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Before Paul Feig came around to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise for a new generation and launch a whole new franchise, there was a direct sequel to the original films that was in development for years. That project will never happen at this point, but some details have surfaced on what that sequel would have entailed.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3) completed a second Ghostbusters 3 draft. The film's producer, Ivan Reitman, who was attached to direct the film at the time, sent an email to Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal that contained the second draft, and it reveals the title of the movie and his plan for the cast.
There's not much revealed about the plot, but it would have centered on Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) passing the franchise off to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. Sadly, a month after this email was sent, »
- Joey Paur
Ever wondered about the inner workings of a vampire’s mind? Do you spend your spare time thinking about how a group of flat-sharing vampires divide up the household chores, or how they decide what to wear for a night on the town? Yeah, so do we. All these musings and many more are answered in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waitit’s hilarious mockumentary, What We Do In the Shadows. To celebrate the release of the Flight of the Conchords writers’ latest project, we take a look at the other best mockumentaries to hit the silver screen.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
What many consider the ultimate mockumentary, this cult classic has topped many lists since the 80’s. Most of the dialogue was ad-libbed and the actors were accredited as writers as well because of this. One of the best rock movie quotes, “turn it up to 11”, comes from this masterpiece. »
- Phil Wheat
Starring Eric Roberts (“The Expendables”), Ken Davitian (“Borat”), Korrina Rico (“Horrible Bosses 2″) and Hunter Ives, Abstraction is the story of Tommy and Gary, two criminals engaging in grand thefts in order to make ends meet. After a routine robbery goes wrong, the friends are forced to put their criminal activity … Continue reading →
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact," sang Bruce Springsteen in the song "Atlantic City." "But maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
The Boss might have been singing about this week's happenings in the world of television, events that proved once again that TV is a rest home where nothing ever truly dies and everything can someday return to life (with only a minimum of zombie-creepiness). In the world of television (which includes streaming online video, where everything from last night's Jimmy Fallon shenanigans to the most ancient and obscure TV arcane is just a click away), there is a galaxy of possibilities cobbled together from pop culture jetsam; there are alternate universes where amazing shows by unlikely auteurs exist, or where those shows debut when we want them to instead of years too late; and there are realms where the inability of anything to become permanently lost in the »
- Gary Susman
The songwriter apparently became obsessed with Jerry Lewis, prompting him to propose a slapstick comedy series to Seinfeld writer Larry Charles before dropping the idea just after being greenlit by HBO
It recently emerged that Bob Dylan once tried to start up a band featuring both the Beatles and the Stones. And now theres news of an equally half-baked endeavour: an attempt to make a slapstick comedy with celebrated Us TV network HBO.
According to Larry Charles, a one-time writer on Seinfeld who went on to direct Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dylan approached him back in the 90s for a meeting to discuss a potential slapstick comedy TV series, after getting deeply into Jerry Lewis.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
A&E orders “Donnie Loves Jenny” starring Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy After appearing together on A&E’s “Wahlburgers,” the “Blue Bloods” star and the former “View” co-host will front their own 10-episode reality show that will focus on their life as newlyweds. “Donnie Loves Jenny” will consist of one hour-long episode, plus nine half-hour episodes. “The Newsroom” and “The Comeback” return down About 1.2 million watched the final season premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, while just 300,000 tuned in for the heavily hyped return of Lisa Kudrow’s reality TV parody. About 1.5 million watched “The Comeback’s” Season 1 premiere and 920,000 stuck around for the season finale. Plus: John Oliver’s season finale watched by 796,000. Bob Dylan wanted to become an HBO sitcom star!? Larry Charles, the former “Seinfeld” writer and director of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Borat,” recalls taking a meeting with the music icon in the early ‘90s. »
- Norman Weiss
Oftentimes movie studios will use attention-grabbing guerilla marketing ploys to promote their movies and, while such PR stunts are generally harmless fun, once in a while they.ll really test the boundaries of "good taste." Such was the case for a recent German production, which reincarnated Hitler and sent him parading around the country.s cities. Wait, didn.t Sacha Baron Cohen already do something like this? To promote the new film spoof Look Who's Back, Munich mini-major powerhouse Constantin Films decked out the film's star, Oliver Masucci, in full Adolf Hitler garb and sent him on a hidden camera tour. It.s a very Borat-esque move to promote the film that centers on Hitler's return to modern-day Germany (as based on the book by of the same name by Timur Vermes). In Berlin, "Hitler" was spotted on the balcony of a hotel as a group of demonstrators from »
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe InterviewRelease Date: December 25thStudio: Sony/ColumbiaGenre: ComedyDirector: Seth Rogen & Evan GoldbergWriters: Dan SterlingCast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy CaplanStudio Description: Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.Analysis: The Interview arrives seven months after Neighbors, which became star Seth Rogen's highest-grossing live-action movie ever with $150.1 million. It also marks the second directorial outing for Rogen and Evan Goldberg after last Summer's This is the End, which also topped $100 million.While the Rogen brand has probably never been stronger, »
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(Cbr) Movie Urban Legend: Robin Williams ad-libbed so much of "Aladdin" that the film was rejected for a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Tragically, Robin Williams passed away Monday at the age of 63. With the unexpected death of such a comedy icon, the internet is filled to the brim with tributes to the beloved actor. Along with those tributes have come a number of, for lack of a better term, "lists of interesting facts about Robin Williams." That’s not surprising, of course, as numbered lists have become incredibly popular. However, I’ve noticed something distressing about them: They use a lot of the same “facts” that don’t appear to be verified at all, instead seemingly going under the theory of “Well, if Site X and Y are reporting it, I guess we can, too.” That’s pretty standard behavior for small independent websites, »
- Brian Cronin, Comic Book Resources
Local media reports indicate that natives of Grimsby, England have been horrified by the way the town is being set up for the film. Though shooting is taking place in a small town just outside of London, not in Grimbsy itself, locals who have caught wind of the production say that producers are aiming to make it looks like the northern England port town -- but with run-down, offensive results.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that residents have seen the Grimsby stand-in filled with "gardens covered in rubbish, graffiti scrawled on walls, cars on bricks and boarded up shops. Pictures that have emerged from the shoot show characters urinating out of windows, drunks passed out on benches »
- Katie Roberts
It’s been eight years since Sacha Baron Cohen broke through into the mainstream with “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” and though Cohen hasn’t reached the same level of success on his own since, there’s something to be said for the lasting mark the character has left in American pop culture. As the actor gears up to shoot the action comedy “Grimsby,” now’s the time to take a look back at how the character of “Borat” came to be. Big thanks to Open Culture for pointing us to a pair of video excerpts from BBC Two’s long-since departed “Comedy Nation” that showcase Borat’s predecessor, Christo. The two characters are virtually the same, the only difference being that Christo is from Albania instead of Kazakhstan. The two videos show Christo infiltrating the upper class society of Britain and venturing »
- Cain Rodriguez
One of the things that all human beings seem to have in common is a shared love of watching regular motion pictures, followed by watching parodies of those same motion pictures, with new actors dressing up as the characters and having sex with one another. No big deal, of course: what’s the point of a having movies if you can’t later render them as low-budget pornography?
Porn parodies have existed ever since somebody realised that there was something inherently beautiful contained within the notion of living out some twisted fantasy where our favourite fictional characters forget things like “plot” and just have sex with one another instead. And what with nerd culture having reached its apex in recent years, porn parodies are pretty huge right now.
Which is why we’ve assembled 17 of the strangest, most bewildering and just downright unnerving porn parodies to have »
Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby, which was formerly set up at Paramount, has moved to Sony Pictures, with the studio setting a July 31, 2015 release date, where it will go up against Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
It isn't known why the project was moved from Paramount to Sony, especially since Sacha Baron Cohen just renewed his first-look deal at Paramount earlier today, with a three-year commitment that includes at least two movies. Grimsby centers on a British spy, whose brother (Sacha Baron Cohen) is an idiotic soccer hooligan.
"Sacha is a uniquely gifted performer with worldwide audience appeal and this concept suits his brilliant comic talents perfectly. Grimsby is an exciting addition to our 2015 summer slate."
When Michael "The Angry Ginger," his Mema, and the rest of their family moved to Hollywood it was a classic fish-out-of-water story. In honor of Reelz' upcoming reatlity series, Hollywood Hillbillies, we decided to make a list of our 10 favorite fish-out-of-water flicks.
Putting the Highfalutin in their place
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Hollywood Hillbillies | Coming to America | Hot Fuzz | Edward Scissorhands | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington | My Fair Lady | Lost in Translation | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan | Elf | Back to the Future | The Little Mermaid »
- Sean Gandert
14 items from 2014
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