Big Screen Entries for November, 2011

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Comedian Jo Koy at Spreckels Theatre for One Night Only

Prior to this interview, I wouldn’t have recognized Jo Koy had I fished him out of a koi pond. A ...

Part 4: Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen (Exclusive)

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen Part 4 Hey again, poster fans. Today, we're looking at the original art ...

Let the Awards Season Begin!

We're off to a good start! The New York Film Critics Circle must have heard my pleas: they named Albert ...

Calling All Tots: Crybaby Matinees Want You!

You ever give a dirty look to the parents of a crying baby at a movie theater? Yes? Then you ...

Review: The Muppets

L to R: Jerry Mahoney, Paul Winchell, and the incomparable Mr. Knucklehead Smiff. DISCLAIMER: This was my first exposure to ...

If You Outlaw Student Filmmaking, Only Outlaw Students Will Make Films!

A group of students making a movie were in for the surprise of their lives when the LAPD mistakenly took ...

Top Ten "Turkey" Films to Help Combat the Effects of Drowsiness Brought on by the Tryptophan

Before you paws for a nap, try one of these stimulating "turkey" treats! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ36CnCL3OE 10.) Pieces of April / Peter ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Don't Go in the Woods

So anytime a director - especially a veteran actor turned director - tackles a story that's been done to death, ...

Coming Soon: Titanic Sinking in 3D at a Theater Near You!

Well, now... No, it's not The Phantom Menace. It's James Cameron's Titanic. Why is James Cameron bringing Titanic back to ...

Edwards Mira Mesa Finally Gets Wise to Free Refill Scam

pass-whore [pahs hawr, hohr or, often, hoor] noun Social misfit whose only joy in life lies in their ability to ...

Clint Eastwood Returns to Acting?

Three years ago, Clint Eastwood announced that Gran Torino would be his swan song from acting. You don't listen well, ...

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen (Exclusive) Pt. 3

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen Part 3 Today, we're looking at the unseen/unpublished artwork from movie poster campaigns ...

Now Is the Time for All Good People to Come to the Aid of Their Marty!

No, I haven't seen it, but that's never stopped me from writing a review of a Scorsese benefaction. Ten stars! ...

Three Films Selected by UCSD's ArtPower! Screen on PBS Shorts Showcase

Stop the music! KPBS is showing movies?! It can't be. Not the station that "cancelled" the Film Club and was ...

Review: Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

PRELUDE: My son, upon my return from the screening: "So, are they married yet?" Me: "Yes, they get married." Son: ...

Short Takes: The Other F Word

Or: Pennywise stops being pound foolish. Or at least lead singer Jim Lindberg does, as he takes a long, hard ...

Oh hush: Ricky Gervais worries he might not be able to improve on last year's Golden Globes performance?

Did you hear? Ricky Gervais is coming back to host the Golden Globes! Does that mean you'll watch this time? ...

L.A. Sheriff's Office Reopens Investigation Into Natalie Wood Drowning

Natalie Wood's body was found floating in the Pacific, a mile away from where her yacht was anchored off Santa ...

Watch Mirror, Mirror for Free on The Big Screen!

I don't know why Lickona is going all slug-nutty over Mirror, Mirror. It's nowhere near Marty's pinnacle, and it does ...

Cinematographer's Notebook: Tableau in Mirror Mirror

Methinks this Tarsem fellow is fond of the "grand lady flanked by two figures" shot... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpLVO396eHs

More Mirror Mirror!

The hits keep coming...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Mirror Mirror

One of these things is not like the other... (Hint: Three are of Joan Crawford. One is of...someone else.) Me-OW! ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Brave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twHWhwN601A Maybe the people at Pixar really are sexist - or at least, deaf to women. Because their first feature ...

Worth Watching: Interview with Steve Jobs in Exile (Two Nights Only!)

File under "Why you should never throw anything away." In 1995, Robert Cringely made Triumph of the Nerds, a miniseries ...

Dig A Divot: Munchkin Karl Slover is Really Most Sincerely Dead

As blogger, I must aver, that Karl Slover will no longer stir. And he's not only merely dead, he's really ...

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen (Exclusive) Pt. 2

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen Part 2 Today, we're looking at the unseen/unpublished artwork from movie poster campaigns ...

Send Your Kids to Media Arts Center's Fall Film Camp

With Thanksgiving and Christmas rapidly approaching, here's a chance to ensure your holiday memories are properly preserved. If your kids ...

Pop Quiz - Star Wars

Is Qui-Gon Jinn's face absent from this display because a) Actor Liam Neeson (pictured in the role) will no longer ...

Helix High Alum Steve Moramarco Returns to Screen The Great Intervention

What do you do when you are a severely depressed 40-year-old struggling actor who can't find work, is "underwater on ...

KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando's Alexander "Feeling No" Payne Retrospective Concludes Tonight!

Hey, I remember Sideways! I wrote about it! You know, back in the day! I mean, I mentioned it a ...

The Movie Studio Logo Quiz III: The Heretic

I've already written one review and a "news" item today, so let's kick back and have some fun. As in ...

Brad Pitt Will Retire From Acting When He Turns 50

Brad Pitt told Australia's 60 Minutes that he will forsake acting three years from now when he hits the "Big ...

Review: The Greening of Whitney Brown

Fandango classifies The Greening of Whitney Brown as an art house/foreign/action/adventure film. They are only half right. It is playing ...

Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen (Exclusive) Pt. 1

I'm prepping a Reader feature called Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen, with scans of an incredible collection of ...

Short Takes: The Immortals

Director Tarsem (The Fall, The Cell) has been called a visionary, which presumably means he has an eye for interesting ...

An Ever Closer Look at the Trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman

Poor Charlize Theron. She knows that you can't argue with Magical Negro, especially when he's playing the character of Magical ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, Part 1

Um, it looks...edgy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Dq2psogSw All I'm saying is that we've come a long way from Claudette Colbert's milk bath in ...

A Still Closer Look at the Trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman

Nice to see that they avoided the cliche of the Beast Who Roars... Oh, wait. That's not what happened at ...

J. Edgar Math

Philip Seymour Hoffman Plus Percy Helton Plus J. Edgar, Hoofa! Read David Elliott's * review.

KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando's Alexander "Major" Payne's Film Retrospective Continues Tonight!

I loved About Schmidt, and not just because I'm a miserable old fart. More details here!

Review: Jack and Jill

Pay attention, people, because there is a lot going on in this movie. Let's start with the easy part: Al ...

KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando's Alexander "Labor" Payne Retrospective Continues Tonight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXynyyDNz-4 Well, shoot. I was all set to embed the video of the alternate ending to Election that was found ...

Reviews!

"Keep dreaming, kid." Maybe you didn't need David Elliott to tell you that J. Edgar was "a story already bound, ...

Dig a Hole: Sid Melton

The question that will be a topic of conversation for decades to come: Where were you when you first learned ...

The Real Brett Ratner Oscar Resignation Story

Brett Ratner has resigned as director of the 2012 Oscars. And while you'll read various accounts of why and how ...

KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando Hosting Alexander "Bring The" Payne* Retrospective, Starting Tonight

Starting tonight, KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando and Reading Cinemas are joining forces to build buzz for director Alexander Payne's ...

Brett Ratner Fun Time IV: Lindsay Lohan Edition

The man is on fire. [Relevant section begins at around 9:50 mark of first video.] Related.

Brett Ratner Fun Time III: Director of 2012 Oscars promises totally unscripted telecast!

"I'm picturing a huge banner across the back of the stage, very stark, just black letters on a white background: ...

Brett Ratner Fun Time II: Plus Ca Change...

Frankly, Ratner wins on economy of expression. The coffee bit just seems superfluous in comparison. Source [language alert!] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-AXTx4PcKI

Brett Ratner Fun Time: Deja Vu Edition

Before the Tower Heist director made his unfortunate statement and subsequent apology, he went through a similar experience on the ...

NBC Eyes Munsters Reboot

It can't be any worse than The Munsters Today, the mercifully ill-fated 1987 syndicated attempt to reassemble the family. Even ...

Annals of Product Placement: Batman Is at It Again

It's the curiously super-strong mint!

De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in TV Movie

Robert De Niro had a lot in common with Bernie "I Screwed Spielberg" Madoff. For the past 15 years, Bobby ...

The Title or Trailer Game 2: The New Batch

Today's festive crop of title art and/or trailer legends yields coke in the budget, coke in the floorboards, a decapitated ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: First Look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham

Okay, so this is totally gratuitous - Tim Burton is not even directing this production of Great Expectations - but ...

Dig A Hole: Cynthia Myers, One of Russ Meyer's Dolls

As time passes, and my one-handed "dates" of yesteryear slowly move on to their rewards, I promise not to fill ...

West Side Story Returns to the Big Screen for One Night Only

While heading to Fashion Valley's Box #4 for this morning's screening of J. Edgar, I happened upon a lighted poster ...

Review: Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

I'm a raving sportsophope, that's a given. But if we were to swap passions, and Jay DeMerit put as much ...

Reviews!

John Rubio takes up the task this week, and doesn't hate The Rum Diary. "Much like Thompson’s writing, the film ...

Dueling Hoovers: Larry Cohen vs. Clint Eastwood

It started with this image I shared on my Facebook wall: Go, Clint! J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood's biopic on the ...

File Under: I Don't Know How, Er, Why She Does It.

Oh, Sarah Jessica Parker, your career continues to mystify Tea Leoni fans everywhere...

Harold Heralds HK3D: An Interview With John Cho

John Cho walked past me as I sat in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel awaiting our interview. My ...

Publicity Roundup

Well, let's take a look at what's going on in the world of publicity photos, shall we? Oooh, looky here ...

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