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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Comic-Con Kicks 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. Spokesperson 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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'Black Souls' Has One Foot In Mob Genre, One In The Art House

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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.

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Rants And Raves: May the Fourth Be With You

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Although the original "Star Wars" movie opened on May 25, 1977, the designated day of celebration for the films has become May 4 (over some fan objections) so there can have punny fun with May the Fourth be with you. I went to "Star Wars Celebration VII" last month to gauge fan excitement in the wake of a new movie.

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Local Artist Creates 'Arts Incubator' At The Studio Door

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The Studio Door in North Park focuses on two things: assisting artists with art-to-market knowledge and creating opportunities that will help artists grow by providing working studio space, an online presence, and curating exhibits.

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'Age Of Ultron' Not Quite As Well-Assembled As First 'Avengers' Film

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Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” thrilled fans but can “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (opening May 1 throughout San Diego) live up to its predecessor? Not quite.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Tangerines' Delivers Familiar Anti-War Message With Eloquence

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Earlier this year, “Tangerines” (opening Friday at Landmark's Ken Cinema) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The war it depicts is old but the themes remain relevant.

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The Vietnam War On Film

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A look back on 50 years of films from the U.S. and abroad reveals that we are still struggling to come to terms with the divisive Vietnam War.

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Filmatic Festival Looks To The Future Of Film

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UCSD’s Artpower film curator Rebecca Webb wanted to create a film festival that would explore the future of film, and what the experience will be for filmmakers and filmgoers. The result was the Filmatic Festival now in its second year.

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Meet The Directors Of 'Spring' Friday, Saturday At Digital Gym Cinema

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The North Park theater is hosting a late night screening of the new horror-love story “Spring” with the filmmakers in attendance.

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'Ex Machina' Serves Up Cerebral Sci-Fi

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Movies have had a long fascination with robots and artificial intelligence. The new film "Ex Machina" (opening April 24 in select San Diego theaters) uses state-of-the-art special effects to deliver a smart new take on A.I.

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San Diego Opera Stages A New Mariachi Opera

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Once again San Diego Opera challenges preconceived notions about what opera is and expands the horizons about what it can be with the new mariachi opera "El Pasado Nunca se Termina" that has two performances this Saturday at the Civic Theater.

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10th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Celebrates The Bard

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The San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival returns to Balboa Park this Saturday. If you love the Bard, this free event will remind you why his work remains so vital after more than four centuries.

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Behind The Scenes Of 'Cirquetacular! Cirquetacular!'

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The Circus Collective of San Diego is a group of circus artists who present original shows that blur the lines between traditional circus and contemporary theatre. Last year they did a film noir circus, "Circustantial Evidence," now they serve up “Cirquetacular! Cirquetacular!”

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'Unfriended' Uses Cyberbullying As Catalyst For Teen Revenge Tale

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Fifteen percent of high school students experienced cyberbullying last year. The new film “Unfriended” (opening throughout San Diego on April 17) exploits the real life horror of cyberbullying for a teen revenge tale.

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Pac-Arts Spring Showcase Kicks Off Fifth Season

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Pac-Arts’ fifth annual Spring Showcase kicks off Thursday night with the documentary “In Football We Trust.”

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'Reunion' Screens With Swedish Director Odell In Attendance

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There are not a lot of opportunities to meet foreign film directors here in San Diego, so check out Sunday's screening of the Swedish film “Reunion” at the Mingei International Museum with director Anna Odell in attendance.

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'The White Snake' Conjures Up Some Magic At The Old Globe

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"The White Snake" (continuing through April 26 at the Old Globe Theatre) is an ancient tale about two snake spirits that learn how to transform into beautiful women and live on earth. It provides the perfect foundation for playwright and director Mary Zimmerman, who sees theater as a playground for the imagination.

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Once Is More Than Enough For 'Kill Me Three Times'

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Simon Pegg is riding a wave of success with roles in the film franchises "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible." But the new comedy thriller "Kill Me Three Times" (opening April 10 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) won’t be adding to his popularity.

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Help Bring Death To Life For FX Artist Hiroshi Katagiri

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Crowdfunding is a mixed bag. You may feel inundated with people pitching you with projects that you couldn’t care less about, but on the other hand it’s a blessing for filmmakers working outside the mainstream.

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WonderCon Moves To L.A.

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WonderCon, the sister convention to Comic-Con, closed its 2015 show in Anaheim on Sunday with the news of change for next year.

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San Diego Lightsaber Team Offers Jedi Workout

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If you hate going to the gym to burn calories and get your cardio workout, then try a geeky alternative with members of the new San Diego Lightsaber Team.

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14 Films In 4 Days: My Experience At TCM Classic Film Festival

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This past weekend I watched 14 feature films and a handful of shorts in less than four days at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and it reminded me why I fell in love with movies in the first place.

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