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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’
On July 1, 2019, actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd will celebrate his 67th birthday as his native Canada celebrates its 152nd. The actor has had a long and steady career ever since he first began doing improvisational comedy with the famed Second City troupe in both their Chicago and Toronto theaters.

Fame came to Aykoyd when he was hired for what seemed like a low expectations comedy/variety show NBC was beginning for late Saturday evenings. “Saturday Night Live” became a bit of a phenomenon launching all the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” (as the cast was called) into stardom. Aykroyd along with Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris suddenly found themselves among the most talked about television stars working in the business.

SEEBill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Aykroyd and Belushi became especially close friends during the series
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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On July 1, 2019, actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd will celebrate his 67th birthday. The actor has had a long and steady career ever since he first began doing improvisational comedy with the famed Second City troupe in both their Chicago and Toronto theaters.

Fame came to Aykoyd when he was hired for what seemed like a low expectations comedy/variety show NBC was beginning for late Saturday evenings. “Saturday Night Live” became a bit of a phenomenon launching all the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” (as the cast was called) into stardom. Aykroyd along with Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris suddenly found themselves among the most talked about television stars working in the business.

Aykroyd and Belushi became especially close friends during the series run and began working in films together such as “Neighbors,” “The Blues Brothers” and potentially “Ghostbusters,” but
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Mindy Kaling's Late Night Is the Flip Side to The Devil Wears Prada I Didn't Know I Craved

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Mindy Kaling's Late Night Is the Flip Side to The Devil Wears Prada I Didn't Know I Craved
Movies about female ambition have often been cautionary tales (The Devil Wears Prada) or smokescreens for romance (Working Girl.) With the charmingly subversive Late Night, writer and costar Mindy Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra celebrate women striving, without falling prey to either device.

In Late Night - which sold for a then-record-breaking $13 million at Sundance - Kaling plays Molly, a hyperambitious, young comedy writer. Emma Thompson stars as Katherine, the shrewd, viciously funny host of a long-running, late-night show. After Katherine hires Molly in a transparent attempt to add "diversity" to her all-white, all-male writers' room, a string of professional and personal events test both women's devotion to their careers and principles.

Late Night is a love letter to female ambition: to striving, to building a life around a passion even if it's your career instead of marriage and motherhood, to shamelessly trying really, really hard.

Late Night is a
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Mindy Kaling, Cupcakes & Co-Worker Word-Of-Mouth Screenings Part Of ‘Late Night’s Push To Stay Bright In Franchise-Heavy Summer

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Exclusive: Disney franchises like Avengers: Endgame and Aladdin have feasibly conquered the summer box office, leaving a string of recent female comedies — Long Shot, The Hustle and Booksmart — as collateral damage. However, Amazon Studios is hoping that its $13 million Sundance acquisition Late Night becomes an anomaly and not part of the trend.

Rather then going wide as planned this weekend, Amazon opted to ratchet up word of mouth for the Mindy Kaling-starring Working Girl-inspired comedy, changing gears last week for a limited launch on Friday at the Angelika and AMC Lincoln Square in New York, and The Landmark and Hollywood Arclight in Los Angeles. It’s a partial page out of the distribution book for Amazon’s summer 2017 comedy The Big Sick, another hefty Sundance pickup at $12M, which platformed for three weeks into the Independence Day holiday period before busting wide in its fourth weekend (mid-July) to
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Mindy Kaling's Late Night Is the Flip Side to The Devil Wears Prada I Didn't Know I Craved

Mindy Kaling's Late Night Is the Flip Side to The Devil Wears Prada I Didn't Know I Craved
Movies about female ambition have often been cautionary tales (The Devil Wears Prada) or smokescreens for romance (Working Girl.) With the charmingly subversive Late Night, writer and costar Mindy Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra celebrate women striving, without falling prey to either device.

In Late Night - which sold for a then-record-breaking $13 million at Sundance - Kaling plays Molly, a hyperambitious, young comedy writer. Emma Thompson stars as Katherine, the shrewd, viciously funny host of a long-running, late-night show. After Katherine hires Molly in a transparent attempt to add "diversity" to her all-white, all-male writers' room, a string of professional and personal events test both women's devotion to their careers and principles.

Late Night is a love letter to female ambition: to striving, to building a life around a passion even if it's your career instead of marriage and motherhood, to shamelessly trying really, really hard.

Late Night is a
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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ Will Go Wide A Week Later

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ Will Go Wide A Week Later
Exclusive: Mindy Kaling’s comedy Late Night, which she stars in, wrote and produced, will now go wide in theaters June 14 instead of June 7. Those in New York and Los Angeles will still be able to see the Amazon Studios film in its exclusive run June 7.

The film played like gangbusters at Sundance, where Amazon acquired the pic for an estimated $13 million per Deadline, and we hear that Late Night continues to do so in its field screenings. Whenever a distributor tees off with an exclusive NYC/La run before going wide, it’s so that word of mouth can percolate even more, and the idea here is to turn up Late Night’s heat even more.

Directed by Nisha Ganatra, Late Night tells the story of a wet-behind-her-ears wannabe TV comedy writer, Molly Patel (Kaling), who lands the gig of a lifetime on the writing staff of a broadcast’s network late-night talk show.
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2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Star Wars And Love At The Movies

For the tenth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2019 festival took place Thursday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14, 2019. Over four packed days and nights, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

Our favorite festival, Wamg attended the screening of Steel Magnolias on Friday and it was fantastic! In attendance to speak before the film was screenwriter Robert Harking, who based the original play on his sister (the character “Shelby” portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film). He talked about his many inspirations for the characters – mostly women he knew growing up in the South. Fun fact: He also mentioned that Julia Roberts wasn’t the first choice for Shelby. Meg Ryan was originally cast but then dropped out because she
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‘When Harry Met Sally’ & Ted Turner Get Things Off To Roaring Start As 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Opens In Hollywood

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‘When Harry Met Sally’ & Ted Turner Get Things Off To Roaring Start As 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Opens In Hollywood
When you think of Turner Classic Movies, the cinephile haven, you probably wouldn’t imagine that Rob Reiner’s delightful 1989 comedy, When Harry Met Sally… would be the opening night attraction and key art representative for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival, now taking place through Sunday night at the Tcl Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres. But indeed the times they are a-changin’ and 30 years after its release (which I was around to cover) Reiner’s film with its Oscar-nominated screenplay by the late great Nora Ephron is furthering TCM’s definition of a “Classic.”

When I recently spoke to Festival Director Genevieve McGillicuddy she acknowledged it is a more contemporary choice than the previous openers for the TCM fest, but thinks it is entirely appropriate. “Really, you know that film even when it came out in 1989 was certainly clearly a nod to romantic comedies of the past.
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Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Officially Tap Zoe Lister-Jones To Direct & Write ‘The Craft’ Reboot

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Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures have officially announced that Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing the new rendition of The Craft.

The original 1996 movie, which starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor and Skeet Ulrich followed a newcomer at a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and wage curses against those who tick them off. Both Blumhouse and Columbia are co-financing the latest version of the pic. The original film gave way to an onslaught of TV series and films that were both witch-themed and centered on female empowerment, and the remake arrives at the time of the #MeToo and Time’s Up.

Lister-Jones wrote, executive produced and starred in the Fox Searchlight feature, Lola Versus. She also co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy, Breaking Upwards and she wrote and directed the independent feature Band Aid,
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‘Shallow’ makes Lady Gaga 14th woman to win Best Original Song Oscar and brings male total to 146

‘Shallow’ makes Lady Gaga 14th woman to win Best Original Song Oscar and brings male total to 146
Lady Gaga shared in the Best Original Song Oscar win for “Shallow.” She sang the smash hit in “A Star is Born” and is credited as a co-writer alongside a trio of men: Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson. This win makes make her the 14th woman to take home an Oscar for songwriting. Her co-writers bring the total tally of male winners in this category to a whopping 146.

Two of Lady Gaga’s female predecessors won twice each: lyricist Marilyn Bergman and composer Kristin Anderson-Lopez. Their songwriting partners and husbands number among the two dozen men to have won this award at least twice since it was first handed out at the 7th Academy Awards in 1934.

See 2019 Oscars: How were winners for the 91st Academy Awards chosen?

The first woman to win the Best Original Song Oscar was lyricist Dorothy Fields who prevailed in 1936 for “The Way You Look Tonight,
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Exclusive Interview – Filmmaker Peter Segal talks Second Act, My Spy, and the chances of a Get Smart sequel

Red Stewart chats with Second Act director Peter Segal

Peter Segal is an American filmmaker who has been working in the film and television industries since the late-80s. He is best known for his projects like the Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, The Longest Yard, and Get Smart.

His latest movie was the romantic comedy Second Act, which Flickering Myth had the chance to interview him about and I in turn had the honor to conduct:

Mr. Segal, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me sir. It’s an honor.

Oh absolutely, thank you.

To start with, when reading your biography I noticed that you double majored in broadcast journalism and English, which is interesting because I’ve noticed other film directors like Orson Welles and Christopher Nolan didn’t pursue film as their university major either. I’m wondering, how different do
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‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Review: Rebel Wilson vs. the Rom-com — Guess Who Wins?

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Review: Rebel Wilson vs. the Rom-com — Guess Who Wins?
Natalie (Rebel Wilson), an Aussie architect working in Manhattan, hates rom-coms. She’s allergic to all the clichés of the genre, and ever since she was a child, her mom (Jennifer Saunders) has taught her that Hollywood fantasies with Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, etc. are “not for girls like us.” Working in New York does nothing to disabuse Natalie of the notion. She’s “extra-invisible” to her company’s handsome client, Blake (Liam Hemsworth), who Natalie describes as “CW hot.” He rudely treats her as a lowly assistant and barks orders for coffee.
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What Men Want Women In The Workplace Films

Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want from Paramount Pictures and Paramount Players. © 2018 Paramount Players, A Division of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Women throughout the years have always been a force to be reckoned in business, big and small. Hollywood has portrayed women past, present and future as an integral part of the workforce. Audiences have witnessed up on the big screen the struggles and triumphs of characters such as Sally Field in Norma Rae, Goldie Hawn in Swing Shift and Lt. Ellen in Ripley in the Alien series.

Now comes the latest movie from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) – What Men Want.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the
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Exclusive Interview – Leah Remini on Second Act and working with Jennifer Lopez

Coinciding with the release of Second Act in UK cinemas, we’ve got an exclusive video interview with Leah Remini, who discusses her role in the comedy drama and working alongside her good pal Jennifer Lopez; check it out here…

Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Second Act is out in UK cinemas now and features a cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, and Leah Remini.

The post Exclusive Interview – Leah Remini on Second Act and working with Jennifer Lopez appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘Second Act’ Review

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Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia, Annaleigh Ashford, Charlyne Yi, Alan Aisenberg, Freddie Stroma, Dave Foley, Larry Miller, Dierdre Friel | Written by Justin Zackham, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas | Directed by Peter Segal

Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Peter Segal director of such comedic juggernauts in Get Smart, The Longest Yard and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps follows on from his latest 2013 semi-dramatic comedic boxing film Grudge Match with a Jennifer Lopez feministic inspired dramedy Second Act. A film that has a wonderful charming heart and beautiful melancholic nature but sadly all
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Is Manifest Too Confusing? Why Does Million Things Not Use the T? Was Rent Prophetically Named? And More TV Qs

Is Manifest Too Confusing? Why Does Million Things Not Use the T? Was Rent Prophetically Named? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including True Detective, The Resident, Manifest and Riverdale!

1 | Did you catch True Detective‘s sly nod to Season 1 on Elisa’s laptop — which confirms that this season takes place in the same universe as Rust Cohle and Marty Hart?

2 | Wasn’t it kind of prophetic that Fox billed its latest live musical as simply Rent, rather than Rent: Live!, given that most of the broadcast wound up being pretaped rehearsal footage?

3 | Couldn’t Supergirl‘s Mackenzie,
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‘Late Night’: Mindy Kaling’s Female Empowerment Pic Rings Loud & Proud At Sundance Premiere

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‘Late Night’: Mindy Kaling’s Female Empowerment Pic Rings Loud & Proud At Sundance Premiere
When it came to representing the work of women, by women on screen, Oscar voters failed to open their eyes this season.

But not the Sundance Film Festival, which in a year when 42% of its competition film directors are women, premiered a comedy that’s prime for Time’s Up times: Late Night, directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Mindy Kaling, inspired from her experiences on NBC’s The Office, where she was the only female staff writer .

Following Late Night‘s premiere at the Eccles Theater, there was truly an electricity in the air not common with other comedies that have played Sundance’s signature venue. Yes, there were plenty of laughs, but women in the crowd were stoked. While it’s quite common at Sundance for boutique publicists to hawk their own slates, one rival female PR president screamed: “Did you see that? That was such an awesome ride!
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7 New ‘Second Act’ Clips: Jennifer Lopez Leads The Cast Of The New Comedy

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This Friday, a new Jennifer Lopez-led comedy hits screens. Second Act is said to be in the same vein as the likes of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan, and sees J-Lo as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

The film also stars Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens with Treat Williams and Milo Ventimiglia and here, we have seven new clips to share from the movie. Check all of them out below and the film on the big screen from 25th January.
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Second Act Review

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It’s hard not to pre-judge a movie when its leading lady is no other than Jennifer Lopez and its sold as Maid in Manhattan for a new generation. Well, to a certain extent you would be right, but comedy director, Peter Segal has taken the influences of Working Girl and Baby Boom and turned this into an effervescent ‘girl done well’ formulaic story with a handful of girl power.

Lopez plays Maya, just turned 43 and stuck in an assistant manager’s job at a local store for the past 6 years, its a job she can do standing on her head. Though when it comes to that promotion she is passed over by a younger corporate man who is in no way as qualified as her to do the job, just because she never went to that Ivy-league college, oh and did we mention – she was a woman!

Frustrated at being passed over yet again,
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Oscar Flashback: ‘The Lion King’ roars in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: ‘The Lion King’ roars in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 21 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1994 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Look What Love Has Done” from “Junior

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King

Circle of Life” from “The Lion King

“Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King

“Make Up Your Mind” from “The Paper

Won: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King

Should’ve won: “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King

If there is any year in which a single film could and should have filled out the entire Best Original Song category at the Oscars, it is 1994.

Kudos to voters for nominating “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life
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