Based on the cast alone, Horrible Bosses is starting to look like one of the more promising studio comedies on the horizon. The film about three friends who conspire to kill each others’ bosses already has Charlie Day and Jason Bateman as two of the three friends, and Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell as two of the bosses. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, plays “a scam artist who dishes killing advice to the three regular guys.”
Now Jason Sudeikis is joining; he’ll play the third friend, leaving just the final boss to cast. King of Kong‘s Seth Gordon is directing. [THR]
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An open request to Bill Murray: Please don’t ever change or become more easygoing about films you’re clearly not interested in making. As a corollary to that request, please don’t make it any easier to tell when you’re really, truly serious.
Murray has been said to be one of the big holdouts for Ghostbusters 3, and with good reason. (It sounds like a studio nostaliga grab; Murray is by far the most vital of the original crew; many doubts about the script.) The second film sucked and there’s plenty of reason to be afraid the third could be just as bad. Murray infamously called the idea of the third film his nightmare and said it’s just crazy talk.
Now, while doing press for Get Low, he’s gone a step beyond, saying that Ghostbusters 3 is “just a myth.” Now, what he means by that is… Read More »
Last month, I was complaining about the fact that Olivia Thirlby had seemingly disappeared from the movie world, and now the talented indie actress is attached to two high profile projects. A couple weeks ago it was announced that Thirlby had landed a role in a big budget sci-fi action film The Darkest Hour produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted/Nightwatch) about a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.
And today news hit that Olivia has been cast in the new Reitman comedy. Some of you will remember that Thirlby co-starred in Jason Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Juno. But I’m not talking about THAT Retiman.
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In a particularly delayed case of “you reap what you sow”, the current administration at Sony Columbia are finding a little bit of an issue in some of their legacy contracts from the 80s. I’ve often heard that the three lead actors from Ghostbusters and original director Ivan Reitman have had power of veto over any proposed sequel, but didn’t suppose this would include the film’s director. Where this seems to be an issue right now is that Reitman could really use some gigs, and if he wants Ghostbusters 3, it’s his choice whether or not to insist the job goes to him.
Columbia, of course, would most likely be looking towards a younger director, or at least one with a more exciting catalogue of recent hits. Reitman’s last picture, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, failed in both charming the critics and milking the public so it would be hard to imagine he’s even on the studio’s wishlist for the next ‘Busters picture, let alone heading it up.
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Since the script for Ghostbusters 3 is currently being written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, writers of the Harold Ramis film Year One, there has been some speculation that Ramis could come on board to direct Ghostbusters 3. (Though the relative failure of Year One on both a creative and commercial level didn’t add much weight to the speculation.)
Now we know that Ivan Reitman, producer and director of both original Ghostbusters films, will direct the third as well. What story elements can we expect to see in this third chapter? He isn’t saying. Read More »
Before the Best Director nomination, before Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You For Smoking and even his wonderful short films, director Jason Reitman appeared as an “actor” in a bunch of films. In the 1980′s and 1990′s, Jason’s father, director Ivan Reitman, gave him small cameo roles in some of his movies. Jason played Granger Grandson in Twins, Brownstone Boy #2 in Ghostbusters II, the Vice-President’s son in Dave, the Wrong Kid in Alley in Father’s Day, and most importantly Kissing Boy in Kindergarten Cop.
InContention has dug up the tape of Reitman’s appearance in the 1990 Schwarzenegger comedy and put it online for all to see. In the scene, Arnold’s character Detective John Kimble is searching the school hallways, when he bursts into an abandoned class room, interrupting two youngsters making out.
This was Jason Reitman’s first kiss. Not just his first on screen kiss… but his first kiss with a girl,period. Talk about pressure. And imagine getting directions from your father who is yelling off to the side of a film camera. Thanks to Kris Tapley, we have the video, embedded after the jump.
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Columbia Tristar Home Video produced this two minute video with Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman hyping the “new” DVD movie format as “the future” of home movie entertainment. The video was distributed in 1999 (yes, over ten years ago) to help promote the emerging new media, and of course, the release of Ghostbusters on the format. Watch the video after the jump.
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