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An Academy Member’s Oscar Proposal: Add More Actors

3 August 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dear Board of Governors and members of the Academy,

Let’s face it!

Actors are the face of Oscar. Every year, I’m struck by how many more worthy performances there are than films. We often find more problems in movies we like — plot points not resolved, length issues — than we do with performances, which are more consistently flawless.

In other words, great performances are in more abundance than great films.

So why should the number of acting nominees be limited to five, rather than up to ten, as the maximum current Best Picture rules allow?  I propose increasing the number of acting nominees in all four categories, to be selected by the Entire membership, with the number of acting nominations equaling the number of Best Picture nominees.

All of the many Academy members I canvassed, including members of the Acting branch, Oscar-winners and former Governors, agreed with this proposal. »

- Mike Kaplan

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Rest In Peace, Brother Flounder: Stephen Furst (1955 – 2017)

18 June 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

“This is Kent Dorfman. He’s a legacy from Harrisburg…”

Like we all must, Stephen Furst, the actor who brought Kent Dorfman, a.k.a. the sweet, portly Delta Tau Chi pledge known as Flounder, to life, has passed away. It’d be hard to argue that Furst’s life wasn’t far too short—after all, he was only 63 years old. But though other actors and well-known figures who have passed recently may have made a more lasting or profound mark on the lives of the audience they left behind, Furst’s death hurts a little bit more for me than those other losses, for a couple of reasons.

In 1977, when I was a freshman at the University of Oregon, I landed a spot as an extra on the set of National Lampoon’S Animal House—specifically, I was cast as a “Delta pledge,” and I also ended up »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Hyde Park International boards 'The Seagull'

27 April 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan star in Chekhov classic.

Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park International has taken international sales on The Seagull in the run-up to Cannes next month.

Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan star in the adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play that is in the final stages of post-production. Wme and CAA jointly represent North American rights.

The Seagull cast includes Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, who is riding high on rave reviews for Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and newcomer Billy Howle.

Stephen Karam adapted the play, which centres on eight people – all in love with the wrong person – and explores the dangerously seductive nature of narcissism.

Michael Mayer directs and is best known as the Tony Award-winning director of hit Broadway musicals Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and Hedwig And The Angry Inch as well as feature A Home At The End Of The World

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- (Jeremy Kay)

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Toga Party at The Hi-Pointe Saturday, February 25th – Animal House Screens at Midnight!

19 February 2017 7:02 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“Sophomore dies in kiln explosion? Oh My God! I just talked to her last week… She was going to make me a pot.”

Animal House Screens Saturday Night, February 25th, at Midnight at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117). Admission is only $5.

You know it makes you wanna Shout! Time to grab your toga and return to Faber College for the wildest frat party ever when Animal House (1978) screens at midnight at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater at midnight – one night only – February 25th

National Lampoon’s Animal House” stars comedy legend John Belushi and follows the uproarious escapades of the Delta House fraternity as they take on Dean Wormer (John Vernon), the sanctimonious Omegas, and the entire female student body. Directed by John Landis (“The Blues Brothers”), one of the most popular college comedies also stars Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce and »

- Tom Stockman

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What the Cast of Animal House Looks like Today

2 February 2017 9:58 AM, PST | | See recent news »

You might not believe this if I told you but did you know that Animal House came out in 1978?  We’re closing in on 40 years since the most popular college movie of all-time came out.  It marked the turning of John Belushi TV star into John Belushi movie legend as well as launched the careers of people like Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Mark MetcalfTim Matheson and Peter Riegert.   People also seem to forget that the film was directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis. It’ll go down as the single most popular fraternity movie of all

What the Cast of Animal House Looks like Today »

- Nat Berman

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