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Eight weeks of great films, thought provoking stories on the big screen, and engaging dialogue with top movie talent. Don’t miss the most anticipated new films of the season prior to their theatrical release. Recently screened films and talent included: "Sicario" with Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, "Concussion" with Will Smith, and "Brooklyn" with Saoirse Ronan. Current Film Schedule coming soon!

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Preview for November 17, 2015: "The Danish Girl" at the ArcLight Cinemas, Sherman Oaks


An astonishing story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film stars Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, and is directed and produced by the talented Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables"). Lili Elbe is one of the first identifiable recipients of gender confirmation surgery and a transgender pioneer.

"This is a story of authenticity, identity, and courage, but at its heart it is a love story. About the courage that it takes to find yourself -- to be yourself," said Redmayne.

Presented by Focus Features

Directed by Tom Hooper

Rated R / 120 minutes

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel on "Youth," Nude Scenes, and Independent Films


On the eve of Veterans' Day, KCET Cinema Series hosted a screening of the film "Youth" and held Q&A with actors Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine at Sherman Oaks' ArcLight Cinemas. After the screening, Harvey Keitel reminded the crowd that November 10 is the birthday of the U.S. Marines. Keitel himself was a Marine. Michael Caine, who stars in the film with Keitel, mentioned his own time in the British Army, serving in Korea. The actors' shared military pasts, Caine later says, helped them connect with each other as they played close friends in "Youth."

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino ("The Great Beauty," "This Must Be the Place"), "Youth made its debut at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. In it, Caine plays a conductor named Fred Ballinger who the Queen of England requests to emerge from retirement. Keitel plays Ballinger's close friend, Mick Boyle, a director working with a group of much younger writers on his anticipated new film. Rachel Weisz co-stars as Ballinger's daughter. Paul Dano plays an actor struggling with his career and Jane Fonda makes an appearance as Boyle's muse. "Youth" opens in theaters on December 4.

Sponsored by E. Hofert Dailey Trust and the James and Paula Coburn Foundation, the KCET Cinema Series offers its members the chance to see advance film screenings followed by question-and-answer sessions led by Deadline columnist Pete Hammond. The nine-week winter series has already featured the newsroom-centric ensemble film "Spotlight" as well as "Brooklyn," starring Saoirse Ronan, and "Carol," an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's romance novel starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Listen to the entire interview or read a condensed version of Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine's conversation with Pete Hammond below.

Preview for November 10, 2015: "Youth" at the ArcLight Cinemas, Sherman Oaks


This is the second English-language film by director Paolo Sorrentino, and a follow-up to his Academy Award winning film "The Great Beauty." The plot centers around two old friends vacationing at a Swiss Spa, Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer and conductor, and Mick (Harvey Keitel) a screenwriter. As Mick crafts what may be his last screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the Queen.

The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews. It will be released in the USA on December 4, 2015.

Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Rated R / 118 minutes

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy on the Evolution of "Carol"

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When wealthy, sophisticated Carol meets a young saleswoman named Therese, the sparks of attraction are immediate. "Carol," the Todd Haynes-directed film due to hit theaters on November 20, takes viewers from flirtation to a full-blown romance that is not without drama. Carol is in the midst of a divorce. Therese, an aspiring photographer, is in a tepid relationship with a young man who wants more than she does.

Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel, originally titled "The Price of Salt" and released under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, "Carol" stars Cate Blanchett in the titular role and Rooney Mara as Therese. Noted playwright Phyllis Nagy, who previously adapted Highsmith's thriller "The Talented Mr. Ripley" for stage, handled the screenplay. The film won Mara a "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival.

KCET Cinema Series members had the chance to catch "Carol" before its release at Sherman Oaks ArcLight Cinemas on Tuesday night. Phyllis Nagy was on hand to chat with the series' host, Pete Hammond, after the screening.

Sponsored by the E. Hofert Dailey Trust and James and Paula Coburn Foundation, KCET Cinema Series offers members the chance to see buzz-worthy films prior to their release.

Preview for November 3, 2015: "Carol" at the ArcLight, Sherman Oaks

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's groundbreaking novel The Price of Salt, "Carol" chronicles the lesbian love affair of two women from very diverse backgrounds who fall in love in the difficult social climate of the 1950s.  Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara give inspirational performances as the central characters, and director Todd Haynes creates a stunning picture of a radical time in history as society's acceptance of homosexuality begins to shift.

"Carol is a love story that depicts how truth is the ultimate tonic.  If you're emotionally truthful to who you are and what you believe in, good things may not happen, but you will become a better person," said screenwriter Phyllis Nagy.  The emotional turmoil central to the characters in the film is rooted in the conventional worlds both Carol and Therese have built around them.

Presented by The Weinstein Company

Directed by Todd Haynes

Rated R / 118 minutes

Brooklyn: Saoirse Ronan and John Crowley on Leaving Home Behind

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Eilis Lacey didn't choose to leave her home in Ireland for a new life in America, but the young woman at the center of "Brooklyn," the film based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name, takes the opportunity to start a new life. Eilis' future is compromised by a pull back to her past and, now, she must find the courage to make decisions for herself.

Adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") and directed by John Crowley ("Boy A," "Intermission"), "Brooklyn" brings together themes of immigration, homesickness and empowerment in the story of one woman. Saoirse Ronan, who first earned accolades at 13 for her Oscar-nominated performance in "Atonement," stars as Eilis. "Brooklyn" is scheduled for release on November 6.

Recently at Cinema Series, Ronan and director Crowley appeared at the KCET Cinema Series' screening of "Brooklyn" for a question-and-answer session with series host, and Deadline columnist Pete Hammond. They discussed their own experiences of moving from Ireland to London and how their feelings of homesickness related to the film. Ronan, who was born in New York to Irish parents, also spoke about how the film connected to her own family history.

The KCET Cinema Series is generously sponsored by the E. Hofert Dailey Trust and the James and Paula Coburn Foundation. Series' members have the unique opportunity to see the most anticipated films of the season prior to their release in theaters. The winter series is held at the Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks and opened with the newsroom drama "Spotlight" from Open Road Films.

Preview for October 27, 2015: "Brooklyn" at the ArcLight Cinemas, Sherman Oaks


The film is an adaptation by screenwriter Nick Hornby of the award-winning 2009 novel by Irish author Colm Toibin.  For Hornby the significance of "Brooklyn" lay in Toibin's ability to capture the human heart, "The way Colm depicts the pain of wanting to be in two places at once, it's a beautiful balancing act -- and it seems to lend itself particularly well to film," says Hornby. 

The story takes place in the 1950's when there is a post-WWII wave of immigrants to America in search of prosperity and a new life.  We follow a young Irish immigrant who must choose between two men, two countries and two destinies. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen.

Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by John Crowley

Rated PG-13 / 113 minutes

'Spotlight' Producers Nicole Rocklin and Jonathan King on How a Local Story Can Make a Global Impact


Sometimes it's the local news stories that carry the most weight.

The movie "Spotlight" portrays an investigative reporting team in Boston who dug up the secrets of their local Catholic archdiocese. The efforts of the Boston Globe's "Spotlight" crew didn't just shake up the church in Boston, it triggered a domino effect that hit cities across the globe as the public learned about widespread child molestation and rape accusations against priests and church efforts to cover up the crimes.

Directed by Tom McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor") -- and with a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams -- "Spotlight" has already made a splash on the festival circuit.

While the newsroom drama won't hit theaters until early November, KCET subscribers had the chance to attend a screening at Sherman Oak's Arclight Theater on October 20 for the launch of KCET Cinema Series' winter series. Sponsored by the E. Hofert Dailey Trust and the James and Paula Coburn Foundation, this edition of the film series features eight weeks of new films, plus a classic James Coburn film, that include Q/A sessions moderated by Deadline reporter Pete Hammond.

For the screening of "Spotlight," Hammond was joined by producer Nicole Rocklin and executive producer Jonathan King, who discussed the insularity of Boston and the themes of journalism and power.

The following is a condensed and edited version of their conversation.

Q & A for October 13, 2015: "Room" with Cast and Crew


KCET Cinema Series' host Pete Hammond moderated an incredibly interesting dialog with the film's stars, director, author of both the novel and screenplay and the producer. The story is intense, difficult to watch on screen, and it has the audience on the edge of their seats for hours. It's the story of a mother and son who are held captive for years in an enclosed space, until ultimately they escape and gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. 

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay shared their intense experience working together on the film and the intimate bond that they formed. The young Trembly also talked about his acting career and how he felt portraying the character. Emma Donoghue discussed her thoughts about writing both the novel and the screenplay, and what worked best for her on the big screen.

Listen to Pete Hammond's interview with the cast and filmmakers below.

Preview for October 20, 2015: "The Spotlight" at the ArcLight Cinemas, Sherman Oaks

Producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust bring to the big screen the shocking story of the Boston Globe's Pulitizer Prize-winning team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city of Boston and made worldwide news by exposing the Catholic Church's systematic cover-up of the extensive pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

Presented by Open Road Films

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery 
and Stanley Tucci

Rated R / 118 minutes