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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
A film adaptation of the popular manga series Death Note has been brewing for some time now, and last we heard about the project, Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black was working with his The Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry on a new iteration of the script. The movie is set up at Warner Bros., which has a strong relationship with Black thanks to the Lethal Weapon franchise and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so his involvement seemed like a done deal. However, now we’re hearing that Black might no longer be involved with Death Note, and his replacement is none other than Milk director Gus Vant Sant.
Death Note, an English-language adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that allows him to instantly kill any person by writing their name within its pages. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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Jim Parsons picked up Emmy nominations for both Big Bang Theory and The Normal Heart, and in the latter he fell in love with the character. “I always say, I’m better off trying not making judgmental statements about a character I’m playing while I’m playing it, but now that this one’s finished with, I will say, I loved him. I just loved his look on life, I loved the way he deals with people. He was such a good bridge between warring factions within his own community, he just knew how to diffuse the tension in a room. Just some traits that I really admire and it was such a joy to pretend to walk in those shoes for a while.”
After a lot of public scrutiny, police in Manassas, »
- Ed Kennedy
1984. The year that even the Olympics went to Hollywood is easily one of the greatest years in film history. 1984 is also the year that this writer was born…well, only just (my birthday is 31st December). This of course means that this is the year that I turn the big 3-0. Whilst having a mini wallow/mid-life breakdown I realised that many iconic movies came out during this year, meaning that they too turn 30 this year. The year saw the likes of The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Splash, The Karate Kid, Police Academy and Gremlins welcomed into the world and our hearts. Having grown-up alongside many of these films I decided to perform an in-depth look into the films that shaped 1984 to see how they are holding up three decades later.
- Kat Smith
The Home Alone director had a string of successful projects during the 80s and early 90s directing classics such as Adventures In Babysitting and Mrs Doubtfire. Not much is known about the remake apart from it being set 30 years after the first film’s events. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are also confirmed as producers for the film.
If this is true, I am sure fans of the original are breathing a little sigh of relief for having Columbus back on board. But that is not the only Columbus rumour, it was earlier announced that a sequel to The Goonies is in the works. Richard Donner has been developing ideas for the follow up to the 1985 hit film with Steven Spielberg. Not much is known about the sequel »
- Lucinda Holt
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
There have been rumblings about a return to Gremlins recently, as the 1984 original celebrates it's 30th Anniversary. Previously Christopher Columbus (currently directing the Adam Sandler Pixels movie) said that Gremlins would be hard to make in a digital effects environment, but that didn't stop Warner Brothers from quietly booting up a remake anyway.
Let's hope that the Gremlins animatronic puppets return, because Columbus has changed his tune and boarded the WB Gremlins reboot as a producer. Steven Spielberg is also reportedly involved in some aspect according the the report by The Tracking Board.
Elsewhere in Columbus and Spielberg reunions, Chris Columbus is also coming aboard Goonies 2 as a co-producer with Spielberg.
I'm certainly in the bag for new Gremlins, I'm wary about Goonies 2. Do y'all feel the same? »
Though filmmaker Chris Columbus may not be at the top of his game right now (hopefully his big screen version of Pixels will change that), back in the day, Columbus was responsible for some of the most revered movies of the 80s. The Home Alone director wrote the script for the original Gremlins back in 1984, and also the script for The Goonies back in 1985. Now if a rumor from The Tracking Board is to be believed, Columbus will go back to his roots by producing the new versions of both those films, which are each in some stage of development. While one is a sequel, the other will be a reboot. But which is which? Read on! Let's start with The Goonies. We had already heard earlier this year that director Richard Donner was developing a sequel to the childhood adventure favorite with Steven Spielberg, and pretty much all of »
- Ethan Anderton
Considering how beloved both of these movies are, I’m going to preface this post by saying that this news, originally published by The Tracking Board, is still classified as a rumor until we see something official. However, if the site’s report is true, it’s very exciting news. Word on the interwebs this week is that Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter films and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, has signed on to produce new installments of cult classics Gremlins and The Goonies.
Let’s take those one at a time. Gremlins was successful enough at the time of its release to garner a follow-up, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but this third film is said to take place 30 years after the original and be more of a reboot than a direct sequel. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this project moving for years, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chris Columbus appears to be getting back to his roots.The Tracking Board bring word that Columbus has signed on as a producer for new Goonies and Gremlins films, both of which will reportedly be sequels set some thirty years following the originals. Columbus, of course, wrote both of the original films and while there have been rumblings of both off and on for years now this is the firmest indication yet that they are actually moving forward.There is no word yet whether Gremlins director Joe Dante will return but Goonies helmer Richard Donner is reportedly on board for the sequel as well and hopes to bring the entire original cast back with him...
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According to The Tracking Board, Chris Columbus is heading back to his roots, signing on to produce the planned Gremlins remake, as well as The Goonies sequel. Steven Spielberg is said to be producing The Goonies 2, and will also be involved with the new Gremlins movie in some capacity.
The site goes on to report that the Gremlins remake will adopt a plot very similar to the original, telling “the story of a boy who gets a strange creature for Christmas, only to, through his own negligence, unleash a horde of the little monsters on his town.” However, Slash Film is reporting that it will actually be a “sequel-style reboot” rather than a straight-up remake, set some 30 years after the events of the first movie.
Are you looking forward to the return of the Gremlins and the Goonies? Let us know your thoughts…
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- Gary Collinson
Art by Nargynargy
There's another rumor from The Tracking Board that has hit the web that says Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is set to produce the sequels to The Goonies and Gremlins. It was originally reported that Gremlins would be a remake, but according to /Film the film will actually be a sequel that takes place 30 years after the original film.
There has been no official confirmation of Columbus' involvement at the moment, so we'll treat this as a rumor for now.
Warner Bros. has been looking to get another Gremlins made for several years. The film project is currently on the fast track to production with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg set to produce.
- Joey Paur
Update: We’ve heard from our good sources that the new Gremlins movie won’t be a remake, but a sequel-style reboot set 30 years after the original. Original post follows. Chris Columbus may be going back to his roots. A new report indicates that he’s set to produce both the Gremlins remake and the Goonies sequel, having written […]
- Angie Han
The writer of the original Gremlins joins the new movie as a producer...
Well, it looks as if Warner Bros is serious this time. For many years, there's been talk of a Gremlins reboot/remake/belated sequel, but there finally seems to be some real progress being made.
We already knew that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were involved with the new Gremlins film. But The Tracking Board now reports that Chris Columbus has jumped aboard the new Gremlins as a producer. Columbus penned the screenplay for the first film, and he's also set to produce the belated Goonies sequel that's also in the works. Steven Spielberg is also said to be involved in both projects.
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
1984. The year that even the Olympics went to Hollywood is easily one of the greatest years in film history. 1984 is also the year that this writer was born…well, only just (my birthday is 31st December). This of course means that this is the year that I turn the big 3-0. Whilst having a mini wallow/mid-life breakdown I realised that many iconic movies came out during this year, meaning that they too turn 30. The year saw the likes of The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Splash, The Karate Kid, Police Academy and Gremlins welcomed into the world and our hearts. Having grown-up alongside many of these films I decided to perform an in-depth look into the films that shaped 1984 to see how they are holding up three decades later.
- Kat Smith
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Earlier this month, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary, so the timing couldn't be more perfect for this great little easter egg. Take a look at the poster for the 1984 film, which shows someone carrying a box full of Gizmo. See if you can spot a very subtle nod to Steven Spielberg's production logo. It's ok if you didn't see it. Even with the poster blown up, it's barely noticeable. Slash Film brought our attention to it, posting the above poster, along with a close-up of the button on the jeans positioned between the underside of the box and the Gremlins title... Close up, you can just make out the iconic silhouette of Elliot and E.T. flying past the moon on a bicycle. It's a nod to Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment, the logo of which was inspired by Spielberg's beloved 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial... Steven Spielberg executive »
In fact Empires sneak peak is already proving quite revealing. Chris and I had worked together since Piranha and we were planning a 3D remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon. Then Gremlins came along. It was a good job but there just wasnt a lot of budget. All these creatures had to be created and we had no idea how we were going to do it Joe Dante states during the interview. »
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