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John Candy's Uncle Buck Set For Tv Series Revamp


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John Candy's comedy Uncle Buck is set for a rebirth on Tv with an all-black cast.

Mike Epps will take on the role played by Candy in the 1989 film, while Nia Long will play his sister-in-law Alexis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the John Hughes original, Candy played the childish brother of Garret M. Brown's character, who takes on the responsibility of looking after his sibling's kids.

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Second City Cofounder Bernie Sahlins Dead A 90


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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.


Shawn Levy To Produce Sesame Street Film


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Shawn Levy is to produce a new 'Sesame Street' movie.

The 'Night at the Museum' director will join Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady on the project after 20th Century Fox picked up the film rights for the long-running children's TV show, with longtime 'Sesame Street' writer Joey Mazzarino penning The Script for the film.

Shawn and Fox are working on an idea for a motion picture based on the iconic Jim Henson-created characters - Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch - who star in the educational series.

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Zach Galifianakis Joins A Confederacy Of Dunces


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Zach Galifianakis is set to star in 'A Confederacy of Dunces'.

The 'Hangover' actor looks set to be joined by 'The Muppets' director James Bobin in the movie adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Zach will portray Ignatius J Reilly, an eccentric 30-something who still lives with his mother but sets out to making something of his life and aims to find a job in New Orleans' French Quarter, Vulture reports.

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Cybill Shepherd Braved Bizarre Delicacy At Producer's Party


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Actress Cybill Shepherd once tasted "goat balls" at a showbiz party after late actor John Candy refused to eat the delicacy.

Shepherd was a guest at Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis' home when he offered around the bizarre canape to his famous guests.

But even portly funnyman Candy refused to try the dish, so Shepherd proved herself by chowing down on the sickening snack.

She tells Britain's Empire magazine, "When I was working on a film called Married To It that Dino De Laurentiis was producing, I went to his house and they served barbecued goat.

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Splash Review


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For me, watching Ron Howard's Splash is like paging through an old high school yearbook. Look how young everyone is! Oh, the potential they had! What a great time that was! Most of the major talent in Splash did better projects later on, but the movie is a fun reminder of where everyone started and ended up.

Tom Hanks, showing early signs of that everyman charm, plays Allen Bauer, a single New Yorker consumed by his job and coming off a bad breakup. Driven by alcohol and a lingering childhood memory of encountering a young mermaid on Cape Cod, Allen takes a cab to Massachusetts. The trip turns out to be a bust: He nearly drowns and loses his wallet.

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Spaceballs Review


Excellent
True story: Before I turned 18, I had seen Spaceballs far more times than I had seen Star Wars. Since then, innate geekiness caught up with me and Star Wars eclipsed it. But when I was ten, my loyalties were with the Mel Brooks parody; the Schwartz was with me.

I don't doubt this is the case for many fans of the best Brooks films--how many kids of the seventies saw Blazing Saddles before laying eyes on a real western, or Young Frankenstein before the bride of same? I point this out to place Spaceballs with those other, more acknowledged Brooks classics.

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Brewster's Millions Review


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A guilty pleasure from my childhood, Brewster's Millions is based on an ancient novel. In fact, it's at least the fifth adaptation of the old novel by the same name -- only the spending money is more and more each time.

What money is that? Oh, just $30 million, left to Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) by his sole relative. The catch? The real inheritance is $300 million -- and if Monty wants it, he has to spend the $30 million in 30 days, and at the end of that time he can't have any assets to show for it. Oh, and he can't tell anyone what's going on, either.

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Heavy Metal Review


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There wasn't a more seditious movie you could watch as a kid growing up in the 1980s than Heavy Metal, a film that not only relished in its sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but was animated, too. The collection of a handful of hand-drawn sci-fi vignettes are loosely connected by an evil, glowing green ball which tells its story (huh?) to a young girl it soon plans to kill. Some of the stories are funny. Some are gruesome. Some look cool. Some are drawn terribly. All of it amounts to a graphic, guilty pleasure that features a soundtrack from the era's biggest rock groups. And, uh, Stevie Nicks. Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all.

The Blues Brothers Review


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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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