December 10, 2009 |
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre celebrates the 94th birthday of the late, great Frank Sinatra with a swinging double bill tonight: 1960's " Ocean's 11" -- the first Rat Pack funfest -- which also stars Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Cesar Romero and Angie Dickinson; and 1957's Rodgers and Hart musical "Pal Joey" with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. The latter played at the Egyptian when it was first released. In keeping with the Rat Pack spirit, there'll also be a no-host martini bar reception before the screenings.
August 20, 2009 |
"The Blair Witch Project," the low-budget, box-office sensation of 1999, celebrates its 10th anniversary tonight at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams star in the pseudo-documentary-style chiller about three college students who venture into the woods outside Burkittsville, Md., to chronicle the forest's Blair Witch legend. After the screening, there will be a discussion with directors Eduardo SÃ¡nchez and Daniel Myrick, producers Gregg Hale, Mike Monello and Robin Cowie, star Donahue and other cast members.
July 2, 2009 |
In terms of respect, French director Jean-Jacques Beineix is sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of filmmaking in his country. When his first film, 1981's "Diva," opened in France, the critics gave it a resounding thumbs down. But word-of-mouth built for the quirky story of a postman and opera buff who ends up recording his singing idol. "Diva" became a huge hit not only in France but also internationally.
September 5, 2008 |
French film star Jean Gabin played the Everyman every woman wanted. From the early 1930s until his death in 1976, the bulky, sexy and brooding Gabin was one of France's greatest movie heroes. Beloved internationally three decades after his death -- there's even a museum devoted to him outside Paris -- Gabin is still basically unknown in America save for a handful of classics including the 1937 gangster romance 'Pepe le Moko," Jean Renoir's 1937 antiwar drama "Grand Illusion" and Marcel Carne's poetic 1939 tragedy "Le Jour se leve.
June 12, 2008 |
The ninth Mods & Rockers Film Festival opens June 26 in Hollywood with the world premiere of "The Seventh Python," a look at the life and music of longtime Monty Python associate, former Bonzo Dog Band member and Rutles singer and songwriter Neil Innes. The following night, Innes will play a solo concert in the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, where the festival's mix of new and classic music-centric films will be run. "The Seventh Python" references Innes' close working and personal relationship with the six members of the British comedy troupe.