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Showtime is producing a documentary about the life of comedian John Belushi, the premium cabler announced Monday.
R.J. Cutler will direct and John Battsek will produce the feature-length doc, which will be made with the cooperation of Belushi’s widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, who will collaborate with filmmakers for the first time. The documentary is set to begin production in the fall, with long-time Belushi collaborator Sean Daniel serving as executive producer along with Bill Couturie. Cutler will also produce. The film will be produced in association with Sky Atlantic.
“Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television, and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the center of it all,” said Cutler. “At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office, and the number one record on the charts. »
- Laura Prudom
The pair have teamed up with original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beats to launch the show, with Bento Box Entertainment (best known for Bob’s Burgers) doing the animation.
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- Nigel M Smith
Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi, are rebooting The Blues Brothers as a primetime animated series, which they'll begin to pitch to networks and TV platforms this month, Deadline reports.
Aykroyd and Belushi co-created the series with original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, while the animation is being handled by Bento Box Entertainment (Bob's Burgers). Episodes will focus on the adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues and their band, and feature a bevy of soul, blues and R&B hits performed by the Blues Brothers, along »
“The Blues Brothers” is getting the animated treatment with a series officially in development. Also in today’s TV news roundup, Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” has scored more guest stars for its second season, plus daytime panel show “The Preachers” has landed a summer test-run on Fox-owned stations.
Bento Box Entertainment announced plans today to develop and produce “The Blues Brothers,” as an animated comedy series. The project, which has been in the works for years, hails from Dan Aykroyd and former “Saturday Night Live” writers Judy Belushi and Anne Beatts. The music-centric series will center on the adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who belong to a blues band. While no network is attached, Bento Box will shop around the project as a primetime comedy series. The independent studio is currently behind Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” among other shows.
Amber Rose will host »
- Alyssa Sage
The Blues Brothers are on a new God-given mission — and this one’s animated.
Bento Box Entertainment — the studio behind Bob’s Burgers — announced Tuesday that it will develop and produce a primetime cartoon series based on Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s SNL characters-turned-real-life band.
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There are a couple of properties of which you can always count on Dan Aykroyd to be incapable of letting go - Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers. We have already seen Aykroyd fight tooth and nail in order to bring a new Ghostbusters to the screen after a third film with the original team never came together, forming Ghost Corps to develop all things Ghostbusters for the future. So with that... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
What’s old is new again…whether you want it or not. Bento Box Entertainment announced today that it’s developing the movie classic The Blues Brothers as an animated series. The company that produces such cartoons as Bob’s Burgers and The Awesomes will be creating the show alongside Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi (John Belushi’s widow) and writer/producer Anne Beatts. In a statement, Aykroyd said, ”The show will be the Blues Brothers living in America and utilizing all new technology to make and promote their own records, seek out and record new artists and avoid law enforcement – and all while fighting for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich.” Producers promise that the series will feature no shortage of music, both R&B classics as well as new performances made just for the show. This is not the first attempt at a cartoon reboot for the R&B band. »
- David Eckstein
The Blues Brothers are back! And this time, Jake Blues lives! Yes, Blues Brothers originator Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy have teamed up with Bento Box Entertainment (the company behind Bob's Burgers) for a new half-hour animated prime time comedy adventure series, which will be shopped to various TV networks starting this month. Maybe most exciting is the fact that the music in the show will take precedence over the action and comedy.
The Blues Brothers series was co-created and will be executive produced by original Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Emmy-winning original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts. Each half-hour will be devoted to the music, mayhem and comedy first seen in the original 1980 movie and its 1998 sequel. Jake and Elwood Blues will reunite with their infamous Blues Brothers band, taking their act on the road. Their home base will still be Chicago, with soul, »
The comedy characters, played by Aykroyd and John Belushi, originated as a musical sketch on SNL before going on to release their first full-length album as the fictional band in 1978 and then the iconic film in 1980.
Each episode will feature a score and soundtrack curated with the soul, blues and R&B classics and hits performed by the Blues Brothers, as well as new performances made specifically for the show. Aspiring talent, treasured Blues legends and modern-day superstars will make guest appearances.
The project, aimed at young adults, »
- Garth Franklin
Even though legendary comedian John Belushi died back in 1982, that didn’t stop The Blue Brothers from getting revived for the unnecessary sequel Blues Brothers 2000. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a lack of John Belushi isn’t stopping his partner in comedy crime, Dan Aykroyd, from developing a Blues Brothers animated series […]
The post ‘The Blues Brothers’ Animated Series in the Works, Because Nothing Is Sacred appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy Belushi have teamed with Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers) for The Blues Brothers, a primetime animated comedy series, which will be shopped to television platforms beginning this month. Co-created and executive produced by original Blues Brother Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Emmy-winning original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, the series will chronicle the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues… »
Bento Box Entertainment will develop and produce “The Blues Brothers” as a new primetime animated comedy series with Dan Aykroyd attached as co-creator and executive producer, the company announced Tuesday Along with Aykroyd, John Belushi‘s widow, Judy, and Emmy Award-winning original “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts will serve as co-creators and executive producers on the project. The series chronicles the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band. The boys take their act on the road and back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago. Also Read: Jim Belushi Joins. »
- Joe Otterson
Playing a fictional character well can be a difficult task for actors, but for many, portraying someone who was really existed can be equally challenging, if not more so. This is especially the case for larger-than-life performers, like original Saturday Night Live cast member John Belushi. The Blues Brothers star will be one of the many figures being represented in the Netflix movie about National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, and Broad City’s John Gemberling has been tapped to play the beloved comedian. According to a report from The Wrap, Gemberling has joined A Futile & Stupid Gesture as John Belushi. Directed by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain, the movie will follow Doug Kinney, who was editor of the Harvard Lampoon and later co-founded the National Lampoon humor magazine, but also struggled with personal demons until his mysterious death in 1980. In addtion to appearing in the »
With excitement building for the new Ghostbusters reboot, hitting theaters this summer, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is using the release to bring the animated series The Real Ghost Busters back on DVD. The entire series, which spanned seven seasons and 140 episodes, was released through a Time Life Entertainment boxed set back in 2009, but it was only available for a limited time. Now fans can enjoy at least a part of this series again with a new DVD release on June 7. Here's an excerpt from a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment press release issued earlier today.
"Also, as part of the excitement surrounding the arrival of the new film, Sphe will release over 50 episodes of the iconic 1980s animated series, The Real Ghost Busters, on DVD July 7 and on Digital, from Ivan Reitman, Dic and Sony Pictures Television."
It isn't known if the digital release will feature HD transfers of the original episodes, »
Be they actors themselves or thespian novices, the presence of a director in the frame tips the wink to cineastes and those in the know.
Casual viewers may simply wonder who the fat guy in the background is, or how amusing the crazy dude heckling Matt Damon was, but more dedicated types see different…
Steven Spielberg had made a splash, quite literally, in 1970s Hollywood with Jaws, a production that reportedly saw the crew ready to lynch him by the end of the shoot. When John Landis called him up in 1980 about a small part in The Blues Brothers it must have seemed like a walk in the park by comparison.
- Steve Palace
Photo by Donnacha Kenny"Congratulations, Tom; you're one of the lucky eight per cent!" —Stir of Echoes (1999)Joliet, Illinois is probably the American city which more people have dreamed more fervently of escaping than any other. But after spending four hours in 'Prison Town'—long synonymous far and wide with incarceration—I was sad to leave; I'll be glad one day to return. Fortunately, such matters are questions of personal choice. Many of the area's residents, including those not serving custodial sentences, have little realistic option but to remain—trapped by personal, social and/or economic circumstances that can feel as confining as any 6-by-8 cell. "Joliet, or "J-Town", is racially diverse and is known as a crime-ridden city, although the area has shown much improvement since the 1990's... The east side is generally known as the ghetto side and the west side is known as middle class, even though »
- Neil Young
The Italian Job (1969)
The Oscars are taking place this weekend, and for once, a high-octane action film is listed amongst the movies going for Best Picture. Mad Max: Fury Road features some of the best car chase sequences ever committed to film, but which movie features the best car chase scene of all time? Well, the folks at JCT600 have conducted an independent survey, and asked 1,000 people to vote on which film features the best car chase ever.
Commenting on the result, Ian Davies (Mini Brand Director at JCT600) said: “It was with the release of The Italian Job that this iconic brand went from strength to strength. The film helped make the Mini part of British culture and the icon that it is today. The impressive car chase »
- The Hollywood News
Is the movie comedy that pushes two hours and change really a modern problem? And why are so many comedies so long?
Shakespeare wrote "Brevity is the soul of wit", which partly explains why there's only one good joke in Hamlet. John Michael McDonagh (Calvary, The Guard) said in an interview with this site “if it takes you two hours to tell a story you have failed as a filmmaker. 105 minutes tops is all you need if you're talented.”
The recent Tina Fey/Amy Poehler film Sisters is two hours long. While I enjoyed it, and laughed a lot, it starts to drag slightly in the middle of the party sequence, and feels like it might have benefited from a more brutal editing, killing some darlings and indulgence. It is a film with more to it than creating laughter, but not to the extent that it doesn't »
You guys! It’s almost time for our Silver Scream Fest in beautiful Santa Rosa, Calif. It’s in two weeks and you can still get tix! You can also win posters, T-shirts, and even tix to the event. Check our Facebook and Twitter daily for ways to get your furry paws on some great swag!
Also: Did I mention that Santa Rosa is wine country? You can see stars, catch some screenings of both new and classic films, and tickle your palate, all in one gloriously gory weekend!
• A tribute to Wes Craven by none other than his greatest creation, Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund himself; Freddy’s favorite leading lady, Heather Langenkamp from A Nightmare On Elm Street and New Nightmare; and Craven’s longtime producer Marianne Maddelena.
- Harker Jones
There’s a certain type of film that immediately springs to mind with mention of “Saturday Night Live” movies.
For those that choose to take the charitable approach, the best ones spring to mind: Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers. However, for many, it’s the less successful ones that have come to typify the late night institution’s contribution to the silver screen … Coneheads, MacGruber, Superstar, It’s Pat … and so on.
However, there’s a third category of "SNL" movies that the show doesn’t get nearly enough credit for. Regular cast members and alumni have gone on to become huge stars during and oftentimes after their respective runs on the show have finished. These films are often byproducts of the experience and confidence comedians hone over their years on the program and sometimes are even borne out of ideas from the cast members themselves.
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- Shane McNeil
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