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Trick-Or-Treaters pencil out Bob Hope's house

Hey, how 'bout former Lizzy Maguire star Hilary 'Someone Should Knock Her on Her' Duff spreading malicious rumors about Bob 'For Halloween' Hope, huh? Check out a story Cinderella told a TMZ cameraman: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_vzduy9nl/ Hope had to be pushing 100 when Duff rang his bell. Imagine the look on some ...

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Assorted film festival news

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/10/54642/ The Oceanside International Film Festival has invited 3 of Mira Costa College's finest to join the official jury. Twin brothers Andrew Reynolds and Brandon Reynolds, both graduates of Vista High, study film at the community college. Stephanie Scurry-Phillips, who studies Recording Arts at MCC, lives in Oceanside. All three ...

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More intoxicating Kapralik to lap

Miniature movies from the "shadow box" world of studio collagist, Jacques Kapralik

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2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival here we come!

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/09/54591/ The list of titles on tap for this year's 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival has gone public. Instead of clicking on 140 titles in search of out who directed what, I'll wait until the always eye-catching program brochure arrives before handing out more suggestions. Good news for the ...

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Review: David Alvarez's 'Building Blocks' commercial

I vote according to camera placement, not campaign promises or party affiliation. Bob Filner's sudden heave-ho didn't leave much time for mayoral hopefuls to stage their palace revolutions. A rush job is one thing, but David Alvarez's crack PR team literally spent no time at all throwing together what could ...

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Review: <em>Baggage Claim</em>

Paula Patton is so desperate to find a lover that she hides in a trash can to stalk her potential beau. Patton, not Poundstone. You read right. That's nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice stewardess Montana Moore (Patton) is about to make in Baggage Claim. While on layover in Chicago, ...

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Review: Battle of the Year in 3D

There's still a chance to skip it in theatres!

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Barbara Sinatra reveals true identity of Ronan Farrow's father

Former Vegas showgirl and mannequin for the late, great Mr. Blackwell, Barbara Sinatra, has broken her silence concerning the paternity of Ronan Farrow. Those of you keeping score at home remember earlier this week when Mia Farrow let slip that the father of 25-year-old Ronan could "possibly" be Frank Sinatra, ...

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Anatomy of an ad campaign: Our Gang comedies, 1922 - 1938

The following is to be played on a loop while reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkM0m-fB2Uw Last week was my mother's Yahrtziet. Twelve years. It's the only day of the year when I find it impossible to focus on a feature. And, oh, how I don't crave solitude on September 25. A friend in ...

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Sinatra, not Woody the biological father of Rosemia's baby?

He has his father's eyes. According to a bombshell interview with Vanity Fair, actress Mia Farrow claims that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father to her biological son with Woody Allen. Were they strangers in the night, or has Ms. Farrow finally gone bananas? Sinatra and Mia legally swung ...

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Hitchcock-tober unveils 9 digitally remastered masterworks

Nothing you see in a San Diego movie theatre all year could possibly come close to matching the experience of Hitchcock on the big screen. Away with Blu-ray! For the first time in its history, Reading Cinemas annual Hitchcock-tober celebration is going all DCP. That's right, digitally remastered copies of ...

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Dig a hole: A.C. Lyles, the man from Paramount

New Year's Eve, 2001, the first year I ever rang out the old in a warm climate. Who says I'm not connected? While on vacation in Hollywood, a friend of a friend who worked in the Paramount mailroom had arranged for a drive-on for three friends and I. Given the ...

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Review: <em>I Am Divine: The True Story of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World</em>

Pink Flamingos was my Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every weekend for 52 consecutive weeks you’d find me parked 4th row center inside Chicago’s crumbling Devon Theatre for a midnight screening. I dragged every one of my friends to see it and no one walked away unfazed. To writer, director, and ...

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4th row center: <em>The Last Temptation of Christ</em>

August 12, 1988. It was a sticky 91 in the shade as I stood in line at Chicago's Biograph Theatre waiting to see the first day, first show matinee presentation of The Last Temptation of Christ. The line snaked down the block and past the infamous alley, home to John ...

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When letterboxing fails: the Joe Besser edition

Maybe my editor, Ernie Grimm, is right. From Ann Miller's door frame splintering headdress to Joey Bishop's putting green coiffure, I do have a fascination with celebrity hairdos. With my birthday right around the corner, the Lickona youngins asked what I wanted for a gift. Having just recently lucked upon ...

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Scorsese's <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em> pushed back to 2014?

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/25/53731/ November 15th, opening day. That meant something. So it shall be written across the one sheet, so it shall be done. You promised, Marty, you promised! YeahbuthowlongIgottawait? At the rate Marty's going, it's see you next year time for The Wolf of Wall Street . Collider reports, His Eminence ...

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The Frank Sinatra clock

Guaranteed to work or Jilly will break its hands. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/25/53722/

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There are spoiler alerts and then there's...

Thanks to friend John Albert for slapping this on my Facebook wall. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/22/53558/ P.S.: In Safe Haven, Katie's new friend, Jo, is the ghost of her boyfriend's dead wife (I'm still crying), Teddy Daniels never left Shutter Island, and Rosebud is a sled.

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Archivists unearth fresh Stooges!? Moe, Larry, the cheese!

It's the Holy Grail of Stoogedom. Forget about finding the flabby 10 hour cut of Greed or the missing reels of pinko Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons and say, Hello, Pop! For seven decades it remained the long-lost Stooge. A fire in the MGM vault in 1967 -- something to do ...

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