Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman and Nick Hornby Team for Bank Heist Movie I WOULD ONLY ROB BANKS FOR MY FAMILY

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Hulu just put in a ten episode straight-to-series order for Casual with Jason Reitman serving as executive producer and directing the premiere episode, but Reitman is also busy lining up a new film project, an adaptation of a Skip Hollandsworth article published in the Texas Monthly.  I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family will mark the first time Reitman is teaming up with his father, Ivan Reitman, since 2009’s Up in the Air and the project will also be a reunion for Nick Hornby and Fox Searchlight as well.  Hornby is the writer behind Wild, which is picking up a good deal of Oscar buzz right now.

Hit the jump for more on what the group’s got coming in I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family.

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.

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. 

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.

Director Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Filming During the NFL Draft, TRIPLETS, GHOSTBUSTERS 3, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

Recently, I landed an exclusive video interview with Reitman.  He talked about getting to make a sports movie with Kevin Costner, getting the NFL involved in the movie and filming during the actual draft in New York City, collaborating with Costner behind the scenes, the progress of Triplets, his decision to step away from Ghostbusters 3, possible future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Costner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Ivan Reitman, His Western Trilogy, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Costner.   He talked about if he had any hesitation doing another sports movie, what it was like working with Reitman, if he likes to visit the editing room, and more about his western trilogy that he’s trying to put together (which he first told me about at CinemaCon).  Hit the jump to watch.

DRAFT DAY Review

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I like football, and judging by the mammoth TV ratings, so does most of America.  I’m not sure what it says about us as a society that we celebrate what’s arguably the most violent major sport*, but to be fair, plenty of fans also get caught up in the details.  Like most sports, second-guessing is part of the game, and the guessing game is in full force in the NFL Draft.  It’s where the indentured servitude of the NCAA gives way to players actually getting paid, but no one knows if a player is going to be a bang or bust.  Unfortunately, Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day may have the fiery setting, but the movie has trouble finding the spark.  It’s fun to go inside the offices of NFL teams, but the energy is lost in a listless protagonist and tiresome subplots.  Although it does manage to score at the end, the film is a tedious drive down the field.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Eyes an Early 2015 Production Start in New York; Ivan Reitman out as Director

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The most consistent cog in the machine to get Ghostbusters 3 up and running over the years is arguably director Ivan Reitman.  Or I should say was since Reitman has exited the helm in the wake of Harold Ramis’ death.  Reitman had been on board the project for quite some time, much of which was spent attempting to sway Bill Murray to join the threequel, especially since Sony and Dan Aykroyd were pleased with the current script.  Now, we’ve heard that not only will there be rewrites to that script, but that Reitman will step aside in order to help find a new director to carry the film forward.  Hit the jump for more on Reitman’s departure, and why this might not be a bad thing for the film, since Sony is now eyeing a production start date early in 2015 in New York.

First Trailer and Poster for DRAFT DAY Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary

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Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for director Ivan Reitman’s upcoming sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  The trailer is pretty promising, as the film looks to carry an air of intensity as the ticking clock of the draft runs up against Costner’s decisions.  Though Reitman hasn’t had a great run as of late, the script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman landed on the Black List, so here’s hoping the result is a solid film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Timothy Simons, and Ellen BurstynDraft Day opens April 11, 2014.

Production Begins on Sports Dramedy DRAFT DAY; Sean Combs and Terry Crews Join the Cast

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Summit Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment announced today that production has begun on director Ivan Reitman’s sports dramedy Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL Draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manger who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, “he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.”

Filming is underway in New York, where the production will shoot some scenes at the actual 2013 NFL Draft.  Once that is complete, filming will move to Cleveland.  The ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons and 42 star Chadwick Boseman, and the start-of-production press release notes that Terry Crews and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have also joined the cast.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the entire cast listing.

Ivan Reitman’s DRAFT DAY Likely to Land at Lionsgate

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Back in October, Paramount Pictures decided to put Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day into turnaround.  The film was set to star Kevin Costner as Buffalo Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver, who has the chance to save his team when he trades for the number one pick in the draft.  However, he’s forced to decide what he’s willing to sacrifice both personally and professionally in order to achieve success.  From the premise, it sounds like Moneyball meets football, which seems like an easy sell since you have a critically acclaimed drama crossed with the most popular sport in America.

The project looked like it was destined for production hell, but then it landed on top of The Black List, and now Lionsgate is after Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman‘s spec script.  According to Vulture, Lionsgate is currently in negotiations with Reitman and Costner to get the film going again.  I dig the premise, so hopefully Lionsgate can get the project off the ground.

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