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San Francisco Docfest in Review: 'American: The Bill Hicks Story'

Whether you think Bill Hicks was the greatest comedian America has ever produced or you simply know of him as the mythic stand-up performer whose act was co-opted by Denis Leary, you will gain a new appreciation of his life and dogged dedication to his work after watching Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock’s American: The Bill Hicks Story.

Home Movies: Hugo Chávez, Raúl Castro Host Oliver Stone's 'Border' Vacation

The primary theme of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border, in which the JFK director checks his trademark paranoia at the door to interview South American heads of state including Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is distrust of the U.S.-controlled International Monetary Fund. While only Chávez is openly contemptuous of Washington, none of those interviewed seem much interested in bending to America’s will.
 

Required Reading: Mary Roach

After reporting on the publishing experiments popping up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every Tuesday.

What is This "Machine" Brian Wilson Keeps Talking About?

Upon clinching the National League pennant, host of Fox's The Cheap Seats, Chris Rose, wrangled an ecstatic Brian Wilson from drenching his teammates in champagne for yet another endlessly hysterical interview. Wilson is known almost as much for his hairstyles, wacky banter, and many nicknames (Just For Men Wilson, B-Weezy, Flicker, and Mental Assassin are just a few), as his excellent relief pitching skills.

But among all the excitement, more than a few people have been puzzled by the seemingly inside joke reference to "The Machine." To alleviate your curiosity, we've dug up the original Cheap Seats interview that started it all. Be prepared for cheeky hilarity. Check out the shortened version here:

Photos: Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit @Shoreline Day 2

24th Annual Bridge School Benefit  with Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Billy Idol, Kris KristoffersonT-Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Review w/ Elton John, Leon Russell, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, Jeff Bridges, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear and Neil Young

This Week's Hottest Events: Gorillaz, SFMOMA Photo Exhibits, and a Classy Halloween

Music: Gorillaz
Here's an alternative to the typical Halloween costume party: a hot, sweaty stadium concert with Gorillaz, plus special guests N.E.R.D., De La Soul, and more. Get online if you haven't already and become part of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual world of animated characters. Play the Plastic Beach game and prepare yourself for a show that takes interactive to a new level. $50-$90; Saturday 10/30; Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, livenation.com

Photos: Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit @ Shoreline Day 1

24th Annual Bridge School Benefit  with Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Billy Idol, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear and Neil Young.

A Sopranos Reunion, Sort Of

David Chase, creator of HBO’s dearly departed The Sopranos, is planning to reunite with one of his best-known stars from the New Jersey-based mob drama, but no need to choke on your Cannoli – it’s not James Gandolfini. 

Longtime E Street Band guitarist and Sopranos co-star Steven Van Zandt will produce the music for the director’s feature debut, an as-yet-untitled music-driven coming-of-age story set in 1960s suburbia.
Production is set to begin in January 2011.


Also a creative force behind the 1990 CBS comedy series Northern Exposure, Chase revealed that actors John Magaro (Wes Craven's My Soul to Take) and Jack Huston (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) will star, with the first-time director working from an original script.

Scary Berkeley: Killing My Lobster's Latest Video

Killing My Lobster, the SF sketch comedy group who brought us the much re-tweeted Coffee Wars video earlier this month (which is even funnier, given the recent Blue Bottle drama), is out with another. It's Man v. Wild, set in the backcountry of...Berkeley.

Enjoy.

 

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