Hollywood Minute: Muhammad Ali’s Recording Career

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Before Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title in 1963, Ali recorded a live spoken-word comedy album called “I Am the Greatest.” Ali, who died last week at the age of 74, received a second Grammy nod in 1976 for taking part in a children’s album.

“Pitch Perfect Two” made $287 million dollars worldwide — the highest total ever for a first-time director. But now that director, Elizabeth Banks, has decided not to direct “Pitch Perfect Three.” Banks, who has two children, says she’d planned to direct it over the summer, but production delays created a conflict with her parenting duties. She’ll still produce and co-star in the “threequel.”

The “Ghostbusters” reboot has drawn plenty of flak, in part for featuring an all-female team, but that’s nothing new for director Paul Feig. He says going into “Ghostbusters,” a male producer warned him that having multiple female stars would just lead to catfights. Feig had some choice words for that producer, and says “Ghostbusters” is, “the most wonderful experience I’ve had.” The movie opens July 15th.

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