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Archives for August 2014

Movie Reviews: A Look at Best Summer Films of Year 2014

Take 1/ David’s Thoughts The summer of 2014 has certainly been a disaster by Hollywood financial standards, but the same cannot be said for the quality of films on the market. There have been some undeniable disasters such as “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and anything by Michael Bay, […]

Summer movies 2014: 5 things we learned

Was it the end of the world at the summer box office? There certainly was plenty of destruction to go around. Not only were several cities destroyed, including San Francisco (“Godzilla”) and Chicago (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), there was also the kind of destruction Hollywood hates: that of their receipts. Summer ticket sales, as of […] Article – Summer movies ratings slump for 2014

Seen any good movies lately? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. The North American film industry has had its worst summer since 1997, with ticket sales declining by 15 percent since last summer. The New York Times reports analyst believe there’s a few reasons for the drop. For one “viewing distractions like the […]

?Al Pacino debuts two movies at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy – Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go. But fear not — the actor says he’s not about to lower the curtain on his own career. Venice Film Festival 2014 The […]

Marvel Movies Are Huge, So Why Won’t a Deadpool Movie Get Made?

Ryan Reynolds in a test reel for a Deadpool movie. Sources: Google+ via Craig Kandiko. Twenty-First Century Fox owns the movie rights to Deadpool. Forget about how big Marvel movies are right now. The X-Men may keep Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA  ) from making a Deadpool movie. Call it the downside of Hollywood’s franchise […]

Apple’s Month-Long Music Festival Returns Tomorrow

Unbeknownst to most Americans, in addition to everything else they do, Apple is in the music festival business…kind of. The company has been operating the London-based iTunes Festival for years now, with the eighth edition starting tomorrow. The festival is 30 days long, hosting one show per day. Every night features a carefully curated group […]

Palo Alto library subscribes to novel music idea

For card-carrying members of the Palo Alto City Library, book and movie checkouts last for weeks but music downloads last forever. The library is one of around 3,000 in the United States and 5,000 worldwide that subscribe to Freegal Music, a downloadable music service from Virginia-based Library Ideas, LLC. Though use of the service in […]

Live: Southern Ground Music and Food Festival at Hersheypark Stadium

On mobile? Click here to view photo gallery Local Parrotheads can do more than just sip a tropical drink and dream of paradise. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, known for hits like “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” will perform on the first day of the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival at Hersheypark […]

Music to the people

Josh Windmiller firmly believes that music brings people together. He doesn’t claim to have originated that philosophy, but he’s undeniably putting it into practice on a local level. Four years after starting his North Bay Hootenanny series, with live music by local bands, Windmiller now presents free concerts at five Sonoma County venues, with shows […]

Letters: Entertainment value

Aug. 31 Letters to the Editor Entertainment value As a boy growing up, I would save my allowance to buy a ticket and “goodies” to see the Three Stooges at the Saturday matinee (Liberty Theater). Now the PUD saves us this experience. Thanks to The Daily News’ coverage of our PUD, we do not have […]