Big Screen Entries for July, 2012

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Hoggish Peter Jackson Adds 9 Hours to Moviegoers Lives With Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson announced that he's figured out a way to wring even more money out of his latest franchise, The ...

Dig a Hole: Tony Martin and his Tenement Symphony

Yes, Tony Martin spent 60 of his 98 years married to Cyd Charisse. (The leggy dancer died at age 86 ...

Suspicious Bag Prompts Evacuation of Dark Knight Rises Showing at AMC Mission Valley

Have you ever been involved in a movie theater bomb scare? A screening of The Birth of a Nation that ...

Interview: Chén Kǎigē on Sacrifice

Beijing-born Chén Kǎigē was the son of established Chinese film director, Chen Huai'ai. By all accounts it was a tumultuous ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

So I'm sure you've heard the news that Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight franchise and girlfriend of co-star Robert ...

Decimal System About to Get Dewier: SF Library Encourages Porn Watching

Fred Willard's good name is dragged through the mud after the funnyman is caught masturbating in a XXX Santa Monica ...

Watch Martin Scorsese's Latest Masterwork on The Big Screen

It's not as riveting as this, and nothing will never touch this, but Marty's latest self-directed performance, this time as ...

What Remains

I enjoyed lots many parts of this chat about The Dark Knight Rises over at The Awl, but this is ...

Overheard at the La Jolla Screening for The Queen of Versailles

Some people had to have been chuckling to themselves when they decided to screen a film about diminished fortunes in ...

Oceanside International Film Festival Hosts Military-Themed Preview Party

A special military-themed preview party will take place on Saturday, August 11 to herald the upcoming Oceanside International Film Festival. ...

Tie-Dyed & Squinty-Eyed Invited to Aug. 1 Grateful Dead Movie Event

A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event will screen at select theaters around the country on Wednesday, August 1, ...

Give Your New Car that Old Stooge Smell with the Larry Fine Air Freshener™

Hey! Hey! Drop whatever you're doing and listen up, you knuckleheads! Make your car, boat, bathroom, nursery, office, Clay Department, ...

Bird's Surf Shed Screens New Taylor Steele Film

Bird's Surf Shed in Linda Vista is rapidly becoming a new haven for cinema in San Diego. After the success ...

Spoiler Spot: The Dark Knight Rises

Well, not really a spoiler, but it does make reference to a conversation between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle that ...

Purists Take Note: Reason #438 to Love the Grossmont #1

We arrived 45 minutes early to beat the rush that never was. While last night's 8:30 pm screening had a ...

Homegrown (and Blown) Chompie on its Way to MD to Celebrate Shark Week

Do you know that San Diego is the birthplace of the giant inflatable industry? Admittedly, it's not like laying claim ...

And while we're on the subject...

...of the poster for The Watch, it's time to play Who Got 'Shopped? Just tell us which of these stars ...

A Closer Look at the Poster for The Watch

Hey, stars of The Watch! What was your last really memorable comic performance? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/20/28338/ Here's hoping, Mr. Ayoade.

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is long and loud and chock-full of his great love for ...

Oh, Lord.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/20/28328/ Yeah, this particular scene may not play quite as well now. I'm glad Mr. Marks took the awful job ...

Dozens Dead or Wounded After Gunman Opens Fire at Colorado Premiere of Dark Knight Rises

The TV was on all night. Fox 5 in the Morning's Raul Martinez interrupted my slumber with news of a ...

A Tale of Two Sex Comedies

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/19/28301/ Plus ca change... This weekend, you've got Marilyn in Let's Make Love at Cinema Under the Stars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfbMtSs2P8A Meanwhile, ...

Comedian Fred Willard Pulls a Pee-Wee Herman

The future of Fred Willard's participation in a Wall-E sequel rests firmly in his hand. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/19/28299/ The 78-year-old (!) character ...

SDMA's Annual Screen on the Green Kicks Off This Saturday Night

It’s been 13 years since I crash landed in San Diego and in that time I have yet to witness ...

Spot the Differences

In preparation for the release of Finding Nemo 3D, Disney is seeking to raise juvenile interest in the project via ...

The Dark Knight Prepares to Produce The Sore Butt

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/18/28252/ That should probably read "sit." Time now to consider which San Diego movie theater has, for your money, the ...

Free Screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry This Friday at MCASD LJ

Ai Weiwei was named the most powerful artist in the world by by ArtReview. In April 2011, China's most celebrated ...

Dig a Hole: William Asher

He wasn't the man who put the 'Cool' in Colini (that was Henry Silva), but credit director William Asher for ...

Wussies at Rotten Tomatoes Close Dark Knight Comments After Critics Threatened

Just when the blurb-spitting website Rotten Tomatoes gives us something to read, they decide to play censor. The aggravating aggregating ...

Mark Hamill: "Young Romney, You Are Not a President Yet"

The Force is with Republican Presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, but according to the actor who played Luke Skywalker in Star ...

Till Warner Bros. Cry, "Gatsby, Gold-Hatted, Thrice-Tanking Gatsby, We Must Reboot You!"

Hollywood is going to produce a successful remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby if it kills us. The ...

A Closer Look at the Poster for Man of Steel

Kal-El takes a moment to look down and consider his new look... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/16/28075/

Interview: Benh Zeitlin, Director of Beasts of the Southern Wild

After a lively talk with Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, stars of Beasts of the Southern Wild, I moseyed on ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9ZTP2k0DRc Just a couple of thoughts here, because mostly I'm worrying over whether CGI really has ruined the human imagination. ...

Interview: Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, Stars of Beasts of the Southern Wild

First-time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, the stars of freshman director Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, sat ...

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

There were three things I enjoyed about Ice Age: Continental Drift. One, Scrat's relentless pursuit of acorny pleasure, especially when ...

Review: Natural Selection

The giant bag of a Texas prison lawn mower bursts open giving birth to scraggly escapee Matt O’Leary. Expectations are ...

Brave: It Begins

Yep, you can buy her hair. You know, to go with the dress. Get in the lineup, Princess Merida. Pity ...

A Closer Look at the Synopsis for Pacific Rim

Let a thousand fanboys squee; there is a poster to go along with the plot synopsis for Guillermo Del Toro's ...

Jerry Lewis to Judge American Idol?!

Jerry Lewis and American Idol are a perfect fit. After all, were it not for the MDA Telethon, most Idol ...

Biggest Movie Event of the Weekend Has Nothing to Do With Comic-Con

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/11/27676/ Reason #41144 to hate Comic-Con: Thanks to San Diego's annual celebration of everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema, nary ...

Another, Slightly Less Close Look at The Poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

They don't call him Gandalf the Grey for nothing... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/27645/

A Closer Look at the Poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Apparently, in Middle Earth, the Wizard is off to see you. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/27644/

SDLFF Wraps "Jewish Latino Film Series" and Puts Out Call for Festival Entries

Join the San Diego Jewish Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival tomorrow night at 7 p.m. when the ...

Patton Oswalt Talks Movies With The Big Screen

From Groucho and Woody to Albert and Howard, I have been fortunate in my lifetime to have witnessed just about ...

Dig a Hole: Ernest Borgnine

The lights came up and Ernest Borgnine stood center stage, his hat brim throwing a knifelike shadow across his face. ...

Between Heaven and Hellboy

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/09/27551/ Look, a thousand people have already blogged about how Ron Perlman and the crew at Spectral Motion teamed up ...

Make this Movie: The Dark Knight Returns

Well, it's official: on the eve of The Dark Knight Rises' release, Christopher Nolan has announced (via The Associated Press) ...

Today in Merchandising: Barbie Pussy Galore

Spotted at Horton Toy Store, Horton Plaza: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/09/27529/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkChbEu3hKE&NR=1&feature=endscreen

The Amazing Box Office

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/jul/09/27519/ Here come the sequels, The Amazinger Spider-Man and The Amazingest-Spider Man.

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Jack Reacher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v9mtaMotF4 "Okay, people, listen up. Our star here is Tom Cruise, a man who has long long been dogged by ...

Review: Neil Young Journeys

Jonathan Demme returns to the concert documentary, this time capturing a late-career solo show from the man who famously sang, ...

Review: Savages

Oliver Stone’s latest “just say yes” endeavor is reminiscent of his work on Scarface. The only shock being 30 years ...

The Best Movie Theater in San Diego Just Got Better

The July 4th showtimes for Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 indicated a major change. How can a theatre that has only ...

9th Annual San Diego International Children's Film Festival to Screen Over 100 Short Films

The San Diego International Children's Film Festival returns for its 9th season with the promise of over 100 short films ...

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Generation Y gets its web-slinger, and as cash-grab reboots go, it’s not bad. This time, high-school dweeb Peter Parker isn’t ...

Raging MGM Sues Jake LaMotta and Makers of Bull Sequel

When asked what He thought about the proposed sequel to Raging Bull, Marty told GQ's Logan Hill, "I have no ...

Happy Fourth from Katy Perry!

In honor of her upcoming film, Katy Perry: Part of Me (opening tomorrow!), Katy Perry has put together a little ...

Learn Beginning Screenwriting at the Media Arts Center

Glenn Heath, film critic for Slant Magazine and programmer at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, will be holding a ...

Sarah Polley's Latest Sparks Interest in Godfather Prequel?

Sarah Polley's brilliant new romantic comedy, Take This Waltz, opens Friday exclusively at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and already there is ...

Review: Ted

The first thing one notices about Ted is the flat TV lighting. There's not a shadow as far as the ...

Review: Madea's Witness Protection

In their heyday, Eugene Levy and the satirically contemptuous gang at SCTV would have had a field day gutting formulaic ...

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