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Three new USC School of Cinematic Arts endowed chairs have been established with the contribution of George Lucas through the George Lucas Family Foundation. At a dedication on Thursday evening, professors Bruce A. Block, Michael L. Fink and Alex B. McDowell were installed as the first chair holders -- Block, in the Sergei Einstein endowed chair in cinematic design; Fink, the George Melies endowed chair in visual effects; and McDowell, the William Cameron Menzies endowed chair in production design. Story: President Obama on 'Between Two Ferns': Zach Galifianakis 'Was Pretty Nervous' Chair holder of the Sergei Einstein endowed chair, named after the
- Carolyn Giardina
“The reason this is happening is because I’m pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach,” said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.
“Don’t forget the basics. Don’t get enamored with new technology, because it’s not new. Just the medium we’re working in is new, but that doesn’t change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It’s beyond technology. It’s the art of movies.”
The younger attendees in the audience tittered with excitement as the “Star Wars” creator – who was perhaps the most casually dressed that night in jeans – spoke.
- Alex Stedman
If you live in the Los Angeles area, the New Beverly Cinema is presenting a sci-fi double feature of This Island Earth (1955) and It Came From Outer Space (1953) on Saturday, January 12, 2014 and Sunday, January 13, 2014. Both films are widely considered to be classic science fiction films of the 1950s and were made during a time in which artists made up beautiful, colorful and spectacular posters first, and then the films were based on the imagery seen in the poster. Sometimes this method worked and sometimes it didn’t.
This Island Earth was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who was fairly prolific during the 1940’s and 1950’s both on the large and small screens, directing episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents for the latter. Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller and Russell Johnson star.
Jack Arnold made a career of directing some of the best known science »
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3 items from 2014
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