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Thursday
Mar152012

"The Godfather" Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Paramount/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of what many consider to be one of the greatest films ever made: The Godfather.

Based on the book of the same name by author Mario Puzo, the film starred Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, a leader of a Mafia family in 1940s New York.  It was his character that uttered the famous line, "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."

Al Pacino joined Brando as Vito's son Michael, the godfather-in-waiting who seeks revenge on his family's enemies.

The Francis Ford Coppola-directed film, which also starred James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Abe Vigoda, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for best picture, best actor for Brando and best adapted screenplay.  It spawned two sequels, released in 1974 and 1990.

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Monday
Mar052012

John Belushi Remembered on 30th Anniversary of His Death

Ron Galella/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Monday marks the 30th anniversary of legendary comedic actor John Belushi's death.  He was found dead on March 5, 1982, from an accidental drug overdose.  Belushi, the brother of Jim Belushi, was 33 years old.

Belushi's fame skyrocketed as an original cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, which launched in 1975.  It was on that show that he originated some of his most memorable characters, including the Samurai warrior who held down odd jobs like working at a delicatessen, and the short-order cook who yelled "cheeseburger cheeseburger."

In 1978, Belushi and Dan Aykroyd formed their famous blues act, Jake and Elwood Blues, a.k.a. The Blues Brothers.  The group made their debut as a musical guest on an episode of SNL that aired that April.  By the end of the year, they released a live album that featured the hit "Soul Man" and topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

Belushi also achieved great success on the big screen in 1978, when he starred as Bluto in the comedy Animal House.  It's remembered for famous Belushi lines like, "Nothing is over until we decide it is!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?  Hell no!"

Belushi left SNL in 1979, one year before The Blues Brothers movie hit theaters.  The film featured appearances by John Candy and Carrie Fisher as well as music by James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

In commemoration of the anniversary of Belushi's death, Aykroyd and Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi, will present a special performance of The Official Blues Brothers Revue in Joliet, Ill., on Monday.  The concert, featuring Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty as Jake and Elwood Blues, will welcome original Blues Brothers Band members including Paul Shaffer.

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Monday
Sep122011

Celebrities Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary on Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a day when America remembered the events of 9/11, many celebrities took to Twitter on Sunday to send their thoughts to those affected by the tragedy.

Here's a sample of those tweets:

-- Ellen DeGeneres: "Ten years ago today, the world changed. I hope everyone finds time to remember those we lost...and to tell someone that you love them."

-- Lea Michele: "To all the families and people of New York affected by the tragedies of September 11th my thoughts and prayers go out to you."

-- Kim Kardashian: "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by the awful tragedy of 9/11."

-- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore: "#Iwill shake a firefighter’s hand. What will you do this Sept 11? Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement @911day #IWill."

-- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of Jersey Shore: "Please take a moment to remember all of those that lost or sacrificed their lives 10 years ago today! #ProudToBeAnAmerican"

-- Demi Moore: "Today on #9/11 as we take pause to honor and remember the loss let's us also connect and hold the love that heals and unites us!"

-- Olivia Wilde: "10 years ago today, our shocked world marched together for Peace. let's not forget that spirit. my heart goes out to all who have suffered."

-- Kevin Smith: After recalling the moment when he learned the twin towers were under attack, he wrote, "My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the people in both the planes and the buildings who were murdered 10 years ago today."

-- Kirstie Alley: "So many Heros to remember. The ones who died & the ones who fought to save them...& those who fight daily to ensure our freedom. We salute U"

-- Denise Richards: "my thoughts and prayers are with all the families & loved ones affected by the devastating tragedy of 9/11 We will never forget...."

-- The Jonas Brothers: "Remembering and praying for all those who lost loved ones 10 years ago today"

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Wednesday
Jan122011

'All in the Family' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family, starring the late Carroll O'Connor as the abrasive blue-collar racist Archie Bunker, premiered 40 years ago on Wednesday.

The show, which aired from 1971-1979, is credited as the first sitcom to address sensitive topics, such as racism, homophobia, rape and the Vietnam War.  Though it may seem ridiculous now, All in the Family was also the first major American TV show to feature the sound of a flushing toilet, which was generally considered taboo on television until then.

Produced by Norman Lear for CBS, All in the Family was based on the late 1960s British TV sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.

In addition to O'Connor, All in the Family starred Jean Stapleton as Archie's loving but dim-witted wife Edith, Sally Struthers as their "liberated" daughter, Gloria, and Rob Reiner as their son-in-law, Michael "Meathead" Stivic, who was as liberal as Bunker was conservative.  All four actors won Emmys for their work on the show.

All in the Family was the top-rated show from 1971-1976.  It spawned two successful spin-offs, Maude and The Jeffersons, as well as Archie Bunker's Place and other series. ´╗┐

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