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June 24, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Joel Schumacher began his career as a costume designer with the 1972 film "Play It as It Lays." Nine years later, he made his feature directorial debut with "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" with Lily Tomlin. His latest film, "Twelve," opens at the end of July. This weekend, the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is saluting Schumacher with a three-day in-person retrospective. On Friday evening, Schumacher will introduce his 1993 psychological thriller, "Falling Down," starring Michael Douglas as man who goes on a killing spree after he loses his job, as well as his 1990 chiller "Flatliners," starring Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon as med students who decide to experiment with death.
July 29, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Petro Vlahos might not be a household name, but he's one of the most accomplished scientific and technical innovators in film and television. He holds more than 35 patents on equipment including camera crane motor controls, optical soundtracks and projection screens, but he's best known for creating both the analog and digital hardware and software versions of the Ultimatte compositing system. On Thursday, Bill Taylor, the governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council, will host "A Conversation With Petro Vlahos" at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
March 25, 2010 | By Susan King
The Method Fest Independent Film Festival, which celebrates the art of the actor, opens Thursday at the Regency Agoura 9 in Agoura Hills with James Ivory's latest film, "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins. Among the 30 features and 59 shorts at the festival, which continues through Wednesday, will be "The Good Heart," with Brian Cox, "The Lightkeepers " with Richard Dreyfuss and Bruce Dern, who also will be honored at the festival, and "The Greatest," with Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon.
October 14, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Discerning moviegoers will barely have time to catch their breath this week amid the eclectic and heady mix of film festivals, retrospectives, classic movies and other cinematic treats screening around town. Those whose tastes run to the subversive likely will want to check out the Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant-Garde Film Festival, which begins Thursday evening and continues through Saturday at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater. Over three days, the festival will show avant-garde movies from the early 1960s to present day, all of which have been selected from the collection of the New American Cinema Group/New York's Film-Makers' Cooperative.
September 9, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
With the critically acclaimed two-part French gangster thriller "Mesrine" still in theaters, the American Cinematheque is taking the opportunity to celebrate the illustrious tradition of the French crime film, which stretches back to the 1930s, with a screening series running Thursday through Saturday at the Aero Theatre. The mystery and intrigue begin with 1937's "Pepe le Moko," starring the inimitable Jean Gabin as a sexy fugitive hiding from the cops. The 1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller, "Quai Des Orfevres," starring Bertrand Blier and French icon Louis Jouvet, follows.
May 13, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Akira Kurosawa, the undeniable master of Japanese cinema, directed some of that country's seminal films, including "Throne of Blood" and "Rashomon." The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre and the UCLA Film & Television Archive are celebrating the late filmmaker's centenary beginning Friday with "Ran," his 1985 samurai/Noh theater adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," for which he was nominated for an Oscar for director. The film won an Academy Award for costume design.
June 3, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The 13th annual Dances With Films Festival, which describes itself as the only film festival in the country "solely geared" to unknowns, boogies into Laemmle's Sunset 5 on Thursday and continues through June 10. About 100 films, including features, shorts, documentaries and music videos from around the world will screen, with nearly three-quarters of the films having their world or West Coast premieres ( In retrospect LACMA's latest screening series, "Sympathy for the Devil: The Magick Cinema of Donald Cammell," features the four films made by the Scottish director who began his career as a painter and illustrator, moved on to writing screenplays and then took up the director's reins alongside Nicolas Roeg for 1970's seminal "Performance."
March 18, 2010 | By Susan King
Time seems to fly by faster every year. That's why it's so hard to believe that the intense film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Cold War thriller " The Hunt for Red October," starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. You can join in the commemoration Thursday as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council presents a screening of a new 35-millimeter print at the Linwood Dunn Theater. After the movie, film historian and author Eric Lichtenfeld will talk with crew members.
July 22, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Sixty years ago, Carl Reiner was a regular on Sid Caesar's legendary comedy-variety series, "Your Show of Shows," and Mel Brooks was one of the hungry young writers on the live NBC program. The pair became fast friends, and the comedy world has never been the same. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is saluting these two national treasures with "A Laugh-Out-Loud Weekend With Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner." The fun starts Thursday evening with 1982's " My Favorite Year," starring Peter O'Toole as an aging matinee idol guest starring on a fictionalized version of "Your Show of Shows," and Brooks' 1981 comedy " History of the World Part I ."
May 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
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