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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Eight Films to Help You Prepare for the End of the World on May 21

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For the last few months, a kooky religious group has been plastering North America with billboards and placards announcing that the world will end on May 21.

Call us warped, but we're thrilled by the prospect of Armageddon. With millions of the faithful lifted skyward by the Rapture, their homes will be empty, meaning we'll finally be able to score a swanky Oceanside pad for mere pennies on the dollar.

Of course, should that scenario not play out on Saturday, we'll have to console ourselves with a marathon of doomsday flicks and pine for what might have been.

Today we present a sampling of our favorites from the enduring genre--some justly ignored on their release, others not.

Okay, just about all of these movies on this list were justly overlooked by critics and the public, but that's exactly why we like them. Read on.

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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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Five Music Biopics We'd Like To See

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Over the last decade, Hollywood has pumped out an increasing number of music biopics, treating us to everything from enjoyable theatrical hits (8 Mile) to wobbly, tear-jerking cable duds (Take Me Home: The John Denver Story).

With Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and Clash movies in the works and rumors of an Ozzy Osbourne movie lighting up the Internet, we present a list of music biopics we prefer they'd make instead.

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Robert Pattinson Playing OC Native Jeff Buckley in Biopic?

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Deadline.com announced that the forthcoming biopic about OC native Jeff Buckley, singer/songwriter who drowned in Tennessee in 1997, now has a director.  Welcome To The Rileys filmmaker Jake Scott will direct the Buckley film with a script by Ryan Jaffe.

The film is as-yet-untitled, but Buckley's mother Mary Guibert is an executive producer for the film. A few months ago, Guibert talked about the likelihood of Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson playing her son, saying, "Robert is a fine young actor. I'm flattered he's been linked to this project. When the time comes we'll give everybody an opportunity to be seen and heard."


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The Real Rap Sheets of the Jackass Cast

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Jackass star Steve-O was arrested in Calgary this week for allegedly assaulting a heckler there eight years ago. Call us jaded, but we think the Canadian authorities are overreacting to behavior that's more an extension of the Jackass brand than a threat to public safety.

While Steve-O and his buddies have committed their share of transgressions over the years, rarely have they warranted serious police intervention. We review the offenses of the Jackass gang, criminal and otherwise, and recommend the punishments they really deserve.

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