The City of Carlsbad is hosting a variety of “Hollywood” themed events in January. Events include the Carlsbad Film Series, Cinema Series on Jan. 21 and Author Talk on Jan. 28 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium in the Carlsbad City Library complex, located at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission for all events is free. Seating is first come, first served.
At a Glance
Carlsbad Film Series The Carlsbad Film Series takes place the last three Wednesdays of the month. Special features begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the film at 6 p.m.
The following are January’s films.
Hail, Caesar! (2016, PG-13, 1h 46 min.) A Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), in the 1950s works for a film studio to keep big name stars from scandal and public scrutiny. When Baird (George Clooney), the studio’s biggest star, goes missing Mannix’s work becomes more difficult trying to hold off the gossip columnists.
Adaptation (2002, R, 1h 54 min.) Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) writes the way he lives, with difficulty expressing passion. His twin, Donald, lives the way he writes, uninhibited. Susan (Meryl Streep) writes about life but can't live it. John's life is a book, waiting to be adapted. Their stories intertwine with unpredictable results.
Hitchcock (2012, PG-13, 1h 38 min.) The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the filming of Psycho in 1959 is explored. Their marital tensions effect Hitchcock's work even as the novel's storyline haunts his dreams.
Carlsbad Cinema Series The Carlsbad Cinema Series begins with a pre-show cinema chat with a film expert at 1:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 2 p.m. and a post-show discussion.
Trumbo (2015, R, 2h 4 min.) The story of the Hollywood 10, writers blacklisted during the communist witch-hunts of the late 1940s and 1950s. Dalton Trumbo and others refused to give Congress information about the film industry and their colleagues and were jailed. Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist.
An Author Talk panel discussion will take place Jan. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a book sale. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.
The following are January’s Author Talk panelists.
Anne Girard author of Platinum Doll In California, Harlean has everything a girl could want, a rich husband, glamorous parties, socialite friends, except an outlet for her talent. But everything changes when a dare pushes her to embrace her true ambition, to be an actress on the silver screen. With her timeless beauty and striking shade of platinum-blond hair, Harlean becomes Jean Harlow. And as she’s thrust into the limelight, Jean learns that this new world of opportunity comes with its own set of burdens.
Susan Meissner author of Stars Over Sunset Boulevard Set in Hollywood in 1938, Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film set of Gone with the Wind. She meets enigmatic, Audrey Duvall, a once rising star, now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet, until each woman’s deepest desires collide.
Susan Redfern author of No Ordinary Life Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and her three children or that she’d have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her 4 year old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune come with a price.
Film screenings made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.