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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Podcast Episode 36: 'Goodnight Mommy' Serves Up Intimate Horror

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This week's Cinema Junkie podcast looks to the new horror film "Goodnight Mommy" (opening Oct. 9 at the new Angelika Center in Carmel Mountain) that hails from Austria.

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'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' Tells Story Of National Lampoon

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The new documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead" (opening Oct. 9 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) provides a history of National Lampoon, and shows how the humor magazine and its various offshoots can be seen as the source of inspiration for much of modern comedy from "Saturday Night Live" to "The Daily Show."

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Podcast Episode 35: Author And Filmmaker Clive Barker

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An archive interview with Clive Barker from 2005 launches a month of horror themed podcasts on Cinema Junkie.

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Podcast Episode 34: 'The Martian,' Titans And Hitchcock

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All the hype this week is focused on "The Martian" (opening Oct. 2 throughout San Diego), but there are plenty of other film choices for this weekend.

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30 Days Of Streaming Horror Plus A Night Of 'Ash Vs. Evil Dead'

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October brings Halloween and what better way to savor the anticipation than with a horror film a day.

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14th Annual San Diego Film Fest In Full Swing

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The 14th annual San Diego Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night to a sold-out crowd at Redding Gaslamp Cinemas. Here's a preview of what to expect in the coming days of the festival.

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Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

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The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival will hand out its tribute awards on Saturday, with Brit Marling receiving its Auteur Award.

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Podcast Episode 32: Son Of Monsterpalooza Wrap-Up

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A wrap-up from last weekend's Son of Monsterpalooza Convention in Burbank with a trio of interviews.

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Podcast Episode 31: Let's Jam With 'Cowboy Bebop'

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Let's talk anime. "Cowboy Bebop" is my all-time favorite anime and this Saturday the Ken Cinema is showing the movie as it’s midnight film. If you have never seen an anime before then make this the one to pop your cherry.

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'Sicario' Looks To Cycle Of Violence On The Border

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The term Sicario refers to a hit man or assassin, and the new film “Sicario” looks at how people on both sides of the border and the law are perpetuating a cycle of violence.

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Old Globe Stages World Premiere of 'In Your Arms'

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Imagine hiring 10 of the best playwrights in the United States and then not using a single word they’ve written. Find out why in this look at the creative process behind the world premiere of the Old Globe Theatre’s "In Your Arms."

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Controversial German Director Leni Riefenstahl Inspires 'Amazons And Their Men'

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Diversionary Theatre has a new artistic director who wants to showcase new works. But "Amazons and Their Men," the first play of the 30th anniversary season, looks to the past to find insights into the future.

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Tenor René Barbera Sings For San Diego

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San Diego Opera brings back rising star Rene Barbera for a solo recital this Saturday at the Balboa Theater.

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Documentary 'Electric Boogaloo' Tells Wild Tale Of Cannon Films

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If you grew up in the 1980s then you probably saw a Cannon Film like “Lifeforce,” “Missing in Action,” or “Death Wish 2.” The new documentary “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” chronicles the crazy history of this indie film company.

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Check In For The Haunted Hotel's Great Room Escape

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The Haunted Hotel has been a Halloween tradition in San Diego for decades. But now it’s looking at creating new attractions that can run all year long, like The Great Room Escape.

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Biggest Surprise Of M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Is That It Isn’t Bad

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With Halloween coming up, Hollywood is doing its best to keep scary films in theaters. The latest is "The Visit" (opening Sept. 11 throughout San Diego) from director M. Night Shyamalan.

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One More Chance To See 40 North Dance Films

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If you missed the inaugural 40 North Dance Film Festival last month, then you will have an opportunity to see highlights from the festival this Friday with 40 North Selects: A Curated Night of 2015 Official Selections.

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'Star Wars' Fans Line Up For Force Friday

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San Diego Star Wars Society members started lining up at 3 p.m. Thursday for the midnight release of the new "Force Awakens" toys.

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Checking In On The California Center For The Arts In Escondido

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The California Center for the Arts in Escondido has faced some economic challenges in recent years, but it is now rebounding and about to launch its 2015-16 season.

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Ken Screens John Carpenter's Cult Classic 'They Live' Saturday At Midnight

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Landmark’s Ken Cinema has found success with it’s classic film weeks and midnight movies. This Saturday you can see "They Live" and pay tribute to the late Roddy Piper.

Podcast Episode 23: The Retro Pastiche of 'Turbo Kid'

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If you found "Turbo Kid" on a VHS tape in someone's garage you'd probably swear it was a movie from the 1980s and that's just part of its charm.

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Horror Director Wes Craven Dead at 76 Of Brain Cancer

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Wes Craven died Sunday of brain cancer. He was 76. Here is a piece I wrote back in 2009 when he was producing a remake of his first film, "The Last House on the Left."

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Podcast Episode 19: Geek Roundtable Takes On Universal Monsters

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For this week's edition of the Cinema Junkie Podcast, I unearth a Geek Roundtable with fellow podcaster and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival director Miguel Rodriguez to discuss Universal monsters and the continuing film series The Universal Suspects at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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Hot Guys And Homophobia Fuel 'Drown'

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"Drown" premiered in San Diego earlier this year at FilmOut where it won six awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and Outstanding Artistic Achievement. "Drown" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is a difficult film to watch but for all the right reasons.

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Oscar-Winning Actor George Chakiris Makes San Diego Appearance

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The 1961 film "West Side Story" screened in August at the Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage with actor George Chakiris holding a Q&A before the film.

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'Return To Forbidden Planet' Serves Up Shakespeare's Lost Rock And Roll Masterpiece

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"Return to Forbidden Planet" (running through Sept. 6 at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre) approaches Shakespeare by way of rock and roll music and sci-fi B movies.

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'Best Of Enemies' Looks To 1968 Buckley-Vidal Debates

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In 1968, ABC News was trailing miserably in the ratings and to offset its inability to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions it came up with the idea of offering a series of debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal. The new documentary, "Best of Enemies" (opening Aug. 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema) focuses on these debates.

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Get 'Stung' By Giant Wasp Movie

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Giant bugs attack humanity in the new sci-fi horror film, "Stung" (opening Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema) and meet TheNAT's curator of entomology at the 9 p.m. screening Friday.

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Tiki Oasis Heads Into Space For 2015

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Tiki Oasis boasts that it’s the biggest Tiki weekender on the planet — actually that’s been amended to “in the solar system” since this year’s theme is Yesterday’s Future Today.

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Choreographer Michael Mizerany Launches New Dance Company

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Being pumped up after Fringe, I was looking for some more eyeball busting entertainment and I found it with the launch of Michael Mizerany’s new dance company and his show “Man Clan” (now through Sunday at Diversionary Theatre).

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Extreme Haunt McKamey Manor To Leave San Diego

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McKamey Manor has been listed on horror websites as one of the top extreme haunts in the world. Last October I was blindfolded and delivered to the North County haunt for a four-hour sissy tour. Now I return for a visit with owner Russ McKamey to discuss why the haunt is moving.

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Jason Segel Talks About Playing Author David Foster Wallace In 'End Of The Tour'

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David Foster Wallace won accolades for his 1,000-page tome “Infinite Jest” in 1996. Then he saddened fans by committing suicide just over a decade later. Actor Jason Segel talks about playing the late writer in the new film “End of the Tour" (opening Aug. 7 in select San Diego theaters).

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Hobbits And Circus Win Big At 2015 Fringe Awards

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The 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival wrapped up Sunday night with an awards ceremony and here's who won.

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'Mission Impossible' Is A Fun Adrenaline Rush

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Spies are back in style as the "Mission Impossible" and 007 franchises serve up new entries, and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." TV show gets a big screen reboot. The latest "Mission Impossible" film looks a lot like an old James Bond film.

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Checking In On San Diego International Fringe

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San Diego International Fringe has been running for almost a full week and it’s been delivering on its promise of “eyeball busting” entertainment.

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'Pigeon' Film Delivers Deadpan Art House Comedy

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“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” which opened Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema, is the final part of a Swedish trilogy about being human.

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'The Third Man' 4K Digital Restoration Comes To Ken Cinema

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A 4K restoration of "The Third Man" opens Friday at the Ken Cinema and that's cause for celebration. NOTE: run has been extended through Aug. 6.

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San Diego International Fringe Festival Kicks Off Third Year Thursday

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Comic-Con is over but prepare for another kind of sensory overload with the third annual San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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Japanese Monsters, El Santo, And Ephemeral Art

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Wednesday night an art show called Japanese Monster: A Group Art Exhibition opened at Mike Hess Brewing. Twenty-three San Diego artists were displaying their work but one artist was not.

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The Game's Afoot With An Aging 'Mr. Holmes'

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After more than a century, Sherlock Holmes’ popularity continues to rise with a play at the Globe, more of the BBC series in the wings, and now Sir Ian McKellan taking on the role of the great detective for the feature film, “Mr. Holmes” (opening July 17 in select San Diego theaters).

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The Imperfect Perfection Of Comic-Con

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With 600 hours of programming, a quarter mile of exhibit hall and an ever-widening radius of outside activity, Comic-Con is sensory overload and all you can hope to do is taste a tiny sample of the pop culture smorgasbord.

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Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

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The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

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Rococo X-Men Prepare For Comic-Con Masquerade

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Comic-Con is in full swing and Thursday night there will be the second annual Her Universe Fashion Show. But the longer tradition for costumers and cosplayers at Comic-Con is the Masquerade on Saturday. One group is preparing to take the X-Men back to the Rococo style of Marie Antoinette by way of Sofia Coppola.

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Canadian Filmmaker Makes First Trip To Comic-Con

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Comic-Con kicked off it’s 46th year in San Diego Wednesday with preview night. I spent the evening with a Canadian filmmaker who was making his first visit to Comic-Con. What a blast!

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Comic-Con Set To Kick 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. Spokesman 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.