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L.A.’s Last Remaining Seats Film Series Returns Next Month

The Los Angeles Conservancy’s popular Last Remaining Seats series returns next month after two years away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The screenings of classic films will take place over three weekends at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood (i.e. the Fox Village Theatre), which opened in 1931, and the Orpheum Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre, […]

Movie Backdrops Move Front and Center in New Museum Exhibit

Production designer Thomas Walsh quotes a saying well-known to scenic artists and designers: “If you really notice the backdrop, it’s a failed backdrop.” Mammoth paintings designed to depict everything from Mount Rushmore to an office hallway or an Austrian mountain range may have been created to fool the eye and fade into the literal background […]

Nehemiah Persoff, Actor in ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘Yentl,’ Dies at 102

Nehemiah Persoff, a charter member of the Actors Studio who appeared in dozens of notable films and TV shows, from 'Some Like It Hot' and 'On the Waterfront' to 'The Twilight Zone' and 'The Untouchables,' has died. He was 1xx.

Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar-Nominated Director and Champion of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 82

Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Last Picture Show whose career, which also included hits like What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon, put him on a path toward living up to the example of those like Orson Welles and John Ford he so lionized, has died. He was 82. Bogdanovich died shortly after midnight Thursday at his home in […]

‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cooley High’ Enter National Film Registry

Strangers on a Train, Pink Flamingos, Cooley High, Return of the Jedi, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Selena are among the cinematic treasures chosen this year for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it was announced Tuesday. The list of 25 motion pictures picked to be preserved also includes What Ever Happened to […]

Bill Taylor, VFX Artist on ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Bourne Identity,’ Dies at 77

Bill Taylor, the veteran visual effects artist who worked on films including Blade Runner, The Fast and the Furious and The Bourne Identity, has died. He was 77. The Visual Effects Society, of which Taylor was a founding member, announced his death. No details were revealed. “Bill was a wonderful, giving colleague, and I was honored […]

Pat Hitchcock, ‘Strangers on a Train’ Actress and Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock, Dies at 93

Pat Hitchcock, the only child of Alfred Hitchcock who appeared in the thrillers Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train and Psycho for the legendary British director, has died. She was xx.

Norman Lloyd, Star of ‘Saboteur’ and ‘St. Elsewhere,’ Dies at 106

Norman Lloyd, the actor, producer and director whose collaborations with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Bertolt Brecht and Jean Renoir made him a legend — albeit an off-the-radar one — in Hollywood, has died. He was 1xx.

John Aldred, Soundman on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ Dies at 99

The two-time Oscar nominee also worked on 'The Four Feathers,' Hitchcock's 'Under Capricorn' and Chaplin's 'A King in New York.'

‘Rebecca’: Film Review

Lily James and Armie Hammer star in Ben Wheatley's new adaptation for Netflix of the Daphne du Maurier psychological thriller 'Rebecca,' about a second wife haunted by the long shadow of her dead predecessor.

Michel Piccoli, Betrayed by Brigitte Bardot in Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Contempt,’ Dies at 94

Michel Piccoli, the prolific French actor known for his leading roles in such films as Jean-Luc Godard's 'Contempt' and Luis Buñuel's 'Belle de jour,' has died. He was 94.

Critic’s Picks: A January To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

Among options for SoCal cinephiles this month are a new digital restoration of an early Fellini classic, a series of films featuring Oscar-winning performances, classics from Scorsese and Miyazaki and more.