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Museum Of Making Music: The Banjo

April 30
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad says its ultimate purpose is to make the world more musical. Visitors can get their hands on an electric banjo and make music as loud as they want at the museum’s new exhibit The Banjo; A New Day for an Old Instrument.

Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre

April 15
Midday Edition
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UPDATE: Landmark, Building owners, and property management company have since renegotiated the lease and Landmark will continue to operate the Ken Cinema.

Interview: San Diego-Based Liberty Studios Filmmakers

April 25
By Beth Accomando
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This weekend audiences can show their support for a film produced by the San Diego based Liberty Studios. Local filmmakers Mark Schmidt and Randy Williams talk about “Walking with the Enemy” (opening April 25 in select San Diego theaters).

Navy SEAL Veteran Plays Himself In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

April 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were still looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's. So, they hired Lacz.

It's Official: Ken To Remain A Landmark Theatre

April 23
By Beth Accomando
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Landmark Theatres and the Berkun Family Trust have both confirmed that they have reached a new agreement and the venerable Ken Cinema will remain under Landmark Theatres' operation.

At 127, Sherlock Holmes Is Still Popular

April 22
By Beth Accomando
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Sherlock Holmes is looking pretty good for someone past the century mark. Come investigate the Coronado Playhouse’s production of "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" to uncover why the famous sleuth remains so popular.

Interview: Richard E. Grant

April 19
By Beth Accomando
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Richard E. Grant may not be a household name in the U.S. but he is much beloved by indie film fans who remember him dearly in films such as "Withnail and I" and "How to Get Ahead in Advertising." Now he reinvents himself for a new generation with "Dom Hemingway."

Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

April 17
Midday Edition
By Beth Accomando
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Pac-Arts kicks off its fourth annual Spring Showcase on Thursday. KPBS' film critic Beth Accomando gives a preview of the film lineup.

Remembering The Ken And 'Rocky Horror'

April 17
By Beth Accomando
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For many in San Diego, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at The Ken Cinema will always be something special to remember.

Brad Pitt To Play Gen. Stanley McChrystal In 'The Operators' Movie

April 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life? If you're a man, I'm guessing Brad Pitt is at the top of the list. Well, for Gen. Stanley McChrystal the dream is about to become a reality. Pitt is slated to star in "The Operators," a film about McChrystal based on the book by Michael Hastings.

Rants And Raves: TCM Film Festival

April 14
By Beth Accomando
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Over the weekend I attended my first Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood. Pure ecstasy.

Screening: 'Ride With Larry'

April 11
By Beth Accomando
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In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, there will be two screenings of the documentary "Ride with Larry" (April 13 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas).

Review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

April 11
By Beth Accomando
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Two years ago “The Raid Redemption” gave action junkies the kind of fix they dream about. Now the sequel, “The Raid 2: Berandal” (opening April 11 in select theaters) arrives on the scene.

Review: 'Alan Partridge'

April 11
By Beth Accomando
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British comedian Steve Coogan was just nominated for a writing Oscar for last year’s "Philomena." But he’s more in his element in the comedy "Alan Partridge" (opening April 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) where he reprises a role he created in the early 1990s for BBC TV.

Midday Movies: TCM's Charles Tabesh

April 9
Midday Edition
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Not many people can claim Martin Scorsese, Carrie Fisher, Alec Baldwin and Cher as fans of their work but Charles Tabesh can. He is the vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies and a UCSD alumni. The Fifth Annual TCM Film Fest kicks off tomorrow in Hollywood.