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Screening Room: Celebration of Sam Rockwell's career

Also, a salute to production designer Robert Boyle, horror movies and more.

October 07, 2010|By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
  • Sam Rockwell looks fresh off the cover of GQ as he makes his way down the red carpet. Rockwell played Kenny Waters, who spent 18 years in prison in connection with the brutal slaying and robbery of a neighbor in Ayer, Mass., in the 1980s.
Sam Rockwell looks fresh off the cover of GQ as he makes his way down the red… (Chris Pizzello / Associated…)

Sam Rockwell, the critically acclaimed actor who was most recently seen as the villainous Justin Hammer in "Iron Man 2," is scheduled to appear in person Saturday evening at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre for a screening of his upcoming drama, "Conviction," in which he plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder.

The event is part of a celebration of Rockwell's eclectic career, kicking off Friday at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with a double feature of 2002's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," the George Clooney-directed film in which the actor portrays game show guru Chuck Barris, and 2009's "Moon," featuring Rockwell as an astronaut alone on Earth's nearby neighbor. Set for early Saturday evening at the Egyptian is 1996's "Box of Moonlight," directed by Tom DiCillo.

Production designer Robert Boyle, who earned Oscar nominations for his work on "North by Northwest," "Gaily, Gaily," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Shootist" and was the recipient of the 2008 honorary Oscar, will be feted by the Art Directors Guild Film Society and the Egyptian Sunday with a 5:30 p.m. screening of William Richert's underrated "Winter Kills." Boyle, who died Aug. 2 age 100, designed the sets for this unusual mystery-comedy, which was based on the novel by Richard Condon and stars Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins and Eli Wallach.

Abstract filmmaker Amy Halpern will appear Sunday at the Los Angeles Filmforum's program "Assorted Morsels: New 16mm Films by Amy Halpern" at the Egyptian. Among her films screening are several world premieres, including 2010's "Injury on a Theme," "By Halves," "Palm Down," " Cheshire Smile" and "3 Minute Hells."

With Halloween on the horizon, the New Beverly Cinema is throwing its third annual all-night horror show and fundraiser Saturday. The 12-hour event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Dario Argento's "Tenebrae" and Lucio Fulci's "Gates of Hell," in addition to "The Evil" and "The Giant Claw."

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre fetes director Herschell Gordon Lewis on Tuesday with a screening of 1964's "Two Thousand Maniacs!" and the new documentary "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore." The doc's director Frank Henenlotter and producer Mike Vraney will do a Q&A between the screenings.

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