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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Animal House,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Trading Places’

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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Animal House,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Trading Places’
John Landis celebrates his 69th birthday on August 3, 2019. Despite his many career ups and downs, the director has created a number of classics across several different genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Landis made his filmmaking debut with the micro-budget creature feature “Schlock” (1973), in which he also starred as an apeman terrorizing a Southern California suburb. It was the first collaboration between him and makeup maestro Rick Baker, who went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Makeup for the director’s “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

SEEDan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Landis had his greatest successes with comedies, starting with the sketch compilation “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977), written by the “Airplane!” trio of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. He went on to helm
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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best

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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best
John Landis celebrates his 69th birthday on August 3, 2019. Despite his many career ups and downs, the director has created a number of classics across several different genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Landis made his filmmaking debut with the micro-budget creature feature “Schlock” (1973), in which he also starred as an apeman terrorizing a Southern California suburb. It was the first collaboration between him and makeup maestro Rick Baker, who went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Makeup for the director’s “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

Landis had his greatest successes with comedies, starting with the sketch compilation “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977), written by the “Airplane!” trio of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. He went on to helm the box office smashes “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “The Blues Brothers
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The Story Of Ray-Ban In Cinema

There’s something about certain movies that resonate so much with us, that we’re desperate to copy the fashion of our favourite characters. Whether it be a cloak to look like Obi Wan Kenobi or the yellow check outfit from Clueless. No matter the film, we want the style!

Of course, one of the most famous brands to continuously make their mark on cinematics are Ray-Ban. In fact, Ray-Ban sunglasses have taken centre stage in some of the most iconic movies to date. Here are just a few of the most famous:

The Blues Brothers – The Wayfarer

The Blues Brothers movie might have been created to showcase some spectacular music. However, for most of us, when you mention the movie, you instantly think of their signature black suit and Wayfarer combination. Indeed, most of us at some point have tried to recreate the same style for a Halloween costume or an 80s party.
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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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Dan Aykroyd movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

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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.

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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

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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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Star Wars Fans Demanding That Carrie Fisher Get A Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Carrie Fisher is a bona fide screen legend. Obviously, she’s most famous for appearing as Leia Organa across the internationally adored multi-billion dollar Star Wars franchise, but she also lit up theaters in innumerable smaller performances (my favorite being her turn in The Blues Brothers), not to mention being a script doctor for films like Sister Act, Intolerable Cruelty, Hook and The Wedding Singer. So, why on earth hasn’t she been honored with a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame?

This omission has been widely noted online and has now resulted in a campaign to get her the recognition she deserves. After all, if Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill both get one, it stands to reason that Fisher should as well. Plus, Donald Trump’s star (presumably awarded for his absolutely unforgettable appearance in Home Alone 2) is about to be removed because it’s been repeatedly vandalized.
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Max Landis Accused Of Sexual Assault, Physical Abuse, & More By Numerous Women In New Report

Max Landis Accused Of Sexual Assault, Physical Abuse, & More By Numerous Women In New Report
Max Landis seemingly had his career laid out in front of him at a very young age. The son of director John Landis, best known for films like “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Coming to America,” and “An American Werewolf in London,” Max was able to turn one of his first scripts into a major film, with the 2012 found-footage superhero film “Chronicle.” From there, the younger Landis sold script after script, becoming one of the most high-profile, and very vocal, writers in Hollywood.

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Men In Black: The Franchise’s Behind-The-Scenes Battles

Mark Harrison Jun 11, 2019

As Men In Black: International gives the franchise a soft reboot, we revisit the private battles of the first three films

All things considered, it's pretty astonishing that Men In Black: International seems to have come together in just over 18 months. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles, F. Gary Gray's spin-off film was announced in 2017, started shooting last July, and arrives in cinemas this week. All films are difficult to make, but compared with each installment of the original trilogy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, it sounds like it was a doddle to make.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the three films are loosely inspired by Malibu Comics' The Men In Black, a six-issue sci-fi series penned by Lowell Cunningham. To give you an idea of how long it took to bring to the screen,
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Infographic: 27 Lessons From 27 Films

Halfords Autocentres have come up with a new film-related info-graphic titled 25 Lessons from 27 Films. The graphic covers known, and lesser known facts around vehicles in famous films. For example, 44% of vehicle breakdowns occur in horror films, 103 cars were completely destroyed during the filming of The Blues Brothers, and 532 during the making of Transformers: Dark of the Moon!

The piece covers a range of famous films, as well as a few general motoring facts along the way.

You can check it out below.

Provided by Halfords Autocentre
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? To celebrate the launch of her feature debut A Vigilante (Saban Films – March 29th – in theaters and on iTunes), we asked filmmaker Sarah Daggar-Nickson to identify the films with the mostest. In A to Z order, here are Daggar-Nickson’s top ten films as of March 2019.

The Blues Brothers – John Landis (1980)

“My parents had an old VHS copy of this movie and we would watch it at Christmas. Fun, rebellious and social commentary running in the background, the story balance is feel-good perfection.…
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Andre Williams, R&B Singer and ‘Godfather of Rap,’ Dead at 82

R&B singer-producer Andre Williams has died at age 82. His label, Pravda Records, confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artist Andre Williams … He touched our lives and the lives of countless others.”

Williams’ manager, Kenn Goodman, confirmed to Billboard that the musician died Sunday, March 17th in Chicago, Illinois while in hospice care, two weeks after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He noted that the disease spread to Williams’ lungs and brain, after which point “his body started shutting down pretty quickly.
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Flashback: John C. McGinley Remembers the Passing of John Candy on Mar. 4, 1994

Chicago – It was 25 years ago today – March 4th, 1994 – that comic actor John Candy died on the set of the film “Wagons East.” It was his 45th feature film, that extended back 21 years. One of his co-stars was John C. McGinley, best known as the irascible Perry Cox on the sitcom “Scrubs.” In a HollywoodChicago.com exclusive soundbite below, McGinley describes the atmosphere on the fateful day the cast was told of Candy’s passing.

John Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. After college he had a bug for performing, and eventually ended up in Toronto with the Canadian branch of “The Second City,” which included fellow performers Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Radner and Aykroyd went to “Saturday Night Live,” and Candy, O’Hara, Levy, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Harold Ramis and Dave Thomas went on to form the hilarious “Sctv,” which gained cult
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Thandie Newton, Christopher Nolan, Sophie Okonedo & ‘His Dark Materials’ Author Philip Pullman Score New Year Honors

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Thandie Newton, Christopher Nolan, Sophie Okonedo & ‘His Dark Materials’ Author Philip Pullman Score New Year Honors
Thandie Newton, Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman and Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo are among the Brits to pick up a prestigious award as part of the New Year Honours List.

The distinguished awards are handed out once a year and recognize the outstanding achievements of 1,148 people across the United Kingdom.

CBEs – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – have been awarded to Nolan, for services to film, Okonedo, who is set to star as Lady Hatton in the forthcoming Hellboy movie, as well as Channel 4 drama Chimerica, children’s author Julia Donaldson, who created The Gruffalo, while Westworld star Newton has picked up an OBE, as has Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, who said that he was “particularly delighted this honour came in time to share with my mum, Molly, who is 99 and she was thrilled, she lit up at the news,
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Kitty O’Neil Dies: Deaf ‘Bionic Woman’ Stuntwoman, Speed Racer Was 72

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Kitty O’Neil Dies: Deaf ‘Bionic Woman’ Stuntwoman, Speed Racer Was 72
Kitty O’Neil, a deaf stuntwoman whose credits include the 1970s series Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman, has died of pneumonia at age 72. Her life story was told in a 1979 TV movie called Silent Victory: The Kitty O’Neil Story starring Stockard Channing – with O’Neil herself handling stunts.

O’Neil died Nov. 2 in Eureka, S.D., her home since 1993. Friend Ky Michaelson told The New York Times that the cause of death.

Her work on the two iconic ’70s superhero series pictured above included standing in for Bionic Woman star Lindsay Wagner and Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter, bringing O’Neil considerable fame in a profession that typically keeps its practitioners out of the spotlight. Her popularity and poignant, powerful personal story led to the TV biopic.

In a 1977 TV special called Superstunt (pictured in the black & white photos above), O’Neil demonstrated a car crash and explosion.
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‘Lucha Underground’ Director Picks His Favorite Shots From the Series (Photos)

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‘Lucha Underground’ Director Picks His Favorite Shots From the Series (Photos)
Lucha Underground” has become a cult hit with wrestling fans, thanks in large part to the elaborate backstage segments that have given the show an otherworldly mythology that has gotten bigger with each season. Skip Chaisson, director of those cutscenes, takes TheWrap behind the scenes with notes on his favorite shots from the El Rey series and what inspired them.

Episode 1: The Opening Fight Scene: “Inspired by an old El Santo comic, this was our first big fight. It established what we were doing with Lucha “real world” fights.

Episode 4: King Cuerno’s introduction: “This was one of the moments where I knew we were on to something. The sun was setting and King walks out to the edge of the roof a la “The Dark Knight” with no fear, a total badass hero come to life.”

Episode 4: Fenix’s introduction: “This was another step we took
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Kitty O’Neil, Pioneering ‘Wonder Woman’ Stuntwoman, Dies at 72

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Kitty O’Neil, Pioneering ‘Wonder Woman’ Stuntwoman, Dies at 72
Kitty O’Neil, Lynda Carter’s stunt double on the 1970s “Wonder Woman” TV series, died on Friday of pneumonia at the age of 72.

O’Neil broke ground for women in the stunt industry, becoming the first woman to join the Hollywood stunt agency Stunts Unlimited. O’Neil performed all her stunts despite losing her hearing after contracting multiple diseases shortly after birth, leading to a fever that destroyed her hearing and nearly killed her had her mother not placed her in an ice bath.

Despite this, O’Neil became a proficient cello and piano player and might have become an Olympic diver. Her career was cut short by a case of spinal meningitis incurred shortly before the Tokyo Olympic trials. Yet she recovered and became a stuntwoman, performing multiple stunts for “Wonder Woman” over the show’s three-season run. Her most famous stunt came during the final season in
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Rambo: First Blood Part 2 Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, plus Blu-ray and Digital, November 13th

The action-packed Rambo: First Blood Part 2 comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on November 13 from Lionsgate. Rambo returns to lead a top secret mission in the Vietnam jungles. Talk about unlucky.

Academy Awards® nominee Sylvester Stallone returns to the role that made him a household name when Rambo: First Blood Part II arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) November 13 from Lionsgate. Also starring Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, and Steve Berkoff, this smash hit sequel follows John Rambo on a top-secret operation to bring back Pow’s still held in Vietnam. The Rambo: First Blood Part II 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is loaded with special features including a new, never-before-seen featurette, “Rambo Takes the 80’s Part 2,” and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

He’s back! Superstar Sylvester Stallone is John Rambo, the ultimate action hero, in
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John Candy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Splash’

John Candy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Splash’
I remember the day — March 4, 1994 — when I learned that John Candy, big of heart and large of funny bone, had died from an apparent heart attack at age 43. I was a movie critic and a film writer in the Life section of USA Today, distracted by the Winter Olympics TV coverage of Nancy Kerrigan’s silver medal comeback. But the minute I heard that one of the warmest and funniest actors around had passed away, I poured myself immediately into writing his appreciation.

As someone who grew up in Buffalo, I was lucky to have early access to “Sctv,” the Canadian sketch-comedy counterpart to “Saturday Night Live,” long before the series was picked up by NBC. I was cued into the genius of Candy and his clowning cohorts Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as they inhabited sundry out-sized characters who worked at a fictitious television station.
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John Candy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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John Candy movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
I remember the day — March 4, 1994 — when I learned that John Candy, big of heart and large of funny bone, had died from an apparent heart attack at age 43. I was a movie critic and a film writer in the Life section of USA Today, distracted by the Winter Olympics TV coverage of Nancy Kerrigan’s silver medal comeback. But the minute I heard that one of the warmest and funniest actors around had passed away, I poured myself immediately into writing his appreciation.

As someone who grew up in Buffalo, I was lucky to have early access to “Sctv,” the Canadian sketch-comedy counterpart to “Saturday Night Live,” long before the series was picked up by NBC. I was cued into the genius of Candy and his clowning cohorts Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as they inhabited sundry out-sized characters who worked at a fictitious television station.
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