Orange County movie fans can look forward to another great summer of free and fun films at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as Movie Mondays returns for its eighth season on the Arts Plaza. Movie Mondays 2014 kicks off with the heartwarming 1935 classic The Little Colonel, starring Shirley Temple. Next up is the 1990 London jet set musical, Spice World, starring Scary, Sporty, Posh, Baby and Ginger Spice. Then it is off to turn-of-the-20th century Paris with the Academy Award®-winning musical Gigi, directed by Vincente Minnelli and featuring some of the most memorable Lerner & Loewe tunes. Continuing with the winner of this year's Audience Favorite Fan Poll, Cabaret, starring Oscar winners Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Shirley MacLaine as the eternal optimist in Sweet Charity wraps up the summer film series. Center audiences will have a chance to see MacLaine live when she makes her Center debut on September 20 in her one-woman show.
The annual alfresco Movie Mondays is held on the Center's Arts Plaza and everyone's invite to bring your beach chairs, snacks and picnic dinners to enjoy movie classics as well as a selection of the best animated short films from this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, to be shown prior to each week's main feature. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). If you don't have time to put together a picnic basket, there will be food trucks on hand to serve dinners.
Contests, such as trivia games and dance contests, will be held prior to each screening and are open to all movie-goers. Prizes such as show tickets, apparel, CD/DVDs and other fun items will be awarded to winners.
July 7 - The Little Colonel. Set immediately after The Civil War, Shirley Temple stars in this family comedy - drama as the spirited granddaughter who tries to mend the estranged relationship between her cantankerous grandfather (Lionel Barrymore) and dismayed mother (Evelyn Venable). The classic film features the famous stair-case dance duet between Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. NR (children's classic), 1935, 80 minutes. Family friendly
July 14 - Spice World. Bob Spiers (director of TV's Absolutely Fabulous) directed this feature-film debut of the five Spice Girls - Posh Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, Ginger Spice, and Baby Spice - as the quintet challenges the London pop scene during five days before their first live performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photojournalists follow as they travel from press conferences to practice sessions to photo ops, passing London landmarks in the comfort of their cavernous Spicebus and emerging in a musical cascade of color, trendy clothes and blinding flashbulbs. Filmed in 43 days, the movie features cameos by everyone from Elton John and Elvis Costello, to Stephen Fry and Bob Hoskins. Rated PG, 1997, 90 minutes
July 21 - Gigi. Leslie Caron is Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of the wealthy, handsome young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More," and his matchless duet with Gingold, "I Remember it Well." Filmed on location in Paris, Gigi won several Oscars, including Best Picture. Rated G, 1958, 116 minutes
July 28 - Cabaret. (Winner of this year's Audience Favorite Fan Poll!) Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey and Fosse. Rated PG, 1972, 128 minutes Adult themes; not for children
August 4 - Sweet Charity. Young Shirley MacLaine plays Charity Hope Valentine who, despite her job at a seedy dime-a- dance joint and topsy-turvy romantic entanglements, is an incurable optimist. Charity is able continually to pick herself up and live "Hopefully Ever After." Sweet Charity was adapted from the 1965 Broadway musical of the same name. Rated G, 1969, 157 minutes