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Happy 60th Birthday, Bill Murray!

September 21st, 2010 8:20am EDT
Bill Murray
Raise your glasses to Hollywood funnyman Bill Murray - the star turns 60 on Tuesday.

Born in Illinois in 1950, Murray started out at comedy troupe Second City Chicago after dropping out of college - and became infamous for his dry humor and improvisational skills.

In 1974, he moved to New York City and landed a role on hit comedy sketch series "Saturday Night Live," where he shared the small screen with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Murray made the transition to film in the 1980s, and a string of box office hits such as "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day" sealed his place in the spotlight.
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'The Blues Brothers' Praised By Catholic Church

June 18th, 2010 11:33am EDT
Blues Brothers
Classic 1980s film The Blues Brothers has been given the official seal of approval by the Catholic Church - the movie has been added to the Vatican's list of must-see pictures.

The music movie, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, sees the onscreen siblings embark on an odd-ball road trip to raise money for the church-run orphanage where they grew up.

And the heads of the Catholic faith have now praised the movie's spiritual undertones and recommended it as a "Catholic classic,"according to the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

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Can 'MacGruber' Break The SNL Movie Curse?

May 20th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Can MacGruber Break The SNL Movie Curse
Of all the recent "Saturday Night Live" recurring characters, MacGruber seemed the least likely to land his own feature film. After all, the skit spends about 15 seconds with the action hero before he's blown to smithereens.

However, star Will Forte imagined greater things for our mulleted man of action, and he convinced Lorne Michaels and the powers that be to turn the skit into a 90-minute film that opens Friday.

"MacGruber" is getting solid buzz on the eve of its opening, but has to overcome the stigma that SNL films can't cut it both from a quality and financial standpoint. There ha...
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Bill Murray Calls 'Ghostbusters 3' Rumors 'Hogwash'

April 28th, 2010 8:13am EDT
Bill Murray
Bill Murray has confused film fans by insisting there are no plans to make a Ghostbusters sequel - calling reports of a follow-up "hogwash".

All four of the original Ghostbusters - Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson - are said to have signed up to star in a third film, 21 years after the second installment hit cinemas in 1989. Original director Ivan Reitman also revealed he is onboard, with plans to start shooting the picture in 2010, and Murray was recently quoted talking about the plot.

However, the actor is adamant there are no concrete plans to make a third film - in...
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'Saturday Night Live' Presidents Reunite To Give Barack Obama Advice (VIDEO)

March 3rd, 2010 1:28pm EST
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Funny or Die has gathered a long list of Saturday Night Live presidents to deliver an important message to Barack Obama (played by Fred Armisen) about consumer protection.

Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond, who have played as every American president since Gerald Ford (a special guest appears as Ronald Reagan), show up in Barack Obama's dream to advise him on how to pass legislature for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

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'Blues Brothers' Heading To The Small Screen

February 22nd, 2010 6:30pm EST
The Blues Brothers
Movie classic "The Blues Brothers" is to be turned into a new TV show. The widow of original star John Belushi has teamed up with "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts to write a script for a small screen adventure, which will star Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania as Jake and Elwood Blues.

Lafferty and Catania currently play the musical pair in the touring "Blues Brother Review", taking on the roles played by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the original movie.

Judy Belushi Pisano tells Undercover.com.au, "I've written a script with one of the 'Saturday Night Live' writers, Anne Beatts,...
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Sequels We'd Like To See & The Odds They Will Really Happen

November 20th, 2009 11:00am EST
Anchorman
Now that it looks as if the interminable "Saw" franchise has run out of gas after its sixth chapter, we can turn our attention to sequels that we'd really like to see, and what the odds are of them actually being produced.

ANCHORMAN 2: This is the biggie that most comedy fans would love to see. Star Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay have danced around the sequel for years, tantalizing fans with potential story ideas, fake titles and other tidbits, but nothing seems to be concrete. Still, the phenomenal popularity of the first film would make it a slam dunk, box-office smash. And, as ...
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Celebrating The Comedic John Cusack: A Spotlight On His Funniest Roles

November 13th, 2009 10:54am EST
John Cusack
Even though he doesn't make Academy Award winning material, John Cusack certainly knows how to make entertaining films. Since the early 80s, Cusack's awkward boyish charm has been attracting audiences to his comedies.

While some of his movies over the years have been outlandish and goofy from a plot perspective, Cusack's deadpan sense of humor tends to keep them grounded in a way a lot of viewers can relate to.

Cusack's latest role in Roland Emmerich's "2012" veers away from his traditional light hearted fare toward something heavier. Judging from the previews, it looks like a thri...
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Slideshow: Our Favorite Food Celebrities

August 14th, 2009 9:52am EDT
Julia Child
The roots of food culture and the success of a chef's celebrity status finds its genesis with culinary wizard Julia Child. The woman is a legend and a hero in kitchens around the globe, both commercial and private. She is a popular culture icon, quoted and imitated by many, from Dan Aykroyd's portrayal on Saturday Night Live, to Dr. Huxtable liberally applying her well-known accent whilst cooking a turkey on The Cosby Show.

The most recent cinematic shrine to Child, Julie & Julia, reminds cooks and chefs everywhere, man or woman, why they have a inextinguishable passion for food. We...
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Review: 'Julie & Julia': Meryl Streep Shows Her Brilliance

August 4th, 2009 10:28am EDT
Julie & Julia
My God: Please enjoy every precious moment Meryl Streep ever spends in front of a movie camera. People wax poetically about the days when Bette Davis, Greta Garbo (anyone else that Kim Carnes mentioned?), Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Vivien Leigh graced the silver screen: The Golden Age of Hollywood! True, true (with a special emphasis on Bergman that, umm, someone may have a crush on) but, right now, arguably, the best actress that ever lived still humbles us with her presence. The odds are that no popular music artist will ever record a song based on her, but, goddammit, they sho...
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Taking You Back To 'Year One': A Spotlight On Harold Ramis

June 19th, 2009 10:10am EDT
Harold Ramis
You probably know him best as the deadpan Dr. Egon Spengler, a collector of spores, molds, and fungus, but relatively few know Harold Ramis for what he does best: writing and directing.

With his latest directorial effort, the stone-age comedy "Year One" coming out today, I felt it was appropriate to pay tribute a man who has been working behind the scenes on some of the best comedies of the past 30 years.

Harold Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944 to Ruth and Nathan Ramis, two shop owners on Chicago's West Side. Staunchly loyal to the Chicago area, Ramis has lived there for...
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Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...
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'Ghostbusters 3:' A Dream Or A Reality?

March 19th, 2009 1:13pm EDT
Ghostbusters
On June 8, the Ghostbusters franchise will turn 25. Since the original film's release back in '84 the boys in gray have taken on the paranormal in a sequel, comic book titles, cartoon series, video games, and even one out-of-print novel.

Despite the franchise's popularity, the past decade hasn't been kind to the "Ghostbusters." Like the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, whispers of an impending new installment ran the gauntlet of the internet rumor mill, bogging down the project with half-truths and unverified reports in the process. This is the part where a pun about the franchise d...
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Top 5 Greedy Movie Characters

November 3rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Wall Street
One can argue, rather easily, the reason we are in such a financial mess today is greed. There are, of course, different dimensions to this greed. Whether it be deregulation, or approving mortgages to people at astronomical interest rates that had no money, well, pick your poison. So, perhaps, while we try to kill time while waiting in the unemployment line together, we can find some solace in remembering some of the greediest characters from motion pictures and their eventual comeuppance.

5. Michael Brantley (Tom Everett Scott) - Boiler Room (2000)

A poor man's Gorden Gekko if...
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5 Favorite Philadelphia Films

October 29th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Rocky
Philadelphia, the sixth most populous city in America and the birth place of constitution, is a beautiful East coast metropolis that has been the backdrop for some of the greatest films in cinema history. Sometimes it is over looked as another city outside New York, but the city of brotherly love can hold its own.

Our list of the top 5 films about Philadelphia shows off all of Philadelphia's cultural landmarks and beauty.

#5 12 Monkeys

You don't get much better than Bruce Willis as a time traveling savior of the free world and Brad Pitt as a mental patient with a love for a...
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Will Michael Phelps Join The List of Bad 'SNL' Athlete Hosts?

September 7th, 2008 9:25am EDT
Saturday Night Live
Michael Phelps is hosting Saturday Night Live on September 13th, joining a long list of sports figures who have hosted the classic sketch comedy show. Some of these performances have unearthed the comic genius in athletes (Peyton Manning) and even sparked some acting careers (The Rock). However, some are cringe-tastic and God-awful. Here are the five worst performances by an athlete hosting the show, in order.

5. Tom Brady (April 16, 2005)

Brady gets a break because some of the skits were hilarious. But they cover topics such as his good looks, him winning three Super Bowls, and ...
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Spotlight On Bill Murray's Best Films

August 22nd, 2008 9:02am EDT
Bill Murray
It's been a rough last few months for one of our favorites, Bill Murray. We will forgo rehashing Murray's legal and marital problems and instead take a look back at the greatest movies in his career where Murray plays the lead (sorry "Caddyshack" fans!).

It has been quite some time since we saw Bill on the silver screen-not counting a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo in this summer's "Get Smart." Though, there is already positive buzz on next year's "The Limits of Control".

Also, in case you missed it, here is video from a few days ago when jumped out of a plane to open the 50th ann...
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Steve Carell & Seth Rogen To Suit Up For 'Ghostbusters'?

July 30th, 2008 5:42pm EDT
Ghostbusters
The 40 Year Old Virgin co-stars Steve Carell and Seth Rogen are to reteam for a new Ghostbusters movie, according to Internet reports. The funnymen are at the center of a huge new movie rumor, which has been reported by DreadCentral.com.

According to "a reliable source, who cannot be named", Carell and Rogen will join the original four Ghostbusters, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, for a third film.

According to the website, the original Ghostbusters stars will hand over their "proton packs" to the new guys, for what insiders believe will be a new run of spo...
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'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!' & Other Memorable TV Quotes

July 14th, 2008 8:45am EDT
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When the television became available in the early 20th century, who would have ever thought it could became such a vital part of pop culture and media coverage? These days the "Boob Tube" still holds power over even the most casual of viewers with its advertising campaigns and storytelling prime time shows.

The television is used to entertain as well as inform, and over the years thousands of shows were created to catch the attention of the public. Only so many shows are able to grab the love and approval of audiences, and even less than that stay memorable after years pass on. Here a...
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Our Favorite Canadian Actors

July 3rd, 2008 9:47am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Given that the United States and Canada closely share days of pride in their country on the calendar, it seemed only logical to single out the many wonderful people that our neighbors to the north have proudly shared for all to enjoy. Following are some of the many comedic, talented, and gorgeous celebrity men and women that call Canada "home."

THE GENTLEMAN

Dan Aykroyd

Born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 1 (Canada Day!), Aykroyd's face has been seen on many a movie screen. He started his comedy with Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and moved on to pursue an acting caree...
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The 10 Greatest Cast Members Of 'Saturday Night Live'

April 7th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! These seven words have been shouted from Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center since Lorne Michaels created "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. The original name of the show was simply "Saturday Night" because at the time ABC had a show entitled "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell."

Choosing 10 of the show's best cast members is not a task to be taken lightly. We looked at what qualities go into making a perfect cast member as opposed to just picking performers who went on to greater fame after they left the show (though sometimes this happened anyw...
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Classic Tearjerking Movies

December 26th, 2007 3:55pm EST
The Notebook
The classic tearjerker movie. Many of us watch them with a diet coke in one hand and a box of Kleenex in the other. Whether it's a sappy Lifetime movie or an old classic romance, we enjoy watching them even though they make us weep like little babies. Some won't admit to tearing up, while others put the blame on "allergies" or use other excuses.

It's pretty hard to keep this list short, or maybe it's just because here at Starpulse we get a little sappy when it comes to this type of film. We somehow managed. Get out the box of Kleenex because you may need them.

My Girl (1991)

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Blockbuster Comedy 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry' Comes To DVD Nov. 6

November 1st, 2007 5:30pm EDT
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Adam Sandler is at his comedic best as he stars with Kevin James as best friends and fellow firefighters in the blockbuster comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. When ladies' man Larry and family man Chuck enter into a domestic partnership to ensure that Larry's kids get his pension, it leads to one hilarious situation after another as they are forced to convince the world they are partners at work and at home in this hysterically funny film.

Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are the pride of their fire station: two guy's guys always side by side and willing to do...
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Opening July 13: Shortcut to Happiness

July 10th, 2007 9:46am EDT
Short Cut To Happiness
(limited theaters) Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Kim Catrall, Dan Aykroyd, and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in this re-imagining of Walter Huston's The Devil and Daniel Webster - this time concerning a struggling writer who sells his soul to Old Scratch. Continue Summary

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Celebrity Birthdays, July 1

July 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Happy Birthday to "One Tree Hill" actress Hilarie Burton (1982), "Lord of the Rings" actress Liv Tyler (1977), Dutch footballer Ruud Van Nistelrooy (1976), musician Sufjan Stevens (1975), "Antitrust" actress Claire Forlani (1972), hip-hop singer Missy Elliott (1971), "Ally McBeal" actress Julianne Nicholson (1971), ultimate "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson (1967), Canadian singer Michelle Wright (1961), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961; d. 1997), singer Evelyn King (1960), comedic actor Dan Aykroyd (1952), B-52s singer Fred Schneider (1951), Blondie singer Deborah Harry (1945), actress Karen B...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 1

July 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Happy Birthday to "One Tree Hill" actress Hilarie Burton (1982), "Lord of the Rings" actress Liv Tyler (1977), Dutch footballer Ruud Van Nistelrooy (1976), musician Sufjan Stevens (1975), "Antitrust" actress Claire Forlani (1972), hip-hop singer Missy Elliott (1971), "Ally McBeal" actress Julianne Nicholson (1971), ultimate "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson (1967), Canadian singer Michelle Wright (1961), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961; d. 1997), singer Evelyn King (1960), comedic actor Dan Aykroyd (1952), B-52s singer Fred Schneider (1951), Blondie singer Deborah Harry (1945), actress Karen B...
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Anthony Clark To Host 'Last Comic Standing'

March 3rd, 2006 12:56pm EST
Anthony Clark
Yes, Dear's Anthony Clark will host the new summer edition of Last Comic Standing. "Anthony is a very funny comedian whose engaging wit and personality have made him a favorite with audiences," said Craig Plestis, senior vice president, alternative programming and development. "We're delighted to have him host the show when it returns to NBC this summer."

Perhaps best known for his starring role for six seasons in the television series "Yes, Dear," Clark also starred in the NBC comedy series "Boston Common" and in "Soul Man," opposite Dan Aykroyd.

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Ben Stiller in 'Ghostbusters' Sequel?

November 8th, 2005 9:16am EST
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller is being lined up to star in a new Ghostbusters movie. The comic actor is wanted by movie bosses to appear in the long-awaited third installment of the popular '80s series by the film's director Harold Ramis.

Ramis admits he is keen for Stiller to join Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis, who both starred in the original movies opposite Bill Murray, in the sequel "Ghostbusters In Hell" because he is a "huge fan" of his work. Aykroyd is also writing the script for the film which will see the paranormal investigators transported to a parallel dimension from New York.

Ramis rev...
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