Movies We Love Presents: CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (1998)

June 7, 2015, 6:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Movies We Love and Columbia Pictures invite you and a guest to a special retrospective screening of

Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Written and Directed by
Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
Produced by Betty Thomas and Jenno Topping
Followed by a Q&A with Deborah Kaplan,
Harry Elfont, Ethan Embry, Peter Facinelli,
Seth Green, and Joel Michaely,
Moderated by Timothy Dowling
6:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


35mm print offered courtesy of Columbia Pictures!!!

About Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High-- a time for Pomp and Circumstance, tassels and mortarboards, and serious introspection about the future. But tonight, the seniors will leave all that behind for the things that really matter; romance, revenge and rock 'n' roll. Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in one raucous comedy about the ultimate teen party, a once-in-a-lifetime alternate universe where class nerds become class studs, super-jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance. From prom queen to bimbo, meathead to misfit, everyone will be there for a hormone-charged bash tapped for out-of-control fun.

Provided courtesy of Columbia Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 100 minutes.


About the Guests


Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont wrote and directed the feature films Can't Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats. Their screenplay credits include Leap Year, Made of Honor and A Very Brady Sequel. They both grew up in the Philadelphia area and insist that they are not married to each other.

ETHAN EMBRY (Actor, "Preston Meyers")

Ethan Embry stars on the new hit Neftlix series “Grace and Frankie” from Marta Kaufman (“Friends”) which was just renewed for Season 2. In “Grace and Frankie” Ethan portrays “Coyote,” the recovering son of Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterson. Season one is currently available on Netflix.

A dynamic and accomplished actor, Ethan has the ability to consistently reinvent himself for whatever the role demands. In addition to “Frankie and Grace,” he starred in the recently released independent film “Echoes of War,” and has upcoming the film “Devil’s Candy,” a horror film from Snoot, where he stars as a father who has to protect his family from a sociopathic pedophile whose eyes are on his 12 year old daughter.

Other recent roles include a high-profile arc on ABC’s cult hit series “Once Upon A Time” and an appearance in the award-winning independent film “Cheap Thrills,” about a scheming couple who put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.

Proving his talent at an early age, Ethan was plucked from obscurity at just 13 years old, discovered by the late John Hughes to star in his film, “Dutch.” Since catapulting onto the scene, Ethan has starred in over 50 movies, including some of the most successful teen films of the 90’s: the Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan comedy “Cant Hardly Wait,” Alan Moyle’s ensemble comedy “Empire Records,” Ridley Scott’s dramatic ill-fated sailing voyage “White Squall,” and the Tom Hanks-directed “That Thing You Do. These iconic films are not just a part of our pop culture history; they also launched the careers of some of today’s most recognizable names, including Ethan’s.  

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of “Empire Records” and in late 2014 finally got the Los Angeles reception it deserved, when it was presented as part of the Cinespia Summer Screening Series in front of almost 7,000 people at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Director Alan Moyle, reunited cast members such as Ethan as well Brendon Sexton, Johnny Whitworth, Kimo Wills, Coyote Shivers to attend the screening with him. It was an amazing evening.

As he evolved in the acting craft, Ethan began tackling more sophisticated roles. Over the course of the past ten years, his choices in roles have interestingly proven to be a lot darker, gritty and more dramatic. Most notably, his well-deserved credits include a starring role on the hit Peabody Award-winning Showtime series “Brotherhood” as Declan Giggs, opposite Jason Isaacs and Jason Clarke. A game-changer for his career, this was the first time as an adult that he felt he was truly able to show the breadth and depth of his talent. During the three years the show was on the air, he fully transformed into his character, gaining over 30 pounds for the role, and in many ways got to know himself and was able to fully develop as an actor and a person.

In addition to “Brotherhood,” Ethan’s starring role as detective Frank Smith on Dick Wolf's remake of the classic series “Dragnet” with Ed O’Neill, and thoughtfully chosen roles in the films  “Sweet Home Alabama” alongside Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas, the cult classic “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle,” “Vegas Vacation,” opposite Chevy Chase, and “All I Want for Christmas,” have proven how diverse, yet relatable, Ethan can be. Other TV credits include arcs on “CSI:Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hawaii 5.0,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “USA’s “Fairly Legal,” CBS’s “CSI Miami,” and the miniseries “The Witches of Oz,” among others.

Although Ethan has thoroughly enjoyed a life in the spotlight, in more recent years, he has chosen to live a quiet life outside the throws of celebrity, focusing on independent films and projects he is passionate about. Ethan and his family are heavily involved with Art of Elysium an organization that works to make art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists and various populations in need of service and support.  He also enjoys building and playing guitar.  He tweets about current events, is extremely well versed on current events and what is going on in the world.

He resides in Los Angeles with his fiancée Sunny Mabrey and son Cogeian.

PETER FACINELLI (Actor, "Mike Dexter")

Facinelli can currently be seen starring opposite Anna Friel in the new NBC drama “Odyssey”. He also appeared on the seventh and final season of Showtime's critically-acclaimed series “Nurse Jackie” starring Edie Falco which, among its numerous accolades, has earned Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe and Writers Guild Award nominations, as well as being named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Shows of 2009. Facinelli’s past television credits include the following: a guest starring role on “Glee,” a pivotal supporting role on the 2007 season of “Damages,” FX's award-winning legal thriller starring Glenn Close; a recurring role on the award winning HBO Series “Six Feet Under,” for which heshared the cast's 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama; as well as a starring role in McG's sexy one-hour drama “Fastlane” in 2003.

Facinelli is best-known for starring as “Doctor Carlisle Cullen” in the blockbuster TWILIGHT franchise, all of which are based on Stephenie Meyer's #1 New York Times bestselling literary series. Other past film credits include FREEZER with Dylan McDermott, Penny Marshall's RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS with Drew Barrymore, THE SCORPION KING opposite Dwayne Johnson, the dramedy FINDING AMANDA with Matthew Broderick, TEMPTED with Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burroughs, a starring role in Walter Hills' sci-fi thriller SUPERNOVA with James Spader and Angela Bassett, THE BIG KAHUNA opposite Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito, DANCER, TEXAS, POP.81, FOXFIRE alongside Angelina Jolie, and the cult classic CAN’T HARDLY WAIT opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In 2010, Facinelli started a production company, A7sle Films. A7sle Films' first feature, LOOSIES, was a fast-paced dramatic comedy that Facinelli wrote and starred in about a successful pickpocket in the New York City subways. The company has also partnered with FilmDistrict to co-finance the true story horror picture, THE LAST WORD, based on a documentary of the same name about Johnny Frank Garrett, which will be released in 2014. They have also acquired the rights to “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob” by Edward Mackenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas which they have set up as an event series at Fox.  Additional projects in the works in the works include horror films based on “The Devil’s Rooming House” and the Staten Island “Cropsey” legend, and a project based on another optioned property, “Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy.” The company has produced projects across film, TV and digital platforms with Electus, 5x5, Boom Comics, College Humor, YouTube, ISH, and ARC Productions.

Venturing out of traditional Hollywood, A7sle Films has developed their first comic book, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS. The series, written by Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, Supergirl) and illustrated by Mariano Navarro (DESCENDANT) and distributed by Boom! Comics, is an action-packed espionage series with a compelling cast of young characters struggling with their transition into adulthood. They have also completed a YA novel, After the Red Rain, with Little Brown Company which Facinelli co-wrotewith Barry Lyga and Rob DeFranco. After the Red Rain, which will be released on August 4, 2015, is set in a future world of environmental collapse and mass poverty, where a mysterious boy named Rose discovers he possesses inhuman powers that can irrevocably change the lives of everyone on the planet.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Facinelli splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

SETH GREEN (Actor, "Kenny Fisher")

If you’ve gone to the movies or watched television in the last 30 years, you already know Seth Green’s work. Green was the titular character in the animated feature, Yellowbird and recently starred in the feature films The Identical with Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Joe Pantoliano, Lionsgate's Sexy Evil Genius, opposite Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Trachtenberg, and festival-winning favorite, The Story of Luke, as Lou Taylor Pucci's autistic mentor. Green additionally narrated a doc that was shortlisted for an Academy Award, Jujitsu-ing Reality, about Sexy Evil Genius screenwriter Scott Lew, who wrote the film while battling ALS, unable to speak or type.

Green, a frequent Emmy®nominee for Outstanding Voice-Over performance for Robot Chicken, is proud that his show is also often nominated as Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, the same category that earned him an Emmy® in 2010. Green and producing partner Matt Senreich created the show and serve as executive producers, writers and sometime directors for the stop-motion animated series, with Green providing 30-65 voices each episode. The pop culture parody show, in their eighth season, airs on Adult Swim and earns great reviews and ratings. Green directed their two Robot Chicken DC Comics Specials and their three Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, which all earned Emmy® nominations and won numerous Annie Awards, including a directing win for Green. With Tom Root, they executive produced Titan Maximum for Adult Swim. In 2012, Seth's production company expanded and debuted their own full-service animation studio, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, who are currently in production on Adult Swim's Hot Streets and OMG! Earth, WWE's Camp WWE, Crackle's SuperMansion and Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship is Magic, with Green serving as an executive producer on all of them.

Green continues to voice Chris Griffin on Family Guy, the hit Fox animated series, as well as A-Bomb on Disney XD's Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Leonardo in Nickelodeon's primetime animated show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has several other series and films in development.

Green starred in Without A Paddle,Party Monster,Knockaround Guys, Can’t Hardly Wait,The Italian Job andRat Race. He also co-starred inOld Dogs,America’s Sweethearts and all threeAustin Powers films, along with starring roles in numerous television series.  

At eight, Green landed a co-starring role in Hotel New Hampshire with Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe. At twelve, he had a leading role in Woody Allen's Radio Days. Green traded quips with Carson on The Tonight Show at thirteen and is admired as a rare child actor who successfully transitioned to adult roles and success. He grew up onscreen in several feature films including Big Business, My Stepmother is an Alien, Can’t Buy Me Love and was a series regular on ABC’s Good and Evil and The Byrds of Paradise and CBS’ Temporarily Yours.

He starred in David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Old Globe in San Diego in ‘96. Green, as Scott Evil, sparred with on-screen father Mike Myers in 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember. In Columbia’s Can’t Hardly Wait, Green played Kenny Fisher, whom he described as “a wannabe black kid -- my whole goal was to lose my virginity.” Green began his role as Oz, a guitarist and sometime werewolf, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in late ’97 while filming Can’t Hardly Wait. His Buffy schedule precluded a larger role in Touchstone’s Will Smith starrer, Enemy of the State, but Green was thrilled to work with director Tony Scott. In Knockaround Guys portrayed Johnny Marbles, “a delusional screw-up." Playing two-bit con, Duane Cody, in Jerry Zucker’s Rat Race, he did his own stunts and had the bruises to prove it. In America’s Sweethearts, starring Julia Roberts and John Cusack, Green played a rising studio publicity executive under the tutelage of Billy Crystal’s veteran character at a film junket from hell. Next, Green starred on Fox's series, Greg the Bunny as the bestfriend/co-worker to the title character, a puppet, with Eugene Levy as Seth’s estranged father and boss.

In 2003, Green portrayed a technological genius in Paramount’s hit, The Italian Job. He and Macaulay Culkin starred in Killer Films’ indie flick Party Monster, the true story of New York club-kid-turned-murderer Michael Alig and James St. James. Also the film's narrator, Green won critical praise for his portrayal of the heroin-addicted, wildly excessive portion of St. James' life. Green spent months in New Zealand in 2003 filming the lead in Without a Paddle, a surprisingly strong summer hit, and he also played a mysterious museum curator in Scooby-Doo 2:  Monsters Unleashed

Between film roles, Green and Senreich debuted their series, Sweet J Presents, on Sony’s Screenblast. It eventually led to Robot Chicken, which began airing in February, 2005 to record ratings. In Fox’s animated primetime series, Family Guy, Green plays Chris Griffin, the teenage son in a dysfunctional family. He also starred in NBC’s Four Kings series and the feature film, Sex Drive, as a sarcastic Amish man who has a way with automobiles. Green was Robin Williams and John Travolta's put-upon assistant in Old Dogs and the lead in Mars Needs Moms. Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred in the 2013-14 Fox sitcom Dads.

Starring in multiple film and television projects is fulfilling and Green is enjoying his role as a media mogul. Known for his professionalism on and off the set, Green says, “I don’t take myself seriously but I take what I do seriously -- I always want to work hard and to appreciate what I am getting.”


Bio coming soon.

TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator/SCA Alumnus)

Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and listed last year in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He has written the films Role Models, Just Go With It, and This Means War. As well as the upcoming Pixels directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad. And Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro. Timothy is also on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts as well as being their representative on the USC Alumni Board of Governors. In 2012 he proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

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 5:30 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.


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