Kobe Bryant's Muse Coming in the Fall from Showtime and Deepak Chopra's Son

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Kobe Bryant didn't exactly win a great reception after opening up to The New Yorker recently (click on the link after the jump), so it may be deja vu all over again when he exposes his on- and off-court life on camera to a documentarian.

But Showtime announced Thursday that is indeed what the Newport Coast-based NBA superstar is doing in Kobe Bryant's Muse.

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Roger Guenveur Smith, Smiley from Spike Lee Joint Do the Right Thing, at Frida Tonight

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It's the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, which means goddamn I'm old AND that it's time for a nostalgic screening.

You can not only fill that bill at The Frida Cinema in downtown Santa Ana tonight, but you can do it alongside actor Roger Guenveur Smith, who played Smiley in the groundbreaking flick.

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Comedies Lovesick and Chef are Opening and Closing Bookends to Newport Beach Film Fest

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The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 24-May 1, will be bookended by comedies.

Opening night's Lovesick, which is making its world premiere here, stars Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter and Chevy Chase. Closing the festival is Chef, which makes its West Coast premiere and stars its writer-director, Jon Favreau, with Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

Cast and crew members from both films are expected to attend their screenings, and in the case of Lovesick that includes a producer who hails from Costa Mesa.

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Newport Beach Film Festival Tells a Twisted Bedtime Story in its 2014 Trailer: Video

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To promote its upcoming 15th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival today unveiled a trailer titled Bedtime Story that may not leave you with a sore jaw like last year's Mandible did, but it is just as twisted.

Which is how we like it, dammit!

See nods to Fargo, Memento, Pulp Fiction and more on the next page . . .

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"That's Amazing! 30 Years of Huell Howser and California's Gold" Now a Permanent Exhibit

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Man, we really miss Huell Howser here in the Weekly ivory tower.

Chapman University feels our pain and is doing something about it for fellow fans of the late, longtime KCET host by making permanent the exhibit "That's Amazing! Thirty Years of Huell Howser and California's Gold." (Who else heard Huell's voice and smiled when reading the words "That's amazing?")

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Frida Kahlo Be Damned! Lars von Trier Takes Over The Frida Cinema Tonight Through April

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Santa Ana's The Frida Cinema, which some may know better as the old Fiesta Twin on Fourth Street downtown, is not only presenting the exclusive Orange County theatrical run of Lars von Trier's new cinematic opus Nymphomaniac starting tonight but a retrospective with seven more of the controversial Danish filmmaker's works over the next several weeks.

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Mirage Men Proposes an Inside Job with UFOs Unlike the Others You Already Know Well

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Mirage Men, a documentary premiering online today, turns the whole debate over the origin of UFOs on its head.

Said to include the revelations of military insiders, the film suggests the unexplained crafts are not from another planet or galaxy but secret aircraft developed by a U.S. government that wants to keep the little green men myth alive to suppress the truth.

By the way, if you don't want to watch Mirage Men online via Yekra starting today, you can wait until the expanded DVD release in June.

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Tustin Police Cast as Heavies by Movie Theater Patron of 300: Rise of the Empire

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"On 03/15/14 at 8:15 P.M. the Tustin Police Department received a call from mall security of two suspicious males entering the movie theaters at 2457 Park," reads a release from Lt. John Strain, the agency's spokesman. "One of the suspects was wearing a backpack. Officers responded to the scene and evacuated the theaters without incident. The two males were located inside the theaters along with the backpack. At this time the investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time."

No big whoop, right? Well, read on ...

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Joel Lee Craft Jr., Film Investment Scam's Lead Generator, Gets 5 Years for Guilty Plea

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A San Clemente man was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $22 million for his role in a telemarketing scheme to milk investors of independent films such as From Mexico With Love and Red Water: 2012.

Joel Lee Craft Jr. had pleaded guilty in 2012 to two counts of conspiracy and single counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. The 43-year-old was the CEO of San Clemente-based American Information Strategies Inc., which sold lead lists to the telemarketing companies that made the cold calls to potential film investors around the U.S.

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Rick Warren Tells Saddleback Church Congregants Not to Go to Church on Sunday

Was that rumbling in the sky from thunder or Rick Warren just saying on national television that he has told his Saddleback Church congregants not to go to church Sunday?

Now, the Purpose-Driven pastor does not want the pews in Lake Forest empty every Sunday, just this Sunday.

Why?

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