arts·meme birthday gift from laemmle theatres: $1.00 popcorn!

Dance · Film

At arts·meme, we love Laemmle Theatres. That’s where the good movies are! And we are very appreciative of the nice gesture from the respected theater chain’s head honcho, Greg Laemmle, who extends a special offer to arts·meme newsletter subscribers: $1.00 popcorn!

Just print out your newsletter, or bring it on a smart phone, slap down a single greenback — and start chomping. Not a subscriber yet? Sign on here.

Offer is good at all three theaters where Laemmle Anniversary Classics will present a double bill of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

But at the Laemmle Royal in Santa Monica only, arts·meme‘s Debra Levine will introduce “Gentlemen” with a brief talk about the film’s great choreographer Jack Cole. So get there early and popcorn-up.

Jack Cole! $1.00 popcorn! What else does a girl need? Oh … diamonds!

Marilyn Monroe double bill | Laemmle Anniversary Classics | Tues June 5 | around town

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Trailblazing fashionista/journalist Andre Leon Talley in new doc

Fashion · Film

An unlikely fashionista except by virtue of his own brilliance, assiduous self-education in fashion history, and raging ambition to be in the middle of it all is the fascinating figure, André Leon Talley. This quintessential tastemaker, a contributor to Women’s Wear DailyW, and Vogue, is the subject of a touching new documentary directed by Kate Novack, The Gospel According to André .

His journey from a childhood in Jim Crow South Carolina to Brown University then to New York and ultimately, Paris, has Talley working and hobnobbing with Diana Vreeland, Grace Mirabella, Anna Wintour, Fran Leibowitz, Andy Warhol, Gianni Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Tom Ford, and more. Fabulous footage of all those ’70s and ’80s icons, especially the fascinating Ms. Vreeland. Wonderful footage of Warhol as well.

Film surprises with its understated commentaries about implicit (and explicit) racism Talley encountered in his journey through this uber-white couturier wonderland. A hugely determined and forceful human being, he powered through clearly painful experiences to prevail, but eventually paid the price in a tragic eating disorder.

Complaint: not one word in the film about Talley’s writing career. Also … too-cutesy title. Otherwise, recommended.


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Featured · Language & ideas
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Dance · Featured
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