You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

UCLA auditorium named for Bridges

Winger, Lansbury, Larson to attend rechristening

An auditorium named after the late director/writer James Bridges will be dedicated Thursday on UCLA’s Westwood campus.

At the event, Debra Winger — who starred in the Bridges-helmed “Urban Cowboy” (1980) and “Mike’s Murder” (1984) — will discuss her work with him.

Also slated to attend the dedication are Angela Lansbury and Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen in the 1950’s TV series “Superman” and co-produced a number of Bridges’ films. The event will conclude with a screening of “Mike’s Murder.”

Generous donation

The 270-seat theater, previously named after William Melnitz, a founding faculty member of the School of Theater, Film & Television, was rechristened after the Bridges-Larson Foundation gave $500,000 toward renovation of the building in 1997.

The donation attracted additional support for the project from the Cecil B. deMille Foundation, Everett Kovler, and the Blum-Kovler Foundation.

Bridges, who was 63 when he died in 1993, was an actor as well as a director and screenwriter, scripting all the features he directed. After his debut, “The Baby Maker” (1970), Bridges went on to create a series of unique, often controversial films, such as “The Paper Chase” (1973) and the television series of the same name; “September 30, 1955” (1977), which referred to the day James Dean died; “The China Syndrome” (1979); “Perfect” (1985); and “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988).

After Bridges’ death, the foundation — set up by Larson, a producer, writer and actor — established the James Bridges Award in Film Directing, which recognizes the UCLA film graduate student who best embodies the integration of film with the techniques of theater. The $25,000 award is given every year.

More Film

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

    Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas. James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — [...]

  • Mortal Engines

    'Mortal Engines' to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

    “Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop. With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” [...]

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content