Briefly: Everything is turning up Ghostbusters recently. Art shows, Lego sets, it’s a fitting tribute to the second highest grossing film of 1984, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend. (It opened June 8, 1984.) That celebration will continue through the summer as well, with more art shows and then the crown jewel – a 700 screen, digitally remastered theatrical re-release. That’ll take place August 29 followed by brand new Blu-ray release of the first and second Ghostbusters films. Read more about the Ghostbusters re-release below. Read More »
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JJ Abrams loves his secrecy. There may not be a filmmaker alive who hates spoilers and set photos more than the Bad Robot director. So what happens when a bunch of set photos leak out of Star Trek 2? JJ Abrams orders a massive blockade to prevent the view of photographers on public property. The photo above is of part of 30 large shipping containers which are strung together to create a privacy wall for the Star Trek 2 set.
After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:
- An update on when we can expect Ghostbusters 2 on Blu-ray
- Why Hangover 3 Will Be The Last in the comedy film series
- How Kick-Ass 2 Will focus completely on the villains
- Randy Couture Hints at plans for The Expendables 3
All this and more, after the jump.
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America isn’t the only place that can have a massive pop culture inspired art show. While Crazy 4 Cult 5 is going on in Los Angeles, Geek-Art.net has teamed up with Artoyz in Paris, France for Blockbusterz, an exhibit of work based on some of the biggest and best known films of all time: Batman, Ghostbusters, Iron Man, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Gladiator, you get the idea.
It runs through September 3 but many of the pieces are now available for sale online. Check out a select gallery of images and links to view the full show after the break. Read More »
Studio produced EPK featurettes usually suck. From time to time, we post B-roll footage on the site (usually in Page 2) because I love watching the making of a movie in the unedited form. I’ve always loved the cinema verite-style film documentaries, but they’re rare. Special effects artist William Forsche has posted 47-minutes of fly on the wall behind the scenes footage from the set of Ghostbusters 2. Forsche shot the footage during FX tests and actual FX production of the film.
We get to see the effects team putting together the suit operated animatronic puppet Slimer, director Ivan Reitman working out a ghost-heavy sequence with the effects team and star Bill Murray, the prosthetic make-up being applied and filming of the moving Vigo painting segments, model builders recreating a New York City subway tunnel in miniature for the subway of slime sequence, and much more. Hit the jump to watch the videos now.
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I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t seen the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove despite all the huge acclaim and buzz (I hope to finally see it later this week). Louie Psihoyos‘ film follows a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, who use state-of-the-art equipment to infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan “to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.”
Apparently during the film, the crew get the idea to have a friend at ILM to build them spy cameras to capture the act of the crime. But it is during that segment where we get a small cameo from another big screen villain: Prince Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters 2. You can see the screencapture from The Cove, along with a full photo of the Vigo the Carpathian painting after the jump. It haunts my dreams!
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As you probably know by now, I love the fly-on-the-wall making of documentaries which over the last decade have almost completely been replaced by generic making-of featurettes. A video has appeared on YouTube showing the Ghostbusters 2 effects team and Robin Navlyt (who wore the Slimer suit in the film) testing out the Slimer wearable puppet’s ability to emote. While this isn’t a making of documentary, it does give you a fly on the wall perspective of what it was like to design and work on the special effects for this infamous film. I wish more footage like this would be released by Sony, instead of a stupid “Restoring the Ecto-1 featurette”, which was one of the only new extras included on the recent Blu-ray release of the original film.
And say what you will about the sequel (and most of it is warranted) but the range of motion in the face of everyones favorite slime ghost was much improved from the first film. It’s actually pretty incredible the range of emotion they were able to get out of the puppet. Watch the video after the jump.
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