An Evening with THE RAZZIE® AWARDS

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April 16, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you and a guest to attend

An Evening with THE RAZZIE® AWARDS

A special presenation and conversation with John Wilson, Founder/Head RAZZberry, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards, moderated by Dr. David Lerner, Ph.D.

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The event will include clips and discussion of Cleopatra, Mommie Dearest, Tough Guys Don't Dance, Battlefield Earth, Jack & Jill, Showgirls, Halle Berry's Razzie Acceptance Speech and others.

 

About the Guests

JOHN WILSON, Founder/Head RAZZberry, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards

As a lifelong inhabitant of Planet Hollywood, John Wilson has seen more than 4,500 movies, many of them in his role as the founder of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation and creator of the internationally known RAZZIE® Awards, which have dis-honored Worst Achievements in Film since 1980.

He was recently saluted by E!TV as "the foremost authority on all things that suck on the big screen." As the writer/director and publicist for the RAZZIE ceremonies, Wilson has honed the Awards’ public profile and sense of humor by writing the shows’ scripts and press releases, by administering the Foundation’s website (amassing millions of hits a year) and by being the public face of the RAZZIES through radio TV, and print interviews with media from around the world. He was recently a featured commentator on the 2013 TV Guide Network special “Count ‘Em Down: Hollywood’s Biggest Flops.”

 

A graduate of UCLA's prestigious motion picture/TV studies program, Wilson has spent decades as a writer, producer, director, publicist and creative consultant for many entertainment industry clients, including Disney, Fox, PBS and the Academy Awards. Wilson’s first book, a compilation of film-still-illustrated cinematic cliché's entitled Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies was published in 1995. His second book, The Official RAZZIE Movie Guide, which lists his choices as the 100 funniest bad movies ever made, appeared on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller List.

DR. DAVID LERNER, Ph.D., Moderator

David Lenrer received his MA and PhD from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His dissertation, “A Taste for Trash: The Persistence of Exploitation in American Cinema, 1960-1975,” explores key aesthetic, economic, and legal developments in the post-war American film industry filtered through the lens of exploitation film practices. His areas of scholarly interest include independent cinema, criticism and the construction of taste, representations of sexuality, and media industry studies. He has published work on nostalgia for the grindhouse in the collection Cinema Inferno, and an urban analysis of HBO’s The Wire in Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He currently teaches film and television courses at University of Southern California, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, and CSU – Fullerton.

A Brief History of The RAZZIE® Awards

Starting with an Oscar® Night ceremony so small it was actually staged in a living room alcove, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards have since grown into what E! On-Line recently called "the foremost authority on all things that suck on the big screen." Annually presenting Dis-Honors for Worst Achievements in Film since 1980 in categories ranging from the obvious (Worst Picture, Actor and Actress) to the obtuse (Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Screen Couple) The RAZZIES® today receive television, radio and newspaper coverage around the world. Their yearly bestowing of Tinsel Town's Tackiest Trophies is regularly covered by all three major worldwide newswire services (AP, UPI and Reuters) CNN, major market TV network affiliates across the U.S. and on nationwide ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR network radio news. They also receive print coverage in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Premiere and People-on-Line Magazines. It has been estimated that the worldwide audience annually exposed to information about The RAZZIES® is over One Billion People.

Founded by Lifelong Cine-Maniac and Cynic John Wilson, author of both 1995's EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED AT THE MOVIES and the recent Warner Books release THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE MOVIE GUIDE (Listing 100 of The Berry Funniest Bad Movies Ever Made), the RAZZIES® are a light-hearted parody of award shows in general (and The Oscars in particular). The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation's well-aimed Darts of Derision have always been directed at Hollywood's High Profile Humiliations (rather than at the easier target of low-budget/drive-in fare). Worst Picture Dis-Honorees to date have included such Big Budget B.O. Bombs as CATWOMAN, HOWARD THE DUCK and JACK & JILL, as well as such Certified Camp Classics as MOMMIE DEAREST, SHOWGIRLS, BATTLEFIELD EARTH and I KNOW WHO KILLED ME. "Winners" of RAZZIE® Awards for what they would argue was acting range from such Highly Regarded But Project-Misguided stars as Roberto Benigni, Bill Cosby, Kevin Costner and Laurence Olivier to such Top Name But Talent-Challenged performers as Madonna, Burt Reynolds, The Asshole Formerly Known as Prince, Brooke Shields, Adam Sandler, RAZZIE® Poster Child Pia Zadora and All-Time RAZZIE® Champion (with an Impressive 10 "Wins," and a Staggering 30 Nominations...to date!) Sylvester Stallone.

Poised to Prick The Movie Industry's Pomp for as long as Hollywood keeps on making High-Profile Howlers, The RAZZIES® are now looking forward to their 34th Annual Ceremonies in the Spring of 2014 in H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu