Ghostbusters Visual Effects (VFX) Reel

The reboot of Ghostbsuters arrived this summer and stirred up plenty of buzz, both good and bad. It doesn’t sound like the movie performed well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel to get made, despite Sony’s confidence immediately after the film opened, but we’ll see how things play out after it hits home video.

However, regardless of how you feel about the franchise reboot, I think that even some of those who didn’t like the movie would commend the Ghostbusters visual effects, especially in the spectre department. The new ghosts in the movie were creepy, colorful and really brought some visual style to the reboot. Now a Ghostbusters visual effects reel from the company Iloura shows how some practical tools combined with digital animation helped bring them to life in the movie. Read More »

Sausage Party Review

Note: With Sausage Party in theaters this weekend, we’re re-running our review from San Diego Comic-Con.

Seth Rogen has said on a number of occasions that the desire to make his own animated movie came from a love for Pixar movies. Even though he didn’t exactly grow up on them as a child (he was already 14 when the first Toy Story arrived in 1995), he’s still loved them immensely as an adult. However, if Rogen was going to attempt to make his version of a Pixar movie, you know it wasn’t going to be anywhere near family friendly.

Sausage Party had a special screening here at Comic-Con last night, and the final result of years of development, test screenings and hard work is an outrageous comedy that brings the laughs hard, and all the most raunchy and raw hilarity hasn’t even been touched by the movie’s marketing.

Get our full Sausage Party review after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Easter Eggs

Now that the dust has settled around the hotly debated Ghostbusters reboot from director Paul Feig, we wanted to take a look back at all the Easter eggs and references the new film made to the original 1984 classic from director Ivan Reitman. One of the biggest complaints was that the reboot aimed for too much fan service with an abundance of references to the original film, right down to cameos from almost every single key cast member.

Once you check out our complete Ghostbusters Easter eggs guide below, you can decide for yourself. Some of them are obvious, others might have gone over your head. But we rounded up all of them, because there might be some viewers out there who aren’t as well-versed with the original Ghostbusters as some of the most hardcore fans. That’s why you’ll see us referencing everything from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to a tribute the late Harold Ramis to a couple of obscure ghosts you forgot about. Read More »

Sausage Party Trailer

Let’s get this out of the way right now. If you’re already on board for the raunchy, R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, then you probably shouldn’t watch the new red band trailer that was just released. However, if you’re the kind of person that likes to watch all the trailers, then we can’t stop you from watching this latest tease that reveals much more about what happens after Frank the hot dog (voiced by Seth Rogen) learns what happens to food after it goes to the “great beyond” outside of the grocery store.

It’s up to you whether you watch the new red band Sausage Party trailer after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Sequel

This past weekend brought the debut of Ghostbusters at the box office, and while it wasn’t big enough to take down Illumination Entertainment’s second weekend for their massive hit The Secret Life of Pets, it still pulled down a respectable $46 million. It’s not clear if that’s a bit of a disappointing number for the studio, but apparently it doesn’t matter, because they have “no doubt” that a Ghostbusters sequel will come together.

Find out what a key Sony Pictures executive said about the future of Ghostbusters after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Screenplay Video Essay

This weekend brings Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters to theaters. Even though the reboot doesn’t really measure up to the high profile of the original, it does offer something exciting for a different demographic and a new batch of young people. While the movie is undoubtedly entertaining, it does have ample shortcomings, specifically in the story department, and that’s something that the original had perfected.

Like any good screenplay, the high quality of the final draft of the original Ghostbusters was a result of careful planning, rewriting and simply compelling storytelling. A new video essay takes a look at how the original concept for Ghostbusters changed from the idea Dan Aykroyd had in his head to the movie we ended up seeing in 1984 and have loved ever since. Check out the Ghostbusters screenplay video essay after the jump. Read More »

Sausage Party Morning Show

In show business, pretty much any publicity is good publicity. And in the case of the marketing for Sausage Party, it looks like Sony Pictures is making some weird choices in their efforts to promote the R-rated animated comedy from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. We’ve seen red band trailers, a Walt Disney inspired promo and an Independence Day PSA, but this latest video promoting the movie is the weirdest as it sees costumed character versions of Frank the hot dog and Brenda with the good buns appearing on a morning talk show.

Watch the Sausage Party morning show promotion after the jump. Read More »

Slimer Origin

Over the weekend, the reviews for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters hit the web, and it turns out the movie is solid. It’s not perfect, not as good as the original, and suffers from adhering to the usual blockbuster formula, but it’s apparently thoroughly entertaining and very funny.

Of course, as any conspiracy theorist out there will tell you, the 75% that the film has on Rotten Tomatoes just shows that Sony Pictures spent a lot of money to get 77 positive reviews (of those recognized by the aggregation website) at the time of this writing. Throwing a wrench in that theory though is the fact that our own Peter Sciretta really didn’t like it, so just let that soak in a bit.

But despite the surprisingly good reviews for Ghostbusters, there is one other criticism that has been fairly consistent across the board. It seems there are too many fan service references and cameos in the movie. But thankfully, one particular element of the reboot was left out of the final draft, and it concerns the origin of the ugly little spud known as Slimer. Get the details on the cut sequence after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters 2 Honest Trailer

While there are plenty of fans claiming that the new Ghostbusters movie will ruin their childhood, most who haven’t even seen the whole movie yet, it’s a wonder that it wasn’t already ruined. Because while the reboot is undoubtedly an attempt by Sony Pictures to cash in on the nostalgia and love for the original movie, Ghostbusters 2 already did that in 1989.

Just in time for the reboot to hit theaters this week, the Ghostbsuters 2 Honest Trailer shows that the sequel to the classic paranormal comedy is almost certainly worse than the reboot could be. Not even the presence of the original cast can make this one easy to swallow despite the fact that it’s the exact same movie as the first one. Read More »

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Sausage Party TV Spot

There’s been plenty of animated fare for kids this summer, with the likes of Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets hitting theaters. But towards the end of the summer, the adults get to have some raunchy animated fun on the big screen.

Sausage Party is the latest film from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, and they’re bringing their twisted sense of humor to the grocery aisle with the movie about sentient food who finally learns what happens when they get taken home. Now a new extended Sausage Party TV spot shows more of the brutal death being dealt to food by terrible, hungry humans. Read More »