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Great Job, Internet!: John Candy’s kids talk candidly about their dad

Jen and Chris Candy, the now-grown children of late comedian John Candy, do not try to avoid their father’s legacy. It would be nearly impossible to do so: Both strongly resemble the lovable, Canadian-born star of Sctv and Uncle Buck, who passed away at the age of 43 in March 1994. Shortly before what would have been Candy’s 66th birthday (he was born on Halloween 1950), his son and daughter have granted a wide-ranging interview to Ryan Parker of The Hollywood Reporter. Topics include Candy’s proudest achievements in show business, his longtime collaboration with writer-director John Hughes, his struggles to control his weight, and the horrible day the comedian died in Durango, Mexico, while making the ill-fated Western comedy Wagons East!

The Candy kids were only 9 and 14 when the sad news reached them. It was a Friday, and their father was buried that Monday. Though ...
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Ed Lauter Exemplified Versatility, Authenticity in Character Actor’s Craft

Ed Lauter Exemplified Versatility, Authenticity in Character Actor’s Craft
Being one of the top character actors of American film and television must be the ultimate double-edged career sword.

On the one hand, if you’re good — and the late Ed Lauter was one of American cinema’s great character actors — you work all the time. On the other hand, as Lauter told Shock Cinema magazine back in 2010, “Sometimes people don’t know my name. They’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah! There’s that guy! You were in … Jesus Christ … you were in … in …’ So, in a way it’s good — and in a way it’s bad.”

Lauter was not alone in his plight. He and his fellow character actors who consistently deliver the goods have been a mainstay of American cinema since the days of the Hollywood’s “stock players,” a moniker that devalues the work of great performers from Hattie McDaniel to Peter Lorre, from Sidney Greenstreet to
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller,
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John Candy's Son Shares Loving Memories of His Late Father

John Candy's Son Shares Loving Memories of His Late Father
John Candy will forever be remembered as one of the greatest comedic actors in Hollywood history. Sadly, in 1994, while filming the comedy Wagons East!, Candy passed away in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 43.

Over two decades later, John Candy's son Chris Candy, an actor as well, sat down with Et Canada to discuss the life and legacy of his late father.

In Memoriam: SNL Stars We've Lost

"With him being gone 20 years now, you feel like he's within you a little bit," he told Et Canada, whose interview with Chris kicked off their Celebrity Kids Week. "He was just an amazing actor. There was only one John Candy, and he was it."

Chris, 30, also opened up about what he feels made his father such a beloved entertainer, and how it's influenced his own efforts as a performer.

Video: Splash Flashback! On Set with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy

"My dad's ability
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How Movies With Dead Stars Have Performed at the Box Office

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How Movies With Dead Stars Have Performed at the Box Office
The late James Gandolfini's final movie, “The Drop,” opens Friday, the latest in a sadly long list of movies with stars who died before their films opened. Some have scored big at the box office, like “The Dark Knight” with Heath Ledger. Others, like John Candy's Western spoof “Wagons East!,” tanked spectacularly. Chernin Entertainment's “The Drop” is directed by Michael Roskam and co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in a crime drama about mob money laundering in New York bars. Distributor Fox Searchlight has the film, which has a solid 76 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, in roughly 500 theaters.
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Film Face-off: 'Blazing Saddles' vs. 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

There can be only one. Since 1974, the answer to the question, "What is the best Western comedy?" has been Blazing Saddles. Whether he likes it or not, Seth MacFarlane's new film A Million Ways to Die in the West will be compared to Mel Brooks' classic movie, and not just by me in this Film Face-off. For those who are already upset that I'm not talking about Shanghai Noon, City Slickers, Wagons East and The Shakiest Gun in the West, I don't know what to tell you. Oh wait, I do... stop it. Now, on to the battle in the wild, wild west.   Plot/Lead Blazing Saddles In order to get rid of a town on a future railroad path, a corrupt politician (Harvey Korman) hires a black sheriff (Cleavon Little), who is more cunning than...

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'Fast & Furious 7' Files Record-Breaking $50 Million Insurance Claim

'Fast & Furious 7' Files Record-Breaking $50 Million Insurance Claim
After a long hiatus following the tragic death of Paul Walker in November, production on Fast & Furious 7 resumed at the end of March. The Hollywood Reporter has new details on the shoot, including the techniques being used to replace Paul Walker, and how the budget has escalated to $250 million, from a projected $200 million.

The site reports that Universal Pictures and its insurance company, Fireman's Fund, have been at odds over what will be a record-breaking insurance claim that could exceed $50 million due to the lengthy production delay and the new 13-week shoot, which is expected to conclude in July, culminating with, "an enormous crowd scene" that will use over 600 extras in the the city of Rosamond, California.

An unidentified insider confirming a report from April that Paul Walker's brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker, will be used as stand-ins, with the special effects team digitally adding Paul Walker's face in post-production.
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Fast & Furious 7: Paul Walker replacement costing $50 million

Fast & Furious 7: Paul Walker replacement costing $50 million
Paul Walker's death is expected to result in the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.

The actor was killed in November, with Fast & Furious 7 still in production. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will continue by using face-replacement technology costing around $50 million.

A 13-week shoot will conclude in July with a big crowd scene involving 600 people, with insurer Fireman's Fund expected to pay the costs to Universal.

Movie insiders have stated that a computer-generated face replacement will be used to complete Walker's scenes, along with his brothers Cody and Caleb and another actor.

Caleb Walker will be used for his body size and mannerisms, as well as Cody's eyes and the acting performance of another unnamed individual.

Peter Jackson company Weta will complete the effects using three cameras to capture the stand-ins for face replacements.

There will also be unused material featuring Paul Walker from the previous two Fast & Furious films.
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The rise and fall of Carolco

Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39

In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...

Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.

With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works
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Remembering John Candy 20 Years Later: 5 of the Actor's Funniest Clips (Video)

Remembering John Candy 20 Years Later: 5 of the Actor's Funniest Clips (Video)
Beloved Canadian comedic actor John Candy died 20 years ago today, well ahead of his time. Though just 43-years-old when he passed, the larger-than-life personality left behind an admirable careers-worth of classic movie comedy moments. He also had a flair for the dramatic; perhaps both sides of the artist were best captured by his portrayal of shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith in John Hughes’ 1987 hit film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” Candy also starred in “Stripes,” “Splash,” and “The Great Outdoors,” to name a few. He died of a heart attack in his sleep while filming western parody “Wagons East!”...
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In Memory of… John Candy (1950-1994)

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Astonishingly it’s been exactly 20 years to the day since the amazing Canadian actor John Candy passed away. The man was famed for being one of the greatest movie comedians ever to have walked the earth and this post pays tribute to the great man looking at some of his greatest movie movie moments.

John Candy was only 43 when he died on March 4th 1994 of a heart attack while filming the movie Wagons East!. He died way too young but left us a plethora of amazing movies and TV shows behind for us to remember him by. Below is a just a snippet of our favourites although there are so many more.

If any of these movies are unfamiliar to you, do yourself a favour and buy it now! We dedicate this post to you John!


Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Directed by John Hughes, this is arguably one of John Candy
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Top 10 Actors Who Almost Voiced Disney Animated Characters


Before the advent of Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios was the leader in quality family entertainment. Now that they're both a part of the same company, it's even better. But back then, the Disney Company attempted to differentiate their movies by asking different famous actors to come in and perform their characters in a film. Inspired by Robin Williams' fantastic performance as the Genie in Aladdin, Disney Feature Animation (at the time) decided to get more ambitious with their casting. These are ten actors who were asked to be a part of a film and never got to make it; either due to scheduling conflicts, money issues or even death!

10. Joe Pesci as Mushu in Mulan

In a weird form of typecasting, Academy Award-winner Joe Pesci was originally cast as the little dragon, Mushu. After a few tries at the character, the filmmakers just felt his voice wasn't appropriate
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Twelve Straight Actors Who Went Gay-For-Pay ... And Had Us Demanding Refunds

Our post about gay actors playing straight characters got us thinking about the flipside, straight actors playing gay characters.

But a list of straight actors successfully playing gay would be obvious (Tom Hanks, Heath Ledger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and frankly dull. So we decided instead to sharpen our knives and make a list that's a hell of a lot more fun.

Straight actors who crashed and burned attempting to play gay.

Most of these performances rely on cliche and stereotype, and to be fair, a lot of our favorite gay performances from straight actors do lean heavily on the flamboyant. But actors such as Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) manage to inject warmth, heart, and sincerity into the theatrics.

These actors, on the other hand, either try way too hard, or not hard enough, and embarrass themselves ... and us.

Mark Adair-Rios and Peter Oldring, Love That Girl

If you've never seen
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Actress Brittany Murphy Gone Too Soon – Dead at 32

Death has been working overtime this year. So far, Hollywood has lost legends Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Karl Malden, Bea Arthur, Dom DeLuise, John Hughes, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, David Carradine, Billy Mays and with only a couple weeks left in 2009, death has claimed the young life of actress Brittany Murphy.

According to TMZ, Murphy was found unconscious in her shower this morning by her mother around 8 Am at her home in Los Angeles, California. Paramedics quickly came to her house and determined that she was in full cardiac arrest (read: heart attack) and performed CPR all the way to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, just a few miles away. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Brittany Murphy is survived by her husband of 2 years Simon Monjack and had no children.

Brittany Murphy was a beautiful actress with a varied and prolific career spanning TV,
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Posthumous Ledger

  • So many questions. So much speculation. The past 72 hours are filled with bereavement, well spoken tributes and a little bit of nonsense. For the curious: here is a sampling of info that puts his untimely death into perspective. Fact: Warner Bros.'s marketing people are scratching their heads. "Hollywood has not seen a high-profile star’s death in the middle of a movie in some time. When Brandon LeeBrandon Lee
[/link] was killed in 1993 on the set of “The Crow,” Mr. Kingman said, the filmmakers “were very clever and creative and completed the movie with a double, and that movie turned out to be successful enough to entice people to do a sequel.” (It made more than $50 million at the domestic box office.) River Phoenix died of an overdose in 1993, halfway through making “Dark Blood,” which was abandoned. John Candy died in 1994 with a third of his scenes left in “Wagons East,
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