What’s that saying? “Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it”? Well, when it comes to Hollywood, that could be taken a few different ways, but this slate of events celebrates where the L.A. entertainment industry has been and where it’s going next. Learn about a lost feminist trailblazer and hear from the cast of a beloved ’90s classic among other opportunities to enrich your craft this week.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of “10 Things I Hate About You.”
What does it take to make a decade-defining film? Certainly, when we think of iconic ’90s movies, a few standouts spring to mind, one of which, more than likely, is “10 Things I Hate About You,” the Julia Stiles—and Heath Ledger—starring flick based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Celebrate the 20th anniversary (unbelievable, we know) of this cult classic with members of its cast, including Larisa Oleynik and Andrew Keegan, on March 1 as Wisdome L.A. hosts a screening and panel. You definitely won’t regret gleaning insight into this prototypical generational film. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. ($29–70)
Explore the marriage of two Hollywood icons.
Before “Brangelina” or a bevy of other Hollywood power couples, there was actor Fay Wray and Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin. Both were at the top of their game throughout their marriage (which ended in 1955 with Riskin’s death), navigating the sometimes-murky waters of mid-century motion pictures. Join Wray and Riskin’s daughter, Victoria, as she launches her new memoir about her parents on March 5 at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room. She’ll be chatting about her famous folks and signing copies of this not-to-be-missed recollection. (Free)
Dive into the world of representation with SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
The right team is an important part of any actor’s life. But how does one go about finding and hiring the right managers, agents, and more? SAG-AFTRA Foundation answers these questions in one of its stellar small-group workshops on March 6 as it spotlights representation: how to find it, why it’s important, and what your team should look like. The session promises actionable steps any actor can take, so you’re sure to walk away ready to build your dream team. Be sure to sign up prior to the workshop, and bring your SAG-AFTRA or Equity card for entry! (Free for union members)
Discover the woman behind “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”
Feminist role models are, thankfully, gaining prominence in Hollywood today, but we can also look back in history to recognize trailblazing women who quite literally paved the way. One history maker you may not have heard of is Milicent Patrick, who, alongside becoming one of Disney’s first female animators, designed the influential and everlasting movie monster “Creature From the Black Lagoon.” Recently, author, screenwriter, and producer Mallory O’Meara wrote a book about this fascinating woman, using her own experience as a woman in entertainment to frame Patrick’s story. Hear from O’Meara on March 5 at the Last Bookstore and learn about the legacy of a lost groundbreaking Hollywood artist… who just happened to be female. (Free)
Learn which Glendale sites appear in important silent films.
When it comes to hot Hollywood filming locations, Glendale might not immediately spring to mind, but in the Silent Era, many films by the likes of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and even Charlie Chaplin were filmed in the ‘dale. Learn more about Glendale’s secret past from Paul Ayers, who painstakingly researched modern-day filming locales of those important silent films, at the Glendale Downtown Central Library on Feb. 28. Learning about his process alone is sure to be fascinating, not to mention that the next time you’re cruising Brand or Central, you just might have some sights to see. (Free)
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