Alex Brightman set to portray John Belushi in biopic

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at dif…

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.

A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at different times, with Emile Hirsch attached to star, but the project stalled around 2014.

Now, according to editors at Collider, the project is back in development again, with The Devil Wears Prada’s David Frankel in the frame to direct and Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor Brightman, who is best known for starring in the School of Rock and Beetlejuice stage adaptations, attached to play Belushi.

Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford is in the running to play Belushi’s girlfriend-turned-wife Judith, while comedian John Mulaney has been offered the role of Belushi’s good friend and SNL co-star Dan Aykroyd.

The script, which was originally written by Conrad, is expected to feature many other famous characters such as SNL boss Lorne Michaels and star Gilda Radner, journalist Barbara Walters, screen legend Jack Nicholson, and musicians Keith Richards, James Taylor, and Paul Simon.

Judith is reportedly involved in the project and is expected to serve as an executive producer, alongside Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert.

The film, currently known as Belushi, is expected to follow Belushi at the height of his fame, during which he had memorable roles in The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon’s Animal House. The comedian died at the age of 33 from a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in 1982.

Michael Chiklis previously played the comic in the 1989 biopic Wired, which received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics as well as Belushi’s friends and family, with Aykroyd once telling MTV, “I hope it never gets seen.”

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Alec Baldwin worried Beetlejuice would end his career

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular ch…

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.

The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular character – for Tim Burton’s 1988 offbeat classic.

The plot follows a young married couple, who become ghosts after they both die in a car accident. When their much-loved home is sold to an annoying family, they enlist the help of a devious poltergeist named Beetlejuice to help them reclaim their home.

During an interview with GQ magazine, Baldwin confessed he didn’t understand the unusual film, and was concerned audiences would reject the quirky comedy.

“When we did Beetlejuice, I had no idea what it was about. I thought my, all of our, careers are going to end with the release of this film. Maybe we’re all going to be dead,” he shared.

While filming Beetlejuice, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Makeup, Baldwin was in awe at Keaton’s presence on set.

“Michael came and he knew the secret because I would act and I would have some doubt… I was much more neurotic about what I would do when I was very young starting out off in films,” Baldwin explained.

“Keaton just came out, he was like the comedy Annie Oakley. He was so self-assured. He just tore it up.”

Beetlejuice went on to be the first of many hits for director Burton, who collaborated again with Keaton just one year later on his first Batman movie, which featured Jack Nicholson in his iconic role as The Joker. The pair most recently teamed up on Burton’s version of Dumbo.

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Heidi Klum dresses as Shrek’s Princess Fiona for Halloween

Heidi Klum unveiled another spectacular Halloween costume for her annual Halloween bash – Princess Fiona from Shrek.The supermodel has always pushed the boat out when it comes to her outfit of choice, with previous costumes including a werewolf, a butt…

Heidi Klum unveiled another spectacular Halloween costume for her annual Halloween bash – Princess Fiona from Shrek.

The supermodel has always pushed the boat out when it comes to her outfit of choice, with previous costumes including a werewolf, a butterfly and a jaw-dropping Jessica Rabbit transformation, and she and boyfriend Tom Kaulitz, who went as Shrek, certainly didn’t disappoint this time around. Taking to Instagram, Heidi shared videos of the getting ready process, which saw the pair don green paint and face and body prosthetics in order to transform themselves into the beloved ogre couple for her annual Halloween party, now in its 19th year.

And though the 45-year-old is able to seriously up her costume game thanks to the transformative powers of prosthetics, she recently admitted that the process is often “nerve-wracking”.

“When you do prosthetics and all of this stuff, I’m always having my fingers and toes crossed that it actually does work out on the day because there was no dress rehearsal,” she told People magazine. “Because we can’t actually glue all these things down and see if it actually really works. So it’s always a bit nerve-wracking for me, too, that it actually does work out in the end.”

The spooky bash, which took place at LAVO New York on Wednesday (31Oct18), has become legendary in the showbiz world and was attended by fellow fashionistas Winnie Harlow and Bella Hadid – who were also creative with their costumes.

Winnie sported a red corset, latex thigh high boots and a tumbling blonde wig in order to become American drag queen and presenter of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul. Meanwhile, Bella opted for a spiky black wig and an extravagant red dress with matching veil to embody Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, who was played by Winona Ryder in the 1988 film. Her boyfriend The Weeknd accompanied her as Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice.

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Kendall Jenner rattled by ‘ghost-y situations’ at Kris Jenner’s house

Kendall Jenner has shared she’s experienced some ghostly encounters at her mum’s Los Angeles home.For models, horror stories typically involve wardrobe malfunctions or runway stumbles.However, Kendall has now shared her experiences with the supernatura…

Kendall Jenner has shared she’s experienced some ghostly encounters at her mum’s Los Angeles home.

For models, horror stories typically involve wardrobe malfunctions or runway stumbles.

However, Kendall has now shared her experiences with the supernatural in a video for Vogue.com in time for 31 October.

“I do believe in ghosts. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one but I’ve experienced some pretty ghost-y situations,” she smiled. “Well, in the house that my mom (Kris Jenner) lives in, Kylie (Jenner) and I would always hear like footsteps on the roof when no one was home. Kylie’s shower would turn on all the time and we never knew why. So, yeah, I’m pretty certain it was a ghost.”

Additionally, Kendall’s model pal Gigi Hadid detailed her own “unexplainable” encounters with the supernatural. She recalled how she and her sister Bella Hadid once lived in an old house that they were uncertain was haunted.

“I’ve had a lot of unexplainable experience with the supernatural. There was this one time when we were kids, we lived in this really old house and I was given the attic as my room, we used to hear weird sounds in the closet,” the 23-year-old insisted. “And when we asked my dad, he said this really old lady used to live in the house – then we convinced ourselves that we talked to her and we’d be like, ‘Girl, we’ll bring you some tea.'”

Gigi went on to comment that she often has recurring dreams. And one particularly weird nightmare reminded her of Tim Burton’s 1988 movie Beetlejuice.

“Every year I’d get this dream but it was a Halloween dream. It was like a spooky dream, it was my house but it had strange lighting. I probably started watching Beetlejuice around that time, it was kind of like Beetlejuice lighting, weird fog and there were these people in suits that would walk down the stairs and they had shaped heads like boxes or circles or triangles, but they would just walk slowly down the stairs,” she remembered.

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