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May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Film Independent at LACMA is holding a 1980s costume contest after the 30th anniversary screening of Martha Coolidge's endearing comedy "Valley Girl" on Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The romantic comedy was inspired by Frank Zappa and his daughter Moon Unit's 1982 hit song spoofing the stereotypical "Valley Girl" who lived in bedroom communities in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1980s. The film made a star out of a young Nicolas Cage as Randy, a young punk who falls for Valley Girl Julie (Deborah Foreman)
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2012 | By Susan King
With awards season in full swing, two Oscar hopefuls -- director Robert Zemeckis ("Flight") and actor Richard Gere ("Arbitrage") -- are being feted with retrospectives at the American Cinematheque. "Who Framed Smart Entertainment: An In-Person Tribute to Robert Zemeckis" is to kick off Nov. 26 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with two of the director's early works: the 1984 hit comedy-romance-adventure "Romancing the Stone," with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas, and the 1980 comedy "Used Cars," with Kurt Russell and Jack Warden.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2008 | Lisa Rosen, Rosen is a freelance writer.
The language was colorful but the tone loving when friends and colleagues spoke at the American Cinematheque tribute to Samuel L. Jackson on Monday night. In what may be the most bleeped award show in history, Jackson's iconic movie lines were repeated, including the infamous "I have had it with these . . . snakes on this . . . plane!" It loses something in translation, but when Justin Timberlake uttered the full quote from "Snakes on a Plane" at the Beverly Hilton, it brought down the house.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Two-thirds of the Police -- guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland -- will be reunited on Sunday to talk about their role in Amnesty International's benefit concerts at the world premiere of “Released!” a new concert films with highlights from two AI tours and two other individual benefit shows from 1986 to 1999. Strictly by coincidence, the third member of the trio - Sting - happens to be in the area to perform Monday, Nov. 4, at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, but there's no word on whether he could  join his former band mates at the screening.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Susan King
The spotlight shines this week on legendary film stars Debbie Reynolds, Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift. Reynolds, who turned 81 on Monday and has a new book coming out, "Unsinkable," came to fame in the 1950s and is still going strong.  American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is celebrating the musical-comedy star with "A Hollywood Life: The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds" retrospective. It starts Thursday evening with the 1955 romantic comedy "The Tender Trap" with  Frank Sinatra and the 1963 comedy "Mary, Mary" with Barry Nelson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Susan King
German-born director Ernst Lubitsch, who came to Hollywood in the 1920s, had such a deft hand with comedies that it became known as "the Lubitsch touch. " The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is to celebrate "A Touch of Laughter: The Films of Ernst Lubitsch" this weekend. The filmmaker's daughter, Nicola Lubitsch, is scheduled to be on hand Thursday evening to introduce the 1939 romantic comedy "Ninotchka," starring Greta Garbo in her first comedy -- the marketing tag line stated "Garbo Laughs" -- and Melvyn Douglas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is a commanding figure at the age of 73 as his wheelchair rolls into a private dining room at a Beverly Hills hotel. He's wearing a wide-brim hat and aviator sunglasses, but over an espresso, he proves to be far more charming than imposing. The Academy Award-winning director is making his first visit to Los Angeles in more than a decade. He's been using a wheelchair since then following repeated back surgery. For a while he went into a deep depression and became a recluse in his home in Rome.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Susan King
The Los Angeles Conservancy is ringing in the holidays Sunday afternoon at the Orpheum Theater downtown with a screening of the beloved 1983 Yuletide comedy "A Christmas Story," starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. (Billingsley is executive producing "A Christmas Story: A Musical," currently on Broadway) http://laconservancy.org In observance of World AIDS Day the American Cinematheque will celebrate the legacy of "The Garys" -- Gary Essert and Gary Abrahams -- Tuesday evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with a screening of Randal Kleiser's 1996 drama "It's My Party.
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