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Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Raise Funds for Emperor Norton Documentary

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Raise Funds for Emperor Norton Documentary

On September 17, 1859, a man adorned in a beaver hat and ostrich plume marched into the office of the San Francisco Bulletin and handed over a Proclamation declaring himself Norton the First, Emperor of the United States. Filmmaker Jesse Chandler’s Kickstarter campaign plans to pay tribute to…

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Gray Area Foundation Revives Grand Theater in the Mission‏

Gray Area Foundation Revives Grand Theater in the Mission‏

After two years of development, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has settled permanently in its new home at the Mission District’s historic Grand Theater and has opened its doors to artists, techies and neighborhood residents. With the current real estate market quickly pushing cultural…

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Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

The usual issue with biopics told over a significant amount of time is that they still need to the beats of conflict and (perhaps) resolution, but it’s difficult to to really get that tension when spread out so long. That’s especially true when so many…

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Book of Mormon to Return to San Francisco

Book of Mormon to Return to San Francisco

It seems San Francisco can’t get enough of The Book of Mormon, the Broadway show returning to Orpheum Theatre this April. After two sold-out runs in San Francisco, The Book Of Mormon returns April 15 to June 7. The production holds the record for highest…

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Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Nightcrawler is one of those films that isn’t really revolutionary in many ways, but it’s so thoroughly solid that it locks you in. The story of a strange, small time thief, brilliantly played by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, harkens back to critical anti-heroes in cinema,…

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Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

When asked to describe a writer — or an artist of any kind, really — the first thing that comes to mind for many is some form of the phrase “self-absorbtion.” Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up Philip takes this worn character type and…

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Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Alejandro González Iñárritu is known for his strange but powerful, and often gloomy, films like (Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams) that descend into the truly miserable, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced he was making a comedy with Michael Keaton as…

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Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

It may be nine years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s first Sin City, but they don’t miss a beat visually with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Actually, on much of the surface it seems as if it’s a continuation of the first,…

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Interactive Map Shares Location of 200 Movies Filmed in San Francisco

Interactive Map Shares Location of 200 Movies Filmed in San Francisco

From Bullit‘s classic car chase scene to drag queen cult favorite Vegas In Space, a new interactive map from MapHook tracks more than 200 movies filmed on location in San Francisco. Listed with location and release date, the MapHook map is one of the most…

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Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

French writer/director Luc Besson is best known for creating hard bent female characters like Nikita, as well as The Professional staring a kid Natalie Portman. However, he’s turned more towards writing and producing in recent years and his directorial pieces haven’t really been anything to…

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Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce is sure excited for the impending 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation and to show her enthusiasm she recently posted the the above video to her personal Instagram page. Towards the end, a slowed down version of her 2003 hit “Crazy Love” can be…

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Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

It’s rare for a film these days to be truly unique in a way that it’s unlike anything in the history of cinema. But Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is just that. Beginning in 2002, him and his cast — including seven year-old Ellar Coltrane — filmed…

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