Big Screen Entries for April, 2012

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Meet Sacha Baron Cohen's Bus at SDSU!

It's not the first time a prop bus was sent on tour. While vacationing in Los Angeles in 1977, I ...

This Mother's Day the Movie is on Mom

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/30/23659/ Do you really want to leave your mother at the mercy of the multiplex? Don't you love her? Here ...

Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is all over the map. Literally! At several points in the film, we watch the ...

What Happened? Jennifer Lawrence

File under: I am so old. Times was, an actress would sometimes do a bit of cheesecake early in her ...

Hollywood on its Way to a Record-Breaking Year

The good news is Hollywood is rapidly climbing out of last year's box office recession and heading towards a record-breaking ...

OMS!* Hi-Res Photo from Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/26/23546/ You can totally tell she's a vampire now. Just look at her skin. *Oh My Swoon!

No Word Yet on the Gaultier Slave Leia Ensemble

It was only a matter of time. I mean, he'd already done it with the ruby slippers. And Disney is ...

A Closer Look at the Clip from The Dictator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbOdNKN88VA Yeah, putting this on YouTube was probably a pretty good idea, as it plays a lot like a bit ...

Is God Smiting Ron Howard for Making The Da Vinci Code?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/25/23478/ While we're at it, what about All-American director Ron Howard? The man behind Parenthood, Apollo 13, Ransom, How the ...

Is God Smiting Tom Hanks for Making The Da Vinci Code?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/25/23470/ Look, it's pretty clear that God's been smiting Mel Gibson ever since Mel made The Passion of the Christ. ...

Scott Marks Hosts WriteOutLoud Screenings of Two Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe Classics

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/25/23463/ WriteOutLoud, in connection with the San Diego Public Library, wraps up their month long celebration, The Big Read - ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Magic Mike

Thanks to The Vow and 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum is this year's big star. Now we're getting Magic Mike, ...

Wrap Tefillin and Tortillas at Jews in Mexican Cinema Showcase

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/24/23439/ ¡Oy, Caramba! I no sooner finish watching the new Kate Hudson tearjerker, A Little Bit of Heaven, in which ...

Rosie O'Donnell Criticizes Lindsay Lohan for Playing Liz Taylor in TV Biopic

Reeling from her recent talk-show debacle on the OWN, Rosie O'Donnell decided to decompress a little with the Today show's ...

May Ten: Big Screen Anniversary Party at House of Blues

When I worked with the public radio station in town we were forbidden from handing out prizes on the air. ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Spider-Man Does the Superhero Squat!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/23/23336/ Also, now we know what they mean when they say this version will be grittier. That outfit is filthy!

DVD Rentals: Adventures of Superman

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/23/23312/ The untimely demise of poor little Dickie Bird was but a harbinger of things to come. The first fleshly ...

One Day on Earth w/Local Contribs: Free Screening Sunday 4-22

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/21/23249/ A globally-created film project called One Day on Earth, shot simultaneously by contribs across the planet on the very ...

Review: Think Like A Man

In the Madea movies, Tyler Perry does drag so that he can play a wise black grandmother. In Think Like ...

San Diego's First International Surf Film Festival at Bird's Surf Shed

Head over to Linda Vista next month for the first ever San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF). For a town ...

RIP Jonathan Frid: His Final Barnabas Collins Performance

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/19/23197/ A mere three weeks before the opening of the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of Dark Shadows, the original ...

Surfing with Mel: Opening Scene

Look, if Mr. Marks can cast the Stooges, I can indulge a little... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/19/23174/ Open on the Santa Monica office ...

How Far the Mighty Have Fallen: Joe Pesci

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/18/23150/ In the past twelve years Joe Pesci has appeared in only two films. There was a brief, but pivotal, ...

Dig a Hole: Dick Clark

Dick Clark, "America's oldest teenager," is floating high as a cloud on the heavenly bandstand. The game show host, shrewd ...

Reviews!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/18/23121/ Unlike the print edition, this installment of the review revue will get the dross out of the way at ...

Contrary to G-Rated Expectations, I Predict Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Movie Will Earn Its PG-13 Rating

So they're gonna make a movie out of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. It was probably inevitable, even if ...

A Three Stooges Porn Parody?! What's the Idea?

It's been almost 80 years since Moe, Larry, and Curly first set foot on a Columbia Pictures soundstage to film ...

UCSD's ArtPower! Screens Winter Story as Part of Their 21st Century Chinese Film Series

It's a busy time for Asian Cinema in San Diego. In addition to next week's San Diego Asian Film Foundation's ...

San Diego Asian Film Foundation's Spring Showcase Kicks Off This Week

Last year, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation's inaugural Spring Showcase yielded a bountiful crop of movies many of which, ...

Review: Blue Like Jazz

A Christian friend of mine is fond of saying that with regard to the church, he is willing to join ...

Review: Detention

Detention is nightmare for anyone who believes that Google is making us stupid. It skips merrily along from Point A ...

Blue Like Jazz Interview: Director Steve Taylor

Blue Like Jazz, which opens today, tells the story of a smart Southern Baptist kid who decides to attend Reed ...

Review: L!fe Happens

Life happens but cinema doesn't in this fluffy chick flick destined to give the "genre" a worse reputation than it ...

Interview: Kristen Connolly, star of The Cabin in the Woods

Five teenagers alone in a remote location are systematically done away with by unstoppable evil. Normally I'd ask that you ...

That Was Close

I mean, they almost, almost made it through an entire trailer for a movie about a Canadian bank robber without ...

Reviews!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/12/22733/ This week, David Elliott goes down with the ship a second time, and the experience takes him back: "I ...

Cinematic Exercise: Damsels in Distress

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/12/22730/ Look, David Elliott has already reviewed Whit Stillman's latest effort, and I'm not in the business of gainsaying the ...

Review: The Three Stooges

Credit Sean Hayes (Larry), Will Sasso (Curly), and especially Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) for doing their homework. Their Xerography of the ...

The Dark Knight Rises: Some Sensuality, Indeed

Word has just come down that The Dark Knight Rises has garnered a PG-13 rating for, among other things, "some ...

The Avengers Are Posers

And not just any pose. It's like they have their own Avengers signature move - call it the Superhero Squat, ...

Bully for Me

Review duty for the much hyped-documentary Bully, opening this Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and AMC La Jolla, fell on ...

Eastwood Furniture: Only the Beginning

So Clint Eastwood is suing a furniture company for marketing stuff with his name attached. Get it? Eastwood? Oof. Chris ...

Ingmar Bergman's Video Collection: The Obvious Question

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/09/22485/ My oldest son has been pushing for me to replace the family's VHS copy (bought used) of Little Nemo ...

Why the (Bleep) Am I Watching Jackass?

During dinner the other night, I got to pick the movie that a group of us would watch on the ...

If I Cast the The 3 Stooges

The Three Stooges finally screens tomorrow night. Even though the Farrelly Bros. have yet to once make me laugh, for ...

Music & a Movie Kicks Off April 28 w/Cowboys & Aliens Costume Party

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/07/22411/ The first Music and a Movie event, scheduled for April 28, will be the Cowboys & Aliens Movie, Music ...

Meet Michael Knowles: Actor, Writer, Editor, Inventor, and Director of The Trouble with Bliss

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/07/22389/ The Best Narrative Feature winner at the 2011 San Diego Film Festival is currently playing at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp ...

A Tale of Two Posters: Bel Ami

Since you asked: no, this film probably doesn't merit two posts, but after seeing this poster, I couldn't resist posting ...

Talk to the Animals

So if you've never heard a teddy bear talk about anal sex and God's farts, well, here's your chance: the ...

The Big Screen Percolates Tempest in a Coffee Cup

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/06/22329/ All I wanted was a cup of coffee. This story concerning AMC Fashion Valley's unwillingness to allow outside coffee ...

He is ready.

Siddown, Zach. Sure, you've got the barely suppressed fury down, but I fear you'd play Ignatius Reilly as too obviously ...

William Powell Must Be Shaking (Cocktails) in His Grave

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/05/22273/ Never mind who's gonna play Nora Charles in the remake of The Thin Man; I'm still choking on the ...

Adam Sandler Film Sweeps Awards Show

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/05/22263/ In an unprecedented move, Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill took home Worst Picture, Worst Director (Dennis Dugan), Worst Actor ...

Calling all Mamalukes: Raging Bull II Wants You!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/04/22229/ The Hollywood casting net is being thrown far and wide to find the right variation of chooches, scooches, mooks ...

Special Titanic 3-D Sneak Preview Screening!

Oh, wait - that was yesterday. Sorry 'bout that. A day late and a dollar short - story of my ...

Critics Barred from Bringing Starbucks into AMC Fashion Valley

It's bad enough that security guards prohibit members of the press from smuggling electronic equipment inside the theatre so that ...

Reviews!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/04/22204/ Oh, dear. Someone seems to have let me onto the review page again. Well, let's make the best of ...

Only a Grinch With Muscles to Spare Could Make Geisel's 300-pound Lorax Disappear Into Thin Air

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/03/22179/ Where was the Lorax statue? And why isn't it there? And why was it lifted and taken somewhere? Only ...

A Tale of Two Trailers: Bel Ami

Well, now, this is interesting. See if you can spot the difference between the two... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJC_GkGXco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4bX0AcQY_Q&feature=related Yes, that's right. ...

AMC Palm Promenade 14 (Marked Down from 24)

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/02/22079/ The AMC Palm Promenade is one of the few theatres in San Diego county that I have yet to ...

Warner Bros. Reveals New Batman Costume for The Dark Knight of the Soul

Following the hugely successful rollout of the new Superman logo - it's darker! it's edgier! no wait, it's both! - ...

Warner Bros. Reveals New Superman Logo for Man of Steel

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/02/22060/ Warner Bros. unveiled their redesign of the Superman shield for next year's Man of Steel. The Dark Knight/Spider-Man hybrid ...