Sense of Wonder: AFI classics & Victor Crowley at ArcLight

One of the nice things about living in Hollywood is that, even in the era of home video, there are still plenty of opportunitiies to see classic movies on the big screen. The latest example of this is the American Film Institute’s upcoming 40th anniversary celebration, during which eleven great movies will screen on a single night. Festivals of this type typically overlook genre films, but that is not the case here; horror, fantasy, and science fiction are all represented, thanks to the presence of THE BIRDS (1963), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1990), and STAR WARS (1977).
As an extra added enticement, each screening will have a guest introduce the film: actress Tippi Hedren for THE BIRDS, actress Angela Lansbury for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and director George Lucas for STAR WARS.
The screening takes place on October 3 at 7:00pm in the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. Tickets are $25, available at the ArcLight box office at AFI.com, beginning Wednesday.
UPDATE: Speaking of the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood (www.arclightcinemas.com), Victor Crowley himself – that is to say, actor-stuntman Kane Hodder, who plays the unstoppable villain, will appear at the Friday 10:00pm screening of HATCHET at the theatre. Writer-director Adam Green will be there, along with actress Tamara Feldman, who plays the gun-toting Mary Beth. Last Friday’s special screening (with Green and other members of the cast and crew) sold out, so you might want to buy tickets ASAP if you’re interested in attending. Click here if you want to read Adam Green’s announcement of the screening.

Chewbacca wanted by police

It’s a sad day for STAR WARS fans as everybody’s favorite wookiee finds himself on the lam from the law.
That’s right: Chewbacca is wanted by the police – for molesting Marilyn Monroe.
Well, actually it was a Chewbacca impersonator, wanted for molesting a Marilyn look-alike:

  • The Chewbacca impersonator was wanted on suspicion of grabbing the Monroe impersonator’s hand and placing it on his groin about four weeks ago, said Sgt. David Torres, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood division.

Apparently, Marilyn let the first incident pass, but she called the police today after a second incident occurred. According to an article in the Daily News, the “brown, hairy Wookiee fled just as police arrived at about 12:30pm on Hollywood and Highland Boulevards.”
Thought not necessarily an everyday event, similar incidents have happened in the past. Lots of celebrity look-alikes beat the sidewalks in that area of Hollywood (as you can see from the photo below). Grauman’s Chinese Theatre attracts lots of tourists, especially in the summer, and apparently there is some competition for their attention. Two or three years ago, someone in a Freddy Kruger costume was accused of cutting a competitor during an argument. I guess sidewalk space is at a premium.


Costumed characters proliferate on Hollywood Blvd.