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Dan Aykroyd Talks About UFOs At A Crystal Skull Vodka Signing Event

5/22/2014 8:00pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd Talks About UFOs At A Crystal Skull Vodka Signing Ev
It's only natural that former Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd dabble in the paranormal. But instead of busting ghosts, he has a slightly different hobby now; Aliens. It's fitting considering that he IS the original conehead.

That's right, during a signing at a Liquor Store in Attleboro, MA, Dan took some time off to talk to a fan about what his paranormal investigations have lead him to - revealing some websites and literature that would be of great resource to the aspiring UFO hunter.

Check it out - Dan even goes into a personal encounter he had with a UFO over Martha's Vineyard.

We can't sa...

We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup Charity Singles

5/19/2014 5:00pm EDT
We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup C
Since the mid 80s, there have been several one-off supergroups brought together to raise money for a great cause. While we applaud the efforts of the celebrities involved, we can't help but poke fun at them for being, well, celebrities. Join us as we break down the great celebrity supergroup singles.

USA for Africa - We Are the World

- Disassociated Star: Michael Jackson

- Star Who Doesn't Fit In: Dan Aykroyd

- Star With Barely Any Face Time: John Oates

The momma of them all, predating everything but Band Aid. Still, USA for Africa created all of the themes you see in charity music v...

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd Pay Tribute To 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star Harold Ramis

2/25/2014 2:00pm EST
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd Pay Tribute To 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star H
Following Harold Ramis' death on Monday, several friends and co-stars have come forward to pay tribute to the the actor, writer and filmmaker. Ramis, 69, died from complications of a rare blood disease.

Bill Murray, who starred with Ramis in several classic films during the 80s and 90s, issued a statement reading: "Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."

In 2009, Ramis revealed to that he and Murray hadn't talked since having a di...

Dan Aykroyd Sworn In As Mississippi Deputy

1/27/2014 2:40pm EST
Dan Aykroyd
Renowned thespian Dan Aykroyd has been sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in Mississippi.

The 61 year-old actor, who studied criminal justice in college, asked Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis if he could join the reserve department and his request was granted.

He will be responsible for organizing programs and fundraisers for the sheriff's department.

He says, "It's an honor to join these ranks today. I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today's world.

"I am able to go all over the world now and talk up this county, talk up this state and talk up the people of the ...

Emma Stone And Jonah Hill Offered 'Ghostbusters 3' Roles

11/7/2013 12:03pm EST
Emma Stone
After Bill Murray turned down multiple offers to join Ghostbusters 3, we haven't heard much about the long-awaited and troubled sequel - until now.

Dan Aykroyd first revealed the film had been greenlit back in 2009, and not much else has happened with the movie's production other than several stories on Bill Murray's involvement.

Schmoesknow is now reporting that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have been offered roles in the film, which has been rumored to follow a new generation of Ghostbusters while also featuring the classic cast.

The website writes, "We have it on good authority that none ...

Dan Aykroyd Loses Dutch 'Blues Brothers' Legal Battle

10/24/2013 2:09pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd has lost his bid to shut down a Blues Brothers tribute show in the Netherlands.

The 61 year-old actor and his late sidekick John Belushi's widow Judith joined forces in an attempt to halt touring show I'm a Soul Man - a Tribute to the Blues Brothers, but lawmakers at The Hague District Court have ruled the couple cannot claim ownership for a suited look that has been adopted by bluesmen for decades, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Aykroyd argued that he and Belushi came up with the Blues Brothers' style and swagger on Saturday Night Live and maintained the look for a cu...

Bill Murray Not Doing 'Ghostbusters 3,' According To Dan Aykroyd

12/7/2012 9:04am EST
Bill Murray
Bill Murray refused three offers to be involved in the much-anticipated "Ghostbusters" sequel, according to former co-star Dan Aykroyd.

Earlier this week actor Harold Ramis reportedly said that Murray was back on board for the third installment of the film, but his comment has was revealed to be a hoax.

Despite Murray's lack of involvement, the film is still going ahead with shooting expected to start at the end of 2013, according to Aykroyd.

The actor told Esquire magazine, "Had Billy chosen to do the Eisenberg/Stupnitsky (screenwriters) script of two years ago, it would be out this sum...

Jay Pharoah As Barack Obama - And Those Who Played The Other 'SNL' Presidents

9/17/2012 2:07pm EDT
Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama
Jay Pharoah made his debut as President Barack Obama this weekend on Saturday Night Live - after being introduced by the actor he replaced in the role, Fred Armisen. Ever since the phenomenal take on the 2000 election and the debates before it, the casting of comedic takes on presidential candidates has more buzz than the next James Bond. Here's a quick history of SNL's presidents:

Fred Armisen/Jay Pharoah: Barack Obama. SNL had a decision to make when it came to casting Obama for the upcoming 2008 election. Kenan Thompson was the only African American on the cast, but his heavy build wa...

'Ghostbusters 3' Moving Forward Without Bill Murray

8/2/2012 9:57pm EDT
Bill Murray has officially pulled out of the Ghostbusters sequel, according to his co-star Dan Aykroyd.

After months of negotiations, the Canadian actor has revealed Murray will not be returning as scheming Dr. Peter Venkman in a planned Ghostbusters 3 movie.

But the Blues Brothers star is pressing on with the project regardless.

He tells Metro magazine, "He (Murray) won't be involved... It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and...

Dan Aykroyd Officiates At Chevy Chase's Daughter's Wedding

7/28/2012 10:00am EDT
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd officiated the ceremony at Chevy Chase's daughter's wedding on Thursday. Ordained minister Aykroyd oversaw the nuptials for Chevy's daughter Cydney.

Aykroyd posted on Facebook, "It was an honor (sic), privilege and great responsibility to have officiated as the spiritual minister at Chevy Chase's daughter's wedding. The bride and groom are delightful and beautiful young people who will help define together a more positive and loving future for themselves, family, friends and the world."

The actor also posted a photo - he is holding a bible and making the bridal party laugh. Th...

Five Fun Facts About 'The Raven' Actor John Cusack

4/26/2012 3:04pm EDT
John Cusack - The Raven
This Friday, James McTeigue's film "The Raven" hits the theaters with John Cusack starring as a fictionalized version of Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack is one of those rare teen stars who smoothly made the transition to leading man without missing a beat. Barely a film season goes by that doesn't include a movie with Cusack in it. So to honor the popularity of one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors (and Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast) we give you five fun facts about John Cusack.

1) A native of Evanston, Illinois, Cusack is a Chicago sports fan, touting allegiance to both the Chicago Cubs and Chi...

John Cusack Opts For Raven-esque All Black Suit At Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling

4/25/2012 12:00pm EDT
John Cusack Hollywood walk of fame
John Cusack was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. He was joined by his sister Joan Cusack and former co-stars Jack Black ("High Fidelity"), Dan Akroyd ("Grosse Pointe Blank"), and Billy Bob Thornton ("Pushing Tin").

John and Joan have starred together in films including "High Fidelity," "Say Anything" and "Sixteen Candles."

The actor tweeted, "Thank you for all the good wishes for the star - right next to singing cowboy gene Autry and across the street from musso and franks ! Nice!"

He stars in "The Raven," which hits theaters Friday, April 27. He plays autho...

Dan Aykroyd & Chevy Chase Reteam For New Comedy

3/20/2012 8:55pm EDT
Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us co-stars and former Saturday Night Live comics Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase are working on a new movie together.

Aykroyd broke the news on his page, revealing the two old pals are considering a new comedy.

He wrote, "Cannot say too much about the concept, but the joy of working with him again is one that I am extremely excited about. Chevy is one of my favorite people, and one of the great anarchistic and physically committed comedians in the business."

Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Won't Be Part Of 'Ghostbusters 3'

2/29/2012 8:15pm EST
Dan Aykroyd
Actor Dan Aykroyd has given up all hope of trying to persuade Bill Murray to reprise his Ghostbusters character for a third movie, insisting the film will have to be made without the funnyman.

Aykroyd, co-star Harold Ramis and director Ivan Reitman have been waiting for Murray to sign on for the sequel for over a year, but the frustrated Blues Brothers star now accepts the project will have to go ahead without him.

He tells The Telegraph, "It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie."

He adds, "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do...

Dan Aykroyd: 'I Don't Need Fame Anymore'

2/28/2012 8:54am EST
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd has hinted he'll never shoot another Hollywood movie - unless the long-awaited third Ghostbusters film gets off the ground.

The Blues Brothers actor has been enthusiastic to get cameras rolling on another sequel to his 1984 comedy classic, but the project has repeatedly stalled because of co-star Bill Murray's busy schedule.

Now, Aykroyd has confessed his days of starring in blockbuster movies are over - and he'll only be tempted out of retirement by the right film.

The funnyman tells Seven magazine, "I don't need fame anymore... I'm happy my day is done. It's over... I do...

Dan Aykroyd Searches For Dinosaur Bones

10/28/2011 8:00pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd has turned explorer by teaming up with palaeontologists to search for dinosaur bones in his native Canada.

The star will feature in upcoming TV show "Born to Explore" to scour for fossils in Alberta and help excavate a new species of dinosaur, the hadrosaur, which was discovered in September.

Program host Richard Wiese says, "The natural beauty of Alberta took our crew's breath away. Filming in the dinosaur bone bed was a rare opportunity and to discover a new dinosaur species was sensational."

"Wayne's World" actress Donna Dixon and "Criminal Minds" star Matthew Gray Gub...

'Blues Brothers' Actor Charles Napier Dies At 75

10/6/2011 8:49am EDT
Charles Napier
Veteran actor Charles Napier has died at the age of 75.

The Blues Brothers star passed away on Wednesday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California.

His death came 24 hours after he was found collapsed at his home and transferred to the medical facility, where he was put on life support in the intensive care unit, according to the Hollywood Reporter. His cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.

Napier began his career in the U.S. army before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s to work as a substitute teacher. He reportedly became friends with Hollywood star ...

Sigourney Weaver: 'Ghostbusters 3' Won't Happen Without Bill Murray

9/19/2011 9:53pm EDT
Sigourney Weaver
The future of the third Ghostbusters movie hangs in the balance again - Sigourney Weaver insists the sequel won't start shooting if Bill Murray doesn't agree to be part of it.

The actress' comments come just a month after co-star Dan Aykroyd insisted filming would begin next year with or without Murray - the only castmember from the original movie who has yet to sign up for a third film.

Weaver previously suggested writers should kill off Murray's character, Peter Venkman, if he didn't want to be part of the sequel, but now it seems she has changed her mind.

In an interview with Collider...

Dan Aykroyd Pitches 'Blues Brothers' TV Series

9/1/2011 9:39am EDT
Blues Brothers
Dan Aykroyd is working to bring "The Blues Brothers" back to the small screen with a new TV series based on the comedy music duo he formed with late funnyman John Belushi.

Belushi performed in character as lead singer 'Joliet' Jake Blues, with the "Ghostbusters" star as harmonica player Elwood Blues. The pair, as The Blues Brothers and backed by a number of noted bandmembers, made its debut as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in 1978 and the actors went on to release an album and star in their own Hollywood film.

Belushi died in 1982, but Aykroyd continued to make festival appeara...

Dan Aykroyd Says 'Ghostbusters 3' Is A Go - With Or Without Bill Murray

8/25/2011 10:45pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd
The long-awaited third Ghostbusters movie is set to start shooting early next year, possibly without Bill Murray.

The Lost in Translation star remains the last original castmember to sign on for the sequel and now former co-star Dan Aykroyd has revealed the project could be moving forward without him.

Appearing on radio host Dennis Miller's show recently, the Blues Brothers star said, "We will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. (But) the concept is much larger than each individual role."

The actor also confirmed reports suggesting the new film will set up...

Lea Michele To Debut New 'Oz' Songs At Comic-Con

7/21/2011 4:21pm EDT
Lea Michele
Glee star Lea Michele will debut songs she has recorded for 2012 animated movie Dorothy Of Oz at Comic-Con in San Diego, California this weekend.

Bryan Adams has written songs for the film's soundtrack and they will be unveiled at the world's biggest comic book convention.

Michele will play Dorothy in the film, which also features Hugh Dancy, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short and Adams.

Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer will voice the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz spin-off.

Dan Aykroyd Busted For Speeding On Way To Race

7/11/2011 11:17pm EDT
Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd was busted for speeding while heading to a professional car race in Canada at the weekend.

The actor was on his way to the Honda Indy Toronto festivities, which he was to host on Sunday, when he was stopped by police for violating the local speed limit.

Aykroyd was let off with a warning.

He later told reporters at a pre-race press conference, "You know when you see these races, you want to get into your vehicles and drive home and you do it trying to imitate the driver? That won't be me this afternoon."

Top Ten Worst Movie Sequels Ever

5/26/2011 12:00pm EDT
Transformers 2
With the two mega number twos including "The Hangover Part II" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" hitting theaters this week, it got us thinking about movie sequels of the past - good AND bad. So in a Starpulse salute to the bold and not so beautiful world of second cinematic outings, we’re going to jump feet first into both the daring and depressing realm of all things part two.

Tomorrow will feature the best of the bunch, but today’s focus is the real 'winners' of the group. (Yeah right!) A bunch of second rate, highly laughable, easily forgettable and downright detestable flicks that almost make...

21,000 Bottles Of Dan Aykroyd's Vodka Stolen

5/12/2011 8:54am EDT
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd has been left counting the cost of a massive theft which saw over 21,000 bottles of his vodka brand stolen from a warehouse in California.

The Ghostbusters star is a founder of the Crystal Head Vodka company, which sells the spirit in extravagant bottles shaped like crystal skulls.

Aykroyd's firm was the victim of a heist this month when a large consignment of the vodka, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was taken from a storage facility.

The actor admits he is both "distressed and elated," by the theft, telling in a statement, "My partners and I are sorry to...

Check Out 'Yogi Bear' On DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand & Download March 22

3/21/2011 7:47am EDT
Yogi Bear
Hanna-Barbera's beloved picnic-basket-stealing bear makes his big-screen debut in "Yogi Bear," a live-action/animation mix children's flick from Journey to the Center of the Earth director Eric Brevig.

The tourists just aren't flocking to Jellystone Park like they used to, and when the budget starts to get tight, Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) brings down the axe. But while the mayor can certainly make a quick buck by selling the land, what about the families who like to spend their summers in the great outdoors?

When Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo-Boo (Justin Timberlake) discover they're ...

Bill Murray Holding Up 'Ghostbusters 3'

1/10/2011 9:33pm EST
Director Ivan Reitman is waiting on Bill Murray's approval to begin work on the new Ghostbusters sequel, because he has to win over the Hollywood actor before they can even think about filming.

The filmmaker is ready to step behind the camera once more to shoot the third installment of the spooky story, 21 years after directing the last film in the franchise in 1989.

All four of the original 1984 Ghostbusters - Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson - have signed on to reprise their characters in the forthcoming project - but Reitman has urged fans not to believe everything th...

Dan Aykroyd Tells Kids To Get Off The Phone!

12/23/2010 9:45am EST
Of course Dan Aykroyd wants people to go see his movies so they can be successful, but he also wants you to go outside and enjoy nature. So go see Yogi Bear where Aykroyd imitates the unmistakable voice of the talking bear. Then take a break.

“I would personally say put up the texting, BlackBerry, laptop, get rid of it for at least a long weekend or four or five days, once or twice a month,” Aykroyd said. “We are ruining the attention span of this generation. It’s time to get back to nature and get back out and see that there are other creatures out there other than our friends that are be...

'Tron: Legacy' Takes Top Spot At Weekend Box Office

12/20/2010 8:37am EST
Tron Legacy
Sci-fi epic Tron: Legacy has powered its way to the top of the box office grid, scoring $43.6 million in its opening weekend.

Jeff Bridges returns to his role as video game hacker Kevin Flynn in the new Disney 3D movie, reprising his character from the original "Tron" in 1982.

Family adventure "Yogi Bear," starring Anna Faris and featuring the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, cowered behind "Tron: Legacy" in second place, debuting with $16.7 million, while "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" slips to three with $12.4 million.

Hotly-tipped Oscar favorite...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Tron: Legacy,' 'Yogi Bear,' & More

12/13/2010 9:29am EST
Tron Legacy
Last Thursday I saw “I Love You Philip Morris” starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. This film, which is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and Jon Requa, the team behind “Bad Santa,” advertises itself as a funny movie; however it leans more dramatic than expected. Most of the hilarious lines are spoiled by the trailer, so when you get a chance to see the whole product, you’ll find yourself a bit let down.

Both Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are incredibly convincing as a gay couple from the manner of their speaking down to the body language that they use. Their story is one that pull...

Hot Legs: Eliza Dushku Wears Short Shorts In Beverly Hills

9/30/2010 11:00am EDT
Eliza Dushku
We spotted Eliza Dushku leaving the Byron and Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills yesterday with radiant looking hair. She wore white short shorts and a cropped blazer as she headed back to her car.

Eliza is rumored to be starring in "Ghostbusters III" opposite Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Anna Faris. The anticipated film has been in production for several years with various stars attached.

Eliza is currently dating former basketball player Rick Fox, who is competing on the latest season of "Dancing With The Stars."

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