FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber

 

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH TO APPEAR IN-PERSON AT AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST U.S. RETROSPECTIVE

OF HER WORK

Leigh and Co-Star/Co-Director/Co-Writer Alan Cumming to Appear In-Person to Present

A Special Sneak Preview of THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY

June 5-10, 2001

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents HEARTS ON FIRE: A TRIBUTE TO JENNIFER JASON LEIGH IN-PERSON, (June 5-10, 2001), the first U.S. retrospective of her work as an actress and a Sneak Preview of her debut as a writer/director. The four night series kicks off on June 5th with a special Sneak Preview screening of Leigh’s directorial debut, THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY (2001, Fine Line) (co-directed and written with Alan Cumming) and continues June 8th, 9th & 10th with a survey of the actresses’ stunning 20 year career. From her searing performance as peroxide-blonde hooker Tralala, strutting down the street in front of a legion of mounted policemen in LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, to her brilliant, audacious work as Dorothy Parker, spinning verse from her own misfortune like a spider spins its web in MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh has made a career out of playing volatile, emotionally incandescent characters, who are defined as much by their very human weaknesses as by their strengths. Jennifer Jason Leigh and other guests will appear at selected screenings. Additional guests will be announced as they are confirmed. Guests are subject to their availability. All screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

A native of Los Angeles, daughter of acclaimed screenwriter Barbara Turner, Leigh left high school in her senior year to study acting. After appearing in a series of made-for-TV movies (such as the anorexia drama "The Best Little Girl In The World."), Leigh gained attention for her role as a SoCal teenager experiencing sex for the first time in the ensemble comedy FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. Beginning in the late 1980’s, with her stunning work in LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, Leigh launched into a string of near-flawless performances of often-flawed characters, using her deceptively-fragile beauty and quicksilver emotional range in comedies (HUDSUCKER PROXY), dramas (GEORGIA, RUSH) and period films (MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, WASHINGTON SQUARE).

Tuesday, June 5, 2001

The Tuesday, June 5th program begins at 7:30 PM with a Special Sneak Preview of THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, 2001, Fine Line, 115 min. Directed and written by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming. An intimate and emotionally-stirring story about the complexity of love and the deterioration of relationships, THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY tells the tale of 24 hours in the life of Joe (Alan Cumming), a best-selling author about to direct his first film, and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an actress. The couple, having recently reconciled after a year’s separation, hosts a 6th wedding anniversary party in their honor, and have invited a few close friends. The well-meaning event quickly begins to unravel when one intoxicating gift turns friendly banter into an adult version of truth or consequences with echoes of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. Cates plays Leigh’s best friend in a relationship that interestingly mirrors their FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH camaraderie, 20 years later, (with Cates mentoring the confused Leigh character in lessons of life). An official selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Co-starring Jane Adams, Mina Badie, Jennifer Beals, Phoebe Cates, John Hickey, Kevin Kline, Denis O’Hare, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Panes and John C. Reilly. Discussion following with co-directors, co-writers and co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming.

*THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY will be released theatrically by Fine Line on June 8th. This film is not available for review in connection with this screening. For press kits, photos, press screenings and other information please call Melinda Hovee at Fine Line 310.967.6972.

 

Friday, June 8, 2001

The Friday, June 8th program begins at 7:30 PM with a Double Feature of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. First up is the quintessential modern high school drama (THE REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the generation that came of age in the early 80’s), FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, 1982, Universal, 92 min. Director Amy Heckerling’s raunchy and painfully-funny look at Southern California high-school students – based on writer Cameron (ALMOST FAMOUS) Crowe’s autobiographical book – stars Leigh in her first film major feature role as a vulnerable teenager anxious about losing her virginity. Surrounding her are a hilarious rogues’ gallery of regular guys (Judge Reinhold), teen-queens (Phoebe Cates), hustlers (Robert Romanus) and stoners (Sean Penn, in a career-making turn as pot-head surfer Jeff Spicoli.) Co-starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Stolz, Anthony Edwards and Nicholas Cage. Next on the Same Bill is LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, 1989, Constantin Films, 98 min. Leigh gives one of her finest performances as hooker Tralala, in director Uli Edel’s harrowing adaptation of writer Hubert Selby, Jr.’s low-life classic about a violent factory strike in 1950’s Brooklyn. Strutting around in black top and high heels, snarling her words like a longshoreman, Leigh is the ultimate victim/abuser in LAST EXIT – her final scenes are among the most graphic and heartbreaking in American independent film. Co-starring Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Jerry Orbach and Alexis Arquette as the fragile transvestite Georgette.

Discussion between films with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and LAST EXIT writer Hubert Selby, Jr..

Saturday, June 9, 2001

The Saturday, June 9th program begins at 6:00 PM with a Double Feature . First up is MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, 1994, Fine Line, 124 min. Leigh gives arguably her greatest performance as the brilliantly bitchy, emotionally tormented Dorothy Parker, in director/writer Alan Rudoph’s wonderful, sardonic portrait of the legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920’s. Superb supporting work by Campbell Scott as Parker’s platonic soul-mate Robert Benchley, Matthew Broderick as love-em-and-leave-em writer Charles MacArthur, and a virtual who’s who of up-and-coming talent including Lili Taylor (as a hilariously-butch Edna Ferber), Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Martha Plimpton and Nick Cassavetes.

Next on the same bill is THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, 1994, Warner Bros., 111 min. Joel and Ethan Coen’s deranged homage to the Hawks/Sturges screwball comedies of the 1930’s (with a hefty dose of Frank Capra thrown in) stars Tim Robbins as an innocent hayseed from Muncie, Indiana, who locks horns with corporate baron Paul Newman for control of Hudsucker Industries. Leigh is brilliant as a tough-talking reporter who comes to Robbins’ aid, delivering her lines like Katharine Hepburn on speed.

Discussion between films with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Sunday, June 10, 2001 – 5:00 PM

The Sunday, June 10th program begins at 5:00 PM with a Double Feature. First up is GEORGIA, 1995, Miramax, 117 min., directed by Ulu Grosbard. Leigh pushes her remarkable ability to embody tormented, self-abusive characters to its furthest extremes here, starring as Sadie, a desperately untalented singer struggling in the shadows of her sister Georgia (Mare Winningham), a much-loved folk musician. Written by Leigh’s mother Barbara Turner, and co-produced by Leigh herself, GEORGIA is an emotionally-naked portrait of a performer struggling to be heard when almost no one cares to listen.

Next on the same bill is MIAMI BLUES, 1990, Orion (MGM/UA), 97 min. Director George (GROSSE POINT BLANK) Armitage’s ferociously twisted version of Charles Willeford’s crime novel stars Alec Baldwin as Junior, a hair-triggered thug with a cop’s stolen badge and gun, and Leigh (at her comic best) as an endearing, none-too-bright hooker determined to make Junior happy.

Discussion between films with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.

 

Double features are one ticket price for both films. There is a five minute break between films.

DIGITAL B/W IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE. SEND A REQUEST VIA E-MAIL TO publicity@americancinematheque.com

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

ALL OF THE FILMS (EXCEPT THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY) IN THIS SERIES ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) COMMERCIALLY AT LOCAL VIDEOSTORES LISTED BELOW (or even Blockbuster). THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW THROUGH THE CINEMATHEQUE. PLEASE CALL MELINDA HOVEE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FILM, 310.967.6972.

The last press screenings FOR THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY are on Monday, June 4 at 11am and 730pm at the New Line Screening Room (116 N Robertson Blvd).Please let me know if you will be attending, and which screening.

RSVP ESSENTIAL: Grace Niu, Manager of West Coast Publicity, Fine Line Features, 310/967-6985

 

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Please note that our ticket prices increased as of Feb. 15, 2001. New Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with

valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

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