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Bill Murray appeared in two 1984 films: one, Ghostbusters, became an all-time classic; the other, Nothing Lasts Forever, was never released commercially (after being scrapped by MGM) and faded into cinematic obscurity. But as the A.V. Club notes (via Telegraph), the latter project has resurfaced on YouTube in its full 80-minute form.
A Short History of Bill Murray's Offscreen Antics
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…
At the Flashback Weekend on August 8th (get tickets here), Englund will be putting on the make-up for photos and signing autographs. Here’s what else is happening…
Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative. Our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Il to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend and the Robert Englund Freddy Krueger make-up photo-ops go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, Il.
- Luke Owen
On tap for you today is a brand new batch of Gremlins reboot news, which we must warn you in advance is all merely rumor, at least at this point in time. That being established, read on for the latest!
"It’s impossible to recreate in a CGI environment," Columbus remarked about the project a few years back, a sentiment that has us hoping he is indeed on board. "I think it will inevitably lose some of its charm.”
Adding to the rumors, /Film reports that the movie will be more of a sequel than a remake of the original Gremlins, this according to their sources.
Again, this is all rumor at the moment so take it with a grain of salt. »
- John Squires
So, how on Earth does a movie, made at the height of fame for both Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, not get released? That's a complicated one to answer, but for comedy fans, the 1984 movie "Nothing Lasts Forever" is something of a holy grail film, but thanks to the (probably temporary) powers of the interwebs, you can see the film that MGM apparently twice prevented from screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by longtime "Saturday Night Live" veteran Tom Schiller, "Nothing Lasts Forever" is ambitious stuff, telling the story of a young man ("Gremlins" star Zach Galligan) who gets caught in the machinations of a totalitarian retro/future New York City. Aykroyd plays Galligan's boss, Murray gets an extended cameo, Mort Sahl, Lawrence Tierney, Imogene Coca and Larry “Bud” Melman take on supporting roles, and Howard Shore provided the score. So what happened? It's hard to say. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From left to right: Chris Walas (Gremlins creator), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (director), Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer) and Rick Baker (special effects supervisor: Gremlins 2: The New Batch). This month marks the 30th anniversary for many fine films that came out of 1984, but Gremlins is one of our personal favorites. One of the earlier horror-comedy progenitors, the Joe Dante-directed and Steven Spielberg-produced film pushed boundaries with the MPAA (which created the PG-13 rating as a result of the movie’s more violent scenes), fusing pop culture, monster-movie tropes and sly social commentary. Empire hosted a Gremlins reunion celebrating the movie’s 30th, bringing together Dante, stars Zach Galligan and Dick Miller, special...
- Alison Nastasi
Set to hit newsstands this Thursday, June 26th, the latest issue of Empire Magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of Gremlins, featuring a photo shoot that reunites director Joe Dante, makeup master Rick Baker, and star Zach Galligan.
Though you'll have to pick up the magazine to read the full story, Empire's website posted some tasty tidbits from the article earlier today, which reveal things we never knew about the film we all know and love.
In the interview Dante reveals that one of the original plans was to make Gremlins a stop-motion film as a way of bringing to life the characters that they weren't sure they could otherwise bring to life.
"First we talked about stop-motion," Dante told the mag, "[but] then realized we'd still be shooting if we did that."
"And at one point someone — I hope it wasn't me — suggested we try monkeys in Gremlin suits," he went on to say, »
- John Squires
Believe it or not, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. Empire Magazine has pulled together a mini reunion with Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (Director), Rick Baker (SFX Gremlins 2), and Chris Walas (creator).
Here is an image from the photo shoot they did in connection to the reunion and below is a taste of the interview.
The Gremlins movies were famously hard to make. Has the pain faded?
Joe Dante: There was no pain making the second one. Warners wanted it, so they let us do whatever we wanted. But the first one... Let's just say the studio was unconvinced that this was a great idea for a movie. They did it mainly to make (executive producer) Steven Spielberg happy. So we were a little over-extended.
Chris Walas: I pulled out the first draft the other day and read it. And I »
- Chris Connors
Gremlins celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and Empire magazine is celebrating with a fun little reunion featuring a lot of the key players. They posted the reunion pic you see above and chatted with the likes of director Joe Dante, actors Zach Galligan and FX artists Chris Walas and Rick Baker. While Empire's site only teases the interview - which you can find in the latest issue - there is plenty of gold to be found. Regarding the FX, Dante says...
The post Gremlins On the Loose in This Reunion Photo Shoot appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
From left to right: Chris Walas (Gremlins creator), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (director), Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer) and Rick Baker (special effects supervisor: Gremlins 2: The New Batch).Photographed exclusively for Empire by Austin Hargrave. Digital artist: Justin Metz. Puppets: Bob & Kathy Burns / Prop Store.Empire has wrangled our fair share of reunions, from Goonies to Hobbits via the Three Amigos. But celebrating 30 years of Gremlins — the monster-movie phenomenon that introduced the world to a chittering furball called Gizmo and his considerably less cute progeny — proved the biggest challenge yet. It took months to track down a batch of Gremlins, since the scaly green puppets created by Chris Walas and Rick Baker for the two films have been scattered to the winds. As for Gizmo? "Well, he drinks," deadpans director Joe Dante. "He got quite a swell head by the second movie. You'll notice he hasn't worked since. »
If you’re a horror fan living in the Midwest, you are not going to want to miss this. The 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention is gearing up to be another memorable year of genre fun and festivities and today they announced that Robert Englund will be appearing in full Freddy Krueger make-up for the final time ever, courtesy of special effects master Robert Kurtzman, who will be doing the Freddy make-up application himself.
What’s even cooler is that fans who attend Flashback Weekend will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Robert Englund in his full Freddy make-up as part of a special photo-op on Friday, August 8th, which will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s iconic original A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as help benefit the Digital Projector Fund for the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois.
Robert Englund will also »
- Heather Wixson
It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
Joe Dante.s Gremlins is one of the many camp classics celebrating a 30th anniversary this year. And because everything old is instantly new again in Hollywood, the industry.s trying to find some way to reboot it. Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan isn.t trying to fight the inevitable. In fact, if he plays his cards right, he.d like to somehow participate. The actor was speaking with Moviefone on behalf of Gremlins turning 30 years old. He shared a number of fun and interesting stories from Joe Dante.s set, talking about the influence Steven Spielberg had on the movie, and reminiscing about his audition. He doesn.t want to audition for the planned remake. He already knows what part he.d like to play. Said Galligan: Hopefully the Warner Bros people . listening to this would let me play the new Billy Peltzer's teacher, or play the dad, or »
Everyone wants to make a sequel in this edition of Sequel Bits. It’s just that some of these sequels are less theoretical than others. After the jump: Eva Green responds to her Sin City poster rejection Sean Astin feels optimistic about The Goonies 2 Zach Galligan wants in on the Gremlins reboot Angelina Jolie will […]
The post Sequel Bits: ‘Sin City’, ‘Goonies 2′, ‘Insurgent’, ‘Fast & Furious 7′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The mogwais are nearing middle age.
That's right, Steven Spielberg's magnificent horror comedy "Gremlins," about a bunch of cuddly creatures that turn into scaly monsters and overtake a small, Rockwellian town, is turning 30 this summer. And to celebrate, Warner Bros has a bunch of exciting things planned. The first of which has already happened: you can now own the movie digitally, for the first time ever (please, take the time to luxuriate in a wonderful clip from the movie, located below). Later this year, too, we will be getting a deluxe, 30th anniversary Blu-ray, complete with two brand-new featurettes featuring Steven Spielberg, alongside other creative principles (like director Joe Dante) and many members of the cast and crew.
We were lucky enough to chat with Zach Galligan, who played Billy Peltzer, the initial owner of Gizmo, the mogwai that inadvertently breeds the gremlin menace. Galligan has become something of a cult icon himself, »
- Drew Taylor
To mark the 30th Anniversary of Gremlins, Warner Bros. has released Joe Dante's (first) subversive masterpiece on DVD and VOD today. Here's a round-up from around the web celebrating the little green guys' special day. Pop Sugar's 30 Fun Facts about Gremlins Zach Galligan talks about the scaly critters' lasting impression on pop culture here. Gremlins Online (your one-stop shop for all things Gremlins) pops the cork for the 30-year mark.
- TFH Team
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
The feature adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair is moving along nicely, and today we have another addition to the cast plus several new members of the crew that is being assembled for the film.
Joining the production team are stunt coordinator Paul Lacovara (Avengers, Godzilla, Thor), production designer Tim Eckel ("CSI," "Veronica Mars," Hellraiser 3), key grip Anthony Ragonese (Dead Man's Curve, "Desperate Housewives"), hair stylist Lisa Meyers (Gangster Squad, "Without a Trace," "Freaks and Geeks"), and iconic horror film composer Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street, Cujo).
Casting announcements for Mr. Bates (rumored to be Loren Lester but not yet official), Johnny the Janitor, and the Commanding Officer will be announced before the May 15th start date of the film's Kickstarter fundraiser. Producer, co-writer (with Erin Kohut), and »
- Debi Moore
For the past several weeks we've been talking about an upcoming feature adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair with the filmmakers promising that casting news for the lead was forthcoming. Well, it has arrived along with one more update...
The latest additions are Noah Hathaway (Sushi Girl, Troll, Neverending Story) rounding out the prison guard crew as Alvarez and Brian Thompson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Fright Night Part 2, Star Trek: Enterprise) as the lead role of death row inmate Richard Sullivan.
Several other actors are in talks to fill out the cast, which is very close to being complete, so expect more soon!
- Debi Moore
The actor was asked if he would be back for Warner Bros's new project by CineMast.
"Maybe in a year or two," said Galligan, adding that he would probably appear in a minor role.
Warner Bros has reportedly fast-tracked the remake of the cult black comedy.
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The studio is also working on a Goonies sequel with original director Richard Donner.
A director and schedule for the Gremlins remake is yet to be announced. »
Our great friends over at CineMast in the Us recently attended the Salt Lake City Comic-Con Fan Experience and just happened to run into Zach Galligan, he who played the role of Billy Peltzer in the original Gremlins movie back in 1984.
They asked the man himself if there were going to be any more Gremlins movies, to which he replied, without missing a beat; “Maybe in a year or two.”
No big news you may say, as we all know that there’s a potential reboot in the works, but we have no more official info other than that the studio behind the films, Warner Brothers, are looking to revive the much-loved series with a modern flare.
CineMast‘s own John Pugh, did however, push for more info. He asked if he would be a part of the project in any capacity and Galligan himself said that he would probably appear in a minor role. »
- Paul Heath
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