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What to watch in Cleveland this weekend: June 6-8

Willem Dafoe will be in attendance for a screening of his 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire at Cinematheque on Saturday evening
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A round-up of film-related happenings in the Cleveland area for June 6-8


* Not only is the Jazz Film Fest underway at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque right now, but it's also Willem Dafoe Weekend! And Willem himself will be at Cinematheque on Saturday evening to answer questions after a screening of his 2000 film, "Shadow of a Vampire." But, more on that later.

At 5:15 pm, Cinematheque will be showing "John Hubley: A Centennial Salute," as part of their Jazz Film Series. John Hubley was an American animator who worked for Disney in the '30s and '40s and then went on to work for United Productions of America where he created Mr. Magoo, and eventually ended up forming his own animation company with his wife Faith. While working at his own company, he won three Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Subject. Cinematheque's program will include these three award-winning works, as well as five other of Hubley's films, most of which are accompanied by jazz scores. Additional showtime at 5:00 pm. on Saturday. For more information, click here.

At 7:00 pm, Cinematheque will be showing Oliver Stone's classic 1986 film, "Platoon," as part of their Willem Dafoe Weekend. Dafoe earned his first Oscar nomination for his role in this drama set during the Vietnam War. Film also stars Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp.

Also as part of their Willem Dafoe Weekend, Cinematheque will be screening the unreleased-in-the-US 2007 comedy "Go Go Tales," directed by Abel Ferrara and inspired by the John Cassavetes film, "Killing of a Chinese Bookie." The film centers on a struggling Manhattan go-go dancing club owned by Dafoe's character. Also stars Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine, and Asia Argento. Screening at 9:20 pm. For more information, click here.

* Capitol Theatre will be screening the 2014 comedy "Chef," written and directed by, and also starring Jon Favreau, at 9:40 pm. Favreau plays Carl Casper, a chef who loses his job and decides to open a food truck in order to take back his creative license and to bring his family closer together. This film boasts an impressive cast which includes Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, and Amy Sedaris. Additional showtimes include 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:40 pm on Sat & Sun.


* Willem Dafoe Weekend at Cinematheque continues with a 7:00 pm screening of the 2000 film "Shadow of the Vampire," which earned Dafoe his second Oscar nomination. Willem Dafoe will be in attendance and will participate in a special Q&A session after the screening.

"Shadow of the Vampire" is a fictional story about the making of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent horror classic "Nosferatu," in which Dafoe's character, Max Schreck, takes his starring role too seriously and begins terrorizing everyone on set. Also stars John Malkovich as director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. For ticket information, click here.

* Cedar Lee Theatre will be showing the 2013 film "Palo Alto," starring James Franco and Emma Roberts. The directorial debut of Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola, "Palo Alto" follows high school virgin April (Roberts) as she enters into a dangerous flirtation with her soccer coach, Mr. B (Franco). Showing is at 9:50 pm. For more information and tickets, click here.


* Capitol Theatre will be showing Henry IV Part 1, from the Royal Shakespeare Company, at 11:00 am. Performed at historic Stratford-upon-Avon, Henry IV Part 1 stars Anthony Sher, Jasper Britton, and Alex Hassell. For more information and tickets, click here.

New theatrical releases for this weekend:

The Fault in Our Stars {PG-13} Drama, Romance 125 minutes. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.

Edge of Tomorrow {PG-13} Action, Sci-Fi 113 min. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt find themselves at war with an alien race.

Ping Pong Summer Comedy 92 min. Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Susan Sarandon, and Amy Sedaris star in a story about a family vacation in the summer of 1985 and a boy obsessed with ping pong.

Obvious Child {R} Comedy, Romance 83 min. Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, and Gaby Hoffman star in a story about a twenty-something comedienne who finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand.

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