Friday Night Flicks, the weekly series that screen free movies at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the downtown library, will present four films in August that focus on celebrities who have recently died. First, though, the month will open Aug. 3 with the postponed presentation of the musical “Chicago.” It took almost 30 years for “Chicago” to make it from the stage to the screen but when it did, it was a smash hit and the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar since the 1960s. Renee Zellwegger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere lead an all-star cast.

On Aug. 10, Andy Griffith excels in the startling dramatic role of Lonesome Rhodes, an entertainer who rises to the level of demagogue in Elia Kazan’s “A Face In The Crowd.” The ahead-of-its-time 1957 movie also stars Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, while Lee Remick appears in her debut role.

Ernest Borgnine joins Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and an all-star cast backing Spencer Tracy in the gripping 1955 thriller “Bad Day At Black Rock” on Aug. 17. Tracy plays a retired officer who arrives in a small town to deliver a medal to a deceased soldier’s family, only to discover a terrible secret.

Finally, on Aug. 24, the feature will be 2009’s “Julie & Julia,” writer/director Nora Ephron’s last film. Oscar-nominee Meryl Streep portrays cooking star Julia Child, Amy Adams the young blogger who emulates her. The two women’s stories intertwine as Julie sets out to cook every one of Julia’s recipes.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or