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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 17, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

This information is for Media Professionals Only.

 

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

IN PERSON TRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR GEORGE MILLER WITH A SNEAK PREVIEW OF ‘HAPPY FEET’ AND

FILM CRITIC KEVIN THOMAS’ FAVORITES WITH ‘SOME LIKE IT HOT’

IN NOVEMBER AT THE AERO THEATRE

In Person Tribute to Australian Director George Miller with

a Sneak Preview of HAPPY FEET and cult classic MAD MAX

Saturday, November 11

 

Continuation of the Kevin Thomas’ Series Favorites with Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT

Wednesday, November 15

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents the Continuation of the Kevin Thomas’ Favorites and In Person Tribute to Australian Director George Miller in November at the Aero Theatre. On Saturday, November 11th is an In Person Tibute to Australian Director George Miller who is best known for the MAD MAX films as well as writing and producing BABE. First up at 10:00 AM is a Family Sneak Preview screening of George Miller’s HAPPY FEET (2006, Warner Bros., 98 min.) the story of a penguin who can’t sing but, is a brilliant tap dancer. Following at 7:30 PM is the Australian version of MAD MAX (1979, MGM Repertory, 93 min.) and MAD MAX II: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981, Warner Bros., 91 min.) starring Mel Gibson. On Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 PM the series of Kevin Thomas’ Favorites continues. Film critic Kevin Thomas will introduce Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959, MGM Repertory, 120 min.) starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. All screenings are at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica. All guests subject to availability.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2006: Aero Theatre

George Miller used his earnings as an emergency room doctor to finance, MAD MAX, his first big success as a film director. Since then he has not only given us the MAD MAX Trilogy, but also films like THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. He was also the driving force behind BABE and BABE: PIG IN THE CITY. We’re happy to be able to welcome him In-Person to this one day tribute, which incldes a Sneak Preview of his latest HAPPY FEET.

The Saturday, November 11th program is a 10:00 AM Family Sneak Preview of HAPPY FEET (2006, Warner Bros., 98 min.), directed by George Miller. From the writer/producer of BABE, comes this animated, adventure, comedy set deep in Antarctica in the land of Emperor Penguins. Each penguin needs a song to attract a soul mate. But our hero Mumble, son of Memphis and Norma Jean, is the worst singer in the world . . . but a brilliant tap dancer! Director George Miller to introduce the screening, plus there will be a special event at Every Picture Tells A Story (1311 – C Montana Ave., across the street from the Aero Theatre).

Following is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is the Australian Version of MAD MAX (1979, MGM Repertory, 93 min.), directed by George Miller. In 1979, audiences were affected by this nihilistic road-rage sci-fi action film about violent car gangs taking over the highways and impressed by the awesome car chases and the grim sadistic tone, reminiscent of spaghetti westerns. As with all the rest of the cast, future international star Mel Gibson’s voice was dubbed at the time of the release because the American distributor feared that US audiences would not understand Australian accents. Shown here in all its uncut and undubbed glory, this dark revenge tale still manages to impress audiences.

Next on the same bill is MAD MAX II: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981, Warner Bros., 91 min.), directed by George Miller. Hockey-mask wearing Lord Humongous whips his speed-freaks into a frenzy, while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization, in director George Miller’s lean, mean, thrill machine. Along with James Cameron’s ALIENS, this is the finest action film of the 1980’s and surely one of the few sequels to honestly equal, if not surpass, the strengths of its predecessor. Director George Miller to introduce the screening.

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Wednesday, November 15th program is a 7:30 PM screening of SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959, MGM Repertory, 120 min.), screening as part of the Kevin Thomas’ Favorite Films series. Cross-dressing musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon take it on the lam from the Chicago mob, while luscious Marilyn Monroe falls for a playboy who poses as a playgirl. Director Billy Wilder’s insane blend of sexual confusion and flawless slapstick gave his three stars arguably the best comic roles of their careers. Biggest on-set problem? Keeping Curtis and Lemmon from looking too good in women’s clothes. Kevin Thomas will introduce the screening.

No press preview in conjunction with the screening of HAPPY FEET. Please contact Brooke Blumberg of MRC, brooke@mrc-pr.com for all press information. SOME LIKE IT HOT; MAD MAX and MAD MAX II: THE ROAD WARRIOR are available at local videostores. Please check the videostores for availability.

 

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General Admission is $10. Double Features are two films for one admission price.

There is generally a 7 – 10 minute intermission between films.

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TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS FOR WEEKEND SCREENINGS. PLEASE INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN YOUR COVERAGE WILL APPEAR AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MEDIA OUTLET.

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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screens select Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 AM exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre with historic tours. Screening & dates will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

 
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