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Former 'SNL' Players Will Ferrell, Tina Fey Embark on 'Homoerotic' Adventure

It’s a formidable comedy match: Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, reunited for the first time since their years together at Saturday Night Live, each having graduated to movies and, in Fey's case, the Emmy-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, which she created and stars in.
 
They find themselves gamely butting heads in Megamind, the animated satire in which Ferrell plays the titular super-villain, ordinarily hapless in his attempts to subdue Brad Pitt’s cocksure crime fighter, Metro Man. When one of Megamind's schemes actually pays off, leaving him without a worthy nemesis and Metro City vulnerable, the diabolical genius becomes the unlikely savior of a city in crisis.
 

Doomed Romance Blossoms in the Aftermath of an Alien Attack in 'Monsters'

It was routine mechanical failures and budgetary restraints, more than divine – marine? –  inspiration, that led a young Steven Spielberg to keep his shark from audiences throughout so much of Jaws. In the case of first-time feature director Gareth Edwards, the choice was dictated by necessity: To make a $15,000 movie about monsters, the monsters would have to stay scarce.

Monsters is no Jaws, but the comparison is apt on one level: Edwards, like Spielberg, manages to sustain tension even in the absence of early or frequent payoffs. Rather than unleashing his beasts, Edwards hides them, letting the threat they pose loom in their absence. The shadows are pregnant with peril.

The Week in Local Music News

San Francisco's The Soft Moon -- the solo project of Lumerians multi-instrumentalist Luis Vasquez -- release yet another haunting epic [via Stereo Gum]

Oakland and Los Angeles based noise makers KIT premier new video on The Fader [via The Fader]

DJs Take Over Public Works This Saturday Night

If the East Bay gets too crazy to make it out to the Oakland Art Murmur tonight, get your arts fix at one of our favorites, the very multi-faceted Public Works, this Saturday, November 6th. Take in new works by Nathan Richard Phelps in a collection called Exuberance and dance the night away with fresh DJs who excel in hip hop, dance and dubstep beats.

Artist Freya Prowe's Pop-Up Slingshot Gallery to Debut This Weekend on Valencia

This Saturday smack dab in the middle of the Mission (890 Valencia), local artist Freya Prowe is debuting her new pop-up art space, Slingshot Gallery.

Parking Quiz Answer! Which SF Parking Citation Is the Most Expensive?

Earlier this morning, our parking guy David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, challenged you guys to guess which parking violation in SF gets you the costliest ticket. Did you guess correctly?

What is the Most Expensive SF Parking Citation?

A) Parking in a bus zone

B) Misuse of a disabled placard

C) Parking on City Hall Steps

D) Parking on railroad tracks

E) Driving through and parking a parade route

F) Parking less than 15 feet from a fire station

Photos: Glasser and PVT @ Popscene

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Photos: Two Door Cinema Club @ Slims

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Smashing Pumpkins Headlining This Year's "Not So Silent Night"

Big names for this year's Live 105 Not So Silent Night fest at HP Pavilion in San Jose were thrown around for a while, but the biggest player to enter the fray as headliner was just announced to be the Smashing Pumpkins, who haven't really given the Bay Area a totally awesome show since their residency at the Fillmore in 2007, when they actually invited fans with cameras to document the show.

Photos: Channel92.3 presents Florence and the Machine @ Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

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