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Sylvester Stallone in person for a 40-year Rocky Balboa bookend double feature!

CREED (2015) / ROCKY (1976)

Thursday, February 11 - 7:30PM, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA


Raw eggs and early morning jogs through Philadelphia helped turn Rocky Balboa into a champion; the role of the iconic boxer earned Sylvester Stallone two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and began a 40-year legacy of one of cinema’s most enduring characters.

CREED - 2015, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., 133 min, USA, Dir: Ryan Coogler

Writer-director Ryan Coogler reunites with FRUITVALE STATION star Michael B. Jordan for the latest round of the beloved ROCKY saga. Adonis Johnson (Jordan) wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, boxer Apollo Creed, and seeks out former champ Rocky Balboa (Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone) to show him the ropes. Though this crowd-pleaser has some of the best fight choreography you’ve ever seen, it’s the courageous central characters that give CREED such a powerful punch. With a screenplay written by Coogler and Aaron Covington, the film also stars Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.

ROCKY - 1976, MGM, 119 min, Dir: John Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and starred in this Oscar-winning tale of a struggling working stiff who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title. Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Burgess Meredith provide knockout supporting performances.


A friend of mine once told me that your bodega knows all your darkest secrets. Being my primary water supply, East Village Farms may know me better than myself. When I heard that they were closing I found it hard to believe; it’s clean, friendly, busy and, well, pricey. I always assumed it had long ago cleared the zenith of the retail life-cycle and was well into piloting the stratosphere of boundless, automatic prosperity. But this bodega has it’s own secret, one that anybody looking at the building from across the street will wonder - what’s upstairs? 

A giant windowless brick shell traversed only by an old, warped fire escape juts up some 40ft directly above the store front, a giant black box. I learned from people in the neighborhood that this was once the old Hollywood Theatre which shut down in 1959, but what was more surprising was when I found out it wasn’t just another dusty, gutted empty space, but that it was the functional store room for my dearest bodega! If the store was my sparkling spring, this was its cavernous aquifer. I began asking regularly about going upstairs at every two-dollar hydration visit. I wanted to photograph it and at one point late at night did receive permission, only to return the following day to be met with language barriers and gestures of denial. Eventually, I found my friend working again and received an invitation to return “after midnight”. So I showed up with my camera and tripod, he warned me there was only one light, but it was plenty. Walking through the back past all the things you would expect and up a small staircase deposits you stage-left in this little store’s swollen subconscious.

After spending at least an hour shooting up there, I came down and gladly purchased a $15.50 6-pack of bud light. I’ll miss this place and the kind ladies who would sometimes slip a Haribo gummy pack into your bag. Rumor is the building and the old theatre are to be torn down very soon to make way for new development, East Village Farms will be closed in just a few weeks…

More photos at kevinsheaadams.com.

QUEER HORROR is a new multimedia festival of genre works by queer artists, performers, and filmmakers. Short films and videos are punctuated by live campfire storytelling and performances that question horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the monster. QUEER HORROR is programmed by PNCA + Hollywood Theatre Media Resident Anthony Hudson and hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi.

Maybe it’s the fact that queer people are so often relegatedto the shadow-lit world of otherness that the horror genre is more immediatelyrelatable for us. We grew up with boogeymen. We’ve lived with boogeymen. Goblins and ghosts are a welcome escape from real-life monstrosities. From the work of James Whale to John Waters and Clive Barker, and films and shows like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane to American Horror Story, horror has deeply impacted queer culture and sensibilities and QUEER HORROR asks why.


QUEER HORROR is programmed through an open call for entries. Films and videos under 10 minutes may be submitted for entry to thecarlarossi@gmail.com. There is no entry fee. Any films submitted will remain under the ownership of their respective authors and/or copyright holders and will be screened for this special engagement only.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2015 Saturday, March 21

Wednesday, March 25 | hollywoodtheatre.org | thecarlarossi.com

Queer Horror painting by Jason Edward Davis

Tarantino’s a big one for me and his movies are usually instant favorites (yes, including Death Proof. Yes, especially Jackie Brown), but I need to ruminate on Hateful Eight for a bit. I’m having very mixed feelings on just about all aspects, but strictly speaking to its technical merits in utilizing 70mm and the roadshow experience, holy crap that was a great night at the movies. I hope 70mm roadshows become a trend.

ASHER CRAW: “The story is what wants to be told, so that’s what I’m going to tell.”

Interview by A’misa Chiu of Eyeball Burp Press

A’misa: So…Asher, what is your newest project that you’ve been working on?

Asher: “Hungry Summer” is a complete short story, being published by Sparkplug Comics for their new minis series. I wanted to do a longer fairy tale. The story takes place in an unnamed town not unlike Portland. There are three main characters, a bro who is not named, a Baba Yaga-type character, and a young woman named Yolanda. The bro gets cursed by Baba Yaga, and turns into a ghost. Yolanda gets cursed as well, but one could argue that her curse is in fact not a curse. Her situation is that every time she opens her mouth to speak, jewels pour out. Though the bro and Yolanda never meet, because of their interactions with Baba Yaga they are similar characters.

A’misa Chiu: Can you give us a sneak peek of what you will be doing at this upcoming Gridlords?

Asher Craw: I’m doing kind of a weird thing with “The Crone” Craw helping me. This is my third time performing at Gridlords, which I think is awesome! The first time I presented “Zebadiah I,” the second time was for “Zebadiah II.” For “Zebadiah II,” we wanted to catch people up… We had parts of “Zebadiah” flashing up on the screen and Lillie and I sang an old Appalachian tune. For this Gridlords, I have part III of “Zedadiah” that I want to share, and I’ll also present “Hungry Summer” (which will be debuting at LA Zine Fest). I’ve been thinking on common themes that run through my work. Normally, I don’t usually focus so much on the theme. I mostly get crazy ideas for a story I’d like to tell.

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#FemmeFataleFriday GUN CRAZY will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 19 at NOIR CITY: Portland. At 4:00 pm, the day’s programming opens with an onstage conversation between Eddie Muller and Hollywood Theatre board member Ted Hurliman, followed by a book signing for Eddie’s GUN CRAZY: THE ORIGIN OF AMERICAN OUTLAW CINEMA. In the evening, starting at 7:00 pm, there’ll be a double feature of GUN CRAZY (1950) followed by a rare screening of FLY-BY-NIGHT (1942) at 9:00 pm. Learn more at http://hollywoodtheatre.org/noir-city/ Join us for more #FemmeFataleFriday fun on our Facebook page.

Can’t make the festival? You can buy a copy of Eddie’s book online exclusively at http://blackpoolproductions.com/

Rolling Deep: 16mm skateboarding films, 1965-1980, volume 1

Stephen Slappe presents rare 16mm archival footage, tracing skateboarding’s history from clay wheels to pig boards at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

These rare moving image documents feature early, sometimes uncredited, appearances by well-known skaters including Lance Mountain, Cara-Beth Burnside, Billy Ruff, Mike Weed, Stacy Peralta, Russ Howell, Tom Sims, Gregg Carroll, Bert LaMar, and Tony Alva. In addition to being a life-long skater, Slappe is Chair of the Video & Sound department at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.

Skaterdater (1965), 18 mins.
Skaterdater is the earliest skateboarding film outside of home movie footage. In it, a gang of clay wheel rippers session the streets of their suburb to a fuzzed out, surf instrumental soundtrack. It won the Golden Palm for the Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. During the 1970′s and 80′s, Skaterdater’s status was relegated to educational film and it was shown in classrooms across the country as a parable of pubescent love. The color on this print has shifted but the vitality of the action remains.

Skateboard Riding Tactics, (1978), 15 mins.
Is that Lance Mountain as a youngster? Sure enough. All the basics you need to operate your skateboard with skill while remaining safe.

A Different Kind of Winning (1980), 30 mins.
This film captures a unique era of skateboarding, when it was declining in national popularity but still going strong in Southern California. The fictional story stars a tween Cara-Beth Burnside and Billy Ruff, tearing up Marina Del Rey Skatepark on pig boards. A tale of friendship and competition between two girls, one of whom has an overbearing father concerned only with winning. Stacy Peralta makes a cameo as a contest judge and other famous faces and stunt doubles are pop up throughout. Great color print with an after school special vibe.

Skateboard Safety (1977), 15 mins.
Contains tons of hokey advice for would-be groms. This educational film includes several hilarious melodramatic crash scenes. Russ Howell offers valuable advice before going crazy with the handstands!

Volume 2 will play next week.

Oscars® producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today the second slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar® Sunday, February 28, on ABC.

The presenters, including Oscar winners and nominees, are:

    Steve Carell

    Priyanka Chopra

    Quincy Jones

    Byung-hun Lee

    Jared Leto

    Julianne Moore

    Olivia Munn

    Margot Robbie

    Jason Segel

    Andy Serkis

    J.K. Simmons

    Kerry Washington

    Reese Witherspoon

“These artists have enriched the international moviegoing experience with a range of memorable work from the comic to the profound,” Hudlin and Hill said. “In the process, they have won over millions of fans, and we count ourselves among them.”

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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