Two-Fer Tuesday w/ Bette Davis & the LARE @ the LAEMMLE!

TUESDAY, APRIL 4th- 6:30 pm signing/7:15 film-AHRYA FINE ARTS THEATRE-8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills- Bette Davis Double Bill w/ author Jeremy Arnold

Just a couple days before we officially join our friends for the TCM Festival getting ready to hit Hollywood, we will join TCM author Jeremy Arnold  for a great night of Bette Davis in Beverly Hills.

Jeremy will sign his book, “TCM the Essentials-52 Must See Movies and Why They Matter” as well as introducing both, “Now Voyager” (75th Anniversary) & “Marked Woman”.

NOW, VOYAGER -75th Anniversary!

 

Twofer Tuesdays Series- Bette Davis Double Feature Plays April 4 at Three Laemmle Theatres

 

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present Twofer Tuesdays, a classic movie double bill that will screen on the first Tuesday of each month as a recurring event. Our first attraction celebrates Hollywood legend Bette Davis in one of her most beloved roles, Now, Voyager (1942), on its 75th anniversary. As a bonus feature, we are pairing it with Marked Woman (1937; 80th anniversary) starring Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Both movies will show in three locations as a double feature (two movies, one admission price).

Now, Voyager (1942) is considered a consummate “woman’s film,” a genre that was Davis’ forte in her heyday in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and 40s, an era that she ruled as a top box office star. The plush melodrama, based on a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty (author of Stella Dallas, another classic tale of a self-sacrificing, independent woman), was adapted by Casey Robinson (Dark Victory) and directed by Irving Rapper (Deception). The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Davis as Best Actress as a repressed spinster who emerges from her shell in one of the screen’s most dramatic makeovers. Co-starring Paul Henreid as her suave romantic partner, Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper (Supporting Actress) as her domineering mother and Claude Rains (one of Davis’ favorite actors), as a paternal psychiatrist; the film was a huge commercial hit, the biggest box office success for Davis in that period.

In The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, author Jeremy Arnold calls it “a movie that has stood the test of time for its high entertainment value, romanticism, and subversive theme of female empowerment.” Featuring a lushly romantic Oscar-winning score by Max Steiner, and with one of the most memorable closing lines in movie history, Now, Voyager was added to the National Film Registry in 2007.

Our bonus feature, Marked Woman (1937) stars Davis as a nightclub “hostess” who becomes the target of a vengeful mobster (Eduardo Ciannelli), who in turn is prosecuted by a crusading district attorney (Humphrey Bogart). Co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men, The Hustler) and Abem Finkel (Jezebel, Sergeant York), and directed by Lloyd Bacon (42nd Street), the movie is notable for its “torn from the headlines” realism that characterized Warner Bros. style in the 1930s. Because of the censorious Production Code, the brothel employing Davis’ character was disguised as a clip joint. Davis’ assured performance and the film’s success contributed to her rise as queen of the Warner’s lot, a position she held for the next decade.

The Twofer Tuesdays double feature of Now, Voyager and Marked Woman plays April 4 at three locations: Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.

Special Introduction by film historian Jeremy Arnold at the Ahrya Fine Arts only.

Now, Voyager plays at 7:15 pm; Marked Woman at 5:00 pm and 9:45 pm. Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre 8556 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90211 NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91101  (310) 478-3836

Tickets are available at the theater box offices and : https://www.laemmle.com/films/41976

More about the book: Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.

Jeremy Arnold is a writer and film historian who has written more than 500 articles for TCM.com and numerous film trade publications. He has contributed audio commentary and written essays for the DVD release of films, and is author of the coffee-table book companion to the fiftieth anniversary blu-ray release of Lawrence of Arabia.

REVIEWS- “[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts…

Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who’s just dipping his or her toe into these waters…but I found it equally appealing.” —Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com

“An entertaining read… Beautifully-designed and illustrated… Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters.” —Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro

Noir City Hollywood Finale! Eddie Muller signs “The Art of Noir”

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 -6:30 pm at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE-NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD FINALE! Eddie Muller signs “The Art of Noir”!

Here’s hoping that you have had an opportunity to enjoy many nights of dark shadowy streets, dames & criminal activity. On the big screen of course.

Noir City Hollywood has been a wonderful line-up of wickedness and it is heading toward the climax. Sunday night, April 2 will be the final amazing double bill of, “The Big Heat” & “Wicked Woman”.

The Lare will return with the awesome, “The Art of Noir” by none other than the “Czar of Noir” himself, Eddie Muller who will also introduce the films.

Here is a chance to get one of the finest collection of posters from one of the coolest genres of all, signed by the man who picked them out.

We’ll see you Sunday & if you can’t make it, order a signed copy.

More about the book:

Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir’s golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest “B” thriller. The Art of Noir is the first book to present this striking artwork in a lavishly produced, large-format, full-color volume. The more than 300 dazzling posters and other promotional material range from the classics to rare archive films such as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Kiss. With rare offerings from around the world and background information on the illustrators, The Art of Noir is the ultimate companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.

“To look at these movie posters is to glimpse a world of passionate intensity, one mingling desperation, loneliness, erotic obsession, and greed.” —Washington Post Book World

“If any collection of pictures that don’t move can be said to capture the essential spirit of noir, The Art of Noir does.” —Los Angeles Times

Eddie Muller, “The Czar of Noir,” is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, and provides commentary for noir films and specials on Turner Classic Movies. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis Studio, and is the author of Grindhouse, Dark City Dames, and Dark City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More about the films :

Double Feature! THE BIG HEAT / WICKED WOMAN Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion, Teeling Irish Whiskey and Pisco Viejo Tonel.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

THE BIG HEAT 1953, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang One of director Fritz Lang’s best Hollywood films tells the tale of a virtuous cop (Glenn Ford) out for revenge against the gangster who killed his wife. Assisting him in his one-man crusade against the city’s corrupt power base is a kooky, sexy dame (Gloria Grahame, in perhaps her signature role) who’s out for a little vengeance of her own. Featuring an all-time thuggish turn by a young Lee Marvin. As compact and compelling as any crime film ever made.

WICKED WOMAN 1953, Park Circus/MGM, 77 min, USA, Dir: Russell Rouse In this racy little B-movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devotee Percy Helton (as you’ve never seen him before). She plans on dumping both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Rouse’s kind of woman: They married after making this picture – an extra twist to this juicy noir. Featuring a title song that’s a cult favorite!

Screening format: DCP (THE BIG HEAT), 35mm (WICKED WOMAN) 

NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD hits the EGYPTIAN FRIDAY!

 

 

FRIDAY,MARCH 24th-6:30 pm books/ 7:30 movies-NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD!

I  know it is spring when there is murder in the air! 20 films! 10 days! Many not on DVD!

Noir City Hollywood kicks off year #19 at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday & the LARE will be there! Why would you wish to be anywhere other than the scene of the crime?

We will be in attendance with special guest Renee Patrick who will be signing the new paperback edition of, “Design For Dying- A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel”.

Then, our Masters of Ceremony, Muller & Rode will lead us down the path to the double feature, “This Gun For Hire” & “Quiet Please, Murder”.

And this is only the beginning! We will be back with more Noir City news soon very soon! In the meantime, get ready baby, it’s time to go for a ride…

NOIR CITY: FILM NOIR FESTIVAL 2017 75th Anniversary Double Feature! THIS GUN FOR HIRE / QUIET PLEASE, MURDER Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. Cocktail hour between films for all ticket buyers, sponsored by CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.

New 35mm Print! THIS GUN FOR HIRE 1942, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tuttle

“He’s dynamite with a gun or a girl.” With a screenplay by W.R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and Albert Maltz (NAKED CITY) based on the novel by Graham Greene, here is one of the genuinely seminal films in Hollywood’s original noir movement! This taut thriller made stars of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, who’d become Paramount’s biggest box-office duo of the 1940s. Ladd plays lone-wolf assassin Philip Raven, who enlists Lake’s aid in freeing himself from a frame-up by a secret cadre of “fifth columnists.” John Seitz’s camerawork presages the shadowy dread he’d bring to sunny Los Angeles in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Lake sports sensational outfits created by the legendary Edith Head. Costarring Robert Preston and the fabulous Laird Cregar, in one of his earliest performances. A must-see!

Archival 35mm Print! Never on DVD! QUIET PLEASE, MURDER 1942, 20th Century Fox, 70 min, USA, Dir: John Francis Larkin George Sanders is at his arrogant best as a master forger who steals a priceless Shakespeare folio while teaming up with femme fatale Gail Jackson. The scene of the crime: the Los Angeles Public Library! An example of the Fox B-unit at its best! Also starring Richard Denning.

More about the book :

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Debut Mystery! reviews for design for dying “A champagne-flavored frolic of a first mystery … sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies.” —Library Journal

“Set in 1937, Patrick’s upbeat, name-dropping debut starring real-life Hollywood costume designer Edith Head puts feminine cleverness, fashion sense, and social acumen front and center … create(s) both a complex environment for sleuthing replete with possibilities and an exciting sense of the glamorous, gossipy, and creative world of cinema’s golden age. The warm working relationship that develops between Lillian and Edith will leave readers eager to see more of their adventures.” —Publishers Weekly

“As effervescent as champagne and as charming as Myrna Loy, Design for Dying is an enchanting debut that promises fun and adventure in vintage Hollywood … Here’s hoping this is the first in a long-lived series.” —Crimespree Magazine

“In this first of a planned Lillian Frost & Edith Head series, readers will be swept away on a murder mystery set in Hollywood’s Golden Era … Design for Dying is well designed indeed … Fans of Hollywood noir films, the Poirot series, and other cozy mysteries will want to read Design for Dying as will anyone with a love of historical characters brought to life.” —New York Journal of Books

“Plucky protagonist Lillian Frost joins forces with pragmatic, witty Edith Head to help solve the murder of beauty queen Ruby Carroll, found in an alley wearing a costume thieved from Paramount’s wardrobe department. Add a flamboyant Argentinian lothario, whose family made its fortune mining emeralds, an enigmatic Hungarian princess on-the-lam, and an elegant Burmese cat called Miss Sarah Bernhardt and you’ll begin to understand why this champagne-cocktail-of-a-crime-novel is so beguiling. Supporting parts played by Barbara Stanwyck and Preston Sturges will make every seasoned cinephile swoon. Design for Dying is a delight.” —Louise Penny, New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series

 

 

Sarah Dunn “LiveTalks” about “The Arrangement” w/ special guest Ali Wong!

Monday, March 27, 2017- 8pm

Sarah Dunn in conversation with Ali Wong discussing the writing life and her novel, The Arrangement

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS : LivTalksLA.org

Sarah Dunn is a novelist and television writer whose credits include Spin City (for which she co-wrote Michael J. Fox’s farewell episode) and the critical darling Bunheads, which you would have loved. Her debut novel, The Big Love, is available to read in nineteen languages. Dunn is also the creator and executive producer of the 2016 ABC series, American Housewife. She lives outside New York City with her family and their seventeen chickens.

“Daring and darkly funny, Sarah Dunn’s The Arrangement is this summer’s must-read. Her take on middle-age and family life is wry, poignant and spot-on. Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in this wonderfully comic novel.” ?Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

“A hilarious, spot-on comedy of the heart about middle-aged marriage and what happens when it goes off the rails.” ?Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Ali Wong is a comedian, actress, and writer living in Los Angeles, CA.

On Mother’s Day 2016, Netflix released her first stand-up special, Baby Cobra which was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. Wong is currently shooting ABC’s new sitcom American Housewife as well as writing on Fresh off the Boat. Wong has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. She has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savages and was a series regular on NBC’s Are You There Chelsea? and the ABC drama, Black Box opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly. She makes regular appearances on Chris Hardwick’s late-night game show @Midnight, and Inside Amy Schumer.

The Arrangement is a hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong? Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.” When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

P.J. O’Rourke asks, “How the Hell Did This Happen?” w/ Live Talks & the Lare

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8pm

P. J. O’Rourke in conversation with Adam Felber discussing his upcoming book, How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS : LiveTalksLA.org

An essential take on the stranger-than-fiction (and stranger-than-fact) 2016 presidential elections from a quintessential voice on American politics and culture P. J. O’Rourke has written eighteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and a columnist for The Stansberry Digest investment letter. This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and diehard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?”

In his latest book, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you still wish you could forget. P.J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president, concluding: “Consistency is not a hallmark of American politics, but exceptions are made when the constant is stupidity. Today’s primaries are as stupid as they’ve always been.” He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential fashion sense, rising from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president (starting with a road trip). Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, PJ reckons with a new age: “America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We’re getting rid of our leaders. And we’re starting at the top.” How the Hell Did This Happen? answers the key questions of a presidential election where both candidates were running against the most formidable of opponents—themselves.

P. J. O’Rourke, Author Portrait

Adam Felber is an American political satirist, author, radio personality, actor, humorist, novelist, television writer, and comic book writer. Felber attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and graduated as an English major in 1989. He has lived in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is a regular panel member (and occasional guest host) of the NPR radio quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!. Felber is the author of the novel Schrödinger’s Ball, which uses as a conceit the concept of Schrödinger’s cat. He has also written for several television shows including Real Time with Bill Maher, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Arthur, The Smoking Gun, and Wishbone. Felber also wrote the second Skrull Kill Krew limited series for Marvel Comics in 2009 as part of the Secret Invasion event. Felber’s mother is the late romance novelist, Edith Layton.

Live Talks presents Jami Attenberg “All Grown Up”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 8pm

Jami Attenberg in conversation with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney discussing the writing life and her new novel, All Grown Up

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS – LiveTalksLA.org

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.

“Jami Attenberg’s sharply drawn protagonist, Andrea, has such a riveting, propulsive voice that All Grown Up is hard to put down, but I urge you to resist reading it in one sitting. Both the prose and the author’s knowing excavation of one woman’s desires, compromises, strengths, and fears deserve closer attention. Like Andrea herself, this novel is beautiful and brutal, intelligent and funny, frank and sexy.”—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times best-selling author of The Nest

“Hilarious, courageous, and mesmerizing from page one, All Grown Up is a little gem that packs a devastating wallop. It’s that rare book I’m dying to give all my friends so we can discuss it deep into the night. I’m in awe of Jami Attenberg.” —Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette Who is Andrea Bern?

When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. The Nest is her first novel. 

Heston in Hollywood w/ author Marc Eliot & Fraser Heston!

SUNDAY, MARCH 19th-4:30 pm book signing/ 5:30 pm introduction & films

EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Next Sunday we are off on adventures on screen & off with the legendary Charlton Heston! Every generation has their own films with Charlton Heston as well as the classics we all share.

It will be a look on screen at the science fiction classics as well as talk about his life & career & a great new authorized biography by author Marc Eliot & an introduction by Fraser Heston!

This is going to be fine fine day at the movies!

PLANET OF THE APES / THE OMEGA MAN Introduction by Fraser Heston and author Marc Eliot, who will sign his book, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon, in the lobby at 4:30 PM. PLANET OF THE APES 1968, 20th Century Fox, 119 min, USA, Dir: Franklin Schaffner

 

One of the greatest modern sci-fi films, a combination of apocalyptic action and evolutionary parable. Astronaut Charlton Heston finds himself stranded on a strangely familiar world dominated by highly intelligent gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.

THE OMEGA MAN 1971, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Boris Sagal

Whiskey-drinking, WOODSTOCK-watching scientist Charlton Heston faces the possible extinction of mankind, while bug-eyed Anthony Zerbe and his legions of soul-brother vampires prowl the night, in this whacked-out adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. Here, Heston remade himself as an uber-cool 1970s action star, who cruises the plague-ridden streets of L.A. in a convertible Mustang.

The book:

This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning author Marc Eliot – Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, and others – with unprecedented access to the family, friends, and Heston’s private papers, diaries, journal, writings and estate, he tells an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary life you may find difficult to put down. Eliot’s biography is rich with facts details and anecdotal material that bring to life the complex story of this most iconic of American popular cultural giants to illuminate Heston’s greatest achievements and his personal failures. He examines how a small boy from the backwoods of Michigan rose to become one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars, one of the Greatest Generation’s true-life war heroes – he saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War Two, before moving with his young wife from Chicago to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to begin their struggle to find success in the theater. Eliot traces Heston’s pioneering work in live television, his being discovered by Hollywood because of it, and tells the amazing saga of his three films for Cecil B. DeMille and his two for William Wyler, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the latter for which he won a Best-Actor Oscar, with fascinating new details, documents and photographs never before seen.

Eliot follows Heston through the genre of Science Fiction, which he helped revive with Planet of the Apes, and sheds new light on every one of Heston’s iconic films. He also examines Heston’s long political involvements, from being one of the organizers of The Arts Contingent of Marchers who joined with Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington, to his mentoring under Ronald Reagan for eventual presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, to his late-in-life presidency of the National Rifle Association, all the while being asked by both Republican and Democratic Parties to run for the United States Senate. With unprecedented cooperation with Heston’s family, and never-before-seen personal photos, documents and hand-written letters, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon for the first time tells the real story of Charlton’s Heston’s amazing life, an incisive, detailed, compelling portrayal, both for longtime fans, Hollywood movie lovers everywhere and a new college and TCM generation discovering Heston’s work for the first time.

L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants & “A Star Is Born” (1937) at the Egyptian!

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 at 2 pm- Egyptian Theatre-L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants & A Star Is Born!

Join us for a great presentation & a great book & a great film! As always, those that can’t make it, can order a signed book and take the tasty tour on their own.

Art Deco Society Illustrated Lectures 2017 In Person Guest!

A STAR IS BORN Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Join us for an illustrated presentation by chef George Geary on classic Los Angeles restaurants – some still a part of the Los Angeles culinary scene, some only fond memories. Geary traces the cultural history (and recipes) of dining in Los Angeles through legendary restaurants, including elite eateries like Scandia, celebrity haunts such as the Brown Derby and later Ma Maison, and Hollywood Boulevard’s own hot fudge legend, ice cream parlor C.C. Brown’s.

Feature follows at 3:15 PM.

Chef George Geary will sign his book, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, in the lobby at intermission.

80th Anniversary! A STAR IS BORN (1937) 1937, Dir: William A. Wellman

The first version of this twice-remade drama about the price of fame features Janet Gaynor as a Hollywood hopeful whose star rises while that of the alcoholic actor she loves (Fredric March) falls. An Oscar winner for best original story and an honorary Oscar winner for its beautiful Technicolor cinematography.

L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played George Geary

L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants is an illustrated history of dozens of landmark eateries from throughout the City of Angels. From such classics as Musso & Frank and The Brown Derby in the 1920s to the see-and-be-seen crowds at Chasen’s, Romanoffs, and Ciro’s in the mid-20th century to the dawn of California cuisine at Ma Maison and Spago Sunset in the 1970s and ‘80s, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants celebrates the famous locations where Hollywood ate, drank, and played. Author George Geary leads you into the glamorous restaurants inhabited by the stars through a lively narrative filled with colorful anecdotes and illustrated with vintage photographs, historic menus, and timeless ephemera. Over 100 iconic recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, and vintage drinks are included, and all are updated for today’s cook and kitchen. While many people have heard the story of Elizabeth Taylor requesting that Chasen’s famous chili be flown to her on the set of Cleopatra in Rome, L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants will offer facts and trivia that aren’t as well known to the general public, such as Bob Hope’s favorite place to enjoy a hot fudge sundae after the Academy Awards, the restaurant where part of a table was sawed off to accommodate a pregnant Lana Turner, and the pharmacy where composer Harold Arlen wrote “Over the Rainbow” for The Wizard of Oz. But L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants contains much more than the fancy, high-priced restaurants favored by the Hollywood cognoscenti. The glamour of the golden age of drive-ins, drugstores, nightclubs, and hotels are also honored. What book on L.A. restaurants would be complete without tales of ice cream sundaes at C.C. Brown’s, cafeteria-style meals at Clifton’s, a late-night breakfast at Ben Frank’s, or a mai tai at Don the Beachcomber? Most of the locations in L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants no longer exist, but thanks to George Geary, the memories are still with us. And with Geary’s updated recipes, we can still enjoy many of the same iconic dishes that kept customers coming back to their favorite haunts week after week. L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants will have you longing for the days when going out for a meal was truly a special event.

High Noon @ the AERO w/ author Glenn Frankel!

MONDAY, MARCH 6 at 6:30 pm (signing)

7:30 pm (intro & film)

Aero Theatre-1428 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

It’s HIGH NOON!

When author Glenn Frankel contacted me to let me know his latest work,” High Noon-The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of An American Classic” was ready, I assured him that we would be ready too. His last book, “The Searchers” was a wonderful look at one of the greatest westerns ever, as well as the history behind it, and a wonderful excuse to get the American Cinematheque to show the film on the big screen. Now, we get to do it again with another timeless classic! Join us for a special Monday night with a film that still has relevance, a film that stands on its own, but also has something to say about the times in which it was made, and perhaps about the times we live in now. Even 65 years after the fact, it is High Noon.

If you can’t make it, signed copies as always, are available for mail order.

HIGH NOON 1952, Paramount, 85 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann No movie hero ever walked taller than Gary Cooper in HIGH NOON. As Marshal Will Kane, he’s ready to turn in his badge and settle down with his new wife (Grace Kelly) until he learns a criminal is arriving on the noon train bent on revenge. When the locals turn a deaf ear to Kane’s pleas for help (even deputy Lloyd Bridges refuses), the lawman must face a gang of killers alone. This iconic Western, named by the AFI as one of the 100 greatest films of all time, won four Oscars, including a Best Actor award for Cooper and Best Song for “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’.” With Katy Jurado. Favorite film of former president Bill Clinton, who screened it a record 17 times at the White House.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Searchers, the revelatory story behind the classic movie High Noon and the toxic political climate in which it was created. It’s one of the most revered movies of Hollywood’s golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper. And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude. Yet what has been often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Refusing to name names, he was eventually blacklisted and fled the United States. (His co-authored screenplay for another classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, went uncredited in 1957.) Examined in light of Foreman’s testimony, High Noon’s emphasis on courage and loyalty takes on deeper meaning and importance. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of the making of a great American Western, exploring how Carl Foreman’s concept of High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight. Both the classic film and its turbulent political times emerge newly illuminated.

“Not far removed from a James Ellroy novel. The 1950s film industry portrayed in High Noon is, like Ellroy’s Los Angeles, stocked with hard-core commies, idealistic fellow travelers, paranoid Red-baiters, union busters, corrupt congressmen, power-hungry gossip columnists, secretive FBI agents and their snitches, philandering actors and eager starlets. But far from being a Hollywood Babylon of the Red Scare, Frankel’s book is a detailed investigation of the way anti-communist persecution poisoned the atmosphere around one film, which succeeded nonetheless, and damaged the lives of the people who made it.” – Bookforum

“So much has been written about the blacklist’s perpetrators and victims that you might be forgiven for thinking you know all there is worth knowing, but Frankel offers new details and fresh insights. His portrait of Gary Cooper’s life and career is equally incisive . . . It will almost surely stand as the definitive document about this landmark movie. I can’t wait to see what subject this skilled journalist will tackle next.” – Leonard Maltin

“Glenn Frankel has endowed the term ‘film historian’ with a sweeping new dimension. High Noon is full of scholarly insight, compelling history and wonderfully dishy moments, but like his previous book on The Searchers it is also an American chronicle of real consequence. When Frankel writes about the making of a movie he is writing about the making of a country.” – Stephen Harrigan, author of THE GATES OF THE ALAMO and A FRIEND OF MR. LINCOLN

“Glenn Frankel’s High Noon isn’t just everything you always wanted to know about an enduring classic; it’s a deeply insightful portrait of the forces in postwar America and in blacklist-era Hollywood that made the film such a powerful product of such a troubled moment.” – Mark Harris, author of PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION and FIVE CAME BACK

“Glenn Frankel’s High Noon is three splendid books in one: a moment by moment account of the making of the classic western, a history of the Hollywood blacklist with much new material based on primary research, and, in the rise of Stanley Kramer Productions, the story of the independent producers who gradually supplanted conventional studio production. Even if we know how each story ends, it’s never less than a continuously fascinating read.” – Scott Eyman, author of JOHN WAYNE: THE LIFE AND LEGEND

 

” Elephant Man” w/ producer Jonathan Sanger & “Freaks” @ the Egyptian!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16-6:30 pm at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE

THE ELEPHANT MAN / FREAKS

Introduction by THE ELEPHANT MAN producer Jonathan Sanger, who will sign his book Making The Elephant Man: A Producer’s Memoir, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

The new TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack double album (pressed on 180g cherry pie-colored vinyl) will be available for purchase in the lobby.

35 mm! THE ELEPHANT MAN 1980, Paramount, 124 min, Dir: David Lynch Based on two books about the real-life Elephant Man, John Merrick, director David Lynch recounts this severely deformed man’s perilous life in Victorian England in breathtaking black-and-white. Sir Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a circus freak show where he is assumed to be retarded, takes him to a hospital for tests and discovers that Merrick, in fact, has great intellect and capacity for emotion. John Hurt’s ability to project Merrick’s humanity earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination, along with the film’s seven other nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Lynch’s use of costumes, makeup, Freddie Francis’ cinematography and John Morris’ score remain commendably understated, allowing the sadness of the film to avoid sentimentalism. With Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller.

“ELEPHANT MAN has the power and some of the dream logic of a silent film, yet there are also wrenching, pulsating sounds -the hissing steam and the pounding of the start of the industrial age. It’s Dickensian London, with perhaps a glimpse of the process that gave rise to Cubism.” – Pauline Kael.

FREAKS 1932, Warner Bros., 64 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning- “Gooble gobble, gooble gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us!”

Based on the simple moral that beauty is on the inside comes this inspired, documentary-like tale of circus life. Trapeze artist Cleopatra and strongman Hercules plot to kill the sideshow midget and gain his inheritance. With never-again duplicated eerie performances by real-life siblings Daisy and Harry Earles as Hans and Frieda. Featuring the beautiful conjoined Hilton Twins, Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow as Zip and Pip the pinheads, Johnny Eck as Johnny the half-boy and the unforgettable Prince Randian as the human Torso, with the most amazing cigarette-smoking scene in film history. Drawing from past experience working for the circus, DRACULA director Tod Browning cast actual people with disabilities and deformities instead of using special effects and makeup, something unthinkable for the time. Although banned in the U.K. for 30 years, FREAKS was selected for preservation in 1994 by the United States National Film Registry as one of the greatest films of all time. 

About the Book The true story of John (Joseph) Merrick—a.k.a. the Elephant Man—has captured the imagination of generations of audiences, critics, actors and filmmakers. In 1978, producer Jonathan Sanger received a screenplay from two unknown writers about a hideously disfigured man who refused to fall victim to despair and instead exemplified human dignity. Reading it (twice), Sanger was determined that Merrick’s story would be told. This book is Sanger’s unvarnished first-person account of how The Elephant Man (1980) was made. His adventure in filmmaking—itself a study in triumph over despair—involved special effects nightmares, scheduling conflicts, location issues and many risky decisions. Assembling a team that included Mel Brooks (executive producer), David Lynch (director) and actors John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, Sanger persevered in making this inspiring, award-winning film.

About the Author- Jonathan Sanger, an Academy Award-winning producer, film, theater and television producer and director, media advisor, and entertainment financial consultant, has lead initiatives in every sector of the entertainment industry. His writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and filmmaking handbooks. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.

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