14 items from 2015
The Ghostbusters films are bonafide, inarguable classics. Regardless of what your opinion is on the future of the franchise, the first two movies stand on their own as giants of cinema which operate on multiple levels: they’re great comedies, but they work just as well as sci-fi action films, and actually manage to be kinda scary at times too.
That’s thanks to the sheer amount of work put into the films by everyone involved. The scripts are multi-layered and feature a lot of obscure references and research, the production design is genius, and Ivan Reitman doesn’t get nearly enough credit for some of his more interesting directing choices.
Wait, Ghostbusters? Really? Yep, it doesn’t get written about often enough, but the Ghostbusters films are pretty dense with Easter eggs, trivia, and little hidden moments you might not have caught even on dozens of play throughs. »
- Tom Baker
Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?
What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.
Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.
Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…
Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »
Our favorite late-night show, Saturday Night Live, has a very big birthday coming up. VH1 Classic will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with mega-marathon SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. Because 433 hours of SNL is never enough.
[Cue the cheers and food delivery speed dial.] For 19 days, VH1 Classic will play back-to-back episodes of SNL. More details on your new favorite marathon are in the press release below.
New York (January 14, 2015) – VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon — the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.
Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic »
- Taylor Ferber
Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to star in the 'Ghostbusters' reboot. The 44-year-old actress has previously been rumoured to be involved in the project, but is now in talks with the film's director, Paul Feig - who she worked with on 'Bridesmaids', 'The Heat' and 'Spy' - to play the lead character in the franchise's female-led movie. Despite early discussions taking place, it is believed there could be difficulties with scheduling, as the star is currently working on CBS comedy 'Mike & Molly' and has already committed to feature in Universal comedy 'Michelle Darnell' - directed by her husband, Ben Falcone - which is set to begin shooting in March, meaning production wouldn't start until at least mid-June. The movie - which has been penned by Dan Aykroyd and Katie Dippold - is expected to have a comic twist, while 52-year-old director Paul recently »
Since the announcement of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, one of the central names heading up a potential wishlist to star has been Melissa McCarthy. Hotly tipped to be leading the reboot, which will see a whole new roster of female spook hunters on the rampage, it has now emerged that McCarthy is in early talks to secure the role.
According to THR, the Bridesmaids star must first overcome the problem of her packed schedule in order to sign on the dotted line. If her commitments to CBS comedy Mike And Molly and next project with husband Ben Falcone – Michelle Darnell – can be accommodated, there’s a strong possibility that a deal will be ironed out. Currently, the plan is for McCarthy to head into production on the latter in March in time to shoot Ghostbusters in June.
The actress’ working relationship with Feig has brought the actress a great deal of success, »
- Gem Seddon
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) is being eyed for the lead role in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot. She's apparently in early talks, but her movie and TV schedule may end up stopping her from accepting. However, both sides are hoping to work something out, with the plan apparently to shoot Ghostbusters in June. The site adds that, "The Ghostbusters reboot is said to be an origin story of new characters who take up ghostbusting and not a "hand off" movie from the original 1984 film (though there is a small chance that surviving Busters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson could make cameo appearances)." Despite the fact that they've both expressed interest, neither Jennifer Lawrence or Rebel Wilson are contenders, but Emma Stone is "available". Meanwhile, Jillian Bell (Workaholics) and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) are due to meet with with Feig. What would you »
Before he was announced as Marvel's Black Panther back in October, Chadwick Boseman took on the iconic role of James Brown in the Universal Pictures biopic Get on Up. With the drama currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, we have an exclusive deleted scene, where Chadwick Boseman gets some bad news from the parole board. Although he obviously went on to become an influential musician, James Brown wanted to become a mechanic after his release from prison. As you can see in this scene, the terms of his parole did not make that possible.
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42's Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from »
Showtime has picked up a fourth season of their showbiz interview series Inside Comedy. David Steinberg will return to interview guests like Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, and Dan Aykroyd in the six new episodes.
Here are some additional details:
Showtime Picks Up New Season Of "Inside Comedy"
The critically acclaimed documentary series Inside Comedy is returning to Showtime for its fourth season. Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, and Dan Aykroyd are just a few of the big names expected to stop by this time around. The one-on-one interviews introduce audiences to comedians beyond their jokes, reflecting on career-defining moments, influences, and hilarious stories from the inner workings of the comedy world. Creator David Steinberg will continue to host, with co-creator Steve Carell acting as executive producer. "Inside Comedy" premiered in 2012, and all of the episodes are available to watch online through Showtime. Season 4 is slated for premiere later this year. »
- Megan Daley
Showtime has renewed docu-series “Inside Comedy” for a fourth season of six half-hour episodes, set to premiere later this year.
- Marianne Zumberge
Chicago – In our latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Combo Pack giveaway, we have 10 free Blu-ray and DVD combo packs up for grabs for the home release of the Grammy-nominated James Brown story “Get on Up” starring Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Draft Day”)!
“Get on Up,” which was released on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on Jan. 6, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Fred Melamed, Jill Scott and Josh Hopkins. The film is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Winter’s Bone”), written by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.
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Here at We Got This Covered, we’re suckers for the classics, and that’s why we’re thrilled to be able to bring you a toe-tapping giveaway in honor of today’s Blu-Ray release of Get On Up, a biopic about none other than James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and one of the most iconic musicians of all time.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Here’s our first contest to kickoff 2015 with!
To celebrate the Blu-ray release of Get On Up on January 6, Wamg is giving away copies to a few of our lucky readers.
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get On Up gives a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
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What was James Brown’s first top 20 Pop hit?
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Most Hollywood studios have gotten smart about their film budgets, lowering them quite a bit over the past year. Which means we saw fewer box office bombs in 2014. Almost all of the big releases made at least a little bit of their money back, except maybe Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. It only earned $18.6 million worldwide against it's $70 million budget. Winter's Tale and Vampire Academy were also big money losers over the past twelve months, but seeming disasters like Transcendence and I, Frankenstein actually managed to recoup their costs overseas. That doesn't mean these were good movies by any means. And some of the biggest blockbusters of the year shouldn't be considered masterpieces of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. In 2014, we couldn't really judge a movie by its earnings. But we could judge them by their critical and fan responses. Which is where Rotten Tomatoes comes in handy. »
14 items from 2015
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