Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CARL REINER AT THE AERO, by Kim Luperi

This Friday, September 4, 2015, Carl Reiner will appear at the Aero Theatre for a Q&A and book signing in conjunction with a screening of his film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. But he is no stranger to the Cinematheque; he was also at the Aero last September for a Q&A and signing of a different book, in conjunction with a double feature of his directorial efforts.

Carl Reiner - esteemed actor, writer, director, producer, and all-around funnyman - was on hand at the Aero Theater Saturday night to sign copies of his new book I Just Remembered and reminisce about his legendary career, including the two movies screening that evening, The Comic and Enter Laughing.


 
Reiner, dubbed a "jack of all trades," said that his talents as a writer, director, and performer are connected, though he admitted, "I'm an actor, and I act like all of those things!" In addition to this declaration,  it was also noted that he focuses his gifts on the same subject: show business. When asked why that is, Reiner's answer was simple: it's something Reiner knows a lot about, and it doesn't require any research for him. For instance, he once considered making a character a doctor, but then he thought about everything he would have to learn about medicine to make the character realistic and instead turned the character into a producer. In fact, Reiner admitted that he writes mostly about himself and simply changes the names and the women!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Legendary Italian Composer Fabio Frizzi Comes to Los Angeles for the First Time - More Specifically to the Legendary Egyptian Theatre



Composer Fabio Frizzi.

Beyond Fest, Mondo, DeathWaltz Recording Co. and the American Cinematheque will present FRIZZI2FULCI LIVE with Fabio Frizzi in his debut Los Angeles performance, on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM, as part of the annual Beyond Fest event at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood. The genre film festival Beyond Fest runs October 1 - 10, 2015.


Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi comes to Los Angeles for the first time ever to perform his horror classics live. Complete with his 8-piece Frizzi2Fulci Orchestra,

Beyond Fest has partnered with Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Co. to bring the Italian maestro to Los Angeles where he will perform suites from Lucio Fulci’s classic Italian horror films including ZOMBI 2 (AKA ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS), SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, MANHATTAN BABY and more. Orchestral performances will also be accompanied by live visuals derived from Fulci's iconic filmography.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BERNARD ROSE'S "IMMORTAL BELOVED" AT THE AERO, by Cassandra Bautista



On August 14, 2015, Mick Garris hosted an exclusive Q&A interview at the Aero Theatre with film director (and pianist!) Bernard Rose. Rose’s 1994 film Immortal Beloved is an intriguing biopic of Beethoven that spans the full spectrum of human emotion and, quite like Beethoven's music, leaves the audience wanting more.  The film concerns a quest to find Beethoven's mysterious heir to his belongings and riches, and is also an intimate account of Beethoven’s love life, his role as a caregiver, his place in history, and an invitation into the aristocratic society of his time. 

Rose opened by saying the film is based on his interpretation of Beethoven's life. He explained that at the time of the film’s release, certain Beethoven scholars took issue with some of his choices. “They attack the film on historical inaccuracies,” said Rose. “But that's inaccurate in itself because everything about Beethoven is disputed, starting with his date of birth. His father lied and said he was two years younger than he was to try and sell him as a child prodigy. Beethoven was so famous and difficult as a man that there were so many conflicting attempts to try and sabotage his reputation because he was this giant in music. It was very difficult to try and move through the different accounts, documents, and things so I went to Vienna and did original research. I did not base the film on any established biography. To me, his music was the single most important aspect of the research.  He never wrote his music to play in a concert; he wrote his music for people to learn and play themselves. It was an active direct communication with the listener. He was communicating with the person playing the piano. There is a kind of message that is transmitted through the music.”

Monday, August 17, 2015

JON FAVREAU AT THE AERO, by Gretchen Hustig

Over the weekend, Jon Favreau unveiled a poster and trailer for his new live-action version of The Jungle Book at Disney's D23 expo. On May 8, 2014, Favreau appeared at the Aero Theatre for a Q&A and screening of his film Chef.
 
 
 
On the eve of its release, anticipation filled the air as people lined up to see a sneak peek of Jon Favreau's latest directorial effort, Chef. The aroma coming from the Aero’s popcorn machine was especially tantalizing, a sign of what was to come this night at the theatre.  Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in the film and was also on hand for a Q&A.  Interviewed by journalist Jeff Boucher, Favreau talked about how excited he was for the movie to come out in theatres. 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

WHO'S ON FIRST? ANYBODY? by Michael Schlesinger

A long, long time ago—by which I don’t mean around the time of GHOSTBUSTERS, but 70, 80, 90 years back—show biz had a hallowed tradition: the comedy team. These weren’t just actors who frequently worked together, like Adam Sandler and Kevin James, or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but actual, official teams, usually two men, their names separated by an ampersand, generally a comic and a straight man (though the latter could also be funny). Occasionally there were more than two, and even more occasionally, there was a woman (notably Gracie Allen), but two men were the norm.

 

We know them by their names: Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Wheeler & Woolsey, Olsen & Johnson, Burns & Allen and more. As well as the bigger groups: The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, The Ritz Brothers, and that huge aggregate variously known as The Dead End Kids, The Little Tough Guys, The East Side Kids, and The Bowery Boys. (That last bunch requires a flow chart.) But sadly, with a few exceptions (conspicuously the Stooges, arguably more popular now than in their heyday, if they ever actually had a heyday), most people born after Woodstock would not know them on sight.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

THE RESURRECTION OF BIFFLE AND SHOOSTER, by Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger, an ardent admirer of 1930s comedy teams, took his adoration to the next level by creating the fictional but historically uncanny comedy team of Biffle & Shooster. A collection of all-new shorts featuring the duo will screen this Sunday, August 16, at the Egyptian Theatre. Below, Schlesinger fleshes out the "origins" of the team.


Some people look at Biffle and Shooster and say, “Why?”

Others look at Biffle and Shooster and say, “Why not?”