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C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson, Alfred Hitchcock Associate, Dies at 93

C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson, Alfred Hitchcock Associate, Dies at 93
Longtime motion picture producer and executive C.O. “Doc” Erickson, who worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies along with “Chinatown,” “Blade Runner,” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday in Las Vegas due to heart complications. He was 93.

He began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on five Hitchcock films: “Rear Window” (1954), “To Catch a Thief” (1955), “The Trouble with Harry” (1955), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), and “Vertigo” (1958).

He left Paramount to become John Huston’s associate producer on “The Misfits” (1961), “Freud” (1962), and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967). He was production manager on Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “There Was a Crooked Man…” (1970).

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Erickson spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions and later became associated with Robert Evans on “Chinatown” (1974), “Players” (1979), “Urban Cowboy” (1980), and “Popeye” (1980). Other producer/production credits include “55 Days at Peking” (1963), “Magic” (1978), “Blade Runner” (1982), “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “The Lonely Guy” (1984), “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995), and
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Here’s the Best Order for Binge-Watching Every ‘Saturday Night Live’ Movie

Here’s the Best Order for Binge-Watching Every ‘Saturday Night Live’ Movie
Wayne’s World, the blockbuster comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey based on the now-classic Saturday Night Live recurring sketch, turns 25 on Tuesday, Feb. 14 -- Happy Valentine’s Day! -- and we’re still in love.

It’s one of the best of the feature films to spin out of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series, but each has its own charm that could be worth revisiting or seeing for the first time. Do note our suggested binge-viewing order -- from best to worst -- if you want your party time to be excellent.

More: 'Wayne's World Turns 25' -- How Mike Myers and Dana Carvey Found Their Inner Rock Stars

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Why you should see it now: The first Saturday Night Live feature film is second only to Wayne’s World in worldwide box office revenue and is considered a comedy classic. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd remain the quintessential SNL duo who
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WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement

WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.

Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)

Elaine May

May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends.
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Al Franken to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

Al Franken to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Senator Al Franken as the recipient of the Evelyn F. Burkey Award.

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The Burkey Award recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought “honor and dignity to writers.”

Franken was elected U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Before 2008, he spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author and radio talk show host, and has taken part in seven Uso tours.

Franken became a WGA East member in 1975 when he was one of the original writers on “Saturday Night Live.” He won five Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards for his work on the show.

He co-wrote the screenplay for “One More Saturday Night” with Tom Davis and bought his “SNL” character Stuart Smalley to the big
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Al Franken to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

Al Franken to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Senator Al Franken as the recipient of the Evelyn F. Burkey Award.

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The Burkey Award recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought “honor and dignity to writers.”

Franken was elected U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Before 2008, he spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author and radio talk show host, and has taken part in seven Uso tours.

Franken became a WGA East member in 1975 when he was one of the original writers on “Saturday Night Live.” He won five Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards for his work on the show.

He co-wrote the screenplay for “One More Saturday Night” with Tom Davis and bought his “SNL” character Stuart Smalley to the big
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What's New to Stream on Amazon Prime in July 2015

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With the TV season over, now's the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you've been meaning to catch up on all year. July brings several dozen new TV and movie titles for your viewing pleasure on Amazon Prime. When the temperatures skyrocket, blast the A/C and start streaming in cool comfort.

Here's the upcoming lineup (Amazon Originals in italics)

Television

"Under the Dome" season 3 - June 30

"Downton Abbey" season 5 - July 1

"Annedroids" season 2 - July 2

"Extant" season 2 - July 5

"Boardwalk Empire" season 3 - July 16

"True Blood" season 5 - July 16

"Glee" season 6 - July 18

"Newsroom" season 1 & season 2 - July 23

"Behind the Candelabra" - July 30

Movies

July 1

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Drive Me Crazy

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Thumbelina

Bulworth

Heidi

Wayne's World 2

48 Hrs.

The Bad News Bears

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Butcher's Wife

Cadillac Radio

Dirty Dancing

Dragonslayer

Flashdance

Friends and Lovers

Harlem Nights
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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, Episode 256: ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Freetown’

0:00-3:30 – We begin our sixth year of broadcasting

3:30-10:10 – A Nicholas Sparks memory game

10:10-25:30 – “The Longest Ride” review

25:30-30:00 – “While We’re Young” review (just Bayer)

30:00-33:40 – “Freetown” review (just Snider)

33:40-47:20 – Qotw (your favorite movie animals, non-animated)

47:20-51:30 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Stuart Saves His Family,” some TV)

51:30-57:15 – Recap, then a diversion about potty training (one gets the impression Jeff will be talking about this a lot in the coming weeks)

Qotw: What’s your favorite bodily function moment or reference in a movie?

Reviews:

The Longest Ride D+ 4/10

While We’re Young n/a 7/10

Freetown B- n/a

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a
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“Not So Live From New York”: Top Ten Worst Saturday Night Live-Based Feature Films

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It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.

Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.

Unfortunately, SNL has never had the
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Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award

Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award
The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.

The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”

“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute,
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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award

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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award
The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with
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Harold Ramis Dead At 69

Actor-director Harold Ramis died on Monday at the age of 69.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ramis was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said.

He played Ghostbuster scientist Egon Spengler and Bill Murray’s Army recruit buddy in “Stripes. He co-wrote and directed “Caddyshack,” ”Groundhog Day,” and “Analyze This.” He helped write “Meatballs,” ”Ghostbusters” and ”Stripes.”

Murray, who collaborated with Ramis on a number of projects, issued this statement to Time through his lawyer: “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

From the AP:

His death rattled a modern comedy world Ramis helped build. His legacy as a father figure to generations of
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How meeting comedy giant Harold Ramis exceeded any expectations I had

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How meeting comedy giant Harold Ramis exceeded any expectations I had
There are very few perfect films. Part of what makes films so beautiful and rich and rewarding is that they are the result of a sort of mass insanity that happens when you have all of these people all pushing to create something tangible, something that moves us to some sort of real emotional place. It's easy to forget that movies are ultimately a bunch of people standing around playing make-believe, but with a crew there to capture it all. Considering how many moving pieces there are in any film, it's almost miraculous when they actually come together coherently, much less in a way that manages to make us genuinely lose ourselves in what we're watching. Harold Ramis made a perfect movie. "Groundhog Day" is one of the few mainstream comedies that I think actually grows and gets richer and more wonderful the more you revisit it, something which seems
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'Wayne's World' 20th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Mike Myers' Classic Comedy

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Want to make a Gen Xer feel old? Tell 'em that 20 years ago today, on February 14, 1992, "Wayne's World" was released in theaters. ("'Wayne's World' is 20? No way?!" "Way!") Lots of now middle-aged folks who spent too long living in their parents' basements (like Wayne and Garth) have fond memories of what may be the funniest film ever spawned from a "Saturday Night Live" sketch, a film that made a bankable movie comedy star out of Mike Myers, introduced the world to Tia Carrere, helped rescue Rob Lowe's career, and spawned countless catchphrases that viewers couldn't stop repeating. ("Schwing!" "We're not worthy!" "That's what she said!") Yet behind the movie's blissful silliness lies a secret story of off-camera bitterness and strife that threatened to keep the film from partying on -- as you'll read below. 1. Myers created the Wayne Campbell character long before "SNL," when he was still in high school.
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Kenan Thompson Gets the 'Party' Started

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Y'all want this party started, right? Y'all want this party started quickly, right?

Okay, just checking. That was rhetorical; we know you guys love your parties. So get your dancing pants on: Deadline is reporting "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels is about to cast Kenan Thompson in a new flick called "Party Starters."

And here you thought Michaels could never match "Night at the Roxbury."

So just what is "Party Starters" about? According to Deadline, it's "an original high-concept comedy set up at Paramount Pictures about that sort of entertainer guy who gets the old people up to dance at weddings and keeps the party rolling." Sure, why not.

Of course, we understand if you're not totally jazzed about this project just yet. After all, when it comes to putting "SNL" stars into feature films, Michaels hasn't exactly been Scorsese; films like "MacGruber," "Ladies Man," "I'm Pat," "Stuart Saves his Family" and.
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DVD Review: MacGruber

MacGruber

Stars: Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Powers Boothe | Written by Will Forte, John Solomon, Jorma Taccone | Directed by Jorma Taccone

Former special operative MacGruber has spent the past 10 years in hiding, having sworn off a life of crime fighting following the death of his fiancee. But when MacGruber’s former commanding officer (Boothe) approaches him with news that his sworn enemy Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer) has stolen a nuclear warhead, MacGruber comes out of retirement to take on one last job.

Of course MacGruber can’t work alone, so he assembles a team of experts – whom he accidentally kills – then assembles a second team that includes Lt. Dixon Piper (Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig) with plans to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. Even if it does involve some rather unorthodox methods, ridiculous disguises, and lots of witty one-liners!

Let me start this
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Film review: MacGruber

This Saturday Night Live spin-off ends up a limp parody of the TV show MacGyver, writes Andrew Pulver

Only the merest hint of amusement is to be found in this uninspired latest effusion from the conveyor belt that is Saturday Night Live – the Us TV show that has given us The Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, but also Stuart Saves His Family and The Ladies Man. This is basically a parody of another TV show: MacGyver, the 1980s action series made legendary by Marge Simpson's sisters' obsession. There's a modish retro flavour to proceedings, with SNL-er Will Forte donning a feather-cut mullet and removing his detachable stereo every time he gets out of his car. But after a few promising opening gags, inspiration soon begins to fizzle out; the film ends up looking less smart than the material it's supposed to be parodying.

Rating: 2/5

ComedyAction and adventureAndrew Pulver

guardian.
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MacGruber shows that Saturday Night Live sketches don't make great movies

Blues Brothers and Wayne's World were blips. Comedy troupe's MacGyver spoof should have stayed on the small screen

I've written before about the comedy machine that is NBC's sketch show Saturday Night Live, and I wouldn't change a word I've put down about how the SNL machine pumps out talented comic writers and performers like no other outlet in American showbiz: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Guest, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Al Franken, plus Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. The show has put an ineradicable comic stamp on American life for 35 years now, with buzzwords and catchphrases entering the lexicon pretty much first thing Monday morning at watercoolers and office cubicles across the nation. It's a machine, a monolith, a comedy-volcano that's rarely dormant.

The SNL spin-off movies, however? Whole different story.
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Is It Time To Shut The Door On Films Based On “Saturday Night Live” Characters?

The Blues Brothers – $27 million budget; $115.2 million box office; 84% rating

Wayne’s World – $20 million budget; $183 million box office; 83% rating

Wayne’s World 2 – $40 million budget; $48,197,805 box office; 59% rating

Coneheads Unknown budget; $21,274,717 box office; 27% rating

It’s Pat – Unknown budget; $60,822 box office; 0% rating

Stuart Saves His Family – $15 million budget; $912,082 box office; 29% rating

A Night at the Roxbury – $17 million budget; $30,331,165 box office; 10% rating

Blues Brothers 2000 – $28 million budget; $14,051,384 box office; 45% rating

Superstar - $14 million budget; $34,636,478 box office; 33% rating

The Ladies Man – $24 million budget; $13.7 million box office; 11% rating

MacGruber - $10 million budget; $5.6 million to date (still in theatres); 56% rating

I’m sure you can all see where I’m going with this. The box office totals are worldwide totals by the way, not just domestic (courtesy of Boxofficemojo.com). The ratings come from RottenTomatoes.com.

Other than the first 2, really – The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World – films based on Saturday Night Live characters/sketches have been,
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