According to Levine Breaking News, National Lampoon is going to be producing its own films again. For the last twenty-odd years, films with the “Lampoon” name have been connected with the company in name only, through licensing deals, so this is a new thing. Best of luck, guys! (And thanks for the tip, Chris.) Update: No idea whatever happened with this, but the link with the info is dead.
This is a new edition of the illustrated novelization of the movie that National Lampoon published as a special issue when Animal House was released. Chris Miller has more info about the new edition on his site. You can get the book from Amazon. Update: You can still get the book, but that “info” link to Chris’s site is gone.
“I Remember Mama.” This is the story that some say inspired the movie “Back to the Future.” Update: Don’t bother. The site doesn’t exist anymore.
Chris has been putting the full text of some of his classic National Lampoon short stories on his website. If you don’t have access to back issues of the magazine, check it out. The list so far includes “Pipe Dream,” “Caked Joy Rag,” and “The Toilet Papers.” Update: Well, so much for that. Chris seems to have pulled the plug on his site. Too bad.
Chris Miller has posted a memoir on his website about what it was like during the filming of Animal House. Recommended reading. Update: Except you can’t anymore. Chris’s website is no more.
P.J. O’Rourke also appeared today on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to talk about his new book about Adam Smith. If you missed it, no problem. You can listen to it for free on NPR’s website after 6:00 p.m. EST. (Thanks again to Chris for the tip.)
P.J. O’Rourke is scheduled to appear for three hours live on C-SPAN II, the public affairs cable channel, on January 7, 2007 at noon CST. (Start time not verified.) (Thanks to Chris for the tip.)
There’s another Chris Miller interview over at MrSkin.com, a website devoted to nudity in films. Not a lot of overlap with the interview Chris did with me here, which is good.
An even better and lengthier interview with Josh Karp than the one on NPR can be heard on The Sound of Young America radio show website. It originally aired on November 17. Don’t miss the “bonus audio”—eight extra minutes that were cut from the broadcast (presumably) because it ran too long.