Roughly 24 hours have passed since the incredibly sad and untimely death of Harold Ramis, so in relative Internet time, it’s now appropriate to talk about the production of Ghostbusters III. As Ramis was expected to make a cameo in the long-gestating project, you might have mused, upon hearing the news, just how the threequel would move forward without him. A new report suggests that, although there will indeed be repercussions, the production will proceed as planned with a few minor tweaks to the script. Hit the jump for more.
A few weeks ago, we reported that LEGO chosen the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters as the next LEGO CUUSOO, a line based on submissions from fans. The previously released images were mock-ups, but the company has now released official images along with info on the upcoming set. The “LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1″ will have 508 pieces, retail for $49.99 (US), and go on sale this June.
Speaking of LEGO CUUSOO movie vehicles, their Back to the Future DeLorean is now on sale at Amazon for $27.98, which is 20% off the retail price. I picked this up at Comic-Con last year, and it’s a good set, especially because you can make alterations to turn it into the DeLorean from the original, Part II, or Part III. Hit the jump to check out images of the Ghostbusters LEGO, and click here to buy the LEGO DeLorean.
As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout. The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.
Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display. We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor. We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more. We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.
Early this morning Collider had the pleasure of checking out the Lego display prior to the start of Toy Fair. The company is rolling out its largest collection yet, 246 new products in total with a number of standouts in the mix.
We’ve got photos of all 17 The LEGO Movie products including the Toy Fair exclusive reveal, Metal Beard’s (voiced by Nick Offerman) pirate ship, the Sea Cow. The Star Wars line welcomed pieces from the new Rebels television show as well as the Microfighters, a series that offers smaller versions of much larger ships like the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Fighter. Also in the spotlight at the event was the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set and the house from The Simpsons, a design that folds open, letting you check out the iconic living room, kitchen and more inside. But then of course there were also some hot ticket items that weren’t ready just yet so couldn’t be photographed, but you can catch full descriptions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy products after the jump.
One of LEGO’s cooler branches is the LEGO CUUSOO branch, which invites fans to submit their own designs in the hopes of creating mass production. As long as a project receives 10,000 votes, it will be eligible for consideration by the LEGO team. There are numerous hurdles to clear, but they do find a way to make fans’ dreams come true like last year when they released the Back to the Future DeLorean. Today, the vote for the next CUUSOO project came down to seven finalists, and the winner was the “Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary” set, or at least part of it. While the submitted set also included the firehouse, this build will only contain the Ecto-1, which is nothing to scoff at. Although the image above doesn’t represent the final build, it will be along these lines. The set should be on shelves later this year.
Hit the jump to see the announcement video and more images of the Ecto-1.
After years of teasing fans with promises of a new Ghostbusters movie, there are some new rumors as to the possible production schedule, location and cast of Ghostbusters 3. Before you get too excited, we posted a similar story about four years ago, so keep that in mind. This time around, an NBC affiliate in Cleveland is announcing that the film has penciled in a spring 2014 production date. Another rumor reports that the studio has offered roles to Jonah Hill (This Is the End) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man). While pencil can be erased and offers can be turned down, we’re bringing you this news in the hopes it comes true. Hit the jump for more.
Artwork based on preexisting material is tricky because great art challenges us rather than comforts us with the familiar. In recent years, a multitude of artists have come forward to build work based on fandom, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. Not every painting and sculpture has to be drawn from landscapes and models, and pulling from popular culture doesn’t necessarily hurt the piece. Pop Art, one of the most striking artistic movements of the 20th century, partially grew out of comic books.
Where it gets murky in the case of fan-art is how much the artist can show appreciation while still establishing something that’s daring enough to be more than comfort food for movie nerds (and I say this as someone whose apartment is lined with Mondo posters). Crazy 4 Cult 2 runs the gamut of stunning tributes to lazy mash-ups, and that range makes it a curious and revealing collection.
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The heyday of the Ghostbusters failed as a voluminous movie franchise. The public got two great entries, but when sequels are the talk of the town, no one seems to have quite deciphered the formula that made Ghostbusters work to apply to a new take. The material must be understood and it takes a proper combination of a grounded sense of scale and a sense of humor. The genre fusion of sci-fi, action and comedy that Ghostbusters is categorized under has seen its fair share of misses, even from the likes of Ivan Reitman with 2001’s Evolution. It’s a tricky recipe that even the original creators of Ghostbusters haven’t been able to take to the next step of a third film. But thanks to licensing, the Ghostbusters have survived. Have they thrived? More so more recently. No need to just collect spores, molds and fungus. In the new millennium, the prominent and comprehensive lines of Ghostbusters-themed products have come out of the gates of Mattel and Diamond Select Toys, with an honorable mention from NECA. The Ecto-1 is running and puttering, so let’s stay on this road of memory lane after the jump.
With Halloween 2013 now a few days behind us, I may be a little late to the punch on this recommendation. Still yet, every October I find myself liking 1995′s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers more and more. Directed by Joe Chappelle (who would later go on to direct episodes of The Wire and Fringe among others) and written by Daniel Farrands (a long-time fan of the franchise who, at the time, had little produced work under his belt), the film is notorious for its troubled production and its “Producers Cut” which features nearly 45 minutes of alternate footage, including a different ending. Watching it as a kid I remember it being the Halloween film that made me fear Michael Myers. To date, I still feel like the pic features the killer at his most ruthless (just try looking at doing the laundry the same way after watching). Rewatching it as an adult, I admire Farrands’ script for exploring the forces at work behind Michael’s madness. Even with October 31st, 2014 a distant 363 days away, I encourage Halloween fans to watch or revisit The Curse of Michael Myers this next week and see how your feelings towards the film stack up against my own.
Mid-90′s horror recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes Ender’s Game interviews with Asa Butterfield and more, the excellent first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a slew of interviews for 12 Years a Slave, a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, and a detailed history of the Ghostbusters movies, comics, cartoons, and merch. In what should come as no surprise, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
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“Okay, so, she’s a dog.” And yes, they, “conjured up a hundred-foot marshmallow man, blew the top three floors off an uptown high-rise, and ended up getting sued by every city, county, and state agency in New York. Yeah, but what a ride.” If quotes like these don’t ring a bell, it’s because time has silenced the echoing bell that once brought a team of exterminators to assemble for action in an old ambulance. If it sounds crazy, maybe it was, but they were ready to believe you. Since falling out of business, less and less may have come to believe in them. The Ghostbusters cleaned suites and streets of paranormal activity. The Ecto-1 may need a jumpstart, but let’s take a ride down memory lane after the jump.
With regard to the sequels to and remakes of your favorite properties from 1982-1993:
- Dan Aykroyd continues to promise Ghostbusters 3, revealing that the sequel plot centers on troubling research by Columbia University particle physicists.
- Director Gil Kenan (City of Ember) has begun to cast his remake of Poltergeist for a September shoot in Toronto. Plot details have surfaced.
- Sam Neill says it is unlikely he will be a part of Jurassic Park 4, in part because he believes it is a reboot.
More on each project after the jump.
Surprise! Those still crossing their fingers for the very long in-development Ghostbusters 3 were granted a glimmer of hope when we recently learned that the sequel could start filming next summer, but that hope has now swiftly been dashed out. Due to some financial uneasiness, Sony Pictures Entertainment is currently reassessing all of their projects in the pipeline. Per THR, any decision on Ghostbusters 3 has been postponed until the end of March, which means that the hoped-for Summer 2013 start date is no longer a possibility. Should Sony ultimately decide to move forward with the sequel, filming likely wouldn’t be able to get underway until next fall at the earliest.
The most recent draft of the script was written by Etan Cohen, and Ghostbusters I and II director Ivan Reitman had been set to return. I’m not sure we really need another Ghostbusters movie (especially now that Bill Murray is out), and I remain skeptical as to whether Ghostbusters 3 will actually come to fruition.
Ivan Reitman‘s Ghostbusters 3 has been in development hell for years, but we’re always hearing that it’s right around the corner. That may now be the case since we learned in August that the production had given up the ghost of getting Bill Murray to return (even if his character would have been a ghost). In July, Etan Cohen (Men in Black III) was tapped to re-write the script. The pieces seem to be falling into place, and now Deadline is reporting that Reitman is planning to shoot the sequel next summer.
If Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen, this is probably when. We don’t know if the sequel will still function as a reboot where a new, younger team of Ghostbusters are brought in to carry the franchise. That would probably be the preferred direction for Sony, but perhaps it’s best to focus on one film at a time considering how long it’s taken for the third movie to get in front of cameras.
Just in time for the presidential election, the hit romantic comedy Dave, from director Ivan Reitman and screenwriter Gary Ross, debuts on Blu-ray on September 25th, for the first time since its 1993 theatrical release. The film tells the story about what happens when the U.S. President goes into a coma and a mild-mannered office manager, named Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline), with an uncanny resemblance is hired to impersonate him and fool not only an entire country, but also an increasingly suspicious First Lady (Sigourney Weaver).
At a press day for the Blu-ray release, director Ivan Reitman and producer Lauren Shuler Donner talked about how Gary Ross came to write the film, how the script was developed, what made Kevin Kline the right actor to pull off the dual role, why Sigourney Weaver was the perfect First Lady, and how they think young audiences will react to the film today. Reitman also talked about the huge interest in sequels these days, the status of another Ghostbusters film and the Twins sequel, Triplets, and how he thinks audiences will be knocked out by the story they’re telling in Hitchcock (due out November 23rd and starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren), which he’s producing, and Shuler Donner talked about the importance of focusing on character when you’re making superhero movies, like she’s done with the X-Men films. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Today, the Alamo Drafthouse announced a new film series, so it’s time for everyone outside of Austin, Texas to start seething with jealous rage. The programming series, “Presented in Amazing AlamoScope: 70mm at the Ritz”, will show off the beauty of 70mm film, which is the best way you can see some of cinema’s best classic films. It’s also becoming a rare experience as theaters and studios dump film for digital. For those living in Austin, Texas, you’ll be treated to a line-up that includes West Side Story, Cleopatra (the film sucks but the visual experience will be great), Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Baraka, Playtime, and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film, The Master. The Master will be shown beginning September 21st, so it’s possible that it could also play as part of Alamo’s Fantastic Fest, which runs from September 20 – 27th.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for AlamoScope, along with the press release which will tell you when each of these films will be playing. Tickets for West Side Story are on sale now. You can also buy a badge providing access to all 7 films including The Master. The badge includes access to the first show on Saturday for all repertory films and the premiere screening of The Master on 9/21 at (approximately) 7:00pm.