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.

THE COLLISION: Episode 107 – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr.

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the past week’s biggest news stories including the announcement that Ghostbuster 3 will be a reboot featuring a female lead cast; cinematic universes including Universal Monsters, Robin Hood, and Marvel; and the future of Robert Downey Jr‘s career following the painfully self-indulgent The Judge, and if these kinds of flops will drive the actor back into his Iron Man suit. [Note: We recorded this podcast before last night's Captain America 3 news broke]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Boxtrolls and Laika”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

TOP 5: TOMORROWLAND Trailer, THE JUDGE, GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot Confirmed with Paul Feig & Female Cast, WHIPLASH, The TRUE DETECTIVE Effect

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Highlighting a movie from a horror icon’s filmography that was generally well received isn’t exactly a reach, but somehow I still feel as if Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me to Hell doesn’t get the praise it deserves. The 2009 release stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a simple tale of a bank loan officer who is cursed by an elderly woman after denying her an extension on a mortgage payment. The conceit may be straightforward, but Lohman’s stellar performance in the physically demanding role paired with Raimi’s knack for perfectly balancing horror and camp elevate the pic to something special. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Drag Me to Hell is that I have a great time seeing it, every time I see it. The blend of scares and laughs, of the hilarious and the grotesque, make it incredibly watchable even when your instinct is to look away. It isn’t just worth a spot on your horror watch list but should be counted among the best horror films of the last decade.

Scary movie recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features the first trailer for Brad Bird and Disney’s Tomorrowland, interviews for and our review of The Judge, confirmation of the Ghostbusters reboot, interviews for and our review(s) of Whiplash, and Adam’s editorial on why more and more filmmakers are making the transition to creating for television. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Director Paul Feig Says New GHOSTBUSTERS is a Total Reboot; Details the Benefits of a Female Ensemble

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Yesterday came the major news that Paul Feig was officially directing Ghostbusters 3 (which we’ll now just be referring to as the Ghostbusters reboot since that’s what it really is).  Katie Dippold has been hired to co-write the script with Feig and it will center around a cast of “hilarious women.”  All of this sounds really good to me, as it won’t have anything to do with the tired “handing over of the torch” concept we’d been hearing about for years.

And now it’s also confirmed that this will not be a sequel of any kind, but rather a hard reboot.  It won’t follow the events of the first two films, which I think is a wise choice.  Paul Feig recently opened up about the film and the logic behind the choices he’s making.  Hit the jump for more on the Ghostbusters reboot.

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.

Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY Blu-ray/DVD, Working with Kevin Costner, Negative Effects of DVD Extras, GHOSTBUSTERS 3 and More

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Directed by Ivan Reitman, the sports drama Draft Day, available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, shows just how much NFL Draft Day can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams.  General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), who all think they know what’s best for the team, and he must decide whether to go with the consensus pick or trust his instincts and risk losing everything.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Reitman talked about wanting to make a sports movie that even people who don’t care about sports could enjoy, focusing on the human drama, what makes him want to direct a movie, that there were some major changes made between the original script and the final product, why he wanted to do this with Costner, how he feels about the bonus features on Blu-ray/DVD releases, and why it’s technically easier to make films now than it used to be.  He also talked about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, why a female presence is important, the delay Bill Murray’s reluctance has caused, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Bill Murray’s Reluctance, Why He Won’t Direct, 30th Anniversary GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-Ray, and More

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With Draft Day coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, Collider got on the phone with director Ivan Reitman to talk about why he was drawn to that film and the experience that he had working with Kevin Costner.  While we will run the full interview closer to the release date, we did want to share what he had to say about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Sony will also be re-releasing the first Ghostbusters on August 29th in theaters in 4K.

During the interview, Reitman said that he’s met with director Paul Feig about doing a version that’s got “a very important female presence,” that the film was initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved, that he thinks there’s a great story and a great conceit that can be made with a new cast, why he ultimately decided not to direct it himself, and that the version that he was working on was the one with all of the original cast members.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Paul Feig Eyed to Direct GHOSTBUSTERS 3; May Be Total Reboot with Female-Led Cast

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The Ghostbusters 3 saga continues.  It seems like we’ve been reading about/reporting on a third Ghostbusters film or reboot for close to a decade now, with Dan Aykroyd promising every few months that a new Ghostbusters film is “really close” to happening/shooting/being released.  Some solid movement actually occurred earlier this year, as Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman decided to step back and simply produce the next Ghostbusters film while working closely with Sony to find a new director for the project.

At that time, we heard that Sony was hoping to start production on Ghostbusters 3 in early 2015, and while 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller quickly emerged as favorites to direct, subsequent reports suggested they turned the project down (indeed, they seemed to imply that they had some sort of discussions with Sony about the project in our interview from June). But now there’s some forward momentum on the project, as Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is apparently being courted as the new Ghostbusters 3 director.  However, instead of a sequel, sources indicate that Feig might actually be spearheading a new Ghostbusters reboot with a female cast.  More after the jump.

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.

Ernie Hudson Talks GHOSTBUSTERS, the Direction of the Sequels, His Love of CONGO, and More at the Saturn Awards

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Thirty years and a couple of weeks ago, Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson unleashed Ghostbusters onto the world.  The film went on to gross over $240 million domestic, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for 1984’s top slot at the box office.  A few years later, I was born.  And while everyone else on the playground fought over the role of Peter Venkman, I grew up calling dibs on Winston Zeddmore.

Last Thursday, Collider attended the 40th Annual Saturn Awards and I got to meet one of my childhood role models, (even if the only thing he taught me was how to break my mother’s vacuum cleaner).  I then promptly turned into a Chris Farley-esque babbling idiot spewing, one “Remember that one time when you” question after the next.  Fortunately, Mr. Hudson was gracious and kind, answering questions about everything from Ghostbusters 2’s bad rap, to annoying fan catcalls, to his vision of Ghostbusters 3 and even Ayn Rands influence on the franchise.  Hit the jump to watch.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Their Thoughts on the Original, Projects They’ve Passed on, and More

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Several months ago, The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were rumored to be in talks to direct Ghostbusters 3 after Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters, dropped out.  A couple weeks later, it was reported that Lord and Miller had turned down the gig, thus deflating the hopes of people who may have been cold on the idea of a third Ghostbusters movie, but thought the talented duo might have an intriguing take on the material.

At the press junket for Lord and Miller’s new film, 22 Jump Street, Steve asked the directors about their involvement with Ghostbusters 3, discussions behind the scenes about the sequel, their thoughts about the original, reasons they’ve turned down projects, and more.  Click on the respective links for what they had to say about a Clone High movie and The LEGO Movie 2.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3: Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Character’s Son Oscar May be a Ghostbuster; Rick Moranis & Ernie Hudson Speculate on Their Characters

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2014 is a good year for Ghostbusters fans: it’s the 30th anniversary of the first film, and just so happens to be the 25th anniversary of the sequel.  That’s reason enough for Sony to re-release the original film in theaters this Labor Day weekend just before a new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray hits shelves.  All well and good, but what about that long-in-development Ghosbusters 3 we’ve been hearing about?  Word has it that the script is still in the works, but franchise star Sigourney Weaver recently revealed a surprise recurring cast member who’s already penciled in for the eventual new film.  Hit the jump for more on Ghostbusters 3, including speculation from Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson about what their own characters have been up to.

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