50 years ago tonight Mary Poppins flew into theaters. Author P. L. Travers who wrote the stories the film was based on came to Hollywood to see the movie alongside Walt Disney. 

The film was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five; Best Actress for Julie Andrews, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story - Trailer

Not sure who the inventive showman William Castle was? This two-minute video will give you a fun primer. Then see some of his films during our Let There Be Fright tribute every Friday in September at the Bing Theater of LACMA


For $5 tickets and more info on the double-features click here:http://bit.ly/WilliamCastle

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Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro

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“Everything you’re looking at is real, and everything you’re not looking at is fake,” Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau told the audience.

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

40th Anniversary Screening of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff

Hosted by Leonard Maltin

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 pmSamuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
$5 tickets available here

The movie parody has been a staple of Hollywood comedies in the last few decades, but few have combined razor-sharp wit with genuine affection as effectively as Mel Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies. Following directly on the heels of his blockbuster Western spoof Blazing Saddles, Brooks teamed with its star, Gene Wilder, on a screenplay that would earn them an Oscar nomination. Wilder stars as the arrogant Frankenstein heir who travels to the ancestral castle, only to find himself reviving his grandfather’s work – and a brand-new creature.

The irreplaceable comic cast includes Peter Boyle as the zipper-necked monster, Madeline Kahn as the uptight fiancée (“No tongues!”), Marty Feldman as the wisecracking “Eye-gore,” Cloris Leachman as the intimidating Frau Blücher, Teri Garr as the lascivious Inga, Kenneth Mars as one-armed Inspector Kemp, and none other than Gene Hackman as the blind hermit. The combination of   Gerald Hirschfeld’s black-and-white cinematography, Dale Hennesy’s production design (which included Kenneth Strickfaden’s electrical equipment from the original ’30s Frankensteinfilms) and John Morris’s emotional score help make Young Frankenstein one of the most technically accomplished spoofs ever filmed. Mel Brooks himself will join us to celebrate this classic’s 40th anniversary.

1974, 107 minutes, black and white, DCP | Directed by Mel Brooks; written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; with Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars.

CUE THE MUSIC: CELEBRATING THE BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

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Next month, the Academy is celebrating The Black Movie Soundtrack at the Hollywood Bowl on September 3rd at 8pm with special guest performances and screen clips honoring the multidimensional influence of music and movies. To celebrate this event, we have highlights of some select recordings from the Margaret Herrick Library’s Brad Bennett collection of soundtracks and the Music and Recorded Sound collection, featuring songs that defined a film and the music that transformed films into classics. In a nod to movie music nostalgia, here’s a curated vinyl jukebox of the Academy’s holdings dedicated to the black movie soundtrack.

Sometimes sound surpasses the visual, turning films into a powerful experience. Consider the revered anthem of Shaft, the emotional shading of the The Color Purple’s score, and the musical gem of 20th Century Fox’s Stormy Weather, whose use of dance and music brought a new vitality to the art form. 

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Strong, dynamic vocals were the centerpiece of 1995’s Waiting to Exhale. Soundtrack producer Babyface assembled artists such as Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, and Chaka Khan — the film and its music came to embody female empowerment. 

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Music producers often have the vision to tie disparate songs into a cohesive theme, elevating a film’s soundtrack to cult status. Producer Quincy Jones’ soundtrack to the musical feature The Wiz enhanced the original Broadway score with imaginative compositions and the accompaniment of New York jazz musicians. Here’s the cover of a highlights album performed by the group Studio 79.

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Singer, songwriter, and producer Isaac Hayes will forever be inextricably linked to the soulful soundtrack for Shaft, and was awarded with an Oscar for Best Original Song for the “Theme From Shaft” at the 1971 (44th) Academy Awards. 

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Curtis Mayfield’s classically soulful Super Fly masterfully complements its energetic storytelling with irrepressible melodies. 

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And not to be forgotten, “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown crafted his meticulous vocal and instrumental soundtrack around the plotline for the 1973 crime drama Black Caesar.  

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In 1985, Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain at the 1984 (57th) Academy Awards. The soundtrack produced by Prince and the Revolution was simultaneously eclectic, stylish, and enigmatic; the music did not escape its R&B roots, and its appeal crossed over to pop, rock, and heavy metal genres, achieving both critical and commercial success.

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