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Late last year, during the Sony Email Hack, there was an email chain that suggested that the studio wanted to do create a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe alongside Paul Feig’s all-female reboot. One of those films would feature Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike Xxl) before the duo team-up with the girls for a crossover film. Since then, more rumours surfaced that this was moving forward when Sony formed a “Ghostbusters Brain Trust” with Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters), Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Tatum.
However, one of its supposed main stars isn’t in the loop.
“No one has ever even spoken to me about that,” Chris Pratt told GQ Magazine. “Never. I’ve even seen Channing a couple times. As far as I know, that’s complete bullshit.”
So, I guess all those insiders on the Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe were, »
- Luke Owen
Lenina has become famous for her eye-catching attire and similarly quirky hairstyles at the film festival since 2003, and the star didn't disappoint with her crimped traffic cone-style 'do at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere.
So distracting was her giant hair that we almost failed to notice her pair of feathered wings and completely sheer dress with strategically placed white embellishments to protect her modesty.
We pity the poor attendee seated behind her during the screening though...
Meanwhile, Theron stunned in a canary yellow figure-hugging Dior as she was accompanied by other stars from the George Miller movie including Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and Courtney Eaton.
But back to Lenina's spectacular hair - and here's our favourite Elena Lenina »
Director George Miller's films are notorious for one thing: tyre-screening, metal-crunching, gear-shifting car chases. To mark Max's comeback, Digital Spy takes a look at some of cinema's greatest ever vehicular pursuits below...
1. Bullitt (1968)
Tearing through San Francisco in a Ford Mustang 390 Gt, Steve McQueen pretty much re-wrote the rule book when it comes to movie car chases in his '60s classic Bullitt. Nobody has looked this cool behind the wheel on the big screen before or since.
2. The Italian Job (1969)
The original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” from “Saturday Night Live” were given that title because their antics were edgy and eyebrow raising. Chances are three members of the troupe will exhibit more restraint in a new home.
Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Larraine Newman will reprise their roles as the Coneheads as part of continuing efforts by State Farm to use old “SNL” characters to generate new attention for the company’s sales of insurance. The appearance of the trio, all members of the original “SNL” cast, follows State Farm’s use of the show’s Chicago Super Fans ( George Wendt and Robert Smigel), and Hans and Franz (Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon) in past commercials as part of a broader agreement with Broadway Video, the company owned by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels that produces the latenight bastion.
“Use of these nostalgic characters really allows us to reach a bigger and broader audience, »
- Brian Steinberg
So here I am, stood in a room with 19 strangers who are all pretending to shave off their pubic hair. Normally, I might find this situation at least a little bit confusing, but not right now. Instead, I’m feeling so relaxed about it that I’m joining in myself. And why not? I was the one who shouted out the suggestion that we do it in the first place.
We're all sawing our legs off, or miming piano, or pretending to be terrified children running away from Michael Jackson
[Male comedians] love to take their balls out on stage
It's just like football, only instead of goals you get jokes about Hitler moonwalking
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- Tim Jonze
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
What does it mean to be Canadian? Aside from the geographically obvious, the question doesn’t evoke an immediate and clear answer that can be articulated. It’s like when Morpheus asks Neo “What is real?” in The Matrix. This question also apparently haunted sitcom writer Rob Cohen, as he embarked on a coast-to-coast quest to define his home country.
The film begins by exploiting one of the stereotypical character traits of the Canadians: being funny. Being Canadian is only a semi-serious sociological investigation into decoding the mystique of Canada, and since director Cohen’s day job is as a sitcom writer, producer and director, that should hardily be surprising. For talking head segments, he gathers a myriad of Canadian-born comedians universally recognized as some of the funniest people in the business. It’s a who’s who of who’s funny from Canada including Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, Seth Rogen, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Aziz Ansari, whose next show will be on Netflix.
Hi everyone! I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2. Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart. I couldn’t have asked for better cast mates to work with either. They are the most down to earth, talented and kind souls that I am so happy to have met. Then there’s our show runner @Christiantwit1 who is so awesomely talented and made a show that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. A very special thank »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A group of Native American actors quit an Adam Sandler movie because they feel it's insulting and racist ... but Netflix says the outraged actors are missing the whole point of the film. The movie is called "The Ridiculous Six" and is being produced just for Netflix. It's described as a spoof on "The Magnificent Seven" ... starring Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice. But the spoofing went too far Wednesday, »
- TMZ Staff
There's a new Ghostbusters game on the way. But don't get too excited - it's another match-three puzzle game...
Flying in the face of the convention that games based on movies are usually terrible, the batting average of Ghostbusters spin-offs is quite good. The Real Ghostbusters arcade machine from the 80s was fun, and there was a really good Mega Drive game based on Ghostbusters II, released in 1990.
Then there was Ghostbusters: The Video Game from 2009, which created an entertaining 3D action game based around the spook-catching concept, and contained the likes of Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray among its voice cast.
Capcom's now adding to the line of Ghostbusters games with Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter for iOS. Yes, as the title implies, it's yet another match-three puzzler, RPG and card-game hybrid, arriving in the wake of things like Puzzles & Dragons and its numerous spin-offs (including the Mario one »
Anne Hathaway just killed Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” on Lip Sync Battle, but did you know she has a hip-hop past? Hathaway busted out her own rap during an appearance on Conan in 2011 (“in the style of Lil Wayne“) — and she’s not the first actor to spit rhymes. Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow have each tried it (for better or for worse), and Brian Austin Green and Scott Caan have both had underwhelming music careers. See, the beauty of hearing actors rap is that you never truly know what you’re going to get. We’ve know what happens when rappers make the move to TV and film, but here are all of the stars you forgot tried to bust a rhyme for real.
Anne Hathaway‘s Paparazzi Rap, 2011
- Taylor Ferber
Director: Tate Taylor
Running Time: 138 minutes
Starting with Chadwick Boseman’s aged James Brown turning up with a shotgun at his self-owned business trying to work out who used his toilet isn’t exactly what I’d expected from this biopic but stay with me, and stick with the story, as over time we look inside Brown’s turbulent life from a kid right up to this opening segment.
Get On Up is inspired and based on the unique life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. It certainly encroaches on giving us a fearless look inside the life of the curious Brown but is initially a little muddled. Although we’ll come to connect the dots, it takes a while to get into the story as we flash back and forth through his life. It’s not »
- Dan Bullock
Creepy clown dolls are never a good investment, as proven by the new trailer for the upcoming "Poltergeist" reboot.
That terrifying object is just one of many that will make you jump in this clip, which centers around the paranormal investigator (Jared Harris) who comes into the Bowen home to help them get back their daughter, Maddie (Kennedi Clements), who's been kidnapped by the titular tormentor.
"This isn't just a few pissed off spirits," Harris not-so-helpfully explains. "It's a poltergeist."
The spirit causes hallucinations, odd electrical surges, and objects to move freely about the house, preying up the Bowens' predisposed fears to make their lives a living hell. Harris urges the family to clear their minds (not unlike in "Ghostbusters," before Dan Aykroyd unwittingly summons the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), though it seems the Bowens are still in for a world of trouble.
- Katie Roberts
Twenty years ago this week, Tommy Boy hit theaters (and that deer). While it was never a critical smash, the film has amassed a cult following thanks to its star, Chris Farley. To celebrate 20 years of that son of a–, let’s look back on things you may not know about the movie.
Tommy Boy has a 3rd Rock from the Sun connection.
[Photo Credit: NBC]
Rob Lowe, one of the movie’s stars, is uncredited.
[Photo Credit: Paramount]
This is because he was contractually obligated to appear in another movie, The Stand.
[Photo Credit: Paramount]
In the biography The Chris Farley Show, Spade relays a story where he went out »
- Courtney Enlow
“It just… popped in there.” says Ray Stantz, as played by Dan Aykroyd in the climax of the ’80s classic movie Ghostbusters. An inter-dimensional super-villain named Zuul has started to breach the worldly barriers, and ghosts are appearing in 1980s New York City. These ghosts aren’t friendly. They’re decidedly unfriendly. In fact, they’re generally causing a scene. Cue the Ghostbusters, a rag-tag bunch of college layabouts who discover the secret to catching said spirits, and more importantly, a way to monetize their capture. That’s capitalism, folks.
Zuul, as it happens, is just a minion for a millennia old God named Gozer the Destructor, and (s)he instructs the ‘Busters to choose a form for Gozer to take when he arrives to lay waste to their city. Whatever they think of, that’s what will come to destroy them. And so, our heroes attempt to clear their minds of all thoughts. »
- John Cal McCormick
Netflix has acquired world distribution rights to “Manson Family Vacation,” a comedy produced by the Duplass brothers, Variety has learned.
The film, which premiered at SXSW on Monday night to good reviews, tells the story of two brothers (played by Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) who embark on a road trip to the site of the Manson Family murders.
J. Davis wrote and directed the movie.
The acquisition is the latest in the streaming service’s aggressive push in feature films. Over the weekend, Netflix closed the first big deal at SXSW — picking up the buzzy relationship drama “6 Years,” which it plans to release later this year. Two weeks ago, Netflix also landed Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” and it announced a four-movie deal with the Duplass brothers in January. Adam Sandler has begun production on “Ridiculous 6,” co-starring Taylor Lautner, Whitney Cummings and Dan Aykroyd, for Netflix as »
- Ramin Setoodeh
How could you not love My Girl, the 1991 hit tale of friendship, romance and tragedy with that great cast? The story is set during the summer of 1972 and centers on Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chulumsky), an 11 year old tomboy. Her dad (Dan Aykroyd) is an undertaker and she lives in a funeral parlor. Her mom died during childbirth and her gramma (Ann Nelson) is losing her mind. When makeup artist Shelly (Jamie Leigh Curtis) starts working with her dad, they become close and eventually fall in love. Vada is jealous of her step-mother to be, but she has a best friend, the adorable Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin) who understands her and she can talk to him about anything. The most unbearable thing for Vada would be losing him, so she is absolutely distraught when tragedy strikes!
I saw My Girl when it was new and have not revisited it until I »
- Tom Stockman
Tonight at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, "Community" will become the latest cultish show canceled by a traditional TV network to live again via a streaming service — and the first of its kind to migrate over to Yahoo Screen, which will be debuting the rest of this sixth season every Monday night/Tuesday morning at this time(*). (*) There are two episodes tonight, then one a week going forward. So long as I have advance screeners, as well as time in which to do it, I'll be running episode reviews about a half hour (or, tonight, hour) after the episodes go live on Yahoo, for those of you who are up at that time of night (or in a more favorable time zone) to watch it. This is the latest improbable behind-the-scenes development in a series that has seen more than its fair share, including the firing and later re-hiring of creator Dan Harmon, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Director Paul Feig is currently at SXSW this weekend, where he is premiering his latest Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy this Sunday. He took some time out to address the hatred and vitriol that has been aimed at his all-female Ghostbusters reboot since it was announced earlier this year. He also addressed the just announced Channing Tatum spinoff, which will essentially be Ghostbusters 4.
Variety caught up with Paul Feig at the Austin based music and arts festival. He admits that he was shocked by some of the anti-woman remarks made once his Ghostbusters cast was officially announced. And he also has a keen response to anyone who has claimed that he is single-handedly murdering their childhood. He says:
"The Internet is really funny - I love it, but I hate it at the same time. The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone's so happy and you're like, »
Poor ol’ Paul Feig. Ever since announcing that he was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, it has been met with nothing but negativity. Although the original cast have got behind the idea, he has yet to win over a lot of the Ghostbusters fan-base.
“The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time,” Feig told Variety while promoting his new movie Spy, which stars future Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy. “The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy and you’re like, This is great. Then comes the second wave and you’re like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic s**t I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood.’ It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die, »
- Luke Owen
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