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Stories by Beth Accomando

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'Sin City' Sequel Delivers Babes, Blood And Beatings

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller collaborate once again to bring the noir world of “Sin City” to the screen, this time for “A Dame to Kill For” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Aug. 22).

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'Sweat' — Hot Dances For The Hot Summer Nights

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The dog days of summer have not been conducive to dance in the past but San Diego Dance Theater wants to change that this year. So things are heating up at the White Box Theater this weekend.

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Silent Movie Night Features Old School Action At Spreckels Organ Pavillion

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If you love action films you need to check out the Monday night lineup at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

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Tiki Oasis Goes Beat, Can You Dig It?

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Tiki Oasis boasts that it is the biggest tiki weekender on the planet and will quell your wanderlust and quench your thirst.

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Robin Williams: Carpe Diem

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On Monday there was a little less laughter in the world. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Tuesday, the Marin County Sheriff revealed Williams had died of hanging and suicide is suspected.

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One Word 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Review: Cowabungled

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Michael Bay seems to have it in for anyone who grew up in the 80s, first by ruining “Transformers” and now by laying siege on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (opening August 8 throughout San Diego).

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'Angels, Aliens And Drag Queens' At The Ocean Beach Playhouse

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The Ocean Beach Playhouse has been enlivening the arts scene with theater, film and music for the past four years. Saturday they present their first standalone group art show "Angels, Aliens and Drag Queens."

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Film Review: Documentary Introduces Audiences To The Amazing 'Pablo' Ferro

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The documentary "Pablo" introduces you to the "famously unknown" graphic designer and art director Pablo Ferro. It is opening August 9 at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Conquer The Summer Doldrums

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the perfect summer movie, delivering exactly what you want from a comic book adaptation.

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Rounding Up The Usual Suspects At 'Circustantial Evidence'

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The Circus Collective of San Diego wants to expand awareness of the circus arts through the development and production of original shows such as "Circustantial Evidence: A Circus Noir Murder Mystery."

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The Perfection Of 'I Origins'

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Indie film "I Origins" opened on Comic-Con weekend and was overshadowed by the massive pop culture convention, but this is one movie worth checking out.

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Rants And Raves: Comic-Con 2014

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The 45th Comic-Con International just ended (sob, sob) and it’s 342 days till the next one (yay!).

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Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Winners

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Sunday night the 45th annual Comic-Con International wrapped up but earlier the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival gave out its awards.

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Outdoor Fun at Comic-Con 2014

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Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

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Comic-Con Begins!

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Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.

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Batman, Zombies And Whovians To Descend On Comic-Con

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Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Review: 'Video Games: The Movie' Offers A Feel-Good Look At Gaming

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Video games have become a $24 billion a year business, surpassing movies, but they still don’t get much respect and are often the object of criticism. But "Video Games: The Movie" (opening July 18 at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up a celebration of gaming.

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Cinema Under The Stars Offers Perfect Setting For Outdoor Movies

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With summer in full swing you might not want to waste a balmy night inside a darkened theater. So how about spending an evening under the stars with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole?

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San Diego Fringe 2014 Awards

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San Diego International Fringe wrapped on Sunday. Here are the shows that took home the awards.

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Surf's Up At Mingei's New Exhibit

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The Mingei’s new exhibit, Surf Craft, challenges stereotypes with its look at the design and the culture of board riding.

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San Diego Fringe Final Day

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This is the last day of the second annual San Diego International Fringe and if you haven't gone there are final performances of some great, fun shows.

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Review: 'Le Chef' Serves Up French Confection

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Last month, Jon Favreau served up a comedy about an American chef pursuing his gastronomic passions. Now "Le Chef" (opening July 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) delivers food porn with a French twist.

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San Diego Fringe: 'Dr. Frankenstein' Delivers Best In Show

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Last night I saw not just the best play at San Diego Fringe 2014 but also one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had in my life at Tin Shed Theatre Company’s “Dr. Frankenstein’s Travelling Freakshow.”

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Batman: The Complete Television Series At Comic-Con

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Holy geekgasm! “Batman: The Complete Television Series” finally comes out on BluRay and Comic-Con will host a panel featuring Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar!

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Film Review: 'A Hard Day's Night' Still Rocks 50 Years Later

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At the time of its release, critic Andrew Sarris proclaimed "A Hard Day's Night" as "the ‘Citizen Kane’ of juke box musicals." A digitally restored “A Hard Day's Night” opens July 10 at two San Diego County theaters for a limited run.

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San Diego Fringe: 'Pretending Things Are A C*ck' Showcases Australia's Jon Bennett

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You have one more chance to catch Jon Bennett's hilarious and revealing comedy show "Pretending Things Are A C*ck." The final performance is 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Tenth Avenue Theater as part of San Diego Fringe. NOTE: Contains explicit content.

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San Diego Fringe: Anna Yanushkevich's 'Nocturnicon' Dazzles

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San Diego Fringe is in full swing with 80 shows from around the world at multiple venues. But one homegrown production worth checking out is Anna Yanushkevich's "Nocturnicon" (playing July 6, 11, 12, and 13) at the Ocean Beach Playhouse.

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San Diego Fringe Provides Sensory Overload

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San Diego Fringe Festival has kicked off its second season with hundreds of performers from San Diego and abroad providing an intense 11 days of innovative theater.

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Review: 'Beast Wishes' Celebrates The Delightful Bob Burns

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If you don’t know who Bob Burns is, then there’s a gap in your pop culture knowledge that can be fixed with the documentary "Beast Wishes," screening Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema. Bob and Kathy Burns will be there.

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The Globe's 'Othello' Tackles Race, Gender, And The Mystery Of Iago

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With “Othello” (running through July 27), The Old Globe proves that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays are timeless because the themes he dealt with are human and universal.

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Film Review: 'Violette' Fueled By Passion

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If the new "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is too big, loud, and empty-headed, then turn to "Violette" (opening Friday at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters), a smart, literate, French film, for relief.

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'El Henry' Gives Shakespeare A 'Mad Max' Spin

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Shakespeare goes "Mad Max" as part of the La Jolla Playhouse/San Diego Rep Without Walls site-specific program. Go to the post-apocalyptic San Diego of “El Henry” (running through June 29 at SILO in Makers Quarter).

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AAAHHHRRRTTT!!!: A Star Wars Art Show

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George Lucas' "Star Wars" films have inspired a diverse array of fan art and merchandise. Tuesday night Thumbprint Gallery serves up a one-night exhibit of 'Star Wars"-inspired works from San Diego artists.

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Review: 'The Arrival Of Wang' Is Something To Celebrate

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Italian cinema is best known for neo-realism, spaghetti westerns and Sophia Loren. But Thursday at the Digital Gym Cinema you can find a rare science fiction film courtesy of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

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Finest City Improv: Staging Comic Mutiny And Fearless, Unscripted Comedy

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Finest City Improv promises mutiny and fearless, unscripted comedy. Find out what it takes to create improv.

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Sledgehammer Returns With Beckett's 'Happy Days'

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Sledgehammer Theatre is back but has dropped “theater” from its name to announce a new brand and mission. Its production of Samuel Beckett’s 'Happy Days' runs through June 8 at Tenth Avenue Theater.

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IDW Publishing Celebrates 15 Years In San Diego

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IDW Publishing has been one of the top five comic publishers for almost five years. The San Diego based company celebrates its 15th anniversary by expanding to big-box board games and opening an entertainment division to produce TV shows.

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Review: Sam Shepherd Heats Up 'Cold In July'

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In a summer of superhero action, "Cold in July" (opening May 30 for one week only at Landmark's Ken Cinema) brings conflicts down to a human scale.

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FilmOut Preview: 16th Annual Festival Pared Down To Intense 3-Day Weekend

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FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 16th year this Friday. Here's a preview.

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Review: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Proves Best In Franchise

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (opened May 23 throughout San Diego) is the best film in the X-Men film franchise but that comes with a qualifier: I haven’t been impressed by any of the previous films.

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'Chasing The Song' Musical Goes 'Page To Stage' At Playhouse

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Last year La Jolla Playhouse debuted a play development program called DNA New Works Series. "Chasing the Song" was given a concert reading through that workshop and now it returns to the Playhouse for a Page-to-Stage production.

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Midday Movies: A Geek Roundtable Talks About New And Classic Godzilla Films

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Gareth Edwards' new "Godzilla" movie opened over the weekend and stomped the competition at the box office. The film roared past the estimated $70 million for its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $93 million and a worldwide haul of $196 million.

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Review: 'The Double' Serves Up Delectable Dark Comedy

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Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is not often adapted to the big screen, perhaps because his themes often turn dark. But his novella “The Double” (opening May 16 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) proves perfect material for the multi-talented Richard Ayoade.

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Review: Why Is Godzilla A Supporting Player In His Own Movie?

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It’s been 60 years since Godzilla was born out of an atomic blast that woke him from the ocean depths. It’s been a decade since he last appeared on film. Now he arrives in a new American film, “Godzilla 2014” (opening May 16 -- but with early shows tonight -- throughout San Diego) directed by Gareth Edwards.

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San Diego Opera And Ken Cinema Present 'A Night At The Opera'

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Good things can come from bad. Landmark's Ken Cinema almost closed and now Landmark is working with San Diego Opera on a fundraiser to help that organization stay open as well. Woo-hoo!

Founding Bon Jovi Member-Turned-Composer's Work On La Jolla Playhouse Stage

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David Bryan's transition from keyboardist and founding member of the band Bon Jovi to Broadway composer continues at the La Jolla Playhouse.

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Review: 'Locke' is Tom Hardy's One-Man Show

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As Hollywood strives to open up films and make them bigger and flashier, the new film "Locke" (opening May 9 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) does the exact opposite and kicks ass.

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Concert: Italy's Progressive Rock Band Goblin

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In the 1970s Italian horror films were often defined by their vivid scores, many of which were created by the band Goblin. The Italian progressive rock group finally made its first U.S. tour last October. The group plays the House of Blues in San Diego on Friday night.

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Museum Of Making Music: The Banjo

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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.

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Interview: San Diego-Based Liberty Studios Filmmakers

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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).

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