Thrills, chills and 'Blair Witch' talk

"The Blair Witch Project," the low-budget, box-office sensation of 1999, celebrates its 10th anniversary tonight at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre.

Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams star in the pseudo-documentary-style chiller about three college students who venture into the woods outside Burkittsville, Md., to chronicle the forest's Blair Witch legend. After the screening, there will be a discussion with directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, producers Gregg Hale, Mike Monello and Robin Cowie, star Donahue and other cast members.

On Sunday, the Egyptian will explore the final frontier with a 25th anniversary screening of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," which marked the directorial debut of Leonard Nimoy. It is paired with the final entry with the original "Trek" cast, 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."

If you're craving a little medieval torture, check out Ken Russell's highly controversial and then-X-rated 1971 "The Devils," starring Oliver Reed as a priest and Vanessa Redgrave as a hunchbacked nun. It screens Wednesday at the Egyptian with Lucio Fucli's 1969 "Beatrice Cenci."

Finally, here comes the judge -- Mike Judge, that is. The creator of the MTV phenomenon "Beavis and Butt-Head" and Fox's long-running animated series "King of the Hill" is also a live-action comedy director and writer. The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is paying tribute to Judge on Friday by showing his first live-action feature, 1999's cult comedy "Office Space" starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston, and 1996's animated "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America." On Saturday, Judge will appear in person with the sneak preview screening of his latest comedy, "Extract," starring Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck.

Singin' and dancin'

Cinespia is screening the greatest movie musical of all time, 1952's "Singin' in the Rain," on Saturday evening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Oscar-nominated Jean Hagen star in this inventive, delightful MGM extravaganza about the early days of talkies in Hollywood. Kelly and Stanley Donen also choreographed and directed the classic.

Starring early L.A.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will offer an encore presentation of its retrospective "Movies, Moguls, Monkeys and Murder Too!" on Sunday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theatre. The program features early motion pictures shot in Los Angeles between 1909 and 1914.


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