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Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening’s ‘The Seagull’ Flies to Sony Classics

Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening’s ‘The Seagull’ Flies to Sony Classics
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired most rights to Michael Mayer’s movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, and Elisabeth Moss.

The deal covers North America, Germany, Scandinavia, Greece, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. It excludes China, Korea, and Japan. The film also stars Corey Stoll, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glen Fleshler, Michael Zegen, and Billy Howle.

The Seagull,” first performed in 1896, is set at a country estate where guests have gathered to watch a play. “‘The Seagull’ is the heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person,” Sony Classics said in a statement. “The movie is timely in its depiction of the tragic consequences of narcissism, particularly on young dreams and romantic love.”

Producers are Tom Hulce, Leslie Urdang, Bob Salerno, Jay Franke, and David Herro. Sony Classics is planning a 2018 release.

The deal was
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An Academy Member’s Oscar Proposal: Add More Actors

An Academy Member’s Oscar Proposal: Add More Actors
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.
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Rest In Peace, Brother Flounder: Stephen Furst (1955 – 2017)

“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
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Hyde Park International boards 'The Seagull'

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

“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
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What the Cast of Animal House Looks like Today

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 Metcalf, Tim 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
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Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: The Perils of Power Coupling

Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: The Perils of Power Coupling
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

Erik Reichenbach is a comic artist, illustrator, and former Survivor Fan Favorite. See more of his artwork and commissions on Tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter!

“Leaving an outspoken duo, a power couple in this game, doesn’t seem to make that much strategic sense.” —John Cochran, winner, Survivor: Caramoan

In the college movie version of Survivor, Adam would be the Millennial tribe’s leading man — geekily handsome,
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National Lampoon’s Animal House Returns to Theaters August 14 & 17

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

You know it makes you wanna Shout! Time to grab your toga and return to Faber College for the wildest frat party ever when “National Lampoon’s Animal House” returns to movie theaters as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on August 14 and 17 only and includes specially-produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before and after the feature.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, “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
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Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes Competition Title ‘Paterson’ Sells Around the World (Exclusive)

Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes Competition Title ‘Paterson’ Sells Around the World (Exclusive)
K5 is close to selling out on Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes Film Festival competition entrant “Paterson,” which stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet.

Sales closed now include Weltkino (Germany/Austria), Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Cinema Srl (Italy), Vertigo (Spain), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Imagine (Benelux), Longride (Japan), Madman (Australia), Green Narae (South Korea), Leopardo (Portugal), Ama (Greece), Gutek (Poland), Aero (Czech Republic/Slovakia) and McF (former Yugoslavia).

K5 is also in the final stages of closing deals with buyers in remaining territories including Canada, Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Latin American countries.

Co-financiers Amazon Studios have U.S. rights and Jarmusch regular Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte has France.

“’Paterson’ was fantastically well-received by critics, audiences and buyers in Cannes. The excellent sales we have concluded throughout the world are testament both to the genius of Jim Jarmusch and this film, which is one of his very finest, and also
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NBC Plans "A Few Good Men" Live Broadcast

"The West Wing" creator and Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin is returning to NBC with plans for a live presentation of "A Few Good Men" to air in early 2017.

Sorkin's professional debut, 'Men' began as a Broadway play in 1989 where it opened to critical acclaim. That was followed three years later by the Oscar-nominated Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson-led film.

Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, "A Few Good Men" centers on military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee who is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. Tom Hulce ("Amadeus") was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Kaffee on Broadway.

This live version will be based on the stage version and Sorkin will write the teleplay adaptation and also executive produce alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Casting is to
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Win National Lampooon’s Animal House on DVD

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To mark the release of National Lampoon’s Animal House on 15th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. This raunchy, screwball spoof about college life in the 1960’s sees Bhuto (John Belushi), Otter (Tim Matheson), Pinto (Tom Hulce) and Flounder (Stephen Furst) lead the way with their outrageous behaviour in the

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Amadeus to screen with live orchestra in London in 2016

The classic movie Amadeus from legendary director Milos Forman is set to screen in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 2016. We’ve just received workd that Amadeus Live will take place on the 14th October 2016 as part of their Film and Orchestra series.

Winner of eight Oscars, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes, Amadeus – the most acclaimed film ever made about classical music, will be brought to vivid life at the Royal Albert Hall.

This remarkable screening of the film will feature live music performed by Orchestra of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and chorus.

Amadeus (1984), directed by Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and written by Peter Schaffer, tells the scintillating story of the rivalry between vindictive composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and petulant genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The film was named one of the American
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Basket Case

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1982. What a year. From The Beast Within to Creepshow to Friday the 13th Part III to Q, it displayed a smorgasbord of fantastical delights for terror consumers. Standing heads (two, to be exact) and shoulders apart from the crowd was Frank Henenlotter’s grimeball debut, Basket Case, a lovely tale of a boy and his twin brother. Who happens to be a monstrous blob. And lives in a basket.

Shot on 16mm for a reported $35,000 Us, Basket Case premiered in Henenlotter’s beloved Times Square, and became a big hit on the grindhouse circuit. This shouldn’t be surprising, as the film is a big, fat, wet kiss to the pre-cleanup New York of the ’80s (think diseases, not Disney). Critics at the time acknowledged the uniqueness of it, but most could not overlook the technical deficiencies or the broad range of performances on display. No matter. Horror fans that
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The Ten Greatest Stoners in Movie History

By Alex Simon

2015 will most likely go down as the year that the once-taboo became respectable, with both gay marriage and marijuana finding legal and public acceptance nationwide. While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we’d take a look at some of cinema’s greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle, before it all becomes downright conventional.

10. Jeff Spicoli—Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Sean Penn not only became a star with his turn as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1980s’ most iconic teen movie, he established how the stoners of the ‘80s differed from their predecessors: while the rebels of the ‘60s and ‘70s viewed their use of cannabis as a symbol of rebellion, and preferred it to alcohol and the other symbols of their parents’ generation and its decadence,
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Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening to Star in Adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ (Exclusive)

Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening are set to star in a movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” which has been added to the Cannes sales slate of Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl.

The film will be directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony in 2007 for “Spring Awakening” and was nominated for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” last year. It has been adapted by playwright Stephen Karam, who wrote Pulitzer Prize finalist “Sons of the Prophet.” The producers are Leslie Urdang (“Rabbit Hole”), actor-producer Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”) and Bob Salerno (“21 Grams,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

Bening, who has been nominated for four Oscars, most recently appeared alongside Al Pacino in “Danny Collins.” Ronan’s latest credits include “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Sundance player “Brooklyn,” which Fox Searchlight picked up for the U.S.

Also in “The Seagull” are Corey Stoll, who was
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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later.
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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

The very first
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Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men to get live production on NBC

Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men to get live production on NBC
NBC will air a live adaptation of Aaron Sorkin's critically-acclaimed play A Few Good Men.

The Peacock Network is working on a new live theatre event with Peter Pan Live! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, reports Variety.

Five-time Emmy Award winner Sorkin will reportedly re-work A Few Good Men specifically for a television adaptation.

NBC had success last year with its primetime event The Sound of Music Live!, and will air follow-up Peter Pan Live! in December.

A version of The Music Man is also in the works.

A Few Good Men debuted on Broadway in 1989, with original cast member Tom Hulce earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Lt Daniel Kaffee.

The legal drama - which centres on the murder trial of two marines - was later adapted by Sorkin into an Oscar-nominated feature film starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.
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NBC is working on a live 'A Few Good Men'

NBC is working on a live 'A Few Good Men'
NBC's live productions are going from featuring singing Austrian children and a boy who won't grow up to Marines in legal hot water. The network is reportedly working on mounting a live production of Aaron Sorkin's play A Few Good Men. According to Variety, this project is once again the handiwork of Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producing team behind NBC's live musical ventures. "The sides are still hammering out the basic details so there’s no word yet on casting or a director or a target premiere date," Variety reported. NBC could not immediately be reached for comment,
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30 Years Back: The Glorious Year of 1984

Tom Jolliffe on the glorious year of 1984….

Whatever you may think of as the golden age of cinema, few can deny that the 80s brought about a fantastic array of classic and cult films. Anyone of a certain age may look back at a period of cinema, from growing up, with misty eyes and great fondness. With the recent 30 year anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters, now seems a good time to take a step back 30 years to 1984. This was a year when bustin made us feel good, when an Austrian cyborg promised to be back, where we turned it up to eleven, waxed on and off, and when Elm street gave us nightmares.

Taking a look back over the films on release that year and it seems that cinema goers were spoilt rotten. Ghostbusters was a blockbuster spectacular. A film which appealed to a broad spectrum. It had the ghosts and ghouls to transfix children,
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