Stories for August 21, 2009
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez joined forces for the faux double bill “Grindhouse” just a few years ago. Now they find themselves with separate and very different releases going head to head at this weekend’s box office. Tarantino’s serving up “Inglourious Basterds” (opening August 21 throughout San Diego) and Rodriguez delivers another one of his family films “Shorts” (Opening August 21 throughout San Diego).
Earlier tonight I saw a 16-minute preview of James Cameron's "Avatar" (opening December 18). The footage was essentially the same that premiered at Comic-Con last month and the idea behind Fox sneaking it was to show off the new state of the art 3-D technology in the hopes of creating positive buzz for the film.
Deep beneath the Valley of the Kings, the most popular tourist destination in Egypt, lies a maze of corridors and chambers that remained hidden for 1,000 years. Known as Tomb 33, it has been hailed by archaeologists as the greatest mystery of this sacred land. The last attempted excavation occurred more than 100 years ago, just before the tomb was sealed. Using stunning HD photography and illustrative computer models, "TOMB 33 - AN EGYPTIAN MYSTERY" attempts to uncover the secrets of this mysterious archaeological treasure.
“Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars, exploring a fascinating yet often neglected era in African-American cultural history. After peace was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to the brutal segregation and racism of America; over the next two decades, they created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris’ hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Some achieved enduring fame, while others faded into history.
Forty-six uninsured San Diegans will get surgeries and other medical procedures tomorrow for free. That's thanks to a number of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who will be donating their time.
The unemployment rate in San Diego County rose slightly in July, increasing to 10.3 percent up from a revised 10.2 percent the previous month, a state agency reported today.
Mexican customs officials have begun screening cars traveling south across the border. The screening program, which hasn't started in Tijuana yet, is an effort to prevent guns and cash from being smuggled into Mexico.
The California Coastal Commission recently told San Diego to upgrade its main sewage treatment facility. The city's third request for a waiver from the federal Clean Water Act was rejected late last week.
It's a weeknight at the Armenta household. The family is gathered around the television, watching a recent little league all-stars game featuring their favorite player: 12-year-old Isaiah Armenta.
The Obama Administration has been on the defensive lately over its plan to overhaul the nation's health care system. With heated protests at town hall meetings across the country, the president and his Democratic allies have been trying separate fact from fiction in the debate.
News that the CIA worked with a private contractor on a secret assassination program is the latest evidence of how much the agency has outsourced a range of its activities, including covert missions.
When it rains it pours. We don’t have any Spanish language films in theaters for months and now there’s too many to choose from thanks to a pair of competing Latin Film Series: Cinema En Tu Idioma (opening August 21 at UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center) and The Maya Independent Film Series (opening August 21 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas).