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A secret film club?! That's our idea! For years, a good friend and I have thrown around the idea of hosting surprise screenings for fun. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) & Filmmaker magazine partnered with the reRun Theater in Brooklyn (Google Maps) and are launching this idea in what they've dubbed the "Secret Film Club". I want in already. For five days at the reRun, they're hosting free screenings that will be a complete secret. "The films screening – which will not be revealed publicly – will be a mix of acclaimed festival favorites with forthcoming theatrical releases and underappreciated recent independent titles."
Happy Star Wars Day, movie fans! And it's also Free Comic Book Day! It's May 4th, which means it's the only day where everyone can freely say "May the 4th be with you" and not get laughed at (or maybe you still will, who knows). Since we've entered a new era with a bunch of new Star Wars movies on the horizon, it's especially worthwhile making mention of the geeky holiday to keep everyone in high spirits as we wait two more years until Episode 7 hits theaters in 2015. If you're near any Disney Theme Parks, they're hosting events, or you can stop by a comic book store and I'm sure it'll be easy to start a discussion about Star Wars.
From Scarface to Return of the Jedi to WarGames. The summer of 1983 was a good one. Maybe not the best ever summer of movies, but a fun one for sure. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a series of events as part of the epic Summer of 1982. They're back again for "the sequel to the greatest summer of movies... ever" with the Summer of 1983, from thirty years ago. They've organized another summer-long series of screenings kicking off with Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary May 25th, and more from Trading Places, Risky Business to National Lampoon's Vacation. This will be a great summer if you live by a Drafthouse.
Damn, what a line-up. I love this already. "Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists." Every summer they host a "festival", or series of outdoor screenings showing acclaimed indie films as well as special presentations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For the summer of 2013, they've chosen a few solid Sundance/SXSW faves (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Short Term 12) for what looks like an exceptional line-up.
On Tuesday evening, The Academy hosted a 21st anniversary reunion screening of Wayne's World, the "Saturday Night Live"-inspired comedy movie from 1992, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Paramount provided a new print of the movie, and before the film there was a panel discussion that featured cast members Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Rob Lowe along with director Penelope Spheeris and producer Lorne Michaels. Hawk Koch, the current president of the Academy and also the film's executive producer, moderated the panel, and we've recapped some of the best bits from the reunion event. Party on!
Sadly, unless you're planing on doing some traveling later this month, this is mostly for the residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. AFI has announced the line-up for their annual event AFI's Night at the Movies, featuring a special film screening on April 24th at the Arclight Hollywood on West Sunset Blvd. and an introduction from one of the film's stars. This year, the line-up is out of control featuring big names like Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects, Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider and many more. See the full screening list below!
"What you feel when you see a movie like this is more than appreciation – it's gratitude." This quote, from the late Roger Ebert's review, received much applause when read aloud at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday, during a 25th anniversary celebration of Robert Zemeckis' classic film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A newly restored digital print was screened, then Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore moderated a panel featuring many of the cast and crew who worked on the movie: actors, associate producers, animation supervisors, screenwriters, and—of course—Robert Zemeckis himself.
"Experience four Iron Man movies in one day!" They're bringing back the marathon. Just last year, movie theaters organized six-movie marathons leading up to the midnight release of Marvel's The Avengers. With the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, coming up quickly on May 3rd kicking off the summer movie season, Regal has launched an Iron Man Marathon (more info at regmovies.com). The event will include showings of all three Iron Man movies, plus The Avengers, because it progresses this Marvel Universe before Iron Man 3 picks up. Everything kicks off on the afternoon of Thursday, May 2nd.
Last Friday, Paramount Pictures invited me and a handful of other film journalists to their studio lot in Hollywood to see 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming zombie blockbuster World War Z. Producer and star Brad Pitt was on hand to introduce the footage, and afterwards we spoke with director Marc Forster for an additional 20 minutes to get some insight into what to expect when the movie finally hits theaters this summer on June 21st, 2013. Myself and Germain Lussier from SlashFilm recorded a video blog to capture our reactions (watch it below) and there's some interesting remarks from Forster and Pitt.
Schwing! While rumors of a Wayne's World 3 were grossly exaggerated last fall, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey will be having a totally amazing, excellent Wayne's World reunion with director Penelope Spheeris and "Saturday Night Live" mastermind and the film's producer, Lorne Michaels, for a panel discussion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. THR reports Academy president, Hawk Koch, who just happens to be an executive producer of the film, will introduce the event which taking place on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Samuel Golden Theater in Beverly Hills. And the good news is you can go!
Timeless. Janus Films has unveiled a fun trailer for their upcoming digitally restored re-release of Safety Last!, the classic 1923 silent film starring Harold Lloyd that made him and the image of him hanging off the clock an icon. The studio painstakingly cleaned up a 2K digital transfer of an original nitrate print and re-synced Carl Davis' score, and is planning to re-release this in theaters during the summer. Safety Last! is one of those timeless classics that should be seen by everyone, and this is a rare chance to actually catch it in theaters. Janus debuted this trailer and a poster to build re-release buzz, so take a look and spread the word.
The Sundance Film Festival is a perennial favorite for those of us at FirstShowing.net, and Robert Redford's long-running festival has always been on the cutting edge, embracing experimental and often controversial movies and giving them a place to be seen. Now, a press release tells us that the Sundance Institute will continue its progressive ways by taking a break from the chilly Utah weather and heading to the West Coast this summer, hosting a 4-day film festival right here in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will feature screenings and panels from August 8th-11th.
Over a couple years ago, an awesome box set with a collection of soundtracks and previously unreleased music spanning the 25-year collaboration between director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman from 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure all the way to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. Now fans of the duo's work will get a chance to take their love to the next level by seeing Burton's work live in person with Elfman performing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 7th. In addition to his score, Elfman will also sing signature songs from his film repertoire, including tunes from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
When it comes to action films, it doesn't get much more iconic than Die Hard. Bruce Willis shifted the direction of American action away from muscle-bound heroes like Stallone & Schwarzenegger toward a much more relatable everyman persona, and the ingenious concept of confining the action to one place - Nakatomi Plaza, the home of the real 20th Century Fox - has been copied countless times in action movies over the years. Fox releases the next sequel A Good Day to Die Hard next month, but they celebrated the series' 25th anniversary Thursday evening with a special unveiling of a new mural and a party at Nakatomi.