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John Candy's Son Shares Loving Memories of His Late Father

30 November 2014 10:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

John Candy will forever be remembered as one of the greatest comedic actors in Hollywood history. Sadly, in 1994, while filming the comedy Wagons East!, Candy passed away in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 43.

Over two decades later, John Candy's son Chris Candy, an actor as well, sat down with Et Canada to discuss the life and legacy of his late father.

In Memoriam: SNL Stars We've Lost

"With him being gone 20 years now, you feel like he's within you a little bit," he told Et Canada, whose interview with Chris kicked off their Celebrity Kids Week. "He was just an amazing actor. There was only one John Candy, and he was it."

Chris, 30, also opened up about what he feels made his father such a beloved entertainer, and how it's influenced his own efforts as a performer.

Video: Splash Flashback! On Set with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy

"My dad's ability »

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Why John Candy Passed on Ghostbusters Role

22 November 2014 12:12 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a lot of “what if” moments in Hollywood in which certain characters could have been played by completely different actors. For example, Tom Selleck almost played Indiana Jones and Will Smith almost played Neo in The Matrix. In an interview with EW, Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman revealed that John Candy was up for the part of Louis Tully, who ended up being played by Rick Moranis. Candy didn't take the part because apparently he just didn’t get it. 

“He didn't like the treatment that I had sent. He didn't get it. He said, ‘Well, maybe if I played him as a German guy who had a bunch of German shepherd dogs.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe you can do it with an accent, but I don't think all that's really necessary.’"

What in the hell was Candy thinking? That sounds like an absurd idea. After Candy passed on the role, »

- Joey Paur

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Little Mermaid with 25 Things Even Superfans May Not Know

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad

29 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Tom Hanks' Bachelor Party Being Adapted into a TV Series at ABC

25 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Tom Hanks' classic 1984 comedy Bachelor Party is set to be adapted into a TV series by ABC. Bachelor Party was Hanks' second big feature film after Splash, and it's a hilarious movie that is a must see for any comedy fan. The series is described as being a half-hour comedy anthology series.

Variety says that the show will "examine relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. They will experience the trial-by-fire that is the modern day, co-ed bachelor/bachelorette extravaganza."

This isn't the first classic Hanks' movie to get a TV series order. Fox recently announced that they are developing a series based on the 1988 movie Big. I wonder how Hanks feels about his movies being turned into TV shows.

Just in case you've never seen Bachelor Party, I »

- Joey Paur

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ABC Making ‘Bachelor Party’ TV Series Based on 1984 Tom Hanks Movie

22 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A few weeks ago, we got word that the 1988 Tom Hanks classic Big was being adapted for the small screen by Fox. Now ABC is also mining Hanks’ resume for material, and has come up with a TV series based on the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party. If someone options Splash, we can officially call […]

The post ABC Making ‘Bachelor Party’ TV Series Based on 1984 Tom Hanks Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Hanks' "Bachelor Party" Becomes A TV Series

21 October 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following word of a TV series based on "Big" currently in development, not to mention a failed attempt last year to adapt "The Money Pit" into an NBC series, yet another Tom Hanks comedy from the 1980s is being dusted off for a small screen reboot.

ABC has given a put pilot commitment for "Bachelor Party," a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 film and produced by some of the key people involved in Fox's "New Girl".

The show examines relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. Like "American Horror Story" and "True Detective," each season will focus on a whole new batch of characters.

20th Century Fox TV will produce the show which Jj Philbin, Jake Johnson, Jason Winer, Max Winkler and Renate Radford will executive produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Brian Grazer Shares Career Tips With French Producers at Deauville Fest

13 September 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.

Here are some highlights from this conversation:

What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story? 

Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Daryl Hannah Is Dating Rocker Neil Young

11 September 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

New couple alert! Daryl Hannah is dating veteran rocker Neil Young, a source confirms to Us Weekly. They first caused a buzz when they were photographed kissing after grabbing a bite to eat in Westlake, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 9. "She's a huge Neil fan," the insider tells Us of the Splash and Kill Bill star. "They've known each other for years." The new relationship comes just one month after it was revealed that Young, 68, filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years, Pegi Young, on [...] »

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Brian Grazer Is Hustling to Keep Imagine Entertainment Relevant in Ever-Changing Hollywood

16 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s odd to see Brian Grazer chillin’.

But there he is — the frenetic mega-producer — lounging in his sprawling backyard in Santa Monica, Calif., overlooking the Riviera Country Club, munching on a breakfast of turkey bacon and eggs over easy, drinking fresh-pressed carrot juice with a touch of ginger.

Not surprisingly the zen moment quickly dissolves.

“Oh shit, can I text Mick Jagger back?” Grazer asks a reporter, suddenly bolting upright, his gold-and-white leather encased iPhone vibrating. The two are co-producing “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic that debuts Aug. 1. Jagger’s on tour in Europe, and they’ve missed a chance to talk. “He’s so polite and British,” Grazer confides. “You have to be like, ‘How are you this morning?’ and take a beat, and then get on with it.”

Grazer prides himself on deciphering what makes a person tick. He’s spent the past three decades peppering industry titans, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Brian Grazer Is Hustling to Keep Imagine Entertainment Relevant in Ever-Changing Hollywood

16 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s odd to see Brian Grazer chillin’.

But there he is — the frenetic mega-producer — lounging in his sprawling backyard in Santa Monica, Calif., overlooking the Riviera Country Club, munching on a breakfast of turkey bacon and eggs over easy, drinking fresh-pressed carrot juice with a touch of ginger.

Not surprisingly the zen moment quickly dissolves.

“Oh shit, can I text Mick Jagger back?” Grazer asks a reporter, suddenly bolting upright, his gold-and-white leather encased iPhone vibrating. The two are co-producing “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic that debuts Aug. 1. Jagger’s on tour in Europe, and they’ve missed a chance to talk. “He’s so polite and British,” Grazer confides. “You have to be like, ‘How are you this morning?’ and take a beat, and then get on with it.”

Grazer prides himself on deciphering what makes a person tick. He’s spent the past three decades peppering industry titans, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Tom Hanks is 58 Today. Is He Underrated as a Comedy Star?

9 July 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tom Hanks, one of the great actors and certainly my favorite star of Justin Bieber's Instagram, turns 58 today. Let's celebrate by considering a deep thought: Is it possible that Tom Hanks is underrated as a funny performer? We know he won Oscars for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," but so much of his filmography is quirkier and funnier than those classics. Does he deserve more credit for making us laugh? Let's take a look at a few clips to think about it. Exhibit A: He recreated the rap from "Big" on Jonathan Ross' show, and it went over really well.  Exhibit B: He has a surefire, hilarious way to learn a Scottish accent. Exhibit C: He doesn't even need words to be funny. Here he is boogying down in perhaps his finest film, "Joe Versus the Volcano." Exhibit D: He can even get a big laugh at a memorial service. »

- Louis Virtel

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Check Out The First Image From Ron Howard’s Heart Of The Sea

9 July 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following his surprisingly fresh and entertaining racing drama, Rush, Ron Howard has given his ever-faithful fans the first glimpse of his follow-up effort, Heart of the Sea.

Straight from his Twitter account, the Apollo 13 director shared an initial behind-the-scenes look at the post-production stage. The image, which can be seen above and in its original format below, shows the director working on a scene involving Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who also collaborated with the director on Rush:

Post prod duties for In the Heart of the Sea pic.twitter.com/klFnOeWeri

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2014

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, the movie follows the true account of a whaling ship stuck in the middle of the ocean for 90 days after a grizzly encounter with a sperm whale. Sound familiar? Well, it should – the incident inspired Herman Melville’s literary classic, Moby Dick – incidentally, »

- Dale Barham

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Stay Tuned’ (1992)

4 June 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Stay Tuned

Written by Tom. S. Parker, Jim Jennewain, and Richard Siegel

Directed by Peter Hyams

USA, 1992

In 2003 the world lost a true comedic treasure; a man so funny that he was dubbed “The greatest physical comedian on the planet” by actor Don Knotts. Knotts was referring to the late, great Mr. John Ritter. With a career spanning nearly four decades in film, TV, and the stage, Ritter was an extremely talented and likable actor. He gave the world many memorable performances, most notably in the delightfully zany sitcom Three’s Company and in the ridiculously warped Problem Child films. With so many roles on his resume, Ritter became a household name for audiences worldwide. He starred in many films over the years, some notable, some not so notable. One picture that slipped through the cracks was 1992’s fantasy/comedy Stay Tuned, a wacky adventure which saw Ritter as an unlikely hero. »

- Randall Unger

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Summer Movies Flashback 1984: Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Ghostbusters

2 June 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Big 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review

8 April 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Though Tom Hanks had been around the block several times before Big hit, it’s the movie that really launched him into a top spot in the cultural consciousness. The awesome, but short-lived, Bosom Buddies managed to get Hanks some guest spots on shows like Family Ties, and 1984 kicked off a string off films that, while perhaps loved by some, didn’t exactly serve to rocket anyone to stardom – Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit. 1988′s Big put Hanks on the map in a big way, and audiences were taken by the charm, depth, and overall impressive abilities Hanks displayed in the film. This carried him through a few years of what we have to now hope were contractual obligation films (Joe vs. The Volcano, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch), to the point that Hanks managed A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, »

- Marc Eastman

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Splash Turns 30: 8 Memorable Mermaids from Pop Culture

9 March 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tom Hanks recently amazed audiences in the Academy Award-nominated Captain Phillips, and it was 30 years ago that the actor's first major movie set sail. Splash hit the big screen on March 9, 1984. Starring Hanks and Daryl Hannah, this fishy romantic comedy tells the tale of a man who meets an enchanting mermaid named Madison during his childhood. Years later, Madison (Hannah) seeks out Hanks's character, Allen, on the mean and dry streets of NYC. Allen falls for Madison and they become entangled in a series of adorable misunderstandings. If you thought relationships were hard, try dating a woman who is fluent »

- Kelli Bender

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'Splash' Cast: Where Are They Now?

7 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Splash," the sweet story of a man who falls in love with a mermaid, turns 30 this year. Since then, star Tom Hanks has gone on to become one of Hollywood's favorite leading men and the name "Madison" went from being just a famous avenue to one of the most popular girl's names in the U.S. and England.

The movie was the first from Disney's Touchstone label, one that allowed them to include some racier content, such as the implication that Hanks's and Hannah's characters got busy on top of a refrigerator.

"Splash," which opened on March 9, 1984, earned $69 million, making it the 10th-highest-grossing film of that year. (Not bad on an $8 million budget.)

The script was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and the movie was up for a Golden Globe for Best Picture, Comedy or Musical.

A little-known sequel appeared on TV in 1988 called "Splash, Too."

If you're »

- Sharon Knolle

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Remembering John Candy 20 Years Later: 5 of the Actor's Funniest Clips (Video)

4 March 2014 3:31 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Beloved Canadian comedic actor John Candy died 20 years ago today, well ahead of his time. Though just 43-years-old when he passed, the larger-than-life personality left behind an admirable careers-worth of classic movie comedy moments. He also had a flair for the dramatic; perhaps both sides of the artist were best captured by his portrayal of shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith in John Hughes’ 1987 hit film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” Candy also starred in “Stripes,” “Splash,” and “The Great Outdoors,” to name a few. He died of a heart attack in his sleep while filming western parody “Wagons East!” »

- Tony Maglio

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30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014

1 March 2014 9:59 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!

1The Terminator

Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »

- MovieWeb

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