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Stories by Beth Accomando

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Co...

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Gallery Friday

June 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Matthew Bowler

A samurai rabbit and ninja turtles will be meeting up yet again after decades apart for a new IDW comic book coming out in July. To celebrate the reunion, IDW is bringing “Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” co-creator Kevin Eastman together tonight at Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sens...

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sense Of Honor

June 1, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Female superhero films are few and far between, and they usually bomb. But this week things may change as DC’s leading female superhero, Wonder Woman, gets a film of her own with a woman director.

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

May 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando

With the return of "Twin Peaks" and a revival screening of "Fire Walk With Me," I decided it was time to dig into the archives for an interview with David Lynch.

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ I...

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ Instead

May 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It’s Memorial Day weekend and there’s the forgettable new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the memorable “Roman Holiday” screening outdoors, “Fire Walk With Me” at midnight, and the occult horror tale “A Dark Song.”

2017 Summer Movie Preview

2017 Summer Movie Preview

May 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer movie season and here is a preview of what is to come.

Write Out Loud Presents 'Fractured Fairy Tales'

Write Out Loud Presents 'Fractured Fairy Tales'

May 25, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Write Out Loud regularly performs at Cygnet Theatre but on Tuesday it will present “Fractured Fairy Tales,” a piece designed to compliment Cygnet’s current production “Shockheaded Peter,” which is a collection of stories about naughty children and misguided parents.

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

Davis, Crawford Back On The Silver Screen

May 19, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" That's right, because Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are back on the big screen at the Balboa Theater.

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

Find Out What It Takes To Make A Movie In A Single Weekend

May 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It’s time for the annual San Diego 48HR Film Project, where teams of filmmakers have a single weekend to make a movie. I embedded myself with a filmmaking team last November for the sister competition Four Points Film Project to see what it’s like to create a movie under a rigid set of rules and time constraints.

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Exper...

High Tech High Media Arts Serves Up Interactive Art Experiences

May 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla

High Tech Media Arts graduating seniors will be holding an exhibition Tuesday night of interactive art projects connecting their lives to art movements of the past. It’s called Old School Vs. Now.

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

Podcast Episode 117: The Beauty And Danger Of Nitrate Film

May 12, 2017
By Beth Accomando

For almost a century nitrate base film was the standard for motion pictures and for good reason. The image looked stunning on the huge screens of movie palaces. But now only a handful of theaters can project the film stock, which has a reputation for spontaneously combusting.

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

‘Alien: Covenant’ Is Lost In Space

May 11, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“Alien Covenant,” how do I hate thee, let me count the ways …

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

'Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2' Scores Another Hit

May 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Three years ago James Gunn took one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic book titles, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and turned it into a blockbuster hit. Now those wacky space adventurers are back for “Volume 2” and it looks to be another chartbuster.

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

May 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The Tony award nominations came out Tuesday morning, and La Jolla Playhouse saw two productions that had world premieres on its stages receive recognition.

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Ta...

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Showcased Young Talent Over Weekend

May 1, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Over the weekend hundreds of students from kindergarten through high school performed scenes from Shakespeare in Balboa Park as part of the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival.

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

Podcast Episode 116: 'Casablanca' Still Going Strong At 75

April 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

You must remember this … after 75 years, the film “Casablanca” still maintains an iconic place in pop culture. A new book explores the life, legend and afterlife of Hollywood’s most beloved film.

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

San Diego Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year

April 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Black Film Festival officially launches its 15th year Thursday night at the Reading Grossmont Cinemas.

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase Kicks Off 7th Year Of Asian Cinema

April 20, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase kicks off its seventh year Thursday night at Ultrastar Mission Valley (formerly Ultrastar Hazard Center) with the New Zealand documentary "Poi E: The Story Of Our Song."

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

San Diego Opera Stages A Roaring '20s 'La Traviata'

April 21, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"La Traviata" is an epic tale of love that is perfectly suited to the scale of opera, and San Diego Opera serves up a Roaring '20s version.

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The...

Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of Titan

April 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Forty years ago, Stuart Gordon adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “The Sirens of Titan” to the stage. Now, Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles is reviving that adaptation and finding it surprisingly topical.

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

Monsters Invade Cinemas With 'The Void' And 'Colossal'

April 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Monster movies never go out of style, but keeping them interesting is the challenge. Two new creature features, “The Void” and “Colossal,” try to inject new blood into the familiar genre.

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Co...

Podcast Episode 114: TCM Film Festival 2017 Focuses On Comedy

April 5, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It is that time of year for classic film zealots to make the pilgrimage to the mecca known as the TCM Film Festival, running April 6 through 9 in Los Angeles.

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumb...

'Ghost In The Shell' Remake Is Visually Stunning But Dumbed Down

March 30, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The live action remake of the 1995 anime "Ghost in the Shell" stirred initial controversy for casting a white actress in the lead role. But Scarlett Johansson proves to be the least of the film's problems.

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Go...

Podcast Episode 113: Gourmet Cannibal Films And Stuart Gordon's 'Taste'

March 24, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Cannibal films — in which people mindlessly slaughter and eat others or where carnage soaks the screen — are a dime a dozen. But films in which great care is taken with both the filmmaking and the preparation of human flesh for consumption are more rare. And that's what we are going to be talking about on this gourmet cannibal podcast.

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

March 24, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“Wilson” (opening March 24 in select San Diego theaters) is not the Oscar-winning film about our 28th president. But it is a portrait of a prickly character named Wilson played by Woody Harrelson.

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

March 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

For the third year the Women’s Museum is hosting a film festival and this year it is expanding to a new location.

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

March 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The Old Globe Theatre's production of "Red Velvet" transports audiences to the world of London's Theatre Royal at the beginning of the 19th century to mark the historic moment when Ira Aldridge became the first African American actor to play Othello on the British stage.

New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwe...

New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwell's Classic '1984'

March 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

George Orwell wrote his novel "1984" more than six decades ago. But his cautionary tale about Big Brother, Newspeak and historical revisionism is striking a fresh chord today and will be performed this Monday.

Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cine...

Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema, So Good It's Scary

March 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

This week, the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off, and that is a perfect excuse to look at Latin cinema — so good it’s scary.

City Opera Commissions Work On A Modern St. Francis

City Opera Commissions Work On A Modern St. Francis

March 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando

City Opera champions new and contemporary works in English and Spanish with an emphasis on community building. It just commissioned its first opera, "St. Francis de los Barrios."

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Throu...

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin Cinema

March 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival returns to Fashion Valley for a celebration of diversity through Latin cinema.

Podcast Episode 111: The Voice Behind 'Samurai Jack'

Podcast Episode 111: The Voice Behind 'Samurai Jack'

March 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The wait is finally over. After 13 years "Samurai Jack" is back for his fifth and final season and I speak with Phil LaMarr, the voice actor who has brought Jack to life since his debut in 2001.

Finally! 'Samurai Jack' Returns

Finally! 'Samurai Jack' Returns

March 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

When “Samurai Jack” went off the air in 2004, it left fans hanging in regards to the fate of their time traveling hero. But Jack is back this Saturday, March 11, to launch a long-awaited season five on Adult Swim.

Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

March 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera's Shiley dētour Series strives to present innovative opera in intimate spaces. This weekend it delivers a contemporary re-imagining of "The Tragedy of Carmen" at the Balboa Theater.

Kong Proves He Still Has The Star Power To Carry A Movie

Kong Proves He Still Has The Star Power To Carry A Movie

March 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

King Kong made his screen debut back in 1933, and this week he is poised to make a comeback as “Kong: Skull Island” hits screens.

Finally, They Get A Wolverine Film Right

Finally, They Get A Wolverine Film Right

March 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“Logan,” the designated final chapter in the Wolverine film franchise, opens this weekend and seems poised to set some records for R-rated action films.

'My Life As A Zucchini' May Have Lost The Oscar But Will ...

'My Life As A Zucchini' May Have Lost The Oscar But Will Win You Over

March 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The French-Swiss co-production “My Life as a Zucchini” lost Best Animated Film to "Zootopia" at this year’s Oscars. But it is a far more complex and rewarding film.

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sy...

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and just before the month closes I want to pay tribute to some wickedly talented filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska and their second feature, "American Mary."

Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

Feb. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Something big is coming to theNAT, it is Ultimate Dinosaurs, but you will not find the dinosaurs you learned about as a kid. Instead, it is a whole new crop of dinos from the Southern Hemisphere that you may not have seen before.

The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywo...

The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywood Movie

Feb. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 89th Academy Awards concluded last night with a dramatic mix-up that initially awarded the Best Picture Oscar to "La La Land" and moments later took it back to give it to "Moonlight."

'A United Kingdom' Looks To The True Story Of An African ...

'A United Kingdom' Looks To The True Story Of An African King And His British Bride

Feb. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The new film “A United Kingdom” (opening Feb. 24 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) turns to a true story about an African king and his British bride. Director Amma Asante talks about the appeal of using history as source material.

Politics And The Academy Awards

Politics And The Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and politics of one sort or another are likely to be on display as are the most diverse group of acting nominees.

Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Die...

Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Diego Opera

Feb. 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

William Shakespeare's character of Sir John Falstaff had a larger than life presence in the "Henry IV" historical plays and in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Those plays provide the inspiration for Verdi's opera "Falstaff" that San Diego Opera premieres Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre.

Comic Fest Moves To New Location For Fifth Year

Comic Fest Moves To New Location For Fifth Year

Feb. 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Comic Fest bills itself as the “friendly, intimate Comic-Con experience," and it is back for a fifth year at the new location of Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive.

Pickwick Players Stage 'To Kill A Mockingbird' In Santee

Pickwick Players Stage 'To Kill A Mockingbird' In Santee

Feb. 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Back in August Pickwick Players decided that they would put on “To Kill A Mockingbird” in February during Black History Month. The play proves even more resonant now in light of how polarizing politics have become.

Celebrating Women In Horror Month With 'The Monster'

Celebrating Women In Horror Month With 'The Monster'

Feb. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month, and I want to highlight a recent film that might have gotten lost in the shuffle: “The Monster.” It is not directed by a woman, but it features two strong female leads and key women crew.

Podcast Episode 109: Chad Stahelski And 'John Wick 2' Rai...

Podcast Episode 109: Chad Stahelski And 'John Wick 2' Raise The Bar On American Action

Feb. 11, 2017
By Beth Accomando

With "John Wick: Chapter 2," stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski proves that he knows what's best for American action films.

'John Wick: Chapter 2' Raises The Bar On American Action

'John Wick: Chapter 2' Raises The Bar On American Action

Feb. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

In 2014 Keanu Reeves scored a surprise hit with "John Wick." Now he’s back with "John Wick: Chapter 2" (opening throughout San Diego on Feb. 10), a sequel that ups the ante on the action.

Oscar-Nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro' Opens In San Diego

Oscar-Nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro' Opens In San Diego

Feb. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Raoul Peck’s "I Am Not Your Negro" just received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary and it opens at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas Friday.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off 27th Year

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off 27th Year

Feb. 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 27th year Thursday night with the San Diego Premiere of "On the Map," about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that became “the team of the nation” when they brought the first European Cup to Israel by beating the four-time defending champions, the Soviet Red Army team.

Podcast Episode 108: James Baldwin And 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Podcast Episode 108: James Baldwin And 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Feb. 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie podcast celebrates Black History Month by speaking with filmmaker Raoul Peck about his Oscar-nominated documentary, "I Am Not Your Negro" (opening Feb. 10 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), based on the writings of James Baldwin.