Peter Bart, Cameron Crowe to host

A four-day salute to helmer Hal Ashby kicks off Thursday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills with a screening of a new print of the cult classic “Harold and Maude.”

Variety VP and editorial director Peter Bart and filmmaker Cameron Crowe host the opening-night program, with guests including Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Diablo Cody, Jeff Berg, Jon Voight and Haskell Wexler.

The number of industry figures expressing their support for the tribute “reflects the impact Ashby has had on generations of filmmakers,” said Bart, who was VP of production at Paramount when the film was made.

Crowe released Cat Stevens’ previously unreleased soundtrack for “Harold and Maude” on vinyl last year.

Also screening in the series are Ashby’s “Shampoo,” “The Landlord,” “The Last Detail,” “Coming Home” and “Being There.”

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