WHO LOVES YA JOHNNY

For a guy who's not actually buried there, the late Johnny Ramone — or his ghost — sure spends a lot of time haunting Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A fearsomely lifelike black statue of the Ramones guitarist, who died from prostate cancer in 2004, stands glowering in a bed of bright yellow and orange flowers beside a lovely pond, not too far from the grave of Dee Dee Ramone, the one member of the group whose body is interred in the cemetery. Every summer, Johnny's widow, Linda Ramone, presents the Johnny Ramone Tribute, with film screenings and appearances by the guitarist's celebrity pals to benefit the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center. At this year's sixth edition, a new, anamorphic print of the Ramones' campy flick Rock 'n' Roll High School (executive-produced by Roger Corman) will be shown, as well as James Whale's 1935 classic The Bride of Frankenstein, which was reportedly Johnny's "No. 1 film favorite." We're pretty sure that's what the promoters said about last year's main attraction, Night of the Living Dead, but it's a good thing that cult-film fanatic Johnny had so many "favorite" movies, if only so that this unexpectedly wonderful series can continue to be a summertime tradition. With special guests P.J. Soles, Dey Young and Metallica's Kirk Hammett.
Sun., July 25, 6 p.m., 2010