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Who you gonna call (to make your dreams come true)? Dan Aykroyd! The actor and comedian joined forces with For the Win Project and Sony Pictures to make eight-year-old Braeden Rios’s dream of becoming a Ghostbuster a reality. Related: Adele Visits Local Fire Station In London For A Cup Of Tea And Cuddles Braeden, who suffers from […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Paul Feig hasn’t had the easiest year. After a string of comedy hits—”Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy“—the director went blockbuster with “Ghostbusters,” and immediately faced backlash from hardcore fans who feared that women might ruin their precious childhood memories. It didn’t help that the final result didn’t get the best reviews either, nor that Dan Aykroyd publicly slammed the movie.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The future of the Ghostbusters franchise is currently uncertain. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, says there are still multiple movies in development, and he has some big ideas for how to take them worldwide. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd, the actor/writer who birthed this whole franchise, doubts that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led reboot will ever […]
- Ben Pearson
Legendary writer-director John Landis can be a divisive figure, but when it comes to ‘monster movies,’ his expertise is beyond reproach. Not only is he a world authority on the subject, but he also has a long-standing professional association with Universal, which is currently building its Dark Universe around monster movie remakes and re-imaginings. So, when John Landis says these films are disrespectful to their monsters, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
In his younger days, Landis worked his way up from the 20th Century Fox mailroom to become a director in his own right – making his debut in 1973 with Schlock, which was an homage to ‘monster movies.’ His long association with Universal began in 1978, with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and went on to include titles such as The Blues Brothers, Into The Night, Amazon Women On The Moon, Blues Brothers 2000 and An American Werewolf In London. »
- Sarah Myles
Over the last few years, the Royal Albert Hall has become the go-to venue for a remarkable array of film music concerts, be they live orchestra alongside viewings of a movie (such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I was lucky enough to catch last year), blending orchestral pieces with film related music concerts for franchises such as James Bond, or in this case a bevy of classic film score suites composed by the late, great Elmer Bernstein.
One of the signature film music composers of the 20th century, arguably able to stand on a podium with the John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith’s and James Horner’s of this world, Bernstein scored some of the most legendary pictures in Hollywood history, from The Ten Commandments through to Ghostbusters and beyond. Royal Albert Hall, in presenting a »
- Tony Black
Director John G. Avildsen has passed away from pancreatic cancer. He had an eclectic body of work that began in earnest with his work as a cinematographer on several high profile films of the 1960s including "Hurry Sundown" and "Mickey One". Avildsen graduated to the director's chair with the surprise indie hit "Joe" in 1970 a serio-comic look at an ultra conservative working man (Peter Boyle) whose rage boils over from what he believes are anti-American protest movements against the Vietnam War. Three years later Avildsen directed the acclaimed drama "Save the Tiger" which won Jack Lemmon the Best Actor Oscar. In 1976 he directed the most unlikely of blockbusters, "Rocky", which won the Best Picture Oscar. Avildsen took home the Best Director award. He also scored with the "Karate Kid" franchise and also directed the zany comedy "Neighbors" with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as well as "The Formula" with Marlon Brando »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Avildsen’s son Anthony confirmed the filmmaker's death to the Los Angeles Times, adding that Avildsen died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Avildsen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his work on 1976's Rocky. Like the titular boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, the film was an underdog itself: Despite a minuscule million-dollar budget, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning three Oscars »
John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original “Rocky” (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original “Karate Kid” films, has died in Los Angeles. He was 81.
A rep confirmed his death.
Avildsen also won the DGA Award for directing “Rocky,” which also won Oscars for best picture and film editing and was nominated in multiple other categories.
In 2006 Variety interviewed Avildsen, who said that a film with a boxing story didn’t excite him at first, but he was “moved by the urban character study of Sylvester Stallone’s script.” He held out on directing part two in lieu of another project — a decision that Avildsen said was “one of my greatest mistakes.” He returned to the franchise to direct 1990’s “Rocky V.”
In 1983 he was Oscar nominated again, this time for the documentary short “Traveling Hopefully.”
Avildsen developed a reputation for making movies about losers, »
- Carmel Dagan
Director John Landis (best known for the likes of National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers) was recently put on the spot to give his thoughts on the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he did not hold back on his true feelings.
“I’m just… truthfully, I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now,” Landis told entertainment.ie. “All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass destruction of cities and huge computer-generated extravaganzas to the point where you could take a reel from any of the Marvel superhero movies and put it any of the others and nobody would notice. They’re very well-made, it’s just they’re the same thing over and over again. But, I don’t know, people are showing up. One of the reasons Wonder Woman has been received so well by the critics »
- Robert Kojder
Do you like shared universes? Well, you’d better. Because in today’s day and age it’s almost impossible to escape them. Sure, we still have more indie flicks and original ideas than ever before, but there’s no denying that the theater is packed to the brim with shared universes. We have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the MonsterVerse, the Dark Universe, and even the Cloverfield universe.
In all honesty, it’s a pretty cool idea, but it can still feel a bit overwhelming to those who are looking for blockbusters that don’t necessarily feel the pressure to lead up to or connect with something else. I know what you’re thinking. “What does John Landis think of shared universes?” Oh, you weren’t? Well, regardless, speaking to the Irish Times, when asked about his thoughts on shared universes, he was quick to point out one thing. »
- Joseph Medina
It's certainly hard to discount the enormous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has released 15 hit movies over the past nine years with varying degrees of success, although none of their movies are considered total flops by any means. The McU's latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, is both a critical hit (81% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a commercial hit ($823.3 million worldwide), much like most of the other McU movies, but the franchise certainly has no shortage of detractors. One of those is legendary director John Landis, who bluntly stated that he's "bored s--tless" with the franchise in a new interview. Here's what he had to say, when asked his thoughts about shared universe's as a whole, and why Wonder Woman was received so well.
"I'm just... truthfully, I'm bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now. All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass »
While John Landis may not have directed a film since 2010’s “Burke and Hare,” his ongoing influence is undeniable. As the director behind “The Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places,” “Coming To America,” “Animal House” and “An American Werewolf In London” his work still resonates with the current generation of the filmmakers (Edgar Wright has already cited “The Blues Brothers” as an influence on “Baby Driver“).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Author: Zehra Phelan
If the Ghostbusters co-founder Ivan Reitman has anything to do with the future of the ghoul-hunting franchise we could be in for a global expansion with teams of Ghostbusters popping up all around the world.
Related: Ghostbusters news, review and interviews.
With original Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd, blasting the 2016 all female led reimagining’s director Paul Feig on Channel 4’s The Sunday Brunch last week, Reitman has come back in an interview with Super News Live on a more positive note with an idea of a direction he would like to franchise to take.
I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great »
- Zehra Phelan
The Flickering Myth writing team share their thoughts on the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther…
On Friday evening, Marvel Studios gave us our first look at 2018’s Black Panther movie with the release of the official teaser trailer for the film, which sees Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) directing and Chadwick Boseman reprising the role of T’Challa from last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Read on to find out what our writing team made of this first look at the Phase Three solo movie…
Helen Murdoch: After seeing the poster I was a bit worried but I enjoyed the trailer. A few teases here and there and not too much reveal. Now if they could just leave it at that!
Ben Robins: Black Panther is probably the Marvel property I know the least about, so it was strange watching a Marvel trailer and not getting any of the usual fan service. »
- Gary Collinson
Given the chance, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman would love to see the Ghostbusters franchise move in a direction that, perhaps, fans had hoped to see. Recently, Super News Live chatted with Ivan Reitman, and Ghostbusters star Ernie -” … if someone asks you if you’re a God, you say Yes!” – Hudson about the past, and future of the Ghostbusters franchise. The director had this to say regarding future plans:
“I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, is that somehow we tie the worlds together. That the historical films – the ones that I originally directed, you know, back in the ’80s – mixed with the film that Paul Feig just did and that world. I think it was a little awkward that it wasn’t connected, and we certainly heard a lot from everybody out there. So I would definitely want to connect to all of that. »
- Jordan Jones
Sony's recent Ghostbusters reboot did not go as planned, to say the least. The very expensive Paul Feig directed, all-female take on the classic horror/comedy didn't generate enough interest worldwide to warrant a sequel. But the franchise isn't dead yet, and Ivan Reitman has some ideas about where it can go. If he has his way, he will have the latest reboot connect with the original Ghostbusters, which would unite all of the current movies in the franchise.
Yesterday was Ghostbusters Day and, in honor of the occasion, Ivan Reitman and star Ernie Hudson sat down to chat with Super News Live. Reitman talked a bit about where the franchise is going and revealed that he wanted to see this new Ghostbusters movie connect to the original and, if all goes well, he hopes to be able to make that happen in Ghostbusters 4. Here's what he had to say about it. »
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters: Answer the Call didn’t perform quite as well as the folks at Sony would have liked last year, leading original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd to call Feig out in a big way a few days ago and cast doubt on a sequel. But original Ghostbusters director and Aykroyd’s Ghost House Pictures partner Ivan Reitman apparently […]
- Ben Pearson
With Dan Aykroyd dropping his truth about last year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, now it’s time for franchise co-founder Ivan Reitman to weigh in. Unlike his partner in all things comically supernatural, Reitman isn’t here to kick Paul Feig‘s movie, but is instead looking to the future. And because we live in a world where #branding is key for almost every major cinematic property, the idea being tossed around is to take “Ghostbusters” global.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dan Aykroyd is on a roll right now and he doesn't to want to quit. Just a few days after first blasting Paul Feig for his Ghostbusters reboot, blaming him for some of the big issues that movie faced, he has once again thrown the director under the bus. Why is all of this coming out nearly a year later? Hard to say, but Ray Stantz is not happy, that's for sure.
The new shade being thrown in Paul Feig's direction comes courtesy of Dan Aykroyd's Facebook page. Though, admittedly, this time he at least has some nice things to say. He did credit Feig with making a good movie before saying that he wished he had been more inclusive to the originators, again, blaming him for aspects of the movie's failure. Here's what Dan Aykroyd had to say this time.
"Paul Feig made a good movie and »
Dan Aykroyd has taken to Facebook to further comment upon the Ghostbusters remake, expanding on comments he made to Britain's Channel 4 that Lrm discussed a couple days ago. In the comment, he changes his tune on whether or not the original characters should have been involved.
Paul Feig made a good movie and had a superb cast and plenty of money to do it. We just wish he had been more inclusive to the originators. It cost everyone as it is unlikely Kristen, Leslie, Melissa and Kate will ever reprise their roles as Ghostbusters which is sad.
Where to begin. As the screenwriter of the original movie and with his agent Bernie Brillstein as one of the producers, Dan had a lot more power than your average screenwriter and actor when it came to a potential remake. Add onto that the fact that Ivan Reitman, the original director, had »
- Tim Jousma
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