Big Screen Entries for August, 2011

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Summer Movie Attendance Drops for the Fourth Straight Year

Will this year's continuing decline in movie theatre attendance be viewed as a symbol of discretionary spending on the part ...

Feature: Local Company 3D Film Factory Looks to the Future

Keith Driver with 3D Film Factory camera rig. Keith Driver has a word for anyone who thinks 3D filmmaking is ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Blackthorn

Hoo boy - a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If nothing else, they've got guts - almost ...

Tracking Simian Reactions to San Diego Zoo's Screening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

"Intriguing. Not at nuanced as Project Nim, but still, some food for thought there. I give it a thumbs-up, because ...

Vera Farmiga Takes To (And Talks Up) Higher Ground

Vera Farmiga calls her first shot at directing, “One of those curve balls life throws at you that you either ...

Lawsuit from LucasFilms in 3...2...1...

This just landed in my inbox...it's an ad for an iPad keyboard case. That "R" looks a little familiar, no? ...

Comment: Colombiana

Over at New York Magazine, Kyle Buchanan makes a good point about the wasting away of female action stars, most ...

Free Outdoor Screening of Avatar Saturday Night

It's going to be a perfect night to get lost in a long movie under the stars. The Liberty Station ...

Short Takes: Colombiana

With Angelina Jolie far too eminent to lower herself to grace yet another gratuitous female-empowerment blockbuster, it’s up to Zoe ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Hysteria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnwougM4sYo So here we have Hysteria, a film named after lady troubles - "hysteria" translating, of course, as "from the ...

Aretha Franklin Blocks Release of Never-Before-Seen Sydney Pollack Documentary

Recorded live over two nights at at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972, Aretha ...

(More) Reviews!

Look, it's late August. Movies are released on weekends like this one because, well, they have to release something, don't ...

Reviews!

This is getting silly. I swear these weren't there a day or two ago. But be that as it may, ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scy56-_mr3k Okay people, think product placement. Those heads don't just light themselves on fire, you know. We got bills to ...

Dig a Hole: Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle, Frank Potenza

Every obituary I've read of Frank Potenza invariably includes the word "beloved" in the opening paragraph. It's a privilege to ...

Local Drummer Featured in New Documentary

The New Regime has released a 24 minute documentary on the making of the new album Speak Through The White ...

Local Singer & Ramona Footage in Quiet Riot Documentary Film

The Quiet Riot documentary film partially shot at Ramona Mainstage on January 28, featuring San Diegan singer Mark Huff as ...

Local Oscar-Winner Cameron Crowe Commandeers Pearl Jam Twenty

Homegrown filmmaker Cameron Crowe, writer/director of Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, has announced the release of his first feature length ...

Sunday Sunday! Sunday! Cinema as NASCAR-Event Sponsor

The fact that "rear-engine, fuel-injected funny car" has become part of this media-addicted sportsophobe's pop-culture lexicon is a testament to ...

France, home of "The Three Musketeers"

No, I'm not exactly sure what the quotation marks around "The Three Musketeers" are supposed to signify. Why don't we ...

Today in Disputable Claims: "The fans have spoken!"

Did this dude grow a metal beard and get metal wrinkles under his eyes when he got old, or was ...

Overheard at Disney: "Hey guys, remember when we were cool?"

Had occasion recently to watch the better-than-decent documentary The Pixar Story. I saw it on Netflix, but of course, it's ...

Video Tyme: Premiere of The Super Dentists Strike Back at Vista's Krikorian Theater

Well, that was fun! Following the Super Dentists' Super Car to the Theater! http://vimeo.com/28027126 Interview with supporting cast members Brandon ...

Sean Penn Cannot Tell A Lie, Takes Ax to Malick's The Tree of Life

Used to be an actor went public with negative feelings concerning a project they were involved in and s/he wasn't ...

Local Premiere: The Super Dentists Strike Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4u0YjLUBmA Tomorrow morning, Vista’s Krikorian Theater will play host to the sold-out, red-carpet premiere of The Super Dentists Strike Back, ...

Short Takes: Fright Night

Was this remake really necessary? A one-mile square housing development situated in the middle of the Las Vegas desert is ...

That's it, I quit.*

Some days you wake up, and the sun is shining, and the breeze is blowing, and the birds are singing, ...

Dig A Hole: Raúl Ruiz

Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz has died from a pulmonary infection. According to Daniel Yates' IMDB mini-biography, "Ruiz has proved ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for The Woman in Black: Daniel Radcliffe Stars in Rise of the Planet of the Tiny Toy Apes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arixaTWmIA0&feature=youtu.be Okay, let's try to ignore the silly, overdone "Unsuspecting city person visits spooky, haunted country house, discovers horrific crime ...

John Waters Offers Advice to "The Loyal-to-Jerry MDA Kids"

America's fair-haired Potentate of Putrescence, John Waters, has at last decided to go public with his feelings concerning the MDA's ...

Short Takes: Conan the Barbarian

Leo Howard plays the callow Conan. The opening passage, with a tough, near-mute little scrapper (Leo Howard as “Young Conan”) ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: You guys, Terminator 5 is going to be SO awesome...

I'm guessing that instead of asking, "Sarah Connor?" she'll just go with "Mommy?" which totally ups the fear factor.

Casting Will Ferrell's Prom Photo

So this bit of olde-timey goodness started floating around the Internet while I was sick a-bed... That such a photo ...

Disney Exec Has a Word for Their Product

Andy Hendrickson: Enemy of Cinema! "Bullshit." That's what Disney Animation Studios chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson has to say about ...

Neil Kendricks' 9th Annual alt.pictureshows Returns to MCASD La Jolla

For three hours (7 - 10 p.m.) on Thursday, August 25, La Jolla's Museum of Contemporary Art reconfigures to become ...

Billy Crystal Ready to Return as Oscars Host

Leave it to a fan to pose the one question everybody is dying to ask Billy Crystal. During a Q&A ...

Locally Produced Hollies Documentary Gets BigScreen Debut Sept. 22

David Peck's local Reelin' In The Years Productions maintains an archive of over 10,000 filmed musical performances, as well as ...

Freedom Writer Erin Gruwell In Person at Sunday's Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Event

Many of you will remember the name Erin Gruwell from her New York Times bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary: How ...

Interview: Former La Jollan Yoav Potash, Director of Crime After Crime

Yoav Potash, the crusading filmmaker behind the new documentary Crime After Crime, grew up in La Jolla. And he discovered ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Contagion Poster

I haven't heard much about this new movie Contagion, but apparently, the disease has the power to transform Gwyneth Paltrow ...

Lucas Parts with 40 Additional Hours for Star Wars Blu-ray

His beneficence, Star Wars' star whore George Lucas, has decided to bless his minions -- and make a few million ...

La Paloma Debuts Local Steve White Documentary Tonight, Aug. 14

The documentary film Steve White: Painting The World With Music will debut tonight, August 14, at the La Paloma Theater ...

Latino Film Festival Presents Que Viva! Cine Latino Free Outdoor Series

Pictured:Gael García Bernal in Even the Rain Technically, the San Diego Latino Film Festival won't come our way again until ...

Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Photo at left: McBride Fine. I will sit up in my sickbed just long enough to let y'all know about ...

Danny Baldwin Rates the Cinépolis Experience

No sooner was the ink dry on my piece welcoming Danny Baldwin to the San Diego Film Critics Society, than ...

San Diego Film Critics Society Welcomes Three New Members

Anders Wright, president of The San Diego Film Critics Society, announced this week that three new members have been added ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

I've got a raging sinus infection, so I've got even less to offer than usual, but there is this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIMH6J43UI ...

Short Takes: Final Destination 5

Same carnage, different kids. This time the torture-porn embraces alternative forms of medicine like acupuncture and laser surgery. (If you ...

Review: The Help

In order to keep their families disease-free, the young white ladies of Jackson, Mississippi (c.1960) get behind a Colored bathroom ...

Comedians Rally to Support Former Telethon Host Jerry Lewis

Last week it was my sad duty to report Jerry Lewis' ouster as the National Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy ...

Empire of Silver: Vistas Aplenty

My Empire of Silver capsule review should be up in a bit, but in the meantime, I'd like to take ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for One Day: The Many Faces of Anne Hathaway

It's quite a challenge for any makeup artist - depicting an actress over a twenty-year period, the way they do ...

"How do you get to make a movie?"

That was the question my son asked me last night before I headed out to Empire of Silver. While I ...

While We're At It...

Regal Entertainment Group is making a plea for relevance in the age of Netflix. "There are millions of stories to ...

A Complete List of the Movie Categories on AMC's "Where Movies Live" Ad Page

Action Adventure, Blockbuster, Bollywood, Chick Flick, Comedy, Cop Buddy Picture, Documentary, Dramedy, Fantasy, Horror, Remake, Rom Com, Superhero, Teen Angst, ...

En Garde: An Interview with The Guard Writer & Director John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh Get ready for a film that puts this summer's colorless comic book adaptations and gross-out comedies to ...

REJECTED — My Failed Entry for the 2011 San Diego 48-Hour Film Project Competition*

Apologies for the late blog-start today - I was recovering from my mad weekend of making my entry for the ...

Never Mind The Muppets, Here's Starship!

Seriously, fellas? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4YhbpuGdwQ Is this to be my generation's fate? To have the really crappy songs of its youth stuffed ...

Bootleg Super 8 Screener Has Howard Stern's Name On It

Could it be? The last honest man left in broadcasting guilty of electronic copyright infringement?! A copy of JJ Abrahms ...

Latino Film Festival's Cinema en tu Idioma Series Runs All Week

David Rasche and Cristina Lago star in *Blue Eyes* We've hit a good patch! What with The Guard, Rise of ...

Free Outdoor Screening of Disney's Tangled Tonight

Why not take advantage of KUSI meteorologist Leslie Lopez's forecast for perfect outdoor movie-viewing weather and bring the family (and ...

Review: The Devil's Double

In 1987, an Iraqi army lieutenant named Latif Yahia was summoned to Saddam Hussein’s palace and ordered to serve as ...

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Let me begin by saying that I cannot tell you my least favorite and favorite lines in Rise of the ...

Kids Today

Now get off my lawn! Okay, so I guess it's understandable that the 10:35 a.m. show of Empire of Silver ...

Joe Walker on Editing YouTube Documentary Life in a Day

With Netflix and Red Box both entering the film distribution market, it's a wonder that it took YouTube so long ...

Ack! Catwoman!

So the filmblogging universe is dutifully trotting out this still of Anne Hathaway (?) as Catwoman in The Dark Knight ...

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Oscar's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Oscar periodically bestows the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award upon individuals "in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought ...

Never mind the Killer Elite, here's the Scorpions!

Okay, just one more and I'll lay off the snark. But the full trailer for Killer Elite just came over ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Evolution of Superman

Remember Christopher Reeve? Bright colors, spandex, Truth, Justice, and the American Way? Dude owned it. So then they tried the ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Immortals Armor

Oh, yeah - badASS. Though I'm not quite sure why we're going the whole "nipples on the batsuit" route... And ...

Jerry Lewis Out as MDA Chairman and Telethon Host

My favorite TV show of all-time was canceled. We all knew it couldn't last forever, but who would have thought ...

Reviews!

Set phasers to Ornery. Oh, my. David Elliott has a thing or two to say about Cowboys & Aliens -- ...

Apes on the Brain

I pricked my finger and took a blood oath never to break an embargo by revealing my true feelings for ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: First Look at John Cusack in The Raven

A little peek behind the scenes at the studio... Okay, so here's the high concept, people. Edgar Allan Poe wrote ...

Why Movies Suck

Newsflash: humor is powerful stuff. Seriously, though: long before I'd ever heard of Rupert Murdoch or NewsCorp - heck, long ...

The Dangers of Hanging Around White People, Illustrated (Yet Again)

Look, we've all heard that The Black Guy Dies First. It's all part of The Man's plan. But it was ...

$20 Million Persuades Jennifer Lopez to Stick With American Idol

Bonnie and Clogged Pores Fran Liebowitz once said, "If you're going to watch TV, watch TV." It's amazing how a ...

Locally Shot Transvestite Documentary on DVD

"We finished our sixth film, all shot in San Diego," says Scumbag Movies co-owner Leia Gadow. "We're doing a limited ...

Review: The Smurfs

I remember re-writing the narration in my head the first time I saw the trailer: “From Raja Gosnell, the Academy ...

Cinematographer's Notebook: Deep Focus

You know, this whole essay about Orson Welles's groundbreaking work in cinematic composition during the making of Citizen Kane is ...

Bane: the Baddies Weigh In [SPOILER?]

Your Summer of Superheroes may be winding to a close, but it's never too soon to start thinking about Your ...

Annals of Product Placement: The Dark Knight Rises [SPOILER]

Poor Bane. Looks like the Batsuit can get a mite whiffy under the arm... On the one hand, we're a ...

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