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December 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before digging out some sweaters. The Skinny: You know you are getting old when you don't have the energy for cocktail parties anymore. Of course, the whole getting up at 5:30 a.m to do this may have something to do with my lack of evening energy. Anyway, before I fall and can't get up, here's your Morning Fix. Headlines include results of the New York Film Critics Awards. Also bad news for silent movie aficionados. Daily Dose: According to Time Warner Cable's website, the pay-TV distributor's contract to carry Viacom's cable networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is due to expire soon.
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December 10, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
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July 22, 1999 | TRACY JOHNSON
In most towns, silent movies have long since disappeared. Movie houses with organs have been replaced by multiplexes with digital sound systems showing 70-millimeter color films. But here in the nation's movie capital, where historians, filmmakers and fans alike treasure early Hollywood history, you don't have to look too far to find a silent film screening or exhibit.
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December 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before digging out some sweaters. The Skinny: You know you are getting old when you don't have the energy for cocktail parties anymore. Of course, the whole getting up at 5:30 a.m to do this may have something to do with my lack of evening energy. Anyway, before I fall and can't get up, here's your Morning Fix. Headlines include results of the New York Film Critics Awards. Also bad news for silent movie aficionados. Daily Dose: According to Time Warner Cable's website, the pay-TV distributor's contract to carry Viacom's cable networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is due to expire soon.
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October 16, 2013 | By Susan King
A hot ticket every fall at California Institute of the Arts is Gary Mairs' weekly silent movie screenings for his film history class. You read that right - silent movie screenings. The Bijou Theater is not packed because students at the Valencia campus are crazy for silent movies necessarily, but because of the live music that accompanies these classics. Since 2004, Mairs has invited students, faculty and alumni at CalArts' Herb Albert School of Music to accompany the films. Over the years, the music has run the gamut from an original string quartet for Carl Theodore Dryer's 1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc" to an improvised accompaniment for D.W. Griffith's 1919 "Broken Blossoms," which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929's "Man With a Movie Camera.
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June 8, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The only thing missing Monday was the triumphant booming of the Wurlitzer organ as one silent movie cliffhanger was resolved. Film curators in Westwood announced that the movie buff who purchased most of the inventory of the nation's only silent movie theater last month has decided to place them in UCLA's Film and Television Archive. The donation by David W.
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July 29, 1988 | DAVID WHARTON
Farm boy Harold moves to the city and becomes a high school football star and leader of the drama club. He persuades the club to make a Western movie and, as part of the plot, blows up a county dam. After the explosion, Harold runs away because he is afraid of being arrested but returns just in time to win a football game for the home team. They don't make movies like that anymore. "Harold Teen" was filmed in 1928 and has become a hard-to-find silent classic.
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January 27, 1997 | JIM GATES, Jim Gates is a freelance writer. He is also a booker for Orion Pictures, which recently merged with the Samuel Goldwyn Co
Regarding "The Man Died Doing What He Loved: Devotees mourn proprietor of Silent Movie theater, who had kept alive a bygone era of Hollywood" (main news section, Jan. 19): I first met Laurence W. Austin, the owner and manager of the Silent Movie Showcase, when he called me at the Samuel Goldwyn Co. to rent a print of the 1925 silent version of "Stella Dallas." His passion for silent movies was infectious as he excitedly described his upcoming Buster Keaton festival, encouraging me to attend.
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October 16, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Silent Movie, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., presents Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. a series of films preserved by the UCLA Film Archive with a portion of the admission going toward its preservation program. By and large all the films, two of which are talkies, have in common a sure sense of the pictorial and inspired production design, heightened by superb black-and-white cinematography.
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May 15, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Howard Merrill, 85, a child actor in 58 silent movies by age 11 who went on to write for radio and TV, including such shows as "Get Smart," died of undisclosed causes April 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Introduced to acting at age 3, he made it into "Ripley's Believe It or Not" for his record number of movies, and for making 487 radio broadcasts on 38 shows by the time he was 14.
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October 27, 2013 | By Susan King
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is paying homage in November to Rhodes scholar, acclaimed singer-songwriter, actor and 1970s heartthrob Kris Kristofferson. "Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood" kicks off Friday with an evening of songs, stories, a live chat with the 77-year-old performer and a screening of the first film he starred in, 1972's "Cisco Pike. " And there'll be a reunion with "Cisco Pike" co-star Harry Dean Stanton. This opening event is open only to Cinefamily members.
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October 21, 2013 | By Susan King
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies, some of the most artistic silent films were released in 1928 as studios were beginning the transition to talkies. Two of MGM's masterworks from 1928 - King Vidor's heartbreaking "The Crowd" and Ernst Lubitsch's lushly romantic "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" - are screening this week at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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October 16, 2013 | By Susan King
A hot ticket every fall at California Institute of the Arts is Gary Mairs' weekly silent movie screenings for his film history class. You read that right - silent movie screenings. The Bijou Theater is not packed because students at the Valencia campus are crazy for silent movies necessarily, but because of the live music that accompanies these classics. Since 2004, Mairs has invited students, faculty and alumni at CalArts' Herb Albert School of Music to accompany the films. Over the years, the music has run the gamut from an original string quartet for Carl Theodore Dryer's 1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc" to an improvised accompaniment for D.W. Griffith's 1919 "Broken Blossoms," which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929's "Man With a Movie Camera.
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January 24, 2013
Catch a rare 35mm screening of director Roman Polanski's first English-language film, "Repulsion. " This creepy 1965 horror flick chronicles the meltdown of a young Catherine Deneuve as she deals with intimacy issues in a very strange way. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri. to Thu. Times vary. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org.
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January 2, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The late Sonny Bono founded the Palm Springs International Film Festival while mayor of the desert community, and more than two decades later, the beat goes on for the cinematic celebration. This year's event opens Thursday evening with Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves," a unique black-and-white silent version of "Snow White" from Spain. The 24th edition of the festival continues through Jan. 14 and will feature 180 films from 68 countries, including 63 features by first-time directors.
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December 27, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Are you a film buff who received a holiday gift certificate for books? Not to worry. Here's a post-Christmas guide to three books about legendary cinema stars, and a fourth about some of Hollywood's bit players. "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies": Christel Schmidt edited this lavish exploration of one of cinema's first film stars, who by the age of 20 had appeared in more than 100 silent movies (among them "Sparrows," "Daddy-Long-Legs" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy"). Known as "America's Sweetheart" because of her long, curly blond locks, Pickford was in reality a savvy businesswoman - the first female movie mogul.
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December 12, 1996
Frances Carlisle Case, a former piano player for silent movies, died in a Camarillo convalescent hospital Wednesday. She was 100. Case was born Nov. 26, 1896, in DeSmet, S.D. She moved to Ventura County from Los Angeles 31 years ago. Case was a homemaker. She also worked as a salesclerk for Coles Department Store in Brookings, S.D., and as a night auditor for the Mayflower Hotel in Los Angeles.
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February 7, 1991 | LINDA HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There were no searchlights or limousines at this movie premiere. Not a Meryl Streep or Kevin Costner in sight. No Army Archerd, no one from "Entertainment Tonight." Just a lone bagpipe player and a long queue of movie buffs standing outside the box office--a box office that had been closed for 11 years. The Silent Movie, a popular theater on Fairfax Avenue for nearly four decades, closed abruptly in 1979.
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October 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Carla Laemmle lived a fairy tale existence after she and her parents moved to the Universal Studios lot in 1921 when she was 11. Her father, Joseph, was the brother of Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle and when Joseph's health began to fail, Carl invited the family to leave Chicago and live on the lot because the climate would be better in California. "There were two houses with a long front lawn and a little hospital," recalled Carla Laemmle, who is celebrating her 103rd birthday Saturday with a party at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.
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April 2, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Filmmakers and history buffs protesting the planned demolition of part of a West Hollywood movie studio once owned by Mary Pickford say they may turn to next door Los Angeles for help in preserving the place. That strategy was revealed during a noisy demonstration Sunday outside The Lot studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue by opponents of the proposed razing of production buildings built in the 1920s and '30s. Passing motorists honked their horns in support of about 50 pickets carrying signs such as "Tell WeHo No" and "Save the Last Silent Era Film Studio.
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