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Dan Aykroyd Gives Thumbs Up to Female Cast of Ghostbusters

Aykroyd, who played Raymond Stantz in 1984’s Ghostbusters original as well as the 1989 sequel, told the Hollywood Reporter he was pleased to see the cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon confirmed for upcoming reboot.  In his statement, he said “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.  My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

It was announced this week that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will take over the Ghostbusters franchise. These extremely talented foursome will step into shoes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

Although Aykroyd and Murray have publicly supported the all female cast, Mr. Hudson tweeted, “Two words: ‘No comment.'”

The new Ghostbusters film is scheduled to open on July 22, 2016.

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Wild Claims About Tom Cruise in HBO Scientology Documentary

The new HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which premiered this week at Sundance, is stiring the pot.  So much so, prior to its premiere, the Church of Scientology took out a calling the film “Rolling Stone/University of Virginia redux.”

The ad goes on to say, “Despite repeated requests over three months, Mr. Gibney and HBO refused to provide the Church with any of the allegations in the film so it could respond,” it said. “Their sources are the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the Church for money.”

Here are just some of the claims the documentary makes;

  • Scientology broke up Cruise and Nicole Kidman because David Miscaviage, the church’s leader, did not care for Kidman’s father, a leading psychologist in Australia. As Cruise himself made clear in a notorious 2005 interview on the “Today” show, Scientologists do not approve of psychology.
  • A former top official of the Church of Scientology says he ordered Nicole Kidman’s phones to be tapped at the suggestion of Tom Cruise and church head David Miscavige
  • The church abuses its members. In the film, Spanky Taylor, an ex-Scientologist and John Travolta’s former publicist, said she was forced to do hard labor while pregnant, and that her baby was taken away from her by the church for a time. Punishments for those who doubted included sleep deprivation. “You’re so thoroughly indoctrinated, deluded and not questioning anything because [Hubbard] had all the answers. So you continue to believe all the nonsense.”  said Taylor
  • The church won’t let John Travolta go — and is keeping the actor hostage with a “black PR” file, as People reported. “Very often they’re smeared,” Alex Gibney, the film’s director, told Variety. “Very often people they work with get letters denigrating them, sometimes trying to embarrass them with pornography. They’re spied upon 24/7.”

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premieres on HBO on March 16.

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Movies Opening This Weekend – January 30, 2015

Kevin Costner has been very busy in 2014, trying out various pieces of material to literally act on. 2013 was quite a modest year with only one release, playing the father of the Man of Steel ,where his performance was one of the highlights of the film. This past year has seen him in three films where two had a similar tone with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days to Kill. He finished off the year with Draft Day, where I personally enjoyed his performance. Now comes 2015 with the first of a few diverse choices for the veteran actor. Black or White, which has seen some tough reviews, is ready this weekend for us to take a look at. Even though we review films here, I must admit that even I don’t place any weight on a review until I have seen the film myself. I plan to take a look at this film not only because I enjoy film, but I enjoy actors choosing something outside of the norm. Also look out for McFarland, USA coming out in late February.

I hope you enjoy the movie and/or movies you decide to see this weekend… I know I will.

So here’s your look at what’s opening in theaters this weekend:

Black or White
[PG-13] 121 min – Drama
Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie

A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. [watch trailer]

Project Almanac
[PG-13] 106 min – Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Dean Israelite
Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control. [watch trailer]

The Loft
[R] 108 min – Thriller
Director: Erik Van Looy
Stars: James Marsden, Rhona Mitra, Wentworth Miller, Karl Urban

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. [watch trailer]

Amira & Sam
88 min – Comedy | Drama | Romance
Director: Sean Mullin
Stars: Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli

An army veteran attempts to assimilate back into a country he barely recognizes while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant who is on the verge of being deported. [watch trailer]

[PG-13] 97 min – Drama
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels. [watch trailer]

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Melissa Rivers Files Lawsuit Against Manhattan Clinic

Melissa Rivers, daughter of the deceased comedian Joan Rivers, has filed a multimillion dollar malpractice lawsuit against the Manhattan clinic and the doctors involved in her mother’s surgery. Melissa has accused them of being negligent and missing the vital signs which triggered the coma and finally killed her mother.

According to a TMZ report, the lawsuit claims gross medical malpractice, alleging during the 20 minutes doctors tried to bring Joan back to life, they didn’t think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.

Melissa says, “The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,” adding, “Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better.”

Melissa has also sued Joan’s personal doctor, Gwen Korovin.  According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed.  The suit also claims another doctor took cellphone pics of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with Korovin in the photos, saying Joan “will like to see these in the recovery area.”

According to The NY Daily News, who spoke with Ms Rivers attorney Jeffrey Bloom who said, “Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing ‘Fashion Police’ last week.”

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Awards Season Rolls On with The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

This time around there was no Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, or Best Costume.  This time its the Actors telling each other who they feel is deserving of “The Actor”.  Yes, all your favorites were out in force Sunday evening for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

And “The Actor” goes to:

Outstanding Performance: Motions Picture

Male Actor in a Leading Role:  Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Female Actor in a Leading Role:  Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Male Actor in a Supporting Role:  J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Female Actor in a Supporting Role:  Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Cast in a Motion Picture:  Birdman

Outstanding Performance: Television, Cable & New Media Programs

Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:  Mark Ruffalo in The Normal Heart
Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:  Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge
Male Actor in a Drama Series:  Kevin Spacey in House of Cards
Female Actor in a Drama Series:  Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder
Male Actor in a Comedy Series:  William H. Macy in Shameless
Female Actor in a Comedy Series:  Uzo Aduba in Orange is the New Black
Ensemble in a Drama Series:  Downton Abbey
Ensemble in a Comedy Series:  Orange is the New Black

Photo Credit: © 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

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