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Dan Aykroyd on the City That Never Blinks

GhostbustersStillIf Dan Aykroyd had partied the night before his British GQ interview with a vodka brand other than the one he is responsible for, his answers would likely have been groggier. But as he explains to Aice Howarth, there’s no hangover from Crystal Head because he’s cut out the glyceride.

The actor also had a great answer when asked for some of his fondest memories from the Ghostbusters shoot:

“I always remember walking down Madison Avenue in the full Ghostbusters costumes and stealing shots with the crowds, in other words not filing a permit to shoot in New York but just going in and getting the shots but people’s reactions were so funny.”

“First they looked at us, you know, with the packs and everything, and were like “what?” and then there was this kind of acceptance “oh, that must be some new kind of exterminator or sanitation guy or something” [laughs], in the way that New Yorkers sort of accept everything and move on. It was really, really funny to see their reactions. I’ll never forget that.”

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Who You Gonna Call for a Ghostbusters Script Read? How About Seth, Rainn and Jack

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has the exclusive scoop on who will be participating in filmmaker Jason Reitman’s next “Live Read” event at LACMA. For a script indelibly stamped by Reitman’s dad Ivan.

Standing in on Thursday for the Ghostbusters trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will be, respectively, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson. The only problem is that a lot of Murray’s best lines as Dr. Peter Venkman were not on the page, so Reitman had to combine the original script with a transcript of the finished film. Per Breznican’s report:

“While almost all of the dialogue in the original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised,” Reitman tells EW. “It’s as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”

“He slimed me” is in the script, but not the follow-up line: “I feel so funky.”

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Background Extra Recounts His Unlikely Spiritual Mission

LA native Steve Cha has a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA and is currently working on an M.A. in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Along the way, he also worked for several years as a professional background extra.

Earlier this year, Cha published a book about his on-set experiences called Hollywood Mission: Possible. With Christmas and Tom Cruise upon us, he is re-promoting a tale of, essentially, the Tim Tebow of background extras:

During his three-year journey, Steve evangelized many famous actors, actresses, directors, and aspirants in Tinsel Town… Steve’s revealing autobiography recounts how the gospel was shared with celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Dan Aykroyd, and many other stars.

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Eddie Murphy Oscar Replacement Found–By the Duke Brothers

Only hours after Eddie Murphy announced he was stepping down as host of this year’s Oscar ceremony, from out of nowhere, Philadelphia investment titans  the Duke brothers have stepped up to land Dan Aykroyd to fill in. Randolph and Mortimer Duke are also rumored to be in talks with Jamie Lee Curtis to make an appearance as a hooker with a heart of gold at the show.

Haven’t heard much from the Dukes since they got killed in the legendary frozen concentrated orange juice crash of 1983.

Tweet O’ the Day goes to Tim and Eric Awesome Show editor and sometime joke DJ Doug Lussenhop for this amazing scoop.

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Eddie Murphy Drops Out of 2012 Academy Awards

Comedian Tom Green Dusts Off Planking Origins Video

Get ready to read a lot about this video in the next day or so. After comedian Tom Green posted the previously U.S.-unseen 1994 bit below on YouTube, he also spoke with CNN LA reporter Alan Duke.

Green says he had to contact Canadian broadcaster Rogers Cable to track down the clip, which ran under the sketch title “Dead Guy” but was never shown on MTV. He says the Ottawa street shtick started even earlier when he was still a rapper and was showcased in a 1990 MuchMusic report.

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Former Surfwear Exec Rides LA Home Repo Wave

There’s an intriguing profile in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine of Steve Jones, a former Quiksilver surfwear exec who has gained a foothold in the high-risk realm of local residential real estate flipping. His Better Shelter sideline became so successful that he left his clothing gig for good in 2007.

Jones, who splits up the LA region with a partner, shares how his real estate endeavors began rather inauspiciously back in 2001:

One morning, when he was staying at the Standard hotel in West Hollywood for a work event, Jones went for a jog and happened upon a rundown property that was for sale. It had four garden apartments with a 1920s storybook cottage in the rear… There would be a two-year renovation before Jones filled the front units with renters and moved into the guest house.

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Bernie Brillstein Dies at 77

Bernie Brillstein.jpgBernie Brillstein, one of the premiere manager/producers in the industry and the orchestrator behind the careers of John Belushi, Jim Henson and a slew of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars, died this week from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February.

Brillstein ran the most successful management company in Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s, repping such stars as Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Geena Davis, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dabney Coleman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe and Jay Tarses.Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey in 1991. After producing such shows with Brillstein as “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Grey went on to become the chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures.

Brillstein was an outgoing, avuncular Santa Clause type who will be sorely missed.