May 16, 2013 |
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)
December 3, 2008 |
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.
November 22, 2012 |
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.
August 19, 2010 |
Marcel Rasquin's " Hermano" opens the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on Thursday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The seven-day event includes 25 narrative and 12 documentary features and 36 shorts from the Latin filmmaking community. The festival also features numerous filmmaker panels, parties and gala events. Except for openings and closing night programs, all screenings take place at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas; panels and seminars are holding court on the third floor of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel Space, and the closing night gala screening of Carlos Carrera's " Backyard" is set for the Egyptian Theatre.
October 5, 2013 |
I once visited Monument Valley and tried to imagine myself in a John Ford western. It didn't work. I did the "Vertigo" tour in San Francisco and felt nothing. No matter how rooted in a specific time or place, most movies, especially the great ones, are essentially fantasias. If we should find ourselves checking out their actual locations, the effect can be deadening. Instead of being fellow spirits, we are merely tourists. These thoughts were in my mind when I traveled to Kolkata five years ago to discuss the legacy of the great Indian director Satyajit Ray as part of a cultural envoy program sponsored by the State Department.
November 29, 2012 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
November 13, 2013 |
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.