Hulu nabs Seinfeld: Tierney “In Like Flynn”

Hulu has just made a landmark deal with Sony TV by acquiring the entire Seinfeld catalog for Hulu networks streaming services. The $180 million dollar deal (about $1 million per episode) is big news in Hollywood this week.  Already a huge hit in endless re-runs, this ensures another long run of Seinfeld re-viewings in the foreseeable future.

Lawrence Tierney appeared in a season 2 episode called “The Jacket” playing Elaine’s father. It’s a classic episode that made the Seinfeld “top 100” highlight clips episode.

Variety is reporting this as a “windfall” for Sony TV and the LA Times is reporting that the shows will begin airing in June.seinfeld-the-jacket

Tierney was cast as Alton Benes on the episode. A hard nosed war vet that’s difficult to please. It was a great comedic performance for Tierney, but not his only one. Just like in Reservoir Dogs, the producers used Tierney’s hard as nails demeanor as a source of comic relief.

His performance on the show was not without controversy. Apparently, Larry tried to steal a knife from the set, and when confronted by Jerry Seinfeld, pretended to go Psycho on him.

Performed before a live audience. The actors rehearsed all week before taping. Larry’s experience on the stage really shows as he holds court in his chair, reading the paper, and intimidating the other characters with his gravel voiced delivery.

The Seinfeld cast would more recently pay a loving tribute (sarcasm added) to Tierney on the DVD extras of the show. But it’s all in good fun. Hell, this was nothing new for Tierney. The actor was known to bust up Hollywood parties (attended by legends like Errol Flynn and Diana Barrymore) since way back in 1946.

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Reservoir Dogs / Pulp Fiction 35mm Double Feature @ New Beverly Cinema

Sherman TorganIn the early 90’s, the New Beverly Cinema was one of the few art house theaters playing classic movies on 35mm film. 25 years later it can safely be said that the New Beverly Cinema is the ONLY theater in Los Angeles screening analog 35mm film prints on an exclusive basis.

Sherman Torgan is a man who loved movies. He owned and ran the New Beverly Cinema for 29 years before suddenly passing away in 2007 of a heart attack while riding his bicycle in Santa Monica.

Sherman was a friend of Lawrence Tierney’s and Larry was a frequent visitor to the theater. On an almost nightly basis Larry would sit in the back seats of the theater, eating free snacks and popcorn, and sometimes falling asleep to classic movies such as Key Largo and Citizen Kane. When it would get to be closing time, Michael Torgan, Sherman’s son, would give Larry a ride home.

After the release of Reservoir Dogs, Sherman made sure to screen the film on a weekly basis at midnight on Saturday nights, helping the film become the sleeper cult hit it has become today.

Quentin Tarantino, a frequent visitor to the New Beverly Cinema long before his career rocketed to success, would later become a patron of the venue, buying the real estate and helping Sherman cover skyrocketing costs of operation when the theater looked like it would close.

Now 2015, Quentin Tarantino has recently become the exclusive owner of the New Beverly Cinema.  And Quentin and his team have injected the cinema house with new vigor, spending considerably on renovations, and promising never to play a digitally screened movie again.

“As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.” – Q.T.

(source wikipedia)

That’s right folks. In the world of digital downloads and screaming fast bandwidth, the New Beverly Cinema screens ONLY high quality 35mm film prints (with the occasional 16mm film when a 35mm print is not available).

Last month, in late March 2015, the New Beverly Cinema screened a classic double feature of Tarantino films on 35mm.

Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction back together at last, on 35mm film, in Los Angeles. It was two super cool nights with many super cool people.

And in that dark theater, on the big screen, Lawrence Tierney once again haunted Hollywood. Like a ghost from our past, a gravelly echo filled the room.

“Let’s go to work.”

Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, a tradition of film still continues in Hollywood. And the legend of one of Hollywood’s greatest art house theaters, and one of it’s most notorious film stars, lives on to this day.

If you missed this screening keep an eye out for future screenings at the New Beverly Cinema website. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you can get a DVD copy of either movie (plus all the cool extras) from Amazon.