You've Got Mail (1998)
Ithaca marks Meg Ryan's directorial debut after the actress took some time away from appearing in blockbuster romantic comedies. The movie is a coming-of-age tale for one teenage boy, and doesn't revolve around another loving relationship between the two former co-stars. In fact, the pair weren't seen together in the trailer that dropped last month. And they only share a fleeting few moments together on screen. Entertainment Weekly has a first look at this reunion.
Bill And Ted 3
The three titles above have gone through the rumor mill since long before we signed onto AOL and heard "You've Got Mail" and the internet became the place for geeks to discuss their favorite movies. Ghostbusters 3 almost happened, but never did. Beetlejuice 2 almost happened, but didn't. Bill And Ted 3 is in that unique spot where it could happen, because the logistical hurdle of getting the core team on board has already been completed, but will only happen once all the stars align- i.e. script, funding, etc.
As we now know, Ghostbusters 3 will never happen now, as the property has been rebooted. But what about Beetlejuice 2? Will it get the reboot treatment? Will it get a true sequel? Does anyone involved even want to make it? Well, it sounds like Beetlejuice 2 falls somewhere between those other two properties. Similar to Ghostbusters 3, it isn't happening. But similar to Bill And Ted 3, it actually could.
So Beetlejuice, fittingly, is in purgatory.
The reason I say it could happen, is that- similar to B&T 3, the originators would totally come back. Tim Burton has said he would do it. Michael Keaton has said he would do it. Winona Ryder has said she would do it. And, depending on who you ask, the film was said to officially be in development earlier this year. Burton, however, squashed that rumor shortly after it hit the net.
Here's what Burton told Collider last month:
"This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet."
Now Ryder is out and about, promoting Stranger Things, and here are her latest comments on Beetlejuice 2:
"I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Obviously, it was an iconic film. The only way it could really ever be done is with Tim [Burton] and Michael[Keaton]. I don’t know. There’s something that really resonates with all ages, with that film. It’s interesting. I think it would be great if it happened, if it was the right circumstances. Gosh, you know you’re getting older when they’re making TV shows, sequels or plays for things that you did. It’s very flattering and very humbling, indeed."
So the film is still basically in some sort of holding pattern. As Burton said, the first one wasn't a movie that screamed for a sequel, and it's likely that we won't get a Beetlejuice 2 until Burton, Keaton, and Ryder see a script that blows the doors off of the place. If that ever even happens.
We're basically at one "Beetlejuice." A great script would be a second "Beetlejuice." That would set the stage for the third (and final!)...."Bee-"
Nah, I won't say it. Don't wanna jinx it.
Mario-f. Robles Psyched! Freakin' Finally seeing #XMenApocalypse tonight. It's in 3D, which blows. But it'll do. about 19 hours ago
[surprised] That was just like 'You've Got Mail'!
Bingo, tourist ladies, bingo. She Loves Me, the 1963 musical, currently in the middle of its second Broadway revival, is adapted from the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László. It's inspired so many riffs so often you'd think it was a Shakespeare comedy. The play has already resulted in three well-known movies in the form of the touching Jimmy Stewart clasic (The Shop Around the Corner, 1940), an undervalued Judy Garland romance (In the Good Old Summertime, 1949), and the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks rom-com You've Got Mail (1998). The shop changes as does the mode by which the anonymous lovers correspond without realizing they know and hate each other in real life. Expect an internet catfishing riff on the story in 3...2...1... Anyway, in 1963 the play was adapted into She Loves Me for the musical stage.
• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)
• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home
• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)
• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2
• watch Juliet Stevenson be Mother Teresa in The Letters
• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those
• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!
Reader's Choice Streaming
We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from
Australian director George Miller has been selected to head the jury at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival running from May 11th to 22nd. Miller was at Cannes last May when Fury Road screened as an official out-of-competition selection.
In a statement, Miller says: "What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I'll be there with bells on!" [Source: THR]
Rare is the chance one gets to talk about the work of their heroes, rarer still does one get to do it with the help of some great people. Earlier this week I got to do that, discussing all things John Carpenter with the wonderful Lee Zachariah and Sophie Mayer for their prestigious podcast Hell is for Hyphenates,
A Very Scary Xmas II: Press Release: "Hauppauge, NY (December 2015) -- Naughty or Nice no longer matters as Santa has had just about enough! The lists have gotten longer, the kids are ungrateful and somewhere along the way they took the sugar out of the cookies and put almonds in the milk! It's enough to drive an elf crazy...matter of fact, drive All the elves crazy! So watch out as you stroll 34th St. and be extra careful in the Elf Asylum! This Holiday
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