth on August 30 (recorded live in Sacramento), Doug's drive seems unstoppable. You can hear him on his hit podcast "Doug Loves Movies" but you can see him live this Sunday at The Galaxy Theatre with The Benson Interruption. With multiple comics making appearances, all eyes will be on Doug (even if those eyes are at half-mast).

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Do you think your comedy has changed over the years?

Doug Benson: My first stand-up performance ever included prop comedy, now all my shows include some pot comedy. So, I'd have to say yes!

Yes, slightly. You rule the podcast world, but do you think that the internet will one day be the demise of live comedy?

No, just like movies, people will always enjoy seeing live comedy with other people. It's great to have a laugh by yourself in your cubicle when you're supposed to be working, but the internet can never replace the experience of laughing in a group.



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'Harold and Maude' Screening for Free and Rediscover Cat Stevens

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On Monday, Harold and Maude will be screening on the outdoor plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa) as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts "Free For All Movie Monday."

Set up begins at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.).

You can bring beach chairs, blankets, snacks and picnic dinners, but  snacks will also be available for purchase.

If you haven't seen the dark comedy about the offbeat relationship between a teen obsessed with death (Bud Cort) and a woman who could be his grandmother (Ruth Gordon), you should watch it, if only to see how Cat Stevens makes awesome soundtracks.


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Baby Jokes: From the Streets to Homeboy Industries and the Silver Screen

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The acclaimed film A Better Life is the story of an undocumented landscaper working hard in East LA to provide a brighter future for his son. Last weekend, it finally made its way down to OC theaters.

For rapper/actor Baby Jokes, the theme of the script could have easily applied to the trajectory of his own struggle. His role in A Better Life is that of a gangster named Marcelo Valdez who tempts the son of the film's main protagonist Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir) into entering the gang life. More »

Regal Cinemas Garden Grove: Easy Ticket Prices for Hard Times

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Regal Cinemas Garden Grove 16 was my best kept secret in Orange County. Even before a new promotional campaign there has begun to attract more and more patrons, I enjoyed the movie theater for its simplicity in contrast to the dominant 30-screen megaplex model. Regal Garden Grove was relatively low-key as well, meaning that even with new films on opening weekends, moviegoers could get tickets without a huge queue and seats were easy to find. Any drawbacks to the theater were easily forgivable.
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Jon Brion to Score Animated Thriller: Five Kick Ass Songs He Had a Hand In

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Indie film company Focus Features confirmed in June it had signed an agreement with multi-instrumentalist/producer extraordinaire Jon Brion who will score the  animated zombie thriller ParaNorman. The pic, which is being produced in conjunction with Portland-based animation company LAIKA, is expected to be released in August and follows the tale of a small town overrun by zombies. The townsfolk's' only hope is a young boy named Norman who has the unique ability of communicating with the dead.

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Wu Tang's RZA May Join 'G.I. Joe' Sequel

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Wu-Tang Clan rapper/producer-turned-actor RZA could play a martial arts expert named the Blind Master in the G.I. Joe sequel, says MTV. The character  trained Joe commandos Snake Eyes and Jinx.

D.J. Cotrona, who appears on the TV show Detroit 1-8-7, is another potential new face. RZA and Cotrona are both in negotiations to be part of the movie, which will be directed by Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).

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Actor Wendell Pierce To Play B.B. King in Movie Based on Golden Bear Meeting

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Actor Wendell Pierce will be starring as B.B. King--the "King of Blues"--in an upcoming film, B.B. King and I. It's based on an encounter that aspiring drummer Michael Zanetis had with B.B. King at the back stage of Huntington Beach venue Golden Bear, after which he became lifelong friends with the king.


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Top Five Reasons to Watch 'Rakenrol' If You're Not Filipino

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Today, the LA Pacific Film Festival is screening Rakenrol, a movie written and directed by Quark Henares. Described as "Part Once, part High Fidelity," the movie is an ode to the Filipino underground rock & roll scene and its megafans. On the surface, it's a story of two friends who  form a band and live and love through music. But it's also a glimpse into the Filipino rock & roll lifestyle--proof that with music, the boundaries of nation don't exist.

After the jump, Henares gives us five reasons to check out the movie even if you're not Filipino--and watch the trailer.

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