Cinefamily: Bolstered by Christopher Nolan’s new short documentary, Cinefamily celebrates the cerebral stop-motion animation of The Quay Brothers all week. Nolan appears in person tonight along with three shorts from the Quays: IN ABSENTIA, THE COMB, and STREET OF CROCODILES along with Nolan’s short about the brothers. This program screens throughout the week. Also showing tonight is the homage-parody-satire DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE 3, with Patton Oswalt presenting the subversive film along the underseen 1984 gorefest, THE MUTILATOR. DUDE BRO shows throughout the weekend, with special events happening each night. On Tuesday, HAUSU director Nobuhiko Obayashi comes to Cinefamily with his new film SEVEN WEEKS, along with star Takako Toiwa. On Thursday, Spectrefest brings a bad mommy to Cinefamily with GOODNIGHT MOMMY screening FOR FREE! with directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz in person.
The New Beverly: In a dreamy double feature, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS shows with the film that inspired it, YOJIMBO, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, noir invades the New Bev with THE MALTESE FALCON and THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS showing. Continuing their month-long Shaw Brothers retrospective, The New Bev shows DUEL OF THE IRON FIST and SUPER MAN CHU on Tuesday, and THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (sounds familiar, eh?) and THE 8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Egyptian: The Cinecon Festival takes up residence at the Egyptian through Monday, with features showcasing Laurel and Hardy, John Wayne, Mary Pickford, and Buster Keaton. On Wednesday, UK horror director Pete Walker appears at the Egyptian for a double feature of his films HOUSE OF LONG SHADOWS (featuring horror icons Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and John Carradine) and SCHIZO. The Egyptian begins its celebration of the innovative Oscar-winning animator George Pal on Thursday, with WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE and DESTINATION MOON screening and actress Barbara Rush in person.
The Aero: The Aero pays tribute to Ingrid Bergman this weekend (see pick of the week.) CASABLANCA and GASLIGHT screen on Saturday night. On Sunday, the hills are alive for a family matinee of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary.
Cinespia: A pair of sold out screenings mark Labor Day weekend at Cinespia, with Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO showing Saturday and FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF from the late, great John Hughes showing Sunday.
LACMA: Michael Rennie was there THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, showing for $4 on Tuesday.
Pick of the week: Carl Reiner appears in person! tonight for a signing of his book WHAT I FORGOT TO REMEMBER, and a double feature of the parody-homage-noir-celebration DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID starring Steve Martin and Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS, perhaps most notable for its production-code breaking two-and-a-half minute kiss between ultrababes Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Carl Reiner is one of our comedic national treasures, and Hitchcock on a big screen is never a bad idea, nor is Steve Martin doing hard-boiled.
It was a very busy week for The Black List, so here are some quick highlights about what’s going on in our world:
Black List Live! is back with Randall Green’s CARTOON GIRL, 9/26 at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. This 2014 Black List script is about a young boy who falls in love with a cartoon, only to find out she’s real. He then enlists his single father on a road trip to find her. We’ll be announcing cast in two weeks, but grab your tickets now!
On the heels of its rapturous premiere at the Venice Film Festival, BEASTS OF NO NATION novelist Uzo Iweala chats with Franklin on a bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads.
This fall, we’re co-hosting outdoor movie nights at Barnsdall Art Park in LA! SHAUN OF THE DEAD, COMING TO AMERICA, GROUNDHOG DAY, BRING IT ON, STAND AND DELIVER, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, and MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL lead the series, grab tickets and find out dates on Barnsdall’s site.
We’ve just opened up a new submission period for the Warner Brothers fellowship. Our FAQ will answer all of your questions about it.
Over on Go Into the Story, the always amazing Scott Myers has compiled interviews with over 40 Black List writers on the art and craft and screenwriting. It’s essential reading!