|"Planet of the Apes" celebrated its 30th
anniversary with a commemorative screening at the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences' Beverly Hills headquaters Thursday night.
Outside the theater, attendees were greeted by people costumed as apes
from the pic. Along with the pic's stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell
and Kim Hunter, the apes were the night's biggest stars; they all arrived
in black limos and were given the best seats in the house.
Screening gave Fox an opportunity to promote the docu "Behind the
Planet of the Apes," a behind the scenes expose' on the making of the
sci-fi classic, which will air on American Movie Classics throughout
Highlight of screening was when Heston's character requested a gun from
his benevolent ape friends, even though they tell him he doesn't need it.
When Heston loads the gun with pride and passion, the audience cheered and
laughed at the appropriate gesture from the current prexy of the National
Charlton and Lydia
Heston are greeted by General Ursus.