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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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Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' Actor, Dead at 63

Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' Actor, Dead at 63
Stephen Furst, the actor who portrayed "Flounder" in the classic comedy National Lampoon's Animal House, died Friday following complications from diabetes. He was 63.

Furst's sons Nathan and Griffith confirmed their father's death in a Facebook post. "Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as a brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

Furst is most remembered for playing bumbling
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‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 62

‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 62
Actor and comedian Stephen Furst, best known for his roles in Animal House and Babylon 5, died from complications related to diabetes on Friday. He was 62.

His sons, Nathan and Griff Furst, confirmed the news on their father's Facebook page on Saturday.

Related: ‘Rocky’ Director John G. Avildsen Dies at 81, Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute

"Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments," the actor's sons wrote. "He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

"To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment," the message continued. "He intensely believed that laughter is the best therapy, and he would
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Goldie Hawn Retrospective to Screen at the Quad Cinema in NYC

Goldie Hawn in “Private Benjamin

The upcoming mother-daughter comedy “Snatched” marks Goldie Hawn’s first film since 2002’s “The Banger Sisters.” To celebrate the end of Hawn’s 15-year sabbatical, the Quad will hold a retrospective of the Oscar winner’s films, a press release announced.

The Golden Goldies retrospective will see beloved Hawn films like “Private Benjamin,” “Swing Shift,” “Death Becomes Her,” and “The First Wives Club” screen on 35mm.

“No Hollywood actress in recent memory has come closer than Goldie Hawn to capturing the ebullience and whip-smart comic timing of the great screen comediennes of the ’30s and ’40s, a modern Joan Blondell or Carole Lombard,” the release states. “Though she won an Academy Award for one of her first roles (in 1969’s ‘Cactus Flower’), critics have tended to underestimate the depths of [Hawn’s] talent. The forthcoming film ‘Snatched’ marks her long-awaited return to the screen after a 15-year absence, and we’re celebrating the occasion with a greatest-hits retrospective, a veritable masterclass in the delicate art of cinematic comedy.”

It’s great that Hawn’s contributions to cinema are being recognized. However, while researching the Golden Goldies films as well as Hawn’s entire filmography, we noticed the actress has never worked with a female film director. From what we can tell, she has only collaborated with a woman director once, on a 2013 episode of the kids show “Phineas and Ferb.” Sue Perrotto co-directed the ep.

This is disappointing, but not a complete surprise. Last year Cosmopolitan published a story detailing how many big-name actors have never worked with a woman film director. Among them are Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Stiller, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, and Tobey Maguire. And to be fair to them and Hawn, there are plenty of actresses who have never appeared in a woman-helmed film. Shailene Woodley, for example, has not appeared in a feature film directed by a woman

Still. We wish both male and female power players would follow Jessica Chastain’s lead. “I’m looking to work with a female filmmaker every year,” she told Variety. “That’s my goal. They’re not given the same opportunities so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director I’m absolutely going to make a difference. That doesn’t mean I’m excluding men — it means I need some balance in my life.”

And she’s achieving it; Chastain has worked with female directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Liv Ullmann, and Susanna White. Her most recent collaboration with a woman director is Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

The Golden Goldies retrospective will be May 6–11 at the Quad in New York City. The featured films and their synopses are below, courtesy of Quad Cinema.

“Death Becomes Her”

Robert Zemeckis, 1992, 104m, U.S., 35mm

Sun May 7 & Mon May 8

When glamorous narcissist Meryl Streep steals her fiancé Bruce Willis, Hawn finds revenge in an elixir of youth (and immortality) supplied by a seductively devilish Isabella Rossellini. Rivalry escalates to murder as Hawn and Streep battle it out in the land of the undead in this cult black comedy about all-consuming vanity.

The First Wives Club

Hugh Wilson, 1996, U.S., 103m, 35mm

Mon May 8

Spite never sleeps in this gleefully vindictive comedy about getting even and the bonds of sisterhood. Hawn stars opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as a once-acclaimed actress plagued by ageism and out for revenge against her ex-husband and his perky new muse. But acrimony eventually gives way to a new sense of liberation, culminating in an ever-endearing rendition of Lesley Gore’s anthem of female independence.


Garry Marshall, 1987, U.S., 106m, 35mm

Wed May 10

Wertmüller’s “Swept Away” reimagined as big studio farce, with Hawn’s shrill heiress mistreating blue-collar carpenter Kurt Russell, who then proceeds to enact romantic revenge after she’s afflicted with amnesia. Despite the retrograde sexual politics, the chemistry is palpable and the comic timing immaculate.

Private Benjamin

Howard Zieff, 1980, U.S., 109m, 35mm

Wed May 6 & Thur May 11

After husband Albert Brooks dies on their wedding night, spoiled rich girl Hawn is convinced by military recruiter Harry Dean Stanton to join the U.S. Army, where she comes up against a tough-as-nails C.O. Eileen Brennan. Both Hawn and Brennan were nominated for Academy Awards in this beloved box-office hit.

Seems Like Old Times

Jay Sandrich, 1980, USA, 100m, 35mm

Tue May 10 & Thu May 11

Hawn hits her comedic stride in this irresistible Neil Simon farce as a characteristically zany public defender torn between district attorney husband Charles Grodin and her ex, Chevy Chase, a writer charged with bank robbery. Things escalate towards a fever pitch when she decides to represent him in court.


Hal Ashby, 1975, U.S., 110m, Dcp

Mon May 8 & Wed May 11

The dream team of Ashby, screenwriter Robert Towne, and actor-producer Warren Beatty set their biting farce and undisputed ’70s classic on the eve of Nixon’s 1968 electoral landslide, with over-sexed, in-demand, and increasingly vexed hairdresser Beatty juggling frustrated girlfriend Hawn, taxing client Lee Grant, ex-girlfriend Julie Christie, and potential business partner Jack Warden as America lurches to the right.

The Sugarland Express

Steven Spielberg, 1974, U.S., 110m, 35mm

Sat May 6 & Mon May 8

After losing their baby son to the state, small-time crooks Hawn and William Atherton snatch him right back and go on the run, with seemingly every law enforcement officer in Texas in hot pursuit. Spielberg’s first feature refines the technical mastery of Duel, but Hawn’s performance as an exasperated, manically determined mother gives this picture a more resonant pathos.

Swing Shift

Jonathan Demme, 1984, U.S., 100m, 35mm

Sun May 7 & Thur May 10

When hubby Ed Harris ships off to fight WWII, housewife Hawn finds herself via a factory job — and a fling with hunky trumpet player Kurt Russell. Despite her contentious relationship with her director, Hawn displays her greatest emotional range here, and Demme’s deft touch for humanist comedy shines through. Featuring Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, and Holly Hunter.

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Spielberg, Hanks and Streep to team for The Post

Steven Spielberg is set to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a new film called The Post. The dream team was announced yesterday via trade blog Deadline.

The Post is a drama about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.

The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967.

Jason Robards won a 1974 Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying a Watergate-era Bradlee in All the President’s Men. In this film Hanks is set to play Bradlee, while Streep would play Graham.

This will be the fifth time that Hanks has worked with Spielberg, following the films Saving Private Ryan,
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Off The Shelf – Episode 100 – Our Favorite Home Video Releases of All Time

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 9th, 2016.

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Episode Notes & Links Follow-up Star Wars The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray The Thing delayed Olive Signature releases in October News Arrow Releases Criterion’s November line-up Twilight Time Sale / American Buffalo Oop Plain Archive Old Boy Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Links to Amazon The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Beethoven The ’Burbs The Dream Team Elvis The Great Outdoors Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Microwave Massacre The Money Pit Patch Adams Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Our Top Five Home Video Releases


Bambi / Fantasia Seven Samurai / Qatsi Trilogy / Metropolis Ultimate Matrix / Blade Runner / Alien Anthology / Star Wars Cosmos The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition set

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Off The Shelf – Episode 88 – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases for Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, May 3rd 2016.

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Follow-Up FilmStruck Follow-up: Mad Max, regions Over the Garden Wall deal News Criterion: Cat People Shout Factory: Shout Selects: Buckaroo Banzai, John Carpenter’s Elvis Scream Factory: Session 9, Invasion of the Body Snatchers Kino Lorber: The Laughing Policeman, 100 Rifles, Wolf Lake Warner Home Video: McQ, Chisum, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Warner Archive: Love Me or Leave Me Universal: The Great Outdoors, The ‘Burbs, The Dream Team, The Money Pit (Bb exclusive?) Olive Films: July Titles 88 Films: Retroactive, Short Night of Glass Dolls, The Perfume of the Lady in Black Scorpion Releasing – City on Fire, + Truck Stop Women and Cheerleaders Wild Weekend to be sold through Diabolik & Code Red’s Sites Links to Amazon Airwolf – The
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania X

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Owen Hart vs. Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart

Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon vs. Doink & Dink

Crush w/Mr. Fuji vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

WWF Women’s Title: Leilani Kai vs. Alundra Blayze

WWF Title Match: Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette (Win by Dq)

Ic Title Match: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (Ladder Match)

WWF Tag Title Match: The Quebecers w/Johnny Polo vs. Men on a Mission w/Oscar (Win by Count-Out)

Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb w/Harvey Wippleman

WWF Title Match: Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart vs. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette

The Lows:

The WrestleMania X card is an impressive; there can be no doubt in that. The low-points are few and far-between.

However, one such disappointment
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania III

In the build-up to Wrestlemania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous instalments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

The Can-Am Connection vs. Bob Orton Jr. & Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules w/Bobby Heenan (Double Count-Out)

King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo vs. Hillbilly Jim, Haiti Kid & Little Beaver

‘King’ Harley Race w/Fabulous Moolah & Bobby Heenan vs. Junkyard Dog (Loser Must Bow Match)

The Dream TeamGreg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny V vs. The Rougeau Brothers

Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart (Hair vs. Hair Match)

The British Bulldogs & Tit Santana vs. The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis

Koko B. Ware vs. ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed w/Slick

Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Ricky Steamboat w/George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Jake Roberts w/Alice Cooper vs. The Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart

The Killer Bees w/Jim Duggan vs.
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American Gods star ponders a leprechaun and zombie romance

Rob Leane Louisa Mellor Kirsten Howard Jul 3, 2017

Pablo Schreiber has been chatting about going full Bonnie and Clyde with Emily Browning on American Gods...

The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods may have started out as the story of Shadow Moon and his dealings with Mr. Wednesday, but over the course of 8 episodes the relationship between Pablo Schreiber's leprechaun and the dead girl who absorbed his lucky coin (Emily Browning) became the most engaging storyline of them all.

See related Willy Wonka: new movie will not adapt any of the books, origin beats confirmed

It turns out that this was no accident. Mad Sweeney and Laura Moon were always supposed to bring light to the darkness, as Schreiber recently confirmed to io9.

"One of the key elements of the pitch they gave me was that his journey was going to be sort of like 'Bonnie and Clyde
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What does this 'Batman v Superman' controversy teach us about fan-trums?

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What does this 'Batman v Superman' controversy teach us about fan-trums?
When you write about entertainment all day every day, you tend to get caught up in minutiae, and it leads to editorial decisions I would call questionable. When you're writing breathless headlines about Pez dispensers, you may be working too hard to find relevance in the irrelevant. Getting hung up on the micro often prevents us from focusing on the macro, but I'd like to take the opportunity to take a step back from time to time to examine 'The Bigger Picture.' I'd like to start by telling you three stories. They're just three totally unrelated stories about going to see movies with people reacting afterwards in ways that are, by any definition, irrational. I can't imagine what might have happened in the last week that would have me reflecting on these incidents, but maybe by the time I've told them, we can figure out some sort of unifying thread.
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'People V. O.J. Simpson' Shocks Audiences with This Very Bad Swear Word

'People V. O.J. Simpson' Shocks Audiences with This Very Bad Swear Word
Last night, FX aired the third episode of The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, entitled The Dream Team, which focused on O.J. Simpson's (Cuba Gooding Jr.) powerful legal defense team coming together. Many were quite shocked and surprised when the very last sentence uttered in the episode contained a curse word hardly ever heard on primetime TV. Entertainment Weekly reports that last night's episode may be the first time that "motherf---er" has ever been said on a non-pay channel before midnight.

The last scene of the episode featured Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark going into her backyard in the wee hours of the morning, to read the daily newspaper. On the front page, she finds that the infamous Johnnie L. Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) has joined O.J. Simpson's defense team. Her response to the news was, "Cochran ... motherf-er," as the episode came to end.
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'People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Breaks FX Ratings Records

'People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Breaks FX Ratings Records
For the second consecutive week, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story ranked as television's #1-rated show in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 on Tuesday inclusive of all broadcast networks and basic and premium cable network programs according to The Nielsen Company. The Live+3 delivery for the first two episodes of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story illustrates the increasing irrelevance and incomplete picture of Live+Same Day ratings compared to the ultimate viewership of an FX original series and most scripted entertainment programs. The series aired its third of 10 episodes, The Dream Team, last night at 10 Pm Et on FX.

The first-run of the second episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story delivered 3.9 million Adults 18-49, an astounding +104% Live+3 ratings increase over its delivery in Live+Same Day. The 1.87 million Adults 18-34 delivery for episode two was equal
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'The People v. O.J. Simpson': How Accurate Was the Third Episode?

'The People v. O.J. Simpson': How Accurate Was the Third Episode?
The third episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story hit the mark concerning the case's turn toward the racial component, former case reporter Jim Newton told The Hollywood Reporter.  The episode, which aired Tuesday, titled "The Dream Team," illustrated how, considering the evidence, the Los Angeles county district attorney's office felt its case against Simpson was a "slam dunk" before concerns quickly began to arise, said Newton, now a UCLA professor in the communication studies department and editor of the university's Blue Print magazine. "Over in the Da's office, they initially didn't think much

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: The Dream Team Builds Its Race Case

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: The Dream Team Builds Its Race Case
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode three of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” titled “The Dream Team.”

Now everybody knows their name — well, sort of. The episode opens with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) taking his brood to dinner at Chin Chin on Father’s Day. The restaurant is mobbed, but no worries: “You’re Richard Cordovian, the O.J. guy,” gushes the hostess. “You can have whatever table you want.”

The kids are thrilled they don’t have to wait, but Papa Kardashian’s got a lesson to impart about the meaning of fame: “In this family, being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than being famous. Fame is fleeting. It’s hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart.”

Beyond the obvious implications for the future Kardashians (wink wink), that message threads throughout this hour,
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'People v. O.J. Simpson' Author on Game-Changing Article: No One Knew Race Would Be a Factor

'People v. O.J. Simpson' Author on Game-Changing Article: No One Knew Race Would Be a Factor
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the third episode of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.] When it came to assembling O.J. Simpson’s now infamous Dream Team of lawyers, media influence had just as much to do with the actual legal representation selection as the overall racial defense strategy itself. That complex network of decision-making and political players unraveled on Tuesday night’s “The Dream Team” episode of FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. As Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) sat down with The New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Toobin (Chris Conner) —

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'American Crime Story' Recap: The Prosecution and the Defense Prepare for Trial

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'American Crime Story' Recap: The Prosecution and the Defense Prepare for Trial
American Crime Story is a weird limbo state in their telling of O.J. Simpson story. Everyone knows how the story begins and how it ends and most are even familiar with the big moments of the trial. However, a large portion of the public is not aware of how the prosecution and defense started preparing for trial. It's this time period that American Crime Story focuses in on "The Dream Team."

Obviously, this episode doesn't have the melodramatic and climatic moments of the previous two episodes, but American Crime Story doesn't stop being any less interesting. "The Dream Team" is really nothing more than a lot of people debating and/or flattering one another and basic cable cursing. It's all fascinating though, especially if you're a true crime fan, as American Crime Story gets to explore one of the least known aspects of one of the most famous murder trials ever.
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American Gods: Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow




Neil Gaiman TV adaptation American Gods pushes on at Starz, with Ricky Whittle cast in the lead role of Shadow...

Forthcoming Starz adaptation, American Gods, has cast its Shadow, and unusually (though perhaps not at all unusually considering Us TV's love of giving limeys American accents), it's gone for a Brit.

Ricky Whittle, seen recently in The 100, is the man for the job. 

Whittle made his name here in the UK on soap Hollyoaks and football drama The Dream Team, before doing a stint in sequins on Strictly Come Dancing then relocating across the Atlantic for Mistresses and the aforementioned The 100.

He'll be playing Shadow Moon, the American Gods lead, who begins Gaiman's novel as a recently released ex-con with a mysterious past and a penchant for coin tricks. When Shadow's path crosses with that of Wednesday, things get seriously weird for him. And we mean seriously.
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Academy’s Careers Event Will Link Up Students With Industry Pros

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Oct. 17 will launch a Careers in Film Summit, which brings industry pros (above and below the line) to talk with students from the L.A. Unified School District. The day-long program includes six panel discussions.

It will take place at the Goldwyn Theatre in the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. The event is sold out, but there will be a waiting line, with free tickets given to individuals with student ID if possible.

Opening the program will be comments from Jana Babatunde-Bey, COO of Overbrook Entertainment; Mike Muse, who was named millennial entrepreneur champion of the Sba’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative; and Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s managing director of preservation and foundation programs.

The first morning session is “Working above the Line,” with panelists including producers Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People,” “Project Greenlight”), Debra Martin Chase (“Just Wright
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