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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76

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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, writer and director of Chevy Chase’s debut film “The Groove Tube,” died of cancer at age 76, TheWrap has learned. Released in 1974, “The Groove Tube” was a cult hit indie comedy that satirized TV with a series of lewd skits and parodies of commercials. Among them was the skit “Koko The Clown,” a parody of “Bozo The Clown” in which Shapiro, in full clown attire, reads erotica during the show’s “Make-Believe Time.” The film launched the careers of Chase and Richard Belzer, the latter of whom appeared alongside Shapiro in another famous skit from the film called.
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Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76

Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, who directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in The Groove Tube, the seminal 1974 sendup of television that marked the movie debuts of Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer, has died. He was 76.

Shapiro died Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a long struggle with cancer, his friend Arthur Sellers told The Hollywood Reporter.

Shapiro also directed Chase in another comedy feature, the sci-fi fantasy Modern Problems (1981), which he co-wrote with Sellers and Tom Sherohman.

The Groove Tube employed a hilarious series of skits that spoofed everything from commercials and public service announcements to...
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Community: Dan Harmon and Justin Lin Want to Make the Movie Happen

Community ran for six seasons, but what about that movie? Recently, creator Dan Harmon told The Wrap he's trying to get a movie made for the cancelled NBC/Yahoo TV show.The comedy followed a group of community college students as they become unlikely friends. The cast included Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, John Oliver, and Matt L. Jones. The series ran on NBC for five seasons before Yahoo picked it up for a sixth and final season.Read More…
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Spotlight: Seth Green's Charity Work

“In my opinion, you’ve got to help others and being busy is no excuse — you just have to make the time to help. That’s why I volunteer and support these organizations, I hope you will too!” – Seth Green

Green played in a sketch with Chevy Chase during Amnesty International's 2006 “Secret Policeman Ball”.

Charities & foundations supported

Seth Green has supported the following charities:

Aid Still RequiredAmnesty InternationalCollaboration FoundationDoctors Without BordersElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationGlobal Fund for WomenHabitat For HumanityHillsidesLEAP FoundationNeurofibromatosis, Inc.OPCCPETASixDegrees.orgSoles4SoulsUrban Arts Partnership Read more about Seth Green's charity work and events. Related articles Return of the Secret Policeman's BallCelebrity Doodle Sale For Genetic DisorderCelebrity "Doodle" Auction Sets Sales RecordStars To Be Brave For VeteransGeorge Lucas Signs Guitar For Charity Gala

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Spotlight: Chevy Chase's Charity Work

Charities & foundations supported

Chevy Chase has supported the following charities:

Amnesty InternationalAndre Agassi Foundation for EducationCaptain Planet FoundationCelebrity Fight Night FoundationCentre For Environmental EducationEarth Day NetworkFarm SanctuaryMake-a-Wish FoundationMuhammad Ali Parkinson CenterSamuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Read more about Chevy Chase's charity work and events. Related articles Return of the Secret Policeman's BallCelebrity Auction Roundup, September 2007Baldwin Brothers Behind Breast Cancer AuctionBid Now For Christmas GiftsCelebrities Unite For Earth Day

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Melania and Barron Trump Welcome Huge White House Christmas Tree

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The Trumps are going full Griswold for the holidays, 'cause they just got a Christmas tree even Chevy Chase might consider too big. Might. Melania and Barron Trump stood by Monday as the White House holiday tree was delivered by horse-drawn carriage. We're told it comes in at a whopping 19.5 feet in length.  The tree is a Wisconsin-grown Balsam fir provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens. They won a national contest for the honor this year.
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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'

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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'
Turns out, we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for Shondaland’s #Tgit.

On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

“I’m here for Shonda,” said Winfrey, 63. “She could not have come at another time. She could not have come to another place. She belongs to this medium, and she belongs to this moment in a way that doesn’t so much defy the odds as redefine the odds.
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The Top Five Chevy Chase Yelling Moments in his Movie Career

Despite stories about him being kind of a jerk Chevy Chase is still one of the greatest comedians to ever take the stage and go on an epic rant. He’s sparred, verbally, with some of the best in the business and has come out sounding just as funny as ever and been even more popular for it. His style of comedy is something a person has to get used to at times but otherwise he’s as hilarious as a person can be. Of course people are going to remember the Vacation movies the most simply because they made the biggest

The Top Five Chevy Chase Yelling Moments in his Movie Career
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Digital Streamer Crackle Joins Forces With Chevy Chase For Upcoming Comedy Film

After launching films that follow up a cult classic, indulge in post-breakdown Charlie Sheen, and feature digital stars like Jc Caylen, Crackle has now picked up a flick led by Chevy Chase. It has joined forced with Boundless Pictures for Federal Offense, a comedy that will star Chase.

In Federal Offense, Chase will play a filterless grandpa who abets three twenty-somethings as they run from the long arm of the law. Connor Martin will serve as the film's scribe.

“From the very first moment we read the script, we knew Crackle was the right home for this project,” stated Crackle Svp of programming of development John Orlando. “Boundless Pictures and Connor Martin are the right team to create a hilarious and fresh comedy that our viewers have come to expect. Not to mention that Chevy is the icing on the cake!”

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Chevy Chase Comedy Film ‘Federal Offense’ Streams to Sony’s Crackle (Exclusive)

Chevy Chase Comedy Film ‘Federal Offense’ Streams to Sony’s Crackle (Exclusive)
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free, ad-supported internet-streaming network, has acquired exclusive rights to “Federal Offense,” a raunchy comedy starring Chevy Chase as a foul-mouthed grandpa.

Federal Offense,” written by newcomer Connor Martin, centers on three best friends in their 20s who lose a drug kingpin’s stash before finding themselves on the lam from gangsters, bounty hunters and the law —

after breaking their grandfather (Chase) out of his nursing home. The feature film is produced by Boundless PicturesCourtney Lauren Penn and Brandon Burrows.

Chase — whose credits include “Saturday Night Live,” “Caddyshack” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies — most recently completed filming on Netflix’s “The Last Laugh” with Richard Dreyfuss and is on board Frank Peluso’s upcoming comedy “The Ogilvy Fortune.” He appeared alongside Burt Reynolds in Adam Rifkin’s drama “Dog Years,” which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. In other recent projects, he co-starred on NBC cult comedy “Community,” New Line’s
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Josh Duhamel To Be Honored At WildAid Gala

WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with WildAid,” will take place November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.

With sponsors including the Toms Animal Initiative, “An Evening with WildAid” will bring out Hollywood’s A-List, including film star Josh Duhamel who will be on hand to receive the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award.

Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid, filming several PSAs for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the
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Kiehl's Since 1851 Embarks On LifeRide For Breast Cancer

Maintaining its mission of philanthropy, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, returns to Washington DC with an expansion of its charitable motorcycle ride, LifeRide.

Kiehl’s LifeRide for Breast Cancer, Benefitting The Brem Foundation will take place over three days, Oct. 23-Oct. 25, riding from Richmond, Va to Washington DC, and around the metro Dmv area.

This is a new version of Kiehl’s cross-country motorcycle ride inspired by Kiehl’s iconic motorcycle, spirit of adventure, and philanthropic heritage, and will benefit Washington DC’s The Brem Foundation, which helps women find breast cancer early, when they have the best chance for survival. The Brem Foundation educates women about their risk factors and screening options, provides access to diagnostic tests for uninsured women, and funds the only breast-imaging training program that requires community service.

The ride will specifically support the foundation’s B-Fund,
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TVLine Items: Shonda Rhimes Is Fame-ous, Black Lightning Casts Sis and More

TVLine Items: Shonda Rhimes Is Fame-ous, Black Lightning Casts Sis and More
The queen of Shondaland and the indigenous Not Ready for Primetime Players are among the Television Academy’s latest Hall of Fame inductees.

Shonda Rhimes and the original cast of Saturday Night Live — including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and John Belushi and Gilda Radner (posthumously) — will be inducted during a non-televised ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Saban Media Center in Hollywood, Calif.

Additional 2017 honorees include TV producer John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing, ER), the late Joan Rivers and art director/production designer Roy Christopher (Frasier).

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Shonda Rhimes, Original 'SNL' Cast Joining TV Academy Hall of Fame

The Television Academy on Thursday announced the latest inductees into its Hall of Fame, tapping Shonda Rhimes and a handful of other luminaries for the honor.

Rhimes, the prolific showrunner behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, will be feted alongside fellow TV writer-producer John Wells, 10-time Emmy-winning art director Roy Christopher, the late Joan Rivers and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live. (That’s Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman — as well as the late Gilda Radner and John Belushi.)

“All of these individuals are innovators who have...
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Will Smith and Tom Holland to lead Spies In Disguise animated film

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Unlikely pairs are always a recipe for fun when it comes to bombastic spy-related films. Over the years, we've watched Hollywood cast some pretty spectacular magic with parings like Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Harry (Colin Firth) in the Kingsman series, Lorraine (Charlize Theron) and Delphine (Sofia Boutella) of Atomic Blonde, all the way back to Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Millbarge (Dan... Read More...
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Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker

Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker
Noah Baumbach has been making movies for more than 20 years, and in that time, has developed a distinctive voice in American cinema. His stories of neurotic New Yorkers are loaded with memorable moments of self-obsession and narcissistic showdowns. But Baumbach didn’t become a filmmaker overnight; he learned much about filmmaking from watching other movies. Raised by novelist Jonathan Baumbach and film critic Georgia Brown, Baumbach grew up surrounded by cinema, and it played a critical role in his evolving love for the medium.

The filmmaker looked back on some of these key influences during a conversation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center shortly before a screening of his latest effort, the ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which Netflix releases later this month.

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Baumbach was born in 1969, which placed on the younger end of the spectrum of moviegoers influenced by the movie brat
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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell and more join Netflix’s The Last Laugh

Netflix has announced the cast for its new original comedy series The Last Laugh, which is written and directed by Greg Pritikin (Dummy) and is in production now in New Orleans. Joining the series are Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), Lewis Black (Inside Out), Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie) and Chris Parnell (Battle of the Sexes).

“It’s not surprising a script as poignant and funny as this attracted such award-winning talent,” said producer Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. “It’s a perfect fit for a distributor like Netflix because it has universal themes and internationally-recognizable stars. I’m beyond excited to begin production with our amazing team in New Orleans and our dream cast.”

The official synopsis for The Last Laugh reads:

After 50 years, talent manager and widower Al Hart reunites with former client Buddy Green who gave up
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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'

Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'
Netflix has gathered Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci and Chris Parnell for its feature comedy The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin. Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. is producing. Production starts this week in New Orleans.

The Last Laugh centers on talent manager and widower Al Hart who reunites with his former client Buddy Green after 50 years. Though Buddy gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian to settle down and have a family, Al convinces him to perform on a bucket list tour of classic stand-up venues across America,...
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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black to star in Netflix comedy

As announced in a press release, Netflix has lined up Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell to star in a new comedy film called The Last Laugh. The movie is about a “talent manager and widower” who reconnects with one of his old clients, a stand-up who quit so he…

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