Jules Verne Festival this weekend in downtown Los Angeles


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The Jules Verne Festival kicks off this weekend in downtown L.A. with classic movie screenings, some intriguing documentaries and several events that have guests and themes that will certainly appeal to the Hero Complex audience. You can check out the extensive (and inexpensive!) programming at the official website but here are a few scheduled events that jumped out at me.

Disney fans will be excited about a Friday 7 p.m. screening of ‘Fantasia 2000’ but even better is the Saturday afternoon bill with its two grand classics of science fiction cinema: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (1951) at 1 p.m. and ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956) at 3 p.m. All screenings at the Edison.


Alfred Gough (‘Smallville’) will be on hand for a special screening of Richard Donner’s ‘Superman’ and his re-edited version of its sequel, which is called ‘Superman II: The Donner Cut’ and well worth seeing if you are a fan of the Last Son of Krypton. Saturday 8 p.m., Imaginasian Center.

Adama himself,Edward James Olmos, will be a special guest at a tribute to Ron Moore, the creative force behind ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ the soon-to-be-concluded series on Sci Fi. Saturday, 7 p.m., The Edison.

Linda Harrison, who played Nova in the 1968 film ‘Planet of the Apes,’ will be on hand for a special program entitled ‘Planet of the Apes: 40 Years of Evolution.’ Sunday night, 6:45 p.m., The Edison. (There will also be a screening of the startling simian classic at the Imaginasian at 7 that night.)

-- Geoff Boucher

2008 photo of Edward James Olmos by Gus Ruelas/Associated Press. ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ image from the Hulton Archive via Getty Images. ‘Superman’ photo courtesy of Warner Bros. ‘Planet of the Apes’ courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.