George Pal produced and sometimes directed some of the great science fiction films of the 1950 and 1960s - films that defined the genre and inspired later filmmakers like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Joe Dante. On Wednesday August 27 at 7:30pm in Samuel L. Goldwyn theatre in Beverly Hills, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will offer a tribute entitled "George Pal: Discovering the Fantastic," which will include a panel discussion featuring several people who worked with Pal, including actros Barbara Eden (THE SEVEN FACES OF DR. LAO), Ann Robinson (WAR OF THE WORLDS), Russ Tamblyn, and Alan Young (THE TIME MACHINE).
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS will be screened, along with several of Pal's short stop-motion "Puppetoons."
Tickets are $5 for general audiences, $3 for Academy members. The theatre is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California 90211. Telephone 310) 247-3000.
The Los Angeles Times has an article about the event, including interviews from some of the people who will be involved.