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Around town: Special weekend screenings, haunted and otherwise

October 14, 2010 |  8:30 am

The ongoing 20th anniversary celebration of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation moves from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Thursday for the unveiling of the Academy Film Archive’s restoration of Elia Kazan’s haunting Depression-era 1960 drama “Wild River,” starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet. Academy Film Archive Director Michael Pogorzelski and archivist Schawn Belston of 20th Century Fox will introduce the film. Special guests include cinematographer Haskell Wexler and Bruce Dern, who made his film debut in the movie. www.oscars.org

Screenwriter Larry Karaszewki (“Ed Wood”) celebrates the work of the renowned Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico, who died in July at the age of 96, with a screening of one of her masterworks, 1960’s “Rocco and His Brothers,” directed by Luchino Visconti, Thursday evening at the Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre. www.americancinematheque.com

Actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, who lost her famous father Tony Curtis two weeks ago, is being feted by the Aero Theatre on Friday and Saturday. The actress came to fame more than 30 years ago in a series of horror films, and Friday’s screening presents two of her best “scream queen” features directed by John Carpenter: 1978’s “Halloween” and 1980’s “The Fog.” A Saturday family matinee of the hit 2003 comedy “Freaky Friday,” with Lindsay Lohan, will feature Curtis reading from her new children’s book, “My Mommy Hung the Moon,” as well as participating in a discussion after the film. Part of the ticket proceeds will go to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District for arts education. Curtis will also be on hand Saturday night for 1988’s “A Fish Called Wanda” and 1994’s “True Lies,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. www.americancinematheque.com

On Friday, the Alex Theatre in Glendale will present a 30th anniversary screening of the Olivia Newton-John camp classic “Xanadu.” There will be a costume contest and special guests, but roller skates are optional. www.alextheatre.org

The Downtown Independent is presenting a "Teen Wolf"/"Ghostbusters" Drink-Along on Friday and Saturday night. Besides watching the cheesy 1985 Michael J. Fox horror comedy and the 1984 classic with Bill Murray, the theater will also be providing beer to get the party started. www.downtownindependent.com

UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Legacy Project screening series is a joint effort between the archive and Outfest to preserve and restore queer film and video. The series’ 5th birthday celebration kicks off Saturday at the Billy Wilder Theater with a screening of 1966’s “Deathwatch,” directed by Vic Morrow. Based on Jean Genet’s homoerotic prison drama, the film stars Leonard Nimoy, Michael Forest and Paul Mazursky. www.cinema.ucla.edu

Saturday marks the eighth annual Home Movie Day, and the Echo Park Film Center is inviting anyone to share home movies from noon to 4 p.m. The film center can accommodate 8-millimeter, Super-8, 16-mm and 9.5-mm film. The event is free. www.homemovieday.com

Producer/director William Castle was the P.T. Barnum of the silver screen, who lured audiences into his horror films with such gimmicks as “Emergo” and “Percepto.” Throughout the month, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is presenting the best of his fright flicks. On tap for Saturday is 1964’s campy delight “Strait-Jacket” with Joan Crawford; and “Homicidal,” his 1961 answer to Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” www.cinefamily.org

Retroformat presents preserved 8-millimeter prints from the earliest days of cinema Saturday at the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian. Among the films are Georges Melies’ classic fantasy “A Trip to the Moon.” www.americancinematheque.com

The New Beverly Cinemas presents three films starring the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields on Sunday and Monday: 1941’s outrageously surreal Fields’ vehicle, “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break”; the wild and crazy 1931 Marx Brothers comedy “Monkey Business”; and the 1935 Fields’ comedy “Man on the Flying Trapeze.” www.newbevcinema.com.

Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles is presenting Haunted Films at Haunted Places throughout the month. GHOULA will reveal the haunted location 24 hours before the screening on their Facebook page. The Sunday evening screening is “House on Haunted Hill,” the disappointing 1999 remake of the 1959 William Castle classic. www.ghoula.blogspot.com

The Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre pays homage to the comic actor Dom DeLuise, who died last year at the age of 75, on Sunday evening. Mel Brooks, schedule permitting, and the DeLuise family will be introducing the double feature of Brooks’ 1970 comedy “The Twelve Chairs,” which stars Ron Moody, DeLuise and Frank Langella, and 1980’s comedy, “Fatso,” directed by Brooks’ late wife, Anne Bancroft, and starring DeLuise in the title role. www.americancinematheque.com

The ArcLight Cinemas continues with its “Halloween Horror!” festival Monday evening at the Arclight Hollywood with James Whale’s landmark 1931 thriller “Frankenstein,” starring Colin Clive as Dr. F and Boris Karloff as his creation. On Tuesday evening, the Arclight Sherman Oaks presents the 1989 version of Stephen King’s equally creepy “Pet Sematary.” And the Arclight Pasadena features the 1990’s horror anthology “Tales From the Darkside" on Wednesday evening.  www.arclightcinemas.com

— Susan King