Saturday, July 27
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are back -- kinda -- at the New Beverly Cinema in Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, which takes the storyline of Smith's Bluntman and Chronic comic books, in which the guys become superheroes after winning the lottery. Smith and Mewes will be there after the 6:30 p.m. screening for a Q&A. (They'll introduce the 9:30 p.m. screening, but won't be there afterwards.)
Relive the classic story of a young boy who helped "E.T. phone home" in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Where better to catch this movie but outside, under the stars, at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30
Marking the end of "The Spectacular Classics" summer series is The Breakfast Club at the Vintage Los Feliz Theater at 7 p.m. Watch what happens for the first -- or the millionth -- time when a "criminal," an "athlete," a "brain," a "basket case" and a "princess" all end up in detention in their high school library on a Saturday morning.
At 7:30 p.m. the Egyptian Theatre will screen Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin, a documentary about the founder of the art and culture magazine Juxtapoz, who also is a prolific oil painter and hot rod enthusiast. Once marginalized for his antisocial art, Williams joined the underground cartoonist movement, contributing to Zap Comix in the late 1960s. Williams will be present for a signing and discussion after the film, along with his wife, fellow artist Suzanne, and two of the documentary's co-directors (Nancye Ferguson and Stephen Nemeth).
Wednesday, July 31
Returning for its fifth year is the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, showcasing up-and-coming Brazilian filmmakers with a collection of shorts, features and documentaries over the span of five days. Unlike most film festivals, all screenings are free -- except the opening and closing nights. On Wednesday, the fest kicks off with an opening gala at 7:30 p.m., featuring a reception, screening and live performance from samba group Malandro Ana Laidely Trio. The movie, Anna Muylert's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, begins at 9:30 p.m. and tells the coming-of-age story of a young teen girl who copes with the tumultuous relationship of her parents by playing an old acoustic guitar. All screenings will take place at the Egyptian Theatre.
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