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Academy Presents Mary Blair Animation Panel: Mary's World of Color

I'm going to the latest Academy Celebration of Animation, Mary Blair’s World of Color: A Centennial Tribute, on October 20. Mary Blair died in 1978 and created the concept art for such Disney greats as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella, as well as the character designs for Disneyland's "It's a Small World."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2011 7:32 AM
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Film Independent's November LACMA Film Series Lineup Adds Clooney, Fassbender

Elvis Mitchell is booking movies with speakers for his weekly Film Independent at LACMA showings. He's basically doing the same thing any number of subscription film series are doing, he's just inviting the public to buy tickets to see many films that will be available at commercial cinemas or on Netflix followed by Q and As with the likes of George Clooney and Michael Fassbender. I have booked The Descendants for Sneak Previews, for example.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 7:42 AM
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Bringing Burton’s World to Life: LACMA Hosts Collaborators, Screens 70mm Scissorhands

On October 21, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting a Behind-the-Scenes panel, "Bringing Burton’s World to Life," with key Tim Burton collaborators. Oscar-winning composer Danny Elfman, costume designer Colleen Atwood, and art director, sculptor, installation designer and production designer Rick Heinrichs will participate on a panel about transforming Burton’s vision from concept to three-dimensional film reality, moderated by Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, MoMA Department of Film and co-organizer of the Tim Burton exhibition. Their films range across Vincent, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands, which will be shown in 70mm, a rare screening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 1:07 AM
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Academy Celebrates Rise of Nonfiction: Doc Panelists Bar-Lev, Guggenheim, Stern

"The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly evolving modes of media consumption and distribution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 3:23 AM
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Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo Mystery Movies: Los Angeles Screening Posters, Next Stop Austin

Alamo Drafthouse presented 6 Mondo Mystery Movies to Los Angeles audiences this past weekend. For these popular series, which regularly sell out, audiences buy tickets and a poster to screenings of films that remain a mystery until the actual event. If you plan to be in Austin, TX, on October 29 you can get tickets to the next Mystery Movie series here starting today. Posters from this past weekend's screenings are below. Screenings included 28 Days Later (poster by Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame with title treatment by Jon Smith), Hellraiser (poster by Florian Bertmer), The Iron Giant (poster by Kevin Tong), Assault on Precinct 13 (poster by Tyler Stout), City of Lost Children (poster by Ken Taylor) and The Mist (poster by Daniel Danger).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 6:40 AM
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Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel has been a favorite ever since Audrey Hepburn first appeared as Holly Golightly. The movie may be dated (see Mickey Rooney), but Hepburn's Golightly isn't. "People don't belong to people," she tells smitten George Peppard.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2011 12:29 PM
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Academy Hosts Celebration of Cuban Film and Exhibition of Original Cuban Poster Art

The Academy will host a beautiful (and free) exhibition of original Cuban movie posters - 125 hand-silkscreened - from May 13 - August 28 in their Grand Lobby Gallery. Titled "Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World,” the exhibition will include posters from A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, The Bicycle Thief, Z, Strawberry and Chocolate and Fallen Gods. The works were created by artists in the Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC), which was formed after the 1959 revolution, and donated to the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 5:57 AM
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Gregory Peck Gets a Stamp

Gregory Peck Gets a Stamp
It was hard to believe it was 11 am on a Thursday morning – there was Sidney Poitier, James Darrin, Nancy Olson Livingston, Felicia Farr Lemon, Sally Kellerman, Jimmy Smitts, Marsha Hunt, Tony Danza and that was just the audience. They and 1,200 others packed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences theater on Wilshire in Beverly Hills to honor former Academy President and Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck as his Hollywood Legends Forever Stamp was unveiled.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • April 29, 2011 5:23 AM
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Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk
Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending of Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer talks the score that's "Better than drugs":
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • December 1, 2010 4:42 AM
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John Cameron Mitchell and Aaron Eckhart Talk Rabbit Hole at AFI Fest Screening

John Cameron Mitchell and Aaron Eckhart Talk Rabbit Hole at AFI Fest Screening
AFI Fest audiences enthusiastically applauded John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole Sunday night. TOH's Sophia Savage covered the Q & A with Mitchell, Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2010 7:37 AM
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