Movies We Love and the SCA Network Present: KISS KISS, BANG BANG
November 21, 2019, 7:30 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Movies We Love, the SCA Network, and Warner Bros., invite you and a guest to attend a special retrospective screening of
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
Written and Directed by Shane Black
Produced by Joel Silver
Executive Produced by SCA Alumna Susan Downey
Followed by a Q&A with Shane Black,
Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Joel Silver
Moderated by SCA Alumnus Tim Dowling
7:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 21st, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO MEMBERS OF THE "SCA NETWORK". RSVPs REQUIRED THROUGH SCA COMMUNITY.
A networking mixer (separate RSVP required) will be held EXCLUSIVELY FOR SCA NETWORK MEMBERS prior to the screening, in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Courtyard (Main SCA Courtyard).
The mixer will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Network members must make reservations for both the mixer and the screening. Wristbands will be required for entry.
About Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a breezy take on writer-director Shane Black's trademark buddy action/comedy oeuvre, a petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who has been training him for his upcoming role.
Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated R. Running time: 103 minutes.
About the Guests
SHANE BLACK (Writer, Director)
Bio coming soon.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Actor - "Harry Lockhart")
Robert Downey Jr. is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner best known for his performance in the title role of the blockbuster franchise “Iron Man.” In the summer of 2008, under the direction of Jon Favreau, Downey received praise from critics and audiences for his performance of the now iconic Marvel Comics’ superhero. He went on to reprise his role in the record-breaking films “Iron Man 2,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Avengers,” “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and most recently, “Avengers: Endgame.” The film, which saw Downey Jr. star in his iconic role as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the final run, was an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making that spanned the entire all-star cast of the MCU. It currently holds the record of the highest grossing film of all time, garnering more than $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office.
Downey Jr. is in various stages of development on several anticipated feature projects including Universal’s “Dolittle,” which is in post-production and set to release this January. The film is a reinvention of the world author Hugo Lofting first imagined in his series of children’s books almost 100 years ago. Team Downey, the production company Downey Jr. started with his wife, Susan, is producing and Downey Jr. will star in the title role, transforming a character into an icon. The anticipated global new franchise built from pure imagination will feature the impressive cast of: Antonio Banderas, Craig Robinson, Emma Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Marion Cotillard, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez and Tom Holland, among others.
Additionally, Downey Jr. and Team Downey are producing the adaptation of the Paul Tremblay thriller novel, “A Head Full of Ghosts,” with Osgood Perkins attached to direct and write. Simultaneously, he and Team Downey will produce Annapurna Pictures’ untitled feature based on Gimlet Media’s “Reply All” podcast episode “Man of the People,” which tells the true story of charlatan Dr. John Brinkley who scams his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine, populism and the newest technology of the time: radio.
On the television side, Downey Jr. is executive producing HBO’s “Perry Mason” starring Matthew Rhys, with episodes directed by Tim Van Patten and Deniz Gamze Ergüven; written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald. The limited series, which is gearing up for a summer 2020 premiere, is a take on the classic unorthodox investigator/defense attorney character created by Erle Stanley Gardner. He is also in post-production on the pilot “Sweet Tooth” for Warner Bros. TV and an eight-episode docuseries entitled “Age of AI” for YouTube Originals. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way people live and work, both now and in the future. Downey Jr. will executive produce alongside Team Downey and Sonar Entertainment, in partnership with Network Entertainment’s, Derik Murray and Paul Gertz.
Previously, Downey Jr. earned a Golden Globe Award for his performance as the lead role in the action adventure “Sherlock Holmes.” The film brought in more than $524 million at the global box office and was followed by the equally prosperous sequel, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which earned more than $545 million worldwide. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Ben Stiller’s 2008 comedy hit “Tropic Thunder.” His performance as Kirk Lazarus also brought him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations. In 1992, Downey Jr. was honored with his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed biopic “Chaplin,” for which he also received a Golden Globe Award nomination, in addition to garnering him a BAFTA Award and a London Film Critics’ Award.
In 2014, Downey Jr. was seen in the culinary inspired film “Chef” directed by Jon Favreau, which won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. That year, Downey Jr. also starred in and executive produced “The Judge,” featuring Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton, under the Team Downey banner.
Downey Jr.’s other recent films include “Due Date,” alongside Zach Galifianakis for director Todd Phillips; Joe Wright’s “The Soloist,” opposite Jamie Foxx; David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal; “A Scanner Darkly,” with Keanu Reeves directed by Richard Linklater; “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus,” opposite Nicole Kidman for director Steven Shainberg; and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” alongside Val Kilmer for director Shane Black. He also shared a SAG Award nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of George Clooney’s true-life drama “Good Night, And Good Luck” and a Special Jury Prize won by the ensemble cast of “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was presented at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Downey Jr.’s long list of film credits also include: “Gothika,” “The Singing Detective,” “Wonder Boys,” “U.S. Marshals,” “One Night Stand,” “Home For The Holidays,” “Richard III,” “Natural Born Killers,” “The Gingerbread Man,” “Short Cuts,” “Heart And Souls,” “Soapdish,” “Air America,” “Chances Are,” “True Believer,” “Less Than Zero,” “Weird Science,” “Firstborn,” “Only You” and “Pound,” which he made his acting debut under the direction of Robert Downey Sr.
On the small screen, Downey Jr. made his primetime debut in 2001 when he joined the cast of the series “Ally McBeal.” For his work on the show, he won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television” and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.” In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.”
SUSAN DOWNEY (Executive Producer, SCA Alumna)
Susan Downey is a prolific film producer who has collaborated with some of the industry’s most renowned talents on a diverse list of films, encompassing action adventures, dramas, comedies and horror thrillers. She is a partner in Team Downey, the production company she formed with her husband Robert Downey Jr.
Under her Team Downey banner, Downey is in post-production on Universal’s “Dolittle,” which is set to release this January. The film is based off the 1920’s children’s books by Hugh Lofting and will feature an all-star cast with Downey Jr. as the title character, alongside Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas and Selena Gomez, among others. Downey is also in various stages of development on several anticipated feature projects including the adaptation of the Paul Tremblay thriller novel, “A Head Full of Ghosts,” with Osgood Perkins attached to write and direct. Simultaneously, she and Team Downey have partnered with Annapurna Pictures on an untitled feature based on Gimlet Media’s “Reply All” podcast episode “Man of the People,” which tells the true story of charlatan Dr. John Brinkley who scams his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine, populism and the newest technology of the time: radio. Richard Linklater will write and direct the film.
On the television side, Downey is executive producing HBO’s “Perry Mason,” starring Matthew Rhys, with episodes directed by Tim Van Patten and Deniz Gamze Ergüven; written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald. The limited series, which is gearing up for a summer 2020 premiere, is a take on the classic unorthodox investigator/defense attorney character created by Erle Stanley Gardner. She is also in post-production an eight-episode docuseries entitled “Age of A.I.” for YouTube Originals. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way people live and work, both now and in the future. Downey will executive produce alongside Sonar Entertainment, in partnership with Network Entertainment’s, Derik Murray and Paul Gertz. Downey is also in post-production on the pilot “Sweet Tooth” with Team Downey, Warner Bros. TV and writer/director Jim Mickle. Based on Vertigo’s acclaimed graphic novel, “Sweet Tooth” is the coming-of-age fable of Gus, a boy/deer hybrid who leaves home to find the world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a rag-tag family of hybrids and humans searching to find answers behind the event…ultimately discovering a vast conspiracy that forces him to question his very existence.
Downey previously produced Guy Ritchie’s 2009 action adventure, “Sherlock Holmes,” its 2011 sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga under the direction of David Dobkin. She also served as an executive producer on Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller “Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson; Todd Phillips’ hit comedy “Due Date,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis; and the blockbuster “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson.
Previously, Downey held the dual posts of Co-President of Dark Castle Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures. During her tenure, she produced or executive produced such diverse films as the Hughes brothers’ post-apocalyptic drama “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; the horror thriller “Orphan,” starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard; Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy “RocknRolla,” starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and Idris Elba; Neil Jordan’s psychological drama “The Brave One,” starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard; Shane Black’s critically acclaimed comedic thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer; and the horror hits “House of Wax” and “Gothika.” She earlier co-produced “Cradle 2 the Grave” and “Ghost Ship,” which marked her producing debut.
She had joined Silver Pictures in 1999, overseeing the development and production of films released under both banners, including “Thir13en Ghosts” and “Swordfish.” Prior to her tenure at Dark Castle and Silver Pictures, Downey worked on the hit films “Mortal Kombat” and “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.”
Downey is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
JOEL SILVER (Producer)
Joel Silver is one of the most prolific and successful producers in motion picture history. Through his Silver Pictures banner, he has produced more than 70 files, including hits like NON-STOP, starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore; the dark comedy PROJECT X; UNKNOWN, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Liam Neeson; THE BOOK OF ELI, starring Denzel Washington; and the SHERLOCK HOLMES features, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. He also produced the groundbreaking THE MATRIX trilogy, the blockbuster four-part LETHAL WEAPON franchise, and the seminal action films DIE HARD and PREDATOR. To date, Silver’s catalog of films has earned more than $14 billion in worldwide revenue from all sources.
Among Silver’s most recent projects are SUPERFLY, a remake of the 1970s classic from Director X starring Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, and Andrea Londo; the George Clooney helmed dark-comedy SUBURBICON based on a script from Joel and Ethan Coen, and featuring an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac, and the detective comedy THE NICE GUYS, which was directed by Shane Black and starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Silver’s work on THE MATRIX trilogy redefined how Hollywood made and marketed franchise films. His 1999 production THE MATRIX grossed more than $456 million globally, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the studio’s history at that time. Universally acclaimed for its innovative storytelling and visuals, “The Matrix” won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects. The first DVD release to sell one million units, “The Matrix” was instrumental in powering the initial sale of consumer DVD machines. The second installment of the epic “Matrix” trilogy, “The Matrix Reloaded,” earned more than $740 million at the worldwide box office, making it, then, the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. The opening weekend box office receipts for “The Matrix Revolutions,” the final chapter in the trilogy, totaled a staggering $203 million worldwide. The date, “The Matrix” franchise has grossed $3 billion in total revenue worldwide.
Silver later produced the critically acclaimed “RocknRolla,” starring Gerard Butler, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy, and directed by Guy Ritchie; the action thriller “V for Vendetta,” based on the popular graphic novel and starring Natalie Portman; and the action comedy thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” written and directed by frequent collaborator Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan. He also produced “Gothika,” starring Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr.; “Romeo Must Die,” starring Jet Li and Aaliyah; “Exit Wounds,” starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and “Swordfish,” starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.
Silver began his career as an associate producer on “The Warriors,” and then produced a string of commercially successful, iconic films in the 1980s, including “48 Hrs.,” “Streets of Fire,” “Brewster’s Millions,” “Commando,” “Roadhouse” and “Weird Science.”
Before staring his producing career, as a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, Silver and a group of his friends developed a game called Ultimate Frisbee. The fast-moving team sport has since become a global phenomenon supported by tournaments in 50 countries. In 2005, Silver and his fellow “Founders” were inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame by its governing body, USA Ultimate. In recent years, the sport has moved closer to being accepted into Olympic competition and, in August 2015, was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator, SCA Alumnus)
Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch, Fade In Magazine’s Top 100 People In Hollywood and had two scripts listed on the prestigious Black List. He co-wrote the award winning short film: George Lucas in Love, which is still the best selling short film of all time. He has since co-written the feature films: Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Office Christmas Party and Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus. Role Models was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy of the Year in 2008 and Just Go With It was the most rented Red Box movie in America and in the world in 2011. Timothy also wrote the forthcoming Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro and the Disney action comedy Dashing Through the Snow starring Kevin Hart. And recently sold an original romantic comedy super hero film OMEGA GIRL FALLS IN LOVE to Netflix. Timothy is on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in 2012 proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name. He has since donated a bathroom stall in the Lucas Building and a urinal in the Norris Theatre. His mother is very proud.
About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors
One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.
One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.
So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.
It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.
Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,
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