ANTHONY PERKINS, who as hotel proprietor Norman Bates in the 1960 film Psycho made us afraid to shower, will introduce Psycho III at the Uptown Theater on Monday evening at 7:30. No tickets will be sold to this special screening, but radio station WAVA (105.1 FM) will give away more than 500 tickets to listeners through Monday morning. Also on the giveaway list are shower radios, Bates Hotel key chains and, of course, shower caps. The Universal Pictures release opens July 2, just about the time you thought it was safe to shower again. Also on Monday evening, FM radio station DC 101 and Roth Theaters will screen Rodney Dangerfield's new comedy, Back to School. Montgomery Blair High student Andy Rendo, graduating Sunday, last week won the station's contest to bring 101 guests with him to a pre-screening "reunion." DC 101 will give away another 250 passes to listeners over the weekend. The party begins at 7, the movie at 8. "Back to School" opens June 13.
Washingtonians Randi Barros and Susan Bridgers, who last year formed Backbeat Productions, hope to raise enough money in the coming weeks to produce a 15-minute trailer that will be used to attract investors for their first feature-length film called Gordon. On Saturday evening beginning at 8, Michael Reidy and the Intentions, along with Boston-based country-punk Circle Sky will perform a benefit concert at the Zenith Gallery, 1441 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Backbeat will hold another fundraiser on June 19 with two bands, Mourning Glories and The Forgotten, at D.C. Space.
The screenplay, written by Washington-based wire service reporter Rob Cwiklik, is an "original modern comedy" about "a young boy's development in this age of personalized mass media." Trailer production is scheduled to begin by month's end. The film will be shot in Washington using local talent, according to Bridgers. For details, call 483-8609.
After almost 18 months of production work, General Cinema Theaters, one of the nation's largest chains with nearly 1,300 screens, debuts its new identification trailers on Friday. These clips, which run less than a minute, are shown before the movies to introduce the theater company and explain house rules. The trailers also are designed to encourage a trip to the candy counter, where a considerable portion of theater profit is made. The Massachusetts-based company hired George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, a seven-time Oscar winner for special effects, to produce a flying candy sequence.
The company is "trying to put a little magic into movie going and raise the corporate identity," says David McGrew, who manages General Cinema's Jenifer I and II theaters on Wisconsin Avenue. The chain also operates the six-screen, 3,000-seat Springfield Mall complex, and an additional 13 screens in the Baltimore-Columbia area. COURSE -- The first session of Gene Miller's four-part TV Commercial Production course begins Monday at 8 at Open University. The 15-year veteran of television production will cover planning, writing, videotaping, directing and editing during the two- hour sessions, which meet Mondays near the Cleveland Park Metro stop. Cost is $45. To register for class W566, call 966-9606. SHORT TAKES -- The 400-member Washington Film Council, a 43-year-old professional film and video organization that conducts regular lectures and screenings as well as monthly meetings, last week started an information hotline. The number is 899-4781.
This month the National Archives Theater film series focuses on the lives of American presidents. This Friday at noon, see For All the People -- The Harry S Truman Library, a 1969 review of the Missouri-born leader's accomplishments and a look at the major events of the postwar era. Also on the bill is the Lorne Greene-narrated A Place in History, a 1970 film that traces the life of Dwight Eisenhower. Each film is shown regularly to guests of the respective president's libraries. Both screenings are free at Eighth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Call 523-3000.
The Baltimore Film Forum concludes its three-day French Film Festival this weekend with Laszlo Szabo's David, Thomas et Les Autres on Friday at 7:30; and Rachid Bouchareb's Baton Rouge at 9:15. On Saturday at 7:30 see Jacques Doillon's La Vie de Famille; and Jacques Rivette's Hurlevent (Wuthering Heights) at 9:15. All films are in French with English subtitles; one night's price covers both films. Tickets are $2.50 for members, $3.50 nonmembers; at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 516 North Charles Street. Call 301/685-4170.
Don't forget the American Film Institute's Indian film series, which continues through June 18. On Monday at 8:45, see Awaara (The Vagabond); and on Wednesday at 6:30, Meghe Dhaka (The Cloud Capped Star/Hidden Star). Call 785-4600 or 785-4601.
The Biograph Theater in Georgetown has pledged a portion of its box office receipts during next week's three-day run of Streetwise to the National Fund for Runaway Children. Released last year, "Streetwise" is a sobering documentary about a group of children living on the street in Seattle and is double-billed with this year's Smooth Talk, featuring Laura Dern and Treat Williams. The films run Tuesday through Thursday. For showtimes, call 333-2696.
The Renwick Gallery's Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition has inspired the Tuesday screenings of the 1985 award-winning documentary Uncommon Places: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright at 11, 12:15 and 1:30. On Thursday see Frank Lloyd Wright: The Robie House and Hugh Downs hosting A Conversation With Frank Lloyd Wright. Screen times are also 11, 12:15 and 1:30. Both Renwick Gallery screenings are free.
The Smithsonian's Resident Associate Program concludes its "Gems of Hollywood Genres" film series on Wednesday with David Lean's 1962 Academy Award winner, Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn star in the 200-minute epic. Tickets are $5 for members; $6.50 nonmembers. Call 357-3030. FILM HISTORY -- It was 42 years ago Friday that Allied Forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion of Europe broke the Nazi stronghold on the continent and led to the eventual surrender of the Axis. The story was told on film in the 1956 release, D-Day the Sixth of June, an action-packed film with Robert Taylor and Richard Todd.
Friday is also the date in 1925 that Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp. And on the same date in 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, N.J. Actress Billie Whitelaw celebrates her 54th birthday on Friday while fellow actress Jessica Tandy turns 77 on Saturday.
Sunday marks the day in 1953 that the Supreme Court ruled that D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve blacks. Sunday's birthday celebrants include Supreme Court Justice Byron White, who turns 69; actor Robert Preston, 68; actress Alexis Smith, 65; actress Dana Wynter, 56; actor-singer James Darren, 50; singer Nancy Sinatra, 46; and rock singer-musician Boz Scaggs, 42.