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Newport Beach Film Festival Announces Cinematic Schedule and Honors

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
The Newport Beach Film Festival , recognized as one of the largest luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States , has announced its schedule of films for this year ’ s 23rd annual cinematic celebration taking place October 13 through 20 at movie theaters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa .
More than 60,000 film fans attend the festival every year to watch more than 300 films from full length dramas to documentaries to short subjects . These independent and international films are from dozens of countries around the world , culled from more than 3,000 submissions .
OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHTS The Newport Beach Film Festival will kick off its eight-day run on Thursday , Oc . 13 , with the bio-pic “ WEIRD : The Al Yankovic Story ” starring Daniel Radcliffe , Evan Rachel Wood , Rainn Wilson , Toby Huss , Julianne Nicholson and Quinta Brunson .
The film , which generated huge buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival , is directed by Eric Appel and written by Eric Appel and “ Weird Al ” Yankovic . Daniel Radcliffe is “ Weird Al ” Yankovic in what is called “ the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time . From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin , Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true . An instant success and sex symbol , Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him .”
Following the Opening Night film , the festival has brought back its popular Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island . Ticket holders can enjoy signature tastings from more than two dozen top restaurants , along with a hosted bar sponsored by Tito ’ s Handmade Vodka . Guests will enjoy a special sneak peak performance from
Film Festival marquee / photo by Chris Trela
the Broadway production of “ Moulin Rouge ! The Musical ” that is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts .
On Thursday , Oct . 20 , the Festival will close with a screening 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 , Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista , “ Glass Onion : A Knives Out Mystery ” will screen at The New Port Theater in Corona del Mar .
In this follow-up to the popular “ Knives Out ” mystery film , 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 Film Festival will host its Closing Night Gala at 5:30 p . m . at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar , down the street from the New Port Theater . 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 .
FESTIVAL HONORS The Festival will also hold its annual Honors and Variety ’ s “ 10 Actors to Watch ” programs at the Balboa Bay Resort on Sunday , Oct . 16 .
Past Newport Beach Film Festival Honors recipients include Harvey Keitel , Regina Hall , Ray Liotta , Jeffrey Wright , Kate Beckinsale , Benedict Cumberbatch , Cynthia Erivo , Henry Golding , Keira Knightley , Rita Moreno , Patrick Stewart , and Alfre Woodard .
“ With a significant amount of guild and Academy voters attending
, the Newport Beach Film Festival Honors event has become a must-stop for the awards campaign season ,” says Gregg Schwenk , CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival . “ The annual celebration hosts industry legends side-by-side with rising stars from Variety ‘ s 10 Actors to Watch .”
According to Variety Magazine , this year ’ s 10 Actors to Watch honorees will be feted in the Oct . 12 issue of Variety and at the Newport Beach Film Festival Honors .
This year ’ s 10 Actors to Watch were announced on the Variety website , and include Kerry Condon , Stephanie Hsu , Ximena Lamadrid , Christina Jackson , Thuso Mbedu , Zen McGrath , Amber Midthunder , Sam Nivola , Jeremy Pope , and Joseph Quinn .
The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by UCI Health , Los Angeles Times , Tito ’ s Handmade Vodka , Fashion Island , Aston Martin and the City of Newport Beach .
For Festival passes and tickets , visit newportbeachfilmfest . com .
Scene from the film “ Glass Onion ” that closes the Newport Beach Film Festival