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'Under the Volcano' Screening: Fearless Albert Finney

'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback starring daring Albert Finney As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at […]


'Making Love': Groundbreaking Gay Romantic Movie Screening

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry […]


Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women

One of cinema's early comediennes, Dorothy Devore: between 1918 and 1930, the Ft. Worth-born actress was seen in nearly 100 movies, both features and shorts. Among them were Salvation Sue, Naughty Mary Brown, and Saving Sister Susie, all with frequent partner Earle Rodney. 'Comediennes of the Silent Era' & film […]


'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & Furious Epic at Historic Theater

'Ben-Hur' 1925 with Ramon Novarro: The chariot race. 'Ben-Hur' 1925: Fast & furious epic Los Angeles screening Directed by Fred Niblo and starring Ramon Novarro, the 1925 Ben-Hur, a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, will be screened at 8 p.m. on Wed., June 26, '13, at the historic Orpheum […]


'Wayne's World' Movie: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey to Attend Academy Screening

'Wayne's World' with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. Wayne's World movie: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Penelope Spheeris to attend Academy screening Wayne's World, starring Saturday Night Live alumni Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]


Robert De Niro Movie Tribute: 'Awakenings' & 'Taxi Driver'

Robert De Niro Tribute: De Niro movies at the American Cinematheque in Santa Monica A Robert De Niro Tribute is being held this week at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. In the next two days, four Robert De Niro movies will be presented as two double bills: […]


Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Short Films: Los Angeles Filmforum

Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm films at the Los Angeles Filmforum The Los Angeles Filmforum will present the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival's 16mm short-film show, featuring recent U.S.-made experimental, narrative, documentary and animated movies. The program, which will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at the […]


'Limelight': Charles Chaplin Classic 60th Anniversary Screening with Claire Bloom

'Limeligh' with Charles Chaplin and Claire Bloom. Charles Chaplin 'Limelight' screening to feature Claire Bloom Charles Chaplin's Limelight turns 60 this year. Honoring Chaplin's last US-made film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of Limelight on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. […]


Pedro Almodóvar 'Law of Desire' Screening: AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2011 Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar has selected the following classic thrillers to be presented at the festival: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle rouge, Edmund Goulding's Nightmare Alley, and Robert Siodmak's The Killers. Why this particular quartet? “Because in some way, albeit tangentially, […]


Claudette Colbert & Alla Nazimova, Marion Davies & Charles Boyer: Cinecon

Director Allan Dwan, actor George O'Brien, cinematographer George Webber, East Side, West Side Are you a movie lover in Los Angeles, unable to travel either to Venice or Telluride? Don't despair. L.A. has its own glamorous film festival this weekend. It's called Cinecon, now in its 47th year. What's more: […]


Janet Gaynor-Charles Farrell '7th Heaven,' Fragment of Lost Oscar Winner 'The Patriot'

Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, 7th Heaven Frank Borzage's 7th Heaven, starring late '20s lovebirds Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, was the 1927 Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor winner and will thus be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Summer of Silents” series on Monday, […]


'A Clockwork Orange' & 'Z': Cuban Film Posters Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange Here's something unusual: hand-silkscreened Cuban posters for Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves (right), Costa-Gavras' Z, Ernesto Daranas Serrano's Fallen Gods, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío's Oscar-nominated Strawberry and Chocolate, and about 125 other Cuban and […]


'Every Little Step' & 'Soundtrack for a Revolution' Screenings

James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's Soundtrack for a Revolution, and James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, […]


Mark Zuckerberg 'Time' Person of the Year & Oscar Push + Lesbian Film Pioneer Barbara Hammer Movies

Mark Zuckerberg: Time Person of the Year. Will the Time magazine Person of the Year cover give an awards season boost to Sony Pictures' The Social Network? Directed by David Fincher, the real-life-based drama stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the controversial founder of the social media behemoth Facebook. Mark […]


Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm

Royal drama The King's Speech with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Tom Hooper's real-life-inspired crowd-pleaser topped the British Independent Film Awards with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Firth), and Best Supporting Actor (Rush) – but curiously, not Best Director. Royal drama tops British Independent Film Awards The King's […]


Gay Ghost Love Story 'Undertow': New York & Los Angeles Screenings

Manolo Cardona, Cristian Mercado, Contracorriente / Undertow Javier Fuentes-León's Contracorriente / Undertow, winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2010 and Peru's submission to the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, opens Friday, Nov. 26, at New York's Cinema Village and Los Angeles' Laemmle's Sunset 5 (actually in […]


Angela Lansbury as Katherine Heigl's Daughter: 'Adaline'

Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey in John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate Angela Lansbury, the three-time Oscar nominee well-remembered today thanks to the cheesy television series Murder She Wrote, will play Katherine Heigl's daughter in Adaline, to be directed by Andy Tennant, the man who brought you The Bounty Hunter, Fool's Gold, […]


The Films of 1910 at the Academy: 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Future Academy Award-nominated MGM director Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld, Pride and Prejudice) as the Scarecrow, future star Bebe Daniels (The Maltese Falcon, 42n Street) as Dorothy in Otis Turner's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program of […]


Barbra Streisand 'Funny Girl': Academy to Present Restored Print

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, Omar Sharif in William Wyler's Funny Girl A restored print of Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand's film debut, will reignite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on Monday, Nov. 15, '10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater […]


Margerethe von Trotta-Barbara Sukowa Collaboration + Piper Laurie & Ernest Borgnine Are Back

Barbara Sukowa as Hildegard von Bingen in Vision Margerethe von Trotta-Barbara Sukowa 'Vision': Hildegard von Bingen in L.A. Margarethe von Trotta's Vision, Official Selection at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, will open (via Zeitgeist Films) in Los Angeles at the Laemmle theaters on Nov. 12. A national release will […]


Cammie King: 'Gone with the Wind' Child Actress Dies + Rent Katharine Hepburn Home & 'Mishima' Screening

Cammie King: 'Gone with the Wind' child actress has died Cammie King, Rhett Butler's daughter Bonnie in Gone with the Wind, died of lung cancer in Fort Bragg, Calif., on Sept. 1. She was 76. See also: Cammie King with Daniel Selznick and Ann Rutherford at 2009 Gone with the […]


'Is It Just Me?,' 'Elena Undone': Outfest Movies

JC Calciano's Is It Just Me? (top); Nicole Conn's Elena Undone (middle); Roberto Moreira's Paulista (bottom) JC Calciano's Is It Just Me?, Anna Margarita Albelo's Hooters!, Roberto Moreira's Paulista, and Nicole Conn's Elena Undone are some of the films screening at Outfest 2010 on Friday, July 16. Is It Just […]


Alicia Silverstone & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest Movies

Maxine Peake in James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza's The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling's 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza's […]


Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr: 'South Pacific' Academy Screening

Joshua Logan's South Pacific: John Kerr, Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi (top); John Kerr, France Nuyen (bottom) Tonight at 7:30 p.m., a recently restored 70mm print of the Joshua Logan-directed film version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical South Pacific will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture […]


'Waiting for Superman,' Gay Orthodox Jews & US Military Lies: Los Angeles Film Festival

Pat Tillman as shown in Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story (top); Flora and David in Lisa Leeman's One Lucky Elephant (middle); Jesper Christensen in Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Family (bottom) The documentaries One Lucky Elephant and The Tillman Story, Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Family, and Hossein Keshavarz's Dog Sweat are […]


Lesbian Family, Christopher Nolan & Colombian Drug Lords: Los Angeles Film Festival

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore in lesbian comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right Downtown Los Angeles every day: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams. Downtown Los Angeles today: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams, a National Basketball Association Championship game, the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, (many?) more […]


Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner: 'The Killers' Academy Screening

Robert Siodmak's The Killers (1946), the film noir that catapulted Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner (above) to stardom, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side.” The Killers will be shown on […]


3D Movie Technology at the Academy: “Getting Perspective III” Panel Series

Movies in 3D were a sensation back in the early 1950s: Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (1954); Bwana Devil (1952) with Robert Stack; and House of Wax (1953) with Vincent Price under the direction of Andre De Toth, who had only one eye and thus could not get the […]


Joan Crawford 'Mildred Pierce' Academy Screening & Ann Blyth to Attend

Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce, Michael Curtiz's film noir/family melodrama, earned Joan Crawford her only – and thoroughly deserved – Academy Award. The Oscar-nominated 1945 classic, which also features Ann Blyth, Zachary Scott, Jack Carson, Eve Arden, and Bruce Bennett, will be the next feature in the […]


Gene Tierney 'Laura' Academy Screening with Cara Williams + Tribeca Winner 'Here and There'

Clifton Webb, Gene Tierney Laura: Classic 1944 film noir. Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb, Otto Preminger's classic 1944 film noir Laura, one of the best in the genre, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: […]


Ken Russell 'Tommy' Academy Screening: The Who Rock Opera 35th Anniversary

Ken Russell's Tommy: Roger Daltrey as the deaf/mute/blind pinball-playing Jesus figure and his freak followers Ken Russell's 1975 film from The Who's rock opera Tommy, starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, and featuring the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner, will be screened at the […]


Best Actor Oscar Nominee Topol 'The Golem' Remake, War & Torture Academy Screenings

Topol, 74, a Best Actor nominee for Norman Jewison's 1971 blockbuster Fiddler on the Roof (above), is attached to star in a Yiddish-language version of The Golem, Screen Daily reports. The $5 million British/Czech/German co-production will be produced by Stuart Urban, who also penned the screenplay. Filming is scheduled to […]


Bertrand Tavernier Movie 'Mildly Booed,' U.S. National Debt & Cesar Chavez Documentaries

Alonso F. Mayo and Bill Brummel's Viva la Causa and Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A. will be screened in the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 19, '10, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission […]


James Franco 'Howl' Outfest Opening Night Gala, Student Academy Awards' Foreign Finalists

Aaron Tveit, James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, their debut narrative feature, will be the Opening Night Gala screening at the 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Outfest) at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on July 8. Starring […]


Cult Sex Movie Director Joseph W. Sarno Dies, 'Hollywood Fan Magazine' Exhibition

Joseph W. Sarno (a.k.a. Joe Sarno), the director of cult erotic movies such as Sin in the Suburbs (1963), Moonlighting Wives (1966), and Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974), died on April 26, '10, in Manhattan. Sarno was 89. Sarno's specialty became known as “sexploitation,” as his films were […]


Two-Time Oscar Winner Luise Rainer at TCM Festival

Luise Rainer in Sidney Franklin's The Good Earth (1937) (top); Richard Bennett, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Don Dillaway, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (upper middle); Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) (lower middle); Joan Crawford, Conrad […]


TCM Classic Film Festival: From Judy Garland to Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (top); Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (upper middle); Steve Sekely's Day of the Triffids (lower middle); Jack La Rue (right) in No Orchids for Miss Blandish (bottom) Screened last night at the TCM Classic Film Festival, currently taking […]


Los Angeles' South East European Film Festival: 'The Other Irene'

Andrei Gruzsniczki's The Other Irene with Andi Vasluianu looking for his missing wife (top); Nik Xhelilaj in Artan Minarolli's Alive!, about Albanian blood feuds (upper middle); Igor Sterk's 9:06, an unusual suicide case (lower middle); Maria Takacs' Secret Years featuring closeted lesbians during Communism (bottom) The 5th SEE Fest – […]


'Double Indemnity' & 'The Dark Mirror': Oscar Noir

Good news for LA-based film noirs fans: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off a summer screening series, “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side,” on Monday, May 10, with a big-screen presentation of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, […]


James Cameron & Charles Pellegrino 'The Last Train from Hiroshima' Controversy

James Cameron, whose Avatar is doing incredible business worldwide, recently bought the film rights to Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima, a book recounting stories from survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which killed 70,000 people. Pellegrino's tome also includes remembrances from US military personnel involved in the […]


June Lockhart & Lauren Hutton + Malcolm McDowell & Mickey Rooney: Classic Oscar Movie Posters

June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell at Academy exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters: 'Lost in Space' meets 'A Clockwork Orange.' Veterans June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell: Academy's exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters Pictured above are actress June Lockhart and actor Malcolm McDowell at the opening of the […]


Noel Coward Exhibition at the Academy

Noel Coward with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Boom! (top); with Marlene Dietrich, 1937 (bottom) Noel Coward – playwright, composer, director, actor, (purported) spy, nationalist, propagandist, semi-closeted gay guy – is the subject of an exhibition currently being held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Star […]


'Field of Dreams' Movie: Kevin Costner + Baseball, Ghosts & Corn in Sentimental Iowa Fantasy

Field of Dreams movie with Kevin Costner. Between 1987 and 1992, Kevin Costner was one the top box office draws on the planet. Phil Alden Robinson's sentimental Field of Dreams (1989) was one of the hits that helped to solidify Costner's standing, which would reach its acme with the 1990 […]


'Avatar' Reviews & Budget: James Cameron Fantasy to Become Next 'Titanic' or Next 'Cleopatra'?

Avatar war: Titanic or Cleopatra? Not taking inflation into account, James Cameron's futuristic 3D action fantasy is the most expensive 20th Century Fox production ever. Once inflation is factored in, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's CGI-less Cleopatra remains not only Fox's costliest production but also the second most expensive movie ever made, […]


'Beefcake' & Homoeroticism + Cult Camp Classic 'Can't Stop the Music' & Haunted House Lesbianism

Beefcake: Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, the 1999 docudrama Beefcake traces the groundbreaking trajectory of photographer/videographer Bob Mizer, whose “health & fitness” work – mostly focused on great-looking, muscular, scantily clad (or fully naked), young white men – helped to further the causes of gay liberation and freedom of […]


'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening

The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. vs. Ronald Colman. A moderately popular leading man in the early 1930s, mostly as either obnoxious or lackluster “heroes” in forgettable fare such as Loose Ankles and I Like Your Nerve, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. reached what could well be the peak […]


Artivist Film Festival Kicks off with Father & Gay Son Movie

Los Angeles' 6th Artivist Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, Dec. 1, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Until its conclusion on Dec. 5, Artivist will screen 45 “advocate films” – socially/politically conscious documentary and narrative features and shorts – from around the globe. Tickets are free, but must be reserved […]


TCM Classic Film Festival: 'A Star Is Born' & 'Metropolis'

Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (top); Brigitte Helm in Metropolis (middle); Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg in Breathless (bottom) Turner Classic Movies' first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival, which will be held on April 22-25, 2010, in Hollywood, will feature the world premiere of a newly restored edition of George […]


White Couple with Black Child Movie 'Skin' + Phone Sex & Alfred Hitchcock AFI FEST

Sophie Okonedo as black daughter of white parents in Skin Winner of four audience awards, including at the AFI Dallas and Santa Barbara film festivals, Skin tells the factually inspired (and quite curious) story of Sandra Laing (Hotel Rwanda's 2005 Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo as an adult; Ella Ramangwane […]


Johnny Mercer Centennial Tribute

Johnny Mercer (top); Mercer, Donald O'Connor, Hoagy Carmichael at the 1951 Academy Awards ceremony (bottom) Johnny Mercer's musical legacy will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a gala centennial tribute featuring film clips of many of Mercer's classic songs, in addition to performances and […]


'David McCullough: Painting with Words' & 'GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts' Screening

David McCullough: Painting with Words (top); Philip Glass in GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts (bottom) David McCullough: Painting with Words and GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” […]


Christopher Plummer & Viggo Mortensen Tributes: AFI FEST

James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer in The Last Station.   AFI FEST 2009 has selected Christopher Plummer, who'll turn 80 next December, and Viggo Mortensen, 51, as this year's tribute honorees. Sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center, Plummer's tribute will precede the screening of The Last Station, in which he plays […]


Audrey Hepburn Movies: LACMA Retrospective

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn movies at LACMA “Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now and Forever” is the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art film series that kicks off with a double bill this evening: Roman Holiday (1953), the Audrey Hepburn movie that made her both a Hollywood star […]


'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror

'The Phantom of the Opera' with Lon Chaney: Halloween Special. Lon Chaney 'The Phantom of the Opera' Halloween screening The 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 25, '09, at 2:30 p.m. at the San Gabriel […]


Horror Sound Effects: The Sound behind the Image III – Real Horrorshow

Horror sound effects: Forbidden Planet lobby card (top); Lon Chaney in the 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera (middle); Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project (bottom) “The Sound behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow!” sounds like an ideal pre-Halloween night out for horror movie fans. An Academy of […]


AFI FEST Michael Haneke-Jacques Audiard Swap & Pordenone Presents 'The Merry Widow'

AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi has announced that Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner and Oscar contender The White Ribbon will replace Jacques Audiard's Cannes Grand Prix winner A Prophet in the festival's line-up. Reason for the AFI FEST swap: “a recent change in the release date for A Prophet.” […]


Werner Herzog Braves Antarctica, Colin Firth Meets Oscar Wilde

'Encounters at the End of the World': Werner Herzog braves 'Antarctica.' Werner Herzog in Antarctica and dwindling water supplies: Academy showcases 'Encounters at the End of the World' and 'Flow: For Love of Water' Werner Herzog's Academy Award-nominated Encounters at the End of the World and Irena Salina's Flow: For […]


Best Film Editing: The Art of Anne V. Coates & Walter Murch

“Perspectives on Editing”: Animation Sept. 23:The art and craft of editing animated films will be explored in the second installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-part seminar series “Perspectives on Editing” on Tuesday, September 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater […]


Dye-Transfer Technicolor Movie Series + 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' Screening

Sean Connery, From Russia with Love The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre will present six features (and several shorts) made in the dye-transfer Technicolor process (a.k.a. I.B. or “imbibition”), beginning tonight, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The series ends on Saturday, Sept. 26. The screening features are Blake Edwards' comedy The […]


Japanese Horror Classics 'Goke' & 'Hausu' Screenings

House by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Schedule and synopses from the American Cinematheque website. Wednesday, September 23 - 7:30 PM Japanese Cult Classics Double Feature: HOUSE (HAUSU), 1977, Janus Films, 87 min. This long-lost fantasy/horror masterpiece from director Nobuhiko Obayashi has finally surfaced in America. Oshare can't wait to spend the summer […]


Toronto & San Sebastian Winners + L.A. Irish Film Festival Features Gabriel Byrne

Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Toronto Film Festival Winners: 'Precious' Tops The curiously titled Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, formerly known as Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, was the Audience Award winner at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. […]


Chester Morris, Sylvia Sidney & Maurice Chevalier Among Cinecon Stars

James Mason, Deborah Kerr in Hatter's Castle (top); Frances Dee, Maurice Chevalier, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette in Playboy of Paris (bottom) Cinecon 45 is currently taking place at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The (old & mostly rare) film marathon ends late Monday afternoon. Thus far, the 2009 edition […]


Lana Turner 'Imitation of Life' Screening: Classic Tearjerker

Karen Dicker, Juanita Moore, Terry Burnham, and Lana Turner in Imitation of Life Douglas Sirk's classic melodrama Imitation of Life, starring Lana Turner, will have its 50th anniversary celebrated with a screening of a recently struck print at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in […]


Adam Beckett Salute & Edward Zwick in Academy Board of Governors

Animator and visual effects artist Adam Beckett will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the special program “Infinite Animation: The Work of Adam Beckett” on Monday, August 17, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The evening will include a screening […]


'Of Mice and Men': John Steinbeck Socially Conscious Classic Academy Screening

Lon Chaney Jr, Burgess Meredith in Of Mice and Men A newly restored sepia-tone print of the 1939 Best Picture nominee Of Mice and Men will be screened in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, July […]


Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards

July 19: The tale of a poor backwater family struggling against poverty, addiction, and assorted personal and social maladies, Tina Mabry's Mississippi Damned was the jury's pick for best U.S. narrative film at this year's edition of Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival. Among the other Outfest 2009 […]


'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' Revisited: U.S. Political Corruption with Happy Ending

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jean Arthur and James Stewart. A newly restored print of Frank Capra's 1939 Best Picture nominee Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Claude Rains, will be screened tonight, July 20, as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]


Jeanne Crain & Pandas + Dennis Hopper & Zombies: Los Angeles Film Festival

Los Angeles Film Festival: Carmen Meets Borat (top); 35 Shots of Rum (middle); Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard in Public Enemies (bottom) Los Angeles Film Festival, Tuesday, June 23: In Mercedes Stalenhoef's Carmen Meets Borat (The Regent, 2 pm), a Romanian teenager dreams of going to Spain to escape the backwards […]


'Goodbye Mr. Chips': Robert Donat Sentimental Classic Screening

Goodbye Mr. Chips, directed by Sam Wood, and starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson, will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn […]


Straight-to-Gay 'Humpday' & Dead-to-Living 'Embodiment of Evil': Los Angeles Film Festival

Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard in Humpday. A few highlights today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, currently being held (mostly) in the Westwood Village and at the Westside's Landmark theater complex. The festival runs until June 28. Among today's highlights are: Passenger Side, one of the recommendations in the LA […]


Agnès Varda Tribute: American Cinematheque in Santa Monica

Except for Vagabond, a 1985 drama that earned Sandrine Bonnaire best actress awards from both the French Academy and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, I'm unfamiliar with Agnès Varda's oeuvre, which encompasses more than 40 films – both shorts and features, narrative and documentaries – spanning 54 years (1954-2008). […]


'Wuthering Heights' Movie: Outstanding Merle Oberon & Overwrought Laurence Olivier

'Wuthering Heights' with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier as star-crossed lovers Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff: Independent mogul Samuel Goldwyn's favorite among his movies. 'Wuthering Heights': 'Hollywood's Greatest Year' continues with Samuel Goldwyn's favorite among his films The 1939 Best Picture Oscar nominee Wuthering Heights – directed by William Wyler, and […]


Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman Tribute + Barbra Streisand & Patti Austin & Melissa Manchester

Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman at 1983 Academy Awards. Songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman, among whose compositions are “The Way We Were” and the song score for Yentl, will be the recipients of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tribute on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. at […]


Joseph L. Mankiewicz Tribute: 'Suddenly, Last Summer'

Four-time Academy Award winner screenwriter-director-producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz will be saluted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a special 50th anniversary screening of a recently restored print of Suddenly Last Summer, starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor (above, and right, with Mankiewicz), and Montgomery Clift. The screening […]


Nagisa Oshima at the American Cinematheque

“No other director of Oshima's generation has made more vital, inventive and challenging films, or taken more risks. He is a giant in contemporary cinema.” - Tony Rayns “Plainly the greatest living Japanese filmmaker.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum “Japan's greatest living filmmaker.” - J. Hoberman Those in the Los Angeles area […]


'The Watermelon Woman' Screening

Actress-filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and producer Alexandra Juhasz will be present at the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles for a screening of Dunye's 1996 feature The Watermelon Woman on Monday, May 11, at 8:30 pm. The film will be screened in Beta SP. A fundraiser for the restoration of The Watermelon […]


Classic Movie Costumes & L.A. Jewish Film Festival + Liam Neeson in 'Clash of the Titans'

Left to right: Costume worn by Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (1949), designed by Travilla. Costume worn by Viveca Lindfors in The Adventures of Don Juan (1948), designed by Leah Rhodes. Costume worn by Natalie Wood in The Great Race (1965). designed by Edith Head. Costume worn by Judy […]


'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images

'Darfur Now.' Darfur Now and The Devil Came on Horseback, both focusing on the ongoing Darfur crisis, will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 15, '09, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. […]


Joanna Priestley & Zoe Beloff Movies: REDCAT Screenings

PRESS RELEASE FILM AT REDCAT PRESENTS Joanna Priestley: Fighting Gravity Mon Apr 20 | 8:30 pm Jack H. Skirball Series $9 [students $7, CalArts $5] Los Angeles premiere Dubbed “the queen of independent animation” by Bill Plympton, Joanna Priestley unveils her new short Missed Aches, a humorous rant about the […]


Joan Bennett & Michael Redgrave: UCLA Festival of Preservation

Tonight at 7:30 pm at UCLA's Festival of Preservation you'll be able to catch a screening of Fritz Lang's unfairly neglected Secret Beyond the Door (above), a 1947 noirish psychological melodrama starring Joan Bennett as woman married to Michael Redgrave, whom she suspects is out to kill her (possibly for […]


'The Rape of Europa,' 'Ochberg's Orphans' Academy Screening

Ochberg's Orphans (right) and The Rape of Europa will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission is free. Directed by Jon Blair and produced […]


Edgar G. Ulmer 'Ruthless': UCLA Festival of Preservation

Friday, April 10 7:30 p.m. Preservation funded by Cecilia de Mille Presley, The Ahmanson Foundation, David Stenn, the National Film Preservation Foundation, The Packard Humanities Institute, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Joseph Drown Foundation and The Stanford Theatre Foundation “BEHIND THE SCENES IN HOLLYWOOD" The UCLA Film & […]


UCLA Festival of Preservation: From Fritz Lang to John Sayles

The UCLA Film & Television Archives' 2009 UCLA Festival of Preservation, which kicks off this evening and continues until April 26, leaves me at a loss. The problem is: I don't know what not to recommend. (See full schedule below.) Now, it's not that I think every single one of […]


Howard Hawks at LACMA

"Late Hawks” is the title of a film series featuring the, what else?, later works of Hollywood auteur Howard Hawks, which runs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from March 13-27. Personally, I tend not to buy into the auteur theory in general, and certainly not when it […]


'The Cake Eaters' Sneak Preview

A sneak preview of Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, The Cake Eaters, starring Kristen Stewart, Aaron Stanford, and Bruce Dern, will be presented on Wed., March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Masterson, actor Bruce […]


'The Hot Rock' & 'Cops and Robbers': Donald E. Westlake Tribute at the Aero

The American Cinematheque will present a memorial tribute to writer Donald E. Westlake, who died last December, with a screening of two films based on his novels, The Hot Rock and Cops and Robbers, on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. I haven't […]


Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance

Accompanying the exhibit Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance, the New York Public Library's Library for the Performing Arts will present a series of films from March 3-April 28 highlighting the role of female costume and production designers in Hollywood films from the 1910s to […]


Alfred Hitchcock, the 1980s at the ArcLight Cinemas

In March, Los Angeles' ArcLight cinemas will host two mini-retrospectives: one dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock at ArcLight Hollywood, the other dedicated to the 1980s at ArcLight Sherman Oaks. The two film series run from March 2-30. (Scroll down for the schedule/ticket info.) The Hitchcock films are all among his biggest […]


Fusion: Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Featuring Ethnic Minorities

Fusion 2009: The Sixth Annual Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival will be presented by Outfest and HBO on March 6-8, 2009. The three-day festival includes screenings of features and short films, in addition to panels, workshops, and parties throughout the Los Angeles area. The screenings will be […]


Carl Reiner: American Cinematheque

Writer, director, actor, and producer Carl Reiner, among whose feature-film credits are the George Burns hit Oh God! (1977) and several Steve Martin vehicles, is the subject of a mini-retrospective at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica that runs March 6-11. Reiner will make a personal appearance on […]


Oscar Art Direction & Film Editing Nominees: American Cinematheque Presentation

Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in 'The Duchess.' The 2009 Academy Award-nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators will take part in a panel discussion about their work in the nominated films on February 21 at 2:30 pm, the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony, at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre […]


Adrian Presentation at the Lasky-DeMille Barn in Hollywood

"Adrian: Nothing from a Store,” a lecture on designer Gilbert Adrian (best known as Adrian) and his time working with Cecil B. DeMille will be presented by author Richard Adkins, who's currently working on an Adrian biography, on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 pm at at the Hollywood Heritage Museum's […]


Van Johnson Tribute

A Van Johnson Tribute featuring two of his most successful films, The Caine Mutiny (1954) and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 pm at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (1328 Montana Avenue). Johnson died last December 13 at the […]


Art Director Film Series: American Cinematheque

For the third consecutive year, the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and the American Cinematheque (AC) are co-hosting a series of monthly screenings highlighting the work of legendary production designers, art directors, and set decorators. The screenings, beginning on March 29, will take place at both the Lloyd E. […]


How to Make-Up? Oscars' Artists & Hairstylists Show How + Spanish & London Film Critics' Winners

“How to make-up” at the movies? Make-up artist Conor O'Sullivan shows how it was done in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster The Dark Knight. John Caglione Jr. was Heath Ledger's make-up artist; O'Sullivan was the prosthetic supervisor. Both have been nominated for the 2009 Academy Awards. Conor O'Sullivan photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. […]


Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood

Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly (top) and Don Q. Son of Zorro (bottom). Below right, Fairbanks can be seen in The Matrimaniac. The exhibition “Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood” will premiere on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery […]


Golden Globes: Foreign-Language Nominees Screenings from Mafia to Terrorists

The American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be screening all five Golden Globe nominees in the best foreign-language film category from Jan. 7-9 at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The nominated films are: The Baader-Meinhof Complex (Germany), National Society of Film Critics' winner Waltz with […]


'Miracle on 34th Street' Academy Screening: Christmas Classic

A newly restored 35mm print of Miracle on 34th Street, the whimsical 1947 classic about Santa Claus posing as Santa Claus, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Written (from […]


Meryl Streep & Amy Adams + Joanna Cassidy & Benicio Del Toro: AFI FEST

Meryl Streep & Amy Adams 'Doubt' Premiere: AFI FEST AFI FEST 2008 opening night premiere of Miramax Film's Doubt held at ArcLight Hollywood on October 30, 2008 Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, John Patrick Shanley Meryl Streep Amy Adams Amy Adams, Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Winter / 2008 Getty Images The […]


Jason Priestley & Jason Statham + Kathleen Quinlan & Bai Ling: AFI FEST

The images below are from arrivals at AFI Fest 2008 held at Arclight Hollywood on November 6. Marisa Tomei (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images for AFI) Mickey Rourke at the Los Angeles premiere of The Wrestler (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI) Evan Rachel Wood (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty […]