The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will spend the summer casting a look back to the American cinema of the early sound era. The 1933 Film Series will kick off July 9 with a double bill of that year’s Oscar best picture “Cavalcade” and the Ernst Lubitsch directed comedy “Design for Living.” Both films are based on material by Noel Coward. The 32-film program concludes Aug. 28 with the Marx Bros. in “Duck Soup” and W.C. Fields in “International House.” The program also includes “42nd Street” and “Footlight Parade,””King Kong,””Bombshell” with Jean Harlow, “Wild Boys of the Road” and John Barrymore in “Topaze.”

Artists Confronting AIDS, in association with Highways Performance Space, will produce Charles Ludlam’s “Camille,” to open Halloween weekend. The parody will star Michael Kearns in the title role; it’s set to run four weeks, the longest run in Highways’ history.

Patrick Doyle has been inked as composer of Castle Rock Entertainment’s “Needful Things,” directed by Fraser C. Heston and starring Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia and Amanda Plummer. Doyle’s previous credits include the scores for “Indochine” and a trio of movies from director Kenneth Branagh: “Henry V,””Dead Again” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Joanne Halpern has ankled her post at Judy Schoen & Associates to open her own theatrical agency, Halpern & Associates. Halpern previously co-owned a theatrical agency with Josh Schiowitz for several years and before that worked as an agent with Oppenheim/Christie and Don Buchwald in New York City for 11 years. Working with Halpern are associates Nancy Schmidt from Camden Artists and Scott Wilson from the Gage Group and Wilson Management Group.

TNT will air the four-hour miniseries “The Sound and the Silence,” a portrait of Alexander Graham Bell, July 18-19, with Marlee Matlin as host. The production stars Brenda Fricker, John Bach and Ian Bannen.

Rita Rudner will entertain at the Video Software Dealers Assn. Homer Awards banquet, set for July 14 in Las Vegas. The event is part of the closing night of the org’s 12th annual convention.