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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.25.2015 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

With its many festivals devoted to so many different aspects of film, festivals goers in San Francisco are especially fortunate in their opportunity to take in movies others may have only heard or read about.

Best Films Books of 2015

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Admittedly, there are a lot of books mentioned here. But that's because there are so many worth highlighting. And so, without further ado, here are the books every film buff or film historian will want to know about.

Elderworld: A Hot New Trend in Cinema?

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.22.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Suddenly AARP-age actors -- and, more significantly, actresses -- are starring in notable movies that portray seniors (is there a more cloying word?) as vital individuals in flux and working through challenging issues just like anyone else on the planet.

Akillezz Releases Latest Single, Circus

Gina Finstad | Posted 11.22.2015 | Entertainment
Gina Finstad

Fresh off his recently released full length album, Transgressionzz, out May 5, 2015, rap artist Akillezz is back with a vengeance. His latest single, "Circus," a collaboration with Tony Yayo (G-Unit), is bringing an aggressive hard-hitting record to the surface.

Detroit Shines at San Francisco Boogie Woogie Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Detroit
Thomas Gladysz

The Motor City and its rich musical history is at the heart of this year's San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival.

Boogie Woogie Festival Now in Third Year

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.09.2015 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Though it's not the only boogie woogie festival in the country, the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival has proven itself one of the best.

We, the Creators, Are No Longer Content Giving Away Our Content

David Fagin | Posted 11.04.2015 | Media
David Fagin

Blogging is probably the most undervalued and thankless job. Yours truly's, included. Imagine if you went to work every day and came home with nothing in your pocket except a few "Likes"?

Report from Purple America: Hillary Clinton Tops Values Meter In First Democratic Debate

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

There's a long way to go to the general election, and ample opportunity for candidates to up their chances by referring to the values. Whichever candidate ultimately wins, shared values will play a pivotal role.

Criminal Minds Star Kirsten Vangsness Embraces Her Inner Weird

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Her portrayal of Penelope Garcia is one that viewers can watch, be entertained, and see a character who not only embraces her inner weird; but is also portrayed by a woman who has embraced her inner weird.

The Return of Baby Peggy -- The Last Silent Film Star

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

If there is anyone deserving of the title "National Treasure," its Diana Serra Cary. The almost 97 year old former actress is the last living silent film star. She is also an author of four well regarded works of film history.

Meet Mohamed Omar:'s Managing Editor

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 10.20.2015 | Media
Andrew Benkovic

Mohamed Omar is what some would call a workaholic. But, he doesn't seem to mind the title. The 24 year-old from Cairo, Eqypt has already made a name for himself.

Josh Ritter Talks About His 8th Studio Album, Sermon on the Rocks, Released Today

Holly Cara Price | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

If you've seen Ritter play live, you know how infectious he is on the concert stage. If you have not, do yourself a favor and go. His joyous smile and his humor will give you a peek into his open, exuberant heart.

#52FilmsByWomen: Expanding Opportunities for Female Filmmakers

S.J. Main, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2015 | Latino Voices
S.J. Main, Ph.D.

The new initiative titled #52FilmsByWomen sets out to prove that there are many excellent movies by female directors, and at least enough to watch one every week of the year.

37 Years on: Thank You, Bruce Springsteen

Holly Cara Price | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Believe it or not, I pressed my ear up to the side door and said to my boyfriend, "Hey this sounds pretty good, why don't we buy a ticket and watch the rest of the show?" There were still tickets available. They were four dollars. Robert replied, hey, it's half over. I know - don't even.


Charlotte Safavi | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Safavi

OK, I'm a little late to the party. The 12-episode sci-fi drama Sense8 produced and created by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and written by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) has already debuted June 5 on Netflix.

Rick Geary's New Comic, Louise Brooks: Detective

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Comic book author Rick Geary is a longtime fixture at Comic-Con International. Back in 1980, he took home their Inkpot Award given to individuals for their contributions to the world of comics. And this year, as it has in the past, his artwork (The Toucan) adorns the cover of the official events guide and "Reader" t-shirt.

Is 'Dukes of Hazzard' Really Racist?

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

But if you were a Jew, and you saw this hit TV show with two guys in a stunt car with an SS symbol on it, named after Hitler or some other high-ranking Nazi, you might think to yourself, "Is that really necessary? Isn't this kind of like a commercial that makes the SS symbol, and thus what the Nazis were fighting for, kind of...glamorous?"

TV Execs Garth Ancier, David Neuman Exonerated

Jonathan Handel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Over a year after teen sex abuse claims against Bryan Singer and three others rocked Hollywood and lit up the Internet, the then-lawyers for accuser Michael Egan have admitted to two of the formerly accused, Garth Ancier and David Neuman, that the allegations against them were untrue.

'Every Last Child,' or Ways to Mistrust America

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.06.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Admittedly grim, the film is compelling because documentarian Tom Roberts, a sophisticated craftsman, plays the story for suspense: Will the medical personnel striving to stamp out polio succeed in the face of the Taliban's murderous opposition?

Amanda Palmer and Patreon: All The Things, All The Time

Holly Cara Price | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

We're poised at an incredible moment in the world of art and commerce, because artists who have a robust fanbase actually do have a choice not to pimp themselves out for cars or shampoo. We're just taking baby steps so far into this new paradigm.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

There are plenty of film festivals scattered across North America, including a number devoted to silent film. The Denver Silent Film Festival, Kansas Silent Film Festival, and Toronto Silent Film Festival have all made their mark in recent years.

The Future of the Celebrity Magazine Cover

Janice Min | Posted 05.06.2015 | Media
Janice Min

All editors, unburdened of the Sisyphean task of maintaining newsstand sales, could try more interesting, less available people -- a commodity as scarce as actual covers themselves.

The Night Loves Them: Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies Come to City Winery

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Jaime Lubin

"I hope I don't get a god complex standing up here," Alan Doyle proclaimed on Wednesday night from City Winery's raised stage. Anyone familiar with Alan's work knows this just isn't possible.


Erica Abeel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

"Far from the Madding Crowd," a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's beloved classic, works its magic on multiple fronts. Helmed by Danish Thomas Vin...

Led by Carey Mulligan, Far From the Madding Crowd Is the Season's Most Romantic Film

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Helmed by Danish Thomas Vinterberg, it's one of those escapist movies with a great romantic sweep, set among the lime-green hills of Dorset (which Hardy famously named Wessex).