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Stories by Beth Accomando

Hot Guys And Homophobia Fuel 'Drown'

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"Drown" premiered in San Diego earlier this year at FilmOut where it won six awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and Outstanding Artistic Achievement. "Drown" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is a difficult film to watch but for all the right reasons.

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Oscar-Winning Actor George Chakiris Will Appear At 'West Side Story'

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The 1961 film "West Side Story" screens Monday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. at the Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage with actor George Chakiris holding a Q&A before the film.

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'Return To Forbidden Planet' Serves Up Shakespeare's Lost Rock And Roll Masterpiece

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"Return to Forbidden Planet" (running through Sept. 6 at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre) approaches Shakespeare by way of rock and roll music and sci-fi B movies.

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'Best Of Enemies' Looks To 1968 Buckley-Vidal Debates

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In 1968, ABC News was trailing miserably in the ratings and to offset its inability to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions it came up with the idea of offering a series of debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal. The new documentary, "Best of Enemies" (opening Aug. 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema) focuses on these debates.

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Get 'Stung' By Giant Wasp Movie

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Giant bugs attack humanity in the new sci-fi horror film, "Stung" (opening Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema) and meet TheNAT's curator of entomology at the 9 p.m. screening Friday.

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Tiki Oasis Heads Into Space For 2015

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Tiki Oasis boasts that it’s the biggest Tiki weekender on the planet — actually that’s been amended to “in the solar system” since this year’s theme is Yesterday’s Future Today.

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Choreographer Michael Mizerany Launches New Dance Company

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Being pumped up after Fringe, I was looking for some more eyeball busting entertainment and I found it with the launch of Michael Mizerany’s new dance company and his show “Man Clan” (now through Sunday at Diversionary Theater).

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Extreme Haunt McKamey Manor To Leave San Diego

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McKamey Manor has been listed on horror websites as one of the top extreme haunts in the world. Last October I was blindfolded and delivered to the North County haunt for a four-hour sissy tour. Now I return for a visit with owner Russ McKamey to discuss why the haunt is moving.

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Jason Segel Talks About Playing Author David Foster Wallace In 'End Of The Tour'

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David Foster Wallace won accolades for his 1,000-page tome “Infinite Jest” in 1996. Then he saddened fans by committing suicide just over a decade later. Actor Jason Segel talks about playing the late writer in the new film “End of the Tour" (opening Aug. 7 in select San Diego theaters).

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Hobbits And Circus Win Big At 2015 Fringe Awards

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The 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival wrapped up Sunday night with an awards ceremony and here's who won.

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'Mission Impossible' Is A Fun Adrenaline Rush

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Spies are back in style as the "Mission Impossible" and 007 franchises serve up new entries, and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." TV show gets a big screen reboot. The latest "Mission Impossible" film looks a lot like an old James Bond film.

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Checking In On San Diego International Fringe

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San Diego International Fringe has been running for almost a full week and it’s been delivering on its promise of “eyeball busting” entertainment.

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'Pigeon' Film Delivers Deadpan Art House Comedy

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“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” which opened Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema, is the final part of a Swedish trilogy about being human.

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'The Third Man' 4K Digital Restoration Comes To Ken Cinema

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A 4K restoration of "The Third Man" opens Friday at the Ken Cinema and that's cause for celebration. NOTE: run has been extended through Aug. 6.

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San Diego International Fringe Festival Kicks Off Third Year Thursday

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Comic-Con is over but prepare for another kind of sensory overload with the third annual San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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Japanese Monsters, El Santo, And Ephemeral Art

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Wednesday night an art show called Japanese Monster: A Group Art Exhibition opened at Mike Hess Brewing. Twenty-three San Diego artists were displaying their work but one artist was not.

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The Game's Afoot With An Aging 'Mr. Holmes'

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After more than a century, Sherlock Holmes’ popularity continues to rise with a play at the Globe, more of the BBC series in the wings, and now Sir Ian McKellan taking on the role of the great detective for the feature film, “Mr. Holmes” (opening July 17 in select San Diego theaters).

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The Imperfect Perfection Of Comic-Con

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With 600 hours of programming, a quarter mile of exhibit hall and an ever-widening radius of outside activity, Comic-Con is sensory overload and all you can hope to do is taste a tiny sample of the pop culture smorgasbord.

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Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

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The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

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Rococo X-Men Prepare For Comic-Con Masquerade

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Comic-Con is in full swing and Thursday night there will be the second annual Her Universe Fashion Show. But the longer tradition for costumers and cosplayers at Comic-Con is the Masquerade on Saturday. One group is preparing to take the X-Men back to the Rococo style of Marie Antoinette by way of Sofia Coppola.

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Canadian Filmmaker Makes First Trip To Comic-Con

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Comic-Con kicked off it’s 46th year in San Diego Wednesday with preview night. I spent the evening with a Canadian filmmaker who was making his first visit to Comic-Con. What a blast!

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Comic-Con Set To Kick Off Amid News It's Staying In San Diego Until 2018

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Comic-Con is the largest pop culture convention in North America, and until at least 2018 it will remain in San Diego. Spokesman David Glanzer talks about the new contract and what's new at the convention.

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San Diego Audience Reacts To '1913: Seeds Of Conflict'

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Tuesday night, PBS will air the documentary "1913: Seeds of Conflict." It explores the little-known history of Palestine during the latter part of the Ottoman Empire, a time of relative harmony between Arabs and Jews. The film screened earlier this month in San Diego at a Jewish temple. Here are some reactions from people in the audience.

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Globe's 'Twelfth Night:' The Bard, Caitlyn Jenner And Gender Fluidity

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What do Caitlyn Jenner and William Shakespeare have in common? Quite a bit, according to The Old Globe’s artistic director. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (running through July 26) takes on gender issues in a surprisingly resonant manner amidst the current media buzz of Bruce Jenner making the transition to Caitlyn Jenner.

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Real Life And Art Intersect At La Jolla Playhouse's 'Come From Away'

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“Come From Away,” the world premiere musical that opened at the La Jolla Playhouse in May, was inspired by the true story of what happened when 38 planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, on Sept. 11, 2001. Recently, art and real life intersected at the Playhouse.

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'The Overnight' Is Like A Horror Film Where 'Sex Is The Monster'

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"The Overnight” (opening at AMC La Jolla 12 and Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas on June 26) has been stirring buzz since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. It's a raunchy comedy but with more than sex on its mind.

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'We Are Still Here' Slow Build, Big Pay Off

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In an era of fast food entertainment, “We Are Still Here” (opening June 25 at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up a slow meal of haunted house horrors.

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Old Globe Presents Summer Shakespeare Films

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It’s summer so that means Shakespeare takes the stage at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. But for its 80th anniversary, the Globe is adding a twist to the Summer Shakespeare season — films.

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'Stories From The Sun Cafe' Looks To Japanese, Chinese Immigrant Communities

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Asian Story Theater will present "Stories from the Sun Cafe" (this Thursday through Sunday at the Lyceum Theater), a play that draws on the real Japanese and Chinese immigrants who have lived in San Diego over the past century.

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'Every Last Child' Paints Moving Portrait Of Battle Against Polio In Pakistan

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Pakistan is one of three countries still dealing with an epidemic of polio and it accounts for more that 80 percent of the world’s cases according to the new documentary, “Every Last Child” (opening June 19 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters with a special post-screening discussion this Saturday).

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San Diego Central Library Hosts 'The Art of Comic-Con'

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Comic-Con is only weeks away but to tide you over the San Diego Public Library will be partnering with Comic-Con International to present "The Art of Comic-Con," opening this Saturday.

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'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Tackles Life, Death, And Horrors Of High School

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (opening June 19 in select San Diego theaters) won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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'Bright Star' Heads To Broadway

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"Bright Star," a musical created by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is on its way to Broadway after premiering in San Diego. The play was developed and had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre last year.

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Preview: '1913: Seeds of Conflict'

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J Street, the self described political home for pro-Israeli, pro-peace Americans, is hosting a screening tonight of "1913: Seeds of Conflict," a documentary that explores how the seeds of today’s Middle East conflict were sown in Palestine during the Ottoman Empire.

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Art Takes On Religion In Controversial Black Mass

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Art is often about pushing not just the envelope but people’s buttons as well. And religion is a particularly sensitive one. Here's a preview of a Black Mass performance in which art takes on religion.

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Remembering Christopher Lee

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Christopher Lee died Sunday at the age of 93. Lee had been hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. His widow decided to withhold information about his death until all family members and friends had been notified. Here’s a tribute to the actor.

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'Jurassic World' Reveals Dinos Have Evolved But Story Hasn't

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Apparently a Jurassic Park wasn’t big enough so now Steven Spielberg ups the ante to deliver “Jurassic World” (opening June 12 throughout San Diego).

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Preview: Big Trouble In East Village

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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.

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IDW Publishing Opens Doors To San Diego Comic Art Gallery

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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.

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TCM Offers Free Online Film Noir Class

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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."

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Rochelle Botello's Dog Days Exhibit Challenges Expectations About Art

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Hidden off an alley on Logan Avenue is Punto Experimental, an art gallery that specializes in experimental and contemporary art, and its mission is to challenge how we define what art is.

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

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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.

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USD's 'Rembrandt: A Decade Of Brilliance' Allows People To Look Over The Artist's Shoulder

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University of San Diego’s Hoehn Family Galleries is currently hosting the exhibit, "Rembrandt: A Decade of Brilliance, 1648-1658," and it’s an eye-opening showcase of prints from the Dutch painter and printmaker.

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

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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.

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Independent Eye's 'King Lear' Kicks Off Puppetry Festival

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On Friday night, 10th Avenue Theater and the San Diego Guild of Puppetry kick off a month of puppetry performances with the Independent Eye’s "King Lear." Two actors use 20 puppets to bring Shakespeare to vivid life.

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