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‘Toy Story 3’ Stars Sing the Praises of Pixar

Walk into the adult-friendly playground that is the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, and the first thing that strikes you is the lavish decorations – a life-size replica of Ken’s decadent dollhouse from Toy Story 3, complete with a working elevator, rising from the lobby’s handsome, light-blond hardwood floor as if in tribute to the movie and its detail-obsessed creators.

Financial District Bars for World Cup Watching

If you're into the World Cup, the last place you want to be at 11:30 a.m. (or 7 a.m. for you early birds and finance people) is tied to your desk waiting for that live stream to load. For those who work downtown, here's a list of some solid mid-morning sneak-out options.

Dave's (29 3rd St., between Kearny and Market) has two HD TV's, a full bar, and 16 beers on tap, including Stone IPA and Dale's Pale Ale. Menu favorites: the Hot Turkey Pesto Sandwich and the Chili (which people claim doesn't hurt your stomach). Take advantage of their specials while watching the 11:30am game: a hot dog and Budweiser pint for $6, or chicken wings and any draft beer for $8. Doors open at 11am.

The Tosca Project, Reviewed

"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. But I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful that it can't be expressed in words."

Morgan Freeman's Shawshank Redemption voiceover kept rattling around in my head during The Tosca Project, mainly because I wasn't always entirely sure where the thread of the plot went, but I didn't really care because it was so pretty.

Killing My Lobster Goes Undercover

Tackling the wide world of espionage, amateur stalking, and clowns on pogo sticks, San Francisco's beloved sketch comedy group gives James Bond the lobster treatment. (The deliciously Scottish James Bond, rather than the Pierce Brosnan incarnation who, you must admit, fights like a girl.)

Jaden Smith’s Fresh Prince of Beijing Learns the Kung-Fu Hustle

The best that can be said of The Karate Kid, a bloated but diverting remake of the 1984 original, is that most of its two-and-a-half hour running time reflects a near-flawless reprise. The names and faces have changed, as has the setting, with China replacing sunny Southern California. But the essence of the story hasn’t changed an iota.

The Week in Local Music News

The Bay Bridged announces an all-ages garage rock blowout at the woefully underutilized Sierra Bowl [via The Bay Bridged]

Lower Haight's electronic music staple Robotspeak reopens; hosts London's Gold Panda [via XL8R]

SFBG goes emo for Tim Kasher's The Good Life [via SFBG]

San Francisco blogger Ears of the Beholder puts together a must-download mixtape [via Ears of The Beholder]

Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun share some tales from the road [via SF Weekly]

Prepare for a weekend free of local indie-geeks and hippies -- they are heading in droves to Big Sur's Woodsist Festival [via Henry Miller Memorial Library]

Toronto's Holy Fuck rocks the Independent, but hipsters still refuse to dance [Via The Owl Mag]

Rising local favorites Magic Bullets stream their much anticipated sophomore LP for free [via Spinner]

The local bloggers' Outside Lands revolt continues [via Katarokkar]

The Chronicle profiles SF's trippy Moon Duo; readers request shrooms (of the illicit variety) [via SFGate]

SF Weekly writer digs Barcelona's electro-pop buzz band Delorean, but is extremely underwhelmed by the sound at Popscene [via SF Weekly All Shook Down Blog]

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

No need to pity the fool. If spending your weekend with B.A. Baracus and the rest of the reconstituted A-Team doesn't strike your fancy, you still have time to catch Michael Douglas' mesmerizing turn in Solitary Man, or Noomi Rapace's astonishing coming-out party in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Here, as always, are some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.

1. Burning Man Film Festival
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: June 12-13

Forever Never Comes

Proving the distance between rural Virginia and San Francisco is much farther than can be expressed in mere mileage, Forever Never Comes is a lively ode to playwright Enrique Urueta's hometown. It's also a darkly funny love story - a young trans man loves a young woman, but their romantic arc is complicated by her nightmares about her brother's death and then complicated more when she strikes a deal with an otherworldly creature who isn't forgiving of debts. Urueta calls it "a psycho-southern queer country dance tragedy," and really, how can you improve on a label like that? (Note: you can't.)

The ‘A-Team’ Plan Comes Together

Now that Hollywood has exhausted most of the best-known ’70s TV series, directors like Joe Carnahan, 41, can sink their teeth into big-screen adaptations of the shows they grew up with – in this case, Stephen Cannell and Frank Lupo’s family-friendly ’80s fantasy about a team of noble vigilantes-for-hire, framed for robbing a Hanoi bank during the Vietnam War.

Baghdad replaces Hanoi in Carnahan’s flashy update, which finds the fighting foursome wrongfully blamed for stealing U.S. Treasury minting plates, but little else has changed.

Neil Jordan, Colin Farrell Catch Magic in ‘Ondine’

"You expect us to believe in fairy tales?” It’s the most telling question posed in Neil Jordan’s winsome fable about an Irish fisherman who catches a pale young beauty in his net, and the answer is yes. Jordan, whose last fantasy, The Brave One (2007), was a sleazy celebration of vigilantism masquerading as something more, returns here asking us to suspend disbelief, and this time we’re happy to comply.

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