Sony makes plans to cash in on the revitalised Ghostbusters franchise with their own animated take on the ghostly universe. But who will the animated ‘busters be?
Bless Paul Feig‘s cotton socks. The director has successfully gotten out ahead of surprise leaked photos from the set of his Ghostbusters reboot. How? By releasing photos that hold infinitely more pop culture stock than a slightly blurred Kristen Wiig walking expressionless from somewhere to someplace. Continue reading Paul Fieg Shows Off His”Ghostbusters”‘s Pimpin’ New Ecto-1
Set photos from the set of the Ghostbusters reboot – do we want them or don’t we?
Unofficial set photos have become something of a cornerstone in movie news. Often times the circulation of shots taken by wayward bystanders reveals things we want to know but in an entirely unfulfilled context. Nearly all the news coming out of the Captain America 3 camp is blurred Dutch angle photos revealing more of the plot, and sneaky snaps have all but ruined any chance Suicide Squad has of surprising us – though I still hope Ayer’s got a secret weapon in the chamber. Sometimes, however, set photos can be a good thing, especially when a frozen second of filming raises more questions than it answers – at least that keeps the conversation bubbling.
That’s the case with the shots taken in the set of Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, which just began shooting this week. Not only do we get a look at how the all female cast is gonna look in the film, but it also leaves a lot of facts open to interpretation, and that’s what we like here. After all, no one likes a know-it-all.
With that in mind, check out the photos below, courtesy of Screen Rant:
Nothing too damaging there right? Kristen Wiig certainly looks the part as the supernaturally inclined college professor,with an air of either decorum or discomfort. Either way it should play well off Melissa McCarthy, who’s got a more casual, Wenkman style look going on with what looks to be a spectre containment device in tow. The real questions coming out these photos are about Kate McKinnon, who looks like she wandered off of the Tank Girl set shooting a block over. Is she going to be wildly unpredictable, aggressive, a bit flaky. Whichever way it goes the SNL alumnist will undoubtedly make it work.
No sign of Leslie Jones as yet, but doubtless she’s going to round out this quartet nicely with her own delightful and potentially self-destructive qualities.
There, that was some nice wholesome speculation, right? But that’s not all. There are other set photos that show Wiig visiting the science institute. Could she be investigating something spooky? If so, could this be a call back to Eleanor Twitty, the library dwelling ghost from the first Ghostbusters film? Yeah, probably not, I’m just fuelling the speculation fire. Enjoy the toasted marshmallows of suspicion and doubt.
Chris Hemsworth has been showing off a lot of his comedy chops recently. Along with a surplus of at times uncomfortable goofing and punnery in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the action star welded an impressive comedic weapon during his stint as host on Saturday Night Live. And let’s hot forget his upcoming role in the new Vacation reboot as a very well-endowed sex-God husband. Well that’s not where it stops, because Screen Rant is reporting that old Hemmy will be joining the cast of Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters instalment.
The star of Thor and Thor 2: The Hammering (working title) is set to play the receptionist to the latest set of recruits. You may remember that this role was originally played by Annie Potts in the 1984 original. Potts’ nasal, bespectacled administrator shared some choice romantic moments with Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, so can we expect to see Hemsworth falling for one of the new Ghostbusters?
He’ll be in familiar company I’m any case, reuniting with SNL cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon who star as the new recruits along with Feig favourites Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
This won’t be Hemsworth’s first comedy horror rodeo. You might remember his stint in Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods. Will we be seeing Hemsworth slinging on a proton pack with the girls when the ectoplasm hits the fan? Maybe, but it might be Fu nicer seeing him firmly stapled to his desk.
Ghostbusters will be in theatres July 22nd.
Things have been a teensy bit quiet in the Ghostbusters camp recently. Obviously that’s to be expected since the sizzle of the news that an all female Ghostbusters reboot in the works can really only be followed up by the steak of trailers, stills, and of course the actual film – and that’s all a long way down the road. Paul Feig, who is taking the helm on the latest bustin’ instalment, has just finished work on the promotion trail for Spy, so he won’t be getting back in the chair for a while yet.
However, Slashfilm is reporting that while Feig was speaking to the press and whatever you call online publications – the keys I guess? – he took a moment to talk about why this particular incarnation appealed to him as opposed to a good old fashioned sequel to the original franchise. Here’s what he said:
“I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it. The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it.
So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny. And there’s so many funny women I’ve been dying to work with. Obviously Melissa and Kristen are in it, but then Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who are so funny. It just seemed like the way to do it.
Then I thought, I’d rather do it as a reboot so I’m not tied to the old movies. The old movies are so good, I didn’t want to mess with them. And I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time, and how they’re going to fight them for the first time, how they develop their technology. So it just got very exciting to me. I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.”
So it looks as though the main reason the new Ghostbusters is female driven is because Feig likes working with funny women. This might seem fleeting, cavalier even, but really it’s the best explanation for everyone: there’s been a lot of aggressive significance tied to the use of a female cast in this reboot, leading to the choice of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones garnering a lot more attention than the news of the film itself. Now it looks as though it’s all unfounded – Feig just likes the actresses and the knew he could write them a Ghostbusters film.
More importantly, the fact that this incarnation of the Ghostbusters took the prize with so many others falling at Feig’s feet can only be a good thing: either it’s the best choice script and story-wise, or it’s the best choice for Feig to direct the ectoplasm out of it.
Scheduled release for the Ghostbusters reboot as it stands is July 22nd, 2016.
Oh, I’m sorry…did you think that award nominations were only happening in 2014? Did you imagine that the steady stream of news on the critically acclaimed cinematic achievements of the year would magically finish up when we got to 2015? Well think again man, or woman. You haven’t seen anything yet. Cos it’s on. It’s aaaall the way on.
The latest panel is the American Cinema Editors and the ACE Eddie Award nominations, now in their 65th year. If the name didn’t give it away, the awards are all about achievements in editing, which may not seem all that glamourous but it’s one of those things that if it’s done 99% well instead of 100% then that’s what gets noticed and that’s what ruins a film’s chances at all those lovely awards. A bad editing job is basically a shit actor in an otherwise well performed film.
Despite the fact that it’s a more specific achievement, the film titles are really nothing different to what you’ve been seeing the last couple of months. There are TV and Film categories, but I’ll just be showing the four film categories. Even even though there aren’t any surprises, have a look anyway. Courtesy of Deadline:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
Joel Cox & Gary Roach
The Imitation Game
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione
Guardians of the Galaxy
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne & Craig Wood
Into the Woods
Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Big Hero 6
Edie Ichioka, ACE
The Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Finding Vivian Maier
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Not a bad looking list really. For my money it will be either Whiplash or Gone Girl taking the dramatic feature award, Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel for comedy or musical, The Lego Movie for animated and Finding Vivian Maier for best documentary. We’ll fond out on awards night which for ACE is January 30th.
Who’s your pick?
It’s always a nice change of pace when comic actors take and introspective look at fame and the nature of their industry. Adam Sandler had a fair crack at it in Funny People and Michael Keaton’s deconstruction of fame in Birdman is still generating praise and awards. Now, watch Chris Rock take a more light-hearted, raunchy approach in the red band trailer for his writing, acting and directorial project Top Five, straight from Clevver News:
The film follows Rock’s character Andre Allen, a stand-up turned Hollywood star who takes another look at his lavish life while being covered by Rosario Dawson’s budding journalist. It looks to be a great platform for Rock, not to mention pretty damn funny. It’s nice to see Tracy Morgan on screen given the news that he may not be acting following his road accident. It’s a stand-out cast including Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah. Wide release will be 12th December.
What do you think of the trailer?