Friday, January 19, 2018

A CONVERSATION WITH JORDAN PEELE, by Stephen Michaels

In February of 2017, Jordan Peele released his feature directorial debut Get Out. While the film’s tagline suggests an altogether straightforward plot - “a young African-American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate” - Peele often describes how he uses his film to “provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a powerful way”. On December 14, 2017, the Writers Guild of America West and the American Cinematheque presented a screening of Get Out as part of their "Groundbreakers: Writers Who Move Hearts and Minds" series. Following the screening, Larry Wilmore (former “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show and current executive producer on Blackish) led a discussion with Peele at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.



Monday, January 8, 2018

GOLDEN GLOBE FORGEIGN-LANGUAGE NOMINEES SYMPOSIUM

Photograph by Jared Cowan

On January 6th, our historic Egyptian Theatre hosted the Golden Globe Foreign-Language Symposium, which welcomed the 5 nominated directors and droves of ardent film aficionados. The symposium crowned a week-long screening series of all the films. Audiences near and far were able to enjoy the panel discussion both inside the auditorium and at home through an exclusive live stream.

Monday, December 4, 2017

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA RETURNS TO THE CINEMATHEQUE IN A NEW 70MM RESTORATION

The American Cinematheque has struck a new 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and will have the exclusive rights in the Los Angeles region to exhibit the Best Picture Academy Award Winner at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres in 70mm. Lawrence of Arabia is one of the all-time favorites of American Cinematheque audiences and has been shown several times a year since we re-opened the Egyptian Theatre on December 4, 1998. The Cinematheque will schedule two extended runs per year, one at the Aero Theatre and one at the Egyptian Theatre. The first of these runs will take place December 15-30, 2017 at the Egyptian.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"TONIGHT WE HONOR A UNICORN": AMY ADAMS RECEIVES THE 31ST ANNUAL AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD PRESENTED BY GROW @ ANNENBERG, by Susan King

There was so much affection for the Amy Adams, recipient of the 31st American Cinematheque Award (presented this year by GRoW @ Annenberg), on November 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, that one expected the audience to break out in the classic tune “Once in Love with Amy.”


Amy Adams holding the 31st American Cinematheque Award. Photo by John Sciulli / Getty Images


Friday, October 13, 2017

THE PRIME OF MISS LOIS SMITH, by Susan King

Actress Lois Smith says she’s absolutely thrilled the Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre is honoring her 62-year-film career with a three-day retrospective, “A Lois Smith Primer,” which opens Oct. 20 and concludes Oct. 22.


“It’s absolutely lovely,” she said during recent phone interview from her home in New York. “The problem I’ve been having with my feelings is that I think ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, I’m not a movie star.”’

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MICHAEL SHANNON TO PRESENT AMY ADAMS WITH AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD

JAKE GYLLENHAAL, TOM HANKS, CHRIS MESSINA, DERMOT MULRONEY, NATALIE PORTMAN, KRISTEN STEWART, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MICHAEL SHANNON AND DENIS VILLENEUVE TO TOAST AMY ADAMS, RECIPIENT OF THE 31st AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD SPONSORED BY GRoW @ Annenberg AT GALA TRIBUTE ON 
NOVEMBER 10 AT THE BEVERLY HILTON

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Chris Messina, Dermot MulroneyNatalie Portman, Justin Timberlake and Kristen Stewart and Dennis Villeneuve will appear in person to toast five-time Academy Award nominated and two-time Golden Globe winning actress Amy Adams, the 31st American Cinematheque Award Sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg recipient. The award will be presented to Amy Adams by Michael Shannon at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala on Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd.) in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Adams’ colleagues and friends, as well as a taped message from ARRIVAL producer Shawn Levy. Shannon appeared with Adams in three films, including NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, MAN OF STEEL and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. The Sid Grauman Award will be presented the same evening, to Richard Gelfond and Greg Foster on behalf of Imax.