July 12, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Universal Pictures invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of


Written and Directed by SCA Alumnus Rawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson,
Rawson Marshall Thurber, and Hiram Garcia

Followed by a Q&A with Rawson Marshall Thurber,
Moderated by Seth Grahame-Smith

7:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Opens Nationwide on Friday, July 13th, 2018

About Skyscraper

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line.

Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence).

Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 102 minutes.

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About the Guest

RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER (Writer, Director, Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay (Orinda, California), Rawson Marshall Thurber graduated cum laude with departmental honors from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a bachelor of arts in English and theater arts. He went on to earn a master of fine arts in producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California.

Shortly after graduation, he wrote and directed the short film Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and soon became a much-heralded Super Bowl commercial—also written and directed by Thurber—that won advertising’s highest honor: the Golden Lion Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The groundbreaking 60-second spot is continually ranked as one of the top three Super Bowl commercials of all time.

Thurber then directed his first feature screenplay, the 2004 hit comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which starred Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn for 20th Century Fox and which opened as the No. 1 film in America. It went on to make $167 million worldwide—this $100M- plus feat is an achievement never before accomplished by a first-time writer/director. Following such success, Thurber adapted Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon’s first novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." Thurber’s film, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which starred Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte, Mena Suvari and Jon Foster, was one of 16 films selected for narrative competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize. Thurber’s third feature film, the raucous Warner Bros./New Line Cinema comedy We’re the Millers, which starred Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms, was the surprise hit of the 2013 summer, the No. 1 original comedy of that year, and has grossed $270 million to date.

Thurber’s most recent film, the action-comedy Central Intelligence, which starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, became the No. 1 live-action original film of 2016, and has earned $217 million worldwide. To date, Thurber’s three original films have grossed a staggering $654 million worldwide. Thurber recently created his first television show, the tongue-in-cheek half-hour comedy, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, which starred Ryan Hansen and Samira Wiley for YouTube Red. The show has been picked up for its second season.

Thurber and Johnson will work together for a third time on Thurber’s latest original idea, the international heist picture Red Notice (an idea that sparked a fierce bidding war and resulted in the largest pitch sale in film history) which begins production in Spring 2019. Red Notice is set to be released on June 12, 2020.

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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 6:45 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.


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 the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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