Victim Told Cops Stabbing Happened Outside Straight Outta Compton Showing: Anaheim PD

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Jaimie Trueblood
Nothing to see here, folks.
UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 26, 10:17 A.M.: Anaheim Police blame the 23-year-old man who was stabbed in that city Monday night after being kicked out of a screening of Straight Outta Compton with leading investigators to initially believe the crime happened outside Century Stadium 25 cinema in Orange.

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Live From New York, It's Digging for Fire at the New Port Theater in Corona del Mar

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The Orchard
A bone and gun send Jake Johnson on an adventure in Digging for Fire.
Cinema lovers often stick around after screenings hosted by filmmakers, who dutifully answer any and all questions the crowd throws at him or her. Indie director Joe Swanberg (Kissing on the Mouth, Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas) will be doing this Wednesday night when the New Port Theater in Corona del Mar shows the most commercial movie he has made so far, Digging for Fire. But Swanberg, his co-writer and star Jake Johnson and moderator Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will be interacting with the OC audience from New York City.

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Cops: Teen Leafblower Pranksters Hit Irvine Fast-Food Joint Before Newport Beach Theater

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NBPD
Suspected leafblower pranksters make their entrance.
UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 12, 12:04 P.M.: "Preliminary investigation shows that the subjects were at a fast-food establishment in Irvine in a silver Ford truck, approximately one hour before the incident at the movie theater," says Jennifer Manzella, the Newport Beach Police spokeswoman, in an update. "There, the subjects activated a leaf-blower and pointed it at people nearby to elicit a reaction." The foursome then proceeded to the Edwards Big Newport 6 movie theater in Newport Beach, she said. "At least one subject entered Theater No. 3, activated the leaf-blower, held it above his head, and yelled, causing the disturbance described in the original press release," explained Manzella, who described the investigation as "still active and ongoing."


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Anaheim's ARTIC Station Finally Finds Crowds...as Setting in True Detective Finale

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Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Empty now, as it usually is

Apologies for the tardiness in this insight, but I've been in the hills of Kentucky doing...something. But as people have noted, Anaheim's much-maligned ARTIC bus and train station had an important cameo in the season finale of HBO's True Detective. We won't give away the ending, but let's just say it's as ludicrous as the rest of the season (and while we're at it: the original True Detective was even more ludicrous, and saved only by the women--think about it!)


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Call Me Lucky Opens at Frida TONIGHT; Filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is There SUNDAY

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Mandee Johnson Photography
used by permission of Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait is back out there.
There's a weird thing that happens when you really admire the work of a writer, actor, comic, filmmaker or, in the case of Bobcat Goldthwait, all of the above. You become personally invested in the artist, which at its extreme can result in criminal stalking and at its most tame can be simply hoping for that stranger's well being from afar. I'd put myself in the latter category (despite the restraining order), as demonstrated by my concern over Goldthwait's mental well being when his pal Robin Williams committed suicide. Goldthwait had also been pretty close to Kurt Cobain, so going through that (at least) twice in a lifetime would be unsettling. Sure enough, Goldthwait's Twitter and other social media contact with the outside world ground to a halt upon Williams' death. So it's refreshing to see Goldthwait now out promoting his latest movie, including live and in person in Santa Ana Sunday night.


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Greg Louganis Film Back on Board Exposes Pride of UCI and OC High Schools TONIGHT

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The Fight
The four-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver describes Back on Board: Greg Louganis as "a raw look at my life."
A documentary on the pride of UC Irvine--and before that Santa Ana and Mission Viejo high schools--premieres at 10 tonight on HBO.

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Robert Redford Narrates MacGillivray Freeman Films' 3D National Parks Adventure

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Boutique Publicity
Robert Redford bought a two-acre Utah plot in 1969 that has since expanded to the 5,000-acre Sundance resort and surrounding preserve.
National Parks Adventure, the next IMAX and giant screen nature documentary from MacGillivray Freeman Films, will be narrated by someone associated with conservation, Academy Award-winner Robert Redford.

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Online Donors Sought for The Parkland Doctors Film on True Events in JFK's Emergency Room

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An Irvine company is helping to spread the word about a crowdfunding campaign for an "explosive" new documentary on what really happened inside the Parkland Hospital Trauma Room One as doctors tried to save President John F. Kennedy.

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Do I Sound Gay? Kicks Off CinemaCO4 Monthly LGBT Film Series at Frida Cinema TONIGHT

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ThinkThorpe
Oh my! It's George Takei, taking about his unique voice in Do I Sound Gay?
The Frida Cinema and its upstairs LGBT neighbor the Center OC's Center on 4th are not only the most delicious pancake being served on Fourth Street in Santa Ana. They are also co-producers! Both kick off their new "CinemaCO4" monthly series of LGBT-themed films tonight with the documentary Do I Sound Gay?, which is booked for a one-week engagement.

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Laura Poitras of Edward Snowden Documentary Citizenfour Fame Sues U.S. Government

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RADIUS-TWC
"I'm filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law," says Laura Poitras.
Laura Poitras--the Academy and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning filmmaker of Citizenfour that opened in theaters in October and had an extended revival at Frida Cinema in Santa Ana in January--is suing various federal government agencies for essentially harassing her as she traveled to make her documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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