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Join me from 8.15pm on Saturday for this week's 'movie' theme – will Amelia Lily or Marcus Collins emerge as stars?
Good evening, and welcome to the X Factor liveblog. I hope you're ready to have fun, because tonight is Movie Night. You thought you saw the last of it in 2009 when Jedward did Ghostbusters ("John, save me!" "Don't be such a baby!") and Jamie Afro did the love theme from Gummo. But now it's back. And it's going to be bigger than ever. Or the same size. Or slightly smaller. Look, I don't know.
It's just a shame that Kitty Brucknell won't be around to enjoy it. Imagine her doing We Don't Need Another Hero from Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdrome or Holding Out For A Hero from Flashdance. It would have been brilliant. But no, inevitably everyone will do Purple Rain again, except for Janet who'll do her best »
- Stuart Heritage
Apparently I’m a little late to the proverbial party on this one, but, as Cheech Marin said in “Ghostbusters 2″, it’s always better to be late than to never arrive. I’m paraphrasing, of course. Below you’ll find a seriously impressive trailer for director Kimberly Seilhamer’s “Jack the Reaper”, a motion picture about a bloody-thirsty freak named Railroad Jack who savagely menaces a group of teenagers inside a roadside carnival. Trust me when I say it looks a lot better than it sounds. This extended synopsis demands your attention: A cold-blooded creature known as Railroad Jack (Douglas Tait) haunts a stretch of desert highway called Death’s Door, waiting for his next victims. He is a Reaper, one who ushers souls to the afterlife, willing or not. Railroad Jack stalks the desert, drawing prey to the abandoned roadside carnival that is his weapon. When a school »
- Todd Rigney
I know most genre fans shuttered when it was announced, a few months ago, that Alcon (a production company with close ties to Warner Brothers), purchased the rights to produce movies and/or a television series based on Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Blade Runner.
Well, before everyone breathes a sigh of relief from the news that Scott might be involved in a sequel, ponder this little fact: if history proves anything, it’s that the original director’s involvement does not insure a sequel will be any good.
Most sequels follow a cinematic version of the Law of Diminishing Returns (LoDR). In economics, this law states that adding more factors into a production, while all other factors hold constant, will lead to decreased results at some point. Nowhere is this law more evident than with sequels, which add more elements into the mix in an impotent attempt to break free of this law. »
- Chris McMillan
Fact: There's a way to appreciate video incarnations of the Statue of Liberty that doesn't require Dr. Peter Venkman to spray it down with ectoplasmic gunk.
That's not to say you can't appreciate it via Ghostbusters II, but just that maybe, once in a while, you turn off your homemade proton pack and your TV, and find a new way to appreciate American symbolism. Or you can leave the TV on and just pop in America: The Story of Us. The anomalous national identity of the United States has a special place in history (or so we tell ourselves), but this History Channel special examines the people of all walks of life, race, religion, and creed who have come together to make America one of the most diverse places in the world. In honor of its recent re-release, JustPressPlay is giving away a copy the Collector's Edition on DVD to »
- Lex Walker
Ghostbuster's bespeckled Janine Melnitz is a classic film secretary, but the job has been demoted in Hollywood
With Ghostbusters back on the big screen this month, proton packs will no doubt pop into the mind of every potential viewer. But, as crucial as the stream-crossing equipment of Venkman, Egon, Ray and Winston is, the far more ordinary telephone deserves some love, too. After all, it gave secretary Janine Melnitz the perfect reason to squawk that immortal line: "Ghostbusters, whaddya want?!"
With the sound still carrying across cultural space more than 25 years later, Annie Potts's rendition of the overworked, underimpressed Brooklynite Janine stole scenes from every one of the Ghostbusters – with her small talk with Egon (Janine: "Do you have any hobbies?" Spengler: "I collect spores, mold and fungus") a high point. While Potts went on to steal scenes again from Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink and voice Woody's »
- Lauren Cochrane
Sigourney Weaver has said in an interview with ComingSoon that she has yet to read a Ghostbusters 3 script. Even though Dan Aykroyd said the film should be going into production in 2012. Sigourney said:
I have yet to read the script, I’ve had a couple of calls and I know they’re rewriting. All I said was that I hope my son Oscar has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and if we have to let this one go, that’s fine.
That gives some interesting tidbits, her son, who is a baby in Ghostbusters 2, is going to be a Ghostbuster himself. Other than that, everything else seems to hearsay. Word is, at the moment, they’re going ahead without Bill Murray, which is a »
As a castmember in "Abduction," Sigourney Weaver has recently been doing her duly appointed duty, giving interviews in an attempt to convince people to go see a Taylor Lautner movie where he almost certainly doesn't turn into a werewolf. Thankfully, some folks were bright enough to ask the actress about some highly-anticipated projects that we really care about: New "Ghostbusters" and "Avatar" movies.
In a conversation with ComingSoon, Weaver graciously answered a question she must hear at least once a day and spoke about the likelihood of "Ghostbusters 3" actually happening. Despite not having read the script, the actress seems convinced that her character's son, Oscar, will have grown up to be a Ghostbuster in the new movie. Oscar, who was an infant in 1989's "Ghostbusters 2," would work out to be at least 23 if aging in real time. In related news: You're old.
When he's not trying to keep »
- Aubrey Sitterson
Sigourney Weaver has cast doubt over whether a third Ghostbusters film will ever be made. The actress, who portrayed Dana Barrett in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, has said that she has yet to see a final script for the proposed sequel. "I have yet to read the script," Weaver explained to Coming Soon this week. "I've had a couple of calls and I know they're rewriting and all I said was that I hope my [character's] son Oscar has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitmand said yes. "Beyond that, (more) »
- By Tom Ayres
Remember the glory years, between 1983 and 1999, when all we wanted was another Star Wars film? Do you recall the childlike innocence with which we accepted the prospect of another installment to our beloved saga, even though in the intervening 16 years, George Lucas the Hutt had clearly gone mad, filling his ample gut with lashings of cash, and feeding Irvin Kershner to the Rancor? It’s safe to assume that we are now older, wiser, and a whole lot more cynical, and studio bigwigs should take heed of the warning before toying with more childhood classics.
Yes, Thn is addressing you Ivan Reitman. And you Dan Ackroyd.
The long-mooted Ghostbusters 3 is one of those films we’ve been dying to see, but are too afraid to truly know. But the slime just got real, as apparently it’s going ahead, and Bored To Death’s John Hodgman (speaking on Wfmu »
- Tom Fordy
According to funnyman Dan Aykroyd, co-star of iconic horror/comedy Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, there will definitely be a Ghostbusters 3 with or without the involvement of Bill Murray. In an interview with Dennis Miller radio, Aykroyd said Ghostbusters 3 was a go, and he mentioned it will effectively pass the Ghostbuster torch to a younger generation.
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- Amy Curtis
It appears that the resident Ghostbusters 3 hold-out, Bill Murray, has added another man to his corner of unassured confidence in a possible threequel for the hit franchise, as Ghostbusters 2 alum Kurt Fuller says that he doesn’t believe Ghostbusters 3 should be made.
We spoke with Ghostbusters 2’s proverbial “pecker” while at Comic-Con about his role of Woody the coroner on the USA hit series Psych, and it appears that Fuller has still not completely taken Peter Venkman’s advice from the Ghostbusters sequel: “Aren’t you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt?” though some “but kissing” does naturally occur.
Speaking about whether or not Murray will ever sign off on Ghostbusters 3, Fuller says (with a facial expression that can only be made when speaking about the legendary Murray), “I cannot ...
- Anthony Ocasio
Tai the Elephant is having a big year. And that's big even by the standards of elephants.
The Hollywood veteran starred earlier this year in "Like Water for Elephants" (as the elephant, natch), and now takes a lead role in "Zookeeper," playing one of many talking creatures who school Kevin James in the language of love.
How many other actresses can boast of starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Kevin James in a single year? It's clear that Tai the Elephant has become the go-to elephant in Hollywood these days. Eat your hearts out, um, all you other elephants.
Tai has been parading around the Hollywood circus for decades now, consistently turning in tusk-turning performances. We're proud to present the high-profile pachyderm's seven greatest stunts.
7. 'The Jungle Book' (1994)
When the animated Disney classic "The Jungle Book" was being adapted into a live-action film, the producers knew that only the »
- Justin Sedgwick
Everyone remembers Ray Parker, Jr.’s classic “Ghostbusters” theme song. But how many of you remember Run Dmc’s “Ghostbusters Rap” from the ill-advised sequel? If ever there ever was an argument against not making a third Ghostbusters, this embarrassing music video is it.
Ghostbusters remains one of my all-time favorite movies. I’m not lying when I tell you I saw it 8 times in the theater as a little kid. I’m also not lying when I tell you that watching Ghostbusters 2 in a theater opening weekend remains to this day one of the most profoundly depressing experiences of my life. The sequel’s piss poor soundtrack also did the film no favors.
Let’s face it: “Ghostbusters II” has not aged very well. Every time I try to rewatch the sequel, I’m met with complete indifference. It’s that it’s a bad film, per se, but it’s certainly doesn’t capture the magic or the spirit of the original. However, since I’m a big ol’ sucker for behind-the-scenes footage involving special effects, the pair of clips embedded below are actually kind of nifty. Two videos of some test footage involving the Slimer puppet and some Vigo make-up work have made their way online, and even though the movie itself is kind of a bust, these clips are actually quite cool. If you’re a “Ghostbusters” fan, chances are you’re gonna eat these things up. Source: Horror-Movies.ca »
- Todd Rigney
That's right! Ghostbusters II news. Why, you ask? Because there's nothing really to say about the third film in the franchise because Dr. Venkman is still too damned busy (or lazy) to just read the friggin' script and sign off either way.
What we have here is some pretty cool behind-the-scenes footage from the second (and somewhat disappointing) Ghostbusters tale has surfaced online featuring puppet tests for everyone's favorite gooey spectre, Slimer, and much more.
The main questions that come to mind? Where has this footage been all this time, and for the love of all that is holy, how come it's never made it to Blu-ray or DVD editions of the films?
Oh yeah, because Ghostbusters fans always get the shaft! I forgot! Silly me. In any event dig on the coolness below.
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- Uncle Creepy
Studio produced Epk featurettes usually suck. From time to time, we post B-roll footage on the site (usually in Page 2) because I love watching the making of a movie in the unedited form. I've always loved the cinema verite-style film documentaries, but they're rare. Special effects artist William Forsche has posted 47-minutes of fly on the wall behind the scenes footage from the set of Ghostbusters 2. Forsche shot the footage during FX tests and actual FX production of the film. We get to see the effects team putting together the suit operated animatronic puppet Slimer, director Ivan Reitman working out a ghost-heavy sequence with the effects team and star Bill Murray, the prosthetic make-up being applied and filming of the moving Vigo painting segments, model builders recreating a New York City subway tunnel in miniature for the subway of slime sequence, and much more. Hit the jump to watch the videos now. »
- Peter Sciretta
Writer Craig Mazin takes us through the joys and difficulties of bringing the Wolf Pack back for their second adventure, in theaters today
Making its debut last night at Midnight for the Memorial Day weekend holiday is director Todd Phillips's much-anticipated comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, which reunites the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms) for a second adventure in Bangkok.
Early reviews are raving that it's as good as its predecessor, which it is. If you liked The Hangover, you will enjoy The Hangover Part II at equal measure. The main criticism being aimed at the movie is that it's simply a remake of the first film in every way. It's a loose Xerox copy that follows a strict formula, never deviating from that path. That makes it both frustrating and fascinating. Is it high art? A cash grab? Or is the story merely »
Comedy sequels fall into three categories: bad enough to make you wonder if the original was as good as you thought ("Weekend at Bernies II," "Evan Almighty," and far too many others); amusing but less entertaining than the first ("Ghostbusters II," "American Pie 2"); and -- rarest of all -- funny enough to stand on its own merits.
Here's hoping that the men-behaving-badly-again release of "The Hangover Part II" falls into the last group. In the meantime, here are five comedy sequels that aren't just worthy of the originals, but also righteously hilarious on their own.
5. 'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' (2008)
In most contexts, Gitmo is no laughing matter; but Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) transcend political sensitivity. The odd-couple duo (Harold's organized, Kumar's a slacker) take their ganja-laced humor to the notorious military prison after getting arrested on a flight to the pot-nirvana of Amsterdam. Despite »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
No! The New York Post reported yesterday that New York City is considering a proposal from Mayor Bloomberg to close 20 firehouses because of budget cuts. Among the firehouses slated for elimination is the one at 133 John Street in Tribeca. Officially, it's known as Ladder 8. But movie lovers around the world call it the "Ghostbusters" firehouse.
For any fan of "Ghostbusters" -- which, as far as I'm concerned, includes any rational thinking human on Planet Earth -- Ladder 8 is one of the coolest places in New York, if not the entire world. To this day, it looks almost exactly as it did in the movies, and they even have the actual prop sign from "Ghostbusters II" hanging on the wall inside. Plus, they've got the coolest official T-shirt of any firehouse in existence. If the Fdny eliminates Ladder 8 and -- God Forbid -- tears down a piece of movie history, I will be inconsolable. »
- Matt Singer
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