The Salvation Army will put down their bells and buckets and help pick up the slack for quartermaster duties, the Orkin Army has already pledged to provide chemical warfare coverage, and the KISS Army has dropped everything (save their makeup) to help do their patriotic duties by filling in with pyrotechnic expertise.
“Well, we must admit, it wasn’t our first choice,” said US Army spokesman Sgt. Troy Huertas. “But in tough times, it is nice to see the rest of the population pulling together and showing the true American spirit.”
Huertas said the details are still being worked out with regards to logistics and weather any “soldiers” from the fill-in military will see any overseas action.
“But I can say that thanks to those cats from Orkin, my barracks has never been so bug free. They know their stuff, which is great,” Huertas said.
And the unique fundraising and recruitment backgrounds of many of the Salvation Army folks will go a long way in getting care packages sent to the remaining soldiers overseas, including Santa Claus outfits.
Also announced to round out the cast of the “Cheers” spinoff set at the fictional Tom Nevers Field in Nantucket, Katherine Heigl as the former obese cellist-turned snack counter owner Helen Chappel, Helen Mirren as counter clerk Fay Cochran, Horatio Sanz as competitor airline owner Roy Biggins, Jason Siegel as airplane mechanic Lowell Mather and Denzel Washington as down-on-his-luck immigrant cabbie Antonio Scarpacci.
Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for 2012′s “Lincoln,” wrote the script. No director has been attached yet, but Franco said he wasn’t too concerned. “No, not really. We could probably go out and do the blocking and direction ourselves, really, this cast is so strong. It literally is a dream come true to work with everybody in this film. I can’t wait to get started. Seriously.”
A prolific comedy writer, Ramis both wrote and directed the comedy classics “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” influencing a generation of comedy writers like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen.
Besides appearing in both “Ghostbusters” films, he was also featured in “As Good As it Gets,” ”Knocked Up,” “RECOiL” and “Stripes.”
Bill Murray, who starred in Ramis’ most famous films, and had been estranged from his old friend and collaborator since they finished “Groundhog Day,” issued this statement: “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis; his daughter, Violet Stiel; sons Julian and Daniel Ramis and two grandchildren.
At one point during her career, she was the biggest box office draw in Hollywood from 1935-1938. She made dozens of films during her career, retiring in 1950 from acting, but appearing occasionally in TV roles and other films.
Her most famous film roles were in “The Littlest Rebel,” “The Little Colonel,” RECOiL” and “Heidi.”
In 1969, she was appointed U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, and later was appointed Ambassador to Ghana. In 1989, she was appointed Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
She is survived by her three children, Linda, Charles and Lori, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Josh Levi: I am really inspired by so many things in the entertainment business. But I when I really think about it…it was the escape that made me fall in love with it. Whether you are watching a feature film or Justin Timberlake for that moment…your mind is released from whatever is going on in your day to day life. I love giving that “fun moment” to my audiences.
TDQ: Who was your favorite musical artist when you were younger?
JL: It’s kinda funny because up until the age of 10, I only listened to gospel music. It wasn’t until I started training in dance that I discovered other genres of music. Growing up, I would always listen to Smokie Norful…his vocals are CRAZY. Outside of gospel…I would definitely have to say Brandy Norwood.
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
JL: My siblings and I would watch “That’s So Raven” every Saturday morning with a bowl of cereal because it had our favorite actress, Raven Symone. I also LOVE Martin Lawrence.
TDQ: What was your favorite album when you were growing up?
JL: My favorite album growing up was probably one of Hillsong’s projects. They are amazing, I still listen to them today.
TDQ: Who are your influences in life?
JL: Both my mom and grandma have gone over and beyond for me and have made many sacrifices for my sister and I. Therefore, I couldn’t be anymore influenced by them, their courage and wisdom.