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Stories by Beth Accomando

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando

It's Thanksgiving and I have a pair of films that I am feeling very thankful for right now: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "The Shape of Water." Filmmaker Martin McDonagh talks about writing a film for Frances McDormand and Doug Jones talks about "suit acting" for Guillermo Del Toro.

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

Nov. 22
By Beth Accomando

The two and a half minute trailer for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was all anyone needed to see to make them realize that Frances McDormand was going to give a performance that needs to be seen.

Festival Directors Talk About Benefits Of Fringe

Festival Directors Talk About Benefits Of Fringe

Nov. 20
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival just played host to the Canadian and United States Associations of Fringe Festivals, as festival directors from across North America called the worldwide arts movement unique and very important.

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

Nov. 16
By Beth Accomando

The latest DC film, “Justice League,” arrives in theaters this week, and the best I can say is that it’s easier to watch than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San ...

Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San Diego

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival is not until next June but Fringe Festival organizers from across North America are currently gathering at the Spreckels Theatre for its annual conference.

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore P...

San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore Performance

Nov. 15
By Beth Accomando

Last year "Josephine" won Outstanding Solo Performance and Best Show at San Diego International Fringe Festival. The one-woman dream cabaret pays tribute to singer-dancer Josephine Baker. Now, "Josephine" returns to where it all began, the Spreckels Theatre for one performance this Friday.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

Nov. 9
By Beth Accomando

The 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival launches Thursday night with "Oh Lucy" screening at the San Diego Natural History Museum's Kaplan Theater and continues through Nov. 18 at multiple venues.

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

You don’t generally think of opera as ripped from the headlines, but San Diego Opera’s production of "As One" has a distinctly contemporary feel. The latest dētour series production tackles a transgender story through the character of Hannah, who’s portrayed by two singers — a baritone and mezzo soprano.

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando

Larry Cohen is a genius because he managed to have the best of both worlds in the entertainment industry. Not many can claim to have enjoyed both a traditionally successful career within the mainstream Hollywood system as well as cult status outside the studio system making audaciously independent films exactly the way he wanted to.

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando

Marvel’s "Thor: Ragnarok" may overshadow all other films opening this weekend, but if the lines are too long there are plenty more films to choose from.

Podcast Episode 129: Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin Baby

Podcast Episode 129: Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin Baby

Oct. 27
By Beth Accomando

"Ash Vs. Evil Dead" season three opener has been postponed to February! So if you want your Bruce Campbell fix in October, check out this podcast and his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

'Tom Of Finland' Paints Portrait Of Gay Artist

'Tom Of Finland' Paints Portrait Of Gay Artist

Oct. 27
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Tom of Finland" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to the artist whose erotic drawings influenced the fantasies of a generation of gay men.

Bruce Campbell Signing At Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Bruce Campbell Signing At Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando

Bruce Campbell, a Comic-Con favorite for his role as Ash in the "Evil Dead" movies and Starz show, was at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Thursday to sign his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando

The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Sometimes art emphasizes escape over enlightenment. Such is the case with San Diego Opera’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance."

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando

You all know about the final girl in horror, that feisty possibly virginal heroine who’s the last one left standing after some serial killer goes on a rampage. But are you familiar with the final boy?

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando

"The Playground" is a feature film shot entirely in San Diego and with a cast and crew almost exclusively from San Diego. The film has its world premiere Thursday night at Reading Clairemont Town Square Cinemas.

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

Italian giallo cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once. It consumes you like a fever dream and assaults your senses with an audacious excess of style. Soak up some glorious giallo elegance with this podcast.

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

It has been more than three decades since Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” opened in theaters and defined a new kind of sci-fi film. “Blade Runner 2049” arrives as one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival launches its 11th season Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts with the documentary "Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)."

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall ...

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall Film

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

It's a week for film festivals with the San Diego Italian and San Diego International Film Festivals both kicking off Wednesday night. San Diego International Film Festival opens its 16th year at the Balboa Theater with "Marshall," a film looking to the early years of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

The Weekly World News was notorious for its outlandish covers that caught your eye at the grocery checkout. One of those headline stories featuring a half-bat, half-boy inspired the musical “Bat Boy,” which has a new production running at OB Playhouse.

'Victoria And Adbul' Looks To An Unlikely Friendship

'Victoria And Adbul' Looks To An Unlikely Friendship

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Victoria and Abdul" looks to the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant.

Create Your Own Film Class With Series Devoted To Hitchcock, Giallo

Create Your Own Film Class With Series Devoted To Hitchcock, Giallo

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

October and Halloween are just around the corner and that means some fun film programming. Angelika Film Center hosts its month-long Hitchcocktober fest while Digital Gym Cinema features a Giallo film series.

One Book Film Series Kicks Off Oct. 3 At Central Library

One Book Film Series Kicks Off Oct. 3 At Central Library

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Central Library hosts a nine-part program, running Tuesdays Oct. 3 through Nov. 28, of diverse films that address the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection “The Sandcastle Girls.”

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art A...

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art And Community Outreach

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando

Intrepid Theatre Company is partnering with the San Diego Museum of Man to facilitate school field trips to the museum’s exhibit and a stage show titled, "Race: Are We So Different?"

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped up earlier this month, and it was another great year embracing the darkness. Here's a reflection on the event and a look at the radio drama created specifically to debut at the festival.

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Pre...

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Predecessor

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a surprise hit in 2014 and now a sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," arrives to see if it can repeat that success.

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

The 1993 film "Benny and Joon" provides the inspiration for the world premiere musical that just opened at The Old Globe.

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

The fact that some critics are calling Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" "shocking" and "terrifying" says more about mainstream critics and the timid state of American filmmaking than about Aronofsky's film. If you see only American Hollywood movies then "Mother!" may prove a shocking experience. But if your viewing experience is far broader than that then the film can be appreciated for its thoughtful and provocative artistry.

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"Wild Goose Dreams" had its world premiere earlier this month at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The play looks to a pair of displaced people looking to make connections.

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of cinema classics.

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe has a bold new production of “Hamlet” on stage now. It is directed by Barry Edelstein and it made me see the play with new eyes. This podcast is dedicated to Shakespeare’s great play and to understanding it better through film and an interview with Edelstein.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando

Every year I pursue my passion for horror by volunteering to work at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. Here’s a preview of the festival that runs Friday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Sept. 1
By Beth Accomando

Women filmmakers face plenty of obstacles trying to break into the mainstream industry. But if you are a female experimental filmmaker you face even more. Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival, showing Saturday at Digital Gym Cinema, tries to carve out a space for those filmmakers.

Film Geeks SD Pay Tribute To Women Directors Dorothy Arzner And Ida...

Film Geeks SD Pay Tribute To Women Directors Dorothy Arzner And Ida Lupino

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando

It’s not often that you have two successful studio pictures directed by women playing in theaters at the same time. Kathryn Bigelow’s "Detroit" has won critical acclaim and Patty Jenkins’ "Wonder Woman" has dominated the summer box office. To complement these two recent examples of female-helmed films, Film Geeks SD will be showcasing a double feature on Friday from pioneering women directors Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino.

San Diego Underground Film Festival Kicks Off Thursday

San Diego Underground Film Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Underground Film Festival embarks on its third year Thursday night and runs through Sunday at Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando

This weekend, there’s something old, something new and something carnivorous to check out at the movies.

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

George A. Romero died on July 16. The zombie community paid tribute to him during Comic-Con, and I gather some of those memories and an archive interview with him for this remembrance.

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

For some actors and directors, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" represents a challenge that must be met at some point in one's career. Five years into his job as artistic director at The Old Globe Theatre, Barry Edelstein is meeting that challenge and directing his first "Hamlet."

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On Wha...

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On What Art Is

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando

On Monday, composer John Luther Adams’ officially opened "The Wind Garden" at UC San Diego. Think of it as a kind of living wind chime made up of eucalyptus trees that have been fitted with motion and light sensors that translate varying forces of wind and changing light patterns into sound instantaneously using sophisticated software.

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

"Brigsby Bear" is something of a San Diego success story. Its creators, director Dave McCary and writer-star Kyle Mooney, went from San Diego to "Saturday Night Live," then earlier this year, their film became a sleeper hit at Sundance.

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Only 88 days till Halloween and thankfully for the second weekend in a row there is a Halloween convention to help you prepare for whatever you need. This weekend it's ScareLA.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Mot...

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Motel Incident

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” looks to the tragic events at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in the Motor City. For five days in 1967, Detroit was rocked by violent unrest that would leave 43 dead, hundreds injured, thousands arrested, and neighborhoods burned to the ground.

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

Robin Hood is an iconic character in film and literature. The Old Globe Theatre serves up its own version of the heroic outlaw in its newly commissioned play from Ken Ludwig called "Robin Hood!"

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

July 28
By Beth Accomando

It is a mere 95 days to Halloween. For many, that is no reason to panic, but if you do a home haunt like I do, it means down to the wire for planning and shopping. That’s why Halloween conventions like Midsummer Scream and ScareLA are so important.

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

July 27
By Beth Accomando

Charlize Theron proves that she can play as rough as any male action star in the new film “Atomic Blonde.”

Bidding Farewell To Another Comic-Con: Hall H, Cosplay And A Death ...

Bidding Farewell To Another Comic-Con: Hall H, Cosplay And A Death Star Coffee Table

July 24
By Beth Accomando

The 48th annual Comic-Con International came to a close on Sunday night. Here are a few highlights.

What To Expect At Comic-Con 2017: A Conversation With Organizer Dav...

What To Expect At Comic-Con 2017: A Conversation With Organizer David Glanzer

July 21
By Beth Accomando, KPBS News

San Diego’s biggest event is underway. Comic-Con International draws more than 130,000 pop culture fans every year, and this year is no different.

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