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Tributes to Lupe Ontiveros and Nora Ephron on tap for the weekend

September 06, 2012|By Susan King
  • The late Lupe Ontiveros, left, with America Ferrera in "Real Women Have Curves," will be honored Thursday evening at the American Cinemathque.
The late Lupe Ontiveros, left, with America Ferrera in "Real Women… (Nicola Goode )

Tributes to a late actress and a writer/director are among the highlights of this weekend’s films.

The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre celebrates the 10th anniversary of the award-winning indie "Real Women Have Curves" on Thursday evening. Besides a cast and crew Q&A with screenwriter/playwright Josefina Lopez, director Patricia Cardoso, several of the actresses, producer Effie Brown and co-producer Marilyn R. Atlas, the evening will also pay tribute to one of the film’s stars, the seminal Latina actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died in July at the age of 69.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars Outdoors summer screening series in Hollywood comes to conclusion Friday evening with a celebration of writer/director Nora Ephron, who died in June at the age of 71. Screening Friday is her last film, the 2009 hit comedy “Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep -- in her Oscar-nominated performance as Julia Child -- and Amy Adams. The event will also feature a special selection of Child-themed food trucks!

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre kicks off its “The French Old Wave, Part I” retrospective, which presents some of the classics of French cinema before Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Goddard and company created the New Wave of French cinema in the late 1950s. The festival opens Thursday evening with two films by the great Max Ophuls: 1953's “The Earrings of Madam De...,” a romantic tragedy with Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittorio De Sica, and 1952’s “Le Plaisir,” which features three tales by Guy de Maupassant with Jean Gabin, Simone Simon and Darrieux. Stanley Kubrick said “Le Plaisir” was his favorite film.

The great Gabin is on display in Friday’s offerings -- the 1937 noir “Pepe Le Moko” and the 1954 crime drama, “Touchez Pas au Grisbi.” Two chillers are on tap for Saturday -- Henri-George Clouzot’s 1955 murder-most-foul thriller “Diabolique,” and Georges Franju’s creepy 1960 “Eyes Without a Face.” Scheduled for Sunday are two Jean Renoir classics -- 1939's dark comedy “The Rules of the Game,” which was  the last film he made in France before World War II, and the 1932 satire “Boudu Saved From Drowning,” with the remarkable Michel Simon.

The 16th annual Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, which takes place Thursday through Sept. 13 at the Laemmle NoHo7 Theaters in North Hollywood, features 250 shorts from 23 countries that will screen in 38 themed programs. Among the stars featured in the films include  Ricky Gervais (“Derek”); Jake Gyllenhall (“Time to Dance”); and Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane and Tom Wilkinson in “The Gruffalo’s Child.”

The L.A. Indie Film Festival, which is the partner festival of the L.A. Comedy Festival, kicks off Friday and continues through Sept. 13 at the Los Feliz 3 Cinema. The festival will feature 90 films from 16 countries and will include documentaries, features, shorts and a panel on “Casting Your Production.”

Film Independent at LACMA continues its James Bond retrospective Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theatre with 1989’s “Licence to Kill,” the second and final appearance of Timothy Dalton as a rather serious 007, followed by Pierce Brosnan’s first effort, the 1995 blockbuster “GoldenEye.”

LACMA’s Tuesday matinee presents the 1968 Oscar-winning best film, the lavish musical “Oliver!,” based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Mark Lester has the title role; Ron Moody earned a best actor Oscar nomination as Fagin; Jack Wild earned a supporting actor Oscar as the Artful Dodger. Veteran director Carol Reed also took home the Academy Award.

The Egyptian goes “Star Trek” Saturday afternoon the 2003 parody, “Roddenberry on Patrol,” and the 1968 episode, “Spectre of the Gun,” followed by a 30th-anniversary screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on the original series and films, will be on hand to discuss all things “Star Trek.” He also receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame” on Monday.

And on Sunday, the Egyptian shows a 70mm print of John Carpenter's 1984 sci-fi romance, "Starman," with Jeff Bridges at his best in his Oscar-nominated turn as an alien traveling cross country with a widow (Karen Allen).

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever presents Woody Allen’s love letter to New York City -- 1979’s “Manhattan” -- Saturday evening. Woody, a young Meryl Streep and an Oscar-nominated Mariel Hemingway star.

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s expansive “Rod Serling: Other Dimensions” festival presents the 1968 sci-fi classic “Planet of the Apes,” directed by Franklin H. Schaffner and penned by Michael Wilson and Serling, on Sunday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater. Charlton Heston and some really fine performers hidden under ape makeup -- including Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans -- star.


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