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‘Love, Gilda’ Director On Meeting Gene Wilder & Why Some Gilda Radner ‘SNL’ Peers Aren’t In The Doc – Tribeca

One of the big questions many have coming away from Lisa D’Apolito’s mesmerizing feature documentary Love, Gilda which kicked off Tribeca on Wednesday is why Gilda Radner Saturday Night Live peers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and even Father Guido Sarducci (aka Don Novello) aren’t interviewed in the movie. Truth be told D’Apolito did in fact reach out to all of Radner’s peers -well over 100 names- however, some never responded. No hard feelings, D’Apolito gets it. “It’s hard…
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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary

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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary
The Tribeca Film Festival traditionally opens with a documentary, but “Love, Gilda” may be the most poignant one yet. Nearly half of the films in this year’s program were directed by women, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to represent that commitment than with Lisa D’Apolito’s tender and lovely portrait of a beloved icon.

It’s no easy task to find a fresh way to approach a familiar face, but D’Apolito does a wonderful job ushering us through the highs and lows of Gilda Radner’s life.

D’Apolito worked directly with Radner’s estate, and was lucky to have access to a trove of personal information. Despite the fact that this is her first feature film, she uses her archival sources with uncommon dexterity.

Also Read: Gilda Radner Documentary 'Love, Gilda' to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Home movies introduce us to a little girl who’s always mugging for the camera, a trait that continues into and after high school and college. We travel with Radner while she moves to Toronto, makes her debut in “Godspell,” and dates an equally mischievous Martin Short. Then we head for New York, after John Belushi calls in 1974 and invites her to be “the girl in the show,” the latter being the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

You may know what comes next, but the footage of her “Saturday Night Live” sketches feels as inventive as ever. She was the very first performer cast for the show, and it’s purely joyful to watch her throw her whole self into characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner.

Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman and Chevy Chase show up to reminisce briefly, as do former staff writers Rosie Shuster and Anne Beatts. But the film could have used stronger representation from the early days of “SNL”; it’s hard not to miss Radner’s absent castmates Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd and, especially, Bill Murray (whom she dated during the show’s run).

Also Read: Read Gene Wilder's Heartbreaking Essay About Wife Gilda Radner's Death

A broader sense of background might have been helpful, too. Radner was a trailblazer who remains immensely relevant in the Time’s Up era, and it would have been appropriate to further contextualize her status as one of the few women working in comedy in the 1970s. “SNL” was a notoriously difficult environment, and she faced systemic sexism. As Newman once said, “Jane and I and Gilda shared a dressing room until the third year. The boys always had their own … And Gilda used to make this joke about how when we were tired we would have to split a couch three ways.” But we don’t hear much of this, nor do we learn enough about how she dealt with the challenges of being a rare pioneer.

One area in which her femininity is given particular charge is in the history of her eating disorders. She was teased for being overweight as a child, and her mother and doctor had her on diet pills before she hit her teens. As she notes in her diary, “Because I’m not a perfect example of my gender, I decided to become funny.”

Her insecurities are given more import after she moves on from “SNL,” checks into a hospital to deal with anorexia and bulimia, and experiences some professional setbacks.

Also Read: Kate McKinnon Becomes First 'SNL' Cast Member to Win Comedy Supporting Emmy

And then the anvil falls. As an emotional Tina Fey observed when introducing the film to the festival audience, we’re already aware of how this story will end. But the impact comes harder still because D’Apolito so deftly weaves Radner’s presence into every aspect of the movie.

In addition to archival interviews and performances, she uses the memories of those who were there — including Short, Paul Shaffer and executive producer Alan Zweibel — to flesh out the past. She also intersperses Radner’s voice through audio diaries and touching footage shot by her late husband, Gene Wilder.

And instead of asking younger stars to offer typical talking-head praise, she uses their presence to further illuminate Radner’s own words. Each section of the film is multilayered in different ways. But it’s especially moving to see comedians she’s inspired — like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, and Bill Hader — read her journals and letters with an awe that’s made easy to understand.

Despite the breadth of material, the film is beautifully edited and paced, with little of the filler so often seen in biographical documentaries. The soundtrack (which includes several songs performed by Radner) is well-chosen, and minor visual flourishes add a sweet personal touch.

Most crucially, D’Apolito allows her subject to guide the story from start to finish. Radner’s gentle spirit and wise observations connect each chapter, bringing us into her life with an unusual intimacy. Hers is a complex and bittersweet story, but what you’ll remember most is the impossible radiance of her smile.



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‘Trading Places’ and ‘Coming to America’ Getting New Anniversary Blu-ray Release

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. To celebrate the occasion, Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing the comedy classic, along with another Eddie Murphy staple celebrating its 30th anniversary, back to Blu-ray in new anniversary packages.

Joining Trading Places on Blu-ray starting June 12th will be Coming to America co-starring Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones. Both films are directed by John Landis and both films are set in the same universe given a distinct cameo that appears in the latter.

Trading Places is getting a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Bonus features include multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Coming to America receives a slimmed down combo with Blu-ray and Digital, plus less-than-exciting cover art seen below. Its bonus features are a little more robust with vintage interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a photo gallery.

Pre-order Trading Places on Blu-ray combo for under $10 at Amazon.
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Photos of Ghostbusters Deluxe Figures Set from Mezco Toyz

The likenesses of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, Winston, and Slimer from Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters (1984) have joined Mezco Toyz's One:12 Collective in a new figures box set. Slimer's figure is a bonus item and each Ghostbuster character comes with a light-up proton pack! Take your time reading each figure's breakdown because there are so many accessories and features to explore:

Ghostbusters Figures Deluxe Set: "They ain’t afraid of no ghost! Mezco welcomes everyone’s favorite parapsychologists into the One:12 Collective with a five-figure deluxe set - all four Ghostbusters plus a supernatural bonus figure: Slimer! Each Ghostbuster comes with their own light-up proton pack and is packaged in a special edition, collector-friendly metal tin, perfect for displaying alongside the troop!

The One:12 Ghostbusters Deluxe Box Set features all four heroes, each boasting two head portraits: one natural and one scared expression, and also features the likeness of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd,
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’

Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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‘Doctor Detroit’ Blu-ray Starring Dan Aykroyd Coming via Shout Select

The 1983 indie comedy Doctor Detroit starring Dan Aykroyd has been chosen as the next title coming to Blu-ray via Shout Select on April 24th.

This marks the first appearance for Doctor Detroit on Blu-ray and the film is lucky to be part of the Shout Select family.

A new audio commentary and interview were recorded specifically for the Doctor Detroit Blu-ray debut. Here's a complete rundown of all the bonus features you'll find on this release.

New Audio Commentary With Director Michael Pressman and Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball

New Interview With Director Michael Pressman

“Radio Free Detroit” – Inside the Doctor Detroit Audio Press Kit, Featuring Rare and Vintage Interviews

Photo Gallery

Theatrical Trailers

TV Spots

Radio Spots

Pre-order Doctor Detroit on Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.
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Ghostbusters Live Concert Tour Is Coming This Fall

Ghostbusters Live Concert Tour Is Coming This Fall
Ghostbusters fans will be able to experience the 1984 classic in a whole new way with Ghostbusters Live In Concert, a screening/live concert series that will kick off this fall. Peter Bernstein, son of legendary composer Elmer Bernstein, will join local orchestras in each city as the guest conductor, as they perform Elmer Bernstein's score live during the movie screening. Schirmer Theatrical is teaming with Columbia Pictures and Ivan Reitman's Ghost Corps for this screening/concert series. Here's what Ivan Reitman had to say about Ghostbusters Live In Concert.

"I'm thrilled to be presenting Ghostbusters with a live focus on Elmer Bernstein's brilliant score. I've always felt that his remarkable music was the magical glue that held together the film's unique mixture of funny, mysterious, and scary."

Ivan Reitman directed the original Ghostbusters from a script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, which took in $229.2 million domestically from a
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Ghostbusters Live in Concert Series Set for Fall (Exclusive)

Sony has announced a Ghostbusters Live in Concert series, complete with screenings of the 1984 comedy with live orchestral accompaniment featuring Elmer Bernstein’s score and Ray Parker, Jr.’s hit “Ghostbusters.”

At each presentation, Peter Bernstein, orchestrator of the original film and son of Elmer Bernstein, will join the local orchestra as guest conductor. “Ghostbusters Live in Concert” will be presented in cities around the globe commencing in the fall.

Columbia Pictures, Ivan Reitman’s Ghost Corps, and Schirmer Theatrical are teaming to present the event.

“I’m thrilled to be presenting Ghostbusters with a live focus on Elmer Bernstein’s brilliant score,” said Reitman. “I’ve always felt that his remarkable music was the magical glue that held together the film’s unique mixture of funny, mysterious, and scary.”

Reitman produced and directed “Ghostbusters” from a script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis starred
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Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Coming to Netflix in March 2018

Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Coming to Netflix in March 2018
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! It's time to reach for your calendars because we have some Netflix movie news to report! As March approaches, E! News can exclusively reveal that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are heading to Netflix next month. That's right! Starting on March 1, you will be able to stream the 1984 original movie and its 1989 sequel. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver all star in the two films, both of which center on a group of parapsychologists who start a business to exterminate ghosts. In Ghostbusters II we see the group try to save New York City from danger on New Year's Eve. To refresh your Ghostbusters memory, you can check...
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Spotlight: Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation's Celebrity Supporters

The Lapd Memorial Foundation provides grants for widows and orphans of officers killed in the line of duty, and for many other catastrophic occurences within the Lapd family.

Celebrity supporters

Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation has 57 known supporters, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Samuel L. Jackson

Areas of work Family/Parent SupportAdoption, Fostering, OrphansEmergency services Read more about Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Dan Aykroyd To Host Lapd Memorial Foundation ConcertLuke Wilson To Host Charity Golf For Lapd Memorial FoundationPolice Partner With The Stars For Celebrity Charity GolfLAPD Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf And Family Fun This WeekendJames Gandolfini To Host La Police Memorial Foundation Poker

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Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]
In the late 1980s after six successful years on “St. Elsewhere,” Denzel Washington was making a successful segue into the movies. Just as that show was about to end for NBC, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a South African activist in the 1987 film “Cry Freedom.” He lost the award that evening to Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”), but it would be just two years later that he would take home the gold for his performance as Private Silas Tripp in “Glory.”

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Watch his acceptance speech above from the 1990 Academy Awards ceremony as the 36-year-old actor beams in front of his mother and wife after presenter Geena Davis announces his name. He also thanks the men of the 54th from the American Civil War. In the film, Washington played an emancipated former slave
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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) follows sketch comedy alums like Kristen Wiig, Jamie Foxx & more by contending for Academy Awards

Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) follows sketch comedy alums like Kristen Wiig, Jamie Foxx & more by contending for Academy Awards
Movies that win Oscars tend to be dramatic, but performers and filmmakers with a background in comedy — specifically sketch comedy — have done surprisingly well over the years. The latest sketch alum-turned-Oscar nominee is Jordan Peele thanks to his work behind the camera as a writer, director and producer of “Get Out.”

Peele got his start on Fox’s “MADtv,” where he was a cast member from 2003-2008. He and his “MADtv” co-star Keegan-Michael Key followed that by co-creating the sketch comedy series “Key and Peele” which ran from 2012-2015 on Comedy Central and finally won them the Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series in 2016. After they concluded that show Peele co-wrote the action comedy “Keanu” (2016) before making his directorial debut with “Get Out,” which explores racism in America through the prism of the horror genre. Its critical acclaim (99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial success ($255 million grossed worldwide) has carried over into awards season,
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Wanna See Something Really Scary? The Rise and Fall of Pete the Meat Puppet

“Wanna see something Really scary?” To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something Really scary?” with the goal of shocking you with […]

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Sad! Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump is Not best ‘Saturday Night Live’ president of all time, so who is? [Poll Results]

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Sad! Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump is Not best ‘Saturday Night Live’ president of all time, so who is? [Poll Results]
Alec Baldwin‘s impression of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” may be good enough for the Emmys, but it’s not good enough for our readers. In our recent “SNL” poll, Baldwin’s tweeter-in-chief was named the second best presidential performance of all time, behind — you guessed it — Will Ferrell as George W. Bush. Ferrell returned to Studio 8H this weekend and brought back his bumbling Dubya to great fanfare, so the fact that he was fresh in our readers’ minds probably didn’t hurt. Do you agree that Ferrell’s Bush is the best “SNL” Potus ever? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.

Since its premiere in 1975 NBC’s “Saturday Night Light” has made waves by skewering the current sitting Potus, beginning with Chevy Chase‘s take on Gerald Ford. The current President Trump has been taken on by a plethora of performers over the years,
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Which ‘Saturday Night Live’ presidential performance gets Your vote? Alec Baldwin as Trump, Will Ferrell as Bush … [Poll]

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Live from New York, it’s … the President of the United States! Since its creation in 1975 NBC’s “Saturday Night Light” has made waves by skewering the current sitting Potus, from Chevy Chase‘s Gerald Ford to Alec Baldwin‘s Donald Trump. Of all the “SNL” presidential performances through the decades, which one gets Your vote? Give us your thoughts by voting down in our poll below.

Some presidents were played by several different cast members over the years — for example, Trump has been taken on by Baldwin, Darrell Hammond, Taran Killam and even Leslie Jones. So in our poll we’ve narrowed down each president to his most iconic performance.

Baldwin won an Emmy in 2017 for playing the nation’s current tweeter-in-chief. Most of his sketches were opposite two-time Emmy champ Kate McKinnon who portrayed many political figures including Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, Elizabeth Warren, Betsy DeVos and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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“You’re a Twat!” – How Mike Read Ruined ‘An Evening With Chevy Chase’

Dan Palmer reports from An Evening With Chevy Chase in London’s Hammersmith…

Chevy Chase is primarily known for two things; his highly successful 1980s comedy career and being something of a prickly pear… emphasis on the prick. As a dyed-in-the wool fan of Mister Chase and his oeuvre (including such genuine comedic classics as Foul Play, Spies Like Us, Fletch and the Vacation series) I’ve always been something of an apologist when confronted with tales of his abrasive behaviour. In the style of a good friend or benefactor of a #MeToo suspect.

So, when entering the Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday night to see ‘An Evening with Comedy Legend Chevy Chase’ I have to admit there were mild concerns, gurgling in the back of my lizard brain, that Chevy might quantify these tales of telling fans to, “go fuck ’em selves” and slapping people in the face in the most auspicious setting possible.
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Did You Know the Movie “The Blues Brothers” Had a Cocaine Budget?

The cocaine budget for the Blues Brothers was thought to be something of a joke by some. But quite honestly it was about as real as it got. Back in those days a lot of actors were snorting lines and taking other recreational drugs as a common habit, but few were doing nearly as much as John Belushi. It’d be fun to think that all of his bits in every movie he’d ever made were done without any influence from the white powder, but it seems like that would contradict the stories that have been told about how much he

Did You Know the Movie “The Blues Brothers” Had a Cocaine Budget?
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‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot with Jordan Peele Heads to CBS All Access

You may now enter The Twilight Zone! The beloved classic series has been handed a series order with Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men) leading the way.

The reboot will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Kinberg’s Genre Films for the subscription video on demand service CBS All Access. Peele, Kinberg and Marco Ramirez (The Defenders) will executively produce the series and collaborate on the premiere episode.

Peele went on to say:

Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,

Kinberg added:

The Twilight Zone was a touchstone in my life. The opportunity to continue its lineage is a dream come true, and I’m so thrilled to be doing it with Jordan, Marco and the team at CBS All Access.
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It's Official: 'Twilight Zone' Reboot With Jordan Peele Is Coming to CBS All Access

It's Official: 'Twilight Zone' Reboot With Jordan Peele Is Coming to CBS All Access
The Twilight Zone lives again.

The classic horror anthology series, which originally ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964 and spawned several revivals, as well as a movie, will be rebooted once again as a new series for CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service announced Wednesday.

Get Out director Jordan Peeleand his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, will spearhead the latest revival, alongside Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez. The trio will serve as executive producers and collaborate on the first episode.

“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said in a statement.

“The original The Twilight Zone bridged science-fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content at CBS All Access. “Under the auspices
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