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February 5, 2007
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Just got back from a screening of the upcoming film "Zodiac" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.

The story, to bring you up to date, is based on the chilling saga of the Zodiac Killer - a serial killer who terrorized citizens of San Francisco, Vallejo, Benicia and Napa between Dec. 1968 and October 1969. The Zodiac Killer case stretched out much longer than that, though, as the killer sent a series of jeering letters to the press throughout the '70s.

One frequent recipient of the letters? San Francisco Chronicle reporter Paul Avery, who just happened to work at The Sacramento Bee during the '80s.

I couldn't help but laugh out loud during the screening when a crusty news reporter-type makes this snide remark about Avery in the movie: "It's an honor to leave the Chronicle and go work at The Sacramento Bee. Dare to dream."

Avery died in 2000 and, while I don't want to take anything away from the film - and it is a good one - I think it's hilarious (if not quite funny ha ha) that Sacramento still gets jammed into S.F.'s shadow.

Check out the Zodiac site to learn more about the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 2.

And keep a watch out for our Ticket+ cover story, coming soon.

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