MA – Carrie Fisher Receives Cultural Humanism Award

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Star Wars actress is the recipient of this year’s Cultural Humanism award to be received on Monday, April 18th at 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

The Humanist Hub, in partnership with Harvard College student group the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA), will present Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher with their 10th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism as part of a ceremony held at Harvard’s historic Memorial Church on Monday, April 18.

In addition to portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars and a long list of acting credits, Fisher, a highly accomplished writer and Hollywood “script doctor”, has used her celebrity to uphold values around which The Humanist Hub centers its mission. She is featured in the Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary “The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive,” which destigmatizes mental illness, as do her many popular novels and memoirs, including Postcards From the Edge and Wishful Drinking.

Renowned throughout a literary career spanning decades for her bravely honest and deeply funny style, Ms. Fisher’s work humanizes a popular culture obsessed with celebrity, and helps readers laugh at the absurdity of contemporary society and relationships. Her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy.

The Humanist Hub has hosted similar award ceremonies with comedian Eddie Izzard (2013) author Mary Roach (2012) Seth MacFarlane (Fall 2011) Stephen Fry (Spring 2011) Discovery Chanel’s MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (2010) director Joss Whedon (2009) Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin (2008) and Sir Salman Rushdie (2007).

Ticket Prices: VIP: $110.00 (seating in front of church – limited seating); Full Price: $40.00; Harvard Students: $10.00 (while inventory lasts – 2 tickets per ID, 1 ID per person). Tickets available at the link.

 

NYC – The Blues Brothers Screening

November 7, 2011 by  
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Director John Landis hosts a screening on Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm.

(1980) 133min, 35mm

The threadbarest of plots allows room for the pure pleasures of this two-hour chase scene. Upon learning that the orphanage they grew up in will close if they can’t come up with $5,000, Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd) set out on a “mission from God” (with an army of cops, jocks, and white supremacists in tow) to reunite their blues band. With powerhouse musical numbers by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and more in the classic blues dives of Chicago. 

BAM Rose Cinemas
General Admission: $12
BAM Cinema Club Members: $7
Movie Moguls: Free
Children (13 & under): $9
Seniors: $9
Students: $9 (25 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

BAM
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

UK – An American Director in London

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Director John Landis signs at Forbidden Planet on Tuesday 1 November 2011 from 18:00 – 19:00!

Press Release:

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by JOHN LANDIS for his forthcoming title MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Tuesday 1st November 11th October 6 – 7pm.

Celebrate the greatest monsters ever to crawl, creep, fly, slither, stalk or rampage across the silver screen with the new book by legendary filmmaker John Landis. Illustrated with over a thousand photographs from the celebrated archives of The Kobal Collection and his own personal vaults, Landis examines the actual monsters of the fantasy, science fiction and horror cinema in a unique and highly personal way. With help from his friends Christopher Lee, Ray Harryhausen, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Joe Dante, David Cronenberg and Rick Baker, Monsters in the Movies is an extraordinary look at every monster on film from Hollywood’s most accomplished and influential monster makers themselves.

John Landis has directed some of the most popular movies of all time including The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Three Amigos!, Spies Like Us, and Coming to America among many others. He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf in London and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Landis has directed documentaries including the Emmy award winning Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, and has done extensive work in television. He is married to Costume Designer and noted costume scholar Deborah Nadoolman Landis and has two children.