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American Cinematheque honors Robin Williams with a retrospective at the Aero

latimes.com — The American Cinematheque is paying tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams, who died last August at age 63, with a seven-film retrospective at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. "Robin Williams Remembered," which begins Thursday, features some of his best-loved films as well as a sneak preview of "Boulevard," the drama containing his final starring performance.

'Inside Out' tops dinos, Tatum and Schwarzenegger at the box office

latimes.com — Arnold Schwarzenegger and Channing Tatum proved to be no match for a young girl named Riley at the Friday box office. According to Box Office Mojo, high-profile Fourth of July holiday newcomers "Terminator: Genisys," starring Schwarzenegger in his famous role and "Magic Mike XXL," starring Tatum and his washboard abs, placed third and fourth at the box office on Friday.

Classic Hollywood: Director Frank Borzage a distinctive voice in American films

latimes.com — Director Frank Borzage was in love with love. And by love here we mean the unabashed, heart-on-your-sleeve, grand passion variety. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Borzage directed some of the most romantically idealized films ever made, including 1927's "7th Heaven" with Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, 1932's "A Farewell to Arms" starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, and 1932's "After Tomorrow" with Farrell and Marian Nixon.

Classic Hollywood: 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' Robert Walker and 'The Killers'

latimes.com — Subscribe to the newsletter H appy Fourth of July weekend! This is longtime L.A. Times film reporter Susan King, and welcome to the latest edition of my Classic Hollywood newsletter. And if you love the Golden Age of Hollywood you’ll want to check out this week’s movie milestone, DVD release, sneak...

'Jimmy's Hall' won't let Jimmy Gralton and his deportation be forgotten

latimes.com — Irishman Jimmy Gralton was deported without trial from his homeland in 1933. A self-avowed communist, he was deemed a subversive and a danger by the Catholic Church and the government. But not that much is known about Gralton, who was all but a forgotten figure in his native country until the release a year ago of "Jimmy's Hall," Ken Loach's film about the activist.

'Humpback Whales 3-D' a labor of love for documentary filmmakers

latimes.com — How do you film a humpback whale? Veteran large-format filmmaker Greg MacGillivray admitted he didn't have a clue when he set out to make the new IMAX 3-D film "Humpback Whales 3-D," which opens Friday at the California Science Center. The 50-foot-long, 50-ton mammals aren't actually camera shy, but they spend 95% of their time under water.

Lance Henriksen's 'oddball' film picks speak to his creative nature

latimes.com — Early in his career, Lance Henriksen worked for six months with influential French filmmaker Francois Truffaut when both men acted in director Steven Spielberg's classic 1977 sci-fi fantasy, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Henriksen played Robert, the assistant of Truffaut's inquisitive French scientist Dr. Lacombe.

Technicolor classic 'Adventures of Robin Hood' screens at Aero Theatre

latimes.com — The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre and the Art Directors Guild Film Society present a screening Sunday of the 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler "The Adventures of Robin Hood" starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. The program will also shine the spotlight on the film's Oscar-winning production designer, Carl Jules Weyl.

Volunteers power the forces of good behind 'Batkid Begins'

latimes.com — It was the day for a dream to come true: On Nov. 15, 2013, with more than 20,000 coming out to support him and more than 1 billion cheering online, 5-year-old leukemia survivor and Batman fan Miles Scott hit the streets of San Francisco as Batkid.

Alan Rickman happy to bring 'A Little Chaos' into his life

latimes.com — Nearly 20 years ago, British actor Alan Rickman fulfilled a dream shared by many in his profession - he directed a feature film. He helmed 1997's "The Winter Guest," a critically acclaimed drama starring the real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson. And then Harry Potter cursed his ambitions.
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