Big Screen Entries for May, 2013

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OPENING TONIGHT UPDATE: American Mary

Um, my sincerest apologies for not mentioning this sooner, but American Mary is also opening Friday the 31st at the ...

Love, Darlene

"Twenty Feet From Stardom" brings you up close to a legend

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/31/46617/ Is there a better way to end the week than with Twenty Feet From Stardom? Well, a private screening ...

New releases opening this week: Before Midnight, The Matchmaker, and more

Let's get the drunken stumbles out of the way: we have not yet seen the magician caper flick Now You ...

Landmark Theatres Marketing Coordinator makes some noise

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/30/46577/ By day, Branden Parrish is the regional Marketing Coordinator for Landmark Theatres, a man responsible for brewing some of ...

Did I miss Bob Hope's birthday?

Had he lived, venerable comedian Bob Hope would have turned 1,478 yesterday. In honor of the occasion, TCM dragged a ...

Disney Lone Ranger give wampum to American Indian College Fund

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/29/46514/ Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan Horn, announced today that proceeds from the World Premiere screening The Lone Ranger will ...

Autobots, roll out! New high-octane photos from Michael Bay's Transformers 4

Isn't this the franchise responsible for introducing the world to Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Shouldn't there be sexy promotional ...

San Diego High School holds annual Film Festival at Landmark's Ken Cinema

I remember my first high school film festival. Our teacher, Miss Peiffer, plunked a creaky 16mm Bell & Howell Autoload ...

DVD Rentals: Liberace in Sincerely Yours

Any film that posits two women vying for Liberace’s romantic affection is not fit to include the word “sincerely” in ...

Spot the Fake Titles Quiz IV: Dead by Dawn

Before you hit the road for this Memorial Day weekend, why not give your memory a workout by trying to ...

Alice Eve speaks out on Star Trek underwear scene!

Dept. of No, Not Really

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Steven Soderbergh reads The Big Screen!

Well, maybe not.

But it's hard to look at this lineup of obscure movie references on his new T-shirt line and not think ...

Spend Memorial Day in Alpine giving thanks to veterans

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/24/46247/ My friend, colleague, and Earth Mother of the San Diego Film Critics Society, Diana Saenger, asked that I pass ...

New releases opening this week: Fast & Furious 6, Deceptive Practice and much more!

Friday movie meltdown can be fun!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/24/46227/ So: one last time. Something is wrong with the showtime machine here at the Reader. So here's a roundup ...

Pac-Arts monthly Film Forum now open to non-members

For as long as I've known my pal, John Dacapias, he's been touting the virtues of Pac-Arts monthly Film Forum. ...

Trailer Park: The World's End

Now that's structure.

Okay, it's not out until tomorrow, but I really really like the device in Frances Ha of having addresses serve ...

Trailer Park: Last Vegas

Brilliant. Mean, but brilliant.

Okay, so that was awful. That's understood. But there's a special evil to the awfulness. Because even though the trailer ...

Dig a hole: Steve Forrest

"S.W.A.T." star and Dana Andrews' younger brother

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/23/46129/ Steve Forrest, movie actor, Lt. Hondo Harrelson on TV's S.W.A.T., and dependable Dana Andrews' real-life kid brother, is dead. ...

Sloppy seconds? Ken Scott gets another shot at his high concept

Perhaps the ultimate example of making an indie film in order to break into Hollywood

Hey, did you see the sperm-donor comedy Starbuck? Probably not - it made just $335,000 in the States, and received ...

The day Pee Wee Herman landed me in the hospital

Another celeb encounter gone very, very wrong...

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/22/46081/ It was around 1999 when I first heard through mutual acquaintances that Paul Reubens, AKA Pee Wee Herman, liked ...

To Smurf, or not to Smurf: it's out of the question

I drew the unenviable task of reviewing the first Smurfs movie. I peed blue for three weeks. If I belch ...

A brief history of Liberace(s) on film

Soderbergh's biopic premiers Sunday on HBO

Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, is not the first time the story of the flamboyant pianist has been ...

GO TO HELL!

Satan's waitin'!

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How I pissed off Gene Roddenberry AND Ed Wood's Vampira....

Two memorably wonky celebrity encounters that didn't go as planned

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/21/45954/ Here I am with "Vampira" (real name Maila Nurmi), probably best known for appearing in Ed Wood Jr.'s Plan ...

Oceanside International Film Festival seeks submissions

Earlier this month The Big Screen brought news that the first annual La Costa Film Festival is looking for submissions. ...

U R Old

The Box Office Mojo report on Star Trek Into Darkness's middling $70 million opening weekend included this fun little detail: ...

Chopard Jewelers express concern over Bling Ring brand-building partnership

Dept. of No, Not Really

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/17/45772/ "This is not the buzz we had in mind. No one can even see our product now!" Chopard statement ...

Glass prison funnies!

Three's a trend. This is just silly.

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New releases opening this week: Star Trek Into Darkness, The Iceman

Plus some other stuff!

Question for debate: which ship takes more abuse, the Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon? I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. ...

Interview with Star Trek Into Darkness producer Bryan Burk

Co-Founder of Bad Robot productions sits down with The Big Screen

Matthew Lickona: I can't help but notice that all of the screenwriters — Roberto Oci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof ...

Disney announces third entry in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" trilogy

Dept. of No, Not Really

Disney animation chief John Lasseter: "We started with Cars, because Hot Wheels. Then we moved on to Planes, because Top ...

"You're goin' to the moon, Méliès!"

Wasn't it Tom Aquinas who first said something like, "For those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who ...

Second annual La Jolla High School Film Festival tonight

Here is a unique film event for local cinephiles to support. This could be your chance to meet the the ...

Afterimage: Funny, Gatsby doesn't look Jewish

Gatz, Jay Gatz. He couldn't have been more Jewish had his parents named him Israel Hebrewstein. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/16/45731/ Matthew drew review ...

Dear A Clockwork Orange: let The Great Gatsby be your guide to the wonderful world of merchandising!

Single-piece sculpture? Oh, no no no. Mass production, that's the ticket.

So everyone is making a fuss because some artist somewhere is offering to make replicas of the famous penis sculpture ...

Michael Shannon in Smurfs 4: Yes, please

Let's make this happen, people.

Really, y'all should be reading Scott's entire interview with the great Michael Shannon here. (There was almost nothing to enjoy ...

Interview: Michael Shannon on The Iceman, the NRA, and what it would take to get him to star in a Smurfs sequel

Overall quality may vary, but Michael Shannon’s name on a poster guarantees satisfaction at least for as long as he’s ...

Report: Michael Bay furious at being passed over for directorial duties on Angry Birds films

Bay: "I AM THE ANGRIEST BIRD OF ALL! THE RAGING COCK!"

"Did they not see the BASE jumping scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon? Do they not know that I ...

How to cure sexual obsessives

Ludovico ain't got nothin' on Crystal

Got a press release the other day. Decided to illustrate it. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/15/45658/ Culver City, CA (May 13, 2013) – Billy ...

Spot the Fake Title Quiz: Cartoon Edition

Erik Rosenbluh aced this morning's quiz in record time. The problem is, my former student and eternal friend lives in ...

Spot the Fake Titles Quiz: The New Batch

Yesterday's quiz met with such little resistance that I thought it wise not to break what was already fixed and ...

The Spot the Fake Title Quiz

Ixnay on the Ooglegay!

This one is fairly simple. Below are ten title cards, nine of which come from actual movies, trailers, and maybe ...

Dig a hole: Dr. Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers was a celebrity in the truest sense of the word; a person famous for being famous. She ...

McCartney concert screenings in Poway, Temecula, Mission Valley, more

Plus "Beatles Do Diego," chronicling the Fab 4's local adventures, together and separately

Someone stole my Wings Over America (1976) triple-album way back when triple-albums were still a "thing," and it's been a ...

Review: Peeples

The enormously appealing Craig Robinson makes the leap from second-string relief in raunchy comedies to top billing as the Ben ...

Die Disney die - UPDATED

No, it's not German for "The Disney the." It's just the Mondays, grumpy about the Disney Machine and what they're ...

New releases opening this week: The Great Gatsby and some other less exhausting things

Okay, The Great Gatsby. I shouldn't complain. It's not based on a toy property. It's not a superhero movie. It's ...

The Big Screen turns 2 today!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/10/45317/ Has it really been two years since my editor, Ernie Grimm, called to say, "Hey, Marks, The Reader is ...

John McCain calls for à la carte cable

How many times have I spent the witching hour surfing the cable in search of a Taxicab Confessions rerun or ...

You got off with a slap on the wrist, Charlie Brown

Judge cautions, "Don't be a blockhead!"

Peter Robbins, the former voice of Charlie Brown on numerous Peanuts television specials, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in ...

You're a good defendant, Charlie Brown

Peter Robbins to be sentenced today

Peter Robbins, the former child vocal artist who gave voice to Charlie Brown on many of the Peanuts television specials, ...

Dig a hole and Tulips Shall Grow: Ray Harryhausen

Never mind the above-the-line talent: Ray Harryhausen was one of the few special visual effects creators whose name in the ...

First annual La Costa Film Festival looking for submissions

Famed North County Resort and Spa turns screening destination October 24 - 27

And you thought the La Costa Resort and Spa was all about playing tennis, getting mudpacks, and seeing stars. Festival ...

Go tell it on the mountain: a pictorial history of the Paramount logo

What's come to be known as 'the mountain of dreams' began in 1914 as a boardroom doodle from the pen ...

New releases opening this week: Iron Man 3, and some other films as well

So yeah, Iron Man 3. Man, do I hate bloated finales. Remember the first Iron Man? Stark vs. Stane, Iron ...

Dig a hole: Jack Shea, three-time president of the DGA

Jack Shea. The name sounded so familiar. The rest of the world probably remembers Shea's contributions to television history through ...

Casting Fred Rogers

Come on, people - help me out.

Word is that they're making a Fred Rogers movie. Jon Hamm? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/02/44805/

Part III of Iron Man and Tony Stark watching Iron Man 3

Is everybody excited yet? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/02/44801/ Here's Part II Here's Part I

Part II of Iron Man and Tony Stark watching Iron Man 3

Tony gets a little touchy... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/02/44794/

Iron Man and Tony Stark watch a screener of Iron Man 3

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Dig a hole: Deanna Durbin

Allow me not to be the first to say, "Was Deanna Durbin still alive?" She was a huge star in ...

Trailer Park: Pacific Rim

Okay, so everyone's excited for this, because deep down inside, everyone is still an eight-year-old boy. Except, maybe, you know, ...

Review: Kon-Tiki

My father always envisioned himself dying behind a ship's wheel rather than seated in a Sears recliner. Perhaps that's why ...

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