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We love running across great questions around movies that make you stop and go, "Hmm." That's why we just had to bring up a question posed over on the endlessly entertaining io9, asking which sci-fi or fantasy movie you hate so much you feel compelled to watch it over and over again. Some great answers out of the nearly 1,000 comments include The Dark Knight Rises, the last three Star Wars movies, Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus and, well, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Ok then. Mine happens not to be sci-fi or fantasy: The Blues Brothers. I've seen it at least five times and still can't figure out why it's a classic. Check out the pretty hilarious answers on io9 and tell us below: What movie--of any genre--do you love to hate to watch (and...
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The Dixie Square Mall is best known for its role in the 1980s Blues Brothers film. It is the scene of an epic car chase that sends Elwood and Jake Blues crashing through the interior of the mall in an attempt to evade police. However, the mall has a history that makes it more reminiscent of the Monroeville Mall in Dawn of the Dead.
Opened in 1966, it was your pretty standard suburban shopping mall, with over 60 shops and three anchor stores. But the town of Harvey, where the mall existed, was a failing suburb that became poverty-stricken, leading to an increase in crime. Countless robberies took place at the Dixie Square Mall, and gangs kept families away. The first death at the mall came in 1968, when an elderly woman was killed in the parking lot in a hit and run accident. A woman was fatally shot in a botched robbery »
- Alyse Wax
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There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
The Blues Brothers are back in business -- this time in the world of online gaming. Mx Digital, a U.S.-based developer and distributor of branded online-gambling games, has inked an exclusive partnership with Blues Brothers Approved Ventures for the use of the Blues Brothers brand, including the names and likenesses of Jake and Elwood Blues, for online gaming properties. Dan Aykroyd, who played Elwood in the original Saturday Night Live sketches as well as in the two feature films, is on board for promotional support. “We are really excited to add the Blues Brothers to our catalog of
- Kimberly Nordyke
Ellen Page is in talks to play the wife of John Belushi (Emile Hirsch) in Steve Conrad's upcoming indie biopic "Belushi". Jacklin was Belushi's loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death.
The film explores the comedian's rise to fame on SNL and films like "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" before he died of an overdose at 33. Filming begins later this year in New York. [Source: The Wrap]
Having wrapped "Fifty Shades Of Grey," Dakota Johnson is in early talks to play the love interest of Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's true story drama "Black Mass" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean Penn, will make her acting »
- Garth Franklin
When Juno became a breakthrough hit in late 2007, Ellen Page seemed to have all the qualities of a true Hollywood star. However, despite a few high-profile roles here and there, most recently in 2013′s The East, the actress has kept relatively quiet. Now, Page is looking to get back in the spotlight as she’s signed on to play Judy Belushi Pisano, the wife of the late John Belushi, in an upcoming untitled biopic that stars Emile Hirsch as the beloved comic actor.
The Promotion‘s Steve Conrad is on board to write and direct while Pisano will help produce as well as provide the source material for the script, which comes in the form of a biography she wrote entitled “Belushi.” The film will explore the actor’s “rise to fame in the late ’70s, from Saturday Night Live to his starring turns in Animal House and The Blues Brothers. »
- Jordan Adler
Here's the latest casting news for the following films: Ellen Page is in talks to star opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic. Dakota Johnson is in negotiations to play the love interest of Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's Black Mass. Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould will star in M. Night Shyamalan's latest effort, Sundowning. James Caan has signed on for Jacob Tierney's Preggoland, scripted by and starring Sonja Bennett. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from The Wrap is news that Page would star as Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin, in the untitled biopic. "Jacklin was Belushi's loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death. The indie drama will explore Belushi's rise to fame in the late '70s, from Saturday Night Live to his starring turns in »
- Dave Trumbore
From the director of the Academy Award–nominated movie The Help comes Get On Up, the new biopic surrounding the life of the Godfather of Soul: James Brown. Chadwick Boseman (42, The Kill Hole) stars as the artist once known as the hardest working man in show business. This movie chronicles the story of Brown's life, including being abandoned by his mother (Viola Davis), being raised by his aunt (Octavia Spencer), spending time in jail, and of course rising inevitably to fame.
It's almost impossible to not be in awe of Boseman's spot-on impression of Brown as the man with enormous personality and a ruthless attitude. You're just about guaranteed to "get up offa that thing" and "get on the good foot" with Boseman when you watch this trailer.
- Megan Rivera
"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid. There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences. Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
Astonishingly it’s been exactly 20 years to the day since the amazing Canadian actor John Candy passed away. The man was famed for being one of the greatest movie comedians ever to have walked the earth and this post pays tribute to the great man looking at some of his greatest movie movie moments.
John Candy was only 43 when he died on March 4th 1994 of a heart attack while filming the movie Wagons East!. He died way too young but left us a plethora of amazing movies and TV shows behind for us to remember him by. Below is a just a snippet of our favourites although there are so many more.
If any of these movies are unfamiliar to you, do yourself a favour and buy it now! We dedicate this post to you John!
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
- David Sztypuljak
Forgetting stars in the Academy Awards "In Memoriam" segment is almost as much a tradition as the fashion and speeches. But which stars missed out on live Oscars broadcast in 2014? Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, Sarah Jones and Tom Clancy are among those not memorialized on TV.
Thanks to the Internet, the 86th Academy Awards can claim to honor just about everyone in film who died. Still, there's a bit of a slight felt by fans of those deemed unworthy for the telecast. Here are some of the biggest names left out of the video:
Jonathan Winters -- Died: April 11, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming," "The Smurfs"Gary David Goldberg -- Died: June 22, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Must Love Dogs," sitcoms from "Family Ties" to "Spin City"Cory Monteith -- Died: July 13, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Glee, »
The new episode of The Capones sees Uncle Lou trying to revive his singing career, which culminates in a public performance at the Green Mill Lounge, an Uptown Chicago bar that was frequented by Al Capone. While Uncle Lou is no stranger to dangerous professions, we started to think of movies that revealed the pitfalls of a professional music career. We should warn, however, that you just might learn something from our list of cautionary tale movies about singers.
Family, Food, and... Singing?
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- Ryan Gowland
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Luis Avalos (1954-2014) - Character actor best known for TV's The Electric Company. He also appears in the movies Stir Crazy, The Ringer and Jungle 2 Jungle. He died on January 22. (THR) James Avery (1945-2013) - Actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and voicing Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. His movie work includes The Blues Brothers, Fletch, Arlington...
- Christopher Campbell
The films of director John Landis are particularly suited to repetition—in both rewatchability for comedies like “Trading Places” or “The Blues Brothers” or horror like “An American Werewolf in London," but also in double-dip DVDs and Blu-rays from Universal every few years as well. Luckily, Landis is one of those filmmakers who reveals a new, fascinating behind-the-scenes tale with each new release, and that is certainly the case surrounding the Blu-ray of “Animal House” a few years back. In that spirit, here's a wide-ranging, three hour discussion with Landis on the Kevin Pollak Talk Show on YouTube. Granted, it's from 2011, but hat tip to Larry Wright to putting in on our radar, because it's great stuff. It’s the type of conversation that includes the director’s memory of lunching with Alfred Hitchcock and hearing his reaction to Brian De Palma’s “Dressed To Kill”, and ends with another »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Dan Aykroyd was sworn in as a Hinds County reserve deputy in the Mississippi City’s Sheriff’s Department on Friday, Jan. 24.
Aykroyd, an actor and comedian most known for Ghostbusters, which he wrote and stared in, The Blues Brothers and his time spent on Saturday Night Live, is a Canada native, but was in Mississippi filming his upcoming film Get on Up.
Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says that Aykroyd contacted him with a letter, asking to be admitted to the reserve. Aykroyd studied criminology in college and previously served in law enforcement agencies for 16 years in Louisiana.
“He’s very qualified, he can hit the ground running, and he has credentials and has put in a letter of request. Today we’re going to honor that letter of request,” Sheriff Lewis said.
Of course, there are other perks that come with having a famous deputy in the Sheriff Department reserve. »
Playing an icon must be difficult for any actor, but how much more difficult would it be if that icon is still alive? That’s the challenge facing Miles Teller, who is now in talks to play Saturday Night Live funnyman Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming John Belushi biopic.
Emile Hirsch revealed Teller’s potential involvement in the Belushi biopic during a party for the Creative Coalition on Saturday, which Teller also attended. For those who don’t know, Hirsch has long been attached to play the role of John Belushi in the film, which is based on the biography Belushi (by the comedian’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano). Belushi and Aykroyd were longtime friends and comedic collaborators, best known for their stint on the first (and best) seasons of Saturday Night Live, as well as their performances as Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers fame.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Miles Teller, the star of one Sundance's most buzzed about films, Whiplash, is set to play Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic in development. Teller is an awesome choice, and he will star alongside Emile Hirsch who is playing Belushi. It was Hirsch who actually made the announcement at a Sundance party, saying...
The actor's reps say that the announcement is premature, but that Teller has been offered the part. They go on to say that "the actor will take a beat to committing to any new project until after Sundance wraps and he finishes his press duties for his upcoming movie That Awkward Moment."
- Joey Paur
Miles Teller was in attendance at the festival, where his new film Whiplash was the opening night film, before it was acquired by Sony Pictures. The actor's agency, CAA, confirms the actor has not officially signed on, though he does have an offer to star. Miles Teller will consider which project to take on next after the festival concludes, and he finishes his press commitments for his upcoming comedy That Awkward Moment, hitting theaters »
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Hollywood Goes "Mad"
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the 1963 classic epic comedy directed by Stanley Kramer, is one of those Hollywood train wrecks that you can’t help but like. It’s a one-of-a-kind all-star extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names of mostly 1950s and early 1960s comedy (and a good number of them were known primarily as television actor/comics rather than big screen performers). The United Artists release was one of a current trend of movie star ensemble film in which the producers attempt to throw in as many big names as possible (e.g. Exodus, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Longest Day). As Kramer himself states in a reunion extra that appears on Criterion’s new Blu-ray/DVD combo set, “It would be impossible to make today,” due to the salaries stars demand now. »
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It's Thursday once again, and you know what that means; time to check out some vintage behind the scenes shots from another beloved horror flick. Because it's not just Thursday... it's #ThrowbackThursday, fiends! - See more at: http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/throwback-thursday-texas-chains... It's Thursday once again, and you know what that means; time to check out some vintage behind the scenes shots from another beloved horror flick. Because it's not just Thursday... it's #ThrowbackThursday, fiends! - See more at: http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/throwback-thursday-texas-chains... It's Thursday once again, and you know what that means; time to check out some vintage behind the scenes shots from another beloved horror flick. Because it's not just Thursday... it's #ThrowbackThursday, fiends! - See more at: http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/throwback-thursday-texas-chains...
It's Thursday once again, and you know what that means; time to check out some vintage behind the »
- John Squires
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