Friday, May 3
On Friday, Aisha Tyler (The Talk) and Rob Schneider will host the 14th annual Golden Trailer Awards at the Saban Theater; the pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. Don your cocktail-party attire for a night that honors those who have the power to make crappy movies look amazing: the movie trailer makers. With 16 categories, including Best Summer 2013 Blockbuster Trailer (we're rooting for Man of Steel), the award show will be a breezy 90 minutes, with a post-party afterward. Tickets are $135 for general admission, but if you go with a group, you get a slightly discounted price.
Saturday, May 4
Unlike most film festivals, the L.A. Harbor International Film Festival is noncompetitive and juryless, seeking to showcase movies that relate to the sea — be it sailing, sea life or the shipping business. Running May 2-5, the fest's highlight is Saturday at 7 p.m. at San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre: 1953 musical classic There's No Business Like Show Business. With stars including Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe and Mitzi Gaynor, the movie follows a five-member family vaudeville act during the Depression. A special “showbiz red-carpet gala” ($75 at the door) at the Arcade Building across the street from the theater will precede the screening.
In the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011, director Toshi Fujiwara made the documentary No Man's Zone, exploring the exclusion zone around the disaster area and those who have no choice but to continue to live there. Fujiwara will attend the screening at 8 p.m. at the Echo Park Film Center.
Sunday, May 5
Celebrating the sci-fi, superhero and fantasy genres is the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30-May 6) at the Egyptian Theatre. Sunday's program features Coraline — Henry Selick's stop-motion animated film about a young girl who enters a parallel world with button-eyed counterparts — at 1 p.m., followed by a discussion with Neil Gaiman, who wrote the book it's based on, and animator Travis Knight. Childhood classic The Goonies — in which a young Sean Astin goes on one last adventure with his friends in search of the pirate One-Eyed Willie's treasure — screens at 4 p.m., with director Richard Donner in person.
Tuesday, May 7
Targeting the more adult crowd in a similar genre is the Fear and Fantasy Film Festival at the Banshee in Burbank, opening at 8 p.m. with Defeated, a short film that pays homage to Star Wars, and The Ufologist, a comedy feature that sees angry, potty-mouthed UFO watcher Vic Singe stumble upon a legitimate case of alien visitation. Also, keep an eye on controversial, self-proclaimed “school shooting horror film” An American Terror, playing at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10. In that film, three bullied high school outcasts plan to exact revenge on their tormentors by bombing the school dance but are sidetracked by a monster.