Following a deep dive into the history and legacy of The Comedy Store, Showtime has another chronicle of a comedy staple who left us far too soon.
John Belushi was a tour de force. After breaking out on Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon’s Animal House, Belushi became one of the biggest comedy stars in the world. He was the kind of guy everyone wanted to have a beer with. But while there was this wrecking ball of comedic energy on the outside, on the inside, Belushi was dealing with his own demons, and his incredible fame would only feed them with alcohol and drugs. Showtime’s new documentary Belushi will chronicle all the comedian’s highs and lows, and you can see the first trailer right now. Read More »
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The Movie: Bedazzled
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Elliot Richards (Brendan Fraser) is a socially repellent, over-zealous and dweeby computer company employee who is avoided by his co-workers and has absolutely zero friends. Though he has a crush on a co-worker named Alison (Frances O’Connor), who he’s never met, he’s too scared and awkward to do anything about it. Enter The Devil, played with flirtatious spunk by Elizabeth Hurley, who offers Elliot whatever he wants, including the love he’s so desperate for, in the form of seven wishes. All he has to do is give up is his soul. You know, that old chestnut.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Brendan Fraser enjoyed a steady stream of work and fame throughout the 1990s and 2000s, ranging from once-thriving studio comedies like Encino Man, Son-in-Law, Airheads, and Blast from the Past to the blockbuster run of the Mummy trilogy. Unfortunately, he mostly fell off the radar in the 2010s, a disappearance that was chronicled in an eye-opening profile of the actor at GQ. But if there’s one movie that shows Fraser’s outstanding comedic skills, it’s the hilarious array of characters he plays in Bedazzled, a remake of the 1967 comedy of the same name. Read More »
The reopening of movie theaters next month is still somewhat of an uncertainty, especially with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet recently being pushed back another two weeks and Disney considering yet another delay for their live-action adaptation of Mulan. But that’s not stopping Sony Pictures from bringing Ghostbusters back to the big screen in July, not only for theaters open in areas that have mostly overcome the spread of COVID-19, but for the safer, thriving drive-ins around the United States. Read More »
When the Ghostbusters cast and filmmakers reunited on Josh Gad’s web series Reunited Apart, there was a little confusion about something Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman said during their chat. Many thought the filmmaker was revealing another sequel was already in development, but it was just an out of context quote that got misconstrued. However, Ghostbusters is still a franchise, and obviously Sony Pictures would like to see Afterlife reinvigorate the brand. That’s why we’re not surprised to hear franchise star and co-creator Dan Aykroyd say the new movie “feeds into the possibility” of more sequels. Read More »
If the world hadn’t gone to hell, we’d be about one month away from getting a new Ghostbusters movie from director Jason Reitman, son of the original film’s director Ivan Reitman. But since Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been pushed back until March 2021, we’ll have to settle for checking out some rarely seen footage from behind the scenes of the original Ghostbusters.
In the original movie from 1984, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spenger (Harold Ramis) start up their own paranormal extermination and containment business from scratch. That includes creating a commercial to advertise their unique New York business, and some alternate takes and bloopers from the shooting of that commercial have been officially released online, and they include some alternate titles that were considered for the movie. Read More »
Since the characters of Caddyshack have already been given the Funko POPs treatment, it’s time for the other movies in the “slobs vs snobs” subgenre of comedies to get their due. Thankfully, Funko will keep them coming with new collectible vinyl figures dedicated to the military comedy Stripes directed by and starring the late Harold Ramis, as well as the John Landis-directed fraternity comedy that the Ghostbusters star penned, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Check out the Stripes and Animal House Funko POPs below. Read More »
Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now, bringing back Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin for more zombie apocalypse action. It’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the duo behind the Deadpool franchise) were hired almost immediately to write the sequel. Since it took a decade to finally get this movie finished, the script went through plenty of changes as time passed, and one of those changes resulted in nixing a hilarious but tragic scene that would have given us a Ghostbusters reunion.
Beware, in order to discuss this scene in question, we’re providing a spoiler alert for a certain cameo made in the sequel. But if you saw the most recent theatrical trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, then you already know what we’re talking about. Either way, you’ve been warned. Read More »
Long before the Ghostbusters reboot tore the internet apart and made a bunch of grown men throw fits like someone popped their birthday balloon, there was a Ghostbusters sequel that was long in development that was hoping to reunite Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson for one more paranormal adventure. There was even a script that was given the greenlight at Sony Pictures, and along with the fact that Bill Murray couldn’t be convinced to do it, the film hit an even bigger snag when Harold Ramis sadly passed away. However, Dan Akyroyd seems to have renewed faith that Ghostbusters 3 will happen. Read More »
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If you’re a toy collector, then you might want to give Mezco Toys a call for their latest deluxe box set of Ghostbusters figures. Well, you can’t really call them to place an order since you have to do it online, but you get what we’re saying. Mezco Toyz has revealed their new One:12 Collective deluxe box set of all four Ghostbusters: Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).
Check out the Mezco Toys Ghostbusters figures line-up below. Read More »
What’s old is new again, forever and ever. The Bill Murray military farce Stripes is headed to TV, as CBS is developing a new series based on the 1981 film. Interestingly enough, the film’s original director, Ivan Reitman, is set to direct the series revival. Are you ready for a Stripes TV series?
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