Thursday, June 27, 2019

ART DIRECTORS GUILD BRINGS JOE ALVES AND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS TO THE EGYPTIAN, by Judith Resell

“I sort of lucked out. The little shark movie became a bit hit,” said legendary production designer Joe Alves, the man who made the shark for Jaws (1975). Alves appeared for a Q&A hosted by the Art Directors Guild after a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the second film he worked on with Steven Spielberg, at the Egyptian Theatre on June 23, 2019. 

Alves is the recipient of the 2020 Art Directors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to screening Alves’ BAFTA-award-winning work in Close Encounters, the Egyptian showed a short film about his career in production design. 


Friday, June 14, 2019

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE HONORS AMC THEATRES CHIEF EXECUTIVE ADAM ARON WITH THE 2019 SID GRAUMAN AWARD PRESENTED BY HILL VALLEY

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The American Cinematheque announced today that AMC Chief Executive Officer and President Adam Aron will receive the 2019 Sid Grauman Award on behalf of AMC Theatres. The American Cinematheque Sid Grauman Award is Presented by Hill Valley. AMC Theatres will be honored for its achievements in the motion picture industry at the top of the American Cinematheque’s annual benefit award show where, this year, the non-profit organization will present its 33rd annual career achievement award, known as the American Cinematheque Award. The 2019 American Cinematheque Award recipient is Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. The presentation of both the Sid Grauman and American Cinematheque awards will take place Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd.).

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CHARLIZE THERON TO RECEIVE 33RD AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD AT GALA TRIBUTE ON NOVEMBER 8, 2019 AT THE BEVERLY HILTON

Photo by Nino Muñoz

The American Cinematheque announced today that the 33rd American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Friday, November 8, 2019 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 Theron’s colleagues and friends. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming months. A second honor, the Sid Grauman Award will be bestowed on the same evening. The recipient has not yet been announced.


Monday, May 20, 2019

MIKE LEIGH BRINGS PETERLOO TO THE AERO, by Judith Resell



“My object is to put on the screen a world you can believe in,” explained director Mike Leigh at a screening of his historical drama Peterloo (2018) at the Aero Theatre in April. “A real, mortal, organic, living world.” Leigh discussed his latest film on the first night of a tribute to his work. He received a standing ovation for Peterloo and his outstanding body of work.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

HARMONY KORINE BRINGS "GUMMO" AND "JULIEN DONKEY-BOY" TO THE EGYPTIAN, by Stephen Michaels

In anticipation of the release of his newest film, The Beach Bum, writer and director Harmony Korine visited the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for two nights in March 2019 to discuss his work. For the first night of the retrospective, Korine spoke in between a double feature of his first film, Gummo, and its follow-up, Julien Donkey-Boy. Korine spoke about his childhood in Nashville, what led him to film, and his beliefs as a filmmaker.

Harmony Korine at the Egyptian Theatre on March 20, 2019. Photo credit: Silvia Schablowski

“My dad loved movies, so he would take me to movies when I was young,” Korine explained. “I was a skateboarder, so I’d skate during the day. At night, I would go [to the theater]…every day you could see a W.C. Fields movie or a Douglas Sirk film, or Buster Keaton. I just loved it so much. I just felt early on that I could do it.”

Friday, February 22, 2019

OSCAR NOMINEES VISIT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE, by Judith Resell

February 2019 saw a host of special guests visiting both the Egyptian Theatre and the Aero Theatre to discuss Academy Award-nominated films in contention. From Shoplifters on Feb. 3 to Roma on Feb. 17, awards season has been action-packed at the American Cinematheque.

In anticipation of the big night, we wanted to share some of the best moments from the Q&As of the past month. Read on for the inside scoop on Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Roma, and Shoplifters.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

The culmination of a ten-year effort to bring Freddie Mercury’s legacy to a whole new generation, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), screened at the Egyptian Theatre on February 16, 2019. Two of the people behind that effort, producer Graham King and editor John Ottman, appeared after the screening for a Q&A.

“You go through it because you feel so passionate about it. You have the best team. It’s a labor of love to tell Freddie’s story,” King commented.  As a result, he feels “the filmmaking went to a level far beyond what anyone imagined.”