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GWAR's Dave Brockie And Entertainment's Dangerous Relationship with Heroin

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GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose Other celebs who have passed away from the drug It was recently announced that frontman of theatrical horror-rock band GWAR has died of a heroin overdose, just another victim of a substance that each year lays waste to thousands upon thousands of tortured souls across the world. In the celebrity sphere, and music world especially, heroin is an all-too common cause of death that has taken the lives of many of the world’s iconic figures.

GWAR performs at revolution liveGWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose earlier this year

It is also synonymous with certain movements and genres. It’s usage in the grunge era was ubiquitous much the same as it was amongst the likes of Led Zeppelin and the monsters of rock that flourished in yesteryear. To some, heroin is viewed with romanticism that has inspired countless songs, from The La’s “There She Goes” to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” As such, it’s often viewed as a glamorous addition to one’s lifestyle, especially those with a fondness for the ‘gonzo’ literary works of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. But first and foremost, despite its allusions as a pathway towards creative bliss, it is a killer that ensnares the victim in a routine of cop and fix that can so easily lead to degradation and eventual death.

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It's Official: Emile Hirsch Will Play John Belushi In New Biopic

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Emile Hirsch has been chosen to play the late, great comic actor John Belushi in an upcoming biopic from Steve Conrad.

The film will follow Belushi's life prior to and upon finding fame in the late 1970's as one of the original performers on Saturday Night Live, leading up to his tragic death from a drugs overdose in 1982 when he was just 33.

Conrad, writer of such titles as The Pursuit of Happiness and more recently The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will serve as screenwriter and director of the biopic, which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will serve as both a tale of Belushi's life and a parable for the darker side effects of achieving the American Dream.

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Emile Hirsch Cast As John Belushi In Upcoming Biopic

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Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in an upcoming biopic. The casting has been confirmed by TheWrap who have also provided details of the production. The film will be written and directed by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness).

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Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belushi in the upcoming biopic.

Belushi died in 1982 at the age of 33 of an accidental drug overdose. The comic is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and in such films as The Blues Brothers

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Joaquin Phoenix Circling John Belushi Role

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With the news that the John Belushi biopic is back on after a stagnant few years, thoughts have turned to who will play the mercurial talent who was there at the very beginnings of Saturday Night Live. Joaquin Phoenix’s name has emerged amongst a bunch of potential actors.

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The fact that Phoenix’s name has been mentioned shouldn’t have much bearing on who actually plays the late star. So far, according to a quick trawl of the net, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Ethan Suplee, Tyler Labine and Emile Hirsch have all been suggested. (Digital Spy)

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John Belushi Friday 14th December 1979 as 'Capt. Wild Bill Kelso' in the film '1941' directed by Steven Spielberg USA

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John Belushi Friday 28th July 1978 as 'John 'Bluto' Blutarsky' in the film 'Animal House' USA

Continental Divide Review

For one of his final films, John Belushi detoured into an odd choice of roles, as a hard-nosed, chain-smoking Chicago reporter (OK, that part's not too much of a stretch), who takes a trip to the Rocky Mountains to hang out with a bald eagle researcher (Blair Brown) when his crime reporting lands him into a bit of trouble in Chi-town. While the story is generally fun and lively, Brown's charm carries the film over Belushi's goofy performance. Still, you'll probably marvel more at how well kempt a woman that never leaves a mountain shack can be.

The Blues Brothers Review

The Blues Brothers has been re-released on DVD for its 25th anniversary. You've probably seen it countless times between its 1980 release and repeat airings on TV, so you know the basics. Still, here are 25 reminders why you have to see it again.

1) The music is great, coming from a legendary line-up of soul and blues artists: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles, whose performance of "Shake a Tail Feather" will get you dancing with the horde of extras onscreen.

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Animal House Review

Youthful indescretion knows no better friend in cinema than the movie that defines it, Animal House. Every frame of the film typifies how every American recalls his college years, whether or not they were filled with debauchery. Especially beloved is John Belushi as Delta Tau Chi's Bluto, the worst cut-up in the most obnoxious fraternity at Faber College (motto: Knowledge is Good), but the entire cast is so perfect -- from Tom Hulce to Bruce McGill to Donald Sutherland -- that one has trouble finding a sour spot in the entire picture. Of note is the new Collector's Edition DVD, which features a 45-minute present-day interview with the cast and crew about the making of the film, plus behind-the-scenes footage of the production. A gem.

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