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2020 marks 35 years since Paul Reuben’s classic, quirky sensation Pee-wee’s Big Adventure hit theaters. A critical and financial triumph at the box office, the 1985 comedy, starring and co-written by Reubens grossed over $40M domestically and made Pee-wee Herman a household name. The movie marked the feature film directorial debut of Tim Burton and the first major studio film for composer Danny Elfman, beginning the now legendary filmmaking duo’s partnership which has resulted in 16 films over the last three decades. The movie is a timeless classic that continues to entertain and enthrall generations of fans to this day.... READ ON

(SHIP BOTTOM, NJ) -- Lighthouse International Film Festival presents a screening of Wild Rose at The Arlington Bar and Restaurant in Ship Bottom on Friday December 13th at 7:00pm. The film involves a young woman aspiring to be a country singer might seem to be a familiar premise ( A Star is Born anyone?). But the Wild Rose title character is Scottish and she isn't just someone with a dream.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) --  New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 7:30pm. This is the ultimate event for fans of The Princess Bride. See the iconic film on the big screen, followed by a moderated conversation with actor Cary Elwes (the heroic Westley, of course!). ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has announced the launch of the Mark Urman Award Fund, in honor of the late film distributor Mark Urman. The Fund has been established with Mark’s wife Deborah Davis and the family and close friends of the Urman family to fund a cash prize for the Montclair Film Festival’s Mark Urman Award For Fiction Filmmaking, offering direct financial support to the winning filmmaker of the annual Montclair Film Festival’s Future/Now Competition, a juried competition of five films made by first and second time American Independent filmmakers. ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in concert February 7–9 and April 17–19, respectively. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie more than 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents a screening of"This Is Spinal Tap" on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:00pm in Prudential Hall followed by a Q&A with Rob Reiner. Celebrate the 35th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap, the cult film that launched the mockumentary genre and the careers of some of the smartest names in comedy: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer.  Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) --  The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Concert, the second to last film in the Harry Potter series. On May 30, 2020 at 7:30pm, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform Alexandre Desplat’s incredible score live from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Center for the Arts is accepting submissions for its Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, with the mission to locate, showcase and recognize student filmmakers from 7th grade all the way through college. The submission deadline is March 1, 2020.... READ ON

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