LAist Film Calendar 11/10-11/13: Crohn's, Colitis, John Wayne & The Divine

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TRUE GRIT courtesy Paramount Pictures

It's wonderful that Breast Cancer Awareness has become such a cultural fixture. The downside of such a successful campaign is that equally devastating chronic conditions get lost in the shuffle. Specifically, internal bowel diseases Crohn's and Colitis, neither of which is a household name.

As someone who has lived with (& been hospitalized for) ulcerative colitis, I can attest it's a truly shitty affair. Many treatments for that eternal throbbing in the tummy also sap the immune system, leaving you with illness and without energy. While the past few years has seen great gains in Crohn's and Colitis awareness, let's face facts: "Get Anally Probed So We Can Check For Open Wounds In Your Intestines" doesn't roll off the tongue quite like "Think Pink" or "Feel Your Boobies".

All this is why I'm excited to see Laemmle's Santa Monica hosting a Cure Crohn's and Colitis Fundraiser tomorrow night. The three-hour event benefits the Greater Los Angeles & Orange County Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, with a program featuring American Idol semi-finalist Rachel Zevita, local piano-pop starlet Lindsay Rae Spurlock and the premiere of the LA Team Challenge Film.

No exercise in navel-gazing (and no colonoscopy cams either!), the LA Team Challenge Film documents athletes of all stripes and skill-sets training for half-marathons, triathlons and next month's Rock 'n Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. If their tenacity doesn't move you, maybe this will: they'll also be serving food at the fundraiser. Forget the great cause, fifteen bucks for dinner and a movie may be the best deal on the Promenade.

If you can't make it down to Santa Monica, Hollywood sports some True Grit of its own. The John Wayne original screens at the ArcLight's Cinerama Dome, as part of the Jules Verne Film Festival's Légendaire Awards, which honors Wayne this year. Special guests include True Grit co-star Kim Darby (the original girl with a gun), Wayne's sons Patrick & Ethan Wayne and film historians to steer the discussion through scenic valleys. Renowned harmonica player Tommy Morgan previously blew the harp for Wayne in Rio Bravo, Stagecoach & The Cowboys. Tomorrow, his performance precedes the presentation. Event proceeds benefit the Jules Verne Nature & Education Program in downtown.

For those feeling too filthy for fundraisers, Cinefamily & Outfest team up for two tributes to John Waters muses Divine & Tab Hunter. If that isn't offensive enough, their Holyfuckingshit! series returns with The Dragon Lives Again, a colon-cleansing martial arts cheapie in which "Bruce Lee" goes to Hell to brings the hurt to Count Dracula, "James Bond", "Clint Eastwood" & countless other unlicensed Chinese rip-offs - all alongside good buddy Popeye The Sailor Man. And that's not even the crazy part!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
An African Election (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Buried Prayers (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Chico & Rita (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Conquest (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Dragonslayer (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Dzi Croquettes (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Grandma, A Thousand Times (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Into the Abyss (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Killing Bono (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Limelight (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Melancholia (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
Nothing Special (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Other F Word (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Pete Smalls is Dead (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Pianomania (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Rockstar (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
The Skin I Live In (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Snehaveedu (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
TT3D: Closer To The Edge (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 11/10
4 Super 8 Films by Luther Price (Echo Park Film Center)
AFI Fest Winner Screening (TBA) (Egyptian Theatre)
Baby and I (2008) (Korean Cultural Center)
The Color Purple (1985) (w/ actress Margaret Avery) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) (LACMA)
Cure Crohn's and Colitis Fundraiser (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
John Wayne: Tribute to a Legend feat. True Grit (1969) (Arclight Hollywood) (Jules Verne Film Festival)
Let the Good Times Roll (1973) / Elvis on Tour (1972) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Rockvember)
Return From the Ashes (1965) / The Killing of Sister George (1966) (New Beverly Cinema)
Run Lola Run (1998) (free event) (Long Beach Cinematheque) (Luckman Fine Arts Complex)
Tyrannosaur (2011) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)

Friday 11/11
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Asco: Chicano Cinema and Agnes Varda's Mur Murs (free event) (LACMA)
The Beast Within (1982) (w/ director Phillipe Mora & actor Paul Clemens) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights)
The Great White Hope (1970) (w/ special guests) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Human Zoo (2009) / Angel-A (2005) (New Beverly Cinema)
Limelight (2011) (w/ producer Jen Gatien at 7pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Milocorze: A Love Story (2011) (w/ writer/director Yoshimasa Ishibashi & actor Takayuki Yamada) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Mann's Chinese)
Rio (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Terrafirma (2011) (w/ special guests) (Egyptian Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2011)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (21+ show)
We Hate Everything Including This Film Series (Echo Park Film Center)
Wings of Desire (1987) / Faraway So Close! (1993) (w/ Wim Wenders) (Aero Theatre) (The Observant Searcher)

Saturday 11/12
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Becoming Santa (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Cinema Indigene (Echo Park Film Center)
The Dragon Lives Again (1977) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS!) (Co-presented by Everything Is Terrible!)
Finding Joe (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Human Zoo (2009) / Angel-A (2005) (New Beverly Cinema)
Illusions (1982) / Fragrance (1991) / As Above, So Below (1973) / Rain (1978) (w/ filmmakers) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
The Immature (2011) / When the Night (2011) (w/ actress Barbara Bobulova) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2011)
Into the Abyss (2011) (w/ Werner Herzog at the 7:20pm & 10pm shows) (The Landmark)
L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema Symposium (free event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
Limelight (2011) (w/ producer Jen Gatien at 7pm show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Kick-Ass (2010) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Kopptober Fest (w/ Bill Kopp & other guests) (Egyptian Theatre)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
My Reincarnation (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Nothing Special (2010) (w/ writer-director Angela Garcia Combs at 10pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Pianomania (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Rio (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
The Swell Season (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Tatanka (2011) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2011)
A Tribute to Divine feat. Divine Rarities & Pink Flamingos (1972) (w/ special guest) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Unforgiven (1992) (Autry National Center) (What Is a Western? Film Series)

Sunday 11/13
An American in Paris (1951) (w/ Patricia Kelly) (Egyptian Theatre)
Becoming Santa (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Cutting Horse (2002) (w/ filmmaker Larry Clark) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
An Evening with Tab Hunter feat. Polyester (1981) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Father and the Foreigner (2011) (w/ composer Carlo Siliotto) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2011)
Finding Joe (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Human Zoo (2009) / Angel-A (2005) (New Beverly Cinema)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
My Reincarnation (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Mysterious Island (1961) (w/ special guests) (Egyptian Theatre)
Nothing Special (2010) (w/ writer-director Angela Garcia Combs at 7:30pm show) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Pianomania (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Popeye (1980) (free event) (Hammer Museum) (Family Flicks)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Rio (1941) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Swell Season (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
We Believed (2011) / Corpo Celeste (2011) (w/ actress Francesca Inaudi) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2011)