Blues Brothers Animated Series

Even though legendary comedian John Belushi died back in 1982, that didn’t stop The Blue Brothers from getting revived for the unnecessary sequel Blues Brothers 2000. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a lack of John Belushi isn’t stopping his partner in comedy crime, Dan Aykroyd, from developing a Blues Brothers animated series for primetime television. Thankfully, he’s collaborating with the right people to potentially make it work.

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National Lampoon Movie Cast

Just last month we found out Netflix was developing a film about Doug Kenney, the co-founder of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that eventually evolved into creating comedy records and movies in the 1970s and 1980s. The film is called A Futile & Stupid Gesture and shines a light on the history of National Lampoon through the eyes of Kenney, who will be played by Saturday Night Live veteran and Last Man on Earth star Will Forte.

Earlier this week the cast filled out with the addition of Joel McHale taking on the role of his Community co-star Chevy Chase, before he made it big on Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Domhnall Gleeson playing another National Lampoon co-founder, Henry Beard.

Now the cast has gotten even bigger with additional actors being brought on to play National Lampoon comedians and future comedy superstars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Belushi, as well as a couple other key roles. Get the details on the National Lampoon movie cast after the jump. Read More »

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The trailer for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters hit the web this morning, but I got a chance to attend a screening and question and answer session yesterday on the Sony studio lot. Ghostbusters fans from around the United States gathered (a couple dozen even flew in) to get a sneak peek at the new trailer and get a chance to meet the filmmakers behind the new film. You can watch the Ghostbusters trailer elsewhere on the site. In this post, I recap what we learned from the discussion that followed the trailer premiere with director Paul Feig, screenwriter  Katie Dippold, and producer Ivan Reitman (who, yes, directed the original two films in the 1980s).

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National Lampoon documentary trailer

This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.

Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »

Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now

Can you see Emile Hirsch as a young John Belushi? Well, how about Miles Teller as a young Dan Aykroyd?

Hirsch, who has been set to play the late Animal House star in Steve Conrad‘s biopic since last fall, announced over the weekend that Teller would play the part of Aykroyd. Should he close his deal, he won’t have to look far to research the role — the real Aykroyd is serving as one of the producers on the project. Hit the jump for more details on the movie.

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Emile Hirsch Will Play John Belushi

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Briefly: The shortlist of actors to play the late actor/comedian John Belushi in a new biopic was pretty strange: Emile Hirsch and Adam Devine were mentioned, and Joaquin Phoenix came up as a longshot. Of the three, Phoenix seems to have the best energy for the role. But he won’t play the part. Emile Hirsch has been hired  to play Belushi for writer/director Steve Conrad. The script is adapted from the book Belushi, written by Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.

Hirsch is great, but it’s still difficult to see him as a great choice for this part. Given that Dan Aykroyd is an exec producer on the film it seems unlikely that this movie will be focused solely on Belushi’s excesses and downfall, but even as part of a balanced narrative it’s difficult to see Hirsch really inhabiting Belushi. There are elements of his performances in the past that suggest he can get parts of Belushi’s personality down, but it’s difficult to imagine him going as big as he’ll have to. This will be an interesting one to see play out. [Variety]

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We’re all just going to pretend Wired, that ill-fated screen version of a John Belishi biography, never happened. (Sorry, Michael Chiklis.) But that doesn’t mean that Hollywood wants Belushi to be forgotten, and in fact there’s another screen biography brewing about the late comedian and actor.

The same project that once had The Hangover director Todd Phillips tied to the director’s chair now has a new director, and a handful of potential stars as well. They include Emile Hirsch and Joaquin Phoenix, neither of whom springs to mind as a first choice, but each of whom has an appeal that becomes evident after some thought. Read More »

You can almost hear the rhythmic chants of “Toga, Toga, Toga” bellowing in the rafters already. The New York Times reports John Landis’ landmark 1978 comedy, Animal House, is being adapted into a Broadway musical with help from Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies and Book of Mormon co-director Casey Nicholaw. Universal Pictures Stage Productions announced the production on the 30th anniversary of the death of the film’s star John Belushi. Read more after the break. Read More »

The Blues Brothers got their start on TV, made a big splash on the big screen and now might be dancing back to the boob tube. Variety reports a new take on the classic comedy duo is being shopping around to possibly become a new television series. The show would see Jake and Elwood, famously played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, just released from jail looking for Elwood’s real father. Both parts would obviously be recast and, if the show makes it to series, it would include a new musical number each week. There’s more after the jump. Read More »