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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Groovy List is ready for another Wet Hot American Summer

The Groovy List is a weekly Top 10 of recommended videos featuring pop culture:

1) Groovy Guy: John G. Avildsen
The film director, who died June 16 at age 81, won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Director for Rocky. Other directing credits include Joe (1970), Save the Tiger (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978), The Formula (1980), Neighbors (1981), A Night in Heaven (1983), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), For Keeps (1988), Lean on Me (1989), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), Rocky V (1990) and 8 Seconds (1994). Below you can watch Avildsen's Oscar acceptance speech and trailers for Neighbors and A Night in Heaven.

2) Groovy Guy: Stephen Furst
The actor, who died June 16 at age 63, was best known for his role as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 film, National Lampoon's Animal House, and the 1979 ABC sitcom, Delta House. He was cast in Animal House after producer Matty Simmons saw his head shot, which he included in pizza boxes while working as a pizza delivery driver in Hollywood. Other television credits include the NBC series, St. Elsewhere (1983-88), the ABC sitcom, Have Faith (1989), the science fiction series, Babylon 5 (1994-98), and the Fox sitcom, Misery Loves Company (1995). Other feature film credits include Take Down (1979), Scavenger Hunt (1979), Midnight Madness (1980), The Unseen (1980), Silent Rage (1982), National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), Up the Creek (1984) and The Dream Team (1989). He also directed some independent films, including Title to Murder (2001) starring Christopher Atkins and Maureen McCormick. Below you can watch Furst and John Belushi in Animal House.

3) Groovy Guy: A.R. Gurney
The playwright, who died June 13 at age 86, was probably best known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Love Letters, which was produced on Broadway in 1989 and 2014 and adapted into a 1999 ABC movie starring Steven Weber and Laura Linney. His play, The Dining Room, was also a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while his play, The Cocktail Hour, won the 1989 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Other Broadway productions include The Golden Age (1984) with Stockard Channing and Jeff Daniels, Sweet Sue (1987) with Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave, and Sylvia (2015) with Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick. Below you can watch Gurney and actor Brian Dennehy discuss the 2014 Broadway revival of Love Letters on Theater Talk. I've also included the 1984 PBS Great Performances production of The Dining Room starring William H. Macy, John Shea, Frances Sternhagen, Pippa Pearthree, Remak Ramsey and Jeanne Ruskin.

4) Groovy Trailer: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
This eight-part Netflix sequel to the 2001 film, Wet Hot American Summer, and the 2015 prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, will be released on August 4. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Charles, Kristen Wiig, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd and Marlo Thomas.

5) Groovy Movie Trailer: Hello Again
This film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical will be released later this year. The cast includes Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Jenna Ushkowitz and Cheyenne Jackson.

6) Groovy Guy: Mayor Pete Buttigieg
The openly gay 35-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

7) Groovy Guy: Justin Theroux
The actor (HBO's The Leftovers) is interviewed in a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Q&A.

8) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs his latest song parody, "Russia Ties" (which is inspired by "Summer Nights" from the musical, Grease).

9) Groovy Gals: Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski
As guests on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, they kind of remember working together on Ally McBeal 20 years ago.

10) Groovy Music: Boy George's "Y.M.C.A."
The singer has released a cover of Village People's 1978 hit for YMCA Australia's Why Not? campaign.

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