October 14, 2010 |
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.
October 7, 2010 |
Sam Rockwell, the critically acclaimed actor who was most recently seen as the villainous Justin Hammer in "Iron Man 2," is scheduled to appear in person Saturday evening at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre for a screening of his upcoming drama, "Conviction," in which he plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. The event is part of a celebration of Rockwell's eclectic career, kicking off Friday at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with a double feature of 2002's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," the George Clooney-directed film in which the actor portrays game show guru Chuck Barris, and 2009's "Moon," featuring Rockwell as an astronaut alone on Earth's nearby neighbor.
September 30, 2010 |
Blake Edwards has been the guiding force on such comedic classics as 1959's "Operation Petticoat" and 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," not to mention the "Pink Panther" films with Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. On Thursday, Edwards will be on hand to talk about his career at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. A screening of his 1981 Hollywood satire, "S.O.B.," starring Edwards' wife, Julie Andrews, and William Holden in his final film, will follow the discussion.
HOME & GARDEN
September 28, 2010 |
Phoenix Pictures Chief Executive Mike Medavoy and his wife, Irena, have sold a house in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates area and bought another in a nearby gated community for its asking price of $6 million. The Mediterranean they bought was built in 1998 and includes a two-story foyer, a screening room, an oversized kitchen, six bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms and maid's quarters in about 9,000 square feet. There is a swimming pool and spa on grounds of more than three-quarters of an acre.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2010 |
The Brentwood home where iconic actress Marilyn Monroe died — listed at $3,595,000 — went into escrow within two weeks and has sold for $255,000 above its asking price. Described as "sprawling and authentic," the 1929 hacienda sits behind gates on more than half an acre with a kidney-shaped swimming pool, citrus trees and an expansive lawn. Walls are thick, the ceilings are beamed, the hardware is period and the floor is terracotta tile. The one-story house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office in 2,624 square feet of living space.
September 16, 2010 |
The American Cinematheque frequently pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock. For its latest retrospective, "Vivid Obsessions: Hitchcock's Technicolor Films," the Cinematheque has booked several of the director's stars to discuss working with the master of suspense. On Thursday, Karen Black and Bruce Dern are scheduled to chat about appearing in Hitchcock's final feature, 1976's " Family Plot," following a screening of the film at the Aero Theatre. Afterward, the 1948 film "Rope," starring James Stewart, will be shown.
September 9, 2010 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2010 |
A gated estate that was once home to producer David Wolper and then composer Jerry Herman has come on the market in Bel-Air at $23.45 million. The compound sits on an acre overlooking the 16th hole of the Bel Air Country Club. Built in 1951, the "French inspired" house has been redesigned with extended families in mind. Its 19,000 square feet of living space include a kitchen with great room, a formal dining room, a library, a bar and cocktail area, a catering kitchen, a gym, a sauna, a screening room, nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.