LAist Film Calendar 12/15-12/18: The Cinefamily Telethon & Christmas Comes Early

marchofwoodensoldiers.jpgBehind the scenes at the Cinefamily telethon! (BABES IN TOYLAND courtesy of Hal Roach Studios)

The Cinefamily puts on a lot of shows, but this weekend marks their first fundraising telethon. The 24-hour event begins Saturday at noon, broken down into a series of four to five hour shows that will be webcast with seating available for a "live studio audience". The line-up provides a perfect snapshot of Cinefamily's annual programming: sneak peeks, indie retrospectives, experimental films, stand-up comics, bands, rare foreign films, cartoons & Mondo Mixes of the strangest footage you'll ever see.

Surprisingly, Jerry Lewis is nowhere to be found, but friends of the Cinefamily on-hand include Spike Jonze, Neil Hamburger, Jonathan Gold, Benicio del Toro, Doug Benson, Everything Is Terrible!, Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields & DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! After each show, the entire theater will be cleared out, but you're free to get back in line for the next one. "Free" being the operative word - there are no admission fees, although in the spirit of the event, Cinefamily members will receive priority seating. The Cinefamily's set an aggressive goal of $275,000, and we sincerely wish them the best of luck.

It's the week before Christmas and all through the town, there are seasonal screenings, so put the shopping bags down! The newly ten Echo Park Film Center hosts a Filmmobile screening of It's A Wonderful Life. As with previous events, the cinematic scavenger hunt location will be posted on Twitter & Facebook ahead of time. The Aero & Old Town Music Hall go even older school, with Laurel & Hardy's Babes in Toyland AKA March of the Wooden Soldiers. The Bay Theatre boasts 80s classic A Christmas Story, while Pasadena brings it into the 90s with a midnight screening of Home Alone 2 at the Regency Academy's Insomniac Cinema & The Muppet Christmas Carol at Laemmle's Playhouse.

For an alt-Xmas screening, the Downtown Independent has a Die Hard drink-a-long & Christmas Vacation beer pong. It's a cynical life at the Egyptian, with a double feature of Bill Murray's Scrooged & Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa. Even Horrible Movie Night slips some very lumpy coal into the stocking with Elves. The bargain-bin Christmas creeper puts the SS in "Santa's Little Helper" by casting its titular critter (despite that plural, there's only one) as a wayward Nazi experiment whose drive towards seasonal slaying and blonde virgins will birth a new Master Race. Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty is definitely on the naughty list for this very bad Santa.

All Week
Anonymous (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Carnage (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Cook County (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
A Dangerous Method (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Dirty Picture (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
House of Pleasures (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
J. Edgar (2011) (Lammle's BLVD) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Like Crazy (2011) (Laemmle's Claremont 5)
London River (2009) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Olive (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)

Thursday 12/15
Auntie Mame (1958) (Egyptian Theatre)
Housekeeping (1987) / Running on Empty (1988) (w/ actress Christine Lahti) (Aero Theatre)
LA Air: Cosmo Segurson (free event) (Echo Park Film Center)
To Be or Not to Be (1942) / The Bad News Bears (1976) (w/ Edgar Wright, Leonard Maltin, Larry Karaszewski & Doug Benson) (New Beverly Cinema) (The Wright Stuff III: Movies Edgar Has Never Seen)

Friday 12/16
The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) (midnight show w/ Edgar Wright & Kevin Smith) (New Beverly Cinema) (The Wright Stuff III: Movies Edgar Has Never Seen)
Babes in Toyland (1934) (Aero Theatre)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) (w/ director Alex Stapleton & Roger Corman at 7:30pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
The Descendants (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (21+ show)
Die Hard (1988) / Christmas Vacation (1989) Drink-Along & Beer Pong (Downtown Independent)
Emma Mae (1976) / Bellydancing: A History & An Art (1979) (w/ filmmakers Alicia Dhanifu & Jamaa Fanaka and actress Jerri Hayes) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
Hickey & Boggs (1972) / Cutter's Way (1981) (w/ Edgar Wright, Elvis Mitchell & Josh Olson) (New Beverly Cinema) (The Wright Stuff III: Movies Edgar Has Never Seen)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (Echo Park Film Center) (Filmmobile Screening)
March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
Ninja Bachelor Party (1991) (w/ director Kevin Booth) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Comedy Store)
The Other F Word (2011) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Scrooged (1988) / Bad Santa (Unrated Version) (2003) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Sitter (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
The Trip (1967) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)

Saturday 12/17
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) / Rhubarb (1951) (Aero Theatre)
Casino (1995) (New Beverly Cinema)
Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24 Hour Telethon (free event) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
A Christmas Story (1983) (The Bay Theatre)
Closing Night Celebration (w/ filmmaker Ben Caldwell) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) (w/ director Alex Stapleton at 7:30pm & 9:50pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)
Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times Of Chogyam Trungpa (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Elves (1989) (Horrible Movie Night) (The Complex Theater)
La Hija Natural (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Legend (1985) / Ladyhawke (1985) (Egyptian Theatre)
March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Places in Pieces Vol. 3 (Echo Park Film Center)
Retroformat 2nd. Anniversary Celebration (Egyptian Theatre)
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 Rosa Parks Story (2002) / Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) (w/ filmmaker Julie Dash) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
The Skin I Live In (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)

Sunday 12/18
Ben-Hur (1959) (Egyptian Theatre)
A Christmas Story (1983) (The Bay Theatre)
Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24 Hour Telethon (free event) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) (w/ director Alex Stapleton at 5:10pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times Of Chogyam Trungpa (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
La Hija Natural (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) (Old Town Music Hall)
New & Renewing Members Only Event (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Skin I Live In (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Up (2009) (w/ actor Ed Asner) (Aero Theatre)
Women in Love (1969) / The Music Lovers (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) / Children of Men (2006) (Aero Theatre) (Poetry in Motion: The Cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki)