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It's an Oscar-centric weekend at the academy and Cinematheque

February 21, 2013|By Susan King
  • Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will be discussed at the "Oscar Celebrates: Animation Features" program Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will be discussed at the… (Walt Disney Pictures )

With the 85th Academy Awards taking place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque are presenting Oscar-related programs that shine the spotlight on nominees in various fields.

Actor Rob Riggle hosts the academy's "Oscar Celebrates: Animated Features" on Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The nominees of the five Oscar-nominated feature animated films will be on hand, schedule permitting, to talk about their work and show clips. The evening is sold out, but there will be a stand-by line.

Producer Mark Johnson hosts "Oscar Celebrates: Foreign Language Films" on Saturday morning at the Samuel Goldwyn. The two-hour program includes clips of the nominated films as well as interviews with the directors, schedule permitting. The event is also sold out, but there will be a stand-by line.

Later Saturday afternoon, Leonard Engelman, governor of the makeup artist and hairstylist branch of the academy, will host "Oscar Celebrates: Makeup and Hairstyling."  The program will also offer a standby line.

The American Cinematheque's Oscar weekend presents all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated live-action shorts Friday evening at the Egyptian Theatre. The directors are scheduled to be on hand to introduce their films.

Set for Saturday morning at the Egyptian is the "Invisible Art, Visible Artists" editors seminar, followed in the afternoon by an Oscar-nominated art directors seminar.

Of course, there is plenty of non-Oscar programming this weekend too.

The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre screens the new restoration of James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi classic, "The Terminator," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The screening is tied to the Blu-ray release.

The Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre remembers the Alamo (the siege began on Feb. 23, 1836) with a screening Saturday evening of Budd Boetticher's 1953 film "The Man From the Alamo." There will be a discussion following the film with its costars Julie Adams and Jeanne Cooper and the actor's son Peter Ford. Alan K. Rode is the host.

Jason Reitman's SRO "Live Read" series at Film Independent at LACMA presents David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" on Thursday at the Leo S. Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There will be a stand-by line for the sold-out event.

LACMA's "The Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism" continues Friday evening with Abraham Polonsky's riveting 1948 noir "Force of Evil," starring the great John Garfield. The restored print is from UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre's "Friday Night Frights" midnight series presents the 1971 cult thriller "Let's Scare Jessica to Death. Scheduled for Saturday at the theater is a real rarity, Tony Richardson's 1966 "Mademoiselle," starring Jeanne Moreau as a mentally unstable schoolteacher.

Experimental filmmaker Ben Russell will be on hand at REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday for an evening of short films from his ongoing Trypps series.

The Cinematheque's "Windmills in Our Minds: The Film Music of Michel Legrand" tribute concludes Tuesday at the Aero with a screening of Agnes Varda's seminal 1962 French drama "Cleo From 5 to 7" and 1971's "Summer of '42," for which Legrand won an Oscar for his score.


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