Thursday, February 15, 2018

ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY LIVE, by Brian Carmody

“Pilgrims” would perhaps be a fitting term to describe the horde of fans who flocked to the Egyptian Theatre to witness the surreal cinema of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and see the master himself in a rare appearance (his first time in Los Angeles in twenty years). The first feature of the evening, The Holy Mountain, was about a spiritual quest, and one could sense a similar ambition in the air tonight from the moviegoers themselves. One had flown in all the way from New York to see him. The appeal, according to one fan, was “the sheer surrealism, the trip that is THAT.” Another, less eloquent but no less fitting, was excited to see some movies he described as “weird as [expletive retracted]."


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WISDOM FROM WISEAU, by Stephen Michaels

In 2003, Tommy Wiseau introduced himself to the world. While other cinematic visionaries started small – Hitchcock began as an art director and James Dean first starred in a soda commercial – Wiseau launched himself towards fame with the release of The Room. Akin to Orson Welles and Citizen Kane, Tommy Wiseau directed, wrote, produced, and starred in his feature debut. Although it took a few years for Hollywood to learn his name, The Room has now become a global phenomenon. On January 20, 2018, Tommy Wiseau started the new year with a Q & A, screening, and audience love-fest at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. After his December experience of two back-to-back, sold-out shows at the landmark movie palace, Wiseau declared that the Egyptian Theatre was now the home of The Rom. His next monthly screenings will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30pm as well as 10:30pm. For the price of admission (and some official The Room merchandise), fans can take a photo with Tommy and have a brief private exchange with him.




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MARVIN PAIGE, MARY BADHAM, AND THE LEGACY OF "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD," by Susan King

Marvin Paige had the biggest Rolodex.

The colorful casting director of such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and the daytime series General Hospital was the go-to guy for the American Cinematheque, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, TCM, and UCLA Film & Television Archive when they needed veteran performers or filmmakers for their programs


Since his death in 2013, the Cinematheque has honored his legacy annually with a special screening. And this Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Cinematheque is celebrating Marvin with a pre-screening reception followed by one of his favorite films, 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall.

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.