Big Screen Blitz

| July 2, 2012 | Parties

The silver screen and all its shining stars found a new home at the Newport Beach Film Festival, an annual event that routinely gives Hollywood a run for its money. And this year’s showing was no different; some 53,000 movie buffs came to our coast for an eye-popping lineup of special events, parties, seminars and, of course, cinematic wonders. About 450 feature-lengths, shorts, documentaries, and animated and student films hailing from 50 different countries were screened during the week, and flick fans viewed everything from action sports movies (Man and Machine, for example) to works that took the environment as their subject (like Last Call at the Oasis). But it all began with the red carpet screening of Jewtopia at Edwards Big Newport, followed by an opening night gala at Fashion Island. Celebs Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Ivan Sergei and director Bryan Fogel joined Newport denizens at the destination, where they sampled cuisine from area eateries and enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. Meanwhile, the stylish closing night party was second to none—but that’s to be expected. It was hosted by Riviera, naturally. After the world premiere of Shanghai Calling at the Regency Lido Theatre, a crowd of 1,500 (which included famous faces like Daniel Henney and Bill Paxton) filled Via Lido Plaza to celebrate all things film. The evening also served as a chance to honor this year’s Men of Style, like Matt Prince, Conrad Metz and David Riley, who attended the starlit soirée. Not to be overlooked were the bites from a slew of Orange County restaurants and refreshments from Absolut Vodka, Stella Artois and Glacéau, which guests enjoyed while they relaxed in the VIP lounge or mixed and mingled in the courtyard. Among the many other highlights: informal modeling from the gents of South Coast Plaza’s Ted Baker London (and local fave Soner, owner of SONASH Hair Connection, styled the guys’ hair). All that was enough to cement Newport’s name in lights. Photos by Ann Chatillon, Trish Daniels, John Rinek and Brad Washburn


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