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Variety will honor filmmaker Paul Feig, Redbox President Mark Horak and Lionsgate Co-Heads of Home Entertainment Operations Jim Packer and Ron Schwartz by inducting the industry leaders into Variety‘s Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame on December 8.
In addition, comedian Chris Hardwick, CEO of Nerdist Industries and host of “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” and “Talking Dead,” will be honored with the 2015 Media and Entertainment Award, presented by Deloitte, while premium cabler HBO will be presented with the Hall of Fame Innovation Award for its leadership in multiplatform distribution, which will be accepted by Sofia Chang, HBO’s Evp Worldwide Distribution & Home Entertainment.
Held at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the 35th annual Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame gala dinner and awards show will benefit City Year Los Angeles for the third consecutive year.
“These honorees are being recognized for innovation in the in-home entertainment category,” said Variety Publisher Michelle Sobrino. »
- Variety Staff
Whether people loved or hated him during his tenure at Fox, current Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman famously often speaks his mind about things and can be refreshingly blunt in his answers to journalist questions.
With the Paul Feig-directed and female-centric "Ghostbusters" reboot being one of Sony's major films for next year, Rothman himself has heard all about the online vitriol being spouted against the project online by various writers, commentators and trolls. Speaking with THR at the Paley International Council in New York, the talk briefly turned to the public perception of this remake and how he feels about the reaction:
"Everybody says we're making the female Ghostbusters, but I say, 'No, we're making the funny Ghostbusters.' Yes, it happens to be four women. It's original. You get pissing and moaning on the Internet - sexist comments - but, you know, f--- 'em."
He goes on to »
- Garth Franklin
Unless you've been living under a rock you're likely aware of the enormous amount of backlash that Paul Feig's Ghostbusters has been receiving since day one. While some people have legitimate concerns that have to do with the remaking of a film they love, others seem to be going out of their way to simply hurl awful sexist insults at everyone involved. Sony Pictures head Tom... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
In terms of completely obliterating and reconstructing a franchise, 2016's Ghostbusters has proven to be one of the most controversial amongst fans. In the new universe being set up by director Paul Feig, none of the characters from the 1984 Ghostbusters exist, and the world set within the comedy horror adventure has never known these haint hunting scientists. That hasn't sat well with long-time fans. Neither has the fact that four females now lead the main cast. Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman has shared his disgust at some of the things he's read online. In fact, he has some pretty harsh words for all the detractors out there.
Tom Rothman recently spoke to THR about the way the general public has perceived his rebranding of this once beloved franchise. And he calls it outright sexist. He believes the louder majority are simply 'pissing and moaning', and bluntly stated 'F 'em!' »
The idea of another Ghostbusters movie has been circulating almost constantly since Ghostbusters 2 in 1989, mostly to the chagrin of fans of the 1984 original. When it came out that Paul Feig was rebooting the property, with four women in the lead roles no less, the world just about lost its damn mind. But Sony Pictures head, Tom Rothman, unleashed an epic rant that may be the perfect response to all of the haters. There.s been an unending parade of vicious, vitriolic comments and backlash against the new Ghostbusters, but, talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Rothman basically told all the complainers to shut their damn mouths. He said: Everybody says I'm making the female Ghostbusters, but I say, 'No, we're making the funny Ghostbusters.' Yes, it happens to be four women. It's original. You get pissing and moaning on the Internet . sexist comments . but, you know, fuck 'em. You »
Melissa McCarthy has always been capable of raising a chuckle, but since teaming up with Jason Statham in Spy she has earned newfound levels of respect. Her next project is The Boss, and a trailer has just landed for the movie.
In The Boss, McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell - the richest woman in America. That is, until she gets caught for insider trading and is forced to live a more humble life. Before long, she's trying to start a new business empire utilising the selling skills of some local Girl Guides. Here's the trailer...
Ben Falcone - who made his directorial debut with Tammy - has called the shots on this one. He worked with McCarthy and Steve Mallory on the script. Peter Dinklage and Kristen Bell are among the supporting cast. »
It’s holiday gift book time, and our list of must-reads includes weighty coffee table books on two iconic film franchises, some video store nostalgia, the mysteries of David Lynch, a bit of pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens reading, and the brilliance of Terry Gilliam. Check out the recommendations below and see more here.
Even as a fan of the Back to the Future trilogy, I was a bit taken aback by the hype surrounding October 21, 2015, a.k.a., the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the Hill Valley of the future in Back to the Future II. It is only fitting, then, that part of the hype includes the wildly entertaining Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History. Featuring the participation of, well, everyone involved, from »
- Christopher Schobert
The new Ghostbusters can't come soon enough. As we all know, the all-female reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth plays their receptionist. "He was shirtless the entire time," McCarthy joked with me while promoting the holiday collection of her Melissa McCarthy Seven7 fashion line at an L.A.-area Lane Bryant. "It's just what Chris does. He likes to go topless all the time." Director Paul Feig confirms that Hemsworth does show off his body in the movie. "You will be seeing some man flesh," he told me at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards. We know Ghostbusters »
Next summer, when Paul Feig.s female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot hits the big screen, it will bring along cameos from the three surviving original paranormal investigators, their secretary, and more. We.ll also see a few other familiar elements, like Ecto-1, proton packs, and jump suits that look rather similar to the ones the old guard wore. But there is one thing we won.t see, one original character who isn.t being resurrected: Ghostbusters will not feature an appearance by Slimer. Reports began to make the rounds that the ectoplasmic ghoul who haunts the Sedgwick Hotel in Ivan Reitman.s 1984 Ghostbusters, and who became a part of the team in the ensuing cartoon, after The Simpsons. Dan Castellanetta was listed in IMDb as voicing the ghost. Bloody Disgusting checked with three separate sources confirming that Slimer is in fact in Ghostbusters, but Feig tool to Twitter to debunk these reports. »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, an update on when we’ll see the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, Suicide Squad gunning for a PG-13 rating and much, much more…
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“For the Y-m-c-a!”
Producer Charles Roven revealed this week that Suicide Squad – the film about a bunch of convicted supercriminal killers fighting other supercriminal killers – is aiming for a PG-13 rating. There’s something weirdly comforting about a world where eight-year-old kids can watch that kind of movie with parental guidance.
It seems as though nobody informed Jared Leto of this, »
- Oli Davis
For awhile now, it's been believed that the iconic green ghost Slimer is returning in next summer's Ghostbusters remake. And if that's true, he will be one of the very few original characters to appear in all three movies. Though, if IMDb's cast list for the movie is correct, we're going to learn a lot more about the slime-oozing haint than fans may want. Director Paul Feig claims these rumors are false.
In the original Ghostbusters and its one and only sequel, Slimer never says a word. And we don't learn his backstory. That's been threatened before, but fans have remained unanimous in the fact that they want Slimer to remain a mystery. He doesn't need a prequel that describes how he was an obsessive over-eater with a mean streak. But Bloody Disgusting noticed that IMDb had listed actor Dan Castellaneta as the voice of Slimer.
The site has since changed their Ghostbusters page, »
I had the opportunity to speak with director Steve Martino about a film that is out in theaters, The Peanuts Movie, the first feature-length outing for Charles Schulz’s iconic characters. In 2008, Martino was one of the duo who directed Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears A Who!, a theatrical CGI adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ picture book. And in 2012 he also co-directed Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.
Here is what Martino had to say about the film. And below is our exclusive image from the film.
I wanted to »
- Kellvin Chavez
In this edition of Sequel Bits, Future puts a new spin on the Rocky theme for Creed, Dan Aykroyd praises Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, and Daniel Craig continues to smile through the Spectre press tour. Also after the jump: Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Ice Age: Collision Course. Kong: Skull Island adds up-and-comer Will Brittain. There are no plans (yet) for a Peanuts sequel. Kung […]
- Angie Han
It may not be popular with The Internet or fans of the franchise, but Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot will be with us next year (with the trailer arriving before the end of the year), and now we have the first official synopsis.
It backs up a lot of rumours surrounding the movie, mostly that Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are former friends who join forces to battle ghosts and that Leslie Jones will be playing “the Winston role” as the outsider of the group. It also suggests that, like the original movie, the film will be confined to New York and not a global event.
“With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend’s business partner, and an Mta employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York.”
- Luke Owen
At the start of this year, I was intrigued by what looked like a fairly spy-heavy line-up for this year's theatrical releases, and now that we're at the other end of the year, it seems like a good time to look back and see how the year actually played out versus how we thought things might go. One thing that's clear is that there were a ton of spy movies in 2015. If Sony hadn't pushed back the release of "The Brothers Grimsby," it would have been one more, and it makes it obvious why they pushed that film back to next year when you look at just how many spy-themed movies have been released since January. It's an unusual number, and I think it's just one of those flukes of timing. But when you look at all of them stacked up next to one another, it's interesting to see what worked and what didn't, »
- Drew McWeeny
Potential spoilers - not massive ones - for Ghostbusters (2016) lie within.
For all sorts of reasons, movie studios create, keep and sometimes register 'loglines' for their movies, little descriptions that give a basic overview of a film. Sometimes they're extremely basic.
Here is the logline for the new Ghostbusters, as acquired and verified by me just a while ago. This is how Ghostbusters is officially recorded within the very studio that is making the film. In theory at least, this distills the movie's core concepts into a single nugget that speak to the heart of the matter.
"With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend’s business partner, and an Mta employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York."
In order of their mentions, I think those »
2015 has been a big year for spy movies as roughly forty-seven of them have hit theaters since January. Most are the traditional kind — action-oriented thrillers aiming to wow audiences with stunts and intrigue — and more than a few of them succeeded. One of the year’s best though is actually a comedy. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is currently in the process of destroying all existing prints and copies of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, but earlier this year he released the ridiculously funny, Melissa McCarthy-headlined Spy into theaters. The title is straightforward, but the film itself does a fantastic job of being a spy comedy that never feels the need to veer into the realm of spoof. Top-notch action sequences and a spectacular cast elevate it even further, and the result is a movie that remains immensely entertaining across multiple re-watches. The Blu-ray is worth picking up for numerous reasons — chief among them being the outtakes of »
- Rob Hunter
After 65 years of beloved comic strips and animated specials, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Peanuts gang finally returned to the big screen last weekend with The Peanuts Movie. Despite going up against the blockbuster James Bond movie Spectre, The Peanuts Movie more than held its own at the box office, taking in $44.2 million, earning nearly half of its $99 million budget back in the first weekend. Most studios would jump at the chance to announce a sequel right away, but a new report has surfaced from The Wrap, which reveals that fans shouldn't be holding their breath for a follow-up.
The site spoke with Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, who revealed that 20th Century Fox only has the Peanuts rights for one movie. While she wouldn't close the door completely on a follow-up, Jean Schulz, who served as a producer on The Peanuts Movie, »
There are legions of Ghostbusters fans around the world, and while some of them have spent their time complaining and bashing the forthcoming reboot of the franchise from director Paul Feig, others are just happy holding on to the original films that touched their lives so many years ago. Now a new documentary will explore the […]
- Ethan Anderton
Kathy Griffin was an unknown comedic actress when she landed her breakout role on NBC’s 1996 sitcom “Suddenly Susan.” But three seasons in, she discovered a sobering truth after grilling her co-stars about their wages. “I had the second-lowest salary on the cast,” she says. “Judd Nelson made four times what I made, and he ended up getting fired.” When her agents balked at securing her a pay hike, she marched up to the office of Warner Bros. TV chief Peter Roth to demand a raise. “It was an all-out brawl,” says Griffin, who wrote down a number on a napkin and slid it over to Roth, channeling a used-car salesman. “I got a raise,” she says. “I still didn’t make equal to what the guys were making.”
Photograph by Adam Voorhes; Prop Styling by Robin Finlay
A decade later, she stormed up to another executive suite: this time »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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