Author Phoef Sutton In Person!
THE BIG SLEEP
Introduction by author Phoef Sutton, who will sign “Crush”, his new novel about an L.A. bouncer caught up in intrigue, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
Free to Members, with a pre-screening Members-only reception courtesy of FilmLA. Regular ticket pricing for non-Members.
35 mm!70th Anniversary! THE BIG SLEEP 1946, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks The second of the Bacall-Bogart-Hawks collaborations turns Raymond Chandler’s acidic novel into a surprisingly exuberant piece of escapist entertainment. Packed with quotable lines (courtesy not only of Chandler but screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman) and colorful supporting players (including Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.), it’s both an elaborately plotted detective story and a breezy (and hilarious) romantic comedy. Bogart is sardonic private eye Philip Marlowe and Bacall is the fast, funny and very sexy daughter of his wealthy and mysterious client.
Here’s a little more about “Crush”:
L.A. BODYGUARD CRUSH MUST UNTANGLE THE MESS OF A BILLIONAIRE TYCOON AND HIS WILD DAUGHTER Caleb Rush, aka Crush, is the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in Los Angeles, a man who lives strictly to his own moral code, which doesn’t exactly hew to the standards of U.S. law. When Amelia Trask, the wild daughter of a scruples-free billionaire tycoon, comes to Crush for help, his quiet life roars into overdrive, and he has to use his wits, brawn, martial-arts training, and knowledge of the Russian mafia to stay alive and untangle the mess than young Amelia has wrought. Crush is a rollicking, page-turning ride through L.A., full of action, suspense, memorable characters, and a sly wit, from Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton.
Phoef Sutton is television writer, novelist, and playwright whose work has won two Emmys, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, a GLAAD Award, and a Television Academy Honors Award. He was an executive producer of Cheers, a writer/producer for such shows as Boston Legal and NewsRadio, a writer for Terriers, and the creator of several TV shows, including the cult hit Thanks. He is the co-author with Janet Evanovich of the brand-new New York Times bestseller Wicked Charms; he’s working with Evanovich on another in the series now. Phoef is also the author of the romantic thriller 15 Minutes to Live and the co-author of a new serialized novel, Dead Man. Listen to his interview on CooperTalk as he talks about his TV career, how he got into writing books, and his newer novels — including Crush.
THE BUZZ IS BUILDING A Summer Reading Page-Turner! “With nonstop action and variations on the man-with-a-gun distraction that go Chandler one better, Crush is also an homage of sorts to Chandler’s pulp fiction and, moreover, Elmore Leonard’s crime fiction. Like Leonard, Sutton writes great dialogue and lavishes almost as much care and attention on his villains as he does his heroes.” — Los Angeles Times “This brief novel crackles with sharp dialogue — “if you can’t lie to your wife, who can you lie to?”— and a witty narrative voice that put the reader in mind of Elmore Leonard… This one could make it to the big screen, but don’t wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series.” — Kirkus Reviews “