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June 23, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Want to see "South Pacific" in Los Angeles? On Friday, you will have two fun choices. As the Tony Award-winning revival of the 1949 classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical continues to enchant audiences at the Ahmanson, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will also be unveiling a newly restored 70-millimeter print of the 1958 movie version of the epic romance at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Following the screening, Center Theatre Group's artistic director, Michael Ritchie, will lead a discussion with three of the film's stars — Mitzi Gaynor, who played the perky nurse Nellie Forbush; John Kerr, who played the ill-fated Lt. Cable; and France Nuyen, who played his native lover, Liat — as well as Rod Gilfry, who just left the Ahmanson production.
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June 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Think of it as a Hitchcock-a-palooza. It may be the summer of such blockbuster spectacles as "Man of Steel," "The Lone Ranger" and "World War Z," but it's also the summer of movies by a real-life legend: Alfred Hitchcock. His films are screening at several venues around L.A. in the coming weeks. Some of them will be familiar to audiences, others not. On Tuesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is showing both the sound and silent versions of his 1929 thriller "Blackmail.
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August 5, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The sixth annual HollyShorts Film Festival is succumbing to the current 3-D craze with two of its opening-night movies. David Arquette's period romance "The Butler's in Love" and Sean Isroelit's "The Caretaker 3D," which stars TV icon Dick Van Dyke, will screen Thursday at the Directors Guild of America Theatre, along with the Zachary Quinto-starrer "Hostage: A Love Story" ; Derek Waters' Funny or Die short " Drunk History: Douglass &...
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November 25, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
With his acute sense of irony and the macabre, Alfred Hitchcock would appreciate the fact that he's one of the hottest directors in the world even though he's been dead for 32 years. Fans and critics have always been fascinated with the Master of Suspense, who directed such seminal films as 1940's "Rebecca," 1945's "Spellbound," 1946's "Notorious," 1954's "Rear Window," 1960's "Psycho" and 1963's "The Birds. " But 2012 has been an exceptional year in the Hitchcock legacy. For decades, the British Film Institute's periodical Sight and Sound's poll of critics named Orson Welles' 1941 masterwork "Citizen Kane" the best movie ever made.
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August 19, 2009 | SUSAN KING
The glossy, über-melodramatic films of director Douglas Sirk and producer Ross Hunter, which were so popular in the 1950s, are deceptively simple. The glitz, glamour, Dior necklaces and Russell Metty's florid cinematography are a kind of ruse that allowed Sirk to explore such serious issues as sexual mores, class structure and racism. Todd Haynes was significantly influenced by Sirk, especially his 1955 "All That Heaven Allows," in his acclaimed 2002 drama, "Far From Heaven." Directors including the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder and "Inglourious Basterds' " Quentin Tarantino have also tipped their hat to Sirk.
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May 21, 2010
'Tommy' When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills Price: $5 (general); $3 (academy members and students) Info: (310) 247-3600; http://www.oscars.org
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January 14, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Oscar Winners: Meanwhile, the motion picture academy will honor Oscar-winning women at a reception Jan. 28 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Invitations have been mailed to 158 living women who have won Oscars in various categories. The reception is in line with the theme of this year's March 29 Academy Awards, "Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies."
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June 27, 2012
'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: 7:30 p.m. Wed. Tickets: Admission: $3 general; $3 for academy members and students with valid ID Info: http://www.oscars.org
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October 21, 2010
'Monsters in the Movies' Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Price: $5 for general public; $3 for academy members and students with valid ID Info: http://www.oscars.org or (310) 247-3600
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July 20, 2010
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" Where: The Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5 for general admission; $3 for Academy members and students and a valid ID Information: http://www.oscars.org or (310) 247-3000
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November 13, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Time has not diminished the warm memories of those who worked on Francis Ford Coppola's horror-romance "Bram Stoker's Dracula. " "He steered the ship," said Michele Burke, who won an Oscar for her makeup and hair design, about her collaboration with the director most widely known for "The Godfather" trilogy. "It was like being in rarefied air in his company. " Burke and several members of the crew, who won Oscars for their evocative work on "Dracula" - makeup artists Greg Cannom and Matthew W. Mungle and special effects sound editors Tom C. McCarthy and David E. Stone - will discuss the production Thursday evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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September 30, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Charlie Chaplin was in great spirits during the production of his 1952 film "Limelight," his first film since his poorly received 1947 dark comedy, "Monsieur Verdoux. " "Limelight," turned out to be Chaplin's final Hollywood film - and it brought back memories of the legendary actor and filmmaker's glory days. "He was like the young Charlie. I would sit in his old-time dressing room being made up with him and he was full of fire," said his friend, actor Norman Lloyd, who appears as a choreographer in the sentimental drama about a once famous clown named Calvero, who prevents troubled young ballerina Thereza (Claire Bloom)
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July 17, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
At one point during the arduous filming of David Lean's 1962 Oscar-winning historical epic "Lawrence of Arabia," production shut down for three months. Screenwriter Robert Bolt needed the time to finish the script on the complex tale of T.E. Lawrence, the young British intelligence officer in Cairo who helped the Arabs break up the Ottoman Empire. But then Bolt got arrested in London. A political activist, Bolt was jailed for protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If he apologized for his actions, he wouldn't go to prison.
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June 27, 2012
'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: 7:30 p.m. Wed. Tickets: Admission: $3 general; $3 for academy members and students with valid ID Info: http://www.oscars.org
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January 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
One of the favorites for a best picture Oscar nomination this year is the black-and-white silent French film "The Artist. " And if the story about the infancy of talkies in Hollywood does earn the top Academy Award, "The Artist" will be the first silent to win the honor since the very first best picture winner, 1927's World War I epic "Wings," directed by William Wellman. In honor of the 85th anniversary of "Wings" and the centennial of Paramount Pictures, the studio that produced the classic, the film starring Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow and a young Gary Cooper has been digitally restored.
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August 22, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It didn't take long for Geena Davis to realize the impact of "Thelma & Louise" after it opened in May 1991. "On the opening weekend, women would stop me in the store saying that 'The movie changed my life,'" recalled the Oscar winner ("The Accidental Tourist"). The women would tell her, 'You have no idea what that movie meant to me. My friend and I are going to act out the trip.'" "Thelma & Louise" was an anomaly among that year's summer movies; the majority of the box-office hits were testosterone-driven action films such as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" or comedies such as "City Slickers.
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November 21, 2009
A celebration of the life of award-winning comedy writer Larry Gelbart, who died Sept. 11 at age 81, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
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February 24, 2011
In case you missed seeing any of the Oscar-nominated films for best animated feature the first time around, the Animated Feature Symposium will at least give you a taste of the action with clips from "How to Train Your Dragon," "Toy Story 3," and the underdog, "The Illusionist," which is a follow-up to "The Triplets of Belleville" from French animator Sylvain Chomet. The nominees will also discuss the films' development and the creative processes involved. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd.
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February 24, 2011
In case you missed seeing any of the Oscar-nominated films for best animated feature the first time around, the Animated Feature Symposium will at least give you a taste of the action with clips from "How to Train Your Dragon," "Toy Story 3," and the underdog, "The Illusionist," which is a follow-up to "The Triplets of Belleville" from French animator Sylvain Chomet. The nominees will also discuss the films' development and the creative processes involved. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd.
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February 22, 2011
STAGE Monty Python's Spamalot Theatergoers in search of killer rabbits and persistent dismembered knights need look no further than this musical adapted for the stage ? or "lovingly ripped off," in the parlance of the production ? from the absurd Arthurian comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail. " The show, which features a new score by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, skewers the Knights of the Round Table, pop culture, Broadway musicals and just about anything else it sets its sights on. Fred Kavli Theatre , 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
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