Ernie Hudson Laments What GHOSTBUSTERS Could Have Been

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Now this is interesting to me.  And I know a lot of people will cry about sour grapes and “appreciating what you have,” which is totally valid, but perspective is a funny thing.  If you think you’re about to be the lead in a studio blockbuster (and have cut your quote in half to make it happen), only to find out the night before shooting starts that you’ve been reduced to a supporting role, well I imagine that’s more than frustrating.

Such is the case with Ernie Hudson, whose character of Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters was drastically altered at the last minute to be a much smaller part.  I’m sure this change-up is already documented in the annals of this film’s history, but I don’t believe we’ve heard much about it firsthand from Hudson himself.  Hit the jump for more on Ernie Hudson’s Ghostbusters legacy.

Watch the Cast of GHOSTBUSTERS Reunite—Yes, Even Bill Murray

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The long road to Ghostbusters 3 looks to have finally ended with Sony hiring Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig to direct and craft an all-female reboot of the franchise, but somewhat ironically the cast of the original film has now come together for a reunion of sorts.  The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is another “Reunions” issue, and they were able to assemble the remaining members of the Ghostbusters team (R.I.P. Harold Ramis), which includes Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, director Ivan Reitman, and yes, Bill Murray.  Unfortunately, Rick Moranis remains devoted to his retirement.  Regardless, the gang came back together to discuss the film and its legacy on Today, and that video has now been released online.

Watch the Ghostbusters reunion after the jump.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Hires Katie Dippold to Write Script With Director Paul Feig, Female Cast Confirmed

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Well I guess it turns out that Paul Feig is directing Ghostbusters 3 after all since we’re hearing that Katie Dippold (who wrote The Heat), has just been signed to co-write the third installment with Feig.  This is actually not at all who I expected would get the gig, and it’s all the more refreshing because of it.  Typically these giant franchises land in the hands of someone who has a lot of credits and a long track record with the studios, and even though Dippold’s last film was a giant hit, she’s still something of a new voice.  In my mind this is most certainly a positive development.

It’s been rumored for a while now that this take on Ghostbusters 3 would be a reboot of sorts that focusses on a strong female ensemble with minimal appearances from the established cast.  With Bill Murray unwilling and Harold Ramis gone, I certainly hope this is the direction the project is still headed in.  Hit the jump for more on Katie Dippold writing Ghostbusters 3.

GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS II (Mastered in 4K) Blu-ray Reviews

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Ghostbusters was a cultural phenomenon, and hasn’t left pop culture since it was released in 1984.  Then again, it would be hard to forget considering co-writer Dan Aykroyd has been promising a third entry in the franchise since the nineties.  To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the first film (and the twenty-fifth of the sequel Ghostbusters II) Sony has packaged both together with new extras and the best transfers yet of the films.  The first film remains a classic, while the sequel is not without pleasures.  Both star Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts, and both were directed by Ivan Reitman.  My review of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

Dan Aykroyd Thinks GHOSTBUSTERS Franchise Could Be a Marvel-Style Universal Because of Course He Does

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Dan Aykroyd talks about Ghostbusters III like he needs it to pay off a gambling debt.  Legions of Ghostbusters fans don’t want a sequel because it’s never going to come close to being as good as the original.  The prospect of a reboot with a female-led cast is certainly intriguing, and I don’t want to reject it out of hand.  My irritation comes from Aykroyd, who believes that filming on Ghostbusters III is always just around the corner.  That last link, in case you don’t want to click on it, was when Aykroyd thought Ghostbusters III could start filming the following winter.  We posted that story in May 2009.

But now Aykroyd isn’t just looking ahead to a third Ghostbusters.  Oh no.  He’s thinking of a Marvel-style universe.  Grab something you can bang your head against, and hit the jump.

Over 12 New GET ON UP Images Show James Brown Coming to Life

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Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).  42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film.  I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe.  Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent.  It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will.

Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough.  Brown didn’t live a boring life by any means, so I’m sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd.  It opens on August 1st.  Check out the trailer if you missed it.  Hit the jump for the new Get on Up images.

We Came, We Saw, We Kicked Its Ass in the GHOSTBUSTERS Re-Release Trailer

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Sony has released a Ghostbusters re-release trailer for the film’s 30th anniversary.  The Labor Day weekend is notoriously slow at the box office, but Sony is making a smart move to capitalize on the soft competition by bringing the beloved comedy back to theaters for one week only.  If you’ve never seen Ghostbusters on the big screen before or if you’re a fan that wants to see it in a 4K restoration, then you’ll want to make time for this re-release.

Hit the jump to check out the Ghostbusters re-release trailer.  The 4K restoration will be released on August 29th.

First Trailer and New Images for James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Starring Chadwick Boseman

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Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The HelpJames Brown biopic Get on Up.  Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman.  In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help.  Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images.  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star.  Get on Up opens August 1st.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott Join James Brown Biopic GET ON UP; Kate Beckinsale in Negotiations for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM

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Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up.  Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, “while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times.”  Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York’s biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years.  Scott stars as Brown’s wife, in a part written with her in mind.  Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date.  Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale’s negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Writer to Direct John Belushi Biopic; Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, or Joaquin Phoenix Might Star

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John Belushi will always be remembered as a comic genius who died too young, and his drug-fueled life made his early death a tragedy.  A biopic has been in the works for years with The Hangover director Todd Phillips attached to helm the picture.  THR is now reporting that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad will direct from a script he co-wrote with Phillips.  The project will be an indie feature, and Conrad has already started looking at actors who could play the iconic comedian.

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New UK Trailer and Images for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images.  The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie ReynoldsScott BakulaDan AykroydCheyenne JacksonPaul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook.  Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

12-Minute Featurette for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Goes Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s Final Film

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HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd HolbrookBehind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

Full Trailer for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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After a couple sneak peeks, a full trailer has been unveiled for Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  The film stars Michael Douglas as the famous musician Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Judging by the new trailer, the story seems to be heavily from Thorson’s perspective as he took a unique relationship with Liberace.  It’s intriguing.  Not quite as intriguing as Rob Lowe‘s hairstyle, but close.

Hit the jump to check out the full trailer.  The film also stars Dan Aykroyd and Debbie ReynoldsBehind the Candelabra premieres on HBO on May 26th at 9/8c.

Dan Aykroyd Drives with TAMMY, Michael Peña Joins David O. Russell’s Untitled Picture and Omar Sy Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE

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Check out some recent casting announcements below:

  • Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is in negotiations to join the road trip comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates.
  • Michael Peña (End of Watch) joins the Oscar-award winning cast of David O. Russell’s new untitled picture that stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is on board director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, also starring Jason Clarke.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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