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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturdays.  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.  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.  On Tuesdays, all tickets for all movies, all day are only $7. MORE >>

$5 Movie Tuesdays
Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday, all day, all movies are only $5! MORE >>

Reel Talk with Stephen Farber
Mondays.  Mon, Jun 30, 2014-Mon, Aug 25, 2014.  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 >>

Old Pasadena Film Festival
Fridays, Saturdays.  Sat, Jul 5, 2014-Sat, Jul 26, 2014.  A four-week, free movie series showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres throughout Old Pasadena. With twenty screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air film festival in California. MORE >>

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays.  Sun, Jul 20, 2014-Wed, Jul 30, 2014.  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 >>

LA Shorts Fest
Thu, Jul 24, 2014-Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  LA Shorts Fest is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Award winners are eligible for Academy nomination. The Festival boasts an outstanding past record of 44 Academy Award-nominated films, including 14 Oscar winners. The festival annually attracts more than 7,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent. MORE >>

Magic in the Moonlight
Fri, Jul 25, 2014-Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all. MORE >>

Fri, Jul 25, 2014-Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  It’s 'American Pie' meets 'Groundhog Day' in this hilarious and tender coming-of-age comedy. Rob is facing the biggest day of his life. He needs to nail a college interview ensuring his admittance to his parents' beloved alma mater, keep his cool when life-long crush Angela (nicknamed 'After School Special' for a reason) finally seems to show interest, and deal with his best friends as they realize their high school days are ending. As pressure mounts, something weird happens. He finds himself reliving the day's events over and over again. Is Rob stuck in a dream? Experiencing déjà vu? Having a psychotic break? Whether it's finding a way to get into Georgetown, into Angela's pants, or having an even bigger epiphany, Rob must figure out how to break the cycle before losing his mind. Alan Tudyk, along with cast and crew members, will be on hand for the 7:45 PM showing hosted by Trevor Moore of Whitest Kids U' Know on Friday, July 25th! MORE >>

Best Movie Fest Ever
Today.  This month’s theme is "My Favorite Musicals" which will include digitally re-mastered versions of Moulin Rouge, Oklahoma and Hello, Dolly! along with trivia and giveaways. MORE >>

Despicable Me 2
Today.  At Gru and Lucy's wedding, four minions wearing white suits sing "I Swear" by All-4-One. The band wore white suits in their music video. MORE >>

Empire Records
Today.  A sign by the register that reads, "Have a nice daze," shows the logo for Dazed and Confused (1993). Rory Cochrane, who plays Lucas, played Slater in Dazed and Confused. MORE >>

Film Noir Double Feature
Today.  A double feature of Gun Crazy (1950) and The Lineup (1958) plus special guest Alan K. Rode, from the Film Noir Foundation. Opening the screening festivities is Bugsy Mugsy (1957) where Bugs Bunny discovers gangsters Rocky and Mugsy have chosen his new abode, a condemned building, as their hideout. MORE >>

My Own Private Idaho
Today.  River Phoenix was a big fan of The Simpsons and suggested its inclusion. Simpsons creator Matt Groening is from Portland, and in fact Gus Van Sant was living in what used to be Matt's best friend's house. Matt let them use the footage from The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) for free. MORE >>

Super Troopers
Today.  In the scene where the troopers are smoking marijuana while watching the Johnny Chimpo cartoon, the redness of their eyes was achieved by the makeup artist blowing menthol in their faces. At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

The Godfather
Today.  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. MORE >>

The Night of the Iguana
Today.  This movie put Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the map - it didn't even have scheduled air service before John Huston shot the film there. MORE >>

The Raid 2
Today.  Following immediately after the events of The Raid, Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption task force led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun. Finding a way in through Bangun's son Uco, Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down. MORE >>

The Wolf of Wall Street
Today.  The actors snorted crushed B vitamins for scenes involving cocaine. MORE >>

Mo' Better Blues
Sun, Jul 27, 2014.  Denzel Washington's trumpet sound is played by Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis plays the sax for Wesley Snipes. The music you hear in the movie when the actors are "playing" was performed by Branford's working band which was used for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno when Jay Leno took over. MORE >>

The Godfather Part 2
Sun, Jul 27, 2014.  Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two actors to ever win separate Oscars for playing the same fictional character. Brando won Best Actor for The Godfather and De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for this movie, both in the role of Vito Corleone. MORE >>

Wes Anderson Double Feature
Sun, Jul 27, 2014-Mon, Jul 28, 2014.  With The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Darjeeling Limited. MORE >>

Bull Durham
Mon, Jul 28, 2014.  Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis were considered to play the parts of Annie (Susan Sarandon) and Crash (Kevin Costner) but declined due to their commitment to the TV series Moonlighting. Kurt Russell, who helped Ron Shelton develop the script, also played minor league baseball in the early-1970s. After the film was made, Russell was so impressed, he actually wrote fan letters to Costner and director Ron Shelton. MORE >>

Mon, Jul 28, 2014.  Has the distinction of the film that won the most Oscars (8) without winning the Best Picture Oscar. MORE >>

Die Hard
Mon, Jul 28, 2014.  Bruce Willis was the sixth choice for the main character. It originally went to Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Sylvester Stallone, then Burt Reynolds, then Richard Gere, then Harrison Ford, then Mel Gibson before Willis got it. MORE >>

Back to the Future Part II
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  At a convention Q&A session, Christopher Lloyd recalled being one of the cast and crew invited to the film's Royal Premiere in London. Since Michael J. Fox couldn't attend, he was one of the first to greet members of the Royal Family, including the late Princess Diana, and was able to sit near her. Lloyd recalls that the loudest the Princess laughed during the film was the scene where Biff has a truckload of manure dumped on him. MORE >>

Best Movie Fest Ever
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  This month’s theme is "My Favorite Musicals" which will include digitally re-mastered versions of Moulin Rouge, Oklahoma and Hello, Dolly! along with trivia and giveaways. MORE >>

Pan’s Labyrinth
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  Stephen King attended a screening of the film and sat next to Guillermo del Toro. According to Del Toro, King squirmed when the Pale Man chased Ofelia. Del Toro compared the experience of seeing King's reaction to winning an Oscar. Meanwhile, Björk was so affected by this film that after seeing it, she went home and wrote the song "Pneumonia." MORE >>

Sixteen Candles
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  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 Perfect Storm
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  Towards the end of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's emotional speech in the church at Gloucester, her microphone picked up her pounding heartbeat. Director Wolfgang Petersen liked the effect, so it remains audible on the soundtrack. MORE >>

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Wed, Jul 30, 2014.  All the Bolivia scenes were filmed in Mexico, where almost the entire cast and crew came down with Montezuma's Revenge. Only Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Katharine Ross were spared, because they refused to drink the water catered on the set and stuck to drinking soda and alcohol for the duration of the shoot. MORE >>

Long Beach International Film Festival
Wed, Jul 30, 2014-Mon, Aug 4, 2014.  Last year’s International Film Festival had a great outpouring of support from local celebrities in film, music and sports including Billy Crystal, Joan Jett, Dee Snider, Burt Young and UFC Champion Chris Weidman and more of the same is expected this year. "The Long Beach International Film Festival continues to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all New York State-approved movie studios which qualify for the much sought after 30% tax credit," said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. MORE >>

Only Lovers Left Alive
Wed, Jul 30, 2014-Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive 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. Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization’s decline, and worries about future survival. Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam’s 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side. As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve’s close friend, Elizabethan dramatist and unacknowledged author of Shakespeare’s plays—Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), is now an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright), a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price. Adam and Eve’s precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam. Opens at ArcLight Hollywood and The Landmark. MORE >>

Annie (1982)
Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  Kristin Chenoweth auditioned for Annie and got to the final stages of the audition process but was turned down because her Southern accent was too thick. A young Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Annie as well, but was told that she was too tall for the part. MORE >>

Singin’ in the Rain
Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  Though only a modest hit when first released, it is now frequently described as one of the best musicals ever made, topping the AFI's 100 Years of Musicals list, and ranking fifth in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007. MORE >>

The African Queen
Thu, Jul 31, 2014.  The 1951 John Huston classic, set in Africa during World War I, garnered Humphrey Bogart an Oscar for his role as a hard-drinking riverboat captain in Africa, who provides passage for a Christian missionary spinster (Katharine Hepburn). Taking an instant, mutual dislike to one another, the two endure rough waters, the presence of German soldiers, and their own bickering to finally fall into one another's arms. MORE >>

Apollo 13
Fri, Aug 1, 2014.  The famous understatement was actually made twice by two astronauts. Jack Swigert said, "OK Houston, we've had a problem here." Mission Control said, "This is Houston. Say again, please." Then Jim Lovell said, "Ahh, Houston, we've had a problem." On the recording, Swigert is garbled at the beginning, while Lovell is clear, so the recording of Lovell is often heard, leading to the impression he said it, even though Swigert said it first. It's commonly misquoted as, "Houston, we've got a problem," or "Houston, we have a problem." Because "we've had" implies the problem has passed, Ron Howard chose to use "we have". At the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. MORE >>

Fri, Aug 1, 2014-Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events. MORE >>

Fri, Aug 1, 2014.  Terry Gilliam was asked to do a film class at USC during his battle with the studio over this film. Terry agreed, and took advantage of the situation by preparing to bring an "audio visual aid", which was his cut of the film, which would have been allowed. Unfortunately, two days before the event, students advertised a free screening of the film. When he arrived it was announced that Universal would not allow him to show the film. During his speech to the class, he was interrupted by studio executives' phone calls. They eventually allowed him to show a clip of the film. He showed the entire film, and repeated the screenings for over two weeks. It was during one of these screenings that Los Angeles film critics saw the film, and awarded it the Best Picture of the Year award, which was responsible for getting the film released the way Gilliam wanted it. MORE >>

Fri, Aug 1, 2014.  Sharon Stone received an Oscar nomination, continuing Martin Scorsese's track record for helping his leading ladies score Academy Award nods (Cate Blanchett, Lorraine Bracco, Ellen Burstyn, Jodie Foster, Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Cathy Moriarty, Winona Ryder). MORE >>

Child of God Q&A w/ James Franco
Fri, Aug 1, 2014-Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Directed by James Franco, and based on the chilling novel by Cormac McCarthy, Child of God tells the provocative story of Lester Ballad (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man, attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Set in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each segment describing Ballad’s ever-growing isolation of from society and social mores. Child of God also stars Jim Parrack (True Blood), Tim Blake Nelson and features an appearance by James Franco. Writer/Director James Franco will be holding a Q&A after the 7:15 PM showings and doing an intro for the 9:30 PM showings on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd. MORE >>

Howl's Moving Castle
Fri, Aug 1, 2014.  The second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. MORE >>

The Lego Movie
Fri, Aug 1, 2014.  Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, at one point, were all considered to reprise the role of Batman which ultimately went to Will Arnett. MORE >>

9 to 5
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston both turned down the role of Russell Tinsworthy which went to Sterling Hayden. MORE >>

Blazing Saddles
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  The world premiere was at the (now gone) Pickwick Drive-In Theater in Burbank. The guests rode horses into the drive-in for the premiere. The Pickwick was also used in Grease as a filming location. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  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 >>

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Has the distinction of being the only non-James Bond film produced by Albert R. Broccoli after the Bond series began. This is because the novel on which the movie is based was written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. MORE >>

Dazed and Confused
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Matthew McConaughey states that the line "alright, alright, alright!" in the scene at the Top Notch drive-in was his first line ever spoken on camera in the first scene of his entire film career. The infectious line was hence repeated during production by the entire crew and has been one of McConaughey's trademark slogans, even using it during his Academy Award acceptance speech for best actor. He says that he ad-libbed the line, and lifted it from Jim Morrison, who exclaimed it during a performance on the album The Doors Live after the song "Roadhouse Blues." MORE >>

Monty Python's Life of Brian
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Eric Idle originally recorded the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in his normal singing voice. After deciding this was not quite right, he re-recorded it with a Cockney accent, singing the new dub in a hotel room with mattresses pushed up against the walls. The line, "Bernie, I said, they'll never make their money back" refers to Lord Bernard Delfont pulling out of financing the movie at the last minute. In the 2000s, the song was reused in the musical "Spamalot," adapted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. MORE >>

The Goonies
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  According to Sean Astin, he was allowed to keep the treasure map used in the film. Several years later, his mother discovered it, thought it was just a crinkled piece of paper, and threw it in the trash. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every first Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Mon, Aug 4, 2014.  Like modern day athletes, ancient Roman gladiators did product endorsements. The producers considered including this in the script but discarded the idea as unbelievable. MORE >>

North by Northwest
Tue, Aug 5, 2014.  Alfred Hitchcock's classic is generally cited as the first to feature extended use of kinetic typography — the technical name for "moving text" — in its opening credits. MORE >>

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Tue, Aug 5, 2014.  Sergio Leone’s surreal masterpiece of the American West during the last days of the Civil War follows a trio of equally violent and unrepentant gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) who engage in a jaw-dropping series of double and triple crosses to get their hands on a fortune in stolen Confederate gold. MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Tue, Aug 5, 2014.  Although it received largely positive reviews, it was initially a box office failure. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but its initial release failed to recoup the studio's investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow." MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Tue, Aug 5, 2014.  Margaret Hamilton, a life-long fan of the Oz books, was ecstatic when she learned the producers were considering her for a part in the film. When she phoned her agent to find out what role she was up for, her agent simply replied, "The witch, who else?" Many of her scenes, though, were either trimmed or deleted entirely, as her performance was thought to be too frightening for audiences. MORE >>

Wed, Aug 6, 2014.  An early draft of the script had a male Ripley, making this one of at least three films where Sigourney Weaver played a character originally planned to be a man. The second is The TV Set and the third is Vantage Point. MORE >>

Romancing the Stone
Wed, Aug 6, 2014.  The stunt double for Kathleen Turner who did the actual mud slide scene was Jeannie Epper who was also the stunt body double for actress Lynda Carter on the Wonder Woman (1975) television series. MORE >>

Ethnic Notions
Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  Director and producer Marlon Riggs' documentary, Ethnic Notions, takes us through American history as it traces the evolution of the deeply rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. This film explores caricatures like "Loyal Toms," "Faithful Mammies," and "Grinning Coons," that permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the 1950s. MORE >>

Monsters University
Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  John Ratzenberger makes his traditional Pixar film appearance, reprising his role as Yeti (a.k.a. The Abonimable Snowman) from Monsters, Inc. Yeti's job in the Monsters, Inc. mailroom is a nod to John's famous role as postman Cliff Clavin in Cheers. Yeti warns Mike and Sully that tampering with the mail is punishable by exile to the human world, foreshadowing his exile in Monsters, Inc. MORE >>

Napoleon Dynamite
Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  Fun fact: Both Jon Heder (Napoleon) and Efren Ramirez (Pedro), who play the lead characters in the movie, have an identical twin in real life. MORE >>

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  The Wrath of Khan is generally considered one of the best films of the Star Trek series and is credited with the creation of substantial renewed interest in the franchise. It was a box office success and set the then record for first-day box office gross. MORE >>

Sundance Next Fest
Thu, Aug 7, 2014-Sun, Aug 10, 2014.  Feature and short film screenings, some paired with live music performance and all celebrating the renegade spirit of independent artists. MORE >>

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Thu, Aug 7, 2014.  Robin Williams, who is a big fan of the franchise, provided Judith Hoag with information regarding her character through his comic book collection. MORE >>

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  The island on which the town of Swallow Falls (later Chewandswallow) is located corresponds to the real-life geographic location of Bermuda. This is implied at the beginning when the island is said to be under the first "A" in Atlantic, as Bermuda is the only island in the West Atlantic north of the tropics. It is later confirmed on a weather map towards the climax of the movie, when the weather storm is clearly seen to originate several hundred miles of the coast of the Carolinas. MORE >>

Dog Day Afternoon
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  The 1975 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Flatbush, Brooklyn, was held siege by a gay bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. MORE >>

How to Train Your Dragon
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  The sounds of Toothless (the Night Fury) are a combination of various sounds, including the voice of Supervising Sound Designer Randy Thom, elephant seals, elephants, horses, tigers, and even domestic cats. The elephant seal sounds used were recordings of elephant seal pups at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a marine mammal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins. At the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. MORE >>

Pitch Perfect
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  Brittany Snow said that Rebel Wilson improvised most of her lines and would go on 20 minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches. MORE >>

The Blues Brothers
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  The interior for the Blues Brothers' concert was the Hollywood Palladium. Audience members were recruited through radio station promotion. The exterior was Chicago's South Shore Country Club, locate at 7059 South Shore Dr. Chicago, Ill., which was later purchased by the city and reopened as the South Shore Cultural Center. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  The Hollywood Dam featured in the film is actually known as the Mulholland Dam. The nearly-identical St. Francis Dam, near Valencia, actually collapsed due to a geological fault in 1928. This disaster killed over 450 people and ranks second highest in terms of loss of life (behind the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) in the history of California. MORE >>

Frankenstein Triple Feature
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Boris Karloff in Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  The original premise of Ghostbusters had three main characters: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. They fought ghosts in S.W.A.T. like suits using wands instead of guns. The ghost named Slimer was known as 'Onionhead', and at the end of the movie the Ghostbusters franchise was all over the United States. John Candy also was slated to play Louis. However, with Belushi's death and characters backing out, the script was rewritten and new actors cast. MORE >>

Lawrence of Arabia
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  The winner of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of 1962, the film has been honored as the No. 7 film on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the "100 Greatest Movies of All Time." MORE >>

Reservoir Dogs
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Madonna - who is the main topic of the opening conversation - really liked the film but refuted Quentin Tarantino's interpretation of her song 'Like a Virgin.' She gave him a copy of her 'Erotica' album, signed, "To Quentin. It's not about dick, it's about love. Madonna." MORE >>

Sixteen Candles
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek" (Anthony Michael Hall) while Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future co-star in The Breakfast Club. In Brentwood TBA. MORE >>

The Outsiders
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  When Dallas (Matt Dillon) robs the store clerk, the clerk is played by character actor William Smith, who a few years earlier had portrayed Falconetti in Rich Man, Poor Man. Years later, in the film Beautiful Girls, Matt Dillon's character, Tommy, tells his roommate Paul (Michael Rapaport) that he will be skipping their high school reunion and staying home to watch "Rich Man, Poor Man". The two characters then gush that there was never a more terrifying on-screen villain than Falconetti. MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested. MORE >>

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Sun, Aug 10, 2014.  Steven Spielberg worked simultaneously on both this film and Poltergeist in 1982 (which was directed by Tobe Hooper but produced by Spielberg), and both were made to complement each other. "E.T." represented suburban dreams, and "Poltergeist" represented suburban nightmares. MORE >>

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Sun, Aug 10, 2014.  Most of the license plates are all abbreviations for titles of films by John Hughes. Katie's = VCTN (National Lampoon's Vacation); Jeannie's = TBC (The Breakfast Club); Tom's = MMOM (Mr. Mom); Rooney's = 4FBDO (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). The exception is Cameron's Ferrari (seen when Ferris first pulls out of the garage), the license plate of which reads NRVOUS. MORE >>

Sun, Aug 10, 2014.  Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted at the time as one of the Hollywood Ten. Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus, and President-elect John F. Kennedy crossed picket lines to see the movie, helping to end blacklisting. MORE >>

King Kong (1933)
Mon, Aug 11, 2014.  In 1933, it grossed $90,000 its opening weekend, the biggest opening ever at the time. MORE >>

The Pope of Greenwich Village
Mon, Aug 11, 2014.  According to author Christopher Heard, the movie was originally planned to feature the first on-screen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, with the duo set to play Charlie and Paulie, respectively. “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter stops by for a Q&A following his film pick. MORE >>

The Dark Knight
Tue, Aug 12, 2014.  While the movie was filming a chase scene on Lake Street, the Chicago Police Department received several calls from concerned citizens stating that the police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with a dark vehicle of unknown make or model. MORE >>

The Goonies
Tue, Aug 12, 2014.  The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped. MORE >>

The Hunger Games
Tue, Aug 12, 2014.  Lenny Kravitz was cast for the role of Cinna without audition after director Gary Ross was impressed his brief performance in Precious (2009). Because most of Cinna's scenes are with Katniss, Kravitz learned as much as he could about Jennifer Lawrence through his daughter Zoë Kravitz who appeared with Lawrence in X-Men: First Class (2011). MORE >>

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Wed, Aug 13, 2014.  The scene where Gen. Turgidson trips and falls in the War Room, and then gets back up and resumes talking as if nothing happened, really was an accident. Stanley Kubrick mistakenly thought that it was George C. Scott really in character, so he left it in the film. MORE >>

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Wed, Aug 13, 2014.  Viggo Mortensen did his own stunts. He also insisted on using only the real steel sword, instead of significantly lighter aluminum sword or safer rubber sword which were manufactured for battle scenes and stunts. Orlando Bloom also did most of his own stunts and broke a rib in the process. MORE >>

The Doors - Live from the Bowl in HD (1968)
Wed, Aug 13, 2014.  Painstakingly restored from original camera negatives and remixed from multi-tracks, this mesmerizing film presents the historic concert in its entirety for the first time. Program begins with a slide show by rock photographer Henry Diltz. MORE >>

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Wed, Aug 13, 2014.  It was the first film to top the annual box office with a top-billed female lead since The Exorcist (1973), and the first with a woman as the sole protagonist and primary marketing focus since The Sound of Music (1965). MORE >>

HollyShorts Film Festival
Thu, Aug 14, 2014-Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  This annual film festival showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe with screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. MORE >>

North by Northwest
Thu, Aug 14, 2014.  Alfred Hitchcock filmed Cary Grant's entrance into the United Nations building from across the street with a hidden camera. When he gets to the top of the stairs a man about to walk down does a double take upon seeing the movie star. MORE >>

School of Rock
Thu, Aug 14, 2014.  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 >>

From Dusk Till Dawn
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  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 >>

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  Sean Connery was always Steven Spielberg's first choice to play Indiana Jones's father, as an inside joke to say that James Bond is the father of Indiana Jones. If that had failed, Gregory Peck and Jon Pertwee were back-up choices for the role. Spielberg had always wanted to do a Bond film but did Indiana Jones as a James Bond type character. In keeping with the James Bond theme, the movie has many Bond movie co-stars: John Rhys-Davies, Alison Doody, Julian Glover, Stefan Kalipha, Pat Roach, and Eugene Lipinski. At the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. MORE >>

Man of Steel
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  Director Zack Snyder said that he really wanted to include a shirtless scene of star Henry Cavill in the film because throughout the film, you see him in a form-fitting body suit where he appears extremely muscular. He said the audience would think it was all rubber muscles, but it was important to show them it was indeed Henry Cavill's body in that suit and that it was all real. MORE >>

Starship Troopers
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  Director Paul Verhoeven and cinematographer Jost Vacano shot one take of the co-ed shower scene in the nude themselves (on a dare from star Dina Meyer). MORE >>

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  The screenplay was written with Humphrey Bogart in mind for the role of Shears, but Columbia Studios head Harry Cohn refused to allow Bogart out of another project. Cary Grant then was briefly considered to star as Shears, but his flop in a serious role in Crisis (1950) concerned the producer, Sam Spiegel. The role of Nicholson was offered to Laurence Olivier who turned it down. Alec Guinness was the next choice. Prior to casting Guinness, Producer Sam Spiegel tried to persuade American actor Spencer Tracy to play the part of Colonel Nicholson. Tracy had read the book and told Spiegel emphatically that the part must be played by an Englishman. MORE >>

Transformers (2007)
Fri, Aug 15, 2014.  Griffith Observatory is a private area and its authorities were initially reluctant about allowing shooting to go on with the film. However, the filmmakers were able to get permission, through its officials Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay (Nimoy's wife, whom Michael Bay is related to), to shoot the Autobots' arrival to Earth and their council. Nimoy had starred as Megatron's successor Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie (1986) and went on to star as Optimus Prime's predecessor Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). MORE >>

Back to the Future
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  The school that served as Hill Valley High was Whittier High School in Whittier while The Twin Pines Mall is, in fact, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry. MORE >>

Charles Dickens Double Feature
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  With Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. MORE >>

Purple Rain
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Albert Magnoli filmed a second love scene that was not included in the final cut of the film. This scene has special meaning because it contains the actual illusion of the purple rain. A snippet of this scene is included in the theatrical trailer for the film as well as the When Doves Cry montage. It's rumored that this second love scene almost earned the film an X-rating although it's unclear as to whether this scene was actually included in early edits of the film or actually submitted to the MPAA. Director Albert Magnoli has stated that he never shot anything that could have given the movie an X-rating. MORE >>

Shorts Showcase at CAAM
Sat, Aug 16, 2014-Sun, Aug 17, 2014.  A wide variety of independent films, webisodes and music videos of 30 minutes or less in length with talkbacks with directors, producers, writers, actors, and editors immediately following. MORE >>

The Natural (1984)
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Composer Randy Newman was nominated for his third Oscar for the film's score and has earned twenty Oscar nominations in all so far. He eventually won his first Oscar for on his sixteenth nomination, winning for Best Original Song for Monsters Inc. He has since won a second Oscar for Toy Story 3. MORE >>

The Sandlot (1993)
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Five of the members of the Sandlot baseball team - Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, and Grant Gelt - all had roles in different episodes of Boy Meets World. MORE >>

Wayne's World
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Not only was this Mike Myers' film debut, but the use of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" propelled the song to #2 on Billboard singles chart nearly 20 years after its first release. MORE >>

The Right Stuff
Sun, Aug 17, 2014.  Rick Springfield turned down a role in this film so that he could star in Hard to Hold instead. Springfield has stated that he greatly regrets this decision. MORE >>

Mon, Aug 18, 2014.  Robin Williams was considered for the role of The Joker; he would later be considered for The Riddler as well. Composter Danny Elfman will appear to discuss his work. MORE >>

Spirited Away
Mon, Aug 18, 2014.  It was the first anime film to be nominated for (and win) an Academy Award. MORE >>

Mon, Aug 18, 2014.  When asked to approve use of the theme music for Jaws in a scene, Spielberg saw footage of Vince Vaughn, whom he then hired for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. MORE >>

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  After the death of Richard Harris, many actors were considered for the vacant role of Albus Dumbledore. Christopher Lee was in the frame for a while, and there was a rumor (reported in many newspapers) that Ian McKellen was also considered. The Harris family wanted Richard's longtime friend and peer Peter O'Toole for the role but there were studio concerns over insuring O'Toole for the remaining five films. Richard Attenborough also lobbied for the role but was ultimately turned down. The role eventually went to Michael Gambon. MORE >>

RiffTrax Live: Godzilla
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  Size does matter as the stars of Rifftrax are set to bring larger-than-life laughs nationwide as they riff on one of the most frequently requested titles in RiffTrax history, Godzilla (the 1998 version starring Matthew Broderick). Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that raised money to license a “big” Hollywood title, the RiffTrax crew – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) – are back again this summer with a riotous never-before-seen take on the ‘90s creature feature. In select theaters nationwide. MORE >>

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  Benedict Cumberbatch studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo's Reptilian House to prepare for the voice of Smaug, aiming for a tone that would "bridge between animal and human, a deep and rasping guttural dryness to the voice." MORE >>

The Jungle Book
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  The last film personally overseen by Walt Disney as he died during production of this film. Many people wondered at what the studio's fate would be, particularly the animation division. The film performed extremely well at the box office, ensuring that the animators would not be put out of work. Had the film failed, it is likely that animation would have been closed down at Disney. MORE >>

The Mummy (1999)
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell and Matthew McConaughey were considered for the role of Rick O'Connell. MORE >>

Wed, Aug 20, 2014.  The sound of the crowd cheering "Spartacus! Spartacus!" was actually recorded at a 1959 football game in Spartan Stadium, home of the Michigan State University Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State beat Notre Dame in that game, 19-0. MORE >>

The Terminator
Wed, Aug 20, 2014.  O.J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer while Glenn Close was originally chosen to play Sarah Connor, but wasn't available when the project began. MORE >>

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Thu, Aug 21, 2014.  Originally, the knight characters were going to ride real horses, but after it became clear that the film's small budget precluded real horses, the Pythons decided that their characters would mime horse-riding while their porters trotted behind them banging coconut shells together. The joke was derived from the old-fashioned sound effect used by radio shows to convey the sound of hooves clattering. MORE >>

28 Days Later
Fri, Aug 22, 2014.  For the London scenes, police would close the roads at 4am, and filming would begin immediately. After 1 hour, the police would reopen the roads. The producers correctly predicted that asking drivers (including clubbers headed home) to either wait for up to an hour or find another route might make some of them angry. They got several extremely attractive young women (including Danny Boyle's daughter) to make the necessary requests, and the drivers responded quite amicably to them. MORE >>

Double Indemnity
Fri, Aug 22, 2014.  Stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck have one of the best exchanges in cinematic history: "I wonder if you know what I mean." "I wonder if you wonder." MORE >>

Frozen Sing-Along
Fri, Aug 22, 2014-Sun, Sep 7, 2014.  In addition to being the first female to direct a full-length Disney animated feature film, Jennifer Lee also became the first woman to solely write an entire screenplay for a Disney animated film since Linda Woolverton for Beauty and the Beast (1991). MORE >>

Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  Actors who auditioned for the film included Reese Witherspoon for Cher, Terrence Howard for Murray, Zooey Deschanel for Tai, Seth Green for Travis and Lauryn Hill for Dionne. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  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 >>

The Neverending Story
Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  It was the first English-language film directed and co-written by Wolfgang Petersen (Outbreak, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Poseidon). MORE >>

The Princess Bride
Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  Director Rob Reiner left the set during Billy Crystal's scenes because he would laugh so hard that he would feel nauseated while Mandy Patinkin claims that the only injury he sustained during the entire filming of this movie was a bruised rib due to stifling his laughter in his scenes with Billy Crystal. At La Cienega Park. MORE >>

There's Something About Mary
Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  The zipper scene is based on an actual incident when the Farrelly brothers' parents had to help a young man who caught himself in his zipper at one of their sisters' parties. MORE >>

Johnny Ramone Tribute
Sun, Aug 24, 2014.  Rob Zombie will host the evening, along with Johnny’s friends Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and more. Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL) will also be there and may bring his punk rock alter ego, Ian Rubbish. Festivities include a screening of The Devil’s Rejects, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt Collection of horror memorabilia, a set of Ramones songs from an all-star band performed live in the Masonic Lodge (live video simulcast on the lawn), food trucks, fun stories and more. Proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Foundation and Dr. David Agus at the Center for Applied Medicine, USC. MORE >>

To Catch a Thief
Sun, Aug 24, 2014.  This was Grace Kelly's final film for Hitchcock before she became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956. MORE >>

Saving Private Ryan
Mon, Aug 25, 2014.  The Omaha Beach scene cost $11 million to shoot and involved up to 1000 extras, some of whom were members of the Irish Army Reserve. Of those extras, 20-30 of them were amputees issued with prosthetic limbs to simulate soldiers having their limbs blown off. MORE >>

Sean Connery Double Feature
Mon, Aug 25, 2014.  With Thunderball and The Untouchables MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Mon, Aug 25, 2014.  The horses in Emerald City were colored with Jell-O crystals. The scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick them off. MORE >>

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Tue, Aug 26, 2014.  Was the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide until Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released. Adjusted for inflation today, it's still the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. MORE >>

The Neverending Story
Tue, Aug 26, 2014.  Was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany at the time it was made. MORE >>

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Wed, Aug 27, 2014.  Cary Guffey's [Barry Guiler] performances were so good that they only ever had to do one or two takes of each shot he was in. He became known as One-Take Cary on the set and Steven Spielberg had a t-shirt printed up for him with the phrase written on it. Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Guffey's performance that several years later, he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The Shining. MORE >>

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wed, Aug 27, 2014.  During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got sick, except director Steven Spielberg. It is thought that he avoided illness by eating only the food he'd brought with him: cans and cans of Spaghetti-Os. MORE >>

Robert Rodriguez Double Feature
Wed, Aug 27, 2014.  With El Mariachi and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. MORE >>

Cinecon 50 Classic Film Festival
Thu, Aug 28, 2014-Mon, Sep 1, 2014.  Cinecon is the oldest and the grandest of the movie related fan festivals, and Cinecon 50 promises to offer an outstanding five day program of unusual films, exciting celebrity guests and one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the nation. MORE >>

Thu, Aug 28, 2014.  Michael Cera's mother actually read the script before he did and she was the one who convinced him to try out for the part. MORE >>

Charlie Chaplin Double Feature
Fri, Aug 29, 2014.  With The Kid and Modern Times. MORE >>

A Clockwork Orange
Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Who knew that "Singin' in the Rain" could be so creepy? When Malcolm McDowell met Gene Kelly at a party several years after the film's release, the older star turned and walked away in disgust. Kelly was deeply upset about the way his song had been portrayed in A Clockwork Orange. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Many of the actors who played the Nazis in the film were in fact, German Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany. MORE >>

Django Unchained
Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django. Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted. MORE >>

Edward Scissorhands
Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Tim Burton had asked Robert Smith of The Cure to do the soundtrack and had even sent the script. Robert was busy recording 'Disintegration' at the time, and didn't know who Burton was, so passed up the opportunity, handing Danny Elfman the job. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  The exterior Rydell scenes, including the basketball, baseball and track segments, were shot at Venice High School while the Rydell interiors, including the high school dance, were filmed at Huntington Park High School. MORE >>

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations. The final film in the series, The Return of the King, won all of its 11 Academy Awards nominations, tying it with Ben-Hur and Titanic for most Academy Awards received for a film. MORE >>

Tue, Sep 2, 2014.  The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (1977) makes a cameo appearance in this movie. Look closely at the exterior shot of the Space Diner and you can spot it parked there among the other space vehicles. MORE >>

To Kill A Mockingbird
Wed, Sep 3, 2014.  Although Gregory Peck's performance as Atticus Finch turned out to be a highlight of his long career, Rock Hudson was actually the studio's first choice for the role. James Stewart was also offered the part, but feared the film would be controversial. MORE >>

Fri, Sep 5, 2014.  The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and earned three other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Ellen Page. The film's soundtrack, featuring several songs performed by Kimya Dawson in various guises, was the first number one soundtrack since Dreamgirls and 20th Century Fox's first number one soundtrack since Titanic. MORE >>

Dirty Dancing
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  The very famous scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing their dancing and they are crawling towards each other on the floor wasn't intended to be part of the film; they were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but the director liked it so much he kept it in the film. At Will Rogers State Historic Park. MORE >>

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot. MORE >>

Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  The characters of Hans, Kristof, Anna and Sven are all named after Hans Christian Andersen. Say the names quickly in sequence and hear the similarity. MORE >>

Pineapple Express
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  As he is handing Dale some guns, Red (Danny McBride) says, "Ted Jones messed with the wrong melon farmers." This is a reference to the common network television practice of dubbing over "swear" words with less "objectionable" words or terms that have a similar sound and length - even if the replacement words don't really make sense in the context of the movie. "Melon Farmers" was used most famously as the dub for "Mother F***ers" in the network television version of the Die Hard series of movies (in which lead character John McClane's famous catchphrase, "Yippie-kai-yay, Mother F***ers!," became "Yippie-kai-yay, Melon Farmers!"). MORE >>

The Room
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every first Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Tue, Sep 9, 2014.  Along with George Lucas’ Star Wars to follow the next summer, Jaws had a seismic impact on the landscape of Hollywood, making the big-budget, summer blockbuster the cornerstone of studio economics for decades to come. MORE >>

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Wed, Sep 10, 2014.  This 60s comedy classic boasts an all-star cast of Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Jimmy Durante, Peter Falk, Buster Keaton and many more. MORE >>

American Beauty
Fri, Sep 12, 2014.  Alan Ball originally intended to write a script about Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita" who shot lover Joey Buttafuoco's wife Mary Jo Buttafuoco in 1992; but each successive draft of the script drifted farther away from that story, until it essentially disappeared. Speaking of Lolita, in one of many references to the original Lolita, "Lester Burnham" is an anagram for "Humbert learns" from Lolita. MORE >>

Garden State
Sat, Sep 13, 2014.  The movie was released on July 28, 2004 in eight theaters: three in Los Angeles, four in New York City, and the Maplewood Theatre in Maplewood, New Jersey. This was the home theater of Zach Braff (who is from the adjacent town of South Orange). MORE >>

The Goonies
Sat, Sep 13, 2014.  During filming, Martha Plimpton made a bet with director Richard Donner that she would stop biting her nails. Donner paid up several years later, while they were doing the DVD commentary. At Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall. MORE >>

The Princess Bride
Sat, Sep 13, 2014.  Courteney Cox, Uma Thurman and Meg Ryan auditioned for Princess Buttercup while Whoopi Goldberg campaigned for the role. MORE >>

Cars (2006)
Sun, Sep 14, 2014.  This was the last feature film for Paul Newman before his death of lung cancer in 2008. MORE >>

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Mon, Sep 15, 2014.  Lisa Kudrow received a Biology degree from Vassar and Mira Sorvino earned a degree in Asian Studies from Harvard, so during production of Romy and Michele, they nicknamed each other "Smart" and "Smarter." MORE >>

Sat, Sep 20, 2014.  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
Sat, Sep 20, 2014.  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 >>

Sound of Music Sing-Along
Sat, Sep 20, 2014.  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 >>

Sat, Sep 27, 2014.  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 >>

Sat, Sep 27, 2014.  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. MORE >>

Fight Club
Sat, Oct 4, 2014.  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 >>

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Sat, Oct 25, 2014.  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 >>

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

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

Sat, Nov 8, 2014.  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.  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 >>

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

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