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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for <i>Tales of the City </i>

Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for Tales of the City

After 40 years of entertaining readers and viewers with the adventures and tragedies of Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, and other characters; Armistead Maupin, creator of the Tales of the City series, is ending the series…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Final <i>Tales</i>:  Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Final Tales: Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Armistead Maupin refuses to be the old fart who bickers about San Francisco not being what it used to be, even after chronicling it for nearly 40 years. What started off as a set of weekly installments in The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Back to the Source

Back to the Source

Armistead Maupin started what would become Tales of the City as a small newspaper story about a strange pick up scene in a Marina Safeway. Because no one would agree to go on record, he created a fictional new-to-town…
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Film, "Hyde Park on Hudson": Patrician Patriotism

"Hyde Park on Hudson": Patrician Patriotism

It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what so engaged its hero: the women's individual hearts and minds. Instead, Hyde Park…
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Film, "The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

"The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

Another dark comedy exposing the wormy dirt beneath suburban sod, The Details never lays bare any truths we haven't known since, say, Revolutionary Road — the book. But a gorgeous, pungent shot early on of that sod and those worms…
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Calendar, Night&Day The City of Your Final Destination

The City of Your Final Destination

James Ivory and cast make every scene flutter with feeling in this adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel, written for the screen by Ivory's collaborator-of-fifty-years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Omar (Omar Metwally), an American PhD student, shows up unannounced at a…
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Film, Savage Love

Savage Love

Simmering below the squeamish elder-care euphemism "uncharted territory" is a fearful awareness that when it comes to dealing with the growing army of senile parents, we have no idea what the hell we're doing. Tamara Jenkins plumbs the depths of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shaken, Stirring

Shaken, Stirring

Litquake is San Francisco's big sparkly literary festival, and its material ranges from kid stuff to X-rated — everyone's sure to find a little something to love. Not that you could see everything it has to offer, even if you…
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Film, Voter Fraud

Voter Fraud

Barry Levinson hasn't made a movie of note in almost a decade — since 1997's Wag the Dog, to be precise, and even that was less a work of substantial relevance than a bit of lucky timing based on someone…
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Film, Go to Hell

Go to Hell

The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is based on a true story the same way the Harry Potter and Star Wars movies are, is the latest -- though certainly not the last -- movie of this bloody (awful) year trying…
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Film, Icky, Icky, Icky

Icky, Icky, Icky

Even before the movie begins, as the New Line logo is still coalescing on a dark screen, a man speaks the soundtrack. He's talking about reincarnation and about what he would do if his wife, named Anna, were to die…
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Film, Full of Grace

Full of Grace

Throughout p.s. , a thoughtful, self-possessed film from director Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger), there is a sense of the disaster it could have been. A 39-year-old woman, divorced and emotionally shuttered, meets an adoring, adorable young man. The boy (compared…
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Film, Family Values

Family Values

The moods of Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me are so artfully mingled that it's difficult to get a fix on this highly personal independent feature. Set in a quiet little town in upstate New York's lovely Catskill Mountains,…
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