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Sunday, August 24

The Gaucho (1927): screening and panel

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

5:30pm

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque present Douglas Fairbanks’ remarkable swashbuckling adventure fantasy THE GAUCHO (1927), spotlighting the Production Design by Carl Oscar Borg on Sunday, August 24, at 5:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. This rarely seen film will be presented in 35mm on the Cinematheque's newly installed screen with live accompaniment by pianist Cliff Retallick. This will be the season's final program of the "Production Design's Forgotten Treasures" Film Series 2014, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

A special panel discussion featuring Fairbanks expert, Professor John Tibbetts of the University of Kansas and special guest Patricia Ward Kelly, widow and biographer of Gene Kelly, will explore the relationship of film design to dance and stunt choreography, as well as Douglas Fairbanks and Gene Kelly as filmmakers, and their influence on the evolution of American film. The panel will be moderated by Production Designer John Muto, Film Society Founder and Co-Director.

“THE GAUCHO is unique among Fairbanks' swashbuckler films in both tone and look - it is a darker fantasy, tragic yet somehow more rugged and realistic,” said Muto. “Much of the film takes place in a magnificent white city, set high in the Andes. The enormous set, built from scratch was totally the creation of supervising art director Carl Oscar Borg. The enormous, blocks long, multi-story city was designed specifically for Fairbanks to confound an entire army with his vigorous stunt work.”

Other wonderful sets include a rustic cafe where Fairbanks dances an erotic tango with Lupe Velez, the Mountain Girl, who lives in a very well-appointed cave below. Elsewhere in the film, Borg convincingly creates the illusion of enormous mountain vistas and vast plains on the back lot, through the use of glass shots and perspective miniatures.

Fairbanks, the producer of his own epics, was well aware that the sets of his highly physical adventures had to not only be beautiful, it also had to be designed and built specifically to accommodate the action that was his trademark. Another great American performer who often paid tribute to Fairbanks' work was actor, dancer and director Gene Kelly. Kelly acknowledged THE GAUCHO as an inspiration for certain elements of The Pirate (1948). A special clip reel featuring excerpts from Fairbanks' swashbucklers, as well as Kelly's work in The Pirate, The Three Musketeers (1954), and Singing In The Rain (1952), will explore this relationship. Douglas Fairbanks also had a special connection to the Egyptian Theatre as his film Robin Hood opened the theatre on October 18, 1922.

“The 2014 ADG Film Society/American Cinematheque Screening Series has been extremely well-received with the screenings of The Prisoner, Monsieur Verdoux, Dante’s Inferno and The Devils,” states Muto. “We look forward to continuing to screen unique films for anyone who loves great filmmaking in general and is fascinated by great film design in particular.”

Representing the ADG are Film Society Co-Chairs John Muto and Thomas A. Walsh, and Debbie Patton, ADG Manager, Awards and Events. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber, and Grant Moninger.

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MTV Video Music Awards

The Forum

Inglewood, 90305

6:00pm

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will broadcast live from the 'Fabulous' Forum in Southern California on Sunday, August 24. The biggest entertainers in the world have already called the legendary Forum arena home, and now it will host the biggest, loudest celebration of music ever. We couldn't be more stoked to land the legendary Moonman back in sunny California for what's sure to be a night for the history books.

JUST ANNOUNCED: We've got a secret, can you keep it? 'Pretty Little Liars' star and rising country music singer Lucy Hale is hosting the 2014 VMAs live pre-show! Now that she's made her music career official, Lucy is the perfect choice. She'll be joined by VMA nominees Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony, who will serve up spectacular performances on the red carpet to get everyone pumped for the night.

Ms. Taylor Swift will have everyone seeing "red" this year when she rocks the VMAs with an explosive performance on the big stage! Will she top her iconic NYC taxi cab performance from 2009? How about when she closed out the show with her sassy smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in 2012? Make sure you tune in to see the country cutie do her thang.

International icon (and all-around flawless human being) Beyoncé is this year's Video Vanguard Award recipient! Leading the pack with a whopping eight VMA nominations for her landmark self-titled visual album that confirmed once and for all that she's the only person capable of waking up like that, it's no surprise that Beyoncé is totally taking over.

If that isn't exciting enough for you, we've got a boatload of incredible A-List talent delivering not-to-be-missed performances. 2014 breakout star Iggy Azalea is teaming up with fellow MTV Artist To Watch alum Rita Ora to shut down the VMAs with a wicked performance of their chart dominator "Black Widow." Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj will perform her pounding new hit single 'Anaconda' for the first time. Maroon 5 plans to pop their VMA cherry when they perform live at the show for the first time EVER and make sure to catch global superstar Usher when he makes a triumphant return to the VMA stage where he's delivered some of the most memorable performances in VMA history. That's not all -- MTV Artist to Watch and VMA newbies 5 Seconds of Summer will rock the stage and pint-sized pop superstar Ariana Grande will perform her single "Break Free" in her first appearance on the VMA main stage.

With superstars like Queen Bey, Eminem and Iggy Azalea leading the nominations this year, the competition for Moonman domination has been exceptionally fierce. Though most categories are now closed, be sure to cast your vote for the Artist To Watch category, which will be remain open into the live show. Those VMA newbies need your help! On top of that, our brand spankin' new category for Best Lyric Video has been unleashed upon the social stratosphere! Vote for your favorite visual vid by using specially designated hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Vine and stuff those virtual ballot boxes.

 

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The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Ford Amphitheater

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood, CA 90068, Los Angeles, 90068

6:00pm

The World Stage Performance Gallery returns to the Ford to recognize local jazz legend Billy Higgins. A LA native, Higgins was a jazz drummer who mostly played free jazz and hard bop, with more than 700 recordings to his credit. Higgins’ profound contribution to the Los Angeles arts community lives on in the work of the musicians he instructed and inspired. Performances by former students and jazz notables will honor Higgins’ prolific career. 

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Los Angeles Plays Itself

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:15pm

As a YouTube culture, we’re inundated with the “supercut”: the cutting together of disparate clips to observe a trope, a theme or an overwhelming feeling. The sugar rush of a great supercut can be fantastic, but nothing compares to the seismic, stimulating and lasting wave of brainfood that is Thom Andersen’s legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, comprised entirely of clips from films shot on location in our fair city. This is a trip that ALL Angelenos, whether you’re new to the Southland or whether you’re born-and-raised, should absolutely take. Over its three-hour running time, Andersen (a long-running faculty member of CalArts’ cinema studies program) zig-zags from classics to (then-)new releases, from forgotten obscurities to iconic list-toppers, from foreign viewpoints to local heroes — all tied together by the themes of how our city’s surroundings are portrayed as background, as character and as subject. Previously only the province of special anniversary screenings and bootleg downloads, Los Angeles Plays Itself comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new HD remaster, ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Dir. Thom Andersen, 2003, DCP, 169 min. - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/los-angeles-plays-itself/#sthash.r5aDoVm...

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YES

Greek Theatre

Los Angeles, CA 90027

7:30pm

British prog rock legends Yes are back on tour, and yes, they're as sharp as ever, having just put the finishing touches on their 21st studio LP Heaven and Earth. In conjunction with the album's 2014 release, the band hits the road for The Heaven and Earth Tour, where they'll treat fans to cuts from the new record, end-to-end performances of seminal LPs Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972), and an encore of their greatest hits. Sound like all a fan could ever ask for?  The answer is Yes.

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