by Rob Vaux Posted: October 22nd, 2012 at 7:26 am
Little Shop of Horrors isn’t the first film with a lost alternate ending, but it’s certainly one of the most interesting. Having stuck resolutely to the downbeat absurdity of the source material, director Frank Oz needed to make an abrupt about-face when test audiences hated the way the movie ended. A happier finale was put together and the film went on to become a justly celebrated cult classic. The newly released Blu-ray edition finally restores the original version, along with the one that ultimately saw the inside of theaters. Which one is better? With a disc like this, it really doesn’t matter. Hit the jump for the full review.
Ghostbusters 3 has been lingering in development hell for quite some time now, and it appears it’s time for another nothing update from Dan Aykroyd. He previously stated that production would begin this spring, but then we heard that Sony wasn’t exactly keen on moving forward without Bill Murray’s involvement. A script was initially commissioned by Bad Teacher scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, but now it appears that Aykroyd is still working on the screenplay:
“The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do.”
Rather than give firm timetables, it appears Aykroyd understands that they’ve got quite a while to go before they can think about production. Hit the jump for more from Akyroyd, including the suggestion that Murray could be replaced, the possible return of Rick Moranis, and what Aykroyd had to say about Murray supposedly shredding the script.
Mel Brooks peaked. He peaked in 1974, when both Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein came out. I love the man, he could be amazing, but that is the high point of his career. Seriously, that’s Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year amazing. If Mel Brooks is remembered and loved, it’s for those two and The Producers. For the rest of it? I can say I have a fondness for Silent Movie, and the rigorous rules set up for its cast, but the rest of his body of work is not that great. There are moments here and there in much of his subsequent work, but as Jeremy “Mr. Beaks” Smith will say: “There’s No Country for Old Gag Writers.” More after the jump: