NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Beatts, a groundbreaking comedy writer with a taste for sweetness and the macabre who was on the original staff of “Saturday Night Live” and later created the cult sitcom...
NEW YORK (AP) — As Lorne Michaels was putting together a writing team for what became “Saturday Night Live,” Rosie Shuster was paired with a former National Lampoon staffer known for her dark...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year's inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of color as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Alexander, the CEO and co-owner of famed The Second City improv theater, said he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The upcoming "Ghostbuster" sequel will focus on the descendants of the original ghost-catchers who rushed around New York City in proton packs and jumpsuits.
"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" (Crown Archetype), by Nick de Semlyen
Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and...
At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places."
Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted.
DETROIT (AP) — Early in 1967 when she was already a music industry veteran but had only a few minor hits to show for it, Aretha Franklin recorded "Respect" and sent herself into superstardom. The song was released as a single and was the lead track on her breakthrough album, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You," her debut for Atlantic Records. Producer Jerry Wexler encouraged her to embrace her soul-and-gospel roots and together they found the sound that birthed "Respect." The song had been a moderate hit for Otis Redding, who wrote and first recorded it. Franklin flipped the gender, spelled out R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the lyrics, and added the repeated "sock it to me" line from the backup singers. The result was a career-defining hit that won Franklin two Grammys, became an anthem for women and quickly entered the pantheon of American song.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Dan Aykroyd has brought his Harley Davidson motorcycle to the new National Comedy Center, and left it there for permanent display.
The "Saturday Night Live" alum is one of numerous celebrities who have traveled to the western New York city of Jamestown this week to celebrate the grand opening of the center.
He has delivered the motorcycle, which he used to ride to "SNL" studios, on Friday before a performance by Amy Schumer.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in "I Love Lucy" comedian Lucille Ball's hometown.
The $50 million cultural institution is in the western New York city of Jamestown and tells the story of comedy from its origins to the present with a mix of interactive exhibits, a hologram theater and comedy artifacts such as the late George Carlin's archives.
July 1: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 102. Actress Leslie Caron is 87. Actor Jamie Farr is 84. Actress Jean Marsh ("Upstairs, Downstairs") is 84. Actor David Prowse ("Star Wars" films) is 83. Dancer Twyla Tharp is 77. Actress Genevieve Bujold is 76. Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie is 73. Actor Trevor Eve is 67. Singer Fred Schneider of The B-52's is 67. Singer Victor Willis of the Village People is 67. Actor Dan Aykroyd is 66. Actress Lorna Patterson ("Airplane!") is 62. Actor Alan Ruck ("Spin...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents have picked "The Blues Brothers" as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois' top 200 people, places and things.
The list is being compiled as part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration. Every two weeks, people may cast votes online for their favorites in a new category. By early December voters will have selected 10 favorites in 20 categories.
Original ‘SNL’ cast reunite for Television Academy Honors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor John Stamos will host the annual July Fourth concert outside the U.S. Capitol — and pull double duty as the drummer for the Beach Boys.
Organizers of the concert announced the lineup Tuesday. The Beach Boys will perform with Stamos on drums and guest vocals from Mark McGrath.
Dan Aykroyd is criticizing the director of last year's "Ghostbusters" remake for spending too much money to make the film.
The "Ghostbusters" reboot starred Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and was helmed by "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," has died at age 83.
A prolific musician known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice, Brooks died on Saturday night, his son Ronnie Baker Brooks said Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," died at age 83, his son Ronnie Baker Brooks said Sunday.
A prolific musician known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice, Brooks died on Saturday night, his son said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma Stone and Jane Curtin are late additions to the lineup of performers who'll celebrate Bill Murray when he receives the nation's top prize for humor.
The Kennedy Center announced Tuesday that Stone and Curtin will take the stage in honor of Murray on Sunday night. Murray is this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Curtin performed alongside Murray on "Saturday Night Live." Stone co-starred with him in the little-seen movie "Aloha."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Murray was the first and last guest on David Letterman's late-night show, and Letterman will return the favor by making a rare public appearance when Murray is presented with the nation's top prize for humor.
On Tuesday, The Kennedy Center announced the lineup of performers for next month's celebration of Murray, who'll receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Comic-Con 2016: Bustin’ still makes Ghostbusters fans feel good, three decades on
They came from across the nation, wearing tan jumpsuits and carrying unlicensed nuclear accelerators on their backs. They converged at a small bar in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Friday night, united by their love of a 32-year old film.
"That year, 1984, was such a great year for films," Jared Williamson said. "It was a golden decade for science fiction and fantasy (films)."
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