POLICE ACADEMY (1984)

November 22, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

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


Movies We Love, USC Comedy and Warner Bros.
invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Police Academy (1984)

 
Directed by Hugh Wilson
Written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Hugh Wilson
Produced by
Paul Maslansky

Followed by a Q&A with Paul Maslansky, G.W. Bailey, Leslie Easterbrook, Lance Kinsey, Matt McCoy, Marion Ramsey, Wink Roberts, Donovan Scott, and Scott Thomson
 
5:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
 

About Police Academy (1984)

When the mayor of a crime-ridden city loosens the restrictions on entering the police academy in order to get more cops on the street, all manner of oddball characters enlist to join the force. Among the cadets are suave Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), hulking Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), beautiful Karen Thompson (Kim Cattrall) and sound effects-generating Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), who all have to show initiative and courage when they are faced with tough situations out on patrol.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated R. Running time: 96 minutes.

 
 

About the Guests

PAUL MASLANSKY (Producer)

Paul entered showbiz as a trumpet player with a number of bands in his native Manhattan. After a sojourn in radio advertising sales, Maslansky moved to Europe where he served as an assistant director and later production manager on European films, including Carol Reed's "The Running Man" (1963). From 1965 to 1967 he was the head of physical production for United Artists. He subsequently produced the first Italo-Soviet co-production, Mikhail Kalatozov's "The Red Tent" (1971), and the first joint US-USSR film venture, George Cukor's "The Blue Bird" (1976). Having produced 35 films, audiences are probably most aware of his extremely successful "Police Academy" franchise which has spawned six sequels and two TV versions. Returning to Moscow, Maslansky co-produced a Fred Schepisi's adaptation of John le Carre's "The Russia House" (1990), which teamed Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. Maslansky also has made occasional forays into American TV. In addition to an animated and live-action version of "Police Academy: The Series" (syndicated, 1989 and 1997 respectively), he produced the Emmy-nominated biographical miniseries "King" (NBC, 1978), featuring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson.

As well as The Silent Flute, he is currently developing Booker Prize winning novelist, Michael Ondaatje's Coming through Slaughter, as well as producing a new "Police Academy" for New Line Pictures. For a full list of credits please use the link below.

http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm0556487/

G.W. BAILEY (Actor, "Captain Harris")

G.W. Bailey is an actor best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in the television series M*A*S*H, and later as Captain Thaddeus Harris in Police Academy. In the late 1990s he starred in three of TNT's acclaimed "The Bible Series" films, Solomon (1997), Jesus (1999), and Saint Paul aka Paul The Apostle where he played the pivotal role of Paul’s missionary companion, Barnabas. He has also starred in various notable roles including Captain Felix Maxwell in Mannequin and as Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza from TNT's television crime drama The Closer.  He is currently continuing his role, in a spinoff of The Closer, as Lt. Provenza in the TNT series Major Crimes.

LESLIE EASTERBROOK (Actress, "Sergeant Callahan")

Leslie Easterbrook created Callahan, the tough as nails, over zealous drill instructor in the “Police Academy” movies.  If you missed her in the original movie, you may have seen her in one of the sequels, punching her way from Sergeant to Captain.

Leslie also created characters Devlin Kowalsky on “Ryan's Hope,” (3 years) and Rhonda Lee (3 seasons) on “Laverne and Shirley.”  She has guest starred in over 60 other television shows, including such classics as “Matlock,” ”Murder She Wrote”, (5 episodes),  “The Dukes of Hazzard,”  “Baywatch”, and the animated series, “Batman” and “Superman.” Her list of TV movies includes “The Song of the Lark,” for PBS, “A Family Lost,” for Lifetime, “Murder at the Presidio,” for USA, and “The Taking of Flight 847, The Uli Derickson Story,” for NBC.

She was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Nebraska and received a BFA degree in music from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  She began her show business career in the opera, but she quickly gravitated toward theatre, where she has appeared in a wide variety of plays and musicals on Broadway, and in Regional Theatres, Civic Auditoriums, and Performing Art Centers all around the country. She has wonderful memories of singing the national anthem at Superbowl XVII in 1983. It wasn’t grand opera, but it was certainly a grand honor.  And she remembered every single lyric!

She has played two characters named Bunny. In “Murder at the Presidio”, writer/director John Fasano named Leslie’s character Bunny. Also, in the original Broadway production of “California Suite,” Neil Simon named her character Bunny, and it has remained Bunny in all publications of his very successful play. Both characters were named after her very own nickname. {Bunny…from Easter-brook}  She was surprised and flattered at the time, and remains forever grateful.

Leslie considers it a blessing that director, screenwriter, musician, composer, performance artist and legend Rob Zombie cast her as Mother Firefly in his box office hit “The Devil’s Rejects,” and again, as Patty Frost, in his first “Halloween.”  His faith in her dark side has opened the door to a delicious array of juicy villains.  Not only has she had the opportunity to create some remarkably chilling characters, she has enjoyed meeting and greeting many horror fans over the past few years.  

If Rob had never cast her as Mother Firefly she would never have starred in “House,” (Betty) with Bill Moseley, Lew Temple and Michael Madson, or in “Dead Calling,” (Marge) with Sid Haig, or with Kane Hodder (stunt coordinator/The Devil’s Rejects) in “The Afflicted.” Other recent horror titles are “Mirror Image,” “Compound Fracture,” “Sorority Party Massacre,” “House of the Witch Doctor,” “Sugar Skull Girls,” and she will soon film “Abnormal Attraction” in Staten Island, and “Of Flesh and Bone”, in Montana. (Just an aside; Tyler Mane plays her step-son in “Compound Fracture” – he was her natural son in “The Devil’s Rejects,” and her killer in “Halloween.” Relationships often become confusing, even to the players…)

Lest you think Leslie has turned her back on comedy, take a look at the Farrelly brother’s, “The Heartbreak Kid,” starring Ben Stiller. She has a small part, but helps get one of the movie’s biggest laughs. She plays Haylie Duff’s mother in “The Wedding Pact,” written and directed by Matt Berman, who also co-wrote and co-directed “Hollywood and Wine” with Kevin P. Farley, in which Leslie works with David Spade for the first time since Police Academy IV. 

Soon to be finished and released “Give Til it Hurts,” a gritty, but funny, story about the kidnapping of a televangelist, is a toss up. Comedy or horror? You decide!

She plays a helpful teacher and good friend to a 28-year-old severely autistic man and his twin sister in NightLights, which is nominated for a Prism Award as Best Movie DVD 2014, and she recently won an LA WebFest Outstanding Guest Artist Award for the comedy web series “Mr. Wang Goes to Hollywood.” Leslie is married to Daniel (Dan) Wilcox. He is an award winning movie and television writer producer. 

LANCE KINSEY (Actor, "Proctor")

Lance Kinsey is an alumnus of Chicago's famed Second City Theatre, where he wrote and starred in several consecutive revues and was nominated for two Joseph Jefferson awards for writing and acting in an ensemble. He is probably best known to audiences as “Proctor,” the supercilious sidekick of Commandant Mauser and Captain Harris in the Police Academy film series. Kinsey's other film credits include Hero, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, and Krippendorf’s Tribe, among many others. He has taught acting and improv at high schools and colleges including Vanderbilt University and Columbia College, as well as at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Lance's writing career began when the first screenplay he wrote was awarded first prize in the prestigious American Cinema Foundation Screenwriting competition. He has written and produced for television and film. His latest film, ALL-STARS, which Lance wrote and directed, launches Dec. 1, 2015 on VOD and iTunes as well as all digital and on demand platforms after having won Best Showcase Feature Film (SOHO International Film Festival), Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film (L.A. Comedy Film Festival), and Best Feature Film Audience Award (Cinema at the Edge Film Festival) among others. Lance lives in L.A. with his wife Nancy, two children, Matt and Logan, and dog, Stella.

MATT MCCOY (Actor, "Sgt. Nick Lassard")

Matt McCoy is an actor best known for his role as Sgt. Nick Lassard in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege. He has starred in several other productions where his motion picture credits include the Curtis Hanson films The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and L.A. Confidential as well as the action comedy National Security.

He has also worked regularly on television where his credits include starring in the sitcom We Got It Made, and guest appearances on Murder, She WroteStar Trek: The Next GenerationThe Golden GirlsThe NannyL.A. LawMelrose PlaceNYPD Blue, Chicago HopeSabrina, the Teenage WitchSix Feet UnderThe West WingCarnivàleCSI: NYSilicon ValleyTrue Detective, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Huff. He also played the character "Lloyd Braun" in three episodes of Seinfeld.

MARION RAMSEY (Actress, "Officer La Verne Hooks")

Marion Ramsey is best known for her starring role as the timid, meek, squeaky-voiced Officer La Verne Hooks in 6 "POLICE ACADEMY" movies. Other films are "LORD HELP US," "RECIPE FOR DISASTER," "STOLEN MOMENTS OF SEPTEMBER," "MANIACTS," "WALBOB'S."

Some of her starring theater credits, including Broadway, Europe, UK, and the West Coast are "EUBIE" with Gregory Hines, "GRIND" with Ben Vereen, "MISS MOFFATT" with Bette Davis & Nell Carter, "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" with Ellen Green, "BODY AND SOUL TOUR," and "COUNTERMEN." In the UK, she played the role of Prissy in the musical version of "GONE WITH THE WIND/SCARLETT," and starred as the streetwise wisecracking Fairy Godmother with a huge attitude in "CINDERELLA."

Just a few of her television credits are "THE NANNY," "90210 BEVERLY HILLS, "DADDY DEAREST," ABC'S "3rd ANNUAL COMEDY AWARDS," "ROBOT CHICKEN," and "THE TIM & ERIK AWESOME SHOW/ADULT SWIM," and just recently, "LAVALANTULA" for the SYFY channel.

Marion was a featured soloist in the very first Sheryl Lee Ralph's "DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING" event, and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD as Best Supporting Actress for her role in "POLICE ACADEMY 1." She's performed her one woman cabaret shows at The Gardenia, Sterlings Upstairs @ Vitello's, and The Grand Ballroom at The Universal Sheraton.

WINK ROBERTS (Stuntman)

Wink Roberts is known for his work as a stuntman in the Police Academy series. He is also an actor who has been featured in various films and television series such as Adam-12, Shazam! and Dragnet (1967).

DONOVAN SCOTT (Actor, "Leslie Barbara")

Donovan Scott is a character film actor, best known for his role of cadet Leslie Barbara in the 1984 film Police Academy. Aside from various film credits such as Back to the Future III and Fraiser, he has also appeared in the music video for Olivia Newton-John's 1981 hit "Physical", and co-starred in Lucille Ball's 1986 ABC-TV series Life with Lucy.

SCOTT THOMSON (Actor, "Chad Copeland")

Scott Thomson is an actor best known for his roles in Twister (1996), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Police Academy (1984). Thomson played Chad Copeland in the comedy Police Academy and its sequels Police Academy 3: Back in Training and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.

Other films include The Couch TripCasual Sex, Day OneJack the BearMr. Jones, It Runs in the FamilyTwister, Blast from the Past, LoserClockstoppers and Assupmtion. He also portrayed DaiMon Goss in the Star Trek: The Next Generation third season episode "The Price" in 1989. His first feature film was the comedy Smokey and the Bandit (1977), with Paul Williams and Paul Sorensen. Later he appeared in the film Parasite.

Thompson has appeared in television series such as The Greatest American Hero, The Cosby Mysteries, Big Love, and Ghost Whisperer, and more recently had a guest part in an episode of True Blood and appeared in the comedy Vamps and the horror film Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation.

 
 

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

About Comedy@SCA

Comedy@SCA is the School of Cinematic Arts' initiative to become the destination institution for students who are serious about Comedy. Launched in 2011 with the Comedy@SCA Festival, we have created an interdisciplinary pathway through the Cinematic Arts curriculum, and offer twenty courses allowing students to focus their film studies toward the Comedy genre. It is our goal to foster a greater appreciation for the difficult art of comedy; to recognize, preserve and pass on the legacies of great comic figures in Film, Television and future media.

In addition to our distinguished faculty of comedy professionals, we work to promote interaction between students and the leading comedy talent of our day. Artist such as James L. Brooks, Jay Roach, Larry Moss and the minds behind Funny or Die have conducted recent on-campus workshops. We will continue to identify and promote opportunities for the growth of comedic education at SCA and to engage students with industry professionals.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid photo 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 4:30 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 $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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