Sep 292012

GUILLERMO DEL TORO TO HOST “UNIVERSAL’S LEGACY OF HORROR” OPENING AT THE ACADEMY The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of “Universal’s Legacy of Horror”- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

“The Bride of Frankenstein “ (1935) and “Dracula “ (1931) Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Hosted by writer-director Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro, a true aficionado of the horror-genre will host the kick-off screening celebrating the studio that defined “horror films. ” The Academy will screen newly restored prints from Universal.

“The Man Who Laughs “ (1928) Monday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include producer Chris Weitz, grandson of producer, Paul Kohner. This rarely screened silent horror feature stars Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin.

“The Wolf Man “ (1941) and “An American Werewolf in London “ (1981) Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include director John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, producer George Folsey, Jr. and actor David Naughton from “An American Werewolf in London. “

“Creature from the Black Lagoon “ (1954, in 3D) and “The Invisible Man “ (1933) Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actress Julie Adams, who played Kay Lawrence in “Creature from the Black Lagoon. “

“The Birds “ (1963) Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actresses Tippi Hedren, who played Melanie Daniels, and Veronica Cartwright, who played Cathy Brenner, in the film.

“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein “ (1948) and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken “ (1966) Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m. Linwood Dunn Theater 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker, in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. “

“The Incredible Shrinking Man “ (1957) and “Tarantula ” (1955) Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m. Oscars Outdoors 1341 Vine Street, Hollywood

“The Phantom of the Opera “ (1925) Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present “Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition,” which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal’s distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio’s founding 100 years ago.  The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October.  Admission is free.

Series passes for “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” (excluding the Saturday double features) are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  Ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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Sep 282012


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of “Limelight,” Charlie Chaplin’s final masterpiece, on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Chaplin’s Limelight

Presented as an installment of the Jack Oakie Celebration of Comedy in Film, the evening will welcome co-stars Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd, who will discuss their work with Chaplin and the influence he had on their distinguished careers.

“Limelight” offers a poignant portrait of the music halls where Chaplin, one of the screen’s first comedic geniuses, developed his craft. Produced just before Chaplin’s re-entry permit to the United States was revoked during his travels abroad, the film is a bittersweet time capsule, reflecting the mindset of an artist whose world was changing around him.

Featuring Bloom in what was only her second film, “Limelight” is a tender and often humorous love story that revels in the details of life on the stage. A brief, but tantalizing, scene between Chaplin and his closest comedic rival, Buster Keaton, is yet another facet of the film’s charm.

The Jack Oakie Celebration of Comedy in Film provides an opportunity for established filmmakers and historians to share their experiences and to discuss the specific challenges and delights of the comedy film genre. The lecture series is named in memory of character actor Jack Oakie, whose career included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and 87 pictures, most of them comedies or musical comedies. His career included such notable films as “Once in a Lifetime,” “Million Dollar Legs” and “It Happened Tomorrow,” and was crowned by his portrayal of a Mussolini-like head of state in “The Great Dictator,” for which he received an Academy Award® nomination.

Tickets for “Limelight” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit


Sep 272012


Movie fans can soon vie for seats at the most glamorous

spot on Hollywood Boulevard,

Oscar’s Red Carpet.


Movie fans can soon vie for seats at the most glamorous spot on Hollywood Boulevard, Oscar’s Red Carpet.

Beginning on Monday, September 24, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT fans from around the world may enter online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 85th Academy Awards red carpet.

There are only 700 seats available on the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the DolbyTM Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Those who are selected will watch and cheer Oscar nominees, presenters and other ceremony guests as they arrive at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013. In addition to seats, winners of the Oscar Fan Experience will be invited to watch the Academy Awards® at a nearby theatre and will receive a fan gift bag.

The entry form will be available at The application process will close on Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have entered the drawing for the limited number of red carpet seats.

To be eligible for the drawing, an individual must complete the entry form in its entirety. Entries must be submitted online; they may not be returned via any other method. Duplicate entries will not be accepted.

Those whose names are selected in the random drawing will be notified in November. They will then be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Eligible attendees will receive a confirmation letter in early January with information pertinent to the event. The Academy will not be responsible for securing travel and/or hotel accommodations for winners of the Oscar Fan Experience.

Only those individuals who have been pre-approved by the Academy will have access to the bleachers.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Sep 262012


Starring Jeff Goldblum, Academy Award and Emmy Award-Nominee
Previews Begin October 10 with Opening Set for October 17, 2012

Seminar Rehearsals Have Begun

(LtoR)Greg Keller,Jennifer Lkeda,Jeff Goldblum,Aya Cash and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe begin Rehearsals,for the West Coast premiere of Theresa Rebeek’s”Seminar directed by Sam Gold.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Rehearsals have begun for “Seminar,” the sexy, smart new comedy starring Jeff Goldblum, an Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominee. “Seminar,” by Pulitzer Prize finalist and “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck and directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, begins previews October 10 and opens October 17, 2012, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.  The first production of the Ahmanson Theatre’s 2012-2013 season, “Seminar” will continue performances through November 18, 2012.

In “Seminar,” four aspiring young writers played by Aya Cash, Jennifer Ikeda, Greg Keller and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe sign up for private writing classes taught by an international literary figure played by Goldblum.  Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.  The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy. 

(Near-Verbrugghe replaces the previously announced Patrick Heusinger.)
“Seminar” arrives in Los Angeles directly from its hit Broadway run, where it was cheered as“. . . the funniest show on Broadway . . .” by WOR Radio, and called “. . . one of Rebeck’s best works . . . a wonderful new comedy . . .” by Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press. “Seminar” had its world premiere on Broadway in November 2011.  Goldblum joined the cast in April 2012, which led Jimmy Fallon of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to exclaim, “Jeff Goldblum is one of the best actors of his generation!”

The production of “Seminar” at the Ahmanson features the complete Broadway design team:  set and costume design by Tony Award-nominee and two-time Obie Award-winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award-nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award-winner John Gromada.
“Seminar” is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith,Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

Jeff Goldblum is a celebrated actor in theatre, film and television, who also appeared on Broadway in “The Pillowman” in 2005, and more recently in two productions for The Old Vic in London, “Speed-the-Plow” (2008) and “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (2010). 

His diverse film credits include some of the highest-grossing films of all-time – “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day,” as well as such classics as “Nashville,” “Death Wish,” “The Big Chill,” “Annie Hall,” “The Life Aquatic,” “Igby Goes Down” and “The Fly.”  He was nominated for an Oscar for his direction of the live action short film “Little Surprises.” On television, he most recently starred on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”  He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on “Will & Grace” and recently guest-starred on the hit series “Glee.”

Aya Cash’s theatre credits include “The Other Place,” “Killers and Other Family,” “Offices,” “Happy Hour,” “Three Changes,” “From Up Here,” “The Pain and the Itch,” “Not Waving, Whore,” “Playlist,” “Missed Connections,” “Cookie Crumble,” “Jasper Lake,” “The Three Sisters,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream,”

“Much Ado About Nothing” and “Richard III.” Television credits include  “Traffic Light,” “Spellbound,” “A Gifted Man,” “Mercy,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “In Men We Trust” and “Brotherhood.” Film credits include  “The Oranges,” “The Bits in Between,” “Deception,” “Off Jackson Avenue,” “Winter of Frozen Dreams,” “January,” and the upcoming “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Can A Song Save Your Life?,” “The Happy House” and “Sleepwalk With Me.”

Jennifer Ikeda’s New York credits include “Top Girls” at Manhattan Theatre Club, Edward Albee’s “Seascape” at Lincoln Center, “The Bacchae” and “As You Like It” both at the Delacorte, “Titus Andronicus,” “As You Like It” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen” at The Public Theater, and “Hamlet” and “Oliver Twist” with Theatre for a New Audience. TV and film credits include recurring roles on “Smash” and “Lipstick Jungle,” “Suits,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order,”

 “Guiding Light,” “Heavy Petting,” “Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty,” and the short film “Incoming,” which was screened by the L.A. Shorts Festival and Noor Film Festival, and for which Jennifer was awarded Best Actress by the Asians On Film Festival.  Jennifer is a graduate of Juilliard.

Greg Keller was last seen at the Ahmanson Theatre in “33 Variations” with Jane Fonda. He made his Broadway debut earlier this year in Margaret Edson’s “Wit” with co-star Cynthia Nixon.  His other credits include “Cradle and All” (MTC), “The Seagull” (with Dianne Weist and Alan Cumming at CSC), “Belleville” (Yale Rep), “Smudge” (Women’s Project),

“That Pretty Pretty” (Rattlestick), and eight plays at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.  Greg holds an MFA in acting from NYU and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he was a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner.  His plays have been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berskshire Theatre Festival, and LAByrinth Theater Company, where he is a member.

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe has appeared on Broadway in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (also at The Public Theater) and “The Ritz.” Off-Broadway, he performed in “The Common Pursuit,” “Assistance,” “Macbeth,” “Oorah!,” “boom,” “The Most Excellent Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” and “As You Like It.”  His television and film credits include “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Guiding Light” and the upcoming and recent films “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” “My Idiot Brother” and the short film “Bridge to Bourne.”

For nearly a decade, Theresa Rebeck’s more than a dozen plays have been produced in New York, regionally and internationally, including the world premiere of “Poor Behavior” last year at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum.  Rebeck’s new comedy, “Dead Accounts,” will open on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre this November starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo-Butz. She made her Broadway debut with the Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of “Mauritius.”

“Seminar” marks the first time one of her works was produced as a commercial Broadway production.  In 2003 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work “Omnium Gatherum.”  In addition to her work as a playwright, Rebeck is also a respected, award-winning television writer and producer – “NYPD Blue,” (Peabody Award) and “Law & Order:

Criminal Intent,” and she is the creator of NBC’s hit TV series “Smash.”  Her film writing credits include “Harriet the Spy” and “Seducing Charlie Barker,” and her books include “Twelve Rooms with a View” and “Three Girls and Their Brother.”
Hailed by The New York Times as a “white-hot young director,” Sam Gold is one of the most consistently praised directors to emerge on the New York theatrical scene in the last several years.  He made his mark with an impressive string of critically embraced off-Broadway productions prior to making his Broadway debut with “Seminar.”

He notably won a 2010 Obie Award for directing two Annie Baker productions, “Circle Mirror Transformation” and “The Aliens.”  His other acclaimed New York productions include the recent “The Big Meal,” “Look Back in Anger,” “Kin,” “The Coward” and “Tigers Be Still,” as well as Annie Baker’s adaptation of “Uncle Vanya.”

For tickets and information, please go to The Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or call (213) 972-4400.


Sep 252012

The Programs Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has Championed in L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa earns top industry honors for advancements in public transportation

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) award honors Mayor Villaraigosa, the three-time chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a member of the Board since 2005, for his contributions to the public transportation industry through policy, legislative initiative, and leadership.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who transformed innovative local transportation funding programs into America Fast Forward (AFF), the financial centerpiece of the nation’s new Surface Transportation Bill (MAP-21), is the recipient of the American Public Transportation Association’s “2012 Distinguished Service Award.”

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed rail.

The APTA awards will be presented Oct. 2 at the 2012 APTA annual meeting to be held in Seattle, Washington.

“The programs Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa has championed in Los Angeles – America Fast Forward, clean alternative fuels for buses, bus rapid transit, congestion pricing, sustainable development and many more – are part of the Mayor’s vigorous transportation agenda to transform Los Angeles from the car capital of the world to the transit capital of the world,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy.

When President Barack Obama signed the Surface Transportation Bill into law on July 6, 2012, it signaled a triumph for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, whose far-reaching national initiative “America Fast Forward” (AFF) is included in the legislation.

The America Fast Forward legislation evolved from a progression of local funding initiatives championed by Mayor Villaraigosa, who, as chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and as a member of the Metro Board of Directors since 2005, sought to accelerate an ambitious transportation agenda while maintaining a first-class transportation system for the nation’s third-largest transportation agency.

Due to the Mayor’s leadership in the region and with the help of the California State Legislature, and despite the pressure of an escalating recession, the people of Los Angeles County voted in 2008 to approve Measure R, the half-cent sales tax that is now projected to generate more than $35 billion over the next thirty years to pay for traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county.

Measure R projects took on a new momentum when the Mayor proposed the “30/10 Initiative” to build a dozen mass transit projects in the next 10 years (instead of the 30 years it would take the sales tax to accumulate) by using federal financing to accelerate the construction of Measure R transit projects.

Generating national interest, Mayor Villaraigosa leveraged the “30/10” accelerated funding program for transit projects into a national transportation initiative with provisions for highway funding entitled “America Fast Forward.”

Now signed into law as part of the Surface Transportation Bill, AFF is a model funding program that gives transportation agencies across the nation a financial tool to accelerate transportation projects by using committed funds accumulating from local streams of revenue as collateral for up-front federal loans.

Mayor Villaraigosa served as chairman of Los Angeles Metro for three one-year terms since his election to the city’s top post in 2005 and subsequent re-election in 2009.

As a result of the Mayor’s vigorous leadership, major projects have come online. Among them: The 6-mile Metro Gold Line Extension to East Los Angeles; the 14-mile Metro Orange Line transitway serving the San Fernando Valley; the Metro Expo Line, Phase 1, an 8.6-mile light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City; Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project, an 8.5-mile light rail line that will extend from Crenshaw Boulevard at Exposition to the Metro Green Line’s Aviation/LAX Station; the Regional Connector, 1.9-mile fully underground connection in downtown Los Angeles that will link four light rail lines, minimizing the need for rail transfers; the Westside Subway Extension, a 9-mile subway extension that will serve Century City and Westwood/UCLA and the 4-mile Metro Orange Line Extension to Chatsworth.

“America Fast Forward” is the touchstone of the transportation agenda of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who, by extending the possibilities of a local funding program for transportation projects and infrastructure jobs to all American cities, has transformed the mobility of a nation

Sep 242012

LAPD Talking With Kids About Drugs

Don’t put off talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs.

As early as fourth grade, kids worry about pressures to try drugs. School programs alone aren’t enough. Parents must become involved, but most parents aren’t sure how to tell their children about drugs. Open communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child avoid drug use. Talking freely and really listening show children that they mean a great deal to you.

 What do you say?

Tell them that you love them and you want them to be healthy and happy.

Say you do not find alcohol and other illegal drugs acceptable.

Many parents never state this simple principle. Explain how this use hurts people. Physical harm – for example, AIDS, slowed growth, impaired coordination, accidents. Emotional harm – sense of not belonging, isolation, paranoia. Educational harm – difficulties remembering and paying attention.
Discuss the legal issues. A conviction for a drug offense can lead to time in prison or cost someone a job, driver’s license, or college loan.

Talk about positive, drug-free alternatives, and how you can explore them together. Some ideas include sports, reading, movies, bike rides, hikes, camping, cooking, games, and concerts. Involve your kids’ friends.

How do you say it?

Calmly and openly – don’t exaggerate. The facts speak for themselves.
Face to face – exchange information and try to understand each other’s point of view. Be an active listener and let your child talk about fears and concerns. Don’t interrupt and don’t preach.
Through “teachable moments” – in contrast to a formal lecture, use a variety of situations – television news, TV dramas, books, newspaper.
Establish an ongoing conversation rather than giving a one-time speech.
Remember that you set the example. Avoid contradictions between your words and your actions. Don’t use illegal drugs, period!

Be creative! You and your child might act out various situation in which one person tries to pressure another to take a drug. Figure out two or three ways to handle each situation and talk about which works best. Exchange ideas with other parents.

 How can I tell if a child is using drugs?

Identifying illegal drug use may help prevent further abuse. Possible signs include:

Change in moods – more irritable, secretive, withdrawn, overly sensitive, inappropriately angry, euphoric. Less responsible – late coming home, late for school or class, dishonest.

Changing friends or changing lifestyles – new interests, unexplained cash.
Physical deterioration – difficulty in concentration, loss of coordination, loss of weight, unhealthy appearance.

Why do kids use drugs?

Young people say they turn to alcohol and other drugs for one or more of the following reasons:

To do what their friends are doing
To escape pain in their lives
To fit in
For fun
To take risks

Take A Stand!

Educate yourself about the facts surrounding alcohol and other drug use. You will lose credibility with your child if your information is not correct.
Establish clear family rules against drug use and enforce them consistently.
Develop your parenting skills through seminars, networking with other parents, reading, counseling, and support groups. Work with other parents to set community standards – you don’t raise a child alone.
Volunteer at schools, youth centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, or other activities in your community.

Sep 222012

Academy to Celebrate The Music of James Bond

  As part of the global 50th anniversary celebration of James Bond, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years,” on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” the evening pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.Academy to Celebrate The Music of James Bond

Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including composer Bill Conti (“For Your Eyes Only”), songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (“Nobody Does It Better” from “The Spy Who Loved Me”), lyricist Don Black (title songs for “Thunderball,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “The World Is Not Enough”) and guitarist Vic Flick, who laid down the famous guitar lick for the “James Bond Theme.” There also will be a special video message from actor Roger Moore.

Over the 22 films released to date as part of the official James Bond series, there have been several constants: suave but deadly leading men, gorgeous and sexy Bond girls, over-the-top villains and incredible music. Bond theme songs, sung by such leading performers as Nancy Sinatra (“You Only Live Twice”), Shirley Bassey (“Goldfinger”), Paul McCartney and Wings (“Live and Let Die”), Carly Simon (“Nobody Does It Better”) and Sheena Easton (“For Your Eyes Only”), consistently landed on the pop music charts. Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” became the first Bond song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Those notable elements combined with the remarkable scores by composers including Conti, John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch and David Arnold has resulted in a body of work that continues to play a major role in popular film culture.

Tickets for “The Music of Bond” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Sep 192012

 In celebration of its recent film preservation efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch the first-ever “Film-to-Film” Festival.

Which will run September 27 through September 29, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.A year ago the Academy Film Archive launched an ambitious effort called “Project Film-to-Film,”

aimed at preserving as many films on film as possible over a two-year period. The initiative’s main goal is to take advantage of the current, but threatened, availability of film stock to create new prints of a diverse range of motion pictures, encompassing the whole history of the art form.

More than 390 new prints have already been created from the best available film elements, covering significant narrative features and documentaries, as well as experimental, animated and short film titles. The wide variety of titles range from “Navajo,” the only film to receive Oscar® nominations for both Documentary Feature and Cinematography, to “Naked Yoga,” a short once presumed lost, and “Carnival of Souls,” a cult favorite that has been rescued from late-night television and restored to the big screen.

The complete “Film-to-Film” Festival schedule is as follows:ACADEMY TO LAUNCH FIRST "FILM-to-FILM" FESTIVAL


Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 7:30 p.m.

BRAZIL (1985), Original Director’s Cut (35mm, color, 142 min.) Onstage discussion with Katherine Helmond and Arnon Milchan

Writer-director Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” is set in an alternative reality “somewhere in the 20th century,” where civil servant Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) fights a hopeless battle against a totalitarian state. The film earned Academy Award® nominations for Original Screenplay (Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown) and Art Direction (Art Direction: Norman Garwood; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray). The stellar supporting cast includes Helmond, Jim Broadbent, Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Charles McKeown and Michael Palin.


Linwood Dunn Theater, 7:30 p.m.

ANIMATED AND LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM This program illustrates the wide range of films preserved by the Film-to-Film initiative, including a rare short made by the Academy itself, intriguing works by noted animators and the big-screen debut of crooner Phil Harris.

OF MEN AND DEMONS, John Hubley and Faith Hubley (1969, 16mm, color, 9 min.)

Academy Award nominee: Cartoon Short Subject SO THIS IS HARRIS, Mark Sandrich (1933, 35mm, black-and-white, 28 min.)

Academy Award winner: Comedy Short Subject THE UNICYCLE RACE, Robert Swarthe (1966, 35mm, color, 7 min.)

RAILWAY WITH A HEART OF GOLD, Carson “Kit” Davidson (1965, 16mm, color, 15 min.) SCREEN ACTORS, (1950, 35mm, black-and-white, 9 min.)

Linwood Dunn Theater, 9:30 p.m.

EXPERIMENTAL FILM PROGRAM The boundaries of the film medium are stretched, ignored and laughed at in these experimental shorts that manipulate sight, sound, narrative and the relationship between filmmaker and spectator.

EYE MYTH, Stan Brakhage (1967, 35mm, color, silent 24fps, 9 seconds)

NIGHT MULCH & VERY, Stan Brakhage (2001, 35mm, color, silent 24fps, 6 min.)

EXPERIMENTS IN MOTION GRAPHICS, John Whitney (1968, 16mm, color, sound, 11min.)

MADAME MAO’S LOST LOVE LETTERS, Tom Leeser & Diana Wilson (1983, 35mm, color, 3 min.)

BABOBILICONS, Daina Krumins (1982, 35mm, color, 16 min.)

PENCIL BOOKLINGS, Kathy Rose (1978, 35mm, color, 14 min.)

FURIES, Sara Petty (1977, 35mm, color, 3 min.)

SONOMA, Sky-David, formerly known as Dennis Pies (1977, 35mm, color, 7 min.)

BACKGROUND, Carmen D’Avino (1973, 35mm, color, 20 min.) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject


Linwood Dunn Theater, 2 p.m.


The afternoon’s first program illustrates the diverse topics of the documentaries covered by the initiative, with a short about the spiritual aspects of Hatha yoga, and the Maysles brothers’ portrait of movie distributor Joseph E. Levine.

NAKED YOGA, Paul Cordsen (1974, 35mm, color, 25 min.) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject SHOWMAN, Albert Maysles and David Maysles (1963, 35mm, black-and-white, 52 min.)

Linwood Dunn Theater, 4 p.m.


The afternoon’s second documentary program features two titles that use a semi-documentary approach to convey stories of World War II rumor-mongering and the cultural conflict faced by a young Navajo boy.

MR. BLABBERMOUTH!, Basil Wrangell (1942, 35mm, black-and-white, 19 min.) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject NAVAJO, Norman Foster (1952, 35mm, black-and-white, 70 min.) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature; Black-and-White Cinematography


Linwood Dunn Theater, 7:30 p.m.

SPIDER BABY (1968, 35mm, black-and-white, 81 min.) World premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s new restoration from the original negative, with special guest writer-director Jack Hill.

Filmed in 1964 but not released theatrically until 1968, this cult classic marked the solo directorial debut of Hill. The eerie story follows three siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes them to regress to a primal state of being and act out with savage, incestuous and animalistic behavior.

Linwood Dunn Theater, 9:30 p.m.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962, 35mm, black-and-white, 78 min.)

World premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s new restoration from the original negative.

Director Herk Harvey’s only feature film was made on a tiny budget with a crew largely composed of industrial filmmakers from Lawrence, Kansas. Filled with evocative images, the film tells the story of a young woman who seemingly survives a car crash but is haunted by a ghostly figure that is somehow connected to an abandoned carnival pavilion.

Tickets for each screening in the “Film-to-Film” Festival are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. Each time slot listed indicates a separate ticketed program. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open an hour before each program. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit



Sep 192012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced key dates for the 85th Academy Awards season.

The key dates are:
Friday, November 30, 2012: Official Screen Credits due
Saturday, December 1, 2012: Governors Awards presentation
Monday, December 17, 2012: Nominations voting begins
Thursday, January 3, 2013: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 10, 2013: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Monday, February 4, 2013: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 8, 2013: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 9, 2013: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24, 2013: 85th Academy Awards presentation

In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced.

In addition, this will be the first time the Academy will provide its membership the opportunity to vote electronically. Together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Everyone Counts, the Academy has been developing an electronic voting process for more than a year. The Academy conducted extensive research and held numerous focus groups with its members to ensure a smooth transition and widespread adoption.

The Academy will make several voting resources available to members during the transition, including the installation of assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, a 24-hour telephone help line during voting periods, and paper ballots.

In the pre-Nominations phase, members will continue to vote via paper ballot in eight categories due to specialized screening schedules and processes. Those categories are Animated Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. A 90-minute red carpet show will immediately precede the broadcast.


Sep 162012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Academy Award®-winning Costume Designer Ann Roth as part of the festival’s 20th anniversary

Ann Roth To Receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design

  Special Guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane, and Mike Nichols, the event will be hosted by CNN’s Alina Cho

East Hampton, NY (September 14, 2012) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will co-present a special evening honoring the career of costume designer Ann Roth during The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival. Special guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols with CNN correspondent Alina Cho serving as host and moderator. The celebration will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, October 6th where Ms. Roth will receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.Hamptons International Film Festival

With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar® for “The English Patient” (1996). Well-known for the depth of her creative vision and her rigorous attention to detail, Roth has designed costumes for a wide variety of genres and historical periods, with films as varied as “The Day of the Locust” (1975), “Hair” (1979), “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Birdcage” (1996), “The Hours” (2002) and “Julie & Julia” (2009).

Roth is noted for her ability to collaborate with actors and directors in creating indelible characters, and has worked repeatedly with such artists as Mike Nichols, Stephen Daldry, Anthony Minghella, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis. In addition to her four Academy Award nominations, Roth has received four Tony Award® nominations for her costume designs for the stage (most recently, for her work on The Book of Mormon) and three Emmy Award® nominations (including her work on the miniseries “Mildred Pierce”). This special event will be both a celebration of Roth’s career and an examination of her work and craft, featuring film clips and in-depth discussions of her creative process.

“Ann’s work has helped bring some of our most iconic movie characters to life,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “She’s a beloved artist whose work continues to inspire all of us.”

“We are honored that in our festival’s anniversary year we are able to recognize and salute such an extraordinary woman as Ann Roth,” said Executive Director Karen Arikian. “She epitomizes the inspirational creative talent that we have endeavored to present to our audiences at HIFF for the last 20 years.”

“It is, of course, a tremendous honor to be recognized for one’s work by one’s peers” said Ann Roth. “I gratefully thank both The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and The Hamptons International Film Festival and I commend the festival on its steely optimism in waiting until 2012 to bestow such an honor on me.”

In celebration of Ms. Roth’s career, a selection of her original sketches and renderings will be exhibited during the week of the festival. The exhibition will feature hand-drawn works created and curated by Ms. Roth.

The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors including, American Airlines, Altour, Silvercup Studios, Baume & Mercier, Nicolas Feuillatte, Capital One, A&E and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

For ticketing and complete festival information, please visit

The 20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 4th – 8th.

ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded in 1993 to celebrate independent film ‐ long, short, fiction and documentary ‐ and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. Taking place among the charming seaside historic villages of Long Island’s east end, the Hamptons International Film Festival’s intimate, informal atmosphere makes the festival an ideal destination for cinephiles. The 20th anniversary edition takes place over Columbus Day weekend, October 4th- 8th, 2012.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners–Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

Sep 152012



OSCARS Deadline

Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. PT is the deadline for filmmakers to submit documentary features to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards®.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete seven-day commercial runs in both Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan in New York between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Films completing their qualifying runs after September 24 must still complete and submit all paperwork, including legal contracts, by the deadline.

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including 200 DVD copies of the film without trailers or other extraneous materials, an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

Films that, in any version, receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release will not be eligible for Academy Awards.

Additional information about the documentary awards categories may be obtained by contacting Awards Coordinator Michelle Ayala at (310) 247-3000, ext. 1117, or via e-mail at

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Sep 132012


Don Mischer to Direct 85th Academy Awards® Telecast

Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This marks the continuation of Don Mischer Productions’ multi-faceted relationship with the Academy, which includes producing the Oscars® red carpet pre-show and producing the annual Governors Awards.”For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer,” said Zadan and Meron. ‘His talent and reputation are unsurpassed and we’re so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards.”Don Mischer to Direct 85th Academy Awards® Telecast

“I am so very excited to be directing the Academy Awards again this year and to be working with creative producers like Craig and Neil,” said Mischer. “All of us at Don Mischer Productions are also thrilled to be producing the Oscar® pre-show, and most significantly to continue a wonderfully gratifying relationship with the Academy.”

This will be Mischer’s third consecutive year as director of the Oscars. He has served as producer as well as director on the 83rd and 84th Academy Awards and was nominated for Emmys® for directing both shows. Last year’s Oscars received eight Emmy® nominations, the most for any TV special.Mischer Productions’ Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will again produce the Oscar pre-show. The company also returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the upcoming Governors Awards, alongside Academy governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Mischer’s other credits include “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” several Super Bowl halftime shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has also produced television specials with a wide range of musical performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and Yo-Yo Ma. Among the many honors Mischer has earned are 15 Emmy Awards, 10 Directors Guild of America Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Producers Guild’s 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Sep 132012


Applications for Both Programs are Due in October 2012

CTG Announces 2012-2013 August Wilson Program

Tyler Edwards performing in the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in March 2012. She and two other Southern California regional finalists performed in the national finals on Broadway in May 2012, joining students from all over the country. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Following the success of the 2011-2012 August Wilson program, Center Theatre Group has announced its continued participation and is now accepting applications for both facets of the program – the national August Wilson Monologue Competition and the CTG August Wilson in-school residency program.

Student applications for the August Wilson Monologue Competition are due October 11, 2012.  Local in-school residency applications are due on October 22.  Applications for both programs are available at

Center Theatre Group is proud to be the Southern California host of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) for the second year in a row. The national competition, presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters, is now in its fifth year and includes students from all over the country. Students from Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle and Pittsburgh will participate. Each city runs their program slightly differently, but the goal is the same: to introduce high school students to August Wilson’s works and help them find their own voices.

Southern California students who wish to apply must be in grades 10, 11 or 12, reside in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, or San Bernardino Counties, and should be interested in studying and practicing the craft of acting, specifically through monologue performances.
Each student will select a monologue to perform from August Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle,” an epic dramatization of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

The preliminary monologue competition will take place at Center Theatre Group on October 20, 2012.  The semi-final competition will take place on January 19, 2013, at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga as a part of the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) High School Theatre Festival.
Ten regional finalists will be chosen to participate in master classes at CTG and compete in the March 4, 2013, Los Angeles regional finals on the Mark Taper Forum stage. All regional finalists will receive a $250 CTG gift card as a part of their participation. The top three finalists will win cash prizes and a trip to New York City, with the opportunity to compete in the national finals against the top three students from each of the other participating cities. The national finals will take place on May 6, 2013, at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.

In the 2011-2012 AWMC, 86 southern California students participated, with 31 schools and 37 different cities represented. Los Angeles regional finalist Tyler Edwards placed third overall at the national finals in March.
The CTG August Wilson in-school residency program is also now accepting applications. This 15-week residency is an opportunity for students from four different schools to learn about Wilson, his work and inspirations, and discover their own creative voices. Participating classroom teachers will have the unique opportunity to partner with CTG Teaching Artists in presenting a curriculum covering all 10 plays from August Wilson’s “Century Cycle.” Students from participating residency classrooms will attend the AWMC regional finals at the Mark Taper Forum.

Any 9th grade English language arts classroom from a Title 1 school located within Los Angeles County is eligible to participate in the August Wilson in-school residency program.  There is no cost to participate, however, each school is responsible for providing teacher release time for two team building meetings and transportation for students and chaperones to attend the AWMC regional finals on the evening of March 4.

 “My students developed better self awareness; they learned the value of a person’s process and individual set of experiences…they were able to make connections between learning and life, and showed an increase in reading and comprehension skills,” said Porscher L., a 2012 residency teacher.
Regional funding for the August Wilson Monologue Competition is provided by CAA Foundation, Center Theatre Group Affiliates, The Dream Fund at UCLA Donor Advised Fund, Southern California Gas Company and Wells Fargo.

CTG’s AWMC participation and its Wilson in-school residencies are programs of CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships department, led by Leslie K. Johnson. Currently one of the most active theatre education programs in the country, CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships Department reached 23,847 students, teachers and community members from 172 schools throughout Southern California in the 2011-2012 season.
The department is dedicated to the development of artists, educators and young people’s skills and creativity through the exploration of theatre, its literature, art and imagination.

The inspiration for the AWMC was sparked in 2007 in Atlanta by Wilson’s long-time collaborators Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler of True Colors Theatre Company. Modeled after Pittsburgh Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene contest, the AWMC utilizes performance tools and text analysis to help students explore the interior lives of August Wilson’s characters and study the social, economic and historical realities they inhabit. Funding for the national August Wilson Monologue Competition comes from Delta Air Lines, Publix Supermarket Charities, Massey Charitable Trust, Bank of America, The Imlay Foundation, and Kathleen Rios.

CTG maintained a long relationship with August Wilson, presenting seven of his plays. In addition to “Jitney,” “King Hedley II” (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), “Gem of the Ocean” (world premiere production)  and “Radio Golf” (world premiere production)  at the Mark Taper Forum, CTG presented the Tony Award-nominated “Seven Guitars” at the Ahmanson Theatre and “Two Trains Running” and “The Piano Lesson” (1990 Pulitzer Prize) at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood.

CTG will also present Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” as part of the 2013 Mark Taper Forum season.
More information on CTG’s August Wilson program can be found at

Sep 112012

I Ought To Be In Pictures at the Falcon Theatre

Falcon Theatre

I Ought To Be In Pictures

 Written by Neil Simon Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort

Previews begin October 10, 2012

OPENS Friday, October 19 at 8pm   I Ought To Be In Pictures at the Falcon Theatre

Falcon Theatre is proud to present I Ought To Be In Pictures written by Neil Simon and directed by Gregg W. Brevoort, the second production of the Falcon Theatre’s 2012-2013 Subscription Season. This classic family tale told with Neil Simon’s signature comedic wit stars Kelly Hare (Franklin & Bash, The New Adventures of Old Christine), Genevieve Joy (Sensing Murder, My HBO Special) and Robert Wuhl (Arli$$, Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl, Batman).

It’s 1980 and struggling screenwriter Herbert Tucker suddenly finds his estranged 19-year-old daughter Libby on his Hollywood doorstep. After sixteen years of disconnection, Libby sweeps into Herb’s home, convinced that he can give her the silver screen acting career she desires, and demanding the love and fatherly guidance he owes her. With the isolation of his California bungalow disturbed, Herb is forced to deal with the realities of fatherhood, and a renewed sense of direction that may affect his relationship with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Steffy. This funny and heartwarming story from one of America’s most renowned playwrights proves that even the most dysfunctional families can undergo astounding transformations.

PREVIEWS: October 10-13 at 8pm; October 14 at 4pm; October 17-18 at 8pm OPENING NIGHT: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8pm SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, November 11 at 4pm PERFORMANCES Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm

PRICES Previews $29.50 – $32.00 Opening Night $52.00 – $57.00 Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $34.50 – $37.00 Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $39.50 – $42.00 Student Rate(valid student ID) $27.00

Tickets on sale September 12, 2012 Tickets can be purchased online at or call the FALCON THEATRE BOX OFFICE at (818) 955-8101

Neil Simon (Playwright) is an American playwright and screenwriter, considered one of the finest writers of comedy in American literary history.He has written over thirty plays, beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award, making him a national celebrity. His style ranges from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy.

During one season, he had four successful plays showing on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. With his autobiographical trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1985), and Broadway Bound (1986), Simon created a touching portrait of an individual, his family, and the world around them.

With these plays, Simon found his greatest critical acclaim, and for his 1991 follow-up, Lost in Yonkers, Simon was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, when critics began to take notice of the depths, complexity and issues of universal interest in his stories. During the course of his career, Simon has won three Tony Awards for Best Play (The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers.)

He received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays The Odd Couple (1968), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and California Suite (1978). He has also been the recipient of the Writers Guild Award, the Evening Standard Award, Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Mark Twain prize,the Shubert Award, the Outer Circle Award, and a 1978 Golden Globe Award for his screenplay, The Goodbye Girl.

Gregg W. Brevoort (Director) For the Falcon, Gregg has directed the highly regarded productions of Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir and Annie Hendy’s The Catholic Girl’s Guide To Losing Your Virginity. Elsewhere around Los Angeles he has directed Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well and Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor.

Recent regional credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Coriolanus for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Henry IV, part 1 for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Lettice & Lovage and The Drawer Boy for the Merc Playhouse in Washington, Laughing Wild and True West for the Lost Nation Theater in Vermont, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in San Francisco. As a Guest Artist at Purdue University, he directed a critically acclaimed production of Dracula. Gregg holds a BFA in drama and philosophy from New York University and an MFA degree in directing from Columbia University.

The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat professional theatre that operates year-round in Burbank, California, built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. The Falcon opened in November of 1997 and launched its annual 5-play Subscription Series in 2002, currently produced by Kathleen and Sherry Greczmiel. Mr. Marshall founded the Falcon as a place where established artists and emerging talent can come together to create exciting work on stage.

The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 W. Riverside Drive in Burbank, California.



Sep 102012

I-405 Motorist Advisory: Advance Weekend I-405 Closures Required to Prepare for “Carmageddon II” Mulholland Bridge Demolition

I-405 Motorist Advisory

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Autority (Metro) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are advising the public that two extended, 10-hour directional freeway closures will be required on the weekends leading up to “Carmageddon II” September 29-30 to prepare the remaining half of the Mulholland Bridge for its final demolition.

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor will remove the supporting wood structures called “falsework” from the newly constructed south bridge side and will adjust Mulholland Drive’s roadway alignment and elevation to meet the bridge’s new approaches.

The schedule for freeway and Mulholland Drive closures follows:

Southbound:  Directional  full freeway closure between U.S. 101 freeway to the Getty Center Dr. ramps;

southbound U.S. 101 and northbound U.S. 101 to southbound I-405 connector ramps

Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 p.m. to

Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m.

Northbound: Directional  full freeway closure between the Getty Center Dr. ramps to the Ventura off-ramp;

southbound U.S. 101 and northbound U.S. 101 to southbound I-405

connector ramps

 Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 p.m. to

Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m.

Mulholland Bridge Closure Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 p.m. to

Sunday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m.
Mulholland Drive, from the west side of the bridge to Casiano Road

 Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m. to

Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 a.m.

+Due to the extended duration of the closures that will start earlier at night and continue later into the morning weekend hours, motorists are advised to plan ahead, avoid the area or eat, shop and play locally.  Motorists should seek alternate routes in advance to avoid traffic gridlock.  Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open as a primary alternate route.

Caltrans will list the upcoming directional freeway closures on its changeable message signs in the project area beginning Saturday, September 1.

Directional freeway closures are necessary for the contractor to completely remove temporary bridge supports over the center of the freeway without creating a safety risk to passing motorists.

Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.  Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside of the construction zone. Construction work is weather permitting and subject to change.

During “Carmageddon II” weekend Sept. 29-30, construction crews will remove the last-standing bridge span and two column sets, work that will require a full 53 hours to complete due to approximately 30 percent more demolition activity than the previous year, as well as the presence of inactive utilities.  The public is urged to cooperate with authorities once again and stay off local roads and freeways to help mitigate potentially severe congestion impacts.

Additional limited duration weekend freeway lane closures will be necessary following the demolition of Mulholland Bridge to enable the contractor to continue bridge rebuilding efforts.  Metro will release additional closure information as it becomes available.   Bridge reconstruction is expected to be completed next year.

Sep 102012

Anyone With Info is Asked to Call LAPDOn Thursday, August 30, 2012, around 10:40 p.m., victim Heunae Chang died from her injuries.  The investigation is ongoing.

A 59-year-old Korean woman is clinging to life after being intentionally set on fire early Saturday morning.

On August 25, 2012, around 4 a.m., Mission Area officers responded to an arson investigation in the 12000 block of Via Santa Marta. When they arrived they found the victim suffering from severe burns. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel transported the victim to a local hospital in grave condition and she is not expected to survive her injuries.

A 25-year-old resident at the location, Phillip Chang, was taken into custody and booked for Attempt Murder. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Robbery Homicide Detectives are conducting a joint arson investigation along with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.



Sep 092012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Highlights September Events

 The Academy celebrates the arts and sciences of movies with the following events in the month of September:

Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis will participate in the program

Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Academy’s Science and Technology Council presents “Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis.” The evening features Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt for an onstage conversation with Lewis focusing on his love and mastery of technology.

An Academy Salute to John and Faith Hubley Friday,

September 14, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949

Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Academy honors the husband-and-wife team of John and Faith Hubley, who brought a humanistic perspective and a distinctly modern style to postwar American animation. Oscar®-winning animator and renowned animation historian John Canemaker will host this in-depth look at these two iconoclastic artists.

The Academy Film Scholars Lecture with Richard B. Jewell

Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Linwood Dunn Theater 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Academy film scholar Richard B. Jewell, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, will present highlights from his book RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born. Jewell’s presentation will be followed by a screening of a production typical of the RKO system, “Bachelor Mother” (1939), starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven, and directed by Garson Kanin.  Admission to the Academy Film Scholars presentation is free, but tickets are required.

Tickets for Academy events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  Ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Sep 072012

Academy Film Scholar Richard Jewell Revisits RKO Deals, Dynamics During Hollywood’s Golden Age

 Academy film scholar Richard B. Jewell, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Hollywood's Golden Age RKO Radio PicturesCinematic Arts, will present highlights from his book RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Jewell’s presentation will be followed by a screening of a production typical of the RKO system, “Bachelor Mother” (1939), starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven, and directed by Garson Kanin. Admission is free.

The complex corporate history of RKO Radio Pictures has often been overshadowed by its cinematic gems, including “King Kong,” “Citizen Kane,” its sparkling screwball comedies and the Astaire-Rogers musicals.

With his rigorous scholarship and unparalleled access to original studio materials, Jewell has documented the business side of the studio’s distinctive and often turbulent story, from its formation in 1929 through 1942. In addition to offering insights into the making of some of Hollywood’s most enduring classics, Jewell will provide case studies of film industry management during the volatile years of the Depression and the lead-up to World War II.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Film scholars receive $25,000 to research and produce such works, which can take the form of books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, DVDs or Internet sites.

For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, visit

Admission to the Academy Film Scholars presentation is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills), or online at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit


Sep 062012


Pro Italia Presents Café Desmo, California’s Foremost Italian Motorcycle Event

Lovers of Italian motorcycles will be awed by the range of European naked bikes, Ducatis, Aprilias, Moto Guzzis, MV Agustas, Triumphs and café racers on display at Café Desmo, California’s foremost bike event dedicated to European sporting machines, on Sunday, September 30 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Pro Italia Motorcycles, 3319 N Verdugo Road in Glendale, CA. Café Desmo is free and open to the public.

Now celebrating 25 years in business, Pro Italia Motorcycles will go all-out by uniting thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts with hundreds of incredible bikes, racing celebrities, bike-related vendors, LA’s hottest food trucks, raffles, giveaways and grand prizes. Cash prizes and custom trophies will be awarded to the top three bikes in each category: Italian Superbikes, Italian Supersports / Sport Classics, European Naked Bikes, Café Racers – including British, Japanese and American, Italian Vintage and British Vintage (pre-1987).  Bike owners interested in registering for Café Desmo should please do so at

Triumph Motorcycles will premiere at Café Desmo this year to mark the opening of Pro Italia Triumph at 3600 N. Verdugo Road, also in Glendale.  Triumph has long been associated with distinctive motorcycles celebrated for their history, style and engineering. Through the Fifties and Sixties, names such as Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando cemented the Triumph legend, while numerous land speed records and race track successes gave bikes like the Thunderbird, Bonneville, Tiger and Trident iconic status.

A new Triumph Steve McQueen Special Edition will be raffled with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross. Tickets may be purchased at or at the Pro Italia store at 3319 N Verdugo Road in Glendale. The winning ticket will be pulled during the event at 3PM.  Winner need not be present. “Café Desmo has grown into one of the most incredible events in the country for motorcycle fans to spend quality time with like-minded enthusiasts,” states Bill Nation, Dealer / Principal of Pro Italia.  “It’s a joining together of diverse populations with a shared passion for bikes, celebrated in a collegial environment.”

For further information or to register a motorcycle in the show, please check out or contact Pro Italia Motorcycles at 818.249.5707.

Pro Italia Motorcycles specializes in the European motorcycling experience, and is an authorized dealer for Aprilia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Triumph motorcycles. The store is renowned for excellent customer service, and offers a broad array of apparel, parts and accessories.  Pro Italia is located at the base of Angeles Crest Highway in Glendale, California (Los Angeles) and is a prime destination for sport bike enthusiasts in Southern California.