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Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show

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Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show
Dave Chappelle hosted a star-studded surprise comedy show at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Sept. 19). Joining the comic for a turn on stage was the multi-hyphenate Will Smith, basketball giant and recent L.A. transplant LeBron James, Jon Stewart, Michelle Wolf, Katt Williams, Michael Che and John Mayer, who provided background guitar work and the occasional zinger.

Few of those gathered at the private venue expected such high-wattage guests, though a mandatory lock-out of all mobile devices should have offered the first clue. Indeed, there was not a cell phone in sight as jokes delivered tackled such topics as the #MeToo movement, race and religion. “Comedy ‘Fight Club'” was how Chappelle described the night, which offered more than three-and-a-half hours of belly laughs. The show also had its serious moments. Jon Stewart made an impassioned plea for gun control; Williams sang a hopeful tune for
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Chevy Chase Slams the Current SNL: 'The Worst F—king Humor in the World'

Chevy Chase Slams the Current SNL: 'The Worst F—king Humor in the World'
Just another reminder that he’s Chevy Chase and you’re not: The former SNL cast member is making it very clear he’s not a fan of the current incarnation of NBC’s late-night sketch show.

In an extensive new profile in The Washington Post, Chase doesn’t mince words when asked to assess SNL‘s recent episodes: “I don’t want to put down Lorne [Michaels] or the cast, but I’ll just say… I’m amazed Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f–king believe it.
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Chevy Chase Basically Hates the Current ‘SNL’

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Chevy Chase Basically Hates the Current ‘SNL’
Colin Jost and Michael Che’s rapport on “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” may have scored them the hosting gig at the 70th Emmy Awards, but the pair can’t count their “SNL” predecessor Chevy Chase as a fan.

Chase was part of the original “SNL” cast that debuted in 1975 and established the “Update” segment, but he didn’t have kind words for the current show, now approaching its 44th season.

“I’m amazed that Lorne [Michaels] has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f—ing believe it,” Chase told the Washington Post. “That means a whole generation of s—heads laughs at the worst f—ing humor in the world. You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse s— than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.”

It’s not
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Bradley Cooper Addresses ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Jon Peters’ Harassment Charges

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Bradley Cooper Addresses ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Jon Peters’ Harassment Charges
Bradley Cooper, the director, producer, writer, and lead actor in the upcoming “A Star Is Born” remake, spoke for the first time about the sexual harassment allegations against one-time producer Jon Peters. Peters, who produced the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand, has been accused by numerous women of harassment in cases ranging from 1996 to 2008.

Cooper said although he needed Peters’ permission to remake the film, he was not aware of the allegations against him.

“Luckily, Jon wasn’t there [on set]. And if I had known all those things, I would have done it differently,” Cooper told NPR. “I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get consent from him, otherwise there’s no film. But I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing.”

The actor went on to say that he created a safe environment on set, and Peters was involved due to a “grandfather clause of the movie.
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Jon Peters Is Not a PGA-Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born,’ Guild Says

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Jon Peters Is Not a PGA-Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born,’ Guild Says
Jon Peters has not been certified by the Producer’s Guild of America for the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa, the PGA tells TheWrap. He will therefore not receive the guild credit next to his name, and is ineligible for any PGA award should the film be nominated.

The PGA disclosed the determination after an article Monday on Jezebel resurfaced accusations of sexual harassment made against Peters by at least five different women. Notably, in 2011, Peters was ordered to pay $3 million in damages to Shelly Morita, his former personal assistant, who among other accusations said Peters touched her inappropriately during the filming of “Superman Returns” in Australia. Peters has consistently denied the accusations.

The PGA determination means Peters, who also produced the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born,” is unlikely to be eligible for a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards next year.
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PGA Says Jon Peters Not a Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born’ as Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface

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PGA Says Jon Peters Not a Certified Producer on ‘A Star Is Born’ as Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface
The Producers Guild of America has determined that Jon Peters is not part of the certified producing team for “A Star Is Born” and won’t be eligible for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film.

A guild spokesperson disclosed the determination Tuesday that Peters has not received the PGA Mark. That came following the publication on Jezebel of a detailed report of numerous sexual harassment cases against the producer ranging from 1996 to 2008. Warner Bros. is releasing the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga drama on Oct. 5.

Warner Bros. released a brief statement Tuesday saying it will have to continue calling Peters a producer: “Jon Peters’ attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976. Legally, we had to honor the contractual obligation in order to make this film.”

Peters is also not a PGA member. As far as which producers accept the Academy Award for best picture,
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Whatever Happened to the Cast of Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore made us look at golf in a different way despite the fact that the sport hasn’t changed since it came out. The movie was one that allowed a bit of hilarity to finally enter a sport where absolute quiet was considered to be the norm and a lot of people seemed on the verge of falling asleep while waiting for the golfers to take their turns. The cast made the movie just as much as the subject, since without them it might have been another Caddyshack but without the humor. Happy was the kind of guy that would

Whatever Happened to the Cast of Happy Gilmore?
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11 Best Back-to-School Movies, From ‘Animal House’ to ‘Mean Girls’ (Photos)

11 Best Back-to-School Movies, From ‘Animal House’ to ‘Mean Girls’ (Photos)
There are hundreds of movies about going to school and growing up, but only a handful specifically capture the feeling of summer ending, entering into a new grade, meeting new people and starting fresh. Yes, it’s the waning weeks of August, and that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping, new school butterflies and making the most of the last few days you’ll get outdoors. And though you won’t find teen classics like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club” or others on this list, you will find some great movies meant to get you into the back-to-school spirit.

Everybody Wants Some!!” (2016)

While Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” is set on the last day of school, his spiritual sequel “Everybody Wants Some!!” is set in the few days before classes begin. In 1980, a Texas college baseball team lives together in a house ahead of the start of the fall season.
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Caddyshack Tees Off at Urban Chestnut August 1st – ‘Strange Brew’

“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”

Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series has moved! The new location is Urban Chestnut in the Grove. This month’s film is Caddyshack. It’s this Wednesday, August 1st. The movie starts at 8pm and admission is $5.

Harold Ramis is an honorary St. Louisan. He’s not really from here (he’s from Chicago), but he has a star on the St. Louis Walk of fame because he attended Washington University here and based parts of his Animal House script on his experiences as a member of Wash U’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. His directorial debut was the classic 1980 comedy Caddyshack which will screen Wednesday night at Urban Chestnut.

Caddyshack is a comedy
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2018 May Be the Best Summer for Movies Ever

2018 May Be the Best Summer for Movies Ever
For kids of the 1980s it might seem like we had the best time at the movies ever. More to the point, in our quest for the never-ending summer, it appeared like the movies we watched were never going to stop being made. And they haven't been. They've just gotten bigger budgets, better production values, and, in some cases, better actors. None of this is more present than in the 2018 Summer Movie Season.

There's no denying such films as Meatballs, Stand By Me, Cloak & Dagger, Dirty Dancing, Caddyshack, Red Dawn, Friday the 13th, The Flamingo Kid, and many other films from the 1980s are classics. And there have certainly been excellent summer movie seasons in the 1990s, the 2000s, and other decades. However, 2018 has them All beat by miles.

Many of you are going to argue with me. You are going to be outraged by my claims and call
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Stephen King, ‘Caddyshack,’ and Summer Reading

Welcome to almost-summer! That means it’s time to think summer reading. Fans of cinema will find plenty of recent gems to read here, along with some bonus novels, a visual feast for Beatles junkies, and a Blu-ray release of one of David Lynch’s most fascinatingly divisive films. Let’s start with a new look at films based on the work of the horror maestro of Bangor, Maine.

Screening Stephen King: Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television by Simon Brown (University of Texas Press)

It is high time we had a serious examination of the many film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels. In Screening Stephen King, Simon Brown offers deep analysis of not just the obvious choices like Carrie but low-budget fare like Children of the Corn and The Mangler. Especially fascinating is his study of the several ABC-tv miniseries of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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5 Crazy Stories You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Caddyshack’

5 Crazy Stories You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Caddyshack’
Just like Carl Spackler and his imagined victory at the Masters, “Caddyshack” was the surprise cult comedy no one saw coming.

The year was 1980. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were at the peak of their fame in their halcyon “Saturday Night Live” days; Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight were having career resurgences; and “Animal House” was a massive blockbuster that ushered in a new generation of slobs vs. snobs comedy into the mainstream.

And yet the cast, producer Doug Kenney and director Harold Ramis were prepared for “Caddyshack” to tank. Ramis was a first-time director trying to wrangle a fiasco of a production. Early preview screenings made them think they had floated a Baby Ruth in the pool rather than landed on the next “Animal House.” And the response from critics and the box office was tepid at best.

Entertainment Weekly film critic Chris Nashawaty’s new book, “Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story,” charts the journey the film took to cult acclaim, from Kenney’s time at National Lampoon to the cast’s rise to stardom at Second City and “SNL.” There are a lot of surprise revelations about the making of “Caddyshack,” from cocaine-addled benders on set to some last minute scrambling to get Murray’s character in the film at all.

Also Read: 'Groundhog Day' at 25: How Bill Murray Rom-Com Became an Accidental Classic

The original draft of the script was 200 pages long – and Carl Spackler wasn’t in it

The original script of “Caddyshack” written by Ramis, Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray clocked in at 200 pages and was far different from the movie it would become. “It looked like the Bible,” an executive on the film, Mark Canton, says in the book.

The script went through so many last minute changes on set that the actors lost track of them. Entire monologues and memorable lines of dialogue from Chase, Dangerfield, Murray and more were completely improvised, as was much of the film.

Not once in the 200 pages did the name Carl Spackler appear, Nashawaty writes. Murray was a late addition to the cast, and when he finally did have a character, he appeared in only a handful of scenes. His “Dalai Lama” story was given to another actor who struggled with it, his scene with Chase’s character Ty Webb was tacked on after Murray had already wrapped and returned to “SNL,” and his “Cinderella Story” monologue was entirely an invention of Murray. There was nothing written in the script for the scene, so Ramis gave Murray the direction, “Did you ever do imaginary golf commentary in your head?” The rest is, well, a miracle.

Also Read: Bill Murray to Open 'Caddyshack'-Themed Bar Near Chicago

Mickey Rourke was strongly considered to play Danny Noonan

The role of Danny Noonan went down to two finalists — Mickey Rourke and Michael O’Keefe, who ultimately booked it. “This was the early, young, hot, relaxed Mickey Rourke,” O’Keefe says in the book. “He was as compelling as Marlon Brando in a way back then…But I’m a little more easy on the eyes than Mickey. Clearly it would have been a much darker movie.”

Ramis described Rourke as “maybe too real for the movie,” saying, “Michael O’Keefe seemed like a really good boy. Plus, he was a scratch golfer. Mickey Rourke was much more complicated.”

Nearly everyone was doing cocaine – A Lot of it

Michael O’Keefe says in Nashawaty’s book that “cocaine was everywhere” on the set. He described his 11 weeks there as “a permanent party.” Instead of responsible producers making sure everyone played by the rules, Kenney led the charge of much of the cast and crew’s rampant drug use. “The eagle has landed; the eagle has landed! Get your per diems in cash, the dealer’s here,” he would yell, running through their motel hallways. Chase described that cocaine would just “materialize” on set, much to the annoyance of Knight, who always got to bed early, showed up for call time early and didn’t appreciate the looser, more improvisational approach to filming.

Also Read: 'Ghostbusters' Origin Story: How John Belushi and Cocaine Helped Inspire Slimer

Shooting at the same time and released the same summer was “The Blues Brothers,” which was also when John Belushi started getting heavily addicted to cocaine. According to Nashawaty, when that film’s budget started rising as a result of Belushi’s binges, the studio was forced to crack down on the parties on the “Caddyshack” set.

Bill Murray was a “magnificent flake”

Murray has countless urban legends to his name, but his legendary status started even before his “Caddyshack” days. He was shooting the Hunter S. Thompson movie “Where the Buffalo Roam” in the summer of ’79, and was due back in New York for “SNL” in the fall, so Ramis had him for just six days. But Murray never made it clear just when he’d show up on set. As far as Ramis knew, Murray was Mia.

Turns out Murray had commandeered Lorne Michaels’ Vw bug and had driven it everywhere from Los Angeles to Florida to Aspen and took it upon himself to install a stereo along the way. When he finally arrived, he rolled up in a golf cart and said, “Which way to the youth hostel?” The following morning, Murray and actress Cindy Morgan (who played Lacey Underall in the film) woke up together on a nude beach in Jupiter, Florida, after the two had just met.

The gopher saved the day

As Nashawaty writes, it became clear fairly quickly that Ramis was out of his depth in editing “Caddyshack.” He had come from an improv background and used a “yes and…” mentality during filming, but he struggled to find a connective thread for the countless scenes of his actors just riffing and being goofy. The first cut of “Caddyshack” clocked in at four and a half hours. And it was a mess.

They had several editors look at the footage and attempt to salvage it, but it was executive producer Jon Peters who suggested that the gopher, only seen sparingly at first, could be the thing that tied everything together. They were then forced to ask the studio for an extra half-million dollars to build an animatronic gopher and, in the process, cut out the romantic subplots of many of the younger actors. When Kenny Loggins saw that gopher dance, the theme song he wrote should’ve been a clue that everything with “Caddyshack” would be just fine: “I’m Alright. Nobody worry about me.”

Read original story 5 Crazy Stories You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Caddyshack’ At TheWrap
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Second Opinion – Super Troopers 2 (2018)

Super Troopers 2, 2018.

Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.

Starring Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Sotor, Kevin Heffernan, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan, Bruce McCulloch, Lynda Carter, Rob Lowe, Hayes MacArthur, Tyler Labine, and Will Sasso.

Synopsis:

When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area.

We catch up with the titular Vermont Highway patrol officers as Governor Jessman (erstwhile Wonder Woman Lynda Carter) offers them a shot at redemption for past slip-ups. Their mission: to take over policing duties in a small French-Canadian town recently remanded to the U.S. thanks to a snafu involving border markers. (Canada seems to have become regular comedic fodder because its relation to the U.S. feels tranquil enough for some semi-good-natured mockery.) Soon, the Troopers butt heads with the Canadian Mounties while attempting to unravel the
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What’s Leaving Netflix in April 2018

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Heroes and criminals alike will depart Netflix in April. Some of the first titles on the streaming service’s chopping block for the month include four Batman films and Frank Darabont’s Oscar-nominated jailhouse drama “The Shawshank Redemption,” featuring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

The streaming giant will also let go of TV series like “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Happy Tree Friends,” with more movie tentpoles like “Kung Fu Panda 3” rounding out the month’s departures.

View the full list of titles leaving Netflix below.

April 1

30 Days of Night

88 Minutes

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

American Pie

American Pie 2

Apollo 13

Batman

Batman & Robin

Batman Forever

Batman Returns

Caddyshack

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cool Runnings

Death Sentence

Dolphin Tale

The Dukes of Hazzard

Eagle vs. Shark

John Mulaney: New in Town

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Never Let Me Go
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in April 2018

Netflix has confirmed that a slew of new original series will be debuting on the streaming service in April. There will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks. Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the animated classic “The Iron Giant” and several films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Despicable Me” series.

Of the new Netflix originals, several stand out as particularly binge-worthy, including the freshman seasons of the remake of “Lost in Space” and the TV version of the Oscar-nominated animated film “The Boss Baby.” And there are episodes of both the new David Letterman and Joel McHale talk shows as well as a comedy special from Kevin James.

Available April 1

A Sort of Family

Along Came Polly

Bad Boys

Battlefield Earth

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Big Time

Body of Lies

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in April

Netflix is wasting no time in letting go of movies this month. On April 1 alone <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>The Shawshank Redemption, The Whole Nine Yards, Cool Runnings, The Pursuit of Happyness</em> and <em>Wild Wild West </em>leave.

Also leaving the streaming service at the beginning of the month are four Batman films: the 1966 <em>Batman</em> starring Adam West, <em>Batman Returns, Batman Forever</em> and <em>Batman & Robin</em>. Comedies <em>American Pie, Ace Ventura</em> and <em>Caddyshack</em> are also disappearing that first day of April.

As a number of titles are leaving, a variety of films and TV shows are being added to Netflix's library throughout the month. April’s additions ...
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Joel McHale and Emmy Rossum on ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ and Early Memories of National Lampoon

Now streaming on Netflix is director David Wain’s great new movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture. The film chronicles the life and career of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (played by Will Forte) and doesn’t gloss over his troubled life. If you don’t know Doug’s name, he co-founded National Lampoon with fellow Harvard students Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman and helped grow it from a local college paper to a hugely successful nationwide brand. He also worked as a writer in Hollywood on films like National Lampoon’s Animal House and Caddyshack. The film …
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Here’s What Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Netflix has announced the titles it will be adding in April 2018, which means we also have to say good-bye to a handful of titles next month as well. The service is losing some noteworthy titles including Apollo 13, Batman, Batman Returns, Caddyshack, Cool Runnings, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Eagle vs. Shark, John Mulaney: New in Town, Never Let Me Go, Small Soldiers, The Shawshank Redemption, The Prestige, and Exit Through the Gift Shop. If you had these movies on your list for a while, perhaps bump them up to the top so you can check them out before …
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Ace Ventura, American Pie, Batman and Wild Wild West Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Say goodbye to Ace Ventura, American Pie, Batman and more of your favorite film franchises. Netflix announced today which film and TV titles will no longer be available to stream in the month of April. Luckily, subscribers have a few more days to watch movies like Begin Again, Caddyshack, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Leap Year, The Whole Nine Yards and Wild Wild West before a new slate—featuring Along Came Polly, Scarface and Sin City—takes their places. Here's the full list of what's expiring on Netflix in April 2018: Leaving 4/1/18 30 Days of Night 88 Minutes Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls American Pie...
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Chevy Chase Says He Was Attacked in Road Rage Incident

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Chevy Chase Says He Was Attacked in Road Rage Incident
Chevy Chase tracked down a truck he says cut him off, but when he tried to confront the driver he ended up getting booted to the ground ... according to a police report. Chevy claims he was traveling over NY's Tappan Zee Bridge on February 9 when a black pickup cut him off. He told cops he though the truck hit his car, so he flashed his high beams and followed it until the driver pulled over.
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