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An Evening With… Greg Berlanti

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a screening of a full episode of The Flash and sneak previews of upcoming episodes of Arrow and The Flash

 

Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club

Writer/director Greg Berlanti comes to the Bing to discuss his latest series work, Arrow and The Flash, both based on Silver Age DC Comics characters and both of which he co-developed and produces for the CW. Arrow gives a hard-scrabble look at the life of billionaire wastrel Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), whose inadvertent imprisonment on a deserted island – he ends up there after the boat he was on with his dad capsizes and sinks – turns the newly returned to civilization heir into a masked, crime-fighting vigilante; it’s Berlanti’s take on the venerated DC Green Archer, who was retro-fitted and turned into a snarling, anarchic good guy. Berlanti’s view on The Flash is another piece on TV ret-conning; here Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is still the scarlet speedster (he was introduced to CW audiences in an Arrow episode). But rather than the happy-go-lucky Justice Leaguer who seemed to race through the streets solving crimes without the burden of an inner life, Allen/Flash suffers from an origin story that includes a dad who may have been a criminal and an incident in his youth that leaves him without parents. Working as a research scientist for a private firm – the STAR labs of the comics – in Central City, he becomes the Flash and is on the run to piece together the unknown parts of his past as well as to prevent the scourge of crime from overwhelming his home.

Berlanti will sit for a conversation after a viewing of “Going Rogue,” an episode from The Flash featuring the introduction to one of the best known villains from Flash’s Rogues Gallery, and will also present sneak preview clips from upcoming episodes of Arrow and The Flash.

 

Ticketing Information

 

$15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and the New York Times Film Club members. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday,  October 16. | Limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.| Purchase online.

$20 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $25 for the general public. Members of these groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, October 23 (pending availability). | Limit two tickets. | Purchase online.

New York Times Film Club members must RSVP at www.nytfilmclub.com for this screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Live Read of Diner

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

STANDBY ONLY

 

7:30 pm | Live Read with director Jason Reitman

 

Director Jason Reitman’s spectacularly successful Live Read series, in which he directs a group of celebrated performers in the live reading of a classic film script, hits its fourth Thanksgiving month with a title that brings to mind all of the conversation that takes place – appropriately – over food: Barry Levinson’s feature film debut as writer/director, Diner.

 

Ticketing Information

 

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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Free Screening: Chinese Box

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

7:30 pm | Includes a conversation with director Wayne Wang

 

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The final presentation in the Film Independent at LACMA Hong Kong film series– sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office – is director Wayne Wang’s own director‘s cut of his 1997 film, Chinese Box, a movie built around several seemingly disparate narratives that are woven quite tightly together and start at the end of 1996, with the return of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China imminent; “So much of Hong Kong lurks beneath the surface,” we hear at the beginning of the film. It now clocks in 16 minutes shorter than the original release version, with key sections moved, giving Chinese Box an entirely different emphasis. The stories, written by Wang, Larry Gross, novelist Paul Theroux (derived from his novel, Kowloon Tong) and novelist/screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, often center around John (Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons), a journalist in search of definition for his life and trying to find love with Vivian (Gong Li), aching and searching for an anchor to tie herself to, a need that may force her to leave Hong Kong. John’s license to roam the city connects him to his photographer buddy Jim (Ruben Blades), a fellow restless spirit. Both men are juxtaposed with the immensely powerful Chang (Michael Hui), who also loves Vivian yet is unable to face up to the shame that grips him with every waking moment. John is also out to view Hong Kong through the perspective of the scruffy Jean (Maggie Cheung), who’s reluctant to let him into her life.

Wang will be in attendance to discuss his finely-etched drama that deals with both the dread of a future that may not happen and the dread of clinging to the traditions of the past.

A reception will follow the screening and Q&A.

1997, 83min, color | Written by Paul Theroux, Jean-Claude Carriere and Larry Gross; directed by Wayne Wang; with Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui, Rubén Blades, Jared Harris, Chaplin Chang and Noel Rands

 

Ticketing Information

 

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, October 16. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Reserve online.

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, October 23. | Free; limit two tickets. | Reserve online.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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