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As Julia Child herself said, “I was 32 when I started cooking; until then, I just ate.” So, what else did she do before then? Many of us learned what we know about Julia Child from PBS reruns, Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia,” or Dan Aykroyd’s impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.” All of these representations focus on the second and third acts of her life. The media at large, however, has yet to dabble in Child’s time prior to the kitchen.
ABC Signature would like to change that. According to Deadline, ABC’s digital/cable division has just picked up writer Benjamin Brand’s hour-long dramedy “Julia.” This fictional project is very loosely based on Child’s experience as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services (Oss), the precursor to the CIA, during the Second World War.
In this series, Brand contemplates what would occur if the CIA took advantage of Child once she became a renowned public figure, and how she would operate as an agent during this phase of her life.
The inspiration for Brand’s show ironically stems from one of Child’s PBS programs, “Cooking for the C.I.A.” “I was disappointed when I learned that in this case, the C.I.A. stood for the Culinary Institute of America,” Brand said. He later merged this initial disappointment with research pertaining to Child’s employment during WWII, and “the story of ‘Julia’ quickly fell into place.”
Further details regarding “Julia” have yet to be announced.
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- Kelsey Moore
Some of our fondest memories come from the movies that we watched in the 1980s. There was a lot of action and some killer music that came out of the era. In a flashback moment, we researched the top films in which music was an important driver that moved them forward. We discovered five of the most memorable soundtracks from movie that people still think about today, to share with you. 1. “” John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd hit the big time with the immensely popular film. It was based on their characters born of Saturday Night Live Sketches. “The
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
Network: NBC. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: August 10, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Colin Jost and Michael Che. TV show description: A satirical news series, the Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition TV show is a half-hour primetime presentation of the weekly Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" segment. Jost and Che serve as anchors, just as they do on the parent show. Other SNL cast members also appear on the program.Following in the footsteps of "Weekend Update" anchor Chevy Chase -- who created the segment -- as well as notable anchors including Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Dennis Miller, Norm Macdonald, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy »
Network: NBC. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: August 10, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Colin Jost and Michael Che. TV show description: A satirical news series, the Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update TV show is a half-hour primetime presentation of the weekly Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" segment. Jost and Che serve as anchors, just as they do on the parent show. Other SNL cast members also appear on the program.Following in the footsteps of "Weekend Update" anchor Chevy Chase -- who created the segment -- as well as notable anchors including Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Dennis Miller, Norm Macdonald, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and »
"They ain't 'fraid of no ghost" and apparently Columbia Pictures ain't afraid of no future live adaptations either. After last years reboot, Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristian Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones it looked like we may have seen the last of the Ghostbusters for a while. This is due to the bad reviews from critics and some fans alike. Even Dan Aykroyd, one of the original Ghostbusters, had criticized the film and director.
At a special Ghostbusters panel attended by ScreenRant on Thursday which covered all things Ghostbusters related, Ivan Reitman director of the original first two films as well as producer of the recent 2016 film claimed that a new Ghostbusters film is expected to be released sometime summer 2019. He told fans in attendance that he was overseeing the development of both live action and animated films for the property.
The reason for that specific 2019 release date is »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Audiences remain divided on the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters – directed by Paul Feig, and starring an entirely female team. Those divisions do not seem to have dampened enthusiasm for the property – for either fans or the studio – however, as producer Ivan Reitman recently detailed plans for the future of the franchise.
Addressing an assembled crowd at the Idw comic panel at San Diego Comic-Con recently, the man behind the original Ghostbusters movies provided some details on the animated film that’s currently in development.
“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would »
- Sarah Myles
David Crow Jul 21, 2017
Ghostbusters is one of the most beloved concepts in movie history. How else can you explain people’s giddy anticipation for all new versions of the brand over 30 years after the original film, which only had one official sequel? Ivan Reitman, the director of those first two Ghostbusters movies and producer of the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, is acutely aware of the saga’s appeal, and that there were plenty of new fans who instantly fell in love with the 2016 film, amongst those who were less keen.
Still, while at the Ghostbusters Idw panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Reitman confided a growing disappointment that the new film rebooted (and ignored) the history of his 80s movies. Going forward, he’d love to see a way to crossover the 2016 cast with the remaining 1984 one, »
Almost 40 years ago, the Ivan Reitman/Bill Murray film Meatballs set the standard for summer-camp comedies. Murray was a new Saturday Night Live member, and Reitman took on directing his first mainstream movie after John Landis turned him down in favor of The Blues Brothers. Some more members of the successful crew from National Lampoon’s Animal House bonded together to make the film, most notably Harold Ramis, who needed his $1,700 screenwriting fee to buy some furniture. The team of Reitman, Ramis, and Murray would go on to even greater cinematic success in Stripes and Ghostbusters, but Meatballs was their breakthrough film.
For some reason, Vanity Fair is celebrating “summer of ’78” in 2017, and is featuring an oral history of Meatballs. As you might expect, there were a lot of hijinks both on and off camera. The filmmakers convinced an actual camp in Ontario to let »
- Gwen Ihnat
Welcome to the club, Ben Affleck. The Saturday Night Live date club. The actor is dating Lindsay Shookus, an SNL producer, E! News learned Thursday, three months after he and Jennifer Garner filed for divorce. The Oscar winner is one of the most famous people to date a person who works for SNL. Other famous current and past couples with ties to the show include Olivia Wilde and husband and former cast member Jason Sudeikis, Mad Men alum and The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss and ex-husband SNL star Fred Armisen, Carrie Fisher and Dan Aykroyd and Sarah Silverman and Michael »
“Wanna see something Really scary?” To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly invokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks from the intro to Twilight Zone: The Movie: On a bi-monthly basis, I’ll… Continue Reading →
The post Wanna See Something Really Scary? Diver’s Shocking Discovery appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Josh Millican
Iron Man may be receding into the background, but Tony Stark is as pivotal as ever. Has the cinematic universe era solved Hollywood’s age-old casting problem?
Never go back, they say. But just occasionally, actors do. Charlton Heston cameoed as an aged chimp in Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, while the recent Ghostbusters reboot featured Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in minor parts. Harrison Ford has restored his A-list status simply by reprising the roles that made him famous four decades ago.
But if it is relatively rare in Hollywood for the grizzled elder to revisit the hallowed territory where they once reigned supreme as a lead, it is even rarer for an actor to keep playing the same role all the way from youth to dotage. Few sagas last the test of time so successfully as to allow for their stars to age on camera, »
- Ben Child
Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Zachary Dent6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am
Canada Day only comes once a year and what better way to appreciate this northern paradise than with a movie that takes place within our borders. After all the eating, drinking, barbecuing, and partying, it's nice to kick back, relax, and take in a Canadian classic. We've got a list of some pretty great ones! So take a gander below and check out a few movies that take place close to home.
Based on Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular graphic novel series, director Edgar Wright condensed a seven-part saga into one epic, Toronto-set film. From notable places like Casa Loma, concert venues like Lee's Palace, and famous intersections like Bloor and »
- Zachary Dent
For decades, the car chase has existed as a timeless equalizer, settling scores with stomach-churning speed and velocity. The best of these chases employ vintage muscle-cars with practical effects and stunt work to achieve these amazing shots in camera. If CGI is used in the scene, it’s only to sweeten the practical effects and stunts.
The landscape is an equally essential ingredient, providing opportunities and obstacles for the drivers to embrace and overcome. The car chase grounds the action in an identifiable reality, menacing us with the ever-present possibility of death at high-speed. It also taps into something deep within everyone who’s ever gotten behind the wheel of a car: driving fast is as addictive as it is life-threatening.
- Tony Hinds
By Todd Garbarini
Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
One of the pleasures of being a film buff is revisiting the movies that first shaped your sensibilities as a wee one. As a kid, you probably dug Ghostbusters for Slimer and Stay Puft, but to view it with experienced eyes is to discover the intricacies and subtle humor of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ script. On other occasions, however, that rose-colored revisitation can reveal some truly freaky shit about the art that seared itself on your brain all those years ago.
Take Disney’s ’80s and ’90s animated flicks, for example. No, that bishop in the The Little Mermaid did not have a boner, but let’s not forget that Ursula got impaled. There’s plenty of impaling in Aladdin, too, as well as all kinds of wanton violence, stupidity, and general assholery. The gang at Looper took it upon themselves to chronicle it all in the below video »
- Randall Colburn
Who you gonna call (to make your dreams come true)? Dan Aykroyd! The actor and comedian joined forces with For the Win Project and Sony Pictures to make eight-year-old Braeden Rios’s dream of becoming a Ghostbuster a reality. Related: Adele Visits Local Fire Station In London For A Cup Of Tea And Cuddles Braeden, who suffers from […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Paul Feig hasn’t had the easiest year. After a string of comedy hits—”Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy“—the director went blockbuster with “Ghostbusters,” and immediately faced backlash from hardcore fans who feared that women might ruin their precious childhood memories. It didn’t help that the final result didn’t get the best reviews either, nor that Dan Aykroyd publicly slammed the movie.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The future of the Ghostbusters franchise is currently uncertain. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, says there are still multiple movies in development, and he has some big ideas for how to take them worldwide. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd, the actor/writer who birthed this whole franchise, doubts that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led reboot will ever […]
- Ben Pearson
Legendary writer-director John Landis can be a divisive figure, but when it comes to ‘monster movies,’ his expertise is beyond reproach. Not only is he a world authority on the subject, but he also has a long-standing professional association with Universal, which is currently building its Dark Universe around monster movie remakes and re-imaginings. So, when John Landis says these films are disrespectful to their monsters, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
In his younger days, Landis worked his way up from the 20th Century Fox mailroom to become a director in his own right – making his debut in 1973 with Schlock, which was an homage to ‘monster movies.’ His long association with Universal began in 1978, with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and went on to include titles such as The Blues Brothers, Into The Night, Amazon Women On The Moon, Blues Brothers 2000 and An American Werewolf In London. »
- Sarah Myles
Over the last few years, the Royal Albert Hall has become the go-to venue for a remarkable array of film music concerts, be they live orchestra alongside viewings of a movie (such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I was lucky enough to catch last year), blending orchestral pieces with film related music concerts for franchises such as James Bond, or in this case a bevy of classic film score suites composed by the late, great Elmer Bernstein.
One of the signature film music composers of the 20th century, arguably able to stand on a podium with the John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith’s and James Horner’s of this world, Bernstein scored some of the most legendary pictures in Hollywood history, from The Ten Commandments through to Ghostbusters and beyond. Royal Albert Hall, in presenting a »
- Tony Black
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