Monday March 17th 2008
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre - Hollywood
30th ANNIVERSARY RUTLES REUNION!
To celebrate this landmark occasion - the Mods & Rockers Film Festival is very proud to present the official 30th anniversary celebration of The Rutles!
Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey (Dirk, Nasty, Stig, & Barry respectively) will be the guests of honor at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on Monday March 17th 2008 for the celebrations.
There will be a screening of the original 1978 version of the film. There will also be a treasure trove of Rutles rarities that will be presented at the event including the rarely-seen 1975 British TV skit that inspired the film, Rutles-related footage from "Saturday Night Live" and highlights from the 2003 film "Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch".
The Rutles will partake in a Q&A after the film (7:30pm show) and will introduce the 10:30pm show. And the evening may also feature a couple of musical surprises!
Other key members of the Rutles production team have been invited to the event. Arranger/Orchestrator John Altman has already confirmed his attendance.
This special anniversary event is certain to be a sell-out - so early ticket purchase is advised!
7:30pm SHOW SOLD OUT!!!
SECOND SHOW ADDED - at 10:30pm
• Due to popular demand - there will be a second show at 10:30pm
Tickets are available online from Fandango.
Tickets are also available in-person at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office. (Usually open Wednesdays-Sundays - 6pm-10pm.) Click here for more box office details.
ALL YOU NEED IS CASH, 1978, Broadway Video, 70 min. Eric Idle and Neil Innes created their dead-on, affectionate spoof of the Beatles' story a full 17 years before the real Fabs made their "Anthology". The project grew out of a 1975 skit on Idle's BBC TV series "Rutland Weekend TV" for which Innes provided the music. Idle screened the segment on "Saturday Night Live" in 1976 when he was hosting the show, and producer Lorne Michaels proposed that Idle should expand the concept into a film. Idle wrote the script and co-directed with SNL's Gary Weis while Innes created the 20-tune soundtrack of what the L.A. Times described as "Beatles songs from a parallel universe". Ex-Beatle George Harrison - a big fan of Monty Python and Innes' former group the Bonzo Dog Band - was cheerleader for the film - providing rare footage from the Beatles' vault that was skillfully interwoven to provide greater authenticity to the Rutles shoestring production. The film featured cast members from both SNL & Python and cameos from rock stars Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Paul Simon and of course the Rutles' biggest fan - George Harrison. The Grammy-nominated soundtrack and the film's subsequent video release enhanced its cult following and inspired other spoofs such as "This Is Spinal Tap". The anniversary screening will be preceded by Archaeological rarities from the Rutles vaults including the original BBC skit, Rutles segments from SNL and highlights of the 2003 sequel "Can't Buy Me Lunch". There may also be some musical surprises!
Discussion following with members of The Rutles moderated by Rutles/"Archaeology" producer Martin Lewis.
RUTLEMANIA! The Tribute Concert.
A series of semi-spectacular shows in March
Generously Supported By
The Mods & Rockers Film Festival was launched in 1999 and has grown to become America's largest annual festival of rock-culture films. Over 300 films have been screened since 1999 - including many premieres and lost treasures. In addition to the annual summer festival - the festival present occasional special events during the year. The festival is produced and hosted by its co-founder Martin Lewis.
The festival has always attracted major celebrities who appear as special guests to discuss films with which they have been associated. Guests who have made in-person appearances since 1999 include:
Musicians, Composers & Actors
Eric Burdon • Grace Slick • Donovan • Roger Daltrey • Michelle Phillips • Micky Dolenz • Spencer Davis • Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) • Keith Emerson (ELP) • Solomon Burke • Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) • Andy Summers • Denny Laine • Peter Noone • Nancy Sinatra • Rod McKuen • Barry McGuire • Olivia Newton-John • Lynn Redgrave • Michael York • Judy Geeson • Eleanor Bron • Michael Des Barres • Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller • Bill Nighy • Strawberry Alarm Clock • Peter Asher • Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) • Lawrence Juber (Wings) • Jamie Farr • The Comets • Neal Hefti • Leigh Taylor-Young • Lee Meriwether • Pat Quinn • Justin Henry
Directors, Producers & Writers
Michael Lindsay-Hogg • Barbet Schroeder • Jeff Stein • Walter Shenson • Roger Corman • Dick Clemennt • Russ Meyer • Jay Roach • Paul Mazursky • Joe Massot • Murray Lerner • Val Guest • Dick Clement & Ian LaFrenais • Jerzy Skolimowski • Jim McBride • Allan Arkush • D.A. Pennebaker • Tony Palmer
The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported, cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation on the big screen of the Moving Picture in all its forms. It is widely regarded as the premier organization of its kind in America. The American Cinematheque was founded in 1981 - and it presents festivals and retrospectives that screen the best of worldwide cinema, video and television from the past and present - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. The Cinematheque's festivals and programs are presented at its two permanent homes in Los Angeles: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (first opened in 1922) and The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (first opened in 1940).