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Weekend tributes to the legendary animator-director Chuck Jones

September 20, 2012|By Susan King

It’s a Chuck Jones-a-thon weekend at the Alex Theatre and the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre.

The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival on Friday evening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale pays tribute to the late Oscar-winning animator-director who brought such Looney Tunes’ characters to life as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and  Pepe Le Pew. Among the Jones cartoons being screened include “Rabbit Seasoning?,” “Robin Hood Daffy” and “Feed the Kitty.” Several animators and members of the Jones family will be participating as well as Carl Bell, who worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and animator-director Eric Goldberg, who directed “Pocahontas.” alextheatre/org.

And late Saturday afternoon, the Aero in Santa Monica presents the “Chuck Jones Short Tribute Program,” which features such delights as “For Scent-i-Mental Reasons,” “Rabbit Fire” and “Duck Amuck.”

The fifth annual 3D Film Festival visits the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 from Thursday through Saturday, featuring a slate of 3-D features and shorts, educational panels, 3-D gaming and live music performances.

Thomas Jane (“Hung”) is the host of the event, which honors Roger and Julie Corman and features a closing night concert by Quincy Jones and  the Global Gumbo Allstars. Among the features screening are the world premiere of the anime adventure “War of the Worlds: Goliath in 3D” and the U.S. premieres of “Street Dance 2” and “Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-animation.”

Besides the Regal Cinemas, the festival will also take place at various locations downtown.

Kirk Douglas plays a ruthless journalist on the skids looking for that one story that will put him back on top in Billy Wilder’s darkly 1951 drama “Ace in the Hole,” which screens Thursday at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater as part of its “Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas.” The second feature is Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 World War I masterpiece, “Paths of Glory,” with Douglas and Ralph Meeker.

Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and director David W. Ward are among those who will be on hand to talk about the 1989 baseball hit "Major League" on Thursday evening at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. Also screening is the 1994 sequel "Major League II."

Paul Schrader’s 2002 bio-drama “Auto Focus,” starring Greg Kinnear as “Hogan’s Heroes” star Bob Crane, who met a grisly end, has its 10th anniversary screening at the  Aero Theatre on Saturday evening. There’ll be a discussion following the screening with Kinnear, producers Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander and Todd Rosken and screenwriter Michael Gerbosi. Andy Marx will moderate.

Cary Elwes, who played the dashing Westley in Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic fantasy romance “The Princess Bride,” will be appearing Monday evening  at the Egyptian Theatre for the 25th anniversary screening of the hit that also stars Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin.

The Street Food Cinema food truck movie nights continue Saturday at L.A. State Historic Park with a screening of the 2007 comedy hit “Superbad,” with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.

Jean Arthur and Cary Grant star in Howard Hawks’ high-flying 1939 drama “Only Angels Have Wings,” screening Sunday night at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater as part of its “The Two Faces of Jean Festival.” Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess and a young Rita Hayworth also star.

The New Beverly is unspooling a new 35mm print of Henri-Georges Cluzot’s 1953 nail-biting French thriller “Wages of Fear” on Sunday and Monday. The film made an international star of Yves Montand.

Jane Russell and Cornel Wilde star in the rarely screened 1956 Nicholas Ray film “Hot Blood” on Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Leo S. Bing Theater.

And Peter Watkins’ 1971 counterculture pseudo-documentary “Punishment Park” begins a weeklong engagement Wednesday at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.

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