Big Screen Entries for December, 2012

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The Texas Chainsaw interview that never was

This is the way the year ends, not with a star, but a starless night...

Dad-burn it! In keeping with Big Screen's promise to bring you, the reader, more interviews with beautiful young actresses in ...

The Big Screen earns 4 spots on Reader's Top 12 of 2012

In a jaw-dropping display of good taste on the part of our readers, The Big Screen scored 4, count 'em ...

Dig a hole: Cliff Osmond

"Purkey" character actor appeared in several Billy Wilder films

Cliff Osmond, television screenwriter, acting teacher, and productive character actor, died on Saturday at his home in Pacific Palisades. He ...

Opening this week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/28/37585/ I'm a wholesome goodhearted guy with people's best interests at heart! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/28/37586/ No, I'm a wholesome goodhearted guy with ...

Mel Gibson's Sunset Boulevard?

On this final Friday of 2012, a brief bout of movie-related self-promotion

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/28/37574/ I am very fond of Anne Helen Petersen's Scandals of Classic Hollywood over at The Hairpin. A while back, ...

The Movie Studio Logo Quiz V: What is hidden in the snow, comes forth in the thaw

When you're done telling me what movie is referenced in the title, why not try your hand at these ten ...

The Title or Trailer Game IV: Catch it!

Welcome, welcome to The Title or Trailer Gave IV. Here I am with another chance for one of our couples ...

Unmakeable: All Sales Final

Big Screen wants your ideas for films that could never be made

You all know about The Black List, Hollywood's declaration of love for various scripts that have not been made...yet. We ...

Col. Landa vs. the Muppets?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/27/37487/ It's been my good fortune to have made it through only one of the Muppets numerous big screen outings. ...

Free movies of the weak: Misérables loves company

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/27/37484/ Brace yourself: Les Misérables took in a weekday Christmas record of $18.2 million in the United States and Canada ...

O Durning, Where Art Thou?

A couple of genius moments from one of my very favorite films, here and here. Thank you, Pappy O'Daniel.

Dig a hole: Charles Durning

Would characters actors please refrain from dying long enough for me to unwrap my Christmas presents? First Jack Klugman and ...

Dig a hole: Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman played the slob long before his role as TV's Oscar Madison made it fashionable. An image of cardinal ...

Everybody loves somebody sometime, except when your cat and Dean Martin die on Christmas Day

She was a full-grown Calico who couldn't have weighed more that 4 or 5 lbs. Aria was adorable, shy, but ...

Putting the "X" back in Xmas - a brief history of San Diego porn theaters

Plus what killed the Gaslamp's peep show empires, and why they deserved to die

Modern day porn movies are notorious for their ridiculous and idiotic titles. Looking at a porn star's list of film ...

Christmas jeer

Critic finds lump of coal in stocking

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/24/37352/ Look what they're writing to the editor, and at Christmas no less. I almost passed on the Hitchcock movie ...

Lil' Paul Williams (who made Kensington history in 1983) is STILL ALIVE!

New documentary reminds that the tiny songwriter was a gigantic music AND movie star.

If you were around in the 1970s, and even if you weren't, you probably know Paul Williams. He wrote classic ...

What we're missing

Cirque du Soleil? More like Cirque du SoGAY, amirite, fellas?*

So this came in the mail: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/21/37277/ So now I feel obliged to remind y'all that Cirque du Soleil: Worlds ...

Dept. of Context is Everything

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/21/37271/ This shot shows up in a Vince Vaughn bro-comedy, there are protests about demeaning gay stereotypes. It shows up ...

A closer look at the first promo image for Mad Max: Fury Road

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/21/37268/ I dunno. I was just tickled by the juxtaposition of old (Mel Gibson) and new (Tom Hardy). And forget ...

Free movies of the week, the Santa Claus edition

Is it wrong to lie to a child by telling them that once a year a sleigh led by 8 ...

A closer look at Megan Fox's bosom - er, This is 40

The new mid-life movie This is 40 isn't just Judd Apatow getting to fantasize that he's Paul Rudd by casting ...

Opening this week - the rest of the story

Mr. Marks, having doled out the first batch of Christmas goodies, will no doubt be along again soon with an ...

When in doubt, Stooges!

When in Hollywood, as was the case during the recent Thanksgiving holiday, I feel it my duty to take in ...

Opening this week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/20/37238/ I'm scared. If those zany Mayans are right and the world does come to an end tomorrow, that means ...

They give us those nice bright colors!

Mr. Marks is just grumpy about Punch Drunks being the only Three Stooges joint in the National Film Registry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMnmyHVDRFY ...

National Film Registry adds another 25 titles

A Penny Marshall for your thoughts

Not only has 2012 meant a bad time at the movies, it appears as if the national Film Registry has ...

No icky girls in Peter Jackson's Hobbit?

Well, as long as Mr. Marks is taking note of Big George's man-love, and as long as I'm accusing Big ...

No icky girls in George Lucas's Star Wars

Not that I have ever spent time contemplating George Lucas's on-screen treatment of women, but now that you mention it, ...

Horny Hollywood hacker headed to hoosegow

Judge gives Florida man 10-year sentence for breaking into email accounts and spying on people. "That's the government's job," declares Judge.

Two of the celebrities involved in the hacking scandal issued statements. Christina Aguilera said: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/18/37149/ While Scarlett Johanssen added: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/18/37150/ ...

MACSD gives you a chance to "Play with a PGA Tour Pro"

The closest I ever got to a golf course was Paramount's The Caddy. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/18/37141/ I don't know a PGA from ...

Hanukkah humbug as Lindsay Lohan nixes Bar Mitzvahs

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/18/37133/ She's the shikse dream, the kind of farblunget nafke most 13-year-old Jewish boys doven for, yet Lindsay Lohan refuses ...

Well, of course Ricky Gervais is in talks to star in the next Muppet movie

I mean, he's been a Muppet for years! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/17/37064/

A closer look at the tagline for Pacific Rim

"To fight monsters, we created monsters." Gosh, given the torture flap, it seems like this ought to be slapped onto ...

A closer look at the poster for Pacific Rim

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/17/37062/ "Wait, guys, I dropped a giant contact lens. I think it was right around here."

Scorsese to make Clinton Doc? Drat.

Vulture notes that Scott Marks' favorite eyebrow model is planning on making a Clinton documentary for some reason. President Clinton ...

A closer look at the trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diP-o_JxysA Nice work, Mr. Trailer Editor: "You're gonna get yourself and everyone under your command killed" gets spoken right over ...

Casablanca piano sold at auction

The piano was blue, the profits were gray

A piano used in the iconic film Casablanca didn't fetch the anticipated $1.2 million when it went up for auction ...

Grate cinema: Airport 1975

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/16/37012/ For a buck-and-a-quarter apiece, all four of them could be mine. The Airport Terminal Pack (watching them on a ...

Peter Jackson announces plan to divide Tintin sequel into three films

Dept. of No, Not Really

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/14/36982/ "It says here that Jackson is taking over from Spielberg." "Out of the frying pan and into the fire." ...

Opening this week

Surprise! Smaug is not the most noteworthy dragon in theaters today!

The Hobbit is out. I saw it twice - once in High Frame Rate 3D and once in regular 3D. ...

Anne Hathaway's Britney moment

So Anne Hathaway got out of a car at a premiere for Les Miserables, and the paparazzi managed to get ...

Passing the digital baton

Out with the Spielberg, in with the DreamWorks at Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center 10

It was a day like any other. I wanted to go to the movies. Go ahead and snicker. You don't ...

A closer look at the trailer for Pacific Rim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w6Vv2z-QiAI Well BRAAAAHM my BRAAAAHM, it's another movie about punching robots. I kind of hope it opens with a 2001-style ...

Gobs of Globes

Hollywood Foreign Press announce this year's-z-z-z-z-z-z

Best Picture Drama? Isn't Django Unchained a comedy? Thanks to the knuckleheads at the Hollywood Foreign Press, the recruitment film ...

An even closer look at the trailer for Oblivion

"I've been watching you, Jack," intones Morgan Freeman in his best Morpheus voice. "You're curious. What are you looking for ...

A closer look at the trailer for Man of Steel

Whoa. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/12/36887/ And what side is that, Dad? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/12/36888/ Ah. The flaming side. But Dad also tells his boy, "You ...

A closer look at the trailers for Oblivion and After Earth

Chalk another one up to Hollywood Synchronicity - you know, the force that brought us Deep Impact and Armageddon, Dante's ...

Beginnings: Sylvester Stallone

Look, I know that it's hardly news that Sylvester Stallone started his cinematic career in the X-rated Party at Kitty ...

Baby + gun = Facebook fun!

Last night I gave my friend's son a guided tour of the 3 Stooges short, Three Loan Wolves. Dad walked ...

Give the gift of cinema this Christmas

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/10/36726/ It's a bleak holiday movie season at the commercial multiplexes, but there is always something worth your time playing ...

Coolest man on earth

Walter Hill's back and Stallone's got him!

It's been almost 20 years since Walter Hill (48HRS., Streets of Fire, Southern Comfort) has rewarded us with anything to ...

Opening this week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/07/36604/ With the onslaught of a particularly weak season of Christmas films, you might want to check out a few ...

A closer listen to the teaser trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness

Okay, first off: Benedict Cumberbatch is hugely enjoyable as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, and I liked him just fine in ...

North County Times says goodbye to longtime film critic Dan Bennett

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/06/36564/ Who is this Wire Service and why is s/he getting all the plum film reviewing jobs? It's not for ...

Dept. of High Concepts: Christmas caper edition

Philip Seymour Hoffman must infiltrate a gang of high-end mall Santas who are planning to steal a diamond collection currently ...

Strange Cinema presents Blue Velvet

The Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado) features David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986, 120 min.) tomorrow night, December 6, ...

A few more casting possibilities for Johnny Depp's Don Quixote

Can't help myself; this seems to be sort of a rich vein. Lessee, you could go bro and match up ...

Depp the Don

Hoooooooo boy. Johnny Depp is gonna make a Don Quixote movie, and it's gonna be a "modern re-imagining" of the ...

Roll up for the re-release of Magical Mystery Tour: The TV movie (Dec. 14)

The Beatles 1967 home movie remastered and documented for PBS documentary

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/05/36531/ Waaaaay back in the 1980s, when I got my first home VCR (a technological marvel that seemed like the ...

Pac-Arts Movement screens The Thieves tomorrow

Korean blockbuster plays Arc Light one night only

Pacific Arts Movement closes out the year tomorrow night with a screening of the biggest money maker in the history ...

Happy birthday to the King, and I don't mean Elvis!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/05/36492/ Leave it to me to quote a mass murderer’s meditations on the true architect of rock 'n' roll, but ...

Please stand by

Technical difficulties here at The Big Screen. But to help pass the time, why not watch The Ring? I was ...

Say "I do" to Chris Martinez's I Do Bidoo Bidoo

Only 3 days left to see it at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

Forgive me from coming so late to the dance. I was in Burbank for a couple of weeks and didn't ...

Interview with Starlet director and co-writer Sean Baker

Starlet tells the story of an unlikely relationship that develops between two women - a young aspiring actress and a ...

Hee hee!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q573_hDhTbE Oh, hilarious. New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein put Pitch Perfect on his Top Ten list for 2012. ...

What happened? Anthony Hopkins

My pal Scott was not impressed with Academy Award Winner Sir Anthony Hopkins' performance as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock. He ...

Quentin Tarantino gives red band Django trailers a personalized touch

First a shout out to RZA, now Brad Pitt

First came Quentin Tarantino's shout out to "my boy" RZA at the head of the Django Unchained trailer that played ...