'Yellow Face' in Hollywood + Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep & Robert Redford Premiere: AFI FEST

Paul Muni in Hollywood Chinese/The Good Earth
Paul Muni is a Jewish-Austrian-Hungarian Chinese in The Good Earth. Today it'd have been simpler. Muni would have been merely a Jewish-Ukrainian Chinese.

Hollywood Chinese, Arthur Dong's documentary about the portrayal of Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Hollywood films, will have its Los Angeles premiere at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the AFI FEST 2007, held at the ArcLight theater complex in Hollywood.

Recently nominated for a Golden Horse Award for best documentary, Hollywood Chinese features interviews with numerous Chinese and Chinese-American talent, in addition to veterans Turhan Bey (the Austrian-born actor – of Turkish-Czech ancestry – who played Chinese in the 1944 melodrama Dragon Seed, opposite the likes of Hollywood Chinese Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, Hurd Hatfield, and Aline MacMahon) and two-time Academy Award winner Luise Rainer (the Jewish-German actress who played Chinese – and won an Oscar for doing so – in the 1937 drama The Good Earth, opposite Paul Muni).

Schedule permitting, the following are expected to be present at the Hollywood Chinese screening: filmmaker Dong, Joan Chen, Tsai Chin, James Hong, Nancy Kwan, Justin Lin, Lisa Lu, Amy Tan, Mai Lon Gittlesohn and Marcella Wong-Yasuhiro (daughters of Violet Wong, star of the 1916 film The Curse of Quon Gwon), and James Leong, Jr. (son of James B. Leong, producer/writer of the 1921 film Lotus Blossom).

The post-screening panel discussion will be moderated by Randy Haberkamp, Director of Educational Programs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Too bad Warner Oland isn't around to discuss his experiences as Dr. Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan, or that Anna May Wong isn't around to discuss her experiences as a second-rank player in the 1920s and 1930s, a time when Caucasian actresses were invariably cast as Chinese heroines.

Tickets for this and other AFI FEST events can be bought at www.afi.com or at 866.AFI.FEST (866.234.3378).

Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford at Lions for Lambs premiere
Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford at the AFI FEST 2007 Los Angeles premiere of Lions for Lambs at the ArcLight theater complex in Hollywood on Nov. 1, 2007. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

 

Tom Cruise, Will Smith at Lions for Lambs premiere
Tom Cruise, Will Smith. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.

Charlie Clements Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements

The Oscar-winning documentaries Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements (above), Broken Rainbow and Women – for America, for the World will be screened on Monday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater as the next installment of “Oscar's Docs, Part Three: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1977-1988.”

In the 1985 Documentary Short Subject winner, Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements, decorated Vietnam War pilot Charlie Clements gives up his military career to devote himself to healing and non-violent solutions in war-torn El Salvador. Director Deborah Shaffer and Dr. Charlie Clements will take part in a post-screening discussion.

Broken Rainbow Victoria Mudd

Producer Maria Florio and producer-director Victoria Mudd will be on hand to discuss Broken Rainbow, the 1985 Documentary Feature winner, which, as per the Academy's press release, presents a “scathing indictment” of the treatment of Native Americans during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Women for America for the World Vivienne Verdon-Roe

The 1986 Documentary Short Subject winner, Women – for America, for the World, features “22 prominent American women sharing their practical, compassionate views on the need to end the arms race and reassess national priorities.” Among the interviewees are Joanne Woodward, Patricia Schroeder, Allene Cottier, Ellen Goodman, and Geraldine Ferraro. Producer-director Vivienne Verdon-Roe will take part in a post-screening discussion.

“Oscar's Docs” is a comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Academy Award for documentary filmmaking since the category was established in 1941.

The retrospective will present the best available prints, often featuring newly struck or restored editions from the documentary collection of the Academy Film Archive. The series will continue each Monday evening through November 19 and will be complemented on many nights by onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

Tickets to “Oscar's Docs” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org/events or call (310) 247-3600.

Photos: Courtesy of Skylight Pictures (Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements), Earthworks Films (Broken Rainbow), Educational Film and Video Project (Women - for America, for the World)

Edna Purviance Walk of Fame petition

“It is not an easy task with so many stars nominated each year. The cost is also high at $15,000 for a star on the Walk of Fame. But names need to be gathered to show interest in the project, as well.”

The above quote was taken from ednapurviance.org, a site dedicated to, well, Edna Purviance.

On the site, there's a petition requesting the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to grant Edna Purviance a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sure, why not, you say – but who is Edna Purviance (pronounced pur-VEYE-ance)?

Edna Purviance was Charles Chaplin's leading lady in numerous shorts, and his star in A Woman of Paris, a 1923 drama he directed. Purviance is, in fact, quite good in the film, in which she plays a sweet young thing who ends up as the mistress of a wealthy Parisian.

Nadine Labaki Caramel'Caramel' with Nadine Labaki.

Nadine Labaki 'Caramel': AFI FEST 2007 highlights

Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2007 is currently being held at the ArcLight Theater complex in Hollywood. Saturday, November 3, highlights include Nadine Labaki's romantic comedy Caramel, Noah Baumbach's dysfunctional family tale Margot at the Wedding, and Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days. (Image: Nadine Labaki in Caramel.)

At 12:45 p.m., Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson is Mike Kaplan's documentary about the director of This Sporting Life (1963), which earned Academy Award nominations for Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts; If…. (1968), possibly the best movie ever made with a school setting; and O Lucky Man! (1973), starring a post-A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell. Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson's archival footage features the likes of Laurence Olivier, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, and Alan Bates, among others.

'Caramel' movie, Cannes winner '4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days'

At 3:45 p.m., Caramel is Nadine Labaki's romantic comedy about five female Beirut denizens (including Labaki herself). Lebanon's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Caramel has won both the Audience and the Youth awards at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

At 6:45 p.m., 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days is Cristian Mungiu's stark drama about a young woman trying to have an (illegal) abortion in Communist Romania. Mungiu's film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

At 7 p.m., Margot at the Wedding is Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about two sisters, one of whom is getting married. Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black star.

'The Band's Visit,' Wayne Wang's latest

At 7:15 p.m., The Band's Visit is Eran Kolirin's widely praised comedy-drama about a troupe of Egyptian musicians who find themselves stranded in a small Israeli town. The top winner at this year's Israeli Academy Awards, The Band's Visit was deemed ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar because more than 50 percent of its dialogue is in English.

At 10:45 p.m., A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is Wayne Wang's family drama about a Chinese widower's difficult relationship with his daughter living in the United States. Wayne's film won the Golden Shell at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

Nadine Labaki Caramel photo: AFI FEST.

AFI FEST 2007 - African Showcase

CLOUDS OVER CONAKRY (IL VA PLEUVOIR SUR CONAKRY) Cast: Alex Ogou, Moussa Keita, Tella Kpomahou DIR: Cheick Fantamady Camara PROD: Annabel Thomas Majama Camera. Guinea, France.

FARO – GODDESS OF THE WATERS (FARO – LA REINE DES EAUX) Cast: Sotigui Kouvate, Fili Traore, Michel Mpambara DIR: Salif Traore PROD: Philippe Quinsac, Daniel Morin, Barbel Mucch, Salif Traore, Ismael Oueadrog Mali, France, Canada, Germany, Burkina Faso.

NOSALTRES (Documentary) DIR: Moussa Toure. Senegal.

WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD (Documentary) DIR: Jamie Meltzer PROD: Cayce Lindner, Henry S. Rosenthal. USA, Nigeria.

AFI FEST 2007 - American Showcase

AMERICAN FORK Cast: Hubbel Palmer, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Baldwin, Kathleen Quinlan DIR: Chris Bowman PROD: Derek Beumer, Maya Browne, Jeremy Coon, Shannon Gardner EXEC PROD: Derek Ferguson USA

EXPIRED Cast: Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr, Illeana Douglas DIR: Cecilia Miniucchi PROD: Jeffrey Coulter, Fred Roos EXEC PROD: Alex Shing, Antoni Stutz, Lawrence Wang USA

IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS Cast: Scoot McNairy, Sara Simmonds, Brian McGuire, Katy Luong, Twink Caplan, Nic Harcourt DIR: Alex Holdridge PROD: Seth Caplan, Scoot McNairy EXEC PROD: Anne Walker-McBay USA

THE LIVING WAKE Cast: Mike O'Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan DIR: Sol Tryon PROD: Ami Ankin, Chadwick Clough, Peter Kline, Mike O'Connell, Sol Tryon EXEC PROD: Robert Bethge USA

LOOK Cast: Jamie McShane, Spencer Redford, Hayes McArthur, Nichelle Hines, Ben Weber, Paul Schackman DIR: Adam Rifkin PROD: Barry Schuler, Brad Wyman EXEC PROD: Richard Bishop, Donald Kushner USA

NOISE Cast: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt DIR: Henry Bean PROD: Henry Bean, Susan Hoffman, Meike Kornrumpf EXEC PROD: Paul de Souza, Daniel Diamond USA

ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS Cast: Aaron Ruell, Kevin Corrigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas DIR: J.. Lask PROD: Ronan P. Nagle, Amy Slotnick USA

SEARCHERS 2.0 Cast: Del Zamora, Ed Pansullo, Jaclyn Jonet, Sy Richardson DIR: Alex Cox PROD: Jon Davison, Darren Hicks, Simon Tams. USA

SMILEY FACE Cast: Anna Faris, Adam Brody, John Krasinski, Danny Masterson, John Cho, Jane Lynch, Marion Ross, Danny Trejo DIR: Gregg Araki PROD: Gregg Araki, Steve Golin, Alix Madigin, Kevin Turen, Henry Winterstern EXEC PROD: Thomas Becker, H. Jason Beck, Stuart Burkin, Jors Westerkamp. USA

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