Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in a biopic on the comedian.
Production company Film 360 confirmed Monday the casting of Hirsch in the currently untitled independent feature. Directing will be Steve Conrad, who wrote the screenplay of the upcoming Ben Stiller film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Conrad will also pen the screenplay, adapting the biography Belushi.
One of the original Saturday Night Live cast members, Belushi died at the age of 33 in 1982.
‘Entourage’ film due
Series creator Doug Ellin says a long-planned Entourage movie is finally a go.
Ellin tweeted the news Monday evening, along with a photo of himself and the cast arm-in-arm. Returning to bring the HBO series to the big screen are stars Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly.
Piven thanked fans on Twitter for their patience. He writes, Now its time to go to work!
Warner Bros. is expected to begin production on the film in January.
The release of Martin Scorseses The Wolf of Wall Street has been pushed to Dec. 25.
Paramount Pictures made the widely expected announcement Tuesday.
Scorseses Wall Street epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio had previously been scheduled for release Nov. 15. But for weeks, that date has been considered impossible, as Scorsese rushes to finish editing the film. An early cut reportedly exceeded three hours.
Swift tops ACA nods
Taylor Swift is the top nominee for the American Country Awards.
A Tuesday news release says Swift received eight nominations, including top honor artist of the year. Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line are next with seven apiece.
The fourth annual fan-voted ACAs will be broadcast Dec. 10 on Fox with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and country singer Trace Adkins
serving as co-hosts.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Dick Gautier is 76. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 74. Singer Otis Williams is 72. Actor Henry Winkler is 68. Actor Harry Hamlin is 62. Actor Kevin Pollak is 56. Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale is 46. Actor Jack Plotnick is 45. Actress Nia Long is 43. Actor Matthew Morrison is 35.