MoviesTO Presents: CASABLANCA (1942)

February 12, 2016, 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

MoviesTO (Movies Totally Obsessed), The USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Warner Bros. Pictures, invite you and a guest to a special INTERACTIVE "Second Screen" presentation of

Casablanca (1942) - Hosted by Leonard Maltin

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein & Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
7:00 - 10:00 P.M. on Friday, February 12th, 2016

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay
Join in as MoviesTO (Movies Totally Obsessed) launches their brand new movie apps designed to heighten your movie watching experience to a whole new level. MoviesTO will be presenting Leonard Maltin’s all-time favorite film Casablanca (1942) on the big screen as you learn how to engage in their exciting new movie apps that give an entirely new meaning to the phrase "second screen experience!"

In order to attend, you must bring an Android or iPhone/iPad to the screening. At the event, you will be shown how to download and interact with the MoviesTO app.

MovieTO will have reps at the theater beginning at 6:00pm to assist with downloading the app. Because this interactive event requires the use of an app, we will be there to assist anyone with downloading/answer questions. We will begin the show at 7:00pm with a brief talk about MoviesTO, then Leonard Maltin will introduce the film.

Every person who attends and completes the feedback survey about the MoviesTO App experience will be compensated ($10 - $30 depending on the level of feedback received).

After you have submitted your feedback, stay and speak to MoviesTO associates. There are immediate part-time and full-time paid positions for people who love to write about movies.

About Casablanca (1942), synopsis and review by Leonard Maltin

In the midst of World War Two, the North African city of Casablanca is a focal point for would-be emigres, riffraff, refugees from justice, and an American expatriate named Rick (Humphrey Bogart) who runs a popular nightclub and casino. He's running away from something, or someone, and to his surprise she turns up one night: Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the companion of a freedom fighter (Paul Henreid). He hopes to continue his work, if he can only get his hands on the all-important exit papers that will enable him to leave the city without being detained by the Germans. Guess who is holding a pair of exit papers?

Casablanca is my idea of a perfect movie. I was lucky enough to see it for the first time when I was young and impressionable, in a theater with an audience, which made it all the more enjoyable. It's often taught as a "model" screenplay and it's easy to see why. It has everything going for it: topicality, romance, suspense, humor, and a point of view. The screenplay by Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch is impeccable, as is Michael Curtiz's dynamic direction. The film is also impeccably well cast, from the stars down to the tiniest bit part: every single person who speaks a line or gets a close-up is colorful and interesting.

Rights provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG. Running time: 102 minutes.

About Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on Reelz Channel and Turner Classic Movies, and hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies with Baron Vaughn for the Earwolf network. His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, is a voting member of the National Film Registry, and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series and has appeared on innumerable television programs and documentaries. He is the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, George Eastman House, Anthology Film Archives, and San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?) He holds court at Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago