September 12, 2012 |
Kirk Douglas is one of the last of the giants, the 95-year-old survivor of Hollywood's last golden age and still going strong. He is scheduled to make an in-person appearance at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 to help kick off a seven-film tribute to the durable actor. The film Douglas will speak before is one of his best: 1962's elegiac "Lonely Are the Brave," written by Dalton Trumbo from an Edward Abbey novel and directed by David Miller.
August 16, 2012
BOOKS Celebrate / mourn the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death with a special screening of Presley's classic third film, "Jailhouse Rock. " Before the screening Mike Stoller will sign copies of his and Jerry Leiber's book, "Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography. " Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. Sun. http://www.americancinematheque.com.
August 15, 2012 |
Cinema lost a true original on July 8 when Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine died at the age of 95. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood is celebrating his life and legacy beginning Thursday evening with a double bill of Nicholas Ray's cult 1954 Western “Johnny Guitar,” with Borgnine supporting Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge, and 1958's “The Badlanders,” a Western remake of “The Asphalt Jungle”...
August 1, 2012 |
This wonderfully titled American Cinematheque tribute to the Italian westerns that made Clint Eastwood a major star and director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone international celebrities is so big that it's taking over both the Hollywood and Santa Monica branches of the Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, see the two films that started the trend: 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars" and the sequel, "For a Few Dollars More. " The first starred Eastwood in a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo," while the second paired him with the sinister Lee Van Cleef.
July 19, 2012 |
Martin Donovan, a consistently fine and busy actor in films ("The Opposite of Sex," "Insomnia") and on TV ("Weeds,""Boss"), adds screenwriter and director to his resume with disappointing results in the somber, would-be thriller "Collaborator. " Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second. As Robert Longfellow, a conflicted playwright who flees New York for his mother's (Katherine Helmond) L.A. home after his latest play flops, Donovan sleepwalks through much of the film; it's as if he's exhausted from wearing those extra two hats.
July 12, 2012
MOVIES The actor Billy Bob Thornton has led one of cinema's more colorful recent careers (when Angelina Jolie wears a vial of your blood, you're doing something right), and he tells all in his new book "The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts. " The signing accompanies screenings of two of his landmark movies: his Coen brothers collab "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "A Simple Plan. " Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 6:15 p.m. Fri. americancinematheque.org.
June 28, 2012
MOVIES Producer Matty Simmons gave his first-person memoir about the making of "Animal House" an apt title: "Fat, Drunk & Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal House. " But the movie's bawdy humor belied an envelope-pushing sensibility that would define American comedy for decades. He signs it alongside a screening of the classic film, where presumably he won't ask to dance with your date. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 6:30 p.m. Sat. $11. americancinematheque.com.
May 17, 2012
MOVIES One of the great films of noir intrigue, "The Mystery of the Double Cross" finds a man bound to inherit a fortune when a mysterious warning to, yep, avoid the "double cross" proves prescient after a woman bearing the mark enters his life. Coincidence or harbinger of doom? Either way, it's a must-see engagement of the episodic series in 8mm format. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. american cinematheque.com.
April 26, 2012 |
The love story in Penelope Spheeris' "I Don't Know" is more than boy-meets-girl. The 18-minute black-and-white short shot in 1972 starts in an elevator where a lesbian meets a transgender man and the two become lovers (then exes) while French music plays. These are the sort of expectation-defying stories that will be told with "Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture," part of the Filmforum's Alternative Projections exploring experimental film in Los Angeles. Spheeris, whose later directoral credits include the era-defining "Wayne's World" and the 1981 punk documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," shot "I Don't Know" while in film school at UCLA.
February 17, 2012
'Once Upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone' at American Cinematheque Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, and Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica When: Fri. and Sat., Thu. and Feb. 24 Fri., 7:30 p.m., Aero: "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) Sat., 7:30 p.m., Aero: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian: "Duck, You Sucker" (1971) Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian: "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)