20 items from 2011
It’s Hanukkah. It’s the internet. That can only mean one thing: It’s time for…… 10. Stealth Mode Kitty Just…take all the candy. You win. 9. Pepper Goes Crazy This dog is more motivated to reach this dreidel than I have ever been to do anything. 8. Reeee-jected A cat gets really into dreidel and really tired of it within seconds. Wasn’t that the plot to Tree Of Life? 7. Unamused When we were kids we already had a Nintendo and an Atari, so this was pretty much our reaction to the dreidel too: 6. Playin’ It Cool “Meh, no big deal. Aww, why’d you stop?” 5. Zoo Monkeys Celebrate Hanukkah …By eating plastic dreidels, as is the tradition. 4. Committed Cat Would not want to be a mouse watching this. Also, I think I saw this guy at Catz’s Deli? 3. Gracie Plays Dreidel ’08 The prequel to Gracie Plays Dreidel ’09 and »
- Dan Hopper
Today’s guest writer, Tony Way, has worked in film and TV for over ten years, working such names as Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Dustin Hoffman, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Craig . He will next appear in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Follow Tony on Twitter @tonypaulway or visit his website here
So, here is an opinion for you – Trading Places is the best Christmas movie of all time. That opinion is my opinion. The reason I’m so sure of this opinion is because of another two opinions that I have. The first is that Trading Places is also the greatest comedy movie of all time. The second is that Trading Places is also the greatest movie of any genre, of all time. Here are a few reasons why.
It’s not really a Christmas film. Yes, I realise that this goes against my argument for »
- Tony Way
Funnyman Jim Belushi is fronting an educational campaign about gout after struggling with the debilitating medical condition for years.
The Blues Brothers 2000 star has revealed he first sought medical treatment after the problem began interfering with his career.
He says, "When I first developed gout, I didn't want to do anything about it. I thought I could tough it out; but when the pain became too unbearable for me to perform on stage, I saw a rheumatologist (internal medicine specialist) and got my gout under control."
And now he has detailed his battles with the condition in a pair of new ads for the Check Out Your Gout campaign in order to prevent fans from suffering the same fate.
He adds, "I am taking part in the Check Out Your Gout campaign to let people know that gout is a very painful condition that should be taken seriously." »
Car chases used to be part and parcel of cinema. Every action film had one, whether good or bad. These days though, you have to be prepared to sit through two hours of Vin Diesel mumbling whilst Paul Walker stares blankly into space to get a fast car fix.
That could all change with the release of new comedy 30 Minutes Or Less that sees Jesse Eisenberg team up with Danny McBride in a bank robbing – car chase comedy epic. In the meantime though, we decided to whet our appetites for automobile action with a top ten classic film car chases.
Swordfish has so much wrong with it that we could spend a day listing its faults. But whilst John Travolta’s ridiculous hair/beard combo in the film may be the most obvious defect, the Saturday Night Fever star is also involved in a memorable car chase in the film. »
- Jack Beresford
Chicago – There are few sights more depressing than a game cast all dressed up with nowhere to go and no good jokes to share. “Burke and Hare” is the sort of comedy Mel Brooks was making in the ’90s. All the ingredients are on hand for a promising comedy, and yet something’s missing—namely, laughter. The timing is off, the punch-lines are obvious and the actors are bored beyond belief.
What makes “Burke and Hare” doubly unfortunate is the fact that it was directed by John Landis, the same man responsible for a true American classic (“Animal House”) and one of the all-time great escapist entertainments (“The Blues Brothers”). This picture marks his first feature directorial effort since 1998’s soulless “Blues Brothers 2000” and the largely unseen “Susan’s Plan.” It’s interesting to note that Landis has shot his recent work (including the upcoming farce “The Rivals”) in Britain, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
John Landis gives the best interviews. I guess when you've had a thirty-plus year career in the movies, and you've made some of the biggest comedies of all time including "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers," you can get away with saying pretty much whatever you want. Which is what Landis does, which is why his interviews are always a lot of fun to read.
Landis has a new film called "Burke and Hare" opening this Friday from the lovely people at IFC Films so, much to my delight, he's doing some interviews, including one I loved from The A.V. Club. The whole thing's great, but I particularly enjoyed the part where he talked about why he hasn't made a major studio film in quite a few years. Here's what he said:
"I was very pissed off by what Universal did to me on 'Blues Brothers 2000' »
- Matt Singer
“We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses….Hit it!!!”
That immortal line was one of the many attributes which helped The Blue Brothers attain the status of cult classic before such a term was commonly discussed and debated about. It’s also a film whose iconic poster adorned the walls of student residences across the land well before likes of Transpotting and Pulp Fiction infiltrated the scene.
Turning two key members of the Saturday Night Live alumni, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, into fully-fledged movie stars, and further cementing the reputation of director, John Landis (who had scored a huge hit the previous year with Animal House), the film still has its many fans and followers some thirty plus years since its initial cinema release.
Now out on Blu-Ray, we recently caught up with Landis to »
- Adam Lowes
80s film favourites The Blues Brothers and Romancing The Stone are destined for the small screen. According to Variety and Deadline respectively, writers have been hired to produce a script for Romancing The Stone t.v. series (more on that below) and a pilot script has already been completed for The Blues Brothers by John Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts along with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty.
Star and co-creator of The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd has given the project his full backing, having owned the TV rights for the characters along with Judy Belushi for many years. Beginning life as a skit on Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers debuted on Us TV in 1978 before spawning a full length feature film in 1980 that was directed by John Landis. Although the film was not a huge commercial success it gained a massive cult »
- Chris Wright
Belushi performed in character as lead singer 'Joliet' Jake Blues, with the Ghostbusters star as harmonica player Elwood Blues. The pair, as The Blues Brothers and backed by a number of noted bandmembers, made its debut as a musical guest on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live in 1978 and the actors went on to release an album and star in their own Hollywood film.
Belushi died in 1982, but Aykroyd continued to make festival appearances with the band and they made a movie sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, but it was a box office flop upon its release in 1998.
Now the actor is trying to pitch fresh plans for The Blues Brothers to U.S. TV executives with the help of Belushi's ex-wife, Judy, who co-owns the rights, according to trade paper Daily Variety.
She says, "I think these are great American characters. We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in a way that they have some history, have some life behind them." »
Though I’m a sentimental guy, there are actually very few movies that are so revered in my own mind that a remake is immediately blasphemous. So I’m not offended by the news that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s wife, Judy, are plotting to adapt The Blues Brothers into a television show. The original film was a rambling wreck of a road-movie duct-taped together by the magnetic Belushi and a series of thrilling musical sequences. But any remnants of the original film’s magic were trampled upon by 1998′s Blues Brothers 2000, the head-scratching sequel that co-starred John Goodman »
- Jeff Labrecque
As reported by Variety, Dan Aykroyd is set to pitch a new Blues Brothers TV series to major studios and networks. Aykroyd and his ex-wife Judy Belushi have, for quite some time now, owned the rights to the TV series while Universal has owned the film rights. The Blues Brothers' last outing, in the 1998 sequel Blues Brothers 2000, didn't have the quite the critical and financial success that the 1980 original film had received. »
Well, since Bill Murray isn't returning his calls about "Ghostbusters 3," Dan Aykroyd is continuing to go all George Lucas in the second half of his career, and isn't content with shitting on the legacy of one just franchise. Nope, he's gonna now drag "The Blues Brothers" through the mud. If you thought the insipid "Blues Brothers 2000" was as low as Aykroyd and company could go, you're mistaken, as Variety report the two guys on a mission from God are now being pitched for a new primetime TV series. Judy Belushi, Anne Beatts ("Saturday Night Live"), Wayne Catania and… »
In 1980 they were on a mission from god, but fastforward more than three decades and The Blues Brothers are on a mission to find a slot in the primetime schedules. According to reports in the Us, the comedy-music duo made famous by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi could be making their way to a small screen near you.
The brothers bleu originally started life on television before graduating to cinemas – another example of Saturday Night Live's comedy production line – and one of the soulful siblings' original scribblers, SNL staffer Anne Beatts, is apparently involved in bringing them back. As is Belushi's widow Judy who told Variety: "We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in an »
- Daniel Bettridge
The Blues Brothers got their start on TV, made a big splash on the big screen and now might be dancing back to the boob tube. Variety reports a new take on the classic comedy duo  is being shopping around to possibly become a new television series. The show would see Jake and Elwood, famously played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, just released from jail looking for Elwood's real father. Both parts would obviously be recast and, if the show makes it to series, it would include a new musical number each week. There's more after the jump. Variety's story  explains that while Universal owns the movie rights to the characters, Aykroyd and John Belushi's ex-wife Judy, hold the TV rights. They're fully in support of this series. It's being written by Belushi herself, along with former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty. »
- Germain Lussier
The Blues Brothers are planning to make a return to the small screen. Variety reports that Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi (the widow of the late John Belushi) are pitching a television series based on the comedy duo. Originally a musical sketch comedy act on "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1970's, Aykroyd and Belushi took to the big screen in the 1980 John Landis feature which had their characters, Jake and Elwood Blues, on a "mission from God" to save their childhood orphanage. Landis and Aykroyd returned to the characters in 1998 for Blues Brothers 2000 , but that film failed to meet with critical or box office success. The pilot script is said to recast Jake and Elwood with Aykroyd providing the voice of the brothers' parole officer, following the »
It’s the start of another week, so you know what that means – more DVD and Blu-ray releases! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, August 22nd 2011.
Pick Of The Week
The Big Lebowski: Limited Edition Digibook (Blu-ray)
‘The Dude’, Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is unemployed and laid-back. That is until he becomes a victim of mistaken identity, two thugs breaking into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting Jeff Lebowski the Pasadena millionaire. In hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet, ‘the Dude’ visits his wealthy namesake and, with buddy, ex `Nam’ vet., Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), he is swept into a labyrinthine comedy/thriller of extortion, embezzlement, sex, dope, German Nihilists, White Russians, mysterious cowboys, Shomer Shabbos, bowling and severed toes…
And the rest…
Red Riding Hood (DVD/Blu-ray)
For years the villagers of Daggerhorn have »
John Landis: big in Europe. You wait years for the “Trading Places” director to make one film that will restore karmic balance to the universe and make amends for “Blues Brothers 2000,” and two come along at once. Well, sort of. Given the tepid response since its release in the U.K. almost a year ago, it’s unlikely that the director’s upcoming knockabout Simon Pegg-starring black comedy “Burke & Hare” is going to be the film that catapults him back to his creative heyday of the 1980s. More promising perhaps is what he recently told the guys at Bloody Disgusting. He’s… »
They’ve had their successes, and they clearly have talent. Yet all hasn't been going to plan. Luke looks at 10 directors in need of a critical and financial hit…
You know how it is. You’re latest feature goes down well with critics and audiences alike, and before you know it, the scripts are flying through your door.
Your last film went down well, too, and thanks to this momentum, men in suits are asking you to make films now, whereas previously all your work had been attained via a complex and degrading system of begging, selling your principles and lying in the foetal position outside film studios, weeping and yammering in desperate gibberish, until a passing producer took pity and on you and gave you a lowly job as second assistant director on a small film of questionable promise or merit.
So, you’ve finally made it, eh? Fantastic. »
Ever since it was announced that there would be a sequel to the 2009 hit comedy, The Hangover, many have questioned if the film will actually be good, or if it will instead follow in the footsteps of several other comedy sequels which have been sub par, like Caddyshack II, Airplane 2, and The Blues Brothers 2000. We spoke to Director, Todd Phillips, who directed the first Hangover film, and both directed and wrote the sequel. Phillips told us that the sequel will be good, and explained why it is called The Hangover Part II, instead of The Hangover 2.
Check out the trailer to The Hangover Part II. Does it look like this movie will be as funny as the first one?
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This isn’t the first time the grisly true-to-life exploits of Burke & Hare have made it to the big screen. In 1960 Donald Pleasance and George Rose were the bumbling duo in John Gilling’s vintage terror treat The Flesh and the Fiends – a film that headlined the illustrious Peter Cushing as a medical doctor who requires corpses for research endeavours. Then in 1972 came the undeservedly forgotten Vernon Sewell version ‘Burke & Hare’ which also played the horror elements dead straight. Now, under the revitalised Ealing Studios banner, John Landis‘ has reinterpreted the infamous West Port Murders of 1827-1828 as a comedic caper staring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as the deadly duo who go into a potentially lucrative body snatching business venture – which involves supplying cadavers to Tom Wilkinson’s esteemed medical professor.
It must have been an intriguing proposition; working at a revived Ealing Studios in an attempt to honour »
- Oliver Pfeiffer
20 items from 2011
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