Actor Jim Belushi Is Taking Legal Action Over A Failed Venture To Launch A Namesake Comedy Club In Chicago, Illinois.
The According to Jim star claims he entered into negotiations with Comedy Bar Comedy Club co-owner Kyle Lane to licence his Belushi's Comedy Bar trademark, but the talks broke down earlier this year (15).
The funnyman goes on to allege that Lane's girlfriend, Sahar Chavoshi, subsequently "embarked on a public campaign to malign" Belushi's reputation and business in the U.S. by spreading rumours about his company practices and treatment of comics at his other branded bars.
Legal papers filed in Cook County Circuit Court last week (ends05Jun15) declare Cavoshi "admitted to making defamatory comments" about Belushi when confronted.
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Despite substandard animation, this brightly coloured sequel has a strong enough sense of both its story and characters to hold the audience's attention. And kids might not mind the quality, as they are re-introduced to classic characters in an all-new adventure based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger S Baum (great-grandson of L Frank).
It starts the morning after Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) gets back home to Kansas after her iconic adventure. Her panicky friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion (Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and James Belushi) summon her back to Oz, where considerable time has passed while a crazed Jester (Martin Short) kidnaps good witch Glinda (Bernadette Peters) so he and his army of flying monkeys can launch their reign of terror. On her long journey back to Emerald City, Dorothy has a series of adventures with Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), the China Princess (Megan Hilty) and the old tree Tugg (Patrick Stewart), who all help her take on the Jester.
Yes, the plot is rather simplistic (the Jester merely seems evil for evil's sake), but the real problem is that the animation is badly under-developed. Characters are painfully thin, with no gravity to them at all, which makes it impossible for them to properly interact visually. Fortunately there are some clever touches to the design work, such as the way everything in Oz looks battered and broken, which adds a badly needed dark edge to the otherwise sunny silliness.
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Comic Jim Belushi has scrapped an upcoming stand-up show in Canada after landing a part in a movie.
The According to Jim star was set to perform at The Chatham-Kent Capitol Theatre in Ontario on 23 January (14), but has now scrapped the gig after winning a dream role on the big screen.
A statement from Belushi reads, "I am terribly disappointed to not come to Canada the last week of January to do a tour that we have been working on and looking forward to all year. A glorious opportunity has presented itself in a beautiful movie script that shoots in Miami Beach this January and February. It's a lead role and a great ensemble of actors, writers, and a terrific director. It's a must-do, a left field opportunity that if I don't seize, I feel I will regret for the rest of my life."
Dorothy Gale is barely back in her Tornado-ravaged hometown in Kansas five minutes than she is whisked off over the rainbow back to the topsy-turvy land of Oz once more to rescue her friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Glinda, and the rest of Oz's innocent residents from a terrible peril. At the helm of this new evil is the Jester, more frightening than funny, who plans to turn the leaders of Oz into puppets controlled for his own nefarious means. Along the way Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto meets a string of new and unusual characters including Wiser the Owl, China Princess, Marshal Mallow and former tree Tugg the Tugboat, as she sets off on another exhilarating adventure to find her friends.
'Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return' is a new animated fantasy based on both L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum's sequel 'Dorothy of Oz'. It has been directed by Will Finn ('The Road to El Dorado') and Dan St. Pierre ('Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey') and written by Adam Balsam, Randi Barnes ('Imagination Movers') and Barry Glasser ('Skateboy') with a film score by Oscar nominated singer Bryan Adams. This enchanting family movie with hit the US on May 9th 2014.
Actor Jim Belushi is urging producers behind an upcoming biopic about his brother John to reconsider casting Emile Hirsch as the tragic funnyman, insisting his son is better suited to portray his late uncle.
Into the Wild star Hirsch was confirmed to lead the cast of Steve Conrad's new movie last month (Oct13), but John Belushi's own sibling is convinced his comedian son could do a better job than anyone else - because the young How I Met Your Mother actor resembles the Blues Brothers icon in both looks and humour.
Jim Belushi tells Tmz.com, "I think he (Hirsh) is a terrific actor but I think they should have got (sic) my son, Robert Belushi... My son is 33, same age as John when he passed, and he looks like him... He's a comic actor and he's really good. He would nail it..."
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Second City cofounder Bernie Sahlins, regarded as one of the most influential figures in improvisational comedy and topical satire, has died in Chicago at the age of 90, the Chicago Tribune reported today (Monday). Many of the young comics he discovered went on to become major television and film stars, including Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ed Asner, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Jim Belushi, Severn Darden, Mina Kolb, Barbara Harris, Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber. Sahlins later went on to co-create SCTV a Canadian TV comedy series featuring members of Second City's Toronto troupe.
James Belushi got into trouble for flying to the island of Martha's Vineyard with a marijuana cigarette at the weekend.
James Belushi got into trouble for flying with a marijuana cigarette at the weekend.
The 'Cougars, Inc' actor landed on the island of Martha's Vineyard off The Coast of Massachusetts on Friday (06.04.12) but Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials found the drug on him.
According to TMZ.com, James tried to use his California medical marijuana card to validate having the joint with him, but was told it was worthless in the state.
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New Year's Eve boasts a skillful comedy director, Garry Marshal, and an imposing cluster of stars, including Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cary Elwes, James Belushi, Penny Marshall, Matthew BroderickBon Jovi, Zac Efron, Ludacris, Abigail Breslin, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Ryan Seacrest, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, and more. (Oh, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.) But, in his review in the Chicago Sun-Times , Roger Ebert asks, "How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?" Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle wonders the same thing. "What can be said," he asks, "about a movie that ... has all the stars in the galaxy and all the appeal of rotting fish?" Manohla Dargis in The New York Times says that the movie simply "interweaves more than a half-dozen gtrivial subplots into a cheerlessly cheery mosaic. The screenplay isn't written so much as assembled in carefully slotted little blocks." To several critics it seems as if plot and performance really doesn't matter. According to Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe , movies like New Year's Eve and Marshall's previous Valentine's Day are all about exploiting "our gluttony for famous people and special occasions with extra-strength celebrity overlap." Sara Stewart in the New York Post begins her review this way "If I say I don't much care for New Year's Eve, I risk sounding like a curmudgeon. But I have zero reservations about telling you how much I loathed New Year's Eve , a soul-sucking monument to Hollywood greed and saccharine holiday culture." And Linda Barnard concludes her review in the Toronto Star by voicing this wish "As we all link arms and sing 'Auld Lang Syne' we hope that somewhere amid the streamers and popping champagne corks director Marshall is making a resolution to stop making these [holiday-themed] movies. If he gets his hands on St. Patrick's Day we're done for."
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The funnyman admits he understands when people confuse him for his late brother John, but is baffled how so many folks refer to him as 'Bill' after mistaking him for his former Saturday Night Live pal.
Belushi says, "Bill and I are both from Chicago, we were both in Second City (comedy troupe), we both did Saturday Night Live, we're both big (Chicago) Cubs fans - but I just don't get it.
"I took my wife to a concert one time... and at the intermission I sat down on a couch in the VIP area and this woman comes up and says, 'You were so good in Ghostbusters...' and I go, 'I was, wasn't I!' I said, 'Did you like me in Meatballs - that was my first movie...'
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CBS unveiled its fall schedule today (Wednesday), surprising advertisers with an aggressive overhaul that includes dumping several shows, adding four dramas and two sitcoms, and shuffling some shows to different nights, including its hit series The Big Bang Theory (the highest-rated scripted show last week among adults 18-49) , which moves to Thursdays to anchor a comedy night that will do battle with NBC's traditional comedy night. It will be replaced on Monday nights by Mike and Molly , produced by the same company that produces Theory and Two and a Half Men . Monday will also mark the return of Hawaii Five-O , with Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, a role created by Jack Lord, who died in 1998. A Wednesday night offering, The Defenders , starring Jim Belushi, apparently is unrelated to the CBS courtroom drama by the same name starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed that aired in the early 1960s. Among the CBS shows not returning are The New Adventures of Old Christine, Accidentally on Purpose, Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs .
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