| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:38 PM
More than three decades before opening night of the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival at Edwards Big Newport, festival co-founder Todd Quartararo sat in the same packed theater, watching "Star Wars."
"It was incredible — here is a film that...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
A woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) lies dead on an examination table. Her head has been opened up to reveal not congealed self-satisfaction and vegan muffins (like in Paltrow’s actual head) but evidence that a new disease has done some...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
"Contagion" is the latest film about a deadly virus that threatens humankind. It borrows from movies like "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." But the basic concept goes all the way back to the real Black Death of the Middle Ages.
A healthy person...
| Sep 25, 2011
Fear of epidemics is spreading from movie theater to movie theater, with "Contagion" all over the screen. But real-life epidemics have been reported recently as well — measles in Somalia, dengue fever in Pakistan, encephalitis in India. Here are...
| Oct 9, 2011
| 4:13 PM
I used to enjoy poetry. I'd go to spoken word events nonstop, attend theater performances such as HBO's "Def Poetry" tour and read poetry books. Then there came a time when I was bored out of my mind with poems about drugs, suicide, bad relationships...
| Nov 30, 2011
A visitor would expect to see the latest weapons in the battle against heart disease or cancer at the new Rush University Medical Center.
But the hospital — which will give the public a sneak preview Dec. 10 — is also stocked with an...