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April 21, 1989 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
For producer Behrooz Afrakhan, a 27-year-old Iranian-born graduate of Agoura High School, his adopted American Dream was to have been realized this week with the world premiere of his first film at the Century City Cineplex Odeon. It was there that "Veiled Threat," a low-budget thriller based on the real-life murder of an Iranian journalist living in Orange County, was to have been shown as a featured selection of the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival.
August 27, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
WHEN actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was in preproduction on his 2003 hit comedy "Elf," he studied Buster Keaton's 1928 classic silent "Steamboat Bill, Jr." -- not just to get a sense of Keaton's death-defying comedy prowess but also because both films deal with a strained father-son relationship.
In the past five years, it has evolved from FILMEX into AFIFEST into its current tongue-thickening designation as the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI/LA FilmFest, for short). It's traveled from Westwood to Santa Monica to Los Feliz to its present home at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas at Century City's ABC Entertainment Center. But, as always, it's a cornucopia of movies, a smorgasbord, a glut: a big, rambunctious, eclectic gathering of films (about 123 features and 70 shorts)
June 6, 2012 | Susan King
In her nearly 60 years in show business, Shirley MacLaine has played some unforgettable roles, met some legendary characters and had some memorable meals. And sometimes all three happened at once. Take, for example, her story about her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 dark comedy, "The Trouble With Harry," in which she brought her quirky charm to the role of the feisty young wife of the very dead Harry. Hitchcock made her eat every meal with him. "He knew I was just out of the chorus, so I hadn't eaten for years.
June 21, 1986
NBC has turned to the American Film Institute to find new TV writers. The network on Friday announced that it will sponsor a Summer TV Writers Workshop that will culminate in a one-hour prime-time showcase in July, 1987. In making the announcement along with other network and AFI officials, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff cited a shortage of good television writers.
September 12, 1990
More than 100 films and videos representing 25 Pacific Rim cultures are being screened through Sunday. Highlights of programs today and Thursday are reviewed here: Today Endymion & Selene Colombia Today with "Love, Women and Flowers" at AMC; and Friday at AFI Animated mythology by Tricia Garcia, done with a cool serenity, a simplicity and seeming artlessness that sometimes recalls the work of John and Faith Hubley.--M.W.
February 4, 1989
Max Laemmle, the Man Who Loved Movies, was a major force in Los Angeles film culture, not only for the films he presented but for his warm and generous collaboration with other film organizations. It was with the help of Laemmle (who died Jan. 20) that the American Film Institute was able to reorganize the Los Angeles International Film Festival in 1987 (replacing Filmex) and present it at his Los Feliz Cinema. His collaboration with the AFI continued in specialized festivals at his Santa Monica Cinema devoted to European, British, U.S. independent and documentary films.
September 7, 1986
As an early subscriber to Cinebooks' "Motion Picture Guide," I was amazed to see Charles Champlin's review of this 12-volume film reference work when only four volumes have been printed! That's tantamount to having Ruth Reichl review a meal based on the appetizer or Dan Sullivan write a critique of a three-act play after only one act! Champlin must have had an ax to grind (does he endorse AFI or Variety?) because he nit-picked and never mentioned the fact that "Casablanca" and "Citizen Kane" got more than 10,000 words or that "Gone With the Wind" had about 17,000 words in the scholarly reviews.
September 1, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Answer: Alex Trebek Question: Who is the host of Sunday evening's Hollywood Bowl concert, "The Big Picture: AFI's Great American Movie Quiz. " Trebek mused that he won't get confused that evening by asking the questions instead of giving the answer first. "It will be the reverse, but keep in mind I have been doing this kind of [quiz show] programming for a long time," said Trebek, who used to host KCOP's live coverage of the Bowl's fireworks concert in the 1990s. "I did have a life before 'Jeopardy!
January 20, 2001
Elvis Presley's "Clambake" came out in 1967, not 1962, as reported in the excellent piece about the King's sad and painful wasted years appearing in Hollywood dreck ("Now That's the Way Elvis Really Was," by Robert Hilburn, Jan. 13). In 14 years, Elvis starred in an astonishing 31 films, each one worse than the one before. The worst of the bunch was his 25th film, "Clambake." It has the distinction of being the only Elvis Presley film to be a finalist in our "100 Years, 100 Stinkers" parody of the AFI best films list.
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