Films, Martial Arts, and More at Fiesta Latina at Bowers Museum This Sunday

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OC Film Fiesta
Kids take on the Buster Keaton-era of film

It's easy to forget that Bowers Museum, that not-so-tiny museum that houses rare artifacts from around the world, stays culturally relevant and fun with family events and festivals. Consider this Sunday's Fiesta Latina, a short but quirky four hours of entertainment that features various Latino-centric forms of expression, musical and otherwise. Salsa dancing lessons, a DJ set featuring tangos, rancheras, and boleros, Brazilian martial arts demonstration and a guitar performance round out the day's schedule, with a showcase of films at the center; a series of short films brought to you by the OC Film Fiesta shown at Bowers' Kershaw Auditorium.


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Magdi Faiz Girgis Murder Plot Against Wife in 2004 Featured on NBC's Dateline TONIGHT

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Ryan Girgis is shown after the then-17-year-old broke out of his ties on Sept. 29, 2004. He'd been bound by killers of his mother who had been hired by his father.

A cold-case murder plotted by a Westminster respiratory therapist who did not want to pay for his divorce from his wife in 2004 gets the NBC Dateline treatment tonight.

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Former Superman vs. Former Superstud: Dean Cain and Matt Leinart Trade Barbs

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Dean Cain: from Superman to life on the D list?

Dean Cain, who played Superman on the ABC series Lois & Clark in the 1990s, told TMZ Sports that Johnny Manziel should be careful about running with the Hollywood crowd because he wouldn't want to end up out of the NFL like Matt Leinart. Guess who took the Twitter after that?

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Justin Bieber Cruising Disneyland in a Wheelchair Draws Swift Biebot Defense

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Wheely messed up?

Justin Bieber pivoted from pissing off wealthy neighbors to pissing off Disneyland guests over the weekend, when it was assumed he was making like your grandmother by using a wheelchair to cut to the front of attraction lines. But a rep for the Biebs says it ain't so ...

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Octomom Nadya Suleman Means to Make You Scream at Her in Latest Old Horror Movie

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The motion picture formerly known as Millennium
Natalie Denise Suleman IS Vanessa in Millennium, I mean, 666: The Devil's Child.

When Octomom Nadya Suleman of Orange pleaded no contest Monday to welfare fraud, I figured some of the unreported income came from starring in the horror flick Millennium. After all, as I'd reported in November 2011, the director was saying Millennium was coming soon. Turns out we both were wrong.

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"Video Game Day" THIS SATURDAY at The Frida Cinema

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Gamers unite

It's been a long time coming, but video games have finally landed their own documentary in the Zach Braff-produced feature Video Games: The Movie. Video Games presents an overview of the history of video games, as well as a look into their impact in popular culture and daily life, from their humble beginnings as pixelated moving squares manipulated by joysticks to being a huge entertainment industry that stretches worldwide and has branched into every form of consumer media.


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Strutter Screens This Saturday at The Frida; An Interview with Allison Anders and Kurt Voss

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Speed crazy in Strutter

Strutter, the third film installment of Allison Anders' and Kurt Voss' trilogy of rock n' roll films, follows in a tradition of self-financed films from the two writer-directors, allowing them full reign of telling their unique storytelling vision. Their first collaboration, Border Radio (1988), is a gritty, loose-knit story laced with a punk rock soundtrack, while Sugar Town(1999) unleashes a story about decaying rock stardom. Through Kickstarter, Anders and Voss were able to raise funding for production of Strutter, and surpassed their goal by quite a wide margin. Strutter takes place in contemporary Los Angeles and tells a story about an aspiring rock singer named Brett whose girlfriend just left him for the more alluring and popular musician, Damon. Brett's heartache eventually gives over when he falls for his filmmaker friend Reggie, and builds an unexpected bond with Damon, meanwhile gaining new perspective on other aspects of his life.

This Saturday night, The Frida cinema will host a screening of Strutter, followed by a Q&A session with Anders and Voss. In anticipation of said screening, I spoke with both directors about keeping that DIY spirit alive in filmmaking, using music to tell a story, and that '80s film look. Come out Saturday night for this event, and be sure to see Strutter again and again when it reaches wide release.

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Sharknado Gets Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 Treatment Tonight on OC Screens

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Sharks. Tornados. Sharknados.

If you thought Sharknado was worthy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment after the intentionally crappy flick premiered on Syfy on July 11, 2013 (and somehow went on to become a worldwide sensation), you are not only in luck but you get to see live Sharknado skewering in Orange County and Long Beach theaters tonight.

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Freddie Goes to Hollywood: Film on Fred Karger's Openly Gay GOP Presidential Bid Nears

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"He is the gay bogeyman of the GOP presidential race," one pundit says of Fred Karger in the flick.

A documentary about a Laguna Beach man's historic campaign as the first openly gay candidate to ever run for president from either major political party gets its Hollywood closeup soon.

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The Big Lebowski Kicks Off Eclectic Regency Summer Film Series in Laguna Niguel

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The Dude and his rug kick off a summer film series.

Regency Theatres lost its lease at the historic Lido Theater in Newport Beach at the end of June, when a new company called Lido Live took over with promised book readings, live music performances, local philanthropic events and more in addition to movies. But Calabasas-based Regency is not packing up and leaving Orange County. It still has theaters in Santa Ana, Westminster, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, where a "Summer Flashback Film Series" kicks off Thursday night with The Big Lebowski. One might say Regency abides.

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