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Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Octavia Spencer says she signed on to play James Brown's aunt in the bio-picture "Get On Up," in large part, because his was a story that hadn't been told.
Karen Butler
Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Dan Aykroyd, who plays James Brown's manager in "Get On Up," says he spent an unforgettable night with friends watching the music icon perform on stage.
Karen Butler
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) --Chadwick Boseman plays the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown in the upcoming film "Get on Up."
Aileen Graef
'Ghostbusters 3' to begin production in spring

'Ghostbusters 3' to begin production in spring

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) --"Ghostbusters" creator and star Dan Aykroyd says production on the long-delayed third installment should begin in spring.
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Dan Aykroyd donates vehicle to sheriff's office

Dan Aykroyd donates vehicle to sheriff's office

JACKSON, Miss., June 7 (UPI) --Dan Aykroyd donates vehicle to sheriff's department in Mississippi where he serves as a reserve deputy.
Danielle Haynes
James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

March 14 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures promises music, dancing and drama in the first trailer for upcoming James Brown biopic "Get On Up."
Annie Martin
Obama, Aykroyd mourn the loss of Harold Ramis

Obama, Aykroyd mourn the loss of Harold Ramis

CHICAGO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and actor-writer Dan Aykroyd expressed their grief in the death of comic icon Harold Ramis at the age of 69.
Dan Aykroyd sworn in as Mississippi sheriff's reserve deputy

Dan Aykroyd sworn in as Mississippi sheriff's reserve deputy

JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Dan Aykroyd said he had "fallen in love" with Mississippi while filming there.
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Dan Aykroyd reveals struggles with Asperger and Tourette's

Dan Aykroyd reveals struggles with Asperger and Tourette's

Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Dan Aykroyd opened up about his struggles with Asperger and Tourette syndromes in an interview with the Daily Mail.
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Murder investigation ends when Dan Aykroyd recognized in film

CALGARY, Alberta, June 3 (UPI) -- Police in Alberta said they called off a homicide investigation when a potential snuff film found in a landfill turned out to be from a Dan Aykroyd movie.

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'Bodies' warms up weekend box office ... Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies' ... Directors guild honors Ben Affleck ... Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl ... News from United Press International.

Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Beyonce, Neil Patrick Harris and a host of other celebrities have descended upon New Orleans in preparation for the Super Bowl Sunday, observers said.

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Kimmel: Leno 'totally sold out' … Douglas: Damon courageous in Liberace role … Clarkson: I'm not a lesbian … Photos seem to show Bieber holding joint … News from United Press International.
Douglas: Damon courageous in Liberace role

Douglas: Damon courageous in Liberace role

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Michael Douglas, who plays Liberace in an upcoming movie, praised Matt Damon for having "the courage" to play the flamboyant pianist's gay lover.
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Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM (born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.

Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952, at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in the Canadian capital, where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Helene (née Gougeon), is a secretary of French Canadian origin. His brother, Peter, also became a comedy actor. Aykroyd was born with syndactyly (webbed toes), which was revealed in the movie Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live (Don't Look Back In Anger). He was also born with heterochromia (a condition of having two differently coloured eyes). His right eye is green and his left eye is brown.

Aykroyd's great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd (1855–1933), a dentist, had been a mystic and had been involved in Spiritualism, which Aykroyd would have a great interest in, stating that "all that stuff was hanging around the old farmhouse I grew up in, so I was kind of steeped in it".

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