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Nobody does it better: Celebrating 50 years of James Bond films

June 4, 2012 |  3:58 pm

Connery

It's a Bond, James Bond, weekend in Los Angeles.

With Ian Fleming's dashing, debonair and sexy British spy marking 50 years on the silver screen, the American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are celebrating the longevity of the film franchise, which has endured five decades, 22 films (the 23rd, "Skyfall," with Daniel Craig, is due this fall) and almost as many leading-man incarnations as Dr. Who.

The celebration begins with the American Cinematheque's "007 at 50: The Complete James Bond Retrospective." The fun starts Friday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with the very first Bond film, "Dr. No," starring Sean Connery as 007, and 1963's "From Russia With Love." The retrospective moves Saturday to the Aero in Santa Monica with a double bill of 1964's "Goldfinger" and 1965's "Thunderball." The series continues at both theaters through June 24. http://www.americancinematheque.com

The exhibition "... Is James Bond," presented by LACMA and co-organized with Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 9 at LACMA's Art of the Americas Building. The presentation will feature all 22 unique, boldly graphic and often erotic film title sequences thematically grouped and displayed on a series of 40-inch monitors.

Fourteen of those title sequences were designed by the late Maurice Binder, who was succeeded by Daniel Kleinman for 1995's "GoldenEye."

Film Independent at LACMA will screen a Bond double bill every Thursday evening in July and September. http://www.lacma.org

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-- Susan King

Photo: Sean Connery in "From Russia With Love." Credit: MGM Home Entertainment


Around Town: Superman flies again and the New Wave returns

December 1, 2011 |  7:00 am

 

Antoine
A Francois Truffaut retrospective, an animation festival and a screening of 1978’s “Superman” are among this week’s highlights.

The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre celebrates the legacy of one of the founders of France’s New Wave cinema, Francois Truffaut, who died at the age of 52 in 1984. “The Film Lover: A Francois Truffaut Retrospective” commences Friday evening with his first feature film, 1959’s “The 400 Blows,” his critically acclaimed autobiographical drama about a troubled young boy, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud in a stunning performance). The second feature is Truffaut’s third entry in the Antoine Doinel series, the 1968 romantic comedy “Stolen Kisses,” with Leaud and Delphine Seyrig.

Truffaut pays homage to one of his icons, Alfred Hitchcock, in his 1968 mystery thriller “The Bride Wore Black,” starring Jeanne Moreau in the title role, which screens Saturday. Also on tap is his 1962 masterwork, “Jules and Jim” with Moreau and Oskar Werner. The retrospective concludes Sunday with his 1960 film noir, “Shoot the Piano Player” with Charles Aznavour, and 1980’s World War II drama “The Last Metro,” with Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. http://www.americancinematheque.com

Cinefamily’s Silent Movie Theatre gets highly animated this week. The “Animation Breakdown” begins with “An Evening With Don Hertzfeldt” on Thursday, featuring the L.A. premiere of his latest animated short, “It’s Such a Beautiful Day.” The filmmaker will be appearing in person. On Friday, Cinefamily shines the spotlight on Polish animation with several shorts by noted animators including an exclusive presentation of the Brothers Quays’ latest film, “Maska.” Saturday afternoon’s offering is a sneak preview of Pixar’s newest short film, “La Luna,” six months before its theatrical release. Later in the afternoon, Cinefamily presents a cast and crew reunion of the Cartoon Network series “Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.”

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Around Town: The Stooges ride back to town

November 24, 2011 |  6:00 am

Stooges

The Three Stooges, a Gary Cooper double bill and a tribute to Japan’s Studio Ghibli are among the Thanksgiving week film offerings.

Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk! The Alex Film Society presents its 14th annual “Three Stooges Big Screen Event” Saturday afternoon and evening at the venerable Alex Theatre in Glendale. The slapstick, eye-poking comedy shorts starring Moe, Curly, Larry and Shemp are presented in glorious 35mm. Among the shorts scheduled are 1937’s “Back to the Woods” and “Goofs and Saddles,” 1948’s “Mummies Dummies,” with Shemp, 1943’s “Higher Than a Kite” and 1938’s “Wee Wee Monsieur.” http://www.alexfilmsociety.org

The New Beverly celebrates Turkey Day with a Gary Cooper double bill Thursday and Friday: 1930’s melodrama “Morocco,” directed by Josef Von Sternberg and also starring Marlene Dietrich in her only Oscar-nominated performance, and 1940’s “The Westerner,” directed by William Wyler and co-starring Walter Brennan, who picked up his third supporting actor Oscar as the infamous Judge Roy Bean.

Two seminal films from former cinematographer-turned-director Nicolas Roeg are screening Tuesday and Wednesday at the theater-1971’s Australian adventure “Walkabout,” with Jenny Agutter and David Gulpilil and the 1976 sci-fi fantasy “The Man Who Fell to Earth” with David Bowie. http://www.newbevcinema.com

Film Independent at LACMA shines a “Spotlight on Studio Ghibli” Saturday at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The Japanese animation studio was created in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. Screening late Saturday afternoon is 1986’s “Castle in the Sky,” Miyazaki’s debut film for the studio, followed in the evening by Miyazaki’s 2001 “Spirited Away,” which earned the Oscar for best animated feature. This week’s Tuesday matinee feature at the Bing is the 1936 screwball comedy “Theodora Goes Wild,” for which Irene Dunne earned a lead actress Oscar nomination. Melvyn Douglas also stars. http://www.lacma.org/series/film-independent-lacma

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre screens 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” which is widely considered the greatest movie musical ever made, on Friday evening. Gene Kelly, who co-directed with Stanley Donen, stars with Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Jean Hagen in this effusive musical farce about the early days of the talkies in Hollywood. On tap for Saturday afternoon at the theater is “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The beloved 1939 musical fantasy “The Wizard of Oz” is set for late Sunday afternoon. And Wim Wenders’ 1999 musical documentary “Buena Vista Social Club” is on tap for Wednesday.

The Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre presents “French Female Directors Shorts Showcase” Saturday evening at its intimate Spielberg Theatre, while the main theater will be presenting the 1939 Oscar-winning epic “Gone With the Wind,” starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. http://www.americancinematheque.com

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre presents the 1972 rock documentary “Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii” and 1976’s “Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same” Friday evening. The Silent Movie Theatre offers a free sneak preview Sunday afternoon of the film “The Death and Return of Superman,” starring Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore. Writer/director Max Landis, as well as several of the stars, schedule permitting, are set to appear for a post-screening Q&A. You must preregister for the screening.

Doug Benson’s “Movie Interruption” presentation at Monday evening Cinefamily’s is the acclaimed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” http://www.cinefamily.org

Film Courage presents the L.A. premiere of “Missing Pieces” Monday evening at the Downtown Independent. Schedule permitting, there will be a Q&A with director Kenton Barlett and his stars after the movie. http://www.filmcourage.com

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “2011-2012 Contemporary Documentaries” series continues Wednesday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater with Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” and Madeleine Sackler’s “The Lottery,” both released in 2010. http://www.oscars.org

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Wednesday evening presentations at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles offers two collaborations between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson: 1970’s “Five Easy Pieces,” for which Nicholson earned his first lead actor Oscar nomination, and the underrated 1972 drama “The King of Marvin Gardens,” which also stars Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. http://www.cinema.ucla.edu

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-- Susan King

Photo: The Three Stooges, from left, Moe, Curly and Larry. Credit: Alex Film Society


Around Town: 'Rum Diary' kicks off LACMA film series

October 12, 2011 | 10:44 am

Rummy
The Los Angeles County Art Museum’s new screening program, Film Independent at LACMA, gets off to a big splash Thursday night at the Leo S. Bing Theatre with the world premiere of “The Rum Diary.” Based on gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s novel , it stars Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart. Depp, director Bruce Robinson (“Withnail & I”), Heard and Eckhart will be walking the red carpet.

On Tuesday evening, new curator Elvis Mitchell welcomes "How I Met Your Mother's" Josh Radnor for a screening of Charlie Chaplin's brilliant 1936 comedy "Modern Times," which was his last silent film.

LACMA’s Tuesday matinee is serving up Stanley Kramer’s 1967 romantic drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” starring Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy in his last film role, and Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-winning turn. http://www.lacma.org

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Johnny Depp to kick off Film Independent's LACMA movie series

September 13, 2011 | 11:12 am

mber Heard and Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary."
 
Johnny Depp will kick off the new Film Independent at LACMA Film Series on Oct. 13 with the premiere of "The Rum Diary," starring the Oscar-nominated actor. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art made the announcement Tuesday.

The series replaces LACMA's longstanding weekend film series, whose curators included the late Ron Haver and more recently, Ian Birnie. Film Independent at LACMA is curated by film critic Elvis Mitchell in collaboration with LACMA film coordinator Bernardo Rondeau and Film Independent's programming team.

The series' weekly schedule officially begins Oct. 27, but there will be four earlier events, starting with the world premiere of Bruce Robinson's "The Rum Diary." In addition to Depp, the film stars Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart, all of whom will be in attendance.

Writer-director Sean Durkin and actress Elizabeth Olsen will be on hand on Oct. 16 for the screening of the Sundance Film Festival hit "Martha Marcy May Marlene. " Two days later, LACMA will screen Charlie Chaplin's 1936 masterpiece, "Modern Times," with his 1922 short "Pay Day."

Jason Reitman will present a live read of John Hughes' script for the 1985 teen classic "The Breakfast Club" on Oct. 20. LACMA promises a surprise cast.

The official weekly series begins with Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1961 drama "Accatone!"

For more information go to www.lacma.org/film

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-- Susan King

Photo: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary." Credit: Peter Mountain/FilmDistrict


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