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John Landis has heavily criticised big movie studios in a new interview.
The Animal House director lamented the current state of the film industry, denouncing the cutthroat nature of the business.
"Now if a movie doesn't make money its first two days, you're f**ked!" he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, which is currently showing a retrospective of his work.
"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios," he said.
When asked about his thoughts on Hollywood's tendency to choose remakes over original projects, he replied: "There are no original ideas. What there is - and this is something no one understands - is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea.
"The film studios are all »
Blues Brothers director says studios 'are no longer interested in making good movies', and looks to TV for innovation
• John Landis and the film that changed his life
Speaking at Argentina's Mar del Plata film festival, Landis said studios had become "giant international things that don't pay taxes". He said most are "subdivisions of huge multinational corporations" that are "not in the movie business any more".
"Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony – these aren't companies, they are fucking nations," Landis said. "Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the 70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios," he added. "[Now] there »
- Ben Child
The John Landis-directed mini-movie – first shown publicly 30 years ago this week – influenced a generation of directors including Spike Jonze, turned music promos into an industry, and established MTV as a cultural force
John Landis was in London in 1983 when Michael Jackson called to ask if he was interested in making a video for Thriller, the title track of the album he'd released a little under a year before. Seemingly unaware of the time difference, Jackson had called at 2am UK time and the sleepy director had to feign knowledge of the song, which he hadn't heard. Jackson, for his part, hadn't seen Landis's films Animal House, The Blues Brothers or Trading Places; he wanted Landis because of An American Werewolf in London. Landis said he would do the video if it could be a short film, and Jackson embraced the idea. The 13-minute film that resulted changed the music video for ever, »
There are more than a handful of sequels and franchise movies that came out amongst tons of hype only to fail or disappoint fans that waited far too long to finally see them. Sometimes, its this anticipation that makes a movie seem less than its sum. We, as lovers of pop culture, have spent far too much time cultivated our own ideas about them. In many instances we have years, even decades, to build the movie for ourself inside our brain. So, of course, more often than not...There's going to be a disconnect. We never return to these movies again. Our tainted memories remain firmly in place. But sometimes, its these bloated expectations that devour us, killing any enjoyment or fun we might otherwise have with any given installment of the latest blockbuster. Sometimes, we just take these things too seriously. And a perfectly decent movie gets lost in that 'expectation translation'. »
Chicago – She wrote a book called “Samurai Widow,” and was married to John Belushi from 1976 to his death in 1982. She is Judy Belushi, and she will be part of a cast reunion of the classic film “Animal House,” to be presented at the theaters Hollywood Palms in Naperville (Illinois) and Hollywood Blvd in Woodridge, on November 15th-17th, 2013.
Judy Belushi was with John before the beginning of his superstardom, having met him in high school at Wheaton, Illinois, where they both grew up. She followed him through his early years at The Second City in Chicago in 1971, and moved to New York City in 1973 when Belushi got a job with “The National Lampoon Radio Hour.” Many of his radio colleagues became original cast members with Belushi on a new late night TV show in 1975, “Saturday Night Live.” From there, John Belushi became a sensation with the 1978 release of “Animal House »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Last month, we reported that Emile Hirsch beat out actors such as Joaquin Phoenix and Adam DeVine to star in the Untitled John Belushi Project. When I had the chance to talk with the actor last night, on the red carpet of the Lone Survivor AFI Fest premiere, Emile Hirsch spoke about what parts of John Belushi's life will be covered in this project.
"It's mostly pretty early. It's right out of high school and college. It covers the end of his life a little bit, but I would say that Steve Conrad, the writer, he was more interested in the in-between times. It doesn't really hit the nail on the head of all the huge times of John Belushi. It doesn't cover that as much as I think some people might think it would."
Steve Conrad is directing from his own screenplay, which is said to illuminate the »
“Okay, so, she’s a dog.” And yes, they, “conjured up a hundred-foot marshmallow man, blew the top three floors off an uptown high-rise, and ended up getting sued by every city, county, and state agency in New York. Yeah, but what a ride.” If quotes like these don’t ring a bell, it’s because time has silenced the echoing bell that once brought a team of exterminators to assemble for action in an old ambulance. If it sounds crazy, maybe it was, but they were ready to believe you. Since falling out of business, less and less may have come to believe in them. The Ghostbusters cleaned suites and streets of paranormal activity. The Ecto-1 may need a jumpstart, but let’s take a ride down memory lane after the jump. It’s May 8, 2013, as I begin to write this. If it was circa 1984, it would be officially »
- David Kobylanski
John Belushi was a comedy comet. There was no one else like him, and his bright flight was amazing to behold — until it tragically flamed out in 1982 when he died of a drug overdose. A dozen filmmakers could make a dozen different interesting movies about his life and times, especially since he — more than probably any other Saturday Night Live alum — helped define what that now-iconic show would be. In 1989, Michael Chiklis starred as Belushi in Wired, a poorly received effort that featured Belushi’s ghost reflecting on his life to biographer Bob Woodward. The energetic comedian deserved better.
On Monday, »
- Jeff Labrecque
It seems that Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Killer Joe, Lone Survivor) has beaten off competition from Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) for the lead role in writer-director Steve Conrad's long-gestating John Belushi biopic, with Film 360 announcing today that Hirsch has secured the part of the influential comic actor.
Conrad, whose screenwriting credits include The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will base his film on the book Belushi by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will tackle "the iconic comedian's life as an allegory about the glory and tragedy of the American dream [and] will explore his rise to fame in the late '70s as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live and star of such films as The Blues Brothers and Animal House, through to his shocking fatal drug »
- Gary Collinson
Emile Hirsch has landed the role of comedian John Belushi in an untitled biopic to be directed by Steve Conrad (screenwriter of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"). Conrad is directing from his own script, based on the 2005 biography of Belushi by Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. The film will follow the height of Belushi's career as an outsized comedic screen presence on the first iteration of Saturday Night Live and in movies, when he starred in "The Blues Brothers," and "Animal House." It also looks at his early death at age 33 to an overdose of cocaine and heroin at La's Chateau Marmont hotel. (Hirsch will be 29 when filming gets underway.) Hirsch, who's coming up in Peter Berg's army action drama "Lone Survivor" opposite Mark Wahlberg, is best known for his turns in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" and starring alongside Penn in Gus Van Sant's "Milk. »
- Beth Hanna
It looks like Emile Hirsch just nabbed one of the best roles of his career. He is set to play John Belushi in an untitled biopic about the actor, written and directed by screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness).
According to the report the film "will cover the heights of Belushi’s fame in The Blues Brothers and Animal House and as a key player on the first four seasons of “Saturday Night Live” to his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
I've always liked Hirsch as an actor. He was rumored to be up for the role a few days ago, and I'm happy to see he actually landed it. I think he's going to be great playing the iconic comedian.
Hirsch will next be seen »
- Joey Paur
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Into the Wild star will play the "Saturday Night Live" standout, known for his physical comedy and drug habit that tragically ended his life at 33 when he was found dead the Chateau Marmont of an overdose in 1982.
The biopic will be directed and written by Steve Conrad, who penned the upcoming Ben Stiller buzz-pic The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and is based on the biography "Belushi" written by John's widow Judith Belushi Pisano and author Tanner Colby and details his rise to fame as one of the most popular members of SNL and then as a famous movie actor, with such classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers making him internationally known, »
- Andrea Miller
The actor has signed on for the lead role in Steve Conrad's untitled film, reports Variety.
Belushi died in the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles at the age of 33 following a drug overdose.
The film will be based on Belushi, the book written by the actor's wife Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
Belushi Pisano will also serve as a producer on the project.
Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Alpha Dog, Into the Wild) has been cast as John Belushi in the untitled biopic based on the 2005 biography Belushi, which was written by Belushi’s widow Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
Steve Conrad (The Promotion) will write and direct the film, which will cover the “heights of Belushi’s fame in The Blues Brothers as Jake Blues and Animal House as John Blutarsky along with being the biggest star on the first four seasons of Saturday Night Live. The series, which launched in 1975, included Belushi’s introductions of the Blues Brothers and Samurai Warrior characters along with memorable impressions of Wiliam Shatner, Joe Cocker, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.”
The comedian’s death in 1982 from a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
- Philip Sticco
Emile Hirsch has signed on to star in the Untitled John Belushi Project, less than a week after we reported he was in contention for the title role alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Workaholics star Adam DeVine.
Steve Conrad (The Weather Man) wrote the screenplay and is directing the biopic, which follows comedian John Belushi's life until his tragic death at the age of 33 from a heroin overdose in 1982. The story is said to be an allegory that illuminates the highs and lows of the American dream. Our report from last week revealed that Nelson Franklin (Jobs, Argo) is in contention to play the comedian's longtime friend and The Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd.
John Belushi's widow, Judith Belushi-Pisano, is serving as executive producer along with Dan Aykroyd. Alexandra Milchan, Bonnie Timmermann and Scott Lambert are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin next spring.
Emile Hirsch most recently starred »
Emile Hirsch has signed on to play John Belushi in an as-yet-untitled biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will reportedly take place during the height of the comedian's fame, focusing on his stint on Saturday Night Live and his roles in Animal House and The Blues Brothers, through his death of a drug overdose at age 33 in 1982. It will be the second Belushi biopic, following Wired, in 1989.
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The movie will be written and directed by Steve Conrad, who »
After much speculation as to who would take on the responsibility of portraying the storied comedian, Film 360 announced Monday that Emile Hirsch, 28, has signed on to play John Belushi in director Steve Conrad’s still-untitled biopic.
The long-gestating biopic only recently regained traction when Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and Ben Stiller’s upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, signed on to both write and direct. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct. Reports surfaced last week that he’d held meetings with Hirsch and Workaholics lead Adam DeVine about taking on the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Following a shortlist that included Adam Devine and Joaquin Phoenix, THR has word that the third candidate, Emile Hirsch, has landed the role of John Belushi in a biopic about the late comedian from director Steve Conrad (writer of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness). Hirsch hasn't done much comedy since the early years of his career when he starred in The Girl Next Door, but the film will require just as much drama as comedy as it explores Belushi's life from his youngest comedic exploits through his unbelievable success in films like The Blues Brothers and Animal House decades ago. Read on! Belushi's quick rise to fame found him simultaneously having a #1 movie (Animal House), a #1 TV show (with "SNL") and a #1 music album (Briefcase Full of Blues), all at the age of 30. It proved to be too much to handle as Belushi was always the life of the party, »
- Ethan Anderton
Here's a bit more casting news today: Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) is set to play John Belushi in Steve Conrad's untitled biopic about the late actor. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will star in Tommy Wirkola's indie sci-fi drama, What Happened to Monday? Hit the jump for more on both pictures. First up from Variety is news that Hirsch has landed the lead role in the Belushi biopic. We reported that a number of actors were in the mix as recently as last week, and it looks like Hirsch edged the rest out. Adapted from the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book, “Belushi,” Conrad will direct from his own script. High points of Belushi’s career will be explored, including roles in The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Saturday Night Live, up to his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at »
- Dave Trumbore
The story will cover the heights of Belushi's fame in "The Blues Brothers," "Animal House" and on "Saturday Night Live." It will also deal with his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont.
Conrad adapted the script from the book "Belushi" by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. Shooting is scheduled to begin in spring in New York
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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