At the Egyptian they will be having two nights in celebration of Ray Bradbury at the Egyptian Theatre. They will be featuring a total of three of Bradbury’s films including, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, John Huston’s MOBY DICK (a superb Bradbury screenplay) and THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS. Bradbury himself will be in attendance both nights!
Born in 1920, Ray Bradbury moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and became a member of the now legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria Science Fiction Club with Forrest J. Ackerman and Ray Harryhausen as a teen. Best known for his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and 1950′s The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury is widely considered one of the greatest and most popular American writers of speculative fiction during the twentieth century.
Friday, October 10 – 7:30 PM
Ray Bradbury In-Person!
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, 1983, Disney, 95 min. Dir. Jack Clayton (THE INNOCENTS, OUR MOTHER’S HOUSE). A strange carnival comes to a small Illinois town on a windy October night, bringing with it Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce), a sinister impresario who will mystify young boys Will and Jim (Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson) and bewitch many of the town’s inhabitants with apparent answers to their dreams. Or is it their nightmares? Jason Robards, the older single dad of Will and a reclusive librarian who has given up on life, suddenly finds himself challenged by the mysteriously seductive threat – he may be the one person who can save the town from Mr. Dark – and itself. Ray Bradbury wrote the screenplay, adapting his own novel. With Pam Grier in an unusual role. Introduction to the film by writer Ray Bradbury.
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 PM
Ray Bradbury In-Person! Double Feature:
MOBY DICK, 1956, MGM Repertory, 116 min. Gregory Peck stars as bitter Captain Ahab, driven to find the giant white whale in director John Huston’s screen version of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, aided by a powerful adaptation by screenwriter Ray Bradbury. The film captures the epic sweep and near-biblical tone of the novel, has a superb cast, including Richard Basehart, and features an astonishing cameo by Orson Welles as Father Mapple. “MOBY DICK was the most difficult picture I ever made. I lost so many battles during it that I even began to suspect that my assistant director was plotting against me. Then I realized it was only God.” – John Huston.
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, 1953, Warner Bros., 80 min. Dir. Eugene Lourie. A giant prehistoric creature called a rhedosaurus is awakened from his icy slumber by nuclear testing and travels to New York City, where he takes his bad temper out on the stunned population. Based on a short story by longtime Ray Harryhausen pal Ray Bradbury (they met years earlier as members of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, along with Forrest Ackerman!). Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey.
Where: 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
When: October 10th and 11th at 7:30pm
Buy: Purchase tickets at Fandango.com
How Much: General Admission $10 | Students and Sneiors $8 | Members $7