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He was one of George Lucas’s original team of F/X wizards who in 1978 took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (which he shared with John Dykstra) for his work on R2-D2 and all those wonderful creatures from the 1977 Star Wars. (In addition to his work as chief modelmaker for the groundbreaking film, he also appeared as a Death Star Gunner.) Grant McCune died of complications from cancer on Monday. He was 67. Described as a "quiet but crucial" innovator who specialized in models and miniatures, Grant McCune was one of Hollywood's best known special and visual effects artists pumping out designs for over 100 films, spanning decades of sci-fi and action classics, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Ghostbusters II to Speed to Batman Forever to Spider-Man 2. McCune worked as miniature supervisor for Apogee Inc. on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and received an Academy »
- NIKKI FINKE
…and One Reason Why Maybe It Isn’t!
(Article re-posted for your enjoyment)…
Owf’s Tom Fallows runs down 50 reasons why the 1984 classic horror comedy Ghostbusters is The Greatest Film of All Time.
1. Bill Murray
This is the movie that made the Saturday Night Live comedian a bonified movie star and would pave the way for such later delights as Groundhog Day (1993), Lost in Translation (2003) and Broken Flowers (2005). Without Bill Murray, would Ghostbusters be the classic it is today?
2. The Dialogue
Just transcribing the movie would enough reason why Ghostbusters achieves greatness. This list contains as many classic quotes as we could fit. i.e.
“You forget, Peter. I was present at an undersea unexplained sponge migration,” – Ray.
3. Ray Parker Jr’s Theme Song
All together now, “Who ya gonna call? »
- Tom Fallows
Misfits! K-9! Little Crackers! Movies! Check out the joys heading to UK TV over the coming days...
This week, our TV highlights and recommendations take you only through the middle of the week and no further. But, please don't feel shortchanged, as we'll have a special Christmas holiday edition of Geek UK TV on Wednesday, to bring you through the holiday in telly style.
So, don't fret at the brevity of shows and films that follow, because a lorryload of great programming is winging it's way to us as we write this, and it's a heavy, heavy consignment, indeed, with more treats than coal, we hope, in store for us to enjoy.
So, here's the abbreviated version of new shows and specials arriving before the holiday dash...
Finding shared interests with children gets harder as we, and they, get older. So, now's the time for any Who devotees to instil »
“Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” is one of those iconic movie quotes which has fully earned its place in pop culture history over the last 25 years. Frequently voted high in the ranks as one of the greatest comedies ever made, it was released in 1984 and spawned a sequel five years later in ’89 in the form of Ghostbusters II.
This Ghostbusting franchise is still alive and kicking with rumours of the long awaited third installment due to go into production in May 2011!
Along with The Goonies, Back to the Future and other classics from the 1980s, the fan-base for Ghostbusters is loud and proud and while we wait very patiently for concrete production details to trickle through regarding shooting for next year’s highly anticipated Ghostbusters 3 movie, Film-maker and Producer Anthony Bueno and Co-Producer Claire Bueno of Bueno Productions have created a phenomenal feature-length documentary retrospective which looks set to »
- Andy Petrou
"Ghostbusters 3" might not have a finished script, a green light or a director, but it certainly is gathering quite the cast.
Indiewire reports that in an interview with Chicago radio station Wgn, scribe and original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd confirmed some of the casting rumors that have been swirling around for the past few months. According to Aykroyd, "SNL" funnyman Bill Hader is a "strong possibility" to star in the film, and Aykroyd is also banking on the participation of Anna Faris and Eliza Dushku.
Those three are added to the list of the previously on-board Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver. Aykroyd didn't mention whether Will Forte or original cast members Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson, who were all rumored to have cameos, might be in for the film... but we wouldn't rule them out just yet. If anything's clear, it's that Aykroyd knows who he's gonna »
- Terri Schwartz
He’s not acted in a film for a long time, but we still can’t help celebrating the majesty of Mr Rick Moranis. And here, for your deliberation, are his ten finest movies…
Given that he went into retirement from acting back over a decade ago now, for personal reasons, it's perhaps not too surprising that Rick Moranis' back catalogue of movies isn't as bountiful as many of his contemporaries. Yet, Moranis certainly knew how to make a comedy mark (although, as we'll discover, there's more to the man than that). And while the 10 films we're going to talk about here are of mixed quality, the common feature is that Moranis delivers a performance that tends to stand out.
I should note from the outset, incidentally, that we're not going anywhere near the risible movie of The Flintstones here. But that's just common sense for all concerned.
(answer after the pic)
Got an idea? If you guessed a blue plaid-clad Ashton Kutcher is handing frumpy trenchcoat Natalie Portman a bundle of carrots, you’re absolutely right. In the film, the two undoubtedly well-paid actors play a couple of lifetime friends turned F-asterisk-asterisk-k buddies. Get it? No Strings Attached?
“We should have just called the movie ‘Clooney,’” Kutcher said. “That’s the kind of relationship George Clooney has had for the past 20 years. He seems happy.”
Apparently Kutcher’s character, in order to avoid breaking their No Giving Flowers Rule of Disaffection, gives Portman’s character carrots instead of roses. Portman’s expressive actor face lets you know what she thinks of the gesture. »
- James Battaglia
Evidence has popped up suggesting Ghostbusters 3 may begin shooting as early as May 2011.
The scoop comes from Production Weekly who tweeted they heard Sony was aiming to put the Ivan Reitman film into production that month. Sony, of course, has yet to comment.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson are expected to return in Ghostbusters 3 in a story revolving around Oscar, the son of Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who played an integral role in Ghostbusters 2. Oscar would be a young man now and likely a new member of the Ghostbusters. Sony could potentially have several young recruits to position a franchise rebirth and passing of the torch. »
Bill Murray recently donned a proton pack and appeared in character as Peter Venkman at the 2010 Scream awards, while Dan Aykroyd has been talking up the script. But today there was more evidence that Ghostbusters 3 could soon be on its way to the big screen after Production Weekly said it expected the film to shoot in May next year.
The usually reliable magazine tweeted: "We're hearing that Sony Pictures is planning to put Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters 3 into production in May 2011." That would mean the new movie arriving 22 years after Ghostbusters II.
Aykroyd, who has been revising a screenplay by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who worked on the Us version of The Office, said earlier this month that there was a "comic role of a lifetime" for Murray in the new movie, and »
- Ben Child
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our new “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. Each week we bring you the highlights from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every episode.
The Tele-Cast Launches! Episode 00
In this brief overview episode Kevin and the guys discuss the focus of this show and all future things to come. Tune in every week for an awesome episode of the Tele-Cast! Listen Now.
ToonCast Episode 77 – Scooby Doo
In the 77th episode of ToonCast we talk about The Mystery Inc gang. Yes that’s right we are gonna drag Glade Packer through the 8th circle of Hell as we reminisce on every incarnation of Scooby Doo before 1988. Listen Now.
The Beast Unleashed Podcast Episode 26
In the 26th episode of Tbu the guys review In Darkest Knight, A Wolf in the Fold and Home Soil. Listen Now. »
Ghostbusters III may finally be stepping in front of the cameras next May, according to Production Weekly. Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two, will produce and helm the third, which intends to bring back the original foursome of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, plus Sigourney Weaver and maybe even the retired Rick Moranis.
The sequel has been plagued by conflicting reports, so it’s impossible to know what to believe anymore. Aykroyd told Vanity Fair he was taking the script by “The Office” writers Gene Stupnisk and Lee Eisenberg and working on with Ramis. Then FilmDrunk learned Aykroyd was merely providing his input, not rewriting anything. Then, just to cross the streams even more, an Italian Ghostbusters website heard the script was approved by Sony.
The story will involve the “passing of the torch” from the old and busted ‘Busters to a new team, and Oscar »
- Jeff Leins
It's time for some Ghostbusters nerd language. If you ever find yourself on the verge of a four-fold crossrept − a Pke surge of incredible, even dangerous proportions − then you’re going to want all the ghost bustin’ gadgets you can get… especially a movie-accurate Pke Meter, available for the first time from Mattel!..
This prop replica features light sequences from both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, adjustable Led and screen animation speeds, three screen displays as seen in the films (diagonal, off, arc) and opening wings! This is a Ghostbusters nerd fantasy come true!
Feast on the image below and this item will be available December 1, 2010 for $60, only on MattyCollector.com.
Original post blogged on b2evolution.
- Keepers of the Bid
Back To The Future:25th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-Ray)Universal Home ENTERTAINMENTRated PG/1985, '89 & '90/Running Time 116, 109, 119 minsList Price $79.98 – Available October 26, 2010A kid from the 80's goes back in time thirty years and nearly causes his parents to never meet. Along the way he invents the skateboard and rock n roll and helps his father became a man. A simple premise that was wrapped up in some brilliant science fiction ideas and some great comedy. There are many, many reasons why Back to the Future and its subsequent sequels are still regarded as three of the best films ever made. To fully explore each one would be a massive undertaking, yet beyond the laughs, pop culture references and complete zaniness, lies a story with actual heart. It's the story of two men, seventeen-year-old High Schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and “crazy wide-eyed old man who claims to be a »
The recession has hit the British film industry hard. As I type this, the UK Film Council is on a slow walk to the gallows, and the British Film Institute has had its budget slashed by 15%. The situation has become so bad that even our most successful filmmakers are forced to extraordinary lengths to get their films made. Just a few hours ago, while walking through Soho, I witnessed Stephen Frears suffocating Richard Curtis with a Waitrose carrier bag in a fight to the death for government funding.*
In the face of this cultural devastation, it’s easy to forget that Hollywood is also in the depths of a recession.
Over the last few years Hollywood has mitigated the effects of the financial downturn by making cheaper films, with fewer stars, derivative plots and, where possible, movies that are part of an existing, successful franchise.
This trend is particularly true »
- Ben Mortimer
While a third Ghostbusters movie has been talked about for years, plans for Ghostbusters III started to look realistic when Harold Ramis explained in June of 2009 that he was working on the story for Ghostbusters 3 with his Year One screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. At the time, Ramis said that the entire cast "says they'll do it." Six months later he revealed that the script would "introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too." While the cast may have casually agreed to return, Ghostbusters III has a very public critic who has continued to punch holes in the possibility of another Ghostbusters: Bill Murray.
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- Ryan Gowland
From where I’m sitting, “Ghostbusters 3″ still seems like a bad idea. A really bad idea. And while I was a pretty big fan of the much-maligned “Ghostbusters 2″ when I was ten, the film has not aged well with me at all. However, a tiny bit of interesting news from the boys and girls over at Vanity Fair has definitely piqued my interest a bit. According to them, Dan Aykroyd is tackling some rewriting work on Stupnitsky and Eisenberg’s script, which is exceptional news considering how impossibly mediocre “Year One” was. Granted, I didn’t hate it as much as everybody else on the planet, but it’s certainly not a fantastic slice of mainstream cinema by any stretch of the imagination. Here’s the quote in care you’re curious: He was talking about the writers from Year One, and I think he was reacting to »
- Todd Rigney
Bloody-Disgusting has the inside info, which claims Moranis will come out of his 13-year retirement to appear in the series. The once ubiquitous comedic actor left the business in 1997 after his wife’s unfortunate cancer death to take care of his children. He declined an opportunity to do voice work with many of the cast on a new video game in 2008.
The rest of the cast, specifically Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver will all be back, along with director Ivan Reitman. Rumors persist that the script by “The Office” writers writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg calls for the old team to hand the ghost hunting business over to a new crop of Busters.
However, Murray has publicly bashed the comeback and insisted that his character, »
- Jeff Leins
I watched “Ghostbusters” yesterday, and it is still an incredible movie. No matter how many times I hear it, Bill Murray saying, “Yes it’s true, this man has no dick”, makes me laugh uncontrollably. And even as a grown-ass man, I still want my own proton pack. My plan was to watch “Ghostbusters 2” today while my girlfriend was at work (I know an inexplicable number of people, including her, who are actually afraid of the sequel). Now I feel like I have to because while waiting for a guy to come fix the leak in my roof, I stumbled across some exciting “Ghostbusters 3” news. Bloody Disgusting reports that all four members of the original team are on board for the third episode, including the previously reluctant Murray. In addition to that, Sigourney Weaver is in, and Rick Moranis is coming out of retirement to join the party. »
- Brent McKnight
Even though we have no idea how valid these details are, they would definitely be considered spoilers if they in-fact are true – so, turn back now if you want to stay in the dark about the plot of Ghostbusters III (assuming it ever gets made). If you want the dirt, check out the details after the jump.
B-d is reporting that Rick Moranis is expected to come out of retirement to reprise his role of Louis Tully in Ghostbusters III, and that Bill Murray‘s character, Peter Venkman was actually the father of Dana Barrett’s (Sigourney Weaver) newborn son Oscar, who was introduced in Ghostbusters II.
Oscar will reportedly be 21 years of age in this new film, and will be one of the younger crop of Ghostbusters that will take over the business from the original four characters, Venkman, Egon Spangler (Harold Ramis) Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and »
- Jason Moore
The progress of Ghostbusters 3 is one we've been following with keen interest at Den Of Geek. A sequel to two much loved childhood favourites, we're quietly praying that director Ivan Reitman and writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky can turn in a better later day follow-up than George Lucas managed with the depressing Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Worryingly, Bill Murray has been extremely vocal about his opinion on the script as it stands, and there have been fears, particularly after his July interview with GQ magazine (which we wrote about here), that he won't appear in Ghostbusters 3 at all.
Nevertheless, the film's pre-production presses on, with news arriving this week, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, about what we could possibly expect from the sequel's script. That a new, »
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