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Toga! 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Animal House

There have been several movies made as a result of the National Lampoon magazine, but the first film came in 1978. National Lampoon's Animal House was directed by John Landis, who was still trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood in the late ‘70s. While John Belushi was the star of the film, other actors including Tim Matheson, Thomas Hulce, and Stephen Furst made up the members of a fictional fraternity at Faber College.

Related: 9 Funniest Quotes From National Lampoon's Animal House

Animal House was a surprise hit for Universal Studios and is now one of John Belushi’s most well-known films apart from The Blues Brothers. Last year marked the film’s 40th anniversary, but there are some things about the movie that may still surprise even the biggest movie buffs. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Animal House.
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‘Booksmart’: Hype Yourself Up By Watching The First 6 Minutes Of One Of The Best Comedies Of The Year

Comedy, like most film genres, occasionally needs a kick in the pants. Historically, there have been films that have changed the landscape of the genre, hurtling it in new directions. Films like “Animal House,” “Airplane!,” “Caddyshack,” “Old School,” and more recently, “Superbad” have all given the comedy genre a much-needed shot in the arm, twisting the genre in new ways and expanding the scope in the process.

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UK trailer & poster for the ‘Child’ Play’ remake/reboot

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Vertigo Releasing have released the official UK trailer and poster for the Child’s Play redux, which features Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the voice of Chucky, along with Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman.

Child’s Play has been produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their KatzSmith banner, whose film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has earned over $700million worldwide. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project. The film is directed by new talent Lars Klevberg (director of the forthcoming horror chiller Polaroid), and written by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original script.

Aubrey Plaza stars as a single mother who buys her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Chucky, the doll, is voiced by Mark Hamill, who says of his new role, “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life,
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Chucky hits a technical error in UK trailer for ‘Child’s Play’

Vertigo Releasing has unleashed a brand new UK trailer for Lars Klevberg’s reboot of the classic horror ‘Child’s Play’

Aubrey Plaza stars as a single mother who buys her son Andy [Gabriel Bateman] a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Chucky, the doll, is voiced by Mark Hamill, who says of his new role, “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life, and present him in a way you’ve never seen before.”

Also appearing are Brian Tyree Henry as the cop on the trail of the miniature murderer and Tim Matheson [Animal House], as the founder of the Kaslan Corporation, which produces the Buddi dolls.

The film has been produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their Katz Smith banner, whose film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has earned over $700million worldwide. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project.
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Evan Shapiro Tapped As President To Resuscitate National Lampoon Comedy Brand

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Evan Shapiro Tapped As President To Resuscitate National Lampoon Comedy Brand
Exclusive: Kevin Frakes and Raj B. Singh have tapped Evan Shapiro to become president of National Lampoon. Frakes and Singh, who bought the brand two years ago, have also acquired Shapiro’s eshapTV and will fold the comedy projects he has been developing into the National Lampoon brand.

PalmStar media spent $12 million in 2017 to acquire all the assets of the brand, including the National Lampoon trademark and a library of print, audio and movie content generated over 50 years. One part of Shapiro’s emergence here is a partnership with alt-comedy podcast network Forever Dog, that will carry reboots of the National Lampoon Radio Hour that launched the likes of Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. They are also republishing online pages from the original National Lampoon magazine, and will reboot as a stage and TV show Lemmings, which launched Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, John Belushi and others.

Shapiro will oversee all development,
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‘Child’s Play’ gets a new poster… and UK release date!

  • Nerdly
Vertigo Releasing have announced the acquisition of Orion Pictures’ Child’s Play redux for UK and Ireland. The movie features Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the voice of Chucky, along with Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman.

Child’s Play has been produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their KatzSmith banner, whose film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has earned over $700million worldwide. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project. The film is directed by new talent Lars Klevberg (director of the forthcoming horror chiller Polaroid), and written by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original script.

Aubrey Plaza stars as a single mother who buys her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Chucky, the doll, is voiced by Mark Hamill, who says of his new role, “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life,
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Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig join cast of Matt Haig adaptation 'A Boy Called Christmas'

Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig join cast of Matt Haig adaptation 'A Boy Called Christmas'
Shooting underway Lapland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and London.

Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins and Kristen Wiig have all joined the cast of Matt Haig adaptation A Boy Called Christmas, which has started shooting on location in Lapland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and London.

The cast also includes Maggie Smith, Toby Jones, Zoe Colletti, Michiel Huisman, Henry Lawfull, Rune Temte and Indica Watson. Gil Kenan, who was nominated for the best animated film Oscar in 2006 for Animal House, directs.

The film is a live-action adaptation of Haig’s book of the same name, which tells the origin story of Father Christmas. A young
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9 Funniest Quotes From National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon’s Animal House was the first real hit R-rated comedy. Before then, comedies were clean and family-friendly. And then the National Lampoon team came along with a 200-page script called Laser Orgy Girls to shake things up. The title was eventually changed to Animal House and the loose story was condensed to revolve around a bunch of frat guys in college.

Related: Anchorman: The 10 Most Memorable Quotes From The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

No studio expected it to do well, and then pretty much overnight, it became the highest-grossing comedy movie of all time. It’s since been surpassed for that record, but only by comedies it inspired.
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Can you believe ‘Survivor 38’ actually wants us to feel sorry for ‘Joey Amazing’ — are you buying it? [Poll]

Can you believe ‘Survivor 38’ actually wants us to feel sorry for ‘Joey Amazing’ — are you buying it? [Poll]
To paraphrase a quote from “Animal House,” strong, handsome and charismatic is no way to go through “Survivor.” Joe Anglim, one of four returning players competing on Season 38, seems to have a charmed life — perhaps even super powers — except for when it comes to actually winning “Survivor.” In his previous appearances on two back-to-back seasons, 2014’s Survivor: “World’s Apart” and 2015’s “Survivor: Cambodia,” whatever tribe he is on will use his prowess at challenges and innate knowledge of camp life until the merge. Then they kick him to the curb and say,”Sayonara!”

It is hard to feel bad for someone who seems to glide his way through life, especially when playing “Survivor.” The first day at the Kama camp, he seemed to make fire appear just out of thin air even before a flint was provided. Since that time, his tribe has lost only one of eight challenges
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Olivia Wilde's Directorial Debut Hailed as a 'Masterpiece' — Watch Trailer for Booksmart

Olivia Wilde's Directorial Debut Hailed as a 'Masterpiece' — Watch Trailer for Booksmart
Olivia Wilde has made her directorial debut — and critics are over the moon with it.

Booksmart, which is set for release on May 24, was screened for the first time at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin on Sunday. Immediately following its world premiere, critics were quick to call it a “masterpiece” and “bleepin’ fantastic.”

On Monday, Annapurna Pictures released the trailer for the film, giving people a tease at what all the hype is about.

The teen comedy stars Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) as high school best friends who decide to live it up
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Happy Death Day 2U Review

Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day 2U is a fascinating deviation from his 2017 Groundhog Day slasher riff that first laughed in death’s face. Landon and co-scribe Scott Lobdell distance themselves even further from hardcore horror treatments – almost entirely ditching Happy Death Day’s tepid subgenre commitment – and head into blackened Weird Science territory. Dare I say it’s more a quantum physics time paradox laugh like something from a futuristic Scooby Doo episode? Happy Death Day 2U almost outright abandons terror to design a more emotionally-driven teen comedy that just so happens to feature an early death sequence montage.

Oddly enough though – coming from someone who wasn’t overly keen on Happy Death Day – the switcheroo actually works.

Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) has a new lease on life after the events of the first film. She’s dating nice-guy Carter (Israel Broussard), has got rid of psycho killer Lori
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Mark Urman, Veteran Indie Film Distributor, Dies at 66

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Mark Urman, Veteran Indie Film Distributor, Dies at 66
Veteran indie film distributor Mark Urman, most recently president and CEO of New York-based Paladin Films, died Saturday following a bout with cancer, a rep for Paladin confirmed. He was 66.

Urman began his career in the international publicity department at United Artists, followed by publicity positions with Columbia Pictures and the studio’s Triumph Films. In 1997, he left the PR firm Dennis Davidson and Associates to join Cinepix Film Properties as its head of U.S. distribution.

While serving as distribution president at ThinkFilm in the early 2000s, Urman steered seven films to Oscar nominations in six years, with “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” both winning the gold for Best Documentary Feature.

Also Read: Verna Bloom, 'Animal House' and 'Last Temptation of Christ' Actress, Dies at 80

He also shepherded successful Oscar campaigns for the films “Monsters Ball,” “Affliction,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and “Gods and Monsters,
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Verna Bloom, ‘Animal House’ and ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ Actress, Dies at 80

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Verna Bloom, ‘Animal House’ and ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ Actress, Dies at 80
Verna Bloom, a character actress best known for playing the cheating wife of Dean Wormer in “Animal House” and Mary, mother of Jesus in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” has died at age 80.

A family spokesperson told USA Today that Bloom died from complications from dementia.

Bloom made her film debut co-starring in Haskell Wexler’s acclaimed 1969 drama “Medium Cool,” for which she received a best actress and best supporting actress nomination from the National Society of Film Critics.

She appeared as Sarah Belding in Clint Eastwood’s 1973 Western “High Plains Drifter,” and later worked again with Eastwood in his 1982 film “Honkytonk Man.”

During this time, Bloom also struck a working relationship with Scorsese, appearing in three of his films: 1970’s “Street Scenes,” 1985’s “After Hours,” and in 1988, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

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Verna Bloom Dies: ‘Animal House’ Actress Was 80

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Verna Bloom Dies: ‘Animal House’ Actress Was 80
Verna Bloom, whose memorable turn as Marion Wormer in the 1979 comedy classic Animal House saw her immortalize cucumber innuendo, has died. She passed Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine from dementia complications, according to a family spokesperson.

Bloom had a long career in film, television and on the stage, spanning a wide range of roles in drama and comedy. She made her film debut in Medium Cool as a single mother mixed up in the violence of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. She also worked with Martin Scorsese in the comedy After Hours; played Mary in the The Last Temptation of Christ; was the lover of Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter (1973) and again joined him in Honkytonk Man.

Perhaps her most memorable film role was Marion Wormer, the boozy but sexy wife of Faber College Dean Vernon Wormer in Animal House. Approached in the supermarket vegetable isle by Tim Matheson’s Bmoc Otter,
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Verna Bloom, Animal House and High Plains Drifter Star, Dies at 80

Verna Bloom, Animal House and High Plains Drifter Star, Dies at 80
After a battle with dementia, actress Verna Bloom has sadly passed away. She was 80 years old. She died on January 9th in Bar Harbor, Maine, according to her family, but no other details have been revealed. The actress appeared in a number of TV shows and movies over the years, but Bloom is probably best-known for starring in 1973's High Plains Drifter alongside Clint Eastwood. However, her role as the drunken wife to Dean Wormer, Marion Wormer, in 1978's Animal House is arguably her most memorable role.

Verna Bloom was born in 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she later attended and graduated from Boston University. After graduation, Bloom left Massachusetts for Denver, Colorado, which is where she started a local theater. In the 1960s, she moved to New York, and when her acting career started with her role as Charlotte Corday in the Broadway revival of Marat/Sade. After stints on Broadway and theater performances,
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Verna Bloom, Actress in 'Animal House' and 'Medium Cool,' Dies at 80

Verna Bloom, Actress in 'Animal House' and 'Medium Cool,' Dies at 80
Verna Bloom, who starred in Haskell Wexler's groundbreaking Medium Cool and played the boozing, philandering wife of the college dean in the John Landis comedy Animal House, has died. She was 80.

Bloom died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications from dementia, family spokesman Mike Kaplan announced.

For Martin Scorsese, Bloom portrayed a sculptor in the comedy After Hours (1985) and then Mary in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Earlier, she was the lover of Clint Eastwood's The Stranger in High Plains Drifter (1973) before reteaming with the actor-director in Honkytonk Man (1982).

Survivors include her husband Jay ...
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Verna Bloom, Actress in ‘Animal House,’ ‘High Plains Drifter,’ Dies at 80

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Verna Bloom, Actress in ‘Animal House,’ ‘High Plains Drifter,’ Dies at 80
Verna Bloom, who appeared in “Animal House” and worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese, died Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine, her rep confirmed to Variety. She was 80 years old.

The cause was complications of dementia, her family stated.

Although Bloom appeared extensively in theater and television, she is most noted for her film work. One of her memorable roles came in John Landis’ 1978 comedy “Animal House,” in which she appeared as the drunken, debauched wife of the beleaguered Dean Wormer. She also appeared in three films by Martin Scorsese — “Street Scenes 1970,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and “After Hours” (1985) — and two by Clint Eastwood: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) and “Honkytonk Man” (1982).

Bloom was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1938. After graduating from Boston University, she moved to Denver and started a local theater. Moving to New York in the mid-1960s, she starred as Charlotte Corday in the Broadway revival of “Marat/Sade” and,
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Film Review: ‘Vice’ Proves It’s Okay to Laugh at Dick Cheney

Chicago – “Vice” is an occasionally very funny attempt to demystify the life and legacy of former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Using some of the same gimmicks and narrative trickery he employed to great effect in “The Big Short,” writer/director Adam McKay goes deep into the weeds to try to explain how Cheney made it to the second highest office in the land.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Packing on 40 extra pounds and some remarkable makeup, Christian Bale has Cheney’s mannerisms and characterization down pat. Amy Adams is the Lady Macbeth-like figure Lynne Cheney, whose own strength of will and ambition force her husband to get whipped into shape, mentally at least although never physically. But for my money, Steve Carell steals the show as George W. Bush-era Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Playing the longtime Washington figure as a refugee from “Anchorman” or “Animal House” is an inspired
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Ten of the Strangest Disney Live-Action Films You Probably Forgot About

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Disney has a long and varied history of live-action films. This is a look at some of the most bizarre you would not have expected to have been produced by the Walt Disney Company.

When you think of Disney movies, what comes to mind are beloved tales meant to entertain both adults and children. They can be epic fairytales brought to life, artistic animated films full of beloved characters, or fun-loving adventure films. In the live-action realm, Disney has made a habit of adapting real-life stories from American history to the big screen, or else making films which feature animals, wacky professors, or flying nannies.

The films this article covers are not like this at all. They are Disney live-action movies, but they defy our expectations of what a Disney live-action movie should be. Some of them are ambitious, pushing outside the envelope, and should be applauded. Others are hairbrained
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‘SNL’ Promo With Claire Foy & Pete Davidson Devolves Into Feed-For-All

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‘SNL’ Promo With Claire Foy & Pete Davidson Devolves Into Feed-For-All
Claire Foy and her queenly accent will be center stage at Studio 8H this weekend to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and today we got the promo for her episode. It features castmember Pete Davidson telling the TV royal about “an SNL tradition that we have to do with every host” — one that, if true, might have begun with Animal House-era John Belushi.

Without giving too much away — not that its plot is under Saran wrap: The host and the comic square off in a slo-mo display of high-calorie ammunition exchange set to musical guest Anderson.Paak’s “Tints,” The culinary high jinks get interrupted rather rudely by peckish ‘n’ peeved fellow castmember Heidi Gardner. Seems someone owes her a cool 413 bucks.

Amid the airborne pasta, veggies, beverages and desserts, the clip also offers a rare glimpse of Wham-o’s semi-legendary failed spinoff toy, the Pizza Frisbee. All
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