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TCM Offers Free Online Film Noir Class

June 5
By Beth Accomando
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Today kicks off "Summer of Darkness" on Turner Classic Movies. The cable network will air an unprecedented 24 hours of films noir every Friday in June and July. At the same time, TCM is offering a free online noir history class, and is expanding the notion of what the film community is through social media and the Internet.

Rants And Raves: Guest Blogger Explains Why She Loves Disaster Films

June 10
By Patty Lane
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"San Andreas" (now playing throughout San Diego) takes the disaster film to new heights — or perhaps depths — but quality doesn't matter to guest blogger Patty Lane, who just loves to have the bejesus scared out of her.

Preview: Big Trouble In East Village

June 9
By Beth Accomando
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The timing of Thumbprint Gallery’s Big Trouble in East Village couldn’t be better. The one night (June 9 at Basic Urban Kitchen) only fan art show pays tribute to John Carpenter’s 1986 cult favorite "Big Trouble In Little China." It arrives on the heels of news that Dwayne Johnson will star in a remake.

IDW Publishing Opens Doors To San Diego Comic Art Gallery

June 6
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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Thursday night San Diego-based IDW Publishing opened the doors to the new San Diego Comic Art Gallery. The first exhibit is dedicated to Kevin Eastman, the comic book artist and writer who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984.

San Diego Mayor's Office Outlines Plans To Attract Film, Television Production

June 4
By City News Service
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The plans include reinstating an office that would attract and coordinate film and television production in San Diego.

Pay To Play: San Diego Filmmaker Aims To Fix Music Industry

June 2
Midday Edition
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The documentary "Music Matters" looks at the history of payola laws in the United States, and posits that the legislation helped doom the industry it was purportedly written to protect.

Do You Have The Intestinal Fortitude For 'The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence'

May 29
By Beth Accomando
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Tom Six’s “Human Centipede” triptych has even some horror fans saying you can go too far. But that’s why I am eager to host screenings of “Human Centipede 3” this Friday and Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema. Warning: Proceed with caution.

FilmOut Kicks Off Friday With California Premiere of 'Tab Hunter Confidential'

May 27
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh
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This Friday, FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off at The Observatory North Park with the documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential."

MoPA's Taiwan Cinema Spotlight Highlights Director Hou Hsiao-hsien

May 28
By Beth Accomando
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The Museum of Photographic Arts kicks off its Taiwan Cinema Spotlight on director Hou Hsiao-hsien Thursday night. The timing is perfect since the 68-year-old director just screened a new film at the Cannes Film Festival.

San Diego's Film Community Optimistic After City Council Budget Meeting

May 22
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego film community came out in force on Thursday to make a show of solidarity for more government support of the city's film industry.

'DarkStar' Explores H. R. Giger's Strange, Beautiful World

May 22
By Beth Accomando
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Swiss surrealist painter H. R. Giger is probably best known for designing the creature in "Alien." The new documentary, "Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World" (opening May 22 for a one-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema), provides insights into his dark genius.

New Series Brewing About San Diego Craft Beer Scene

May 18
Midday Edition
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"Kings of the Craft,” a new television series exploring San Diego's craft beer industry and the unique stories behind it, debuts May 21 on KPBS.

'I Am Big Bird' Focuses On The Man Inside The Plumage

May 15
By Beth Accomando
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"Sesame Street’s" Big Bird is one of the most iconic children’s characters ever created and the new documentary "I Am Big Bird" (opening May 15 at The Digital Gym Cinema) looks to the man who has brought this giant puppet to life.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Delivers An Action Film That Puts Plot In The Back Seat

May 15
By Beth Accomando
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It’s been three decades since the last "Mad Max" movie. Now we get a new Max with Tom Hardy, but director George Miller returns to the driver’s seat to provide an adrenaline rush on "Fury Road." The film opens Friday throughout San Diego.

'Black Souls' Has One Foot In Mob Genre, One In The Art House

May 8
By Beth Accomando
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Just when you think there’s no fresh blood to be found in the mob film along comes "Black Souls" (opening May 8 at Reading's Gaslamp and Town Square Cinemas) from Italy to prove you wrong.