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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 29th, 2014
2014
Jun 29

FESTIVALS

Cinecon 50 is coming soon!

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For nearly half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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Everything you need to know about will be added to Cinecon 50s website in the months to come, including news about films to be screened, hotel and dealer information, as well as registration details.

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We hope you’ll join us at CINECON 50, Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2014, in Hollywood.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CINECON 50

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Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day weekend

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 28th, 2013
2013
Aug 28

FILM FESTIVALS

Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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Cinecon 49 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to September 2nd, 2013, in Hollywood. Nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults will be shown, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Celebrity guests will attend a screening of one of their films and participate in question and answer sessions following the film. You can buy great movie memorabilia in the six fabulous dealers’ rooms.

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The Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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If you love movies, Cinecon 49 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

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For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at: http://www.cinecon.org/

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Candids from Cinecon 48!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 4th, 2012
2012
Sep 4

FESTIVALS

 

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 48 is history! The annual festival began last Thursday and ended yesterday and over the course of five days screened 43 classic films, shorts and documentaries at the legendary Egyptian Theater. Among the films shown were such rare gems as 15 Maiden Lane (1936) starring Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero and directed by Allan Dwan; the silent, Wild Bill Hickcok (1923) played by Cinecon favorite, William S. Hart; the crowd pleasing bio-pic, Diamond Jim (1935), the story of James Buchanan Brady, fondly known as “Diamond Jim,” starring Edward Arnold in the title role and Jean Arthur in a supporting role.

 

Other highlights included The Goose Woman (1925), The Bedroom Window (1924), and the Kate Smith film, Hello, Everybody! (1933). Some of my favorites include Diamond Jim, Upstream (1927), the once-lost John Ford film about vaudevillians starring Raymond Hitchcock and Grant Withers, the Cecil B. DeMille scenario, The Circus Man (1914), She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) with Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy and the documentary about the Silent Movie Theatre, Palace of Silents.

 

Some of the special guests who appreared this year and talked about their filmes were Marsha Hunt, Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare, Samantha Eggar and Carleton Carpenter.

 

Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare and Carleton Carpenter were honored at this years Cinecon banquet with the Career Acheivement award. Carpenter was presented with his award by his Two Weeks With Love (1950) costar, Debbie Reynolds. The couple sang their hit song from the film, Aba Daba Honeymoon to a very appreciative audience. Jack Larson, best-known as Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Superman, presented his former costar, Phyllis Coates with her award. Coates played Lois Lane on the series first season. Director Richard L. Bare, who directed such classic television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and several episodes of the Twilight Zone was given his award by Linda Henning who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction.

 

There was a great selection of films shown at this year’s Cinecon and the banquet was one of the most entertaining in recent years. Many thanks to the Cinecon officers and committee: Robert S. Birchard, Jim Harwood, Marvin Paige, Stan Taffel, Sharon Arndt, Bryan Cooper, Stella Grace, Sue Guldin, Danny Schwartz and Maureen Solomon.

 

A personal thanks to volunteer coordinator Stella Grace and her group of volunteers which included Woolsey Ackerman, Nick Beck, Vivienne Benjamin, Amy Bowker, Paul & Kristina Bunnell, Annette Bursteen, Michael Cable, Rancen Collins, Sandy Dubois, Allan Ellenberger, Joan Engberg, Isabel Falck, Allison Francis, Sue Garland, Bill Goodwin, Sue Guldin, Mary Mallory, Ludmilla & HarryMartinez, Charlie McCollister, Ann McFerrin, Oriana Nudo, Betty Petit, Jane Reed, Robert Richard, Ronn & Carol Roe, Susan Shapiro, Ruth Silney, Norman Triplett, Laura Wegter, Rex Wegter, Rachel Wegter and Tyler, Seth Wegter and Mary Zickefoose.

 

See you at Cinecon 49 on Labor Day weekend, 2013!

 

Following are some candid photos from this past weekend, mostly from the banquet (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger):

 

 

 

Volunteers Allison Francis and Robert Richard (left) help veteran Cinecon

attendee, Sharon Schwartz at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue.

 

 

 

 

Crowd gathers for the Cinecon banquet (recognize anyone?)

 

 

 

Cinecon president, Robert S. Birchard opened the banquet

 

 

 

Actresses France Nuyen and Colleen Gray

 

 

 

Former Superman costars, Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and Jack Larsen

(Jimmy Olsen) meet prior to the banquet. Author Anthony Slide is looking on.

 

 

 

 

Cinecon officer and banquet emcee, Stan Taffel greets Mary Ellen Dix,

wife of actor Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix)

 

 

 

Actress Linda Henning introduced director and honoree Richard L. Bare

 

 

 

Cinecon honorees, Richard L. Bare and Phyllis Coates. Bare and Coates were once husband and wife for less than ten months (1948-1949). At one point Bare asked her about their marriage and she held her thumb and index finger about an inch apart and said, “It lasted this long… but it was interesting.”

 

 

 

 

 Jack Larsen introduced honoree Phyllis Coates

 

 

 

 The legendary Debbie Reynolds introduced her former costar

and Cinecon honoree, Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter entertain the

audience with a rendition of “Aba Dabba Honeymoon”

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Jack Larsen

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds, Cinecon committe member, Bryan Cooper

and Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Dix and Richard Anderson

 

 

 

Carla Laemmle, neice of Universal founder Carl Laemmle

 

 

 

Miriam Nelson and Barbara Hale who played Della Street on Perry Mason

 

 

 

Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame talks to a fan

 

 

 

Jane Withers chats with Marsha Hunt

 

 

 

Cinecon committee members, Sue Guldin and Stella Grace

 

 

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Cinecon 48 is coming!!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 29th, 2012
2012
Aug 29

FESTIVALS

Cinecon 48 is coming!

 

 

Cinecon 48 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 30th to September 3rd 2012, in Hollywood. We will be showing nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Celebrity guests will attend a screening of one of their films and participate in question and answer sessions following the film. You can buy great movie memorabilia in our six fabulous dealers’ rooms and the Cinecon Career Achievement Award celebrity banquet takes place on Sunday evening.

 

The Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

 

If you love movies, Cinecon 48 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

 

For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at: http://www.cinecon.org/

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Cinecon 47 at the Egyptian Theater

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 29th, 2011
2011
Aug 29

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Cinecon 47 at the Egyptian Theater

 

 

To Pay Tribute to The National Film Preservation Foundation

 

The 47th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California will be held over the Labor Day Weekend, September 1-5, 2011. Tribute will be paid to the National Film Preservation Foundation with screenings of two recent NFPF funded projects, The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies Episode 5, and The Chinese Fan, produced by Thomas A. Edison, and the 1920 Metro Pictures film, Stronger than Death, starring legendary Russian actress Alla Nazimova.

 

The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies is presented by the Academy Film Archive through a collaboration of the New Zealand Film Archive, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the American archival community. Stronger Than Death was preserved by the George Eastman House through a grant funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

 

Both films are two of nearly forty rare and unusual films to be screened during the five-day Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Other titles scheduled include Raymond Griffith’s Civil War comedy Hands Up! (1926); Stormy Weather (1943) featuring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Thomas “Fats” Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; Beauty’s Worth (1922) produced by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and starring Marion Davies; Blazing Days (1927) an early effort by future Oscar-winning director William Wyler, and The Brasher Doubloon (1947) a film noir classic based on Raymond Chandler’s novel, “The High Window,” with George Montgomery in the role of detective Phillip Marlowe.

 

In addition to the film screenings, Cinecon offers a movie memorabilia and collectibles show during the festival at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

 

If you love movies, Cinecon 47 is the place to be over the Labor Day weekend.

–From Cinecon’s website

 

 For more information, click HERE for Cinecon’s website!

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“Charles McGraw” booksigning at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 6th, 2011
2011
Apr 6

BOOK SIGNINGS

 “Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy” booksigning and double-feature at the Egyptian Theater

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California

 

http://www.americancinematheque.com/

 

Celebrate 2 films not on dvd and noir heavy Charles McGraw on Saturday, April 9 @ the Egyptian Theater. Noir City programmer Alan K. Rode will sign his book, “Charles McGraw-Biography of A Film Noir Tough Guy” preceding a double bill of a new 35mm print of, Loophole and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye with James Cagney, Gloria Grahame and Charles McGraw. Neither film is available on DVD.

 

Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to be associated with the Film Noir Foundation, and we encourage everyone to investigate this worthy cause. Find out more at www.filmnoirfoundation.org.

 

Signing in the lobby @ 6:30, films start at 7:30.

 

Synopsis

The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic films noir, The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen while either top-billed or cast as a supporting player. Emphasizing his memorable impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw’s lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood. Through numerous personal interviews with his surviving intimates, close acquaintances and co-workers, his tumultuous personal life is detailed from his earliest days to his bizarre, accidental death. Also included is an extensive critical filmography of McGraw’s feature film career, a complete list of television appearances and previously unpublished film stills and personal photos.

  

Biography

Film historian and journalist Alan K. Rode is a director of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

 

Larry Edmunds Bookshop

323-463-3273

www.larryedmunds.com

info@larryedmunds.com

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Noir City: Hollywood film series at the Egyptian Theater

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 4th, 2011
2011
Apr 4

FILM SERIES

Noir City: Hollywood, 13th Annual Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theater

  

 

 

Presented in collaboration with Film Noir Foundation

 

Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California

 

http://www.americancinematheque.com/

 

The venerable Noir City film festival returns for its 13th year, presenting an astonishing array of rarities mostly available only on the big screen. We’ve scoured studio archives to assemble a feast of film noir that can only be consumed in its original 35mm format, in the glorious darkness of a vintage movie palace!

 

This year’s program features several new prints preserved by the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, including rarities HIGH WALL, LOOPHOLE, THE HUNTED, STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT and THE DARK MIRROR. In fact, 23 of the 28 films in the series are not on DVD! This may be the last chance to ever see these extraordinary films on a big screen – don’t miss a single one!

 

This year you can purchase a Film Noir Series pass for $120. Pass holders will get one ticket to each film in the series. Additional tickets can be purchased individually at regular price. Cinematheque members will get a deeper discount by buying tickets individually at the member price. Pass sale ends April 1 when the series begins. Available at the box office or on Fandango.

 

Join the Film Noir Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Film-Noir-Los-Angeles/198040546892390

 

Series compiled by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode. Hosted by the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie J. Muller and Alan K. Rode.

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“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 12th, 2011
2011
Mar 12

BOOK SIGNING

“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning and screening at the Egyptian

 

 

 

 

A book signing with authors Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester & Michael Troyan

 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Go behind the curtain and see the magic factory at work. Then, see the magic with the double bill, 1953’s The Band Wagon (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse) & That’s Entertainment @ 5:00 p.m.

 

The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California

 

http://www.americancinematheque.com/

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Going behind the scenes at one of Hollywood’s greatest movie studios, this extraordinary history reveals the untold story of the soundstages and outdoor sets where many of the world’s greatest films were produced. Featuring candid, previously unpublished photographs from the studio’s archives and exclusive interviews with actors and staff, this detailed exploration of MGM’s backlot—the setting for more than a fifth of the films produced prior to 1980—takes film buffs back to Hollywood’s golden age, offering an insider’s look at the movie business and celebrating many of its best films and the leading actors of the studio system. Today, when a film set can be anywhere at anytime, this treasure trove of information reveals the creativity and ingenuity of a bygone era when the studio system, coping with the limitations of space and technology, produced screen gems such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and the Our Gang shorts.

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Cinecon 46 lineup

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 30th, 2010
2010
Aug 30

FESTIVALS

 Cinecon 46 lineup

 

 

  

 

 

 

Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 46. For more information about these films visit our Film Line-up page.

 

All of these screenings will be at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is by day pass or full festival pass which can be purchased in advance or at the door during the show, please see our Registration page for more information.

 

Show times are approximate and this schedule is subject to change without notice. Some films are listed here pending final clearance. Guests appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday September 2
7:00    DINNER FOR EIGHT (1934) Early Technicolor Short
7:20   KING OF BURLESQUE (1936) Warner Baxter, Alice Faye 85 min
8:55   DOWN ON THE FARM (1921) Louise Fazenda, Harry Gribbon 65 min
10:15   VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD 2 shorts introduced by David Stenn
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I LIKE IT THAT WAY (1934) Gloria Stuart, Roger Pryor 67 min

 

 
Friday September 3
9:00   RHAPSODY IN WOOD (1947) George Pal Puppetoon
9:10   BOMBSHELL (1933) Jean Harlow. Lee Tracy 96 min
10:55   TENNESSEE’S PARDNER (1916) Fannie Ward 65 min
12:05    Lunch Break
1:35   THE PEPPERY SALT (1935) Andy Clyde Short
2:00   THE FRESHMAN (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston
3:45   THIS IS THE LIFE (1935) introduced by Jane Withers 63 min
5:00   Two shorts with Louise Currie
6:30    Dinner Break
8:00   THE GROCERY CLERK (1919) Larry Semon
8:20    THE WAY OF THE STRONG (1928) Directed by Frank Capra 61 min
9:30    EASY TO TAKE (1936) introduced by Marsha Hunt and Marilyn Knowlden 67 min
    

YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN (1926) directed by William Wellman 65 min

 

 
Saturday September 4
9:00    VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD
9:10    WARNER ARCHIVE PROGRAM meet George Feltenstein plus unseen shorts
10:20    SATURDAY AT THE BIJOU
Return to those glorious days of yesteryear with a full program like they used to do on Saturday mornings. Featuring SHORTS – TRAILERS – NEWSREEL – SERIAL CHAPTER – PRIZES –plus our BIG FEATURE
THE THRILL HUNTER (1933) starring Buck Jones 60 min
12:15    Lunch Break
1:45    FILM PRESERVATION PROGRAM
featuring a fragment of FLAMING YOUTH (1923), the documentary KEEPERS OF THE FRAME and the newly discovered Charlie Chaplin short A THIEF CATCHER (1914)
3:45    THE CASE OF BECKY (1915) Blanche Sweet, Carlyle Blackwell 65 min
5:00    A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS (Fox, 1918) Constance Talmadge. A new restoration introduced by Patrick Stanbury
6:10    Dinner Break
7:45    FROM BAD TO WORSE (1937) Charley Chase short
8:05    THE SEA WOLF (1930) Milton Sills 87 min
9:45    THE TESTING BLOCK (1920) William S. Hart 70 min
11:00   

THE COLLEGE COQUETTE (1929) Jobyna Ralston 68 min

 

 
Sunday September 5
9:00    Laurel & Hardy Short
9:20    THE BREAKING POINT (1924) Nita Naldi 75 min
10:45    MISTER BIG (1943) in person Cinecon honoree BOBBY SCHERER 63 min
12:10    Lunch Break
1:30    THE BOY FRIEND (1928) Max Davidson short
1:55    FROM HELL TO TEXAS (1958) in person Cinecon Honoree DON MURRAY
4:20    DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1937) Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle 90 min
7:15    COCKTAIL RECEPTION
    

BANQUET

 

 
Monday September 6
9:00    GODDESS OF SPRING (1934) Silly Symphony
9:20    BROTHERS (1930) Bert Lytell, Dorothy Sebastian 79 min
10:45    THE SEVENTH DAY (1922) Richard Barthelmess 60 min
12:00    CADET GIRL (1941) Carole Landis, George Montgomery 69 min
1:10    Lunch Break
2:30    CROOKED STREETS (1920) Jack Holt 57 min
3:50    CROSS COUNTRY CRUISE (1934) Lew Ayres, June Knight 72 min
5:10    CAREER WOMAN (1936) Claire Trevor 76 min

 

The good people at Cinecon do their best to stick to the schedule, but changes and delays are inevitable.

Program subject to change without notice and pending final clearance

 

 

  

 For more information visit our website: www.cinecon.org

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Egyptian Theater mural – then & now

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 18th, 2010
2010
May 18

 HOLLYWOOD: THEN & NOW

The Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural

 

 

 

Above is Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural, in the forecourt just outside the entrance, as it looked in the 1920s.

 

 

 Above, the restored version as it looks today.

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