Dan Aykroyd

‘Tammy’ Is Bland and Forgettable, and Melissa McCarthy’s Got No One to Blame But Herself

We haven’t really had a movie star like Melissa McCarthy before. This isn’t merely a carefully worded reference to her physical type, though that’s part of the package; more importantly, she’s a female comic actor with a gift for slapstick, an unimpeachable skill for improvisation, copious charisma, and a little bit of an edge. It’s easy to peg most movie stars these days to an earlier icon, but not McCarthy — the closest I can come up with is Bette Midler, but she couldn’t take a fall like McCarthy can (and, early on at least, Midler invested her persona with a Mae West-esque sexuality that McCarthy has thus far eschewed). We’re in uncharted waters here, is the point, which may be why no one (except Paul Feig, apparently) seems to know exactly how to make use of her on screen. And unfortunately, that seems to go for McCarthy herself, who co-writes (with her director and husband, Ben Falcone), co-produces, and stars in Tammy, which makes its utter blandness all the more befuddling. … Read More

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Ghostbusters’

The year 1984 was a treasure trove for movie lovers. Classics like The Karate Kid, Footloose, and A Nightmare on Elm Street made their way to theaters, but it was an especially fine time for comedies. The foul-mouthed Beverly Hills Cop, teen sex romp Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy, Gremlins, and Romancing the Stone are just a few of the movies that debuted that year. But let’s not forget the film that combined elements of horror, slapstick funnies, big special effects, and some of the best comedic actors: Ghostbusters. This August, audiences will have the opportunity to catch Ghostbusters on the big screen. They’ll also get to enjoy a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition. To prepare for these moments, we’ve gathered 25 fun facts about the movie that you might have missed. … Read More

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Come On, Gen Xers: Let Your Favorite ’80s Movies Die

Over the weekend, director Richard Donner told TMZ (of all places) that he and Steven Spielberg are “doin’ a sequel” to The Goonies, with “hopefully all” of the original stars. One of those stars, Corey Feldman, took to Twitter to respond to the “literally thousands of tweets [and] FB messages” he received after the news broke, confirming that director Donner, producer Spielberg, and writer Chris Columbus are working on a sequel, though “I have yet to see a script, so I remain skeptical.” (Mr. Feldman does have standards, as anyone who saw the straight-to-video Lost Boys and Dream a Little Dream sequels can tell you.) And speaking of skepticism, we also got word over the weekend that Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord and Chris Miller won’t be directing the long-discussed, yes-they’re-somehow-still-talking-about-this Ghostbusters III, not that their pass will affect that project. So your favorite family-friendly comedies from 1984 and 1985 are getting sequels, 30 years later. Yay? … Read More

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An Oral History of ‘Ghostbusters’

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12 Excellent Holiday Movies You Can Stream Online

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. As you may have noticed, the holiday season is upon us, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite traditional and non-traditional Christmas flicks, including the likes of Bill Murray, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Chevy Chase, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, John Cusack, Lauren Graham, Kevin Spacey, Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Denis Leary, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Davis, Val Kilmer, Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny Glover, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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The Early Audition Tapes of Your Favorite Comics

Earlier this week, Conan O’Brien’s website commemorated the 20th anniversary of his audition for Late Night by releasing a short clip from it, an abbreviated “mock show” in which he interviewed Mimi Rogers and Jason Alexander in front of a live studio audience. O’Brien is clearly nervous (and can you blame him?), but Lorne Michaels and the Late Night producers saw something in that performance, and gave him a shot. That’s the beauty of the great comic audition — even when a talent is a little rough around the edges, the joy of discovering someone fresh, new, and funny wins out. After the jump, we’ll take a look at that tape and several other killer auditions from very funny folks. … Read More

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Awesome ‘SNL’-Inspired Art From Gallery 1988

Gallery 1988, you’ve done it again. Our favorite pop culture-obsessed art gallery unveiled a new show last weekend, and it’s a doozy: Is This Thing On #2 Too, featuring art inspired by Saturday Night Live, with everyone from Matt Foley to the Blues Brothers to the Church Lady to Toonces the Driving Cat immortalized on canvas (and even in ceramic). After the jump, have a look at some of our favorites for the exhibit — and click on the title of each piece to grab a print of your own via Gallery 1988’s online store. … Read More

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10 Impossible-to-See Movies Starring A-List Actors

Hey, Game of Thrones/Community/True Blood/Firefly fans: how’d you like to see a major motion picture starring Peter Dinklage, Danny Pudi, Ryan Kwanten, and Summer Glau? So would we! Would you be surprised to learn that such a motion picture not only exists, but has been sitting on a shelf for two years? So would we! Such is the strange tale of The Knights of Badassdom, director Joe Lynch’s horror comedy that’s been the subject of much discussion and confusion this week. Badassdom, which was previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con clear back in 2011, is hardly the first film that sounded like a good bet, only to sputter in post-production and after due to unforeseen difficulties in financing, distribution, or rights. After the jump, we’ll take a look at ten movies that you’d think you would have heard of, and be able to see, based on the personnel involved — but you can’t, for all sorts of strange reasons. … Read More

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Behold: ‘Ghostbusters’ Headquarters in LEGO Form

We’ve gone to some pretty elaborate lengths in the name of fandom around here, but even we’re agog over the efforts of LEGO artist and Ghostbusters enthusiast Orion Pax, who spent two months studying the film, its sequel, and its animated series to create the ultimate replica of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddmore’s HQ. Pax went room by room and prop by prop, recreating the Ghostbusters’ New York firehouse home in painstaking detail; check out the jaw-dropping photos after the jump. … Read More

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