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Around Town: Drive-in movies, John Carpenter, Hunter S. Thompson and more

June 23, 2011 |  6:35 am


Traditional drive-in movie theaters might largely be a thing of a past, but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy cinema in the great outdoors this weekend:

Movies on the Beach at Newport Beach presents free screenings of 2008's animated feature "Wall-E" on Friday evening and 2009's "Up!" on Saturday at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. http://www.newportdunes.com

The 2010 animated hit "Despicable Me" will screen Friday at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point. http://www.danapoint.org

Echo Park Film Center's Filmmobile, which will show movies at locations around town where they were shot, screens the 1927 Buster Keaton classic, "College," with a live musical score by Corey Fogel, on Friday evening. The location will be announced Thursday via Twitter @EPFCFilmmobile. http://www.filmmobile.org

Brand X-Santa Monica Drive-In at the Santa Monica Pier presents a free screening Friday evening of the 2007 animated film "Surf's Up." http://www.thisisbrandx.com/propaganda/

Cinespia's Saturday offering at the Hollywood Forever cemetery is Walter Hill's 1979 youth thriller, "The Warriors." A guest DJ will spin before and after the screening. http://cinespia.org

Exposition Park is the site Saturday evening of the Outdoor Cinema Foodfest screening of 1984's sci-fi favorite "The Terminator" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. There also will be a musical performance by Monte Mar and goodies from food trucks. http://www.outdoorcinemafoodfest.com

And finally, the Devil's Night Drive-in at 4th Street and Broadway on the second floor presents Steven Spielberg's beloved 1982 film "E.T." Saturday. http://www.devilsnight.com

John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi thriller "The Thing" -- his remake of 1951's "The Thing From Another World" -- screens Thursday evening at the Bigfoot Crest theater. A discussion will follow with actor David Clennon and producers David Foster and Lawrence Turman and cinematographer Dean Cundey, schedule permitting. Afterward is the Bigfoot's "Singafest Asian Film Nights" presentation of two monster movies -- the never-before-screened "The God of Clay" and the 1966 Toho flick, "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster." http://www.bigfootcrest.com

The American Cinematheque's "A Second Childhood: The Cinema of Federico Fellini" concludes Thursday evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with the filmmaker's Oscar-winning masterpiece, "La Dolce Vita." Marcello Mastroianni plays a Roman tabloid journalist. http://www.americancinematheque.com

The New Beverly Cinema honors gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on Thursday evening with Terry Gilliam's trippy 1998 film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro and 1980's "Where the Buffalo Roam" with Bill Murray. http:///www.newbevcinema.com

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre presents the ultimate Senior Prom double bill of 1976's "Carrie" and 1987's "Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II" on Friday."  http://www.cinefamily.org

In honor of the second anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood will offer special late-night screenings of 2009's behind-the-scenes musical documentary "This is It" on Friday and Saturday. http://www.arclightcinemas.com

UCLA Film & TV Archive's "Kazakhstan: Montage of Cinema" festival continues Friday evening with 2008's "The Gift to Stalin" at the Billy Wilder Theater. Filmmaker Sergei Bodrov is scheduled to attend the Saturday screening of the 2005 film "Nomad: The Warrior." Rounding out the festival on Sunday is 2008's "Tuplan," which won the Cannes Film Festival's Prix Un Certain Regard. http://www.cinema.ucla.edu

The Echo Park Film Center presents the 2008 film "Teza," directed by Ethiopia-born Haile Gerima. Saturday's programming celebrates the punk band The Screamers with a screening of the feature "Population One." http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

The Nuart's Friday midnight feature is the 1983 comedy "Valley Girl" starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Martha Coolidge. Josie Cotton, a musician performer in the film, will talk about her experience behind the scenes. http://www/landmarktheatres.com

"From Britain With Love," which showcases recent independent British films, continues Saturday and Sunday at various Laemmle theater locations with the 2010 drama "In Our Name," featuring an award-winning performance from Joanne Froggatt. http://frombritianwithlove.org

The Alex Film Society welcomes the summer this Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale with a screening of one of Elvis Presley's best musicals, 1964's "Viva Las Vegas," which also stars Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova and William Demarest. George Sidney, who had directed Ann-Margret the year before in "Bye Bye Birdie," helmed the peppy flick.  http://www.alexfilmsociety.org

The Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats festival features a sold-out screening Sunday at the Palace Theatre downtown of Billy Wilder's 1950 classic "Sunset Boulevard." The Palace Theatre also turns 100 on Sunday. The festival concludes Wednesday at the Orpheum Theatre with a screening of Harold Lloyd's seminal 1923 silent comedy "Safety Last!" The funny man's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, hosts the evening, which will also feature John Bengston, author of "Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd." http://www.laconservancy.org

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Summer of Silents: The Photoplay Award Winners of the Silent Era" series continues Monday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater with the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler, "Robin Hood." http://www.oscars.org

The 18th Annual Film Courage Interactive with David Branin and Karen Worden presents the improvised film "Subhysteria" on Monday evening at the Downtown Independent in downtown Los Angeles. http://www.filmcourage.com

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "The Fantastical Worlds of Tim Burton" Tuesday matinee presentations wrap up this week with Burton's 2010 hit, "Alice in Wonderland," starring his longtime leading man Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. http://www.lacma.org

-- Susan King

Photo: "Surf's Up." Credit: Sony Pictures Animation/Sony Pictures Entertainment

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