- July 23
- Midday Edition
Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.
- July 21
James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.
- July 21
Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.
- July 18
Video games have become a $24 billion a year business, surpassing movies, but they still don’t get much respect and are often the object of criticism. But "Video Games: The Movie" (opening July 18 at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up a celebration of gaming.
- July 17
With summer in full swing you might not want to waste a balmy night inside a darkened theater. So how about spending an evening under the stars with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole?
- July 11
Last month, Jon Favreau served up a comedy about an American chef pursuing his gastronomic passions. Now "Le Chef" (opening July 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) delivers food porn with a French twist.
- July 8
Actor, musician, and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado. The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.
- July 7
At the time of its release, critic Andrew Sarris proclaimed "A Hard Day's Night" as "the ‘Citizen Kane’ of juke box musicals." A digitally restored “A Hard Day's Night” opens July 10 at two San Diego County theaters for a limited run.
- July 3
If you don’t know who Bob Burns is, then there’s a gap in your pop culture knowledge that can be fixed with the documentary "Beast Wishes," screening Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema. Bob and Kathy Burns will be there.
- June 29
ESPN personality Jemele Hill watched Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams give her up first-class seat to a soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Although Adams' gesture was done quietly, Hill Tweeted about her generosity, and now Adams is making headlines for being a "class act."
- June 27
- Evening Edition
With “Othello” (running through July 27), The Old Globe proves that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays are timeless because the themes he dealt with are human and universal.
- June 27
If the new "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is too big, loud, and empty-headed, then turn to "Violette" (opening Friday at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters), a smart, literate, French film, for relief.
- June 17
George Lucas' "Star Wars" films have inspired a diverse array of fan art and merchandise. Tuesday night Thumbprint Gallery serves up a one-night exhibit of 'Star Wars"-inspired works from San Diego artists.
- June 17
Italian cinema is best known for neo-realism, spaghetti westerns and Sophia Loren. But Thursday at the Digital Gym Cinema you can find a rare science fiction film courtesy of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.
- June 5
A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television. The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes.
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