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Morning Roundup: Jonas Brothers Confirm Split, Emile Hirsch To Play Belushi, Snooki Gets The Boot

October 29th, 2013 9:39am EDT
Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers Confirm Split
The Jonas Brothers have confirmed they are splitting up after weeks of speculation about the future of the band. Rumors the brothers were preparing to go their separate ways were sparked when they axed their U.S. tour earlier this month. (keep reading...)

Chris Brown's Felony Assault Charge Reduced To Misdemeanor
Chris Brown is in trouble with the law again. The singer was arrested at 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning after reportedly assaulting a man outside the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. (keep reading...)

Emile Hirsch Confirmed To Play Late Comedian John Belushi...
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Emile Hirsch To Play Late Comedian John Belushi

October 28th, 2013 11:11pm EDT
Emile Hirsch
"The Girl Next Door" star Emile Hirsch is set to play late comedian John Belushi in a new biopic.

The actor beat out Joaquin Phoenix and Adam DeVine to land the role; and Belushi's Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd and his widow Judy, who is co-producing the film, have backed the casting.

TV character actor Nelson Franklin is rumored to be the frontrunner to play Ackroyd in the as-yet-untitled film.

Belushi died of a cocaine and heroin overdose in 1982. He was 33.
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11 Alcoholic Movie Characters In Honor Of St. Patrick's Day

March 16th, 2012 11:00am EDT
11 Alcoholic Movie Characters In Honor Of St. Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day is upon us and it's time to prepare to get wasted on the drunkest holiday of the year. But before you hit up the local bar or Irish pub on St. Patty's Day, learn some valuable lessons and mistakes from the following movie characters. From a college drunk in "Animal House" to a boozed up Santa Claus in"Bad Santa," here is a list of memorable drunk movie characters:

Mckenzie Brothers From Strange Brew (1983)

One of the funniest drunk films ever, the 1983 comedy "Strange Brew" stars SCTV's Mckenzie Brothers, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. The brothers are two g...
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Celebrities That Turn 30 in 2012

January 2nd, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 30 in 2012
It's hard to believe for many of us the 1982 was 30 years ago. In that year, Ronald Reagan was President, Joe Montana was the Superbowl XVI MVP and the space shuttle Columbia made its first mission.

In movies, E.T., Tootsie and Gandhi ruled the box office while Chariots of Fire took best picture at the Academy Awards that year. Also taking home Oscar gold for best actor and actress in 1982 respectively were Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond. In music Michael Jackson released Thriller which sold more than 25 million copies, becoming the biggest selling album in history.

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John Wayne Urged Steven Spielberg Not To Make '1941'

December 2nd, 2011 8:34am EST
1941
Movie legend John Wayne urged Steven Spielberg to abandon his World War II comedy 1941 - because he felt it was disrespectful to U.S. troops.

The True Grit star was initially interested in a cameo role opposite Spielberg's zany leading man John Belushi in the 1979 period film but he pulled out of the project after reading the script and told the director to follow suit.

Spielberg tells Entertainment Weekly, "He was really curious and so I sent him the script. He called me the next day and said he felt it was a very un-American movie, and I shouldn't waste my time making it."

"He said,...
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'Blues Brothers' Actor Charles Napier Dies At 75

October 6th, 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 ...
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Dan Aykroyd Pitches 'Blues Brothers' TV Series

September 1st, 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...
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Zach Galifianakis A Favorite To Play John Belushi

October 27th, 2010 8:24am EDT
Zach Galifianakis
"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is developing a new John Belushi biopic, and Zach Galifianakis is at the top of his leading men list.

The filmmaker is a longtime fan of the tragic comedy legend and admits he's close to pre-production on the film of Belushi's life.

He tells Details magazine he has yet to cast the film - but his "The Hangover" star Galifianakis is a favorite to play the wildman.

Phillips admits he's surprised by internet stories suggesting Seth Rogen will play Belushi: "They want Seth Rogen? That's interesting. I honestly never even thought of that. Zach, obviously. ...
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Comedy And Tragedy: Comedians Who Passed Away While Still In Their Prime

October 18th, 2010 2:07pm EDT
Greg Giraldo
Last month, the comedy world lost two great stand-up comedians – Robert Schimmel and Greg Giraldo. Schimmel was best known for his appearances on "The Howard Stern Radio Show" and several HBO specials, displaying his off-color humor. Giraldo was known for his appearances as a roaster on Comedy Central's annual roast of celebrities and as a judge on last season's "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. Both comedians died under unusual circumstances – Schimmel died from injuries suffered in a car accident, and Giraldo passed away from an accidental overdose of prescription medication. These two comedi...
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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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Todd Phillips To Produce John Belushi Biopic

August 13th, 2010 8:25am EDT
Todd Phillips
Comedian John Belushi is coming back from the dead - the late star's life will be documented in a new biopic by The Hangover director Todd Phillips.

Studio executives at Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights from Belushi's estate and have hired Phillips to work on his life story with The Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad. Phillips will produce the picture, while a director has yet to be appointed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, will serve as executive producer.

Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, at the age o...
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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.

The Blues Brothers joins films such as...
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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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'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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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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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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Chris Parnell Chats About SNL, '30 Rock,' Lindsay Lohan, Will Ferrell & More

February 12th, 2009 11:32am EST
Chris Parnell
In the circles I run in, "Ooh, now that's a hot lead" is something I hear quoted by my friends quite often, really, for any reason or occasion. It's just one of those things. Of course, this is one of Chris Parnell's lines from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Naturally, I was (way too) excited to share this fact with Chris and, well, he (ahem) had no idea what I was talking about -- at least at first.

Regardless, Chris was nice enough to join me the day after his birthday and discuss everything from his time on Saturday Night Live, helping put YouTube on the map with "Lazy Sund...
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'Saturday Night Live': Post-Election

December 2nd, 2008 10:04am EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is not funny. Some of the skits are funny, some, but the show as a whole is not. The former meter of comedic excellence has not so much stepped away from the glory days of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as much as it has dove. Even Cheri Oteri, whose career is on the wane since her days cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell, chose to cameo on the soon-to-be-cancelled Boston Legal as opposed to her alma mater.

Yes, the election has returned SNL to brief heights of hilarity. But, what does it mean when the most memorable skits of the new season featured two former cast m...
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A Girl, A Guy, & A Knife: The 30th Anniversary of 'Halloween'

October 25th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Halloween
It was October 25, 1978. Laverne and Shirley, Charlie's Angels and MASH were in the top ten TV shows. Movie theater prices were about $2.50. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were star-crossed lovers in Grease, and John Belushi was acting a fool at school in Animal House.

Then He Came Home.

Halloween, one of the best and scariest movies of all time - if not the scariest - premiered in selected cities across the country. This independent film had one basic premise: a maniacal killer stalks teenagers on Halloween night. It is said to be one of the most effective horror movies ev...
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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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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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Meet The Cast That's Going To Save 'Saturday Night Live'

May 9th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Saturday Night Live
For those of you who have been keeping score, it has been a long time since Saturday Night Live, once the premier, end all and be all of comedy on television, has held the clout it once demanded. In fact, many of those who grew up on the late night comedy show have long since grown disinterested and weary of sub par casts, guests, and skits. "Saturday Night Live" was declared dead by popular consensus. And yet, after 33 seasons, it is making a new bid with some fresh faces. Sound the alarm - the funniest night of the week is back:

Meet the group that's going to Save Saturday Night Live...
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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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Maxim.com's 'Hilarious Movie T-Shirts'

July 18th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Animal House
Sometimes a movie's wittiest dialog is on its characters' T-shirts. Check out Maxim.com's feature on those classic catchphrases that began on the cotton crewnecks of countless crazy characters!

Here are our favorites...

Number 7: Nigel Tufnel's (Christopher Guest) glowing green skeleton rib-cage t-shirt in This Is Spinal Tap. You don't have to overthink this whole "rock star" thing. Forget your foil-covered zucchini or your leather straps-just slap on a shirt like this that screams, "Tonight I´m gonna rock you tonight."

Number 3: Booger's (Curtis Armstrong) classic 'Gimme Head 'Ti...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 24

January 24th, 2007 3:00am EST
Mischa Barton
Happy Birthday to "That's So Raven" actor Ricky Ullman (1986), star of "The O.C." Mischa Barton (1986), American actress/singer Tatyana Ali (1979), "Scooby Doo" actor Matthew Lillard (1970), American gymnast Mary Lou Retton (1968), Dream Theater bassist John Myung (1963), German actress Nastassja Kinski (1959), British musician Jools Holland (1958), "Animal House" actor/comedian John Belushi (1949; d. 1982), singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (1947; d. 2003), American actress Sharon Tate (1943; d. 1969), American singers Aaron Neville and Neil Diamond (1941), parody singer Ray Stevens (1939), "...
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Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Jan. 24

January 24th, 2006 3:00am EST
Mischa Barton
Happy Birthday to "That's So Raven" actor Ricky Ullman (1986), star of "The O.C." Mischa Barton (1986), American actress/singer Tatyana Ali (1979), "Scooby Doo" actor Matthew Lillard (1970), American gymnast Mary Lou Retton (1968), Dream Theater bassist John Myung (1963), German actress Nastassja Kinski (1959), British musician Jools Holland (1958), "Animal House" actor/comedian John Belushi (1949; d. 1982), singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (1947; d. 2003), American actress Sharon Tate (1943; d. 1969), American singers Aaron Neville and Neil Diamond (1941), parody singer Ray Stevens (1939), "...
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