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'Love Hurts' at La Femme Film Festival

October 15, 2009|Susan King

La Femme Film Festival, which shines a spotlight on women's roles in the entertainment industry, opens this evening at the Grove with "Love Hurts," starring Carrie-Anne Moss. Other films in the festival, which continues through Sunday at the Renberg Theatre, are "Fatal Secrets," with Lea Thompson and Tess Harper, "Oak Hill," with Sally Kirkland and "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!," with Carmen Electra and Lainie Kazan. The festival also will be honoring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Marla Gibbs, Sara Gilbert and Diablo Cody at its award ceremony on Sunday.

Zombies at college

The 1986 cult classic "Night of the Creeps" invades the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre this evening. Director Fred Dekker will appear in person at the screening of the enjoyable horror comedy about a zombie epidemic on a college campus.

The Egyptian Theatre celebrates its 87th anniversary Sunday with a behind-the-scenes tour in the morning and a screening in the evening of the 1925 World War I classic "The Big Parade," which was directed by King Vidor, starred John Gilbert and made its debut at the Egyptian. Before the screening, there will be a program on Danish actor Karl Dane, who was Gilbert's sidekick in the movie. Dane, who made 40 films during the silent era, was dropped by MGM when talkies took over because of his thick accent. He ended up operating a hamburger stand near the studio before committing suicide in 1934.

Comedy teams

The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre celebrates the comedy teams of the Marx Brothers and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The latter are featured in two films Friday evening: 1968's "The Odd Couple," in which they play mismatched roomies Oscar and Felix; and Billy Wilder's dark 1966 comedy "The Fortune Cookie," which marked their first on-screen pairing. The role earned Matthau a supporting actor Oscar.

The yuks continue Wednesday with the Marx-ist double bill of the 1931 classic "Monkey Business" and 1940's lesser vehicle, "Go West." Groucho's grandson, Andy Marx, will introduce the screening.

Home movies

When movie stars of the golden era weren't at work at the studios or going to the latest nightclub or party, they were making home movies of their family and friends. This Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive is celebrating "Home Movie Day" with a selection of rare reels featuring silver screen icons such as Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ginger Rogers and Natalie Wood. The program also features footage of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1928 and footage of L.A. shot from the Goodyear blimp in 1938.


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