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Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi Launch Blues Brothers Records

In addition to promoting Crystal Head Vodka and seeking out new Ghostbusters "branding opportunities," SNL alum Dan Aykroyd has a new business venture in the works. THR reports that Aykroyd has teamed up with John Belushi's widow Judy to launch a new record label called Blues Brothers Records with a mission to "find the next generation of blues performers." Jazz label Blue Note Records will act as distributor, and the label will also partner up the House of Blues — which Aykroyd co-founded in 1992 — for promotional events and performances.

"The recorded music industry today presents huge challenges but also great opportunities,” Aykroyd said in [...]

Everything We Know About the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

The lead cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot was revealed today, and it's an all-star group including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and current SNL superstars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. It's been a long and confusing wait since the rumored Ghostbusters sequel turned into a reboot from Bridesmaids director Feig, so here's a refresher on everything we know about the film so far:

Watch Dan Aykroyd's Delightfully Bluesy 'Tonight Show' Entrance with Bobby Rush

From Friday night, here's SNL alum and blues pro Dan Aykroyd making a grand entrance for his Tonight Show interview, complete with his own rendition of James Brown's "I'll Go Crazy" with the accompaniment of The Roots and Chicago blues legend Bobby Rush. Click through for some clips from Aykroyd's interview with Fallon.

Watch Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis Film Alternate Takes for 'Ghostbusters'

Here's some cutting room floor footage from Ghostbusters, in which Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis are filming a bunch of commercials for the commercial-within-the-show. One of the takes involves them calling their business "Ghost Stoppers," which must be an alternate title for the movie that they luckily didn't go with.

'Trading Places' Was Originally Written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor and 4 Other Facts About the Movie

Business Insider has a great oral history of Trading Places today, and it's filled with awesome tidbits about the classic film. Tidbits such as:

1. The movie was originally written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

LANDIS: The script was developed for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. And when I was sent the script, Richard Pryor, unfortunately, had his accident where he burnt himself rather badly, and they sent it to me and said, 'What do you think?

Sony Is Developing an All-Male 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

Paul Feig isn't the only director set to bring Ghostbusters back to the big screen. According to Deadline, Sony is currently developing a "male-driven action-centric" Ghostbusters reboot called Ghost Corps from Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, who will reportedly have offices at Sony with the sole task of finding future Ghostbusters "branding opportunities." Captain America: The Winter Soldier duo Joe and Anthony Russo will direct, Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible 5) will write, and according to Deadline, there's a possibility that co-producer Channing Tatum will star in the film as well. Here's what Reitman told Deadline on the project, as well as his plans for the [...]

Stephen Colbert, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, and More to Appear in 'Inside Comedy' Season 4

Not long after revealing the return dates of Episodes and Web Therapy, Showtime announced today that it's renewed David Steinberg and Steve Carell's documentary series Inside Comedy for a fourth six-episode season. The comedy stars slated to appear opposite Steinberg include Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson, and Carol Leifer, with more guests to be announced soon.

Here's the Trailer for the 'Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary Re-Release

Last month it was announced that Ghostbusters would be getting a theatrical re-release on August 29th to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, and Sony dropped the first trailer yesterday. The re-release will be followed by the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary edition and Ghostbusters II 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray set available on September 16th. Hopefully this re-release will recruit a whole new generation of Ghostbusters fans who can laugh at the film just as much as its very '80s special effects.

Sony Presses on with 'Ghostbusters III' Script After Harold Ramis's Death

The last time we checked in on the status of Ghostbusters III it was maybe happening, but THR reports that the project was in motion before the death of original Ghostbusters co-writer Harold Ramis and allegedly had planned cameos for Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and even Bill Murray (there's no mention of fellow Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson) "to set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers." With news of Ramis's passing earlier this week, Sony and director Ivan Reitman are reportedly in talks deciding how to move the project forward and rewrite the script penned by Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and reworked by Tropic Thunder's [...]

Dan Aykroyd Is Talking About 'Ghostbusters III' Again

Dan Aykroyd has been talking to the press about his dreams and hopes for Ghostbusters III for the past several years now, and he discussed the movie again in a new interview with ABC News. Aykroyd says he hopes to have filming take place in 2014, but that doesn't really mean anything really considering that the movie's been delayed so much. Filming was previously supposed to take place this summer but was delayed in October of last year. Here's Akyroyd today:

I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very [...]

Dan Aykroyd Still Wants to Make a "Conventional" 'Ghostbusters' Sequel

Dan Aykroyd is absolutely determined to make his own Ghostbusters sequel. Aykroyd did a round of interviews this week on The Howard Stern Show and Unmasked with Ron Bennington, and during both interviews he addressed the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig as well as his intention to move forward with a more "conventional" sequel to the original films.

"I've got three daughters, so I’m all for female empowerment," he said on Feig's all-women reboot, admitting that the franchise needed "a new engine, new exhaust, new steering." That won't, however, stop Aykroyd from making his dream "Ghostbusters universe" become a reality, especially in the form of [...]

Oh Lord, Dan Aykroyd Wants to Create a Marvel-Style 'Ghostbusters' Universe

The most recent update on the long-rumored Ghostbusters sequel was the news of a possible all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig, but according to Dan Aykroyd, the future of Ghostbusters – or as he calls it, the Ghostbusters "brand" — is now much more than just a movie. According to THR, Aykroyd was asked at an event in London for an update on the movie and said he's shifted his focus from a sequel to a Marvel-style universe: "It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? [...]

'Ghostbusters' Is Getting a Theatrical Re-Release This Summer

Ghostbusters was released 30 years ago this weekend, and for the occasion, the movie is heading back to theaters. Entertainment Weekly reports that a restored and remastered version of the movie will hit 700 theaters nationwide on August 29th. There will also be a 30th/25th anniversary Blu-Ray release of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on September 16th. There's also a new Ghostbusters official website made for the 30th anniversary that looks like it was made for the 20th anniversary. Ghostbusters was re-released theatrically super recently in 2011 in what appeared to have been an effort to bolster support for a third movie, which Dan Aykroyd is [...]

Dan Aykroyd Got One Hell of an Intro on 'Jimmy Fallon' Last Night

Dan Aykroyd made his inaugural appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon pulled out all the stops, delivering a Blues Brothers-inspired introduction for his SNL predecessor that'll make you wish he had original cast members from the show on every night of the week.

Check out Fallon's interview with Aykroyd below, which features a frightening story from Aykroyd about how he almost died in 30 Rock in the '70s because of a "door to nowhere":