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Chris Hardwick on the End of ‘@midnight’: ‘It’s Time to Do Something Different’ (Exclusive)

19 July 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Comedy Central’s “@midnight” premiered in 2013, it was revolutionary – a new take on game shows that combined the improv sensibilities of classics like “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” with today’s internet jargon (#HashtagWars!) that allowed some of the best comics in the business to riff on what could be found in the deepest, most bizarre parts of the internet. Comedian Chris Hardwick, who had already enjoyed gigs on MTV’s “Singled Out” and G4’s “Attack of the Show,” was the ideal host, given that he’d already made a name for himself in the online community thanks to his popular social media feed and his geek-themed website, Nerdist. Hardwick is also profiled in this week’s Variety, celebrating his 25 years in comedy.

But four years is an eon in the internet age, and it was announced late yesterday that Comedy Central would be ending “@midnight” next month with its 600th episode. But »

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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

29 June 2017 9:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that »

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Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers

29 June 2017 1:15 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.

The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.

Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas

1. Sean Connery

20th Century Fox

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Newswire: Bill Pullman had never seen Star Wars when he starred in Spaceballs

24 June 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ beloved mixed bag of a Star Wars spoof. To commemorate the occasion, The Hollywood Reporter had a conversation with star Bill Pullman about the film’s technical details, his own nerves about taking on what was only his second major film role, and comedic conflicts between Brooks and stars John Candy and Rick Moranis.

Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would,” Pullman said in the interview. “I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel’s style was more ‘let’s refine the line,’ but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had more of a conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say ‘that’s not funny’ when you’re working.”

Brooks also occasionally expressed doubts about the film’s lead, Han Solo/Luke Skywalker »

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Spaceballs 30th Anniversary Secrets Revealed by Bill Pullman

23 June 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Spaceballs is now officially 30 years old and Bill Pullman, aka Captain Lone Starr, is taking a trip down memory lane. Spaceballs was director Mel Brooks' first movie in 6 years and wasn't exactly going to be a Star Wars parody at first. Rumor has it that the idea for the movie came from an annoyed Brooks when somebody asked what the name of his next movie was going to be. When asked, Mel Brooks yelled out "Planet Moron!" in an annoyed tone, which then ignited the idea to start working on a space adventure.

Bill Pullman recently talked with the Hollywood Reporter about working with Mel Brooks, blue screen blindness, and the comedic brilliance of Rick Moranis, as well as the late John Candy. Pullman admits that he never saw the original Star Wars trilogy before taking the role of Captain Lonestarr, who is based off of Han Solo. He explains.

"I missed it the first time around, I just needed Mel to tell me what was going on. I didn't need to see Star Wars to know what the whole thing was."

Pullman said that Brooks had a hard time with the Lone Starr character because there was no obvious "shtick" or something that was easy to pull from, so they collaborated on the character together. Pullman also mentions that Mel Brooks is the master of the 5-minute power nap and that the director was always fool of energy after said nap.

Bill Pullman recalls that everybody on set had to wear sunglasses in between takes to supposedly protect their eyes from the blue screen. It was 1987 and apparently there was a "belief that the blue screen was bad for your eyes," so the actor remembers everybody on set wearing the sunglasses for a time, but ditching them midway through the production because "it was so hard to work the comedy in between takes when everybody was wearing sunglasses."

Spaceballs also starred Rick Moranis, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, and Joan Rivers. Pullman remembers the comedic timing and patience of John Candy (Barf) who had to wear animatronic ears and an animatronic tail. Candy was forced to adapt his style of acting to his costume. Pullman had this to say.

"He wanted to play it a certain way, Mel wanted it a different way and then he had to deal with the mechanical issues of the ears and tail. John's sense of comedy was so ephemeral, it was these shy, short moments and there was real difficulty delivering that while trusting the ears and wanting more control over the tail."

Pullman also spoke about Rick Moranis who portrayed Dark Helmet and his ability to improvise his lines and how Brooks and Moranis worked together.

"Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would. I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel's style was more "let's refine the line," but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had a more conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say "that's not funny" when you're working."

Mel Brooks originally wanted Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks to play the role of Captain Lone Starr, but in the end he went with Bill Pullman who had only been in one movie up until that point and was relatively unknown. The choice worked well for both Pullman and Brooks as the movie has become a cult classic and regarded as one of Brooks' best movies. 30 years later and the demand is still there for a sequel, which Brooks is reportedly talking about doing, but no other information has been given at this time of writing. Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money? The Schwartz Awakens? Hopefully we find out sooner than later. »

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Newswire: Rick Moranis’ Spaceballs helmet is up for auction

9 June 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

We write about movie memorabilia auctions quite a bit around here, from Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit, to the jacket Patrick Swayze wore in Dirty Dancing. But few of these offerings have ever managed to fill us with the clawing, insatiable need to get in there and Buy That Thing that’s currently brewing in our hearts, courtesy of a new sale written up by The Hollywood Reporter. What’s causing our sudden case of avarice? A couple of items from Mel Brooks’ classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, including the Dark Helmet helmet worn by Rick Moranis in the 1987 film.

The massive plastic helmet—which, according to a 2015 interview with the ever-charming Moranis, was actually pretty light—is currently going for $12,000, with several weeks left to drive bidding up. Meanwhile, auction site Invaluable is also selling one of the miniature flying Winnebagos used in filming, complete ...

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Spaceballs Winnebago and Rick Moranis' Helmet Go Up for Auction

9 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can own a few very important pieces of Spaceballs history if you happen to have an extra $30,000 stuffed in your mattress. While Mel Brooks is trying to get Spaceballs 2 into production you can head over to Invaluable to bid on Dark Helmet's headpiece that actor Rick Moranis actually wore in the movie and a miniature replica of Lone Starr's flying Eagle 5 Winnebago that was also used in the movie. This is important and needs to be treated as such; pool together some cash with your friends and family and make this happen.

Moranis was asked about the whereabouts of his iconic helmet that he wore in Spaceballs and he said that he didn't know, then joked that it was probably in the Smithsonian. The Canadian comedian was wrong, the 20" round by 14" tall plastic helmet is currently residing in Calabasas and it's up for auction through Invaluable. The helmet was »

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Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas' McKenzie Brothers to Reunite for Benefit Show

3 June 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas will revive their beloved Sctv characters the McKenzie Brothers for the first time in a decade at a July benefit concert in Toronto.

Bob and Doug McKenzie, who hosted a fictional TV show in their native Canada in the popular sketch, will reunite at Second City, with the duo delivering a live version of their Great White North talk show onstage.

The July 18th benefit will also feature Martin Short, as Jiminy Glick, interviewing a surprise guest, plus appearances by Sctv and SNL vets like Dan Aykroyd, »

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Rick Moranis Is Back for a 'Strange Brew' Reunion

3 June 2017 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

What movie fan doesn't miss Rick Moranis? The star of such favorites as GhostbustersSpaceballsLittle Shop of HorrorsParenthoodMy Blue Heaven and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise has been absent from the screen since the 1997 direct-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He was last heard in the 2006 direct-to-video animated movie Brother Bear 2.  While he hasn't exactly been retired completely (he's been putting out music albums as recent as 2013), he has been laying low in the decades since his wife's death from breast cancer in 1991. He's claimed he's mostly just been picky. That was his reason for not participating in last year's Ghostbusters remake, which...

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Sctv: McKenzie Brothers to Reunite for Benefit Concert

2 June 2017 10:18 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The McKenzie brothers are back together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas will reprise their Sctv characters for a benefit concert next month.Thomas and Moranis originated the characters—beer-loving brothers—on the Canadian sketch series, which ran 1976 to 1984. The cast also included John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, and Harold Ramis.Read More… »

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Best News of the Day: Rick Moranis to Return to Acting

2 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Rick Moranis was one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood playing roles that emulated goofy, lovable, sweet characters that you couldn’t help but love.  Whether it was Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Strange Brew or Parenthood, you’d be hard pressed to find a character in Moranis’s career that wasn’t 100% likeable.   Unfortunately for Hollywood and all of us Moranis fans out there, Rick retired from acting.  Moranis opened up about it and said (you can read the entire interview at Uproxx): “Stuff happens to people everyday, and they make adjustments to their lives for all kinds of reasons.

Best News of the Day: Rick Moranis to Return to Acting »

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Rick Moranis Returns To Comedy After A 20-Year Reclusive Period

2 June 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s been 20 years since Rick Moranis last appeared onscreen, in the mind-bendingly titled “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.” A fixture of ’80s and ’90s blockbuster comedies, Moranis was beloved for his iconic roles in “Ghostbusters,” “Spaceballs,” and for leading the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” franchise. He stepped away from acting in 1997 in order to focus on his family, only returning for the very occasional voiceover or writing gig.

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Moranis will take to the stage for one very special night to help out his dear friend Dave Thomas for a special benefit show on July 18th in Toronto. Moranis and Thomas will reprise their roles as Bob and Doug McKenzie, two hick Canadian brothers the duo played on Sctv, “Saturday Night Live,” and in the movie “Strange Brew.”

A gaggle of Canadian comedy legends from the Second City »

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Rick Moranis Returns To Comedy After A 20-Year Reclusive Period

2 June 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been 20 years since Rick Moranis last appeared onscreen, in the mind-bendingly titled “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.” A fixture of ’80s and ’90s blockbuster comedies, Moranis was beloved for his iconic roles in “Ghostbusters,” “Spaceballs,” and for leading the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” franchise. He stepped away from acting in 1997 in order to focus on his family, only returning for the very occasional voiceover or writing gig.

Moranis will take to the stage for one very special night to help out his dear friend Dave Thomas for a special benefit show on July 18th in Toronto. Moranis and Thomas will reprise their roles as Bob and Doug McKenzie, two hick Canadian brothers the duo played on Sctv, “Saturday Night Live,” and in the movie “Strange Brew.”

A gaggle of Canadian comedy legends from the Second City »

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'Spaceballs': THR's 1987 Review

1 June 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On June 24, 1987, Mel Brooks launched Spaceballs in theaters. The Star Wars spoof, starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis and Daphne Zuniga, became infamous in its own right. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.  

Space films are Mel Brooks’ latest target in this Star Wars parody that might be appropriately titled “Schtick Wars.”

You don’t have to be Jewish to be turned off by this movie, but it sure helps to understand the jokes. Science-fiction fans, never known for their sense of humor, will trickle out for an initial peek but, otherwise, box office for this wildly »

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Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July

1 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Rick Moranis doesn’t think of himself as retired, but with has last feature film performance being a voice in the 2003 animated feature Brother Bear (followed by a straight to video sequel), the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star has certainly been out of the limelight for a long time now. That’s why […]

The post Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July appeared first on /Film. »

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Rick Moranis And Dave Thomas Are Back For A Bob And Doug McKenzie Reunion

1 June 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Take off, you hosers! Bob and Doug McKenzie are coming back to the Great White North. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, the “Sctv” stars who brought the goofy Canadian brothers into millions of homes during the 1980s, are reuniting for a special benefit concert, July 18 in Toronto. Related: Rick Moranis Reveals Why He Turned Down […] »

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Bob and Doug McKenzie All-Star Reunion Show Is Happening This Summer

1 June 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In an unexpected announcement that has fans very excited, Canadian comedy legends Bob and Doug McKenzie are reuniting for a one-night only benefit concert that brings together some of the most legendary comedic talents of all-time. Flip Publicity released the press release today.

"Dave Thomas and the Second City Present an Intimate Evening: Take Off, Eh!. The all-star benefit for Jake Thomas and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will feature Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reuniting as Bob and Doug Mackenzie in this reunion special. Other guests include Dan Aykroyd, Cathrine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, The Kids in the Hall, with musical guests Paul Shaffer, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and more!"

Dave Thomas and The Second City are proud to present Take Off, Eh!, a star-studded intimate evening featuring performances from some of Canada's biggest names in comedy and music on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 on The Second City Toronto's Mainstage, »

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Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas to Reunite as McKenzie Brothers

1 June 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who played Sctv's and SNL's beer-loving McKenzie brothers during the 1980s, are reuniting for a July 18 benefit concert in Toronto.

Other Canadian comedy legends on The Second City concert bill include Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd and Sctv alums Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Joe Flaherty, along with the Kids in the Hall cast, including Scott Thompson.

Paul Shaffer, Dave Letterman's former bandleader who worked with Levy, Short, Thomas and Andrea Martin in the 1972 Toronto production of Godspell, will also appear onstage in Toronto. Moranis and Thomas are »

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The Top Five Rick Moranis Movie Roles of His Career

30 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Rick Moranis is a Canadian-American entertain who rose to prominence through a Canadian sketch comedy show called Second City Television in the 1980s before he started appearing in Hollywood movies. In 1997, Moranis went on a long hiatus so as to focus his attention on his children as a widowed father, though he has appeared in a small number of films since that time. Here are the top five movie roles of Rick Moranis’s career: Strange Brew Strange Brew was a Canadian comedy movie that starred two characters from Second City Television, who were played by Moranis and Dave Thomas.

The Top Five Rick Moranis Movie Roles of His Career »

- Nat Berman

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Spaceballs 2 may finally be taking off thanks to Star Wars

24 May 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

With word this week that Tom Cruise is set to begin production on Top Gun 2 very soon, news on another long-awaited sequel has arisen that could see a classic comedy get the follow-up it has already “suggested”.

In a recent Q&A with comedy legend Mel Brooks, which followed a special screening of his classic Young Frankenstein, the writer/director/producer spoke at length about the film and about his career on the whole and chat soon turned to another film in his repertoire – 1987’s Spaceballs.

The film, which co-starred Brooks, was a spoof of Star Wars and grossed just over $38million from a $22million budget and this isn’t the first time a sequel has been talked about. Indeed, in the film itself, the Yoda-spoof character Yoghurt speaks to Bill Pullman’s Lone Starr (aka Han Solo) and says the two may “meet again in »

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