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National Lampoon’s Animal House Returns to Theaters August 14 & 17

2 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | | 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.”

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 »

- Tom Stockman

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Win National Lampooon’s Animal House on DVD

8 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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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Oscars Chiefs Respond to Backlash Over Rule Changes: ‘It’s Not About Political Correctness’

27 January 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences set to diversify the face of its membership over the next four years in one of the biggest overhauls in the institution's 88-year history, the pushback has already begun. Animal House's Stephen Furst has written an op-ed calling the new rule changes — which terminate an Academy member's voting rights after ten years of inactivity — ageist. Meanwhile, Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling has walked back her controversial comments that this year's Oscar boycott is "racist to white people." Now, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson are speaking out for the first time since the Oscar changes were announced, in a long interview with The Hollywood Reporter, to further explain the changes and defend their purpose. On claims of ageism, Hudson says the point isn't to punish older members but to weed out members who no longer participate in »

- Dee Lockett

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Stephen Furst, Animal House’s Flounder, Is Not a Big Fan of the Academy’s New Voting Rules

26 January 2016 7:34 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Stephen Furst, the actor known to many as Animal House's Flounder and Babylon 5's Vir Cotto, has become one of the Academy's first constituents to publicly push back against the forthcoming membership and rules overhaul, alleging ageism and sexism in the process. With an open letter published via Variety, the actor-director protests the organization's damage control, saying he feels "saddened, as well as offended, to learn the Academy Board of Governors has chosen to scapegoat the older members of the Academy in order to deflect the criticism about the lack of diversity this year in the nominees for Academy Awards." Furst doesn't like the generalities made about his demographic as of late, noting he nominated "Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation, Abraham Attah, Zoe Saldana, Jason Mitchell, and Tessa Thompson" for kudos. Also, he highlights the Academy's definition of "inactive" as troublesome and claims the award show's »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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‘Animal House’ Star Stephen Furst Protests Academy Rule Changes

26 January 2016 3:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Furst, an actor known for playing “Flounder” in “Animal House” and appearing on “Babylon 5” who has more recently worked mostly as a director and producer, wrote to the Academy of Motion Pictures to comment on the recent membership rule changes enacted to promote diversity and offered his letter to be posted by Variety. Opinions are those of Furst and not necessarily of Variety.

Dear Ms. Boone, Ms. Munoz, and Board of Governors,

In less than a week after (according to Associated Press) “a handful of actors” decided that they were going to boycott The Oscars, the Academy Board of Governors has concluded that I am racist, not to mention, irrelevant. In fact, I am very far from either. Whether I am an active member of the Academy is secondary to me at this point, considering the insulting and unfounded generalities the Academy has made about the character and judgment of older Academy members. »

- Variety Staff

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