U of So. Cal. alums pay their respects

HOLLYWOOD — The USC mafia gathered Sunday to celebrate the 75th anni of the School of Cinema-Television, networking all the while.

“There are 1,000 in Bovard Auditorium, and 800 more in an overflow tent in an undisclosed location,” host Will Ferrell joked to the SRO crowd. “For those of you at Bovard, if you reach under your seat you’ll find a key to a Buick.”

Fellow alums Brian Grazer, George Lucas, Bill Mechanic, Josh Schwartz and Robert Zemeckis introduced clips outlining the school’s history.

Steven Spielberg recounted his failed attempt at admission to the school and cracked, “There may be a Steven Spielberg Scoring Stage, but it’s still the George Lucas Complex.”

At the after-bash in Alumni Park, guests shouted to each other in unsuccessful attempts to compete with the Trojan Marching Band.

At a quieter moment, Dean Elizabeth Daley talked about the school’s mission as a leader. Daley said she envisions “a future where film will be taught alongside English or physics in universities everywhere. Even in elementary schools, Hitchcock and Hemingway taught side by side.”

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