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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturdays. 
Los Angeles
When the film first opened, it had a traditional release, playing afternoon and early evening screenings. It bombed. Meat Loaf said he attended an opening week performance with director Jim Sharman in the Midwest where the theater was empty except for them. In the mid-1970s, midnight screenings became popular and word of mouth began to spread that the midnight audience might enjoy this film. It began showing at midnight in a few cities and it became popular, to the point that it has been shown continually in movie theaters since 1975, making it the longest theatrical run in history. More >>

Student Sunday Night
Sundays. 
With a student ID, all shows after 6 PM are only $7, plus you get a discount on popcorn too, at all Laemmle theaters. More >>

$10 Movie Date Night
Wednesdays. 
Pasadena
You and a companion get 2 admissions, 2 popcorns and 2 sodas for only...drum roll please...$10! More >>

$7 Movie Tuesdays
Tuesdays.  Tue, Sep 24, 2013-Wed, Dec 31, 2014
Los Angeles
On Tuesdays, all tickets for all movies, all day are only $7. More >>

$5 Movie Tuesdays
Tuesdays. 
Los Angeles
Every Tuesday, all day, all movies are only $5! More >>

KCET Cinema Series
Tuesdays.  Tue, Aug 19, 2014-Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Santa Monica
Screenings of the most anticipated films prior to their release in theatres followed by a lively Q&A with the film's talent or filmmakers hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond. More >>

Awareness Film Festival
Thu, Sep 11, 2014-Sun, Sep 21, 2014
Los Angeles
The distinctive annual event brings together a worldwide collaboration of filmmakers, artists, environmental activists, and health practitioners - all who unite to both entertain and inform the public to be aware of surrounding issues. This year the festival will be hosted at a variety of venues, including the James Bridges Theater, Aero Theatre, Santa Monica Bay Historic Woman's Club and the Promenade Playhouse. Check website for details. More >>

Tangled
Fri, Sep 12, 2014-Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Los Angeles
Disney's previous animated feature The Princess and the Frog, despite being popular with critics and audiences alike, was a box office disappointment. Disney felt that the film's princess theme discouraged young boys from seeing it. In an attempt to market the film to a broader audience, Disney changed the title of the film from Rapunzel to Tangled, and promoted it as a comedic adventure. More >>

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Fri, Sep 19, 2014-Sun, Sep 21, 2014
Big Bear Lake
MovieMaker Magazine named it as one of its Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee in 2010 and Top 50 Film Festivals in 2013 out of nearly 5,000 Film Festivals. More >>

Kelly & Cal
Fri, Sep 19, 2014-Thu, Sep 25, 2014
Los Angeles
Punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly (a fantastic Juliette Lewis), is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal (Jonny Weston in a breakthrough performance) is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life. There will be a Q&A with cast and filmmakers at the 6:30 showing on Friday, September 19th! More >>

Aliens
Today
Los Angeles
When filming the scene with Newt in the duct, Carrie Henn kept deliberately blowing her scene so she could slide down the vent, which she later called a slide three stories tall. James Cameron finally dissuaded her by saying that if she completed the shot, she could play on it as much as she wanted. She did, and he kept his promise. More >>

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Today
Los Angeles
For his masturbation scene, Judge Reinhold brought a large dildo to work with, unbeknown to the rest of the cast. Phoebe Cates' look of horror and disgust is very real. More >>

School Nights: Barnsdall Art Park Outdoor Movie Night Fundraiser
Saturdays.  Today-Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Los Angeles
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series fundraiser celebrating beloved high school movies. Enjoy movies on a high-resolution screen with surprise guests introducing the movies, and musical entertainment from the likes of KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Marion Hodges spinning until dusk. • September 20th: School of Rock • September 27th: Election • October 4th: Rock 'n' Roll High School • October 11th: Fast Times at Ridgemont High • October 18th: Carrie. More >>

School of Rock
Today
Los Angeles
Led Zeppelin is notoriously hesitant to allow their music to be licensed for commercial purposes. Knowing this, Richard Linklater filmed a plea by actor Jack Black in front of 1,000 screaming fans, imploring the band to let the production use the "Immigrant Song" in the movie. The plea worked and the filmed request is included on the DVD. More >>

Sound of Music Sing-Along
Today
Los Angeles
The Bowl is alive...with the sound of music. After the continued success of the Grease sing-along, now you can sing along with Julie Andrews and the gang. More >>

A Hard Day's Night
Sun, Sep 21, 2014
Los Angeles
United Artists executives didn't really care about the film itself - they were mainly interested in exploiting a legal loophole which would allow them to distribute the lucrative soundtrack album. In fact, they fully expected to lose money on the film. With a final cost of about $500,000 and a box office take of about $8 million in the first week, "A Hard Day's Night" is among the most profitable (percentage-wise) films of all time. More >>

Casablanca
Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Santa Ana
Casablanca, Morocco, was one of the key stops for refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, which is why the original playwrights chose the city for the setting of their play on which the movie is based. More >>

The Great Escape
Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Los Angeles
The real-life escape preparations involved 600 men working for well over a year. Several cast members were actual P.O.W.s during World War II including Donald Pleasence who was held in a German camp. More >>

A Star is Born (1954)
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Santa Monica
Groucho Marx stated Judy Garland not winning an Oscar for A Star Is Born, "the biggest robbery since Brink's." Hedda Hopper later reported that her loss to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl was the result of the closest Oscar vote up till that time that didn't end in a tie, with just six votes separating the two. More >>

At the Devil's Door
Fri, Sep 26, 2014-Thu, Oct 2, 2014
Los Angeles
When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them. Starring Glee's Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards and Catalina Sandino Moreno. More >>

Mary Poppins
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Pasadena
Julie Andrews initially hesitated in taking on the part of Mary Poppins as she was hoping that Jack L. Warner would ask her to star as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964). That call never came, prompting Andrews to cheekily thank Warner in her Golden Globe acceptance speech. More >>

Only Lovers Left Alive
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Los Angeles
Jim Jarmusch’s film tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. More >>

Sixteen Candles
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Los Angeles
Samantha says that Caroline 'must have flunked nine grades' because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris (Caroline) was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24 while Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were actually 16 years old upon the film's release. More >>

The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along & Costume Contest
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Newport Beach
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finalists including free Sunday brunch and dinner for 4 at the Back Bay Bistro and a top prize of a gourmet dinner/sunset cruise aboard one of the resort’s Duffy boats prepared by the Bistro’s new Executive Chef, Bruno Massuger. More >>

Beetlejuice
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Los Angeles
Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Lydia. Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Justine Bateman, Molly Ringwald and Jennifer Connelly all turned down the same role. More >>

M*A*S*H
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Glendale
The 14-year-old son of Robert Altman, Mike Altman, wrote the lyrics to the theme song "Suicide is Painless." Because of its inclusion in the subsequent TV series, he continued to get residuals throughout its run and syndication. His father was paid $75,000 for directing but his son eventually made over $2,000,000 in song royalties. Special on-stage guests: Elliot Gould, Sally Kellerman, Bud Cort and Altman family members! More >>

Silverado Film Festival
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Silverado
This outdoor screening of independent locally made films in the historic mining town of Silverado is designed to inspire visitors to appreciate and preserve the rural canyon communities of the Santa Ana Mountains. More >>

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Los Angeles
Due to the low budget, Gunnar Hansen had only one shirt to wear as Leatherface. The shirt had been dyed, so it could not be washed; Hansen had to wear it for four straight weeks of filming in the hot and humid Texas summer. By the end of the shoot, no one wanted to stand hear Hansen or sit next to him during breaks to eat lunch because his clothing smelled so bad. More >>

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Sat, Sep 27, 2014
West Hollywood
Although the film's title is a question, no question mark appears in the title, as this is considered bad luck in the industry. More >>

Amelie
Sun, Sep 28, 2014
Pasadena
Whenever this film was shot on location, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the crew would clean the area of debris, grime, trash and graffiti, so that the film would match his fantasy more so. This was an especially difficult task when it came time to shoot at the huge train station. More >>

Fight Club
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Los Angeles
In the short scene when Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are drunk and hitting golf balls, they really are drunk, and the golf balls are sailing directly into the side of the catering truck. More >>

The Fault in Our Stars
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Santa Monica
A replica of the interiors of the Anne Frank house had to be built as the movie was denied permission to film inside the actual house. More >>

Alien: The Director's Cut
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Los Angeles
The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would happen during the chestburster scene is partly true. The scene had been explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For instance, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood. More >>

Free Screening of Inner Demons in LA
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don't know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings growing inside her. When she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress what's inside, the demon emerges. More >>

Gone With The Wind
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Burbank
Frankly my dear, this is the truly highest grossing movie ever (when adjusted for inflation). In select theaters nationwide. More >>

Gremlins Blu-ray Signing
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Burbank
Director Joe Dante, Belinda Balaski and others TBA will be signing copies. More >>

Halloween (1978) w/ John Carpenter & Jamie Lee Curtis
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Los Angeles
For years after 'Halloween' was released people would tell writer/director John Carpenter how horrified they were by Michael Myers' grotesquely disfigured face, glimpsed when Laurie pulls his mask off for a moment towards the end of the film. But actually all they saw was the ordinary face of the actor playing the role. Carpenter cites this as evidence of the power of suggestion in cinema, that the audience saw a monster on-screen so assumed that he must look like a monster underneath the mask. Director John Carpenter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis sit down with Geoff Boucher for a discussion after a newly restored screening of 1978 classic. More >>

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Santa Ana
According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress for Baby Jane, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. More >>

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Thu, Oct 2, 2014
Los Angeles
Heather Langenkamp beat over 200 actresses for the role of Nancy Thompson. Some of the other actresses who auditioned for the role of Nancy were Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox and Tracey Gold. More >>

Bride of Chucky
Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Los Angeles
There is a character in the film named Damien Baylock. In The Omen, the satanic child is named Damien, while his nanny is Mrs. Baylock. More >>

Frozen
Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Santa Monica
Idina Menzel auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in Disney's previous fairytale, Tangled (2010). Even though Menzel didn't get the part, a Disney casting director recorded her audition and two years later, it got her the part of Elsa. More >>

Inner Demons
Fri, Oct 3, 2014
When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don't know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings growing inside her. When she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress what's inside, the demon emerges. More >>

The Exorcist
Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Los Angeles
It was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture and was named the scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com. More >>

Fight Club
Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Los Angeles
Three detectives in the film are named Detective Andrew, Detective Kevin, and Detective Walker. Andrew Kevin Walker was the writer of the David Fincher film Se7en (also starring Brad Pitt), and did some uncredited work on this movie's script. More >>

Rock 'n' Roll High School
Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Los Angeles
The high-school was portrayed by the non-operational Mount Carmel High School in South Central Los Angeles which had been closed-down since 1976. The building of the school blown-up at the end is the school which was scheduled for demolition. The explosion was five times bigger than it was supposed to be, and since the filming was at 3am, a lot of frightened neighborhood residents charged out of their homes, not knowing what had happened. At Montebello City Park. More >>

The Ring (2002)
Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Glendale
The role of Rachel was first offered to Jennifer Connelly. The script was then offered to Gwyneth Paltrow, and then to Kate Beckinsale, and finally Naomi Watts. More >>

The Silence of the Lambs
Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Los Angeles
Buffalo Bill is the combination of three real life serial killers: Ed Gein, who skinned his victims; Ted Bundy, who used the cast on his hand as bait to make women get into his van; and Gary Heidnick, who kept women he kidnapped in a pit in his basement. More >>

Planes
Sun, Oct 5, 2014
Los Angeles
Bravo and Echo are F/A-18F Super Hornets, numbers 113 and 210 respectively, of VFA-103 "The Jolly Rogers." Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards were cast to voice them based on them both appearing in Top Gun. In addition, Bravo and Echo's flight helmets are the same design/colors as 'Goose' and 'Ice Man', the characters Edwards and Kilmer played. More >>

American Psycho
Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Pasadena
The single biggest cost on the film was purchasing the rights to the various songs used throughout. More >>

Carrie (1976)
Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Sherman Oaks
Stephen King based Carrie White on two girls he knew while at school: both were social outcasts from deeply religious families and both died while still in their twenties. More >>

Goodfellas
Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Santa Ana
The "You think I'm funny?" scene was based on a story that Joe Pesci acted out for Martin Scorsese. While working in a restaurant as a young man, Pesci once told a mobster that he was funny and the mobster became very angry. Scorsese allowed Pesci and Ray Liotta to improvise the scene. He did not tell the other actors in the scene what would happen because he wanted their genuine surprised reactions. More >>

Apocalypse Now
Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Los Angeles
When Marlon Brando arrived on set, Francis Ford Coppola was horrified to find that Brando had never read "Heart of Darkness," did not know his lines, and had become extremely fat (Kurtz had always been written as a tall but starvingly-thin man). After some panicking, Coppola decided to film the 5'10" Brando as if he was a massively built, 6'5" brute (to explain Brando's size) and steered the camera clear of Brando's huge belly. More >>

Gravity
Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Santa Monica
Alfonso Cuaron had one of the best quotes of the 2014 Golden Globes when he accepted his award for Best Director. "Sandra, you are the most amazing collaborator. I want to thank you for not quitting when you thought that I had told you, 'Sandra, I am going to give you herpes,' when I really meant to say, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you an ear-piece'." More >>

Shaun of the Dead
Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Los Angeles
Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series Spaced, which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan web site to be in the film. More >>

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Los Angeles
The mascot of Ridgemont High is the wolf, which is the same mascot of Van Nuys High School, where most of the school scenes were shot. More >>

Scream
Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Los Angeles
In Scream, Casey [Drew Barrymore] claims that all of the sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street "sucked." Wes Craven, who directed both Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street, sold the rights to sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street before the film was released and became a success and disliked many of the sequels. More >>

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Sherman Oaks
Wes Craven first came up with the basic idea for the movie from several newspaper articles printed in the LA Times over a three year period about a group of Cambodian refugees from the Hmong tribe, several of whom died in the throes of horrific nightmares. The young, otherwise healthy, men would have a nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as possible. Upon finally falling asleep from exhaustion, the men awoke screaming, then died. Autopsy results revealed that they had simply died. It was this lack of cause which intrigued Craven so much. More >>

Alien
Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Pasadena
Ridley Scott stated that in casting the role of Ripley, it ultimately came down to Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. The two actresses had been schoolmates at Yale. More >>

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Sherman Oaks
Jenny Clack (University of Cambridge) discovered a fossil amphibian in Scotland in 1998, found in the remnants of what was once a fetid swamp and named it Eucritta melanolimnetes - literally meaning, "the creature from the black lagoon." More >>

Screamfest Horror Film Festival
Tue, Oct 14, 2014-Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Los Angeles
Discovering the new blood of horror and honoring the masters. If you like horror AND truly independent movies, then you can't miss these horror films waiting to find distribution, along with some of your old faves. More >>

Blue Velvet
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Los Angeles
David Lynch supposedly cut the film from its original four-hour running time to one frame short of two hours. Despite many searches, the missing two hours of deleted scenes were thought to be lost, until in early 2011 Lynch announced that some footage had been found. The 2011 Blu-ray release features 50 minutes of those deleted scenes. More >>

Poltergeist
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Santa Ana
Steven Spielberg's premise for 'Poltergeist' was based on the history of Cheeseman Park in Denver, Colorado. The park was originally a cemetery, which was converted into a park during city beautification efforts in the early 20th century. The man hired to move the bodies scammed the city of Denver into overpaying him, and the city quickly ran out of funds to pay for moving the dead. With no money left in the coffers, the city decided to simply leave the remaining 'residents' buried in unmarked graves underneath the sod. The park was completed as scheduled, but supernatural occurrences have been reported ever since. More >>

It's Alive
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Los Angeles
The movie that spawned the line, "Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty." More >>

Jason Reitman’s Live Read
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Los Angeles
The next installment of this buzzed-about monthly event with a surprise—and celebrated—cast to be announced for a read of American Beauty. More >>

Nightbreed
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Los Angeles
The character played by David Cronenberg is named Dr. Philip K. Decker, a reference to sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. Deckard was the last name of the protagonist in Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" from which Blade Runner (1982) was adapted. More >>

Grand Budapest Hotel
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Santa Monica
The cast includes four Oscar winners: Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and F. Murray Abraham and eleven actors that were nominated for an Oscar (not necessarily in the acting category): Bill Murray, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Tom Wilkinson, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan and Ralph Fiennes. More >>

Carrie (1976)
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Los Angeles
While she played the prom queen in the film, Sissy Spacek was actually the homecoming queen in high school in real life. More >>

From Dusk Till Dawn
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Los Angeles
Did you know that the name of the movie is taken from the signs found on drive-ins? These signs indicate the length of the shows, which ran "from dusk till dawn". The movie is full of references to midnight movies and films which were often intended for teenagers to watch late at night from their cars. More >>

The Conjuring
Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Eight generations of families lived and died in the house before the Perrons moved in. Andrea Perron suggests that some of the spirits from the families never left. Deaths include two documented suicides, a poisoning death, the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl, two drownings, and the passing of four men who froze to death. Most deaths occurred within the Arnold family from which Bathsheba Sherman was descended. Location TBA now. More >>

Corpse Bride
Sun, Oct 19, 2014
Sherman Oaks
Albert Finney was the leading choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), but when Tim Burton was attached he nixed the idea because the only big name he wanted in the movie was Johnny Depp, so Burton cast Finney in this movie to apologize. More >>

Gremlins
Sun, Oct 19, 2014
Los Angeles
Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. More >>

Little Shop of Horrors
Sun, Oct 19, 2014
El Segundo
Steve Martin cut his hands while filming the scene in which Dr. Scrivello pushes open the double swinging doors to Audrey's apartment complex. As a result, in the final cut, he is kicking the door open. More >>

Reel Talk with Stephen Farber
Mondays.  Mon, Oct 20, 2014-Mon, Dec 15, 2014
Los Angeles
Instead of sequels and comic book extravaganzas, enjoy a rich sampling of festival favorites, hot docs, provocative indies, foreign masterpieces, even a classy studio film or two. Then meet the filmmakers and stars in revealing discussions after the screenings. More >>

Scream
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
El Segundo
The boyfriend in Psycho (1960) is named Samuel Loomis. Samuel Loomis was the doctor in Halloween (1978). In Scream, the teens are watching Halloween. In Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), the teens are watching Scream 2 (1997). More >>

The Fearless Vampire Killers
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Sherman Oaks
The doomed romance between Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate started when they met while filming this movie. More >>

Ju-On: The Grudge
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Pasadena
Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji and Takashi Matsuyama all reprised their roles as the doomed Saeki family in the American remake, The Grudge (2004), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. More >>

Young Frankenstein
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Santa Ana
Did you know that the film was shot with many of the same props and lab equipment as the original Frankenstein (1931)? More >>

Metropolis (1927)
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Los Angeles
Much to Director Fritz Lang's dismay, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were big fans of the film. Goebbels met with Lang and told him that he could be made an honorary Aryan despite his Jewish background. Goebbels told him, "Mr Lang, we decide who is Jewish and who is not." Lang left for Paris that very night. More >>

Pompeii from the British Museum
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Burbank
A private view of the British Museum’s blockbuster show Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Accompanied by music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, you will be taken behind the scenes to explore the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum prior to the devastating volcanic eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. In select theaters nationwide. More >>

West Side Story
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Los Angeles
Was the first film to win a Best Director Oscar for two directors (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins). This would not happen again until 46 years later, when Joel Coen and Ethan Coen shared the award for No Country for Old Men. More >>

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Santa Monica
Cameron's father's Ferrari wasn't a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, they made three fake ones, each with a fiberglass body. More >>

The Thing (1982)
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Los Angeles
Opened on the same day as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The similarities don't end there; both movies met with unfavorable reactions at first, but became widely loved sci-fi classics in the years to come. More >>

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Glendale
Special onstage guests scheduled for the 2 PM show: Lou Costello's daughters, Chris Costello and Paddy (Costello) Humphreys, will talk about their father and the film. Special guests for the evening show will be announced soon. More >>

An American Werewolf in London
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Los Angeles
At the close of the credits is a congratulatory message for the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (as Lady Diana Spencer). It was included because when David is trying to get arrested, he shouts, "Prince Charles is a f--got!" The film was shot months before the preparations for the couple's July 1981 wedding. More >>

Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Santa Monica
Six of the most shocking and schlocky movies from the Golden Age of Gore, many of them unseen on L.A. screens in decades! Complete with between-film free food, snacks, coffee, giveaways, crazy shorts and surprises! More >>

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Los Angeles
Director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson and his followers, who titled their death spree "Helter Skelter" after the 1968 Beatles song. One of The Beatles, John Lennon, would one day live (and in 1980 be murdered) in the Manhattan apartment building called The Dakota - where Rosemary's Baby had been filmed. More >>

Bride of Frankenstein
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Sherman Oaks
The body count in the original cut was 21. This was trimmed to 10 after pressure from the censors. More >>

Friday the 13th (1980)
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Los Angeles
Fun fact: Sally Field auditioned for the role of Alice Hardy. More >>

The Shining
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Los Angeles
The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. The management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237. More >>

Psycho
Mon, Oct 27, 2014
El Segundo
Fun fact: the first American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen. More >>

The Silence of the Lambs
Mon, Oct 27, 2014
Pasadena
After Jodie Foster first read the Thomas Harris novel, she tried to buy the rights herself, only to find Gene Hackman had beaten her to it. Hackman planned to direct the film and play either Lecter or Jack Crawford. He withdrew after watching a clip of himself in Mississippi Burning at the Academy Awards, which made him uneasy about taking more violent roles. More >>

Edward Scissorhands
Tue, Oct 28, 2014
El Segundo
Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and Robert Downey Jr. were all considered for the role of Edward Scissorhands. More >>

Night of the Creeps
Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Pasadena
All the last names of the main characters are based on famous horror and sci-fi directors: George A. Romero (Chris Romero), John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper (James Carpenter Hooper), David Cronenberg (Cynthia Cronenberg), James Cameron (Det. Ray Cameron), John Landis (Det. Landis), Sam Raimi (Sgt. Raimi) and Steve Miner (Mr. Miner - The Janitor). Also, The Walking Dead Executive Producer, Greg Nicotero, played a zombie extra. More >>

The Shining
Wed, Oct 29, 2014
Santa Ana
For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the props department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The props department was then forced to build a stronger door. More >>

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Wed, Oct 29, 2014
Los Angeles
Tobe Hooper intended to make the movie for a "PG" rating, by keeping violence moderate and language mild, but despite cutting and repeated submissions, the Ratings Board insisted on the "R" rating for the effectiveness of what is onscreen and what is implied offscreen. Hooper had a similar ratings problem with the sequel. More >>

Gremlins
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Los Angeles
After watching his earlier short films, Steven Spielberg considered Tim Burton to direct the film, but decided against it because at the time, Burton had never directed a full feature length film. More >>

RiffTrax Live: Anaconda
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Broadcast to more than 650 movie theaters nationwide, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) will jump in to take on that giant boa. More >>

Evil Dead II (1987)
Fri, Oct 31, 2014
Los Angeles
Stephen King was such a huge fan of The Evil Dead (1981) that he convinced producer Dino De Laurentiis over dinner (who was producing King's Maximum Overdrive (1986) at the time) to have his production company DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group) finance Evil Dead II (1987). More >>

Nosferatu
Fri, Oct 31, 2014
Los Angeles
All known prints and negatives were once destroyed under the terms of settlement of a lawsuit by Bram Stoker's widow. More >>

The Punk Singer
Sun, Nov 2, 2014
Los Angeles
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. More >>

New Urbanism Film Festival
Thu, Nov 6, 2014-Sun, Nov 9, 2014
Los Angeles
Their primary goal is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. They want to use films to introduce and inspire conversations about how we can make our cities a better place. The Festival showcases movies, short films, speakers, and events on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, street art, economic development, etc. More >>

Shrek
Sat, Nov 8, 2014
Los Angeles
Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded part of the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to Mike Myers. Shrek's "air quotes" in the film is an homage to Farley, whose SNL character, Bennett Brauer, also used air quotes. More >>

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Los Angeles
The movie, She's Having a Baby (1988), is on TV in the motel scene, even though the film hadn't been released yet. Both that movie and Planes, Trains & Automobiles feature Kevin Bacon and John Candy. Plus, at the beginning of the movie, Neal Page (Steve Martin) races a character played by Kevin Bacon for a taxi. Later, Neal phones his wife to tell her that he has been delayed (again). In the background, you can hear the fight from She's Having a Baby (also directed by John Hughes) between Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, when she screams that she doesn't like his friend's girlfriend. More >>

Three Stooges Film Festival
Sat, Nov 29, 2014
Glendale
Did you know that some of the Three Stooges shorts were filmed within a few miles or even a few blocks of the Alex Theatre? More >>

Scrooged
Sat, Dec 6, 2014
Los Angeles
Playing the Scroogettes were the Solid Gold Dancers whose TV show had been canceled by the time the movie opened. More >>

The Godfather
Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Los Angeles
During an early shot of the scene where Vito Corleone returns home and his people carry him up the stairs, Marlon Brando put weights under his body on the bed as a prank, to make it harder to lift him. Brando also did not memorize most of his lines and read from cue cards during most of the film. Nino Rota's iconic score accompanied by the film's traditional Italian folk music & jazz comes to life on stage, performed LIVE by symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. More >>