12 items from 2015
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
While Dan Aykroyd, star of 1984’s Ghostbusters, is confirmed to be making a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, the actor has remained rather silent on whether or not he likes what he has seen from the film so far. That is, of course, until now, as during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly he expressed his thoughts on the project alongside original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.
Aykroyd said, “Paul’s kind of the George Cukor of Hollywood: He has a great touch directing female actors and he really knows how to hit the female psyche and sensibility. In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more – CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it. I’m really happy with what I’m seeing.”
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- Justin Cook
It’s fair to say that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters hasn’t got off to the best of starts with fans of the franchise, with many voicing their displeasure over the decision to reboot the series with a female cast of Ghosbusters.
Speaking to The Los Angeles Times, star Kristen Wiig was asked how she felt about the backlash to the casting, stating that complaints about the gender switch “really bummed me out.”
“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me. Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”
- Gary Collinson
With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts all returning to Ghostbusters lore in Paul Feig’s upcoming remake, many had hoped that Rick Moranis would follow suit. But speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis has revealed that he in fact turned down the offer.
“I wish them well” states Moranis. “I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”
It’s actually rare to hear from Moranis in the press, as he has taken a long break from the industry after his wife Ann died of cancer 1997, instead focusing on his family rather than acting. But he took the opportunity to set the record straight about his “retirement”:
“I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” he continued. “But I »
- Scott J. Davis
Following the previous announcements that Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts have alled joined the cast of the Ghostbusters reboot in cameo roles, it has now been confirmed that Sigourney Weaver – who played Dana Barrett in the original films – is also set to appear. Director Paul Feig confirmed on Twitter that she will be in the movie, claiming the news was due to leak…
Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I'll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 25, 2015
Ghostbusters is set for release on July 22nd, 2016 and sees Paul Feig (Spy) directing a cast that includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III »
- Thomas Roach
Yesterday it was revealed that Ernie Hudson is set to join fellow original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray for a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming female-led reboot, and now the Boston Herald is reporting that Annie Potts is also set to feature in the film.
Potts played the Ghosbusters’ receptionist Janine Melnitz in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, as well as voicing the character in the 2009 videogame. She is apparently set to make an appearance as a hotel clerk in the reboot.
The Ghotsbusters reboot has just wrapped production, with Feig directing a cast that includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Matt Walsh (Veep), Cecily Strong »
- Gary Collinson
It looks like Ernie Hudson is joining Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters movie, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Hudson is set to feature in the female-led reboot.
Back in January, Hudson criticised the idea of a female Ghostbusters, before changing his mind the following day and describing it as “phenomenal”.
It’s unclear in what capacity the three stars of the original two movies appear, and whether they’ll be reprising their roles as Winston Zeddemore, Ray Stanz and Peter Venkman.
Ghostbusters is set for release on July 22nd, 2016 and sees Paul Feig (Spy) directing a cast that includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III), Michael K. Williams »
- Gary Collinson
In an Twitter Q&A to promote the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Spy, Paul Feig also took out the time to let us know when we can expect our first look at his Ghostbusters reboot. Looks like we’ve only got a couple of months wait on our hands, as the first teaser will be with us by the end of the year.
Check out the tweet below:
.@GBUniverseNews @IMDb End of the year. #IMDBAskPaulFeig
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 10, 2015
Ghostbusters is set for release on July 15th, 2016 and will be directed by Paul Feig (Spy) with a cast that includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Matt Walsh (Veep), Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) and Neil Casey (Saturday Night Live). Original »
- Luke Owen
Tim Burton fans rejoiced last week with news that a “Beetlejuice 2” is in the works nearly 27 years after the original film. Lovers of the 1988 flick are (dare we say) dying for more of Michael Keaton’s stripe-suited spirit, but we have to ask: What is taking the second film so long? Sometimes, in film franchises as in life, the good stuff is worth the wait. Here are 10 more movie sequels that took a decade (or longer) to arrive. “The Godfather: Part III”The third part of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time, “Part III” was released more than 15 years after its 1972 and 1974 predecessors. It picks up the story of Al Pacino’s (now aging) mafioso Michael Corleone, but received mix reviews in comparison to the first two “Godfather” films. Still, Francis Ford Coppola’s belated third installment earned seven Oscar nominations, and remains part of the classic film canon. »
Locarno –What should be the policy of Switzerland towards Cuba now that the political situation in Cuba has turned? a Swiss journalist asked Andy Garcia at the beginning of a journalists’ group interview in Locarno, where Garcia received the Leopard Club Award Friday night.
That got Andy Garcia going. “The political situation is Cuba has not turned,” Andy Garcia said politely, but very adamantly. “There is one government, a dictatorship. The Castros are still in power. There’s never been a popular election in Cuba. Nothing will change in Cuba until the Castro regime leaves and the people are free.”
And Garcia expanded on the state of Cuba for another full minute. Later on at the presser, at the stately Orsalina Hotel, high above a crustal blue Lake Maggiore in the Swiss Alps, Garcia, more relaxed, ironized that whenever he gave an interview, whatever he spoke about, the only headlines would be about Cuba. »
- John Hopewell
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Earlier this week, Marvel confirmed that Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will direct both Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, taking over the Avengers franchise from director Joss Whedon. The news didn't come as too much of a surprise, since Joss Whedon revealed in January that he didn't want to direct the two-part Infinity War, and he also said last month that his upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron was "a nightmare" to shoot. Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Joss Whedon, who discussed why he does not want to direct Infinity War. Here's what he had to say below.
"Every movie I have ever made has been an ensemble piece of increasingly enormous proportions. That many balls in the air, it's only going to get bigger with Infinity War. I'm not going to be able to give it what I would need to. It's a young man's game. »
12 items from 2015
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