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Film Review: ‘Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer’

  • Variety
When grocery store shoppers snag a copy of Weekly World News (the rag responsible for the refuses-to-die “Bat Child” hoax), they know they’re getting fake news. But when they pick up the National Enquirer, it’s a far more ambiguous prospect.

Enquirer headlines are deliberately provocative, shouting details of the private lives of real people — including Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey — from their strategic perch in checkout aisles across America. Over the course of nearly seven decades, the tabloid crushed the aspirations of at least one presidential contender (by publishing the photo that exposed Gary Hart’s extramarital affair) and crusaded to elect another, running negative coverage of Donald Trump’s political opponents, which the candidate conveniently referenced in his 2016 campaign.

A hard-hitting — and at times hard-to-stomach — documentary from “Thunder Soul” director Mark Landsman, “Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer” subjects the tabloid to the
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Kay Cannon To Direct ‘Del & Charna’ About Chicago Improv Gurus To Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Jon Favreau, Adam McKay & More

  • Deadline
Kay Cannon To Direct ‘Del & Charna’ About Chicago Improv Gurus To Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Jon Favreau, Adam McKay & More
Exclusive: We hear that Blockers filmmaker and Pitch Perfect franchise scribe Kay Cannon will direct the biopic Del & Charna about Charna Halpern and her partnership with the late legendary improv maestro Del Close. Together they built Chicago’s Improv Olympic, a prestigious comedy training ground for Saturday Night Live players and scribes, as well as the New York and Hollywood showbiz scene that boasts an all-star award-winning alum roster of Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Farley, Jon Favreau, Adam McKay, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Cecily Strong, Seth Meyers, Matt Walsh, Vanessa Bayer, Bob Odenkirk, David Koechner, Andy Dick, Cannon herself and many more.

Del & Charna will follow the unlikely pairing and tumultuous 19-year relationship of Close and Halpern, the latter who continues to own, run and teach at the Io theater. Together as friends, saviors and soulmates, the duo helped each other overcome his addiction, financial ruin, and
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An American Werewolf in London

An old-fashioned monster movie gore-fest that hasn’t dimmed in popularity, John Landis’s slightly twisted telling of a hiking mishap pulled nervous laughter from audiences pre-primed to expect ground-breakingly shocking special effects. Rick Baker delivers the shape-shifting fireworks in a two-minute sequence that goes way beyond easy laughs. The story is thin but the execution slick in a Landis film fashioned from his own screenplay, written at age 19.

An American Werewolf in London

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1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date October 29, 2019 / 49.95

Starring: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Frank Oz, Sydney Bromley.

Cinematography: Robert Paynter

Film Editor: Malcolm Campbell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Art Direction: Leslie Dilley

Special Makeup Effects Designer and Creator: Rick Baker

Produced by George Folsey Jr., Peter Guber, John Peters

Written and Directed by John Landis

John Landis didn’t overtax Hollywood connections to get into moviemaking. A fast-talking
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‘Saturday Night Live’ breaks own impressive record and now has 78 Emmys through 44 seasons

  • Gold Derby
‘Saturday Night Live’ breaks own impressive record and now has 78 Emmys through 44 seasons
Add two more Emmy Awards to the extraordinary collection accumulated by “Saturday Night Live” since 1975. The veteran NBC variety program won its 77th Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series and 78th Emmy for Best Variety Series Directing on Sunday night. That brings the show’s impressive overall total to 78 trophies for Lorne Michaels and his many team members.

SEE2019 Emmy winners: Full list of nominees and winners in all 27 categories [Updating Live]

At last weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, “SNL” won for its lighting design, makeup, production design, and for the “Creating Saturday Night Live” short form series. That pushed the number to 76 for its 44 years on the air. No guest actors prevailed, although it had many chances with Sandra Oh, Emma Thompson, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, John Mulaney and Adam Sandler all nominated. For this week’s ceremony, they lost out for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate McKinnon) and for Best Variety Series Writing.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ extends Emmy record after Creative Arts Awards: It has more wins than any series in history

  • Gold Derby
‘Saturday Night Live’ extends Emmy record after Creative Arts Awards: It has more wins than any series in history
Saturday Night Live” may not have won Best Comedy Guest Actor or Best Comedy Guest Actress at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night, September 15, but it did win enough times on Saturday to extend its all-time record. It’s the most honored program in Emmy history, and it has now won 76 times in its 44 years on the air. Scroll down to see every single award it has won thus far, with possibly more to come next weekend on September 22.

SEE2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Sunday): Full list of nominees and winners in all 49 categories

At Saturday night’s Creative Arts Awards, “SNL” won for its lighting design, makeup, production design, and for the “Creating Saturday Night Live” short form series. That brings the show to a grand total of 76 awards in its 44 years on the air. On Sunday night it was nominated six times for guest acting: Sandra Oh,
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Jack O’Connell to play Shaun Ryder in Twisting My Melon

Variety is reporting that Jack O’Connell is set to take on the role of Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder in the feature film Twisting My Melon, which is being produced and directed by Matt Greenhalgh, whose screenwriting credits include the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and Ian Curtis film Control.

“Shaun Ryder is the son of John Lennon, Johnny Rotten with a few kilos of John Belushi stamped in,” said Greenhalgh. “He’s risen from the dead more times than anyone can remember, and his poetry will last forever. Shaun, and the last true working-class band – the Happy Mondays – mainlined into my musical DNA when I was 16 years old. Like millions of others I readily boarded their ecstatic revolution. And thanks to Agc, I feel honoured to be able to author the only rock’n’roll movie I want to see”.

According to Variety, the film “will look at
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Toga! 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Animal House

There have been several movies made as a result of the National Lampoon magazine, but the first film came in 1978. National Lampoon's Animal House was directed by John Landis, who was still trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood in the late ‘70s. While John Belushi was the star of the film, other actors including Tim Matheson, Thomas Hulce, and Stephen Furst made up the members of a fictional fraternity at Faber College.

Related: 9 Funniest Quotes From National Lampoon's Animal House

Animal House was a surprise hit for Universal Studios and is now one of John Belushi’s most well-known films apart from The Blues Brothers. Last year marked the film’s 40th anniversary, but there are some things about the movie that may still surprise even the biggest movie buffs. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Animal House.
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Jack O’Connell to Star as Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder in Musical Biopic ‘Twisting My Melon’

  • The Wrap
Jack O’Connell to Star as Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder in Musical Biopic ‘Twisting My Melon’
Jack O’Connell is in advanced negotiations to star in a music biopic called “Twisting My Melon” about the life of Shaun Ryder, the frontman of the British band Happy Mondays, Agc Studios chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced on Friday.

O’Connell would star with Jason Isaacs, Holliday Grainger and Maxine Peake in the film that will be fully financed and co-produced by Agc Studios. Isaacs will play Ryder’s father and fellow musician Derek Ryder, Peake will play his mother, and Grainger would star as Ryder’s girlfriend. Production on the film is slated to begin in January 2020. Here’s the full synopsis for the film:

Brother. Son. Poet. Film Star. Rock’n’Roll Legend. Since childhood, all Shaun Ryder ever wanted to do was play in a rock band like his father, a local working-class guitar hero dubbed the “Horseman.” Soon his drive and one-of-a-kind songwriting skills
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Jack O’Connell to star as Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in musical biopic for Agc Studios (exclusive)

Control, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh to make feature directorial debut.

UK actor Jack O’Connell is in advanced talks to star as Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder in the musical biopic Twisting My Melon, which Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios is introducing to buyers at Tiff.

Agc will fully finance and co-produce the project, based on Ryder’s autobiography of the same name that charts his life and role in ushering in the “Madchester” sound in the late 1980s and early 1990s that embraced hedonism and rave culture. O’Connell will perform Happy Mondays songs in the film.
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Jack O’Connell to Play Happy Mondays Frontman in Agc Studios’ ‘Twisting My Melon’

  • Variety
Jack O’Connell to Play Happy Mondays Frontman in Agc Studios’ ‘Twisting My Melon’
Jack O’Connell is in advanced negotiations to play Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in Agc Studios’ “Twisting My Melon.” The project, which Agc will fully finance and co-produce, was announced at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to O’Connell, Jason Isaacs is in talks to play Derek Ryder, Shaun’s father. Holliday Grainger (“Cinderella”) will likely play Shaun’s girlfriend and Maxine Peake (“The Theory of Everything”) will portray his much-put-upon mother. The Happy Mondays were giants of the independent music scene in the U.K., combining elements of funk and psychedelia with hits such as “Hallelujah” and “Mad Cyril.”

The project was originated and developed by Matt Greenhalgh and his production company Maine Road Films. He co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Knott and William Ash and will direct and produce the film. Greenhalgh has dramatized the rock world before, writing screenplays for the John Lennon
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‘Twisting My Melon’: Jack O’Connell, Jason Isaacs, Holliday Grainger & Maxine Peake Tune Up For Agc Biopic Of Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder — Tiff

  • Deadline
Agc Studios is launching sales on and co-producing Twisting My Melon, a music biopic of Shaun Ryder, frontman for UK band the Happy Mondays.

Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), and Jason Isaacs (Hotel Mumbai) are in advanced negotiations to star as Ryder and his father, Derek Ryder, respectively. Also in discussions to join are Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose) as Ryder’s girlfriend and Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) as his long-suffering mum.

The cautionary rock fable will chart Ryder’s story from childhood, when he was desperate to play in a rock band like his father, a local working-class guitar hero dubbed the ‘Horseman’, to his rise as the frontman for 90s Manchester band the Happy Mondays. Production is slated to start in January, 2020.

Based on Ryder’s autobiography of the same name, the project was originated and developed by Control and Nowhere Boy scribe Matt Greenhalgh and his production company Maine Road Films.
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‘Love, Gilda’ Director Lisa D’Apolito On Her Emmy-Nominated Doc And A Long-Lost Gilda Radner Screenplay: “It’s A Great Script”

  • Deadline
‘Love, Gilda’ Director Lisa D’Apolito On Her Emmy-Nominated Doc And A Long-Lost Gilda Radner Screenplay: “It’s A Great Script”
The director of the Emmy-nominated documentary Love, Gilda says a previously unknown film script written by the late Gilda Radner could soon make the rounds in Hollywood.

“She left behind a screenplay which I have that nobody seems to have even known about,” filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito tells Deadline exclusively. “I’m actually working with my agents to see who would be interested in producing it.”

D’Apolito revealed some plot details to Deadline.

“It’s about a woman looking for love and she’s torn between these two guys. And then at the end she decides she just is going to be on her own. Not to sum it up in that sort of way, but it’s physical comedy,” she explains. “Hopefully once the word gets out [about the script]…her work can go on.”

Radner’s life and work—before, during and after her time as one of the original
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Joan Tewkesbury: Do It Louder and Bigger

  • MUBI
Old Boyfriends. Courtesy of Rialto Pictures.Old Boyfriends, Joan Tewkesbury’s 1979 directorial debut, is ripe for rediscovery. Penned by Paul and Leonard Schrader, the film features a top-notch cast including Talia Shire as an inquisitive psychologist and John Belushi, Richard Jordan, and Keith Carradine as men from her past whom she seeks out in a journey of self-knowledge. The film is neither a broad comedy nor a melodrama, but rather an eccentric mélange. At the time of its release the film received mixed reviews, with many critics uncertain about its tonal digressions and the nuances of the Schrader brothers’ screenplay. Now decades removed from the auteurist boom of the New Hollywood era, Old Boyfriends feels fresh—pleasingly off-kilter and presented through the perspective of a female character who doesn’t fit into Hollywood cliché, the film seems more likely to be appreciated by a young audience primed to seek out
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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime

  • Deadline
Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime
Showtime has given a series commitment to an untitled musical drama executive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys and the Oscar, Tony and Grammy winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Pasek and Paul also will contribute music to the series, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants musical) will write the series and executive produce with Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt, Emmy winner R.J. Cutler, and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!)

The as-yet untitled series traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.

“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series,
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10 Crazy Bts Facts That Will Change The Way You Watch The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 and starred Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. The plot of the film is rather complex, with two brothers reuniting their band to raise $5,000 for an orphanage that raised them while dealing with the police, a country band, and Illinois Nazis.

Related: SNL: 11 Movies You Forgot Were Based On Classic Skits

The film was by no means a safe bet for Universal Studios, especially after production ran way over budget, but The Blues Brothers still turned into a massive success. Despite the film being nearly 40 years old, there are still some things you might not know about the making of the film. Here are 10 Crazy Bts Facts That Will Change The Way You Watch The Blues Brothers.
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QAnon Followers Think JFK Jr. Is Coming Back on the 4th of July

QAnon Followers Think JFK Jr. Is Coming Back on the 4th of July
Consider, if you will, a sliding scale of celebrities. On one end of this spectrum are those who are still alive, including but not limited to: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Bieber, nine-tenths of the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210. On the other end are those who are dead, also including but not limited to: Elvis Presley, John Belushi, and (arguably) Tupac.

On this scientific scale, John F. Kennedy Jr. falls somewhere in between Judy Garland and former Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett; all of which is to say, he is extremely,
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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

  • Gold Derby
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

  • Gold Derby
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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10 Actors You Forgot Got Their Start As SNL Cast Members

Saturday Night Live is a beloved institution. Since 1975, the show has been airing on Saturdays at 11:30 on NBC. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest who is heavily featured in the skits. There is also a musical act, usually an artist with a new hit album who uses the platform to promote their record or single.

The series started off strong cast, most of whom went on to become stars. Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and John Belushi used the show as a jumping off point for successful careers. After an impressive entrance, times got a little rougher. It's infamous for going through years long lulls. This isn't trying to degrade the long running show, as the creators would be the first to admit the pains they went through in the early 1980s. Like a phoenix from the ashes, though, it always comes back stronger than ever.

With forty
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‘Saturday Night Live’ as Springboard: Nantucket Fest Salutes Women of NBC Late-Night Institution

  • Variety
‘Saturday Night Live’ as Springboard: Nantucket Fest Salutes Women of NBC Late-Night Institution
When Jane Curtin began her run as an original member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players on the storied first five seasons of “Saturday Night Live,” it was not unheard of for women working on the show be groped in the hallways of the production offices at 30 Rock. She remembers Milton Berle, the comedy great who hosted “SNL” in April 1979, as being particularly handsy.

“It was part of being a woman in the ’70s,” Curtin tells Variety. “Women’s choices at the time for careers were secretary, nurse, teacher, wife or go into the convent.”

Curtin will gather with a mix of veteran and contemporary women associated with NBC’s late-night institution at the Nantucket Film Festival on Saturday as “SNL” is feted with the festival’s Creative Impact in Television Award.

Curtin and original staff writer Anne Beatts will join current cast member Heidi Gardner and writer Sudi Green
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