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Chris Farley Died 20 Years Ago Today: Relive His 5 Best Moments From Saturday Night Live

Chris Farley Died 20 Years Ago Today: Relive His 5 Best Moments From Saturday Night Live
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Chris Farley's death. David Spade, who starred alongside Farley in the film Tommy Boy, commemorated the comedian's death on Twitter. "20 years ago today," he tweeted along with a picture of Farley and the years of his life (1964 to 1997). A comedy legend, Farley later played Mike Donnelly in Black Sheep and Haru in Beverly Hills Ninja. However, some of his most celebrated characters were those he played during his tenure at Saturday Night Live.  Here's a look back at some of this best moments on the show: 1. When he played the eccentric motivational speaker Matt Foley In this 1993 sketch, Farley plays a boisterous...
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‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make

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‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make
[Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers for Season 3, Episode 10, “Lantern” follow.]

It’s at times easy to forget that “Better Call Saul” is a period piece, if only because its 2002-2003 setting isn’t always noticeably distinguishable from the present day. But then every once in a while, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould slap us in the face with a reminder that this show is happening in the past. It can be as simple as a trip to a video store — but not just any video store.

Read More: ‘Better Call Saul’: The 7 Times Jimmy and Kim Kissed On Screen, And How That Makes It The Most Rewarding Romance on TV

It’s something we all accepted as routine, just 15 years ago: Want to watch a movie? Go to Blockbuster Video. So in the Season 3 finale, “Lantern,” Kim (Rhea Seehorn) asks her assistant Francesca (Tina Parker) for a ride to what was once the dominant source for Americans in search of movie rentals, and we then get to see her browse the aisles in search of the perfect comfort viewing, following her near-fatal car accident the episode prior.

Executive producer Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the season finale, told IndieWire that the decision to have Kim visit a video store came in the writers’ room, as the team discussed what Kim might possibly do after deciding to relax following her accident. “I just really loved the idea of her renting a bunch of videos and sitting around watching movies and eating junk food. Just because it’s something I relate to, it’s something I like to do when I destress. And I feel like it’s not something you see a lot of on TV and in movies,” she said.

And as a result, Gould — who directed the finale — got very excited about the idea of Kim going to not just any video store, but Blockbuster in particular. However, don’t think that this was an easy choice for the show — because according to production designer Michael Novotny, “it was a total nail-biter.”

Novotny told IndieWire that as soon as he received word that “Saul” wanted to recreate a Blockbuster, he got his team to work — specifically, the graphics department. “I can always do a set. A set’s the easy part. The hard part is the graphics and all of the art work you’re going to turn out,” he said.

But that process started before the show had actual permission to recreate a Blockbuster. “We started to build it without approval. That’s part of the nail-biting process,” he said. “It wasn’t until the day before we shot it that we got approval.”

This is because, as anyone who works in production might tell you, trying to depict a real brand on screen can be an incredibly difficult task. And the “Saul” team wanted to actually use Blockbuster iconography, which isn’t the easiest thing given that it’s a brand name you haven’t probably seen in the wild in years.

Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010, and “roughly a dozen” stores currently exist today. Thus, the set was built on one of the show’s Albuquerque soundstages, and in fact, a great deal of what was on screen was made from scratch by the “Saul” production team, including the big Blockbuster sign hanging in the wall and the period-accurate movie covers.

One thing they were able to buy: the shelving units came thanks to an ironic stroke of luck and an Albuquerque video store that was going out of business. The production was thus able to buy those displays, which Novotny made sure were shortened so that, as they shot the scene, Kim and Francesca could be seen walking through the aisles. That framing was based on Gould’s storyboards, which were altered slightly during the production process, but otherwise didn’t require any major additional construction.

But really, here’s what people care about — the movies that are being considered, as Kim prepares for an epic binge in the pre-Netflix days. None of the titles are fake, and Novotny did work carefully with his team to carefully curate the movies that appeared on screen during the scene, all of which were drawn from a list provided by Peter Gould and the writers. Here are just some of the ones we happened to spot while freeze-framing:

“A Knight’s Tale” “Lawrence of Arabia” (the 40th anniversary special edition) “Love Liza” “The Mothman Prophecies” “Punch-Drunk Love” A Richard Pryor stand-up special “Beverly Hills Ninja” “The Cheap Detective” “Hanky Panky” “Blue Thunder” “American Sledge” “Darkness Falls” “Night of the Living Dead

They’re all movies that feel appropriate to the era at least within a year or two or as classics, though unfortunately a quick Internet search can reveal whether a film in question would have been available on DVD in the year 2003. Perhaps the most glaring oversight is the appearance of Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” which was released in theaters December 10, 2003 and made available on DVD April 27, 2004 — something Hutchison’s husband (who actually worked at Blockbuster in the past) noticed while watching the final product. “We don’t always get it right,” she admitted.

Novotny acknowledged the “Big Fish” error, but he was relatively zen about it, given the intense pressure of making the scene happen in the first place. “It really was a down to the wire thing,” he said. “If that’s as much as I’m wrong… I’m sad to hear that but at the same time I’m happy that it went as good as it did.”

Update: On Twitter, Gould offered a little clarity as to why “Big Fish” might have time traveled back a year:

And that #BigFish they mention? Could be a shoutout to my former student @johnaugust… #YesYouReadThatRight

Peter Gould (@petergould) June 23, 2017

Hutchison couldn’t remember every one of the 10 films Kim officially rented, though such a list was made during production. Beyond “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Monty Python,” she said the rest were mostly legal dramas, though she did make sure to include the Luc Besson sci-fi romp “The Fifth Element.” “That was one for some reason I was really stuck on making sure was in her stack,” Hutchison said.

While hardly the most memorable scene of the finale, it still sticks in the mind because of how it triggers memories of an experience we’ve largely lost, traded in for the convenience of Netflix.

“I like the idea of physically walking around and choosing movies,” Hutchison said. “There is something about actually going into a store, having everything broken down by genre. Sometimes with the streaming services it’s a little overwhelming, but having that physical space… I don’t know. It was like a ritual.”

And depicting that ritual was just more proof that “Better Call Saul” will always find a way to surprise us with the seemingly mundane.

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Is 'Beverly Hills Ninja' Really Christian Bale's Favorite Movie?

Is 'Beverly Hills Ninja' Really Christian Bale's Favorite Movie?
Christian Bale has a strong reputation as one of this generation's more serious actors. So when it was revealed a few years ago that Beverly Hills Ninja is his favorite movie, it took some fans by surprise. Though, it kind of makes sense. The actor is known for taking on mostly dramatic roles, as well as for playing the most brooding Batman to ever hit the big screen in The Dark Knight trilogy. Of course he'd gravitate towards lighter fare while enjoying himself at the movies.

Some believe that this is just an interesting fun fact that holds no merit or weight. While the idea that Christian Bale loves Beverly Hills Ninja has been the subject of many listicles, no one ever bothers to source the original link this info came from. Until now. Yahoo has tracked this bit of trivia back to an Esquire interview from 2010. The actor was
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Why Christian Bale Calls Chris Farley.s Beverly Hills Ninja His Favorite Movie Of All Time

We.ve all got our stock answers for when we.re asked about our favorite film of all time. Not just that, but you also have to be able to provide a sturdy reason for why you love the movie, all while trying not to sound pretentious. No one can accuse Christian Bale of being the latter though, because when he was asked what his favorite film of all time was the Welsh actor rather surprisingly revealed that it is the Chris Farley-led 1997 comedy Beverly Hills Ninja. Despite currently having an IMDb rating of 5.5 and just 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, Christian Bale has been able to overlook the critical mauling of Beverly Hills Ninja. In fact, Bale insisted that he absolutely adores Beverly Hills Ninja because it managed to make him weep with mirth two days in a row. The Batman Begins actor actually made this revelation to Esquire, via Yahoo,
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Supercut: Improbable Weapons Part 2

Burger Fiction is back with part 2 of their "Improbable Weapons Used in Movies" supercut series. To catch up on the first entry, click here. This second edition features some pretty ridiculous items used as weapons, including a Razor scooter in Kiss of the Dragon, barstools in both The World's End and Foxy Brown, and many, many others. Check out the full list below the video:

Daredevil - Paper Clips

Aliens - Power Loader

An Eye For An Eye - Telephone

Hellboy - Payphone

Beverly Hills Ninja - Fish

Austin Powers - Toothpaste

Hot Shots! Part Deux - Chicken

Hot Fuzz - Wet Floor Sign

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - Frying Pan

Tangled - Frying Pan

Walking Tall - Frying Pan

Kiss of the Dragon - Chopsticks

Machete - Meat Thermometer

Nacho Libre - Corn

Sleepwalkers - Corn

Project A - Chili Peppers

Hancock - Candy Bar

Law Abiding Citizen -
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Watch the Bittersweet Trailer for I Am Chris Farley Documentary

I grew up watching Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live and in his various big screen roles. I liked everything he did even if the material wasn’t all there (Beverly Hills Ninja). He was an explosive force of comedy and now nearly 20 years after his death, it still stings to think about.

A new documentary doesn’t look to make things easier with a look at Farley’s life, character, and career through the recollections of those who knew him best. Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Christina Applegate and more join David Spade, Farley’s brother Kevin Farley, and Lorne Michaels to remember the late comedian.

From the press release for Network Entertainment’s documentary:

Before his untimely death at only 33 years of age, Farley left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry through his groundbreaking work on television in both Second City and Saturday Night Live,
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SNL greats unite in trailer for ‘I Am Chris Farley’ documentary

“He was infectious. And he was kind. And he was a puppy dog.”

That was what Christina Applegate had to say about the late comedian Chris Farley as part of a trailer for the documentary that will take a look at the life of the star of Saturday Night Live, Tommy Boy, and Beverly Hills Ninja.

The documentary is directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray and features conversations about Farley with David Spade (his co-star in many films), Adam Sandler, Bob Saget, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Molly Shannon, and Dan Aykroyd among others.

It is set to profile the comedian, who died in 1997 of a drug overdose, and speak with some of the people who spent the most time with him.

The film is set to open in theaters on July 31 and will be available on VOD and digital download on August 11.

Chris Farley lived his life full speed
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Brent Hodge & Derik Murray's 'I Am Chris Farley' Doc Official Trailer

"Anytime you get to talk about Chris Farley is a good day." BuzzFeed has debuted the first official trailer for the documentary I Am Chris Farley, a profile about the life of the beloved comedian who died in 1997. It's probably that many of you grew up watching Chris Farley, whether it was on "Saturday Night Live" or in Tommy Boy, Black Sheep or Beverly Hills Ninja. He died almost 20 years ago, if you can believe it was that long ago, and they've finally made a documentary about him and it's out this summer. I Am Chris Farley features all his friends and colleagues, from Adam Sandler to Lorne Micheals, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Christina Applegate, and Bob Saget. I'm looking forward to catching this doc sometime, looks pretty good. Here's the trailer for Brent Hodge & Derik Murray's documentary I Am Chris Farley, found via BuzzFeed: Chris Farley lived his
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Top 7 Imaginary Last Performances from Dead Actors

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

This week’s “Question of the Week” on Jeff Bayer’s “Movie B.S.” podcast is inspired by Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film that features actress/singer Whitney Houston in her last on-screen performance. This question is, “What dead performer do you wish had made one last movie before they died, and what would it be?”

In honor of Houston, and many others who left us before giving us the movie that they should’ve made last, here’s a list of the Top 7 Imaginary Last Performances from Dead Actors.

7. Phil Hartman

Last Film: The PG-13 family action figure actioner Small Soldiers, 1998.

Should’ve Been Last Film: While it certainly came out some time after 1998, the long-anticipated, now-forgotten Simpsons Movie just wasn’t the same without Phil Hartman, who voiced classic side characters on the TV show like Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure.
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'Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things' to Rise from the Grave

Earlier this month, Fangoria Entertainment announced a joint venture with Anchor Bay Entertainment to remake Bob Clark's 1972 zombie film, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. Steve Stabler is onboard as producer, with horror legend Tom Savini in the director's chair and prolific short filmmaker Drew Daywalt as screenwriter.

For those that haven't seen it, the film revolves around a theater troupe led by Alan, a rather mean-spirited director, who brings them to an isolated island for a night of fun and games. This includes digging up a corpse named Orville and holding a séance with the goal of raising the dead.

The party continues, despite the failure of the séance. All the while, Alan berates his actors and uses Orville's corpse as the butt of his jokes. The director's ensemble is no better, with all of them willing to walk over each other to garner Alan's favor. And while
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The Playlist Go Behind The Scenes Of Paramount's All-Star Vanity Fair Group Photo

Something truly historic arrived online yesterday: in honor of the 100th birthday of Paramount Studios, one of the most prestigious studios in Hollywood, Vanity Fair gathered together 116 stars and directors from the company's glittering history. From Kirk Douglas to Anton Yelchin, from Jack Nicholson to Dakota Fanning, from Martin Scorsese to someone called Katie Featherstone, it was as dazzling a collection of stars as had even been assembled.

But as you can imagine, it was an enormously difficult task to get even one version on that photo taken, and you can only imagine the stories that come out of this kind of hurricane of talent from across the generations. The Playlist were the only online press there at the shoot (suck it, TMZ!), and we can now exclusively bring you ten of the key things we observed over the 17-hour-shoot.

What Could They Possibly Have Talked About? 1: Jack Black
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The Class Of 1997: How Do The Year's Standouts Hold Up Today?

Remember 1997? Sure you do. It was the year of Princess Diana's funeral, the year the front page of The New York Times went to color, the year of the famous Iowa septuplets and Dolly the cloned sheep. It was also the year, of course, of a bunch of movies you may or may not remember, starting with Beverly Hills Ninja in January and ending, of course, with Titanic. This weekend's 3D re-release of Titanic got us on a nostalgia trip, thinking about the movies we loved back in 1997 and have forgotten, and the movies we new nothing about at the time and loved today. So, of course, we made a yearbook of them, figuring out which Senior Superlatives these movies would have won back in 1997, and how those reputations hold up today. Are the kids Most Likely to Succeed at the time still making good careers for themselves? Is
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Somehow that Beverly Hills Ninja sequel starring David Hasselhoff has fallen apart

Nearly four years ago, the unlikely sequel Beverly Hills Ninja 2 was greenlit as the first mainstream Hollywood film to shoot in South Korea, symbolizing just how much America values that special relationship. Unfortunately, the would-be continuation of a story even cable has forgotten hit a few significant snags along the way, not least of which is that it was a sequel to the commercially dismal, critically reviled Beverly Hills Ninja—a project Chris Farley himself would refuse even if he weren’t dead, which forced the producers to find a replacement star in David Hasselhoff, who would do it ...
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Chuck Norris is the Worst-Reviewed Actor in Hollywood

After analyzing countless reviews on RottenTomatoes, Slate magazine found out that Chuck Norris is the worst-reviewed actor, Jennifer Love Hewitt is the worst-reviewed actress and Dennis Dugan is the worst-reviewed director in Hollywood. The magazine only counted films (not documentaries) made since 1985 and considered people who have made/starred in at least ten movies. It wasn't easy for Chuck Norris to take the top spot, the man had to consistently deliver movies that critics hated. But thanks to "The Delta Force" (20% fresh rating), "Missing in Action" (23% fresh rating), and Top Dog (0% fresh rating), the actor ended up with an average score of 18.4% fresh rating. Eddie Griffin wasn't far off with 24.1%. Jennifer Love Hewitt's climb to the bottom was helped by such films as "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (7% fresh rating), "I know What You Did Last Summer" (35% fresh rating), "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
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'Three Stooges' Cast Update: Hank Azaria & James Marsden To Join Will Sasso?

'Three Stooges' Cast Update: Hank Azaria & James Marsden To Join Will Sasso?
Update: Peter and Bobby Farrelly with Fox will complete the casting on The Three Stooges by the end of next week. At this point, Hank Azaria has emerged as a frontrunner for the role of Moe, the group's stern disciplinarian and the guy who dishes out the slaps and eye pokes. As for the simpleton Larry, the name I am most often hearing is James Marsden. Marsden worked for Fox as Cyclops in the original X-Men films, but he has played comedy in films like Enchanted and next stars in the Universal/Illumination Entertainment film Hop. 7:31 Pm: MadTV alum and CBS’ $#*! My Dad Says star Will Sasso has been cast as Curly in The Three Stooges movie being made at 20th Century Fox and directed by the Farrelly brothers. Sasso did the films Life As We Know It, Best In Show, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Beverly Hills Ninja, and Happy Gilmore,
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Trailer Park: IP Man 2, Enter The Void, Death Race 2 Unrated Giveaway

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By Christopher Stipp

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IP Man 2 -Review

It’s Sammo Hung who deserves the kudos for this sequel.

It may be Donnie Yen’s reprisal of Ip Man, the man who would mentor Bruce Lee if you’re unfamiliar with this man’s provenance, who is bringing the same kind of furious fists and feet that he brought to the first film or director Wilson Yip’s fresh take on a genre that has been beaten like the prunish face of any man coming out of the well-choreographed fight sequences but it’s really all about the action when it comes to Ip Man 2. It’s the latter of these points that explains why this film needs to be consumed and enjoyed for what it is and not,
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Meet The Babes of Death Race 2

We're just days away from the release of Death Race 2 (Blu-ray review here) so we figured that we'd take this opportunity to show off some of the film's female assets!

From the Press Release

A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in Death Race 2, an all-out action thrill ride, coming to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download January 18, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD Originals™. Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Luke Goss (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army) star, along with returning cast members Fred Koehler (“Lost”) and Robin Shou (Beverly Hills Ninja), in an all-new prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 adrenaline-fueled action-thriller, Death Race. Packed with more of the heart-stopping action, spectacular stunts and shocking twists that propelled the original to cult status, the 2-disc Death Race 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include unrated
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More Death Race 2 clips

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 18th from Universal Home Entertainment is Death Race 2, starring Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Sean Bean, and Ving Rhames, in a prequel to the Paul W.S. Anderson remake. Courtesy of Universal, we have a few clips for you:

Do those get you engines running? Below is the press release and look for more on this film from Killer Film!

A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in Death Race 2, an all-out action thrill ride, coming to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download January 18, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD Originals™. Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Luke Goss (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army), star along with returning cast members Fred Koehler (“Lost”) and Robin Shou (Beverly Hills Ninja), in an all-new prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 adrenaline-fueled action-thriller, Death Race. Packed with more of the heart-stopping action,
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More Bonus Clips: Death Race 2 Blu-ray and DVD

Looking for more reasons to be excited for the surprisingly decent Death Race 2 (Blu-ray review here)? We've got several more clips to get your motor running!

From the Press Release

A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in Death Race 2, an all-out action thrill ride, coming to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download January 18, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD Originals™. Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Luke Goss (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army) star, along with returning cast members Fred Koehler (“Lost”) and Robin Shou (Beverly Hills Ninja), in an all-new prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 adrenaline-fueled action-thriller, Death Race. Packed with more of the heart-stopping action, spectacular stunts and shocking twists that propelled the original to cult status, the 2-disc Death Race 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include unrated and rated versions of
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Universal Readying Death Race 3

That's right, sidewalk shitters! Even though Universal's Death Race 2 hasn't even left the starting line, it looks as if the studio that horror saved is looking to offer up a trilogy!

According to Movie Hole, based on the initial worldwide reception to Death Race 2 (releasing in most territories over the next few weeks) the studio’s home entertainment division has put Death Race 3 into development.

Believe it or not, there's been a lot of positive word of mouth surrounding the prequel. Then again, is it really that hard to make a better film than Paul Anderson did based on the same material?

From the Press Release

A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in Death Race 2, an all-out action thrill ride, coming to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download January 18, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD Originals™. Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D), Sean Bean (The
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