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Volume 7, Issue 96  |  December 2, 2022

23rd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival announces Opening and Closing Night films

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) has announced its Opening Night and Closing Night films. On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Festival will kick off its eight-day run with WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story starring Daniel Radcliffe​, ​Evan Rachel Wood​, ​Rainn Wilson​, ​Toby Huss​, ​Julianne Nicholson​ and ​Quinta Brunson. Fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival, where it generated huge buzz and won the People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness category, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story (2022, United States, 108 minutes) will screen at 7 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach). A Roku original film, which is available for streaming November 4 on The Roku Channel, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story is directed by Eric Appel and written by Eric Appel and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Radcliffe is “Weird Al” Yankovic in the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Yankovic rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, he lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him. 

23rd Annual Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel Radcliffe stars in the Opening Night film, “WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story” showing at Edwards Big Newport on October 13

Following the premiere of the Opening Night film, attendees will experience the Festival’s renowned Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island and enjoy signature tastings from more than two dozen of the area’s top restaurants, along with a hosted bar sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Guests will enjoy a special sneak peak performance from the Broadway production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical Winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

23rd Annual Glass Onion

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“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is the Closing Night film, showing at The New Port Theater on October 20

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Festival will close with a showing of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery from Netflix. Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022, United States, 139 minutes) will screen at 7:45 p.m. at The New Port Theater (2905 East Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar). You’re invited to put the pieces together. In the follow-up to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects. 

Prior to the Closing Night film screening, the Festival will host its Closing Night Gala at 5:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens (2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar). Attendees will enjoy culinary creations by 608 Dahlia and other local restaurants, along with a hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and live entertainment in the backdrop of a horticultural oasis and nationally renowned botanical garden.

Set to take place in person from October 13-20, the Festival’s 23rd edition will showcase more than 350 films from around the world. The Festival will host nightly special events, world premieres, red carpet galas, awards contenders and compelling conversations with filmmakers. Festival highlights include Festival Honors celebrating Variety’s ’10 Actors to Watch’, a Centerpiece program, International Spotlight events (U.K., Ireland, Mexico, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, Canada, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China), and Special Programs (Action Sports, Art, Architecture + Design, Cinema on Cinema, Culinary, Environmental, Family and Music Film Series) and curated shorts programs.

Films will screen at four Orange County venues: THE LOT at Fashion Island (Newport Beach), Edwards Big Newport (Newport Beach), New Port Theater (Corona del Mar) and Starlight Triangle Cinemas (Costa Mesa). 

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is thrilled to bookend this year’s edition with two incredible films that feature stellar talent and remarkable storytelling. We are proud to bring outstanding global cinema and compelling filmmaker conversations to Southern California. This year’s program is the strongest in our 23-year history” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO/Executive Director of NBFF.

Tickets to Opening Night Film and Gala are $225. Tickets to the Closing Night Film and Gala are $145. Events are open to attendees 21 & older. 

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