For Film Fans, the NoHo KCET Cinema Series with Pete Hammond

From l, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline in “Last Vegas.”

From l, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline in “Last Vegas.”

It’s almost time for the Fall KCET Cinema Series to start. Film expert Pete Hammond is back hosting a great line-up of screenings starting Oct. 22 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. Hammond is one of the best interviewers in the business, and immediately after the films are shown he always moderates a lively question and answer session with the actors and/or filmmakers. It is a great opportunity for film fans to get the inside scoop on the thought provoking and engaging productions that will be the buzz of awards season.

Hammond has picked the best of Hollywood and independent films and winners from various international film festivals. There will be eight noteworthy new films to enjoy. Plus, thanks to the sponsorship of The James and Paula Coburn Foundation, a classic James Coburn film will be shown to celebrate the film career of the wonderful actor. For the nine weeks of films all screenings are Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

Last Vegas launches the Cinema Series on Oct. 22 with a great comedy adventure featuring an all-star cast. Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline play four long-time middle aged friends who escape to Las Vegas to throw the ultimate bachelor party for the last single member (Douglas) of the group. That cast running wild in Vegas makes it a real must-see for film fans. The buddy romp directed by Jon Turteltaub is from CBS Films.

The Dallas Buyers Club will be screened on Oct. 29. The Focus Features film stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies in 1986 after being diagnosed as HIV-positive. His quest for alternative treatments is the heart of the story.

The Nov. 5 screening will be announced soon, but the Nov. 12 film is already set with Lone Survivor from Universal Pictures. It is based on the June 28, 2005 “Operation Red Wings,” which chronicles four members of the Navy Seal Team 10 that were tasked with the capture and elimination of the notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Only one member of the Seal team survived the mission.

As the holidays approach, the family friendly film Saving Mr. Banks from Walt Disney Studios is set for Nov. 19. It’s the story of author P.L. Travers journey to Hollywood from London to adapt her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson portrays P.L. Travers. The cast also includes Collin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, and Paul Giamatti.

More screenings will be announced for Nov. 26, and Dec. 3, 10, and 17 to conclude the KCET Cinema Series in NoHo. Tickets are available and the public is welcome to come and enjoy. Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the community-based KCET.

Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has been proud of the important role it has played in the cultural and educational enrichment of all of Southern California. Over the years our local “very independent” public television outlet has presented a wide range of award-winning programming, as well as some of the finest shows from around the world.

With its headquarters in Burbank, it is a donor-supported institution, and among the entertaining ways it raises funds is with the quarterly KCET Cinema Series screenings. Call (747) 201-5800 for information to purchase passes to the series, or visit KCET.org. Don’t delay as the fall series sells out early. And best of all, you’ll be helping KCET present great programming that entertains, informs, and enriches its viewers. Everybody wins.

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