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'Grease,' 'Peter Pan,' Joss Whedon, more at Oscars Outdoors 2013

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It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.

Kicking off this year’s lineup is Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The film will screen on Wednesday, June 5, two days ahead of its U.S. release. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Whedon and cast members Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, and Sean Maher.

Another early screening treat follows on June 6 with Twenty Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers in popular music that premiered at Sundance in January. A Q&A with director Morgan Neville will follow the June 6 L.A. screening, and New York City audiences will get to see the film on June 8 at the Rooftop series. Twenty Feet opens in theaters on June 14.

Among the other films scheduled through August for Oscars Outdoors are Groundhog Day, Clueless, Peter Pan, Beetlejuice, Blazing Saddles, and a sing-along screening of Grease.

Check out the full lineup and additional details at Oscars Outdoors’ website.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 22 at Oscars.org/outdoors. Los Angeles screenings will take place at the Academy’s Hollywood campus on Vine Street.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmilyNRome

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