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Movie Academy Sets Careers In Film Summit; Afm Lines Up Speakers; Napa Valley Film Festival Slate – Film Briefs

  • Deadline
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its fourth annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, followed by summits in Atlanta on November 3, London on November 12, and New York in April 2019. The events will give high school and college students the opportunity to learn about careers in the industry with panels featuring Academy governors and members and industry professionals. The Los Angeles panelists include Ant-Man director Peyton Reed, Crazy Rich Asians producer Nina Jacobson, and Oscar nominees including Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison and A River Runs Through It composer Mark Isham. The summit’s five panel discussions will be live-streamed on Oscars.org.

The American Film Market has begun setting the speaker lineup for its Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops and Spotlight events, which occur during the annual market which this year runs October 31-November 7 at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica.
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Julia Sweeney Joins ‘Shrill’ Hulu Series From Lorne Michaels & Elizabeth Banks

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Julia Sweeney Joins ‘Shrill’ Hulu Series From Lorne Michaels & Elizabeth Banks
It’s a Saturday Night Live family reunion on Hulu’s Shrill. SNL alumna Julia Sweeney is set to co-star opposite current SNL cast member Aidy Bryant in Shrill, Hulu’s six-episode single-camera comedy series, which hails from SNL boss Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television, where Brownstone is based.

Shrill is based on Lindy West’s bestselling 2016 memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Written by West, Ali Rushfield, and Bryant, it tells the story of a fat young woman, Annie (Bryant) who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Sweeney will play Annie’s (Bryant) mom. Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens and John Cameron Mitchell co-star.

Rushfield serves as the showrunner of the series. Jesse Peretz directs and executive produces the first episode; Carrie Brownstein directs the second episode.

Sweeney is best known for her years on Saturday Night Live,
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Slideshow, Audio: Red-Carpet Portraits from The Second City Roast of George Wendt

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextHonoree George Wendt gets ‘roasted.’ Norm!

Chicago – On September 9th, 2017, it seemed like the whole of The Second City theater on Wells Street in Chicago let out a collective cry of “Norm!” The favorite barfly of TV’s “Cheers,” George Wendt, came back to his old comedy stomping ground at The Second City to participate in “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

The roasters included the hottest current TV and movie stars, including Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), along with The Second City alumni and celebs Julia Sweeney, Betty Thomas and Joel Murray. The roast was a benefit for Gilda’s Club Chicago, the cancer support community named for the late comic legend, Gilda Radner.

In Part One of the Red Carpet interviews, honoree George Wendt does some reminiscing with Jason Sudeikis,
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Julia Sweeney Responds to Jill Soloway’s ‘It’s Pat’ Transgender Criticism

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Julia Sweeney Responds to Jill Soloway’s ‘It’s Pat’ Transgender Criticism
There’s nothing ambiguous about “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway’s criticism of the former “Saturday Night Live” skit “It’s Pat,” and now the actress who played the murky-gendered character has responded to Soloway’s criticism. During the Television Critics Association press tour in August, Soloway tore into the skit — which hinged its jokes on people’s uncertainty over Pat’s gender — as “an awful piece of anti-trans propaganda.” Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview published Wednesday, Julia Sweeney said that she understood Soloway’s point — though the “SNL” alum added that she didn’t regard her character as transgender.
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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects

Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we
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TV Rewind: The 9 Shows That Defined 1990, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Wings’

The year 1990 was the beginning of a new decade that just had survived the neon excesses of the ’80s. This fresh start was seen in the world at large with the reunification of Germany, the unification of Yemen, the release of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K.’s prime minister.

It was also the fledgling days of the internet, when the first web server was created, providing a foundation for the World Wide Web as we know it.

Read More: ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed by Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros. — Exclusive

Over on television, “Saturday Night Live” welcomed the new talents of Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney.

The year also marked the end of an era for shows like “Alf,” “227,” “Newhart,” primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” Nickelodeon’s slime purveyor “You Can’t Do That on Television,
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Interviews: Women in Film Chicago 2017 Focus Award Recipients

Chicago – Women in Film Chicago (Wifc) continues its role as one of the best resource and advocacy groups for women filmmakers. Last month, they celebrated their Focus Awards and honored four women – producer Julie Smolyansky, cinematographer Tari Segal, filmmaker Mary Morten and comedian Julia Sweeney.

Focus Awards Honorees, LtoR: Mary Morten, Julie Smolyansky, Tari Segal and Julia Sweeney

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago

Before the event, HollywoodChicago.com interviewed Julie Smoyanksy (click here), the CEO of Lifeway Foods and producer of the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” At the event itself, the other three honorees were interviewed on the Red Carpet.

Julia Sweeney, Comedian and Cast Member of “Saturday Night Live

Julia Sweeney was a force of comedy during her years on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1994, where she created memorable characters, including the androgynous “Pat” (no one could tell if she was a man or woman). She moved on into one-woman shows,
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Interview: Producer & CEO Julie Smolyansky, 2017 Women in Film Chicago Focus Awards Honoree

Chicago – One of the signature events for Women in Film Chicago (Wifc) is their annual Focus Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 (for more details and ticket purchasing information, click here). The Wifc will honor four notable women who influence Chicago-area film production, including actress Julia Sweeney, producer/activist Mary Morten, director of photography Tari Segal and CEO (of Lifeway Foods, Inc.) and film producer Julie Smolyansky.

In anticipation of the event, HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to interview Ms. Smolyansky. In 2002, she became CEO of Lifeway Foods, which was founded in 1976 by her father, Michael. At the age of 27, she became the youngest female CEO in history to run a publicly traded company. She has since bolstered the company’s signature Kefir yogurt line, and has increased revenues with an expanded distribution network that includes the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. She is also a film producer of note,
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Here’s the Best Order for Binge-Watching Every ‘Saturday Night Live’ Movie

Here’s the Best Order for Binge-Watching Every ‘Saturday Night Live’ Movie
Wayne’s World, the blockbuster comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey based on the now-classic Saturday Night Live recurring sketch, turns 25 on Tuesday, Feb. 14 -- Happy Valentine’s Day! -- and we’re still in love.

It’s one of the best of the feature films to spin out of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series, but each has its own charm that could be worth revisiting or seeing for the first time. Do note our suggested binge-viewing order -- from best to worst -- if you want your party time to be excellent.

More: 'Wayne's World Turns 25' -- How Mike Myers and Dana Carvey Found Their Inner Rock Stars

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Why you should see it now: The first Saturday Night Live feature film is second only to Wayne’s World in worldwide box office revenue and is considered a comedy classic. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd remain the quintessential SNL duo who
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Shout! TV Adds Stingray, Kentucky Fried Movie, & The Goode Family

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Shout! Factory TV, now in its second month, has added three more properties to their growing library of streaming content. These include Gerry Anderson’s Stingray, the Supermarionation series from the mid-1960s, the animated Goode Family, and the 1970s comedy Kentucky Fried Movie.

Shout! Factory TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. With a uniquely curated entertainment library, the channel offers an unrivaled blend of cult TV shows, movies, comedy, original specials and more – presenting an exciting entertainment alternative to other services.

Shout! Factory TV is available through any browser and has a Roku app.

The Goode Family (All 13 episodes)

The Goode Family, from executive producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head, Office Space) and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory), comes to Shout! Factory TV this March.

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Saturday Night Live at 40: Eight feminist milestones

From Jane Curtin and Julia Sweeney to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, SNL’s female writers have always punched above their weight – and through the glass ceiling. Here we celebrate some of their finest moments

Jane Curtin was brilliant as the first female host of Weekend Update, and never more so than when she was the liberal voice volleying against Dan Aykroyd’s overly conservative one in the “Point Counterpoint” skit. Even though he famously told her she was an “ignorant slut”, she served it right back by calling him a “pompous ass”, which is slightly more meaningful when you consider that they were still in the early days of the second-wave feminist movement. In 2008, Curtin revealed to Oprah Winfrey that SNL was a misogynistic environment, and that women’s lib wasn’t embraced by men. “Women writing on the show had a constant battle”, specifically fighting against John Belushi,
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Remembering 'Saturday Night Live's' Fallen Greats

Remembering 'Saturday Night Live's' Fallen Greats
Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special airs this Sunday. While most of the show's best will be there, some of the show's greats are no longer living.

Et interviewed John Belushi just four months before he was found unresponsive in a bungalow at the Chateau Marmont. The comedian passed away at the age of 33 after taking a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin.

Video: Kevin Nealon Recalls His First Night on SNL

Belushi was a role model for another fallen SNL great -- Chris Farley. Both honed their improvisational skills at Chicago's Second City. While Belushi was a part of SNL's original cast in 1975, Farley joined the show in 1990 about eight years after Belushi's death.

SNL alum Julia Sweeney spoke fondly about her late friend and cast mate, as she remembered performing their classic Motivational Speaker sketches together. "Phil [Hartman] and I are the parents, and we're barely in the sketch. In fact I
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“Not So Live From New York”: Top Ten Worst Saturday Night Live-Based Feature Films

It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.

Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.

Unfortunately, SNL has never had the
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Find Out Which Friends Alum Auditioned for Saturday Night Live... And Was Rejected!

Find Out Which Friends Alum Auditioned for Saturday Night Live... And Was Rejected!
We all make mistakes, even when we're Lorne Michaels. The SNL boss recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the past forty years of SNL and revealed that he has a few regrets in terms of a few stars he rejected from the cast, including one very good Friend. "Lisa Kudrow gave a brilliant audition," Michaels told THR, "but it was at the time when it was Jan Hooks and Nora [Dunn]." Kudrow, who auditioned in 1985 along with Kathy Griffin and Julia Sweeney, who was eventually hired, obviously went on to have a perfectly successful career, starring on what many consider to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all time and producing and starring in a couple of her own shows including...
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Watch: Quentin Tarantino Plus Cast And Crew Of 'Pulp Fiction' Reunited For 1-Hour Talk

20 years ago last month, “Pulp Fiction” hit theaters and became an instant cult classic. Quentin Tarantino’s second turn as a feature director—the film followed “Reservoir Dogs”—'Pulp' was also a critical success, garnering the helmer an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (along with Roger Avary). Part of the Miramax Oscar campaign, though strong enough to stand on its own laurels, the film also received nominations for Best Leading Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Director, Actress in a Supporting Role (Uma Thurman), Editing, and Best Picture. 14 years after “Pulp Fiction” made its debut, the cast and crew reunited onstage on April 28, 2008 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. To be fair, it’s more of a crew reunion than a cast one. Of the remarkable helping of A-listers who appeared in the film,
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Halloween Costumes: What Are the Morning Show Stars All Wearing?

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This has to be one of the most fun days of the year -- as all your favorite morning and talk show hosts dress up in some crazy costumes for Halloween.In the past, Ellen Degeneres has really outdone herself with her getups, dressing as Sofia Vergara (with a wardrobe malfunction, no less) and Nicki Minaj, but this year ... wow. DeGeneres wasn't just one person, but two, going as both George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin.Her guests also dressed up -- see Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Lowes in their costumes in the gallery above.And watch Ellen's big reveal below: The crew over at "Today" had a hard time topping their transformations from 2013 too. Who could forget the visual of Matt Lauer running through the Plaza as Pamela Anderson from "Baywatch," right? But this year, they went all out as memorable characters from "Saturday Night Live."The Spartan Cheerleaders,
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'Today' Show Celebrates Halloween With Classic 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford dressed as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World as part of Today’s Saturday Night Live-themed Halloween episode on Friday, Oct. 31.

Today Show's Saturday Night Live Halloween

Today anchors are known for their commitment to Halloween – last year Matt Lauer made waves after dressing up as Pamela Anderson from Baywatch. This year, Lauer and the Today gang decided to do a full Saturday Night Live re-enactment, kicking off the show with a 20-minute segment full of classic SNL sketches. Not only that, but the segment featured an SNL player dressed up as one of Today’s own: Keenan Thompson introduced the segment in full Al Roker getup.

Can every day be Halloween?! #HalloweenTODAY pic.twitter.com/40Qi78EXAH

— Today (@TODAYshow) October 31, 2014

Kotb and Gifford recreated the famous Mike Myers and Dana Carvey sketch on Today Friday morning, but they weren’t the
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Check out the Trailer for Monsters University Short Film, “Party Central”; Watch the Full Short Now for Free on Disney Movies Anywhere

Earlier this year, the Monsters University short film "Party Central" played in front of Muppets Most Wanted, and if you didn't catch that film (and judging by the movie's box office, you didn't), you now have a chance to watch the short online for free. The story has Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) using a door station to clandestinely move a frat party over at Ror to Oozma Kappa. If you ignore the fact that (unlike the Toy Story shorts) there's no way for this one to factor into the movie's timeline, and that it's out of character for the monsters to risk being caught by humans, this is a fairly amusing short. It's certainly worth seeing for free if you download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad. Hit the jump to check out the Monsters University Party Central trailer. The short also features the voices of Charlie Day,
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'Monsters University' Short 'Party Central' Available Free Online

'Monsters University' Short 'Party Central' Available Free Online
As a part of Disney's Halloween Spooktacular campaign, the studio is making their hit animated short Party Central available for free online through the Disney Movies Anywhere website, which allows fans to watch content on their tablets and smartphones.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles as Mike Wazowski and Sully in Party Central, which was attached to prints of Muppets Most Wanted earlier this year, and follows the Oozma Kappa boys throwing their first party.

Monsters University voice cast members Charlie Day (Art), Dave Foley (Terry), Sean Hayes (Terri), Joel Murray (Don), Peter Sohn (Squishy) and Julia Sweeney (Mrs. Squibbles) also reprise their roles in this six-minute short. Party Central will only be available at no charge for a limited time, so clickHere to sign up for a Disney Movies Anywhere account and enjoy Party Central.

You can can also check out a previously-released clip below, which shows
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'Get the Gimp': Breaking Down 'Pulp Fiction's Most Notorious Scene

'Get the Gimp': Breaking Down 'Pulp Fiction's Most Notorious Scene
Pulp Fiction has become so canonized as a modern classic, it's easy to forget how transgressive it was on its release twenty years ago. But when Quentin Tarantino's film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994, it thrilled and shocked the audience in equal measures.

'Pulp Fiction,' A to Z

No scene upended more expectations than the pawn shop sequence (Spoiler Alert — if you haven't ever seen the movie, this is the moment when you should stop reading and go do that. Really! It's streaming on Netflix!
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