Who says romance is dead?
Not the cast of “True Romance,” which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the romantic, bullet-ridden crime film written by Quentin Tarantino during a two-day celebration at the Safari Inn in Burbank.
The Safari Inn was the location of some of the most intense scenes were filmed for the 1993 movie directed by Tony Scott and this weekend it'll be the spot for fans to enjoy the first-ever True Romance Fest, which kicks off May 2 with an exclusive VIP poolside karaoke party.
On May 3, VIP ticket holders will also get a chance to have breakfast with actor Bronson Pinchot, who played cocaine-dealing Elliot Blitzer in the film. Then at 5 p.m. all festival-goers will have a sunset screening of the cult classic, followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew and an after party.
Festival attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the film, which stars Christian Slater as a love-struck romantic who marries a hooker played by Patricia Arquette. Other stars in the film include Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken and Brad Pitt.
The event promises to be a unique experience for die hard fans. Pinchot, who will be the festival's host, even sent a hilarious note to festival organizers attesting to it.
“I fully intend to exceed all expectations, and to be wittier and more emotionally accessible,” he said.
VIP hotel packages for the festival start at $499 for two VIP tickets, a standard room with two beds for a two-night stay and go up to $749, which includes the room and four VIP tickets to the event. VIP ticket holders are able to attend the Friday night party that starts at 5 p.m. with breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday.
General admission tickets are $35 and include admission to Saturday's festival, outdoor screening and Q&A hosted by Pinchot. For $50, fans get general admission access to the festival and screening as well as a limited edition print.
SVIP tickets are also available for $75, which includes entry to the True Romance skybox, a festival swag bag and a drink ticket with access to a private bar.
True Romance Fest is scheduled for May 2-3. Festival begins 5 p.m. Saturday with the outdoor screening scheduled for 8 p.m. The Safari Inn, 1911 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-782-4373. www.trueromancefest.com.LOS ANGELES, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AND SANTA MONICA
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival: Animation, documentaries, features and shorts from countries that include Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen, May 1-11. Films include “9 Man” (2014, documentary), 7 p.m., and “A Leading Man” (2013), 8 p.m. May 2 at Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Check website for schedule and venues. Most tickets $13. Other venues include Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. Fourth St.; CGV Cinemas, 621 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles; and the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum, 111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. www.asianfilmfestla.org.
The Wayne Federman International Film Festival: Hosted by stand-up comedians the event features “The Dead Zone” (1983) with Kathy Griffin, 7:30 p.m. May 2; “Manhattan” (1979) with Taylor Negron, 10:30 p.m. May 2; “The Bank Dick” (1940) with T.J. Miller, 7:30 p.m. May 3; “Airplane!” (1980) with Jimmy Pardo, 10:15 p.m. May 3; “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) with Jeff Garlin, 7:30 p.m. May 4. Tickets $12. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. 323-655-2510. www.cinefamily.org.
South East European Film Festival: Documentaries, features and shorts from countries that include Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, May 1-5. Films with a shorts program, 1-6 p.m. May 1, at E! Entertainment, room 4M, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Films begin 1 p.m. May 3; noon May 4. Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Closing film, “Puzzle,” 7 p.m. May 5 at Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. www.seefilmla.org.
American Cinematheque at the Aero: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock: “Blackmail” (1929) and “Murder” (1930), 7:30 p.m. May 2; “Dial M for Murder” (1954, in 3-D; $15 for this screening); “Secret Agent” (1936) and “Young and Innocent” (1937), 7:30 p.m. May 9. Bicycle double feature: “A Sunday in Hell” (1977) and “Breaking Away” (1979), 8 p.m. May 3. “Trashed” (2012, documentary), 7:30 p.m. May 6 (followed by a panel discussion on recycling). Most tickets $11; $9 seniors and students. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 323-466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com.
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian: Humans from Earth: “Slither” (2006), 7:30 May 2. “Godzilla” (1954), 7:30 p.m. May 3. “Spaceballs” (1987), 7:30 p.m. May 4. The Modern School of Film's Film-Masters: “Manhunter” (1986), 7:30 p.m. May 6 ($15); “Withnail & I” (1987), 7:30 p.m. May 7 ($15). 75 Years of Batman: “Batman” (1966) and “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” (1993), 7:30 p.m. May 9. Most tickets $11; $9 seniors and students. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com.
Film at Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema: “Camouflage” (1977), 7:30 and “The Constant Factor” (1980), 9:30 p.m. May 2 ($5 each); “Ashes and Diamonds” (1958), 7:30, and “Night Train” (1959), 9:25 p.m. May 9 ($5 each). “Too Much Johnson” (1938), 7:30 p.m. May 3 ($5). Tuesday Matinee Series: “Journey Into Fear” (1942), 1 p.m. May 6 ($4; $2 seniors). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. www.lacma.org.
New Beverly Cinema: “The Swimmer” (1969), 7:30 p.m. May 2-3. “Corruption” (1968), 9:25 p.m. May 2-3. “Explorers” (1985), 11:59 p.m. May 3. Tickets $8; $6 seniors over 62 and children under age 12. 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-938-4038. www.newbevcinema.com.
UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater: Iranian Cinema: “I Hate the Dawn” (2013), 7:30 p.m. May 2 (director-writer Ali Karim is scheduled to attend); “Parviz” (2013), 7:30 p.m. May 9. Tribute to Robert Altman: “Ready to Wear” (1994), 3 p.m., and “The Wedlock” (2013), 7:30 p.m. May 3 (Sally Kellerman and Rouhollah Hejazi are scheduled to attend, respectively); “Selected Industrial Films from The Calvin Company” (1950s, directed/written by Altman), 7 p.m. May 4. “Charlotte's Web” (1973), 11 a.m. May 4 (free). Tickets $10. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-206-8013. www.cinema.ucla.edu.
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Movies include animation, live action and shorts. Movies begin noon May 3-4 and May 10-11. Check website for minimum age for individual blocks of films. Tickets $5. 631 W. Second St. (inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex), Los Angeles. 213-237-2800. www.redcat.org.
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: Movies include documentaries, features and shorts, May 3-8. “Szyk” (2013, short) and “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent” (2013, documentary), 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. “Cupcakes” (2013), 8 p.m. May 3 at Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. “Roman Kosher” (2014, documentary) and “The Sturgeon Queens” (2013, documentary), 8 p.m. May 3 at Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Screenings begin 11 a.m. May 4 and other times Monday-Thursday. Check website for schedule and venues. Most tickets $12. 800-838-3006 (for tickets). www.lajfilmfest.org.
Film at the Skirball Cultural Center: Hollywood Biopics Under the Hays Code: “The Story of Louis Pasteur” (1936), 1:30 p.m. May 6. Free with center's admission: $10; $7 seniors. Upcoming: “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937), May 13. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. www.skirball.org.
Film at Goethe-Institut Los Angeles: Soccer Still Rules! series: “FC Venus — Women With Balls” (2006), 7 p.m. May 7. In German with English subtitles. Free. Upcoming: “Football Undercover” (2006-8), May 14. 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-525-3388. www.goethe.de/ins/us/los/ver/en12550696v.htm
Film at Cal State Northridge: Satyajit Ray Retrospective: “The Stranger” (1984), 7 p.m. May 8. Free. Use parking lots B1-3 ($6). Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3192. www.csun.edu.
Film Festival Flix: A film festival experience with red carpet, screening, film discussion and reception. “Please Do Not Disturb” (2010, Iran), 7:30 p.m. May 8. Red carpet photo and cocktails at Michael Roud Photography Studio, 11223 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 6 p.m.; conversation with filmmakers, 9:15 p.m. followed by reception at Eclectic Wine Bar and Grill, 5156 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Tickets $15.76. Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. www.filmfestivalflix.com.
The Found Footage Festival: Humorous clips from vintage VHS videotapes, 9 p.m. May 8-9. Minimum age 18. Tickets $13. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. www.foundfootagefest.com.
Send film listings at least two weeks in advance to Holly.Andres@langnews.com; fax 818-713-0058; Movie Screenings, Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 818-713-3708.INLAND EMPIRE
Like Father, Like Son: A story of a family that discovers their son, age 6, is not theirs due to a hospital mix-up. A jury prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. 7 p.m. May 2, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 3, tickets $8-$9.99, UCR Arts Block, 3824 Main St., Riverside, 909-827-4787.
Water & Power: A film presented by Edward J. Olmos that tells the tale of twin brothers nicknamed Water and Power by their hard-working father who was an irrigation field man for the famed Department of Water & Power of Los Angeles, 2:45, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55 and 10:20 p.m. May 2 and 10:30 a.m. May 3, tickets $7-$12, AMC Ontario Mills 30, 4549 Mills Circle, Ontario.
The Invisible Woman: Directed by Ralph Fiennes, the movie covers the life of Charles Dickens last 13 years that was led behind the scenes of the literary world and its faux gentility. 7 p.m. May 6 and 2:30 p.m. May 8, tickets $8-$12, Krikorian Redlands Cinema, 340 N. Eureka St., Redlands, 909-792-7909.
The Lunchbox: Directed by Ratesh Batra, the film is a story of a middle class housewife trying to add spice to her marriage through her cooking. 8:20 p.m. May 2, tickets $8-$11, Laemele Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St., Claremont, 909-621-5500, www.laemmle.com.
Elaine.Lehman@langnews.comPASADENA, SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AND WHITTIER
Mars Attacks: Directed by Tim Burton, the 1996 film stars Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan and Glenn Close for “Flashback Tuesdays,” 7:30 p.m. May 6, $6. Regency Foothill Cinema, 854 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. 626-334-6007.
World War I: From 1930, the film won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. Introduction by Phillip Dye of the Great War Historical Society, screens at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Whittier Central Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave., Whittier. Pick up a free ticket at Central or Whittwood Branch Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes.
The New Black: Documentary discusses how the African American community explores gay rights issue. 7 p.m. May 6. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Free. 562-985-7000, www.carpenterarts.org.
Strike Me Pink: A 1936 comedy featuring Eddie Cantor Ethel Merman, about an amusement park employee who is forced to defend himself against a gang of hoodlums. Local residents will enjoy the fact that the climax of the film, which involves a wild chase over a roller coaster in a hot-air balloon, is filmed at The Pike in Long Beach. The screening is preceded by music played on the pipe organ, audience sing along and a comedy short. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. 8:15 p.m. May 2; 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. May 3; 2:30 p.m. May 4. $10/$8, cash or check only. 310-322-2592, www.oldtownmusichall.org.