Movies in the Park tonight – DUMB AND DUMBER

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with DUMB AND DUMBER, now celebrating its 25th anniversary of the original release.

Imbecilic best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) stumble across a suitcase full of money left behind in Harry’s car by Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), who was on her way to the airport. The pair decide to go to Aspen, Colo., to return the money, unaware that it is connected to a kidnapping. As Harry and Lloyd — who has fallen in love with Mary — are pursued across the country by hired killers and police, they find both their friendship and their brains tested.

The film is directed by Peter Farrelly, who co-wrote the screenplay with Bobby Farrelly and Bennett Yellin.

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

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Tonight’s $2 Terror Tuesday feature at CALS Ron Robinson – THE BRAIN THAT WOULD NOT DIE

The Brain That Wouldn't Die Poster$2 Terror Tuesdays continue tonight (6/18) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater with 1962’s THE BRAIN THAT WOULD NOT DIE.

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is a 1962 American science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Green and written by Green and Rex Carlton and focuses upon a mad doctor who develops a means to keep human body parts alive. He keeps his fiancé’s severed head alive for days, and also keeps a lumbering, misshapened brute (one of his earlier failed experiments) imprisoned in a closet.

The film starred Jason Evers (billed as Herb Evers), Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna, Adele Lamont, Paula Morris, Bruce Brighton, and Lola Mason.

The showing starts at 7pm.  Cost is $2.

Submissions open for Arkansas Cinema Society Filmland: Arkansas 2019

LogoThe Arkansas Cinema Society and its premiere event Filmland were created to build a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art.

Filmland returns this August to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock, furthering ACS’s mission to promote local filmmakers with Filmland: Arkansas. Information and details on how to submit to Filmland: Arkansas can be found in the specific short film and feature film categories.

The past two years have included Academy Award nominated actor Adam Driver, five-time Oscar nominated Director Richard Linklater, Director David Lowery, Producers Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Actors David Arquette, WIll Forte and Ted Danson and Oscar winner and ACS board member Mary Steenburgen. Screenings also feature Q&A’s moderated by ACS Founder and Director Jeff Nichols and every night is topped off with a party for filmmakers and attendees.

Filmland 2019 will take place the weekend of August 23rd. The exact dates, events and other details will be announced once special guests are finalized.

ACS Filmland is a non-competitive, curated event but there will be an audience award for the Filmland: Arkansas program.

Submissions are for Arkansas filmmakers who either made their film in Arkansas or for an Arkansas Filmmaker who is an Arkansas producer, director, or writer of a film. Films may also be considered if an Arkansas native was the lead or key role as an Actor, Supporting Actor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Composer, Editor, Cinematographer, Animator, Visual Effects, Makeup and Hair or First Assistant Director. The Arkansas filmmaker(s) must be available to attend the screening for a conversation after the film.

More information (including a link to submission) can be found here.

Movies in the Park features HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 tonight!

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3. 

Hiccup and Toothless face a new and dangerous foe that is capable of enslaving and controlling dragons. Things take an unexpected turn when a new breed of dragon appears and puts Toothless in a difficult situation.

Special Guests will be the Witt Stephens Jr Central AR Nature Center who will bring their modern dragons (lizard) for a show and tell before the movie!

Prior to the screening, from 6pm to 7:30pm (while supplies last), UA Little Rock Downtown is offering free popcorn inside their new facility. Come and grab your free Pop Pop Shoppe popcorn at UA Little Rock Downtown before Movies in the Park!

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

50 Years ago – World Premiere of TRUE GRIT takes place in Little Rock at Cinema 150

Glen Campbell speaks with Larry McAdams of KATV at the opening of TRUE GRIT.

On June 12, 1969, the world premiere of the film TRUE GRIT took place at the Cinema 150.

Actor/singer (and Arkansas native) Glen Campbell was in attendance at the event, but another Arkansan connected to the movie – author Charles Portis, did not attend.

Portis’ objection was that the film was being used as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, and he was a supporter of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, a Republican. Portis described himself as a Rockefeller Democrat.  The next night, in Hot Springs, Portis hosted what was billed as the “Author’s Premiere.”

While Portis may have been absent (and there is no way that GOP stalwart John Wayne would have considered coming to the premiere), the Cinema 150 was sold-out.  Press accounts noted that attendees ranged from Senator J. William Fulbright and Rep. Bill Alexander to former office holders Orval Faubus and Bruce Bennett (who presumably took a break that evening from trying to prove who was the more ardent segregationist).

Quite a few in attendance also had their eye on 1970’s Democratic primaries including Attorney General Joe Purcell and Secretary of State Kelly Bryant.  No mention was made in the media if Charleston, Arkansas, attorney Dale Bumpers was in attendance.

The film was cheered by those in attendance, although some did comment about the presence of snow-capped mountains in the film that was set in Arkansas and Oklahoma. But that was a minor quibble. (The film was shot in Colorado.)

Following the premiere, the party continued under a big circus tent, set up that evening in the parking lot of the shopping center at the southwest corner of Asher and University (now the home to Murry’s Dinner Playhouse).

The Pryor Center for Arkansas Studies has compiled a video clip from the opening.  It can be viewed here.

The CALS Ron Robinson Theater $2 Terror Tuesdays continue tonight with WHITE ZOMBIE

Image of a film poster with a dark green background. Large eyes overlook two hands clasped together. The text at the top reads "With these zombie eyes, he rendered her powerless". In the middle is the title, White Zombie. Below is written "With these zombie hands he made her perform his every desire!".$2 Terror Tuesdays continue tonight (6/11) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater with 1932’s WHITE ZOMBIE.

White Zombie is a 1932 American horror film independently produced by Edward Halperin and directed by Victor Halperin.

The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic Island by William Seabrook, is about a young woman’s transformation into a zombie at the hands of an evil voodoo master.

The film stars Bela Lugosi as a zombie master, as well as Robert Frazer, Madge Bellamy, and John Harron.  It is considered the first feature-length zombie film.

The showing starts at 7pm.  Cost is $2.

Movies in the River suggested lineup

Movies in the Park returns this week to Riverfront Park. (More on that later).

But should the flooding continue for many more weeks, perhaps they should consider changing the lineup for 2019 to a Movies in the River.

Here are some suggestions:

  • THE RIVER (1984) – Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson play a Tennessee farm couple trying to save their farm from a flood.
  • A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. (1992) – Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt fly fish in a river through dreamy gauzy cinematography.
  • MYSTIC RIVER (2003) – Mystery film which netted Oscars for Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.
  • FROZEN RIVER (2008) – Bleak Oscar nominated movie starring Melissa Leo
  • THE RIVER WILD (1994) – Meryl Streep’s entry into the action flick genre. Also her link to six degrees of Kevin Bacon
  • THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) – Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa. Guinness at his most Guinness deservedly wins the Oscar while Holden spends part of the film shirtless.
  • RIVER’S EDGE (1986) – Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover and Ione Skye. Is that a 1980s film cast or what?

 

A score-related mini-festival

  • WORKING GIRL (1988) – “Let the River Run”
  • THE MUSIC MAN (1962) – “Ya Got Trouble (Right Here in River City)”
  • SHOW BOAT (1936 or 1951) – “Old Man River”
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) – “Moon River”

 

There could even be an entire John Wayne min-festival:

  • RED RIVER (1948) – John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, and Joann Dru. Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with gorgeous cinematography.
  • RIO GRANDE (1950) – John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara spar in a John Ford film. But this one is not set in Ireland.
  • RIO BRAVO (1959) – John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond and Claude Akins in a Howard Hawks film.
  • RIO LOBO (1970) – John Wayne’s first film after TRUE GRIT. Howard Hawks’ final film.