Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been nearly seventy-five years since MGM released The Wizard of Oz, and over a century since L. Frank Baum first published the book it was based on, but the story is showing no signs of losing its power. Last year saw the release of a big-budget prequel, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, and next year we’re getting an (unrelated) animated sequel called Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
Lea Michele voices the Kansas-born heroine, who — as the title suggests — comes back to Oz and finds herself caught in another colorful adventure. She re-teams with her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), and the no-longer-cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) to fight a new foe, an angry Jester (Martin Short) who wants control of Oz. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:
- A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
- The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
- Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
- Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
- Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
- Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed
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A few quick notes for you Wizard of Oz fans. First up, a reminder that September 20 brings the IMAX 3D re-release of the original film. Second, though the news has been out there for sometime (and we missed it), the long in-production, computer animated Oz film formerly called Dorothy From Oz has a new title and release date. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a 3D animated musical, will be released May 9, 2014. And third, Mondo has yet another awesome poster for the classic film, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It’s by Graham Erwin. Check out more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ll say this much for Dan Aykroyd: The guy does not give up easily. Despite years and years and years of setbacks on Ghostbusters 3, the former Dr. Stantz is still as determined as ever.
Indeed, he’s currently hopeful that production on the film could get under way by next year — and he’s more than happy to share the details on what we’ll see if and when it ever gets made. Apparently, the new plot involves particle physics and four new Ghostbusters. Hit the jump to get the dirt.
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Is it just me or has Dan Aykroyd turned into the boy who cried Ghostbusters 3? The more he talks about it, the less likely we are to believe anything he says. The writer and actor, who recently called out Sony for their lack of ectoplasmic enthusiasm, is one again doing the press rounds. Once again, he told an outlet he expects the film to go into pre-production in the fall, and that filming should start in 2014. Read his quotes below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.
Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.
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Dan Aykroyd is as sick and tired as you are when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. For years he’s been not only answering questions about the proposed film, but actually developing it for free in hopes one day it would get made. That’s all he wants, to get a movie made, and he’s had to constantly change his concept with new writers coming aboard and his co-star, Bill Murray, refusing to play ball.
Then, several months ago, it seemed like the film was ready to go. Things quickly cooled off and that seemed to be the final straw. Aykroyd has had it. He’s now publicly given Sony an ultimatum about making the film.
In an interview with Esquire, the co-creator, co-star and de-facto mouthpiece for the successful franchise not only calls for Sony to make the film now, or forever hold their peace, he talks about the scripts Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg did, the one by Etan Cohen, Bill Murray’s non-interest and potential ideas for sequels. Why would he talk about sequels to a movie that hasn’t been made yet? Because he all but guarantees a nine-figure hit if Sony makes the movie. The guy is on a marshmallow man fueled rampage and I love it. Read his quotes below.
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Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:
- Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
- Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
- Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
- Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
- Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
- Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
- AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
- The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
- Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
- Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
- Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
- Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
- FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
- Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3
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Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Could Ghostbusters 3 really, finally, at long last, be getting into gear? The long-awaited horror prequel was put in “suspended animation” earlier this year, but since this project never stays dead for long, it soon picked up a new writer to pen a fresh script. Now it looks like director Ivan Reitman, star Dan Aykroyd, and the studio are preparing to shoot next summer. More after the jump.
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Briefly: Here’s good news about Ghostbusters 3, at last: we can all stop thinking about it, because Dan Ayrkoyd has said that Bill Murray definitely won’t be a part of the sequel. The actor told Metro “No, I can tell you [Murray] won’t be involved,” when asked about the return of the original Peter Venkman. Otherwise, everything else is as it was with respect to the ghost-bustin’ sequel.
Ayroyd says “we’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I’m confident we’ll be in production in the next year… We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”
Murray was the holdout for a long time in the film’s last couple years of development, when producers and Aykroyd were working with a now-scrapped script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Year One). Even without that script, however, Murray is the one who seems to be remaining sensible about the chances of the film turning out well. Good luck to the rest of the believers.