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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Guidelines for Writing a Screenplay that Doesn't Suck

Five Guidelines for Writing a Screenplay that Doesn't Suck

By Nate Waggoner This past two summers, I worked for a company that held a script writing contest, judging amateur screenplays. I spent endless hours in my room and in coffee shops reading hundreds of scripts -- sitcom pilots, spec scripts…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in <i>Incredibly Strange Television</i>

Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in Incredibly Strange Television

When I got promoted to "person in charge of the categories" at The Video Zone in Fresno in the early 1990s, I went mad with my newfound power and created a new section: Cult. (I'd actually wanted to call it…
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Film, "True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

"True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, the Coen brothers' True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious. Opening with a strategically abbreviated Old Testament proverb ("The wicked flee when none…
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Culture, Artcap

Art Review: Greg Gossel: "Sleepwalking" at White Walls

Standing before a large collage titled Cowboys (Black), which connects a distressed-looking Iron Man with snippets of John Wayne, Princess Diana, and "Pow!" comic-strip blurbs, Greg Gossel proclaims, "I'm playing off ideas of exaggerated masculinity and helpless women." Each of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mandatory Deafening Concert

Mandatory Deafening Concert

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its performance during the Pope's visit to Mission Dolores, punk band MDC -- whose acronym is often, but not always, known to stand for Millions of Dead Cops -- is in town once again. Also,…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of May 22:

Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Unrated 2-Disc Double Your Pleasure Edition (Universal)…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of May 22:

Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Unrated 2-Disc Double Your Pleasure Edition (Universal)…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Weird and Wonderful

Weird and Wonderful

Robert Wilonsky and Jordan Harper recap their top DVDs of 2006: Eraserhead (Absurda/Subversive) -- Finally available on DVD, David Lynch's debut film is as captivating and frustrating as it ever was. The print looks great in its own weird way,…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Ford Tough

Ford Tough

The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood history, this 10-disc box spews machismo all over. Wayne and Ford defined not only the western and war-movie genres, but also…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of May 30.

The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 (Warner Bros.) A Fine Romance (Tango) Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Dark Sky) Freedomland (Sony) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Fox) Hercules/Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (Image) John Wayne: An American Icon Movie Collection…
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Film, Psycho Cowboy

Psycho Cowboy

The Old West has vanished, John Wayne is dead, and — this just in — the two most famous ranch hands in America are gay. But there would be no point in telling any of that to Harlan Fairfax Carruthers,…
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Film, <i>The Devil</i> & Mr. Zombie

The Devil & Mr. Zombie

When rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses was released in 2003, after years of bouncing around among studios afraid to put their name on a movie about a cartoonishly murderous family, it was anticipated as a hard-core gorefest. Instead,…
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Culture, Stuff Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust

Ten years ago, Robert Harris picked up the phone to find on the other end a relative stranger bearing extraordinary news. This man was at a film exchange in Toronto, where movies are housed and rented out to exhibitors, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Good It Hurts

So Good It Hurts

Dance/theater maker Joe Goode has big teeth, long, hairy legs, and a voice as smooth as Baileys Irish Cream. When he puts his lanky body in a short, flouncy dress and smiles his snaky smile, the ambiguity of gender never…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Ride Lonesome He's got two new hips and a rasp in his voice, but Budd Boetticher's memory is flawless. The director is recalling a 1956 meeting with John Wayne, one of his producers on the western Seven Men From Now.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Feed Your Head

Begun as an open-air gathering held in a vacant lot once favored by mad machinists, the first Brainwash Movie Festival was a cinematic playground, created by local musician/filmmaker David Krzysik, in which insurgent directors and outrageous audiences might converge. Filmgoers…
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Film,

Andre the Giant

Andre de Toth, one of the festival's most colorful tributees, has led three Hollywood lives. He's notorious as the one-eyed director of the best 3-D movie (1953's House of Wax). But he's also the auteur behind cult films like None…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you found yourself in a position where you were being chased by an alligator. Given the fact that the average gator can easily outrace Michael Jordan, let alone you, what would…
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Film,

Second Time Around

Point Blank With a rugged but never hulking torso, a shock of white hair, and a slablike face marked by a mashed nose and piercing eyes, Lee Marvin was a startling, wired big-screen presence. He tears through John Boorman's audacious…
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Culture, Stage

Strained Interlude

The Joe Goode Performance Group's latest work transforms the large space of the Forum at Yerba Buena Gardens into a theatrical, albeit rather lethargic, playground. The Maverick Strain -- composed of rambling dances, music, dialogue, and visuals -- offers a…
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