'Ohio' locale for kickoff of Newport fest


The eighth annual Newport Beach Film Festival will kick off April 19 at the Edwards Big Newport theater with "Beautiful Ohio," Chad Lowe's directorial debut starring William Hurt and Rita Wilson in the story of a dysfunctional family in the 1970s. Headed by executive director and CEO Gregg Schwenk, the fest, which runs through April 29 in Newport Beach, Calif., also will feature the West Coast premiere at the Lido Theater on April 26 of Garth Jennings' "Son of Rambow." The fest will mark the 100th birthday of John Wayne with retrospective screenings and a reception at which the inaugural Wayne Award will be presented.