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Around Town: Sean Penn, Jean Harlow, Seth Green and more

August 4, 2011 |  6:00 am

Sean Penn

The American Cinematheque welcomes Sean Penn, the UCLA Film & Television Archive celebrates the naughty early films of Jean Harlow and actor and "Robot Chicken" co-creator Seth Green programs the New Beverly Cinema this week.

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn appears Thursday evening at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica for the 20th anniversary screening of his feature film directorial debut, "The Indian Runner," based on the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman." Viggo Mortensen and David Morse star in this drama about the relationship between two brothers. Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis and a young Patricia Arquette also star. 

The Aero also continues its "Lonely Places: A Nicholas Ray Centennial" celebration Friday evening with a double bill of the filmmaker's allegorical 1954 Western "Johnny Guitar," with Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge, and the exceptional 1950 film noir "In a Lonely Place" with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. Bogart also stars for Ray in the 1949 crime drama "Knock On Any Door," which screens Sunday with his 1956 thriller "Bigger Than Life."

The silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks headlines the lavish 1922 version of "Robin Hood," which was directed by Allan Dwan, Saturday at the Aero. Cliff Redtallick supplies piano accompaniment. And the latest installment in the Good Food Festival Film series, 2010's "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" screens Wednesday at the Aero.

The Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on Thursday pays tribute to everyone's favorite redhead, Lucille Ball, with a double feature--the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer" and the 1946 film noir, "The Dark Corner."

Playing Friday at the Egyptian are the two "Batman" films directed by Christopher Nolan: 2005's "Batman Begins" and 2008's "The Dark Knight." On Saturday, actor Lance Henriksen will sign copies of his memoir, "Not Bad for a Human," and discuss his career between the screening of his 1987 film "Near Dark," which marked Kathryn Bigelow's directorial debut, and 1988's "Pumpinkhead," helmed by Stan Winston.

Sunday marks the final Burning Man screening of the year-2007's "Voyage in Utopia." http://www.americancinematheque.com

The UCLA Film & Television Archive kicks off its "Harlow Before the Code" series Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater with the screen legend's only appearance in color -- Howard Hughes' 1930 World War I  epic, "Hell's Angels." Saturday offers 1933's "Hold Your Man," with Clark Gable, and 1932's "Red-Headed Woman." Frank Capra directed Monday's film, the 1931 comedy "Platinum Blonde," which also stars Loretta Young and Robert Williams.

On Sunday morning at the Wilder, UCLA presents a free screening of the 1960 Disney family film, "Toby Tyler" with Kevin Corcoran.  http://www.cinema.ucla.edu.

Actor, voice actor and co-creator and producer of Adult Swim's stop-motion series "Robot Chicken"  Seth Green is moonlighting as the guest programmer at the New Beverly Cinema this week. His first offerings Friday and Saturday are Ron Howard's 1989 comedy "Parenthood," starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen and a young Joaquin Phoenix. Green also programmed the Saturday midnight show of 1996's "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy." For Sunday and Monday, he's chosen 1986's hit comedy "Ruthless People" with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, and DeVito's acerbic 1989 film "The War of the Roses," with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. http://www.newbevcinema.com

The Japanese American National Museum continues with its Summer Classic Anime Film series Thursday evening features vintage titles from the 1920s and '30s including 1934's "The Storm Troopers" and 1935's "Why is the Sea Water Salty?" http://www.janm.org

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art kicks off its "Outdoor Films: A Tim Burton Sampler" Friday evening at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at Hancock Park with the 2005 stop-motion animated film, "Corpse Bride," which was co-directed by Burton and Mike Johnson.

The same evening, the museum commences its "Once Upon a Time in the Middle East" series opening Friday with Sergei Parajanov's 1969 classic "The Color of Pomegranates" and Ali Khamraev's 1975 film, "Man Follows Birds." Jules Dassin's 1964 caper "Topkapi," for which Peter Ustinov earned a supporting actor Oscar, screens Saturday at 5 p.m. Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1974 feature "Arabian Nights" follows later that evening. http://www.lacma.org

The Don't Knock the Rock Festival enters its second month at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre Thursday evening with the L.A. premiere of the documentary "Bob and the Monster," featuring musician Bob Forrest, who is best known these days as the drug counselor on VH1"s "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." On Friday, Cinefamily presents a rare 35mm screening of the 1976 French film, "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus," starring Jane Birkin and Joe Dallesandro, directed by Serge Gainsbourg. And on Saturday and Sunday, Cinefamily screens the latest film from Sion Sono ("Love Exposure"), 2010's "Cold Fish." http://www.cinefamily.org

The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Summer 2011 continues Saturday evening at Exposition Park with a screening of the Coen brothers' 1996 Oscar winner "Fargo." http://www.outdoorcinemafoodfest.com/

The Los Angeles Filmforum presents "The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour (Digital Program A)" Sunday evening at the Egyptian's Spielberg Theater. The programs includes recent documentary, animation, independent and experimental films from the 49th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. http://www.lafilmforum.org

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Summer of Silents" festival concludes Monday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater with John Ford's 1928 film "Four Sons." http://www.oscars.org

Skirball's free Tuesday matinee presents 1955's "Sincerely Yours" starring Liberace. http://www.skirball.org

The Westfield Century City Mall's Movie on the Terrace series presents the 1985 cult flick, "The Goonies" Wednesday evening. http://www.westfield.com

-- Susan King

Photo: Sean Penn at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Credit: Francois Durand / Getty Images.

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