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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Your Guide To San Diego Fringe 2018

June 21
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe kicks off its sixth year of what it describes as “eyeball busting shows” running June 21 through July 1 at multiple locations.

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'The Tempest's' Prospero Gets Gender Swapped At Globe

June 18
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Actress Kate Burton is probably best known for her film role in "Big Trouble in Little China" and her TV roles in "Scandal" and "Grey’s Anatomy." Currently she stars as Prospera in the Old Globe Theatre’s gender-swapped production of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest."

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'The Squirrels' Invade La Jolla Playhouse

June 15
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

La Jolla Playhouse just opened a new play by Robert Askins called "The Squirrels" and things have gotten a bit squirrelly.

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'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' Gives Alien Spin To Teen Coming Of Age Story

June 15
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell scored a cult hit with his first film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Now he's back with "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," playing at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Podcast Episode 144: TCM Mad About Musicals

June 8
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie Podcast goes Mad About Musicals as Turner Classic Movies launches new online film class.

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FilmOut, San Diego's LGBTQ Film Festival, Opens Thursday Night

June 7
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Thursday evening. Look back to its roots as well as this year's films.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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Podcast Episode 143: LGBTQ Cinema And FilmOut At 20

May 25
By Beth Accomando

Since San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival FilmOut celebrates its 20th anniversary this year I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the state of LGBTQ cinema and what a festival focusing on that community might need to look like moving forward.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Proves Surprisingly Fun

May 24
By Beth Accomando

There has been a lot of drama for Star Wars fans and not all of it on screen. Here's a spoiler-free review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and a look at its troubled journey.

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'The Big Gundown' Kicks Off Spaghetti Western Film Series

May 23
By Beth Accomando

This Thursday, I get to co-present a spaghetti western film series entitled “They Call Me Sergio,” with Film Geeks SD and the San Diego Italian Film Festival. The first film is “The Big Gundown.”

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'Deadpool 2' Aims Low And Hits A Bullseye

May 17
By Beth Accomando

With "Infinity War" still in theaters, and "Deadpool 2" and "Han Solo" joining the ranks, pop culture geeks have a lot to choose from and argue over at the movies these days.

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San Diego Symphony Screens Silent Classic 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc'

May 17
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The San Diego Symphony will present Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent classic "The Passion of Joan of Arc" this Saturday as part of its Fox Theatre Film Series. The music collective Luscious Noise will perform live as the film plays at Copley Hall.

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Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre Artist In Residency Ends This Month At Airport

May 11
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla, Matthew Bowler

In December 2017, Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre was awarded an Artist in Residency at the San Diego International Airport. Here's a look at the work they have done.

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'RBG' Offers Profile Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

May 11
By Beth Accomando

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the subject of the new documentary "RBG" that opens Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla and Angelika Film Center.

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Podcast Episode 142: TCM 50 Must-See Sci-Fi Films

May 11
By Beth Accomando

Author Sloan De Forest talks about the challenges and agonies of compiling a list of films for her new book, "TCM Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That Are Out Of This World."

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'Wildling' Gives Female Twist To Werewolf Tale

May 4
By Beth Accomando

Like vampires and zombies, werewolves never seem to go out of style. "Wildling" is the latest film to tackle lycanthropy.

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Podcast Episode 141: TCMFF And Reel Science 2.0

May 4
By Beth Accomando

My apologies for getting this podcast out a week late, but I had the TCM Classic Film Festival and Reel Science 2.0 to cover!

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Science Fact, Fiction Collide In Reel Science Film Series

May 3
By Beth Accomando

For the second year, the San Diego Natural History Museum is presenting Reel Science, a film series where actual scientists address the science in movies.

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San Diego Symphony Welcomes New Music Director

May 1
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Symphony kicks off a new era as it welcomes its new music director Rafael Payare.

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Spoiler-free Review Of 'The Avengers: Infinity War'

April 26
By Beth Accomando

Spoiler free review of “The Avengers: Infinity War.” Just to let you know if it’s worth seeing and to remind you of the comic it's based on.

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Women Dominate Eighth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

April 18
By Beth Accomando

The Eighth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase opens Thursday with Mina Shum's "Meditation Park."

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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Podcast Episode 140: Hemlock Society And Right To Die Films

April 13
By Beth Accomando

Death. No one likes to talk about it and no one likes to think about how he or she might actually exit this world. But the Hemlock Society of San Diego has some film suggestions that might change your mind.

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'Rampage' Delivers Kaiju-Style Monsters

April 12
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes going into a film with low expectations can lead to pleasant surprises. Case in point: “Rampage.”

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Latest Ken Classics Week Looks Mainly To 1960s

April 11
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of classics, this time there’s an emphasis on films from the 1960s.

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Cinema Junkie Looks To A Trio Of New Films

April 6
By Beth Accomando

This week there is a diverse array of film choices from around the world and assorted genres. You can choose amongst the horror film “A Quiet Place,” the Israeli drama “Foxtrot,” and “Tehran Taboo” by a German-Iranian animator.

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San Diego Museum Of Art Hosts Screening Of 'All Night Long'

April 5
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Museum of Art may not be the first place you think of for a movie, but it has an ongoing film series and Thursday night's film, "All Night Long," mixes jazz and Shakespeare.

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'Pandas' Invade Fleet Science Center

April 4
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

On an adorability scale of one to 10, pandas are an 11. But the new IMAX documentary "Pandas" (opening at the Fleet Science Center) looks past their fluffy appeal to the hard work that goes into saving the species.

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Steven Spielberg Delivers Pop Culture Sensory Overload With 'Ready Player One'

March 30
By Beth Accomando

Steven Spielberg, hot off of Oscar nominations for last year’s "The Post," already has a new movie out. It's the eagerly anticipated "Ready Player One."

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Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Offers Enchanting Stop Motion Animation

March 30
By Beth Accomando

It's the Year of the Dog and Wes Anderson’s animated "Isle of Dogs" serves up a fitting tribute to the lovable canines.

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Podcast Episode 139: Comic-Con Museum And More

March 30
By Beth Accomando

If you are a geek like I am, then the news that Comic-Con is going to open a museum was something to be excited about. Cinema Junkie sits down with executive director Adam Smith to discuss what the museum might be like and if the term is even appropriate to describe what's coming.

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The Artist Odyssey Documentary 'From Haarlem To Harlem' Premieres Wednesday

March 28
By Beth Accomando

As executive producers of The Artist Odyssey, David and Barbarella Fokos bring audiences into artists’ studio. Their new documentary “From Haarlem to Harlem” premieres Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Jeff Goldblum Talks About Voicing A Dog For Wes Anderson

March 26
By Beth Accomando

Wes Anderson returns to the stop motion animation style of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" for "Isle of Dogs," a tale of a pack of canines helping a young boy reunite with his dog Spots.

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Armando Iannucci Finds Humor In 'The Death Of Stalin'

March 22
By Beth Accomando

Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s “Veep” and the BBC series “Thick of It,” has a new film called “The Death of Stalin,” and it’s a comedy to die for.

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Sixth Annual DNA New Works Project Kicks Off Thursday

March 22
By Beth Accomando

For the sixth year, La Jolla Playhouse serves up its DNA New Works Project, part of its new play development initiative. They will hold readings of four new works beginning Thursday.

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Comic-Con's Sister Convention WonderCon Kicks Off Friday In Anaheim

March 21
By Beth Accomando

Silicone Vs. Foam Vs. Gelatin … That’s not the next superhero film from Hollywood, but it is a panel on makeup effects that you can find this weekend at WonderCon.

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San Diego Opera Journeys Down River With 'Florencia En El Amazonas'

March 16
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera opens the Gabriel Garcia Marquez inspired "Florencia en el Amazonas" this weekend. Go behind the scenes to find out what role a conductor plays in bringing an opera to life.

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'The Cured' Asks, Once A Zombie Always A Zombie?

March 16
By Beth Accomando

"The Cured" (which closes today at Landmark's Ken Cinema) serves up zombies of the infected kind, and as with most films of this kind, the horror is used to reflect social issues.

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Podcast Episode 138: Armando Iannucci, Political Comedy In The Age Of Trump

March 16
By Beth Accomando

Writer-director Armando Iannucci tackled British politics in "Thick of It," American politics in "Veep," and now he aims his satiric sites on Russian politics of the 1950s with "The Death of Stalin."

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San Diego Latino Film Festival At 25

March 13
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary season on Thursday. Founder and executive director Ethan Van Thillo looks back on the festival's history.

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Chile Takes Home First Foreign Film Oscar For 'A Fantastic Woman'

March 7
By Beth Accomando

Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” just won the Academy Award for best foreign film on Sunday and actress Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender presenter at the Oscars.

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Oscars Serve Up Predictable Night With 'Shape Of Water' Taking Top Prize

March 5
By Beth Accomando

The 90th Academy Awards took place last night and the correct best picture winner was announced by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, unlike what happened last year.

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'Shape Of Water,' 'Get Out' Highlight Diverse Academy Awards Ballot

March 1
By Beth Accomando

This Sunday will mark the 90th Academy Awards. After battling #OscarSoWhite for the past few years, the Academy is serving up what may be its most diverse pool of nominees ever, but who will actually take home the gold?

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Podcast 137: ACE Editors Talk About Their Oscar-Nominated Films

March 1
By Beth Accomando

The 90th Academy Awards are Sunday and one of the most misunderstood and least appreciated of the craft categories is film editing. So here is a trio of brilliant film editors to talk about their work on this year's Oscar-nominated films and to provide insights into just what film editors do.

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'Bombshell' Reveals The Genius Of Hedy Lamarr

March 1
By Beth Accomando

Actress Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty in the 1930s and '40s. The new documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” explores the woman behind the Hollywood star.

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The Challenges Behind Staging San Diego Opera's 'Turandot'

Feb. 26
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Any opera is a challenge to produce. But the director of San Diego Opera’s "Turandot" had to cope with a heroine she didn’t initially understand as well as sets and costumes coming from two other productions. Find out how all these elements came together to make a beautiful show.

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Celebrating ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Returning For Third Season

Feb. 23
By Beth Accomando

In 1981, Detroit buddies Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert had raised enough money to make the indie splatter horror film “The Evil Dead.” They never expected that more than three decades later they would be continuing the storyline with an original Starz series. The third season of "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" premieres this Sunday.

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‘The Party’ Skewers Guests In Deliciously Nasty Satire

Feb. 22
By Beth Accomando

Experimental filmmaker Sally Potter delivers her most accessible and wickedly entertaining work with “The Party.”

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Ryan Coogler Helms A Smart, Entertaining 'Black Panther'

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando

The day has finally come. Marvel’s eagerly anticipated “Black Panther” has opened.

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Inaugural Black Comix Day Celebrates Independent Black Artists And Creators

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

With Marvel’s "Black Panther" poised to take over the box office this weekend, it’s the perfect time to shine the spotlight on independent black artists and creators.

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