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The 13th United Nations Association Film Festival Continues Until Halloween, 2010 – Held in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and S.F.

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The 13th United Nations Association Film Festival is coming to town Wednesday night – tickets are just $10, if you can get them.

All the deets:


Palo Alto, CA—After a very successful opening night, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) continues its 13th year program with an inspired array of documentaries from around the globe with more timely stories than ever in line with this year’s theme, POPULATION – MIGRATION – GLOBALIZATION. Highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, championed by civic and community leaders and voted by MovieMaker Magazine as “one of the 25 Film Festivals worth the entry fee,” UNAFF is one of the most important events on the Bay Area’s cultural calendar and an important stop on the festival circuit. In addition, it is one of the oldest purely documentary film festivals in the US.



Sponsored by Rotary Club San Francisco and by La Mediterranee

(Australia/West Papua, Indonesia)

5:25 PM KITES (Afghanistan/Poland)
6:45 PM Panel “Images that Provoke”
co-presented with Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and Afghan Coalition

Full sched, after the jump


Film Night in the Park Brings The Big Lebowski to Dolores Park on September 25th

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Film Night in the Park has seen fit to schedule The Big Lebowski for Dolores Park on the evening of Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

Dude, see you there at 8:00 PM!

R.I.P. Clay Theatre on Fillmore, 1910-2010 – Rocky Horror Picture Show on Final Night, August 28th

Monday, August 16th, 2010

News comes from Sam Singer that Landmark Theatres’s popular Clay Theatre at 2261 Fillmore will go dark by the end of the month. Get all the deets from SF Silent Movie(!) Examiner Thomas Gladysz.

Per the New Fillmore:

“The final film scheduled at the Clay is a midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, August 28.”

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Well, it was nice while it lasted, but now it’s gone:

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The Horror of red-eye – will these kids from the Bawdy Caste return for the last Rocky at the Clay? We Can Only Hope.

Via Ashley

Sic transit gloria San Francisco.

Vaya con Gaia, tiny Clay Theatre.

“Come join us for one last The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bawdy Caste live on stage at The CLAY THEATRE,

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that THE CLAY THEATRE will be closing at the end of August. Join us in celebrating and saying goodbye to this historic theatre with one of our favorite movies! 100 Years of film history comes to a end, help us make this one amazing evening!

The Last
Saturday August 28th at MIDNIGHT

2261 Fillmore St
San Francisco
Tickets just $9.50-
Doors at 11:30pm Show at MIDNIGHT!
Need more info call us! (415)561-9921
Rocky will be moving to The BRIDGE THEATRE! in September!”

“One Screen. Built in 1910. Operated by Landmark since 1991. The mighty Clay is one of the oldest theatres in San Francisco. Built in 1910 by the renown Naify brothers, builders of the first movie screen in town, the New Fillmore, the Clay was first a nickelodeon house. In April of 1935, Herbert Rosenerreopened the Clay as The Clay International, a foreign film showcase. In the early 1970s, the theatre was part of the Surf Theatres group, run by pioneering San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff. In 1972, the Clay hosted the first midnight movie in San Francisco with the premiere of John Water’s Pink Flamingos, and also hosted many other controversial films, including The Life of Brian.Since Landmark assumed management in 1991, the Clay has enjoyed such improvements as digital sound, new seats and an extensive refurbishment of its art deco and classic Greek accoutrements. The combination of classic appointments and modern amenities has helped keep the Clay a comfortable, laid-back place to see unique film programming for almost a century.”

The Presidio’s Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum just celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, from way back in July 1955. To mark the occasion they held a three-day star-studded extravaganza up in the Presidio.  

Yes, the Disney Family Museum is in the northern part of San Francisco. Check it: FaceBook / YouTube / Twitter / WDFM Blog

Anyway, the place was awash with rabid Disney fans, with some of them talking about their memories of Opening Day despite the fact that they didn’t look older than 55.

So, just what you’d expect, an extensive recap from a fan, here it is at Jim Hill Media.

And here’s a list of the speakers:

Diane Disney Miller – daughter of Walt Disney
Tony Baxter – current SR VP of Creative Development for Disneyland
Jack Lindquist – former President of Disneyland
Dick Nunis – Disney Legend and former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions
Matt Ouimet – former President of Disneyland Resort
Buzz Price – Economist who helped Walt Disney find original site of Disneyland
Craig Russell– Current Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
Marty Sklar– Disney Legend and former Vice Chair of Imagineering
Bruce Vaughn– Current Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

This was the first day, down in the multi-hued movie theatre that you can rent out parties, I think. This was the Founding Members Only discussion with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller,  Disney Legend Buzz Price, and Disney historians and authors Katherine and Richard Greene as they discuss Walt’s idea, concept, and how Disneyland became a reality:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Former Disneyland executives Jack Lindquist and Matt Ouimet were joined by Senior Vice-President of Creative Development for Disneyland Tony Baxter as they discussed the development of Disneyland, its impact on America, and Walt’s legacy with former Vice Chair of Imagineering Marty Sklar:

Left to Right – Tony Baxter, Jack Lindquist, Matt Ouimet and moderator Marty Sklar. Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney Legends Dick Nunis and Marty Sklar, along with Craig Russell and Bruce Vaughn , currently executives with Walt Disney Imagineering, explored how Walt Disney’s new concept in family entertainment was a catalyst for parks around the world:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

How will they top this in 2015 during the Diamond Jubilee of Disneyland?

Bon Courage, WDFM!

Grease Sing-A-Long Coming to the Metreon for Just Six Short Days Starting July 8, 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Grease will be the word down at the Metreon Theatres when a custom-made print arrives in town July 8th.

Get your tickets now.


In Select Cities Beginning July 8, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning on July 8th, GREASE: SING-A-LONG will be playing in the following cities and theatres:

 —  New York (AMC Loews Village)
 —  Los Angeles (AMC Century City)
 —  Atlanta (Regal Atlantic Station)
 —  Austin (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar)
 —  Boston (AMC Loews Boston Common)
 —  Chicago (AMC River East)
 —  Dallas (AMC Northpark)
 —  Miami / Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise Cinemas Gateway)
 —  San Diego (AMC Fashion Valley)
 —  San Francisco (AMC Loews Metreon)
 —  Seattle (AMC Pacific Place)

Is GREASE: SING-A-LONG not playing where you live?  Then Demand It! come to your town at and help spread the word by tweeting #Grease on Twitter.

From Director Randal Kleiser

“I’m thrilled that so many GREASE fans are excited to see the film as a sing-a-long for the first time ever.  Having fans requesting it to play in their town is an amazing reflection of the loyal audience who have kept this movie timeless.” said director, Randal Kleiser.  “The power is in the hands of GREASE enthusiasts all over the U.S. and I’d love to see where the biggest fans live, so ‘Demand It’ play in your town!”


Rydell High’s most famous graduating class is going back to school.  A newly restored print brings the highest-grossing musical of all time, GREASE (1978), to the big screen as a sing-a-long.  Join Danny and Sandy with your own crew of T-Birds and Pink Ladies for a carnival ride back to those amazing summer nights!

 For more information, please visit our GREASE: SING-A-LONG sites:
 Official site (with trailer):
 Demand It! to play in your city:
 Facebook Fan Page:
 Twitter Page: (#Grease)

 In Select Theatres July 8, 2010

Roger Ebert, Jason Reitman, and Terry Zwigoff to Appear at SFIFF – Castro Theatre, May 1st

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Mark your calendars now, ’cause Pulitzer Prize­-winning film critic Roger Ebert is coming to town during the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). 

Roger will be honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends on May 1st  at the Castro Theatre.

Get your tickets soon – this one will sell out despite the massiveness of the single-screen Castro.

Deets below, see you there!


Pulitzer Prize­-Winning Film Critic to Be Honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends May 1 at Castro Theatre

San Francisco, CA — Roger Ebert will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). The award, named for the pioneering San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-87), acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. The Novikoff Award will be presented at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends, Saturday, May 1 at 5:30 pm at the Castro Theatre. Confirmed guests to date include directors Jason Reitman and Terry Zwigoff, with others to be announced soon.

Ever more deets, after the jump.


The Castro Theatre Hosts Eighth Annual NOIR CITY Film Festival – Starts Friday, January 22nd

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The Eighth Annual Noir City, San Francisco’s film noir festival, starts Friday night at the Castro Theatre.

Get your reasonably-priced tickets here.

See you there! 

Complete sked, after the jump.


New Italian Cinema Begins Today and Ends Next Sunday with Vincere

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

New Italian Cinema from the San Francisco Film Society kicks off today and will run every day through Sunday, November 22 down at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema at Sacramento and Battery.

Things start off with Fortapàsc tonight and end with the intense Vincere (nobody doesn’t love this film) on Sunday, November 22. And they’ll have nine more movies in between, seven of which are up for the City of Florence Award, so check it out and get your tickets now. Plus, free four hour parking at any of the Embarcadero Center parking garages. Bonus!

Benito Mussolini’s squadristi are all over the place in Vincere, the film from Marco Bellocchio. (It turns out that Mussolini secretly got the equivalent of $10,000 a week (as a reporter!) from British MI-5 back in the day – that might have played a part in his political transformation, which features prominently in Vincere. Just saying. Anyway…)

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See you there!

November 15–22, 2009
Copresented with New Italian Cinema Events and the Italian Cultural Institute, New Italian Cinema celebrates the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and brings the country’s newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. A prestigious jury selects the best Italian entries from the year’s major European film festivals to compete for the City of Florence Award. Attendees enjoy not only a vibrant cinema showcase, but an immersion into Italy’s rich and storied culture with directors present to illuminate their work in lively question-and-answer sessions.

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Free four-hour validated parking is available after 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and after 10:00 am Saturday & Sunday at any Embarcadero Center parking garage. With validation, reduced rates apply at all other times.

Before I Self Destruct – See 50 Cent’s New Movie for Free at Metreon November 10th

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Here’s what you do – you check out the old trailer for 50 Cents‘ “gritty” new movie, Before I Self Destruct, or log onto Yahoo! Movies to see the new trailer. And if you like that, then sign up for free tickets. San Francisco’s showing will be at the Metreon in the SoMA on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM sharp.  

Don’t expect the tunes from the movie to have anything to do with the album with the same name, but 50 said he sweated the details making sure the soundtrack would be right. So, sign up now before all the ticks are gone.

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See you there.

50 Cent Announces a Ten City Screening Tour of His Directorial Debut Film: BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT

Fans can download their tickets* exclusively through Yahoo! Movies premiers a new BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT Trailer

This November 50 Cent will be hitting the road to screen his latest film, BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT. Beginning on Tuesday Oct. 27th, fans can log on to to download their tickets* to these exclusive screenings.

 Date     Market
 2-Nov    Boston
 3-Nov    Philadelphia
 4-Nov    DC
 5-Nov    NYC
 7-Nov    Atlanta
 9-Nov    Chicago
 10-Nov   San Francisco
 11-Nov   Los Angeles
 12-Nov   Houston
 13-Nov   Dallas


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 About the Film, after the jump


Catching Up with Robin Wright Penn – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Opens October 23rd

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Well, looky here – bay area local Robin Wright Penn is making the news because she’s making movies, which is probably how it should be. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee should be opening by the end of the month.

Look at RWP, up on the catwalk in black leather with Keanu Reeves on the press tour:

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Keanu looks interested in “Pippa”…

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…but she’s already connected with… Alan Arkin!

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Let’s flashback to the 1970’s when Robin’s character gets played by Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively 


And what’s this? Disco-era spanky panky with Julianne Moore?


I was alive in the 1970’s but I don’t remember underwear looking like that. (How about the 1940’s instead?)

And Petaluma girl Winona Ryder is in this thing too?

Oh my.