This week in Los Angeles, Hollywood movie events include the red carpet premiere of “The Possession”; special appearances by filmmakers Spike Lee and Paul Verhoeven; a screening of Paul Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” at the Egyptian; slacker movies at the New Beverly; and, at the end of the week, the start of the Cinecon Classic Film Festival; plus so much more.
Friday, Aug. 24
Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven will appear in person at the Egyptian for a screening of “Total Recall” (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $11.00 at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Restored prints of “The Public Menace” (1935) and “Adventure in Manhattan” (1936) will air in a tribute to actress Jean Arthur at the Billy Wilder Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 at 10899 Wilshire.
The New Beverly continues its showcase of “Films Shot at the Lot” (at Formosa and Santa Monica) with “The Apartment” (1960) and “Guys and Dolls” (1955), through Aug. 25. Check times. The double feature costs $8.00 at 7165 Beverly Blvd.
The Devil’s Night Drive In presents “Sixteen Candles” (1964) starring Molly Ringwald at dusk at 240 W. 4th St. amid high rise buildings in downtown L.A. It costs $10.00 for this event, which also features carhops, DJs, and FM transmitters.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Director Spike Lee will appear in person for a Q&A and screening of “Red Hook Summer” (2012) at the ArcLight Hollywood at 7:45 p.m. This movie event costs $16.00 at 6360 Sunset Blvd., next to the Cinerama Dome.
David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” (1983) starring James Woods and Deborah Harry will screen at the Egyptian along with “Existenz” (1999) featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11.00.
Cinespia presents Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1962) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd at dusk. Admission is $10.00.
Street Food Cinema will air a Totally 80s Double Feature of “Weird Science” (1985) and “The Breakfast Club” (1985) at Exposition Park in front of the Coliseum. The outdoor show starts at dusk and costs $10.00.
Sunday, Aug. 26
The Art Deco Society will host a screening of “7th Heaven” (1927), a winner of three Academy Awards and one of the earliest nominees for Best Picture, at the Egyptian at 3:00 p.m. A panel discussion and tribute to “Roxy Rothafel: American Showman” will precede the film. Tickets are $11.00.
Cheech and Chong’s “Up in Smoke” (1978) and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) will air at the New Beverly as part of “Slacker Week” through Aug. 27. Tickets are $8.00. The film series continues through Sept. 1 with a different deadbeat double feature each night. Check times.
Monday, Aug. 27
Comedian Doug Benson and friends will interrupt M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” (2004) at the Cinefamily at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14.00 at 611 Fairfax.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
It’s the red carpet premiere of “The Possession” starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matisyahu at 5:00 p.m. at the ArcLight Hollywood. Anyone may watch the stars arrive for free.
Thursday, Aug. 30
The Cinecon Classic Film Festival, a five day celebration of classic movies, begins at the Egyptian with screenings of “Always a Bridesmaid” (1943) starring the Andrews Sisters, “Drums of Jeopardy” (1923) with Wallace Beery, and director Allan Dwan’s “15 Maiden Lane” (1936). The film fest, co-sponsored by Loew’s Hollywood Hotel, continues through Sept. 3 showcasing vintage films, a Memorabilia show and celebrity guests. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00 for all day passes or $110.00 for full registration for all five days. It is $85.00 to attend the Celebrity Banquet on Sept. 2.