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'The Hangover's' Ed Helms To Star In 'The Naked Gun' Remake

December 13th, 2013 2:31pm EST
Ed Helms
Ed Helms is set to take Leslie Nielsen's place in a revival of The Naked Gun franchise.

The Hangover star will play moronic Detective Frank Drebin in the new film, which will be written by Reno 911 stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, according to

The cop comedy was Nielsen's biggest hit, which also starred Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson.

The film pulled in more than $217 million at the box office over three films in 1988, 1991 and 1994.

Nielsen passed away in 2010, aged 84.

5 Great TV To Cinema Adaptations

August 25th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
Arrested  Development
There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t do a Google search to scour the internet for the latest news on a possible cinematic adaptation of the cult television show “Arrested Development.” The show, which was cancelled back in 2006, never was able to attract a large mainstream audience. Its brand of offbeat humor was not for everyone, but those who appreciated it have formed an intensely devoted fan base. As a result, if anything, the show has attracted more notoriety since its cancellation, and gained an even bigger following when it came to DVD. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz has for y...

NFL's Greatest Players: The 13 Best Football Stars In Movies

February 3rd, 2012 3:37pm EST
On Super Bowl Sunday, the best and baddest of the professional football world will lay it on the line for the biggest of prizes. But only a select few will go on to achieve an even greater glory: movie superstardom.

Okay, the odds of anybody from the NFL rubbing shoulders with Daniel Day-Lewis is somewhat slim, but there have been several former players who have acquitted themselves well on the big screen.

Join us as we salute these gridiron heroes-turned-silver screen stars. (Pros only, please: Sorry, former college star The Rock.)

13. Dan Marino, 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (19...

Check Out 'Planes, Trains, And Automobiles,' 'Naked Gun' & 'Airplane!' On Blu-ray Sept. 25

September 24th, 2011 7:00am EDT
The Naked Gun
"Planes, Trains And Automobiles," "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" make their Blu-ray debut exclusively at Best Buy on September 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by John Hughes, the hilarious classic "Planes, Trains And Automobiles" stars Steve Martin and John Candy as a businessman and traveling salesman forced together by circumstance as they try to get home in time for Thanksgiving.

The Blu-ray features a brand new, in-depth retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes new interviews and explores his indelible impact as...

'Airplane!,' 'Planes, Trains And Automobiles' And 'The Naked Gun' Debut On Blu-ray Sept. 25th

August 18th, 2011 8:58pm EDT
Airplane Etc.
Surely everyone will want to own three of the funniest comedies of the 1980s in high definition. Thankfully, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, AIRPLANE! and THE NAKED GUN: From the Files of Police Squad make their Blu-ray debut exclusively at Best Buy on September 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment. And don’t call me Shirley.

Written and directed by John Hughes, the hilarious classic PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES stars Steve Martin and John Candy as a businessman and traveling salesman forced together by circumstance as they try to get home in time for Thanksgiving. The Blu-ray feature...

Priscilla Presley Pays Tribute To Leslie Nielsen

December 17th, 2010 4:34pm EST
Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley has paid tribute to her late Naked Gun co-star Leslie Nielsen in a heartfelt magazine essay.

The funnyman died of complications from pneumonia, aged 84, last month and Presley decided to put her thoughts about him into words for a new Entertainment Weekly magazine article.

The actress recalls how Nielsen helped to calm her nerves on the set of the 1988 movie and she'll always remember his sense of fun. She reveals he greeted her for the first time with a fart machine.

Presley recalls, "I didn't know how to react... He saw the look on my face and started laughing. He...

Stars Pay Tribute To Comic Legend Leslie Nielsen

November 29th, 2010 9:02am EST
Leslie Nielsen
Stars including Russell Brand, Slash, Josh Groban and Nia Vardalos have led tributes to late comedy legend Leslie Nielsen, who died on Sunday.

The Naked Gun star passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 12 days after he was admitted to the hospital suffering from pneumonia. Nielsen's death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood and a number of stars have come out on to honor the late actor and his comedy legacy, with many citing the famous catchphrase from his 1980 movie Airplane!, "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley".

Fellow funnyman Brand paid tribute to Nielsen in a ...

'Naked Gun' Star Leslie Nielsen Dies At 84

November 29th, 2010 12:07am EST
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen - one of the most prolific actors in slapstick comedy - died on Sunday afternoon in a big building with patients, but that's not important right now, near his home in Florida.

John S. Kelly, the star's agent, released a statement saying he died from complications from pneumonia at 5:34 p.m. with his wife and friends at hand.

"We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60-year career in motion pictures and television," he said.

Nielsen starr...

Top 10 Acting Performances By Athletes

August 27th, 2009 10:35am EDT
Cam Neely as Seabass
A director getting the optimum performance out of an actor is not unlike a coach getting a great performance out of an athlete. One has to use the right guy in the right scene with expert timing. These are situations where one could film countless scenes of all different kinds, and getting laughs so big with these athletes would seem impossible - they're almost perfect. Remember, the fellas on this list appear here because they got the biggest laughs, not because they were the best actors or in the best movies. While Something About Mary is a funnier and better movie than many on this l...

O.J. Simpson 'Losing It' In Prison

July 25th, 2009 9:35am EDT
O.J. Simpson Fears Attack
Incarcerated O.J. Simpson is living in fear behind bars because he's convinced his cellmate is plotting to kill him.

The former NFL star was sentenced to serve at least 15 years in a Nevada prison last December after his conviction for armed robbery relating to a September 2007 sports memorabilia heist.

He is serving his time at Lovelock Correctional Center as he awaits progress on his appeal, but according to the National Enquirer, Simpson is terrified his cellmate is plotting to take revenge on him for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson-Brown.

The retired sportsman was cle...

O.J. Simpson Claims Racism In Armed Robbery Conviction

May 26th, 2009 8:09pm EDT
O.J. Simpson
Incarcerated O.J. Simpson is appealing his conviction for armed robbery charges, accusing the jury which found him guilty of racism.

The former football star was sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison in December after he was convicted of orchestrating a sports memorabilia heist at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in September 2007.

However, Simpson - who claims he was simply taking back his sports belongings - is fighting the conviction and filed an appeal in Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday.

According to, The Naked Gun star is arguing judicial...

Is It OK To Dislike Caddyshack?

January 5th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Caddyshack isn't that good, and it's not very funny. If you're 9 out of 10 red blooded American men, that last sentence just infuriated you like I just made slanderous remarks about your grandmother. I've never met your grandmother, but I have seen Caddyshack - and it kind of sucks. My editors were quick to advise me that although they were giving me the go-ahead on this piece, they would have to include a bigger than usual disclaimer saying that the opinions expressed are solely that of Matthew J. Swanson. I'll tell you that right now, too: it is just my opinion, but it happens to be t...

Unimaginable Strength, Unbelievable Speed & Uncomfortable Spandex

July 1st, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Superhero Movie
Stripping the spandex trade down to its skivvies, Superhero Movie exposes the hilarity of the comic book genre when an Extended Version of the film arrives on DVD on July 8th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Following the uproarious misadventures of a high school student after he's been bitten by a mutated dragonfly, Superhero Movie spoofs, satirizes and skewers the conventions of fanboy cinema, taking time along the way to poke fun at some of the juggernauts of the genre - from the X-Men and Batman to Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Masters of comedy Craig M...

Comedian, Actor and Real Life Doctor Ken Jeong Enjoying Hollywood Success

July 1st, 2008 4:17pm EDT
Dr. Ken Jeong
Honesty's the best policy. That goes for anyone, whether you're a doctor, comedian, actor, or, in the case of Dr. Ken Jeong , all three. Surprisingly, all three careers have much in common: you've got to be quick on your feet, they require long, grueling hours, and sometimes the best approach is the untraditional one. Dr. Ken has committed to honesty and it's taken him a long way, from the shy teen growing up in North Carolina, to working with Judd Apatow and prancing around in a silver jumpsuit, providing backup vocals in viral videos.

When were you first exposed to comedy?

My fi...

Priscilla Presley Confirms Unlicensed Surgeon Operated On Her

March 26th, 2008 2:41pm EDT
Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley has confirmed an unqualified plastic surgeon performed a botched cosmetic procedure on her in 2003. The socialite and actress, who is among the celebrities taking part in the current season of Dancing With The Stars, was a client of Dr. Daniel Serrano, who was jailed for injecting industrial, low-grade silicone into women's faces.

The unlicensed Serrano claimed his injections worked better than Botox, but the non-approved drug he smuggled into America from Argentina left some clients with holes in their faces and paralysis.

Serrano was indicted for smuggling drug...

Opening March 28: Superhero Movie

March 25th, 2008 3:12pm EDT
Superhero Movie
After spoofing disaster films in Airplane!, police shows in The Naked Gun, and Hollywood horrors in Scary Movie 3 and 4, producer David Zucker sets his satirical sights on the superhero genre with this anarchic comedy lampooning everything from Spider-Man to X-Men and Superman Returns. Shortly after being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly... Contiinue Summary

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O.J. Simpson's Bail Is Doubled

January 16th, 2008 2:00pm EST
O.J. Simpson
A Nevada judge has doubled O.J. Simpson's bail to $250,000 after challenging the former athlete/actor for threatening a co-defendant in his armed robbery and kidnap trial through a bail bondsman.

Simpson was jailed in Las Vegas on Friday after bondsman Miguel Pereira passed on a foul-mouthed phone message Simpson had left him in November, in a bid to reach his co-defendant Clarence Stewart.

The conversation violated the strict conditions of the former football star's bail, in which he was strongly advised not to have any contact at all with his co- defendants. In a Clark County...

Five Television Remakes We'd Like To See, But Probably Won't

January 14th, 2008 4:27pm EST
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Ahh, the remake. The feelings that are evoked when you hear that your favorite program from yesteryear is being re-thought, re-vamped and re-launched for the new generation are hard to describe. Sure, remakes are almost inevitably likely to fail, but so what? That doesn't make their possibility any less tantalizing.

TV remakes don't happen often, although when they do they tend to come in waves. The crest of the latest remake wave seems to be ominously hovering right over our heads as recent launches of "Bionic Woman," "American Gladiators" and the soon-to-be debuting "Knight Ride...

O.J. Simpson Pleads Not Guilty To Robbery And Kidnap Charges

November 28th, 2007 1:50pm EST
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to a sports memorabilia heist in Las Vegas in September. The former football star and his two accomplices, Clarence Stewart and Charles Ehrlich, pleaded their innocence at the start of their criminal trial at a U.S. court on Wednesday.

The Naked Gun star is alleged to have stormed into collector Alfred Beardsley's hotel suite at the Palace Station in Las Vegas along with five associates, and removed memorabilia items Simpson maintains were stolen from a storage facility. Three other co-defendant...

Simpson Told Co-Defendant To 'Get Out Of Town'

November 14th, 2007 11:34am EST
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson told henchmen who helped him carry out a sports memorabilia raid on a Las Vegas hotel suite they should consider leaving the state to avoid a possible jail sentence, a court has heard.

The former American football star-turned-actor stormed the room of collector Alfred Beardsley in September, demanding the return of items he claimed had been stolen from a storage facility.

The fact that two of the men who joined Simpson in the raid wielded weapons has landed The Naked Gun star in big trouble - and three of his co-defendants have since agreed to testify against him.


O.J. Simpson Posts Bail

September 19th, 2007 5:19pm EDT
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson has been freed on $125,000 bail after spending three days in a Nevada jail. The sports star-turned-actor was arrested on Sunday for his part in an alleged sports memorabilia armed robbery at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last week.

As part of his bail agreement, announced in a Nevada court minutes ago, Simpson will surrender his passport to his attorney, Yale Galanter, within 24 hours and he won't be able to make contact with the victims of the alleged robbery, co-defendants or any witnesses who may testify against him in an upcoming trial.

A crimin...

Simpson To Be Held Without Bail Until Wednesday

September 18th, 2007 10:26am EDT
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson will be held behind bars without bail until Wednesday morning, following his armed robbery arrest at the weekend. The Naked Gun star was put on a no-bail hold by Clark County Court chief judge Doug Smith after he was apprehended in Las Vegas on Sunday, and placed in an isolation unit.

Simpson must now await Judge Anne Zimmerman's verdict on Wednesday before he will know if he can post bail. Alternatively, official charges could be filed by the District Attorney's office and the sports star-turned-actor could be detained in Las Vegas indefinitely.

Simpson reportedly r...

Actor Nicholas Worth Dies

May 11th, 2007 3:49pm EDT
Veteran character actor Nicholas Worth has died of heart failure. He was 69. Worth, who is best known for playing villains in movies including Don't Answer The Phone! (1980) and Darkman (1990), passed away on Monday (07May07) at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California.

Born on September 4, 1937, in St Louis, Missouri, Worth went on to make his film debut in 1966's For Pete's Sake. He also appeared in Swamp Thing (1982) and The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988), and in TV shows The X-Files and Star Trek: Voyager.

(This news article provided by World E...

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