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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Ivan Reitman to Direct ‘Big in China’?

We still don’t know what is going on with Ghostbusters 3, as Bill Murray seems to be the perpetual hold-up. But Ivan Reitman, who has contractual right of first refusal to direct and is currently slated to sit in the director’s chair should the movie actually happen, is developing other projects. One is Big in China, based on the true story of Alan Paul, a music journalist who unexpectedly found himself becoming a musical sensation in China. Read More »

Briefly: Let’s rewind all the back to the early days of December 2010. That’s when Ernie Hudson said that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters III. “I know he really cares about his work,” Hudson said, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”

Turns out he may have been right. Sure, Ivan Reitman is out there stumping for the movie just as Dan Aykroyd and others have been. But if a new report is to be believed, there’ll be no movie without Bill Murray. If he doesn’t nod and smile and sign, then the movie doesn’t happen. Ivan Reitman just said that the script was truly just finished, and has been sent to Murray. So if his definition of ‘good’ lines up, then Slimer will pop out of his hole, not be scared by his shadow, and the show will go on. Oops, sorry. Getting my Murray movie metaphors mixed. We’ll have real news on the film just as soon as there is some.

There’s been a lot of indirect word about Ghostbusters 3 over the past two years, mostly via tubthumping from Dan Aykroyd and amusing dismissals of the project from Bill Murray. One person from whom we haven’t heard much is Ivan Reitman, director of the original film and the man contracted to direct the third.

Now Mr. Reitman says that “”Virtually everything you’ve read on the internet [about Ghostbusters 3] is not accurate.” What does that mean? Read More »

‘No Strings Attached’ Red Band Movie Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released a red band movie trailer for Ghostbusters/Meatballs director Ivan Reitman‘s new comedy No Strings Attached. The movie follows a lonely doctor who gets lucky with a pretty co-worker (played by Natalie Portman) in a “comedy about the complications of friends with benefits.” The film costars Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Thirlby, Kevin Kline, Lake Bell, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and the next breakout comedy actor (in my opinion) Jake Johnson.

The film actually started out with another title, Fuckbuddies. Of course, Paramount didn’t want to face the problems associated with releasing a movie under that title, so they changed it to Friends With Benefits, which eventually got changed into the truly horrible title No Strings Attached (at least they didn’t go with “No Strings”, the abbreviated title they were testing). The reason they moved on from Friends With Benefits is that another film had already staked claim to the title Friends With Benefits. A day after Paramount released the first trailer for No Strings Attached, Screen Gems released a red band movie for their R-Rated romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis featuring a very similar premise. I thought that must be what makes them different — one is raunchy, and the other isn’t. Looks like I was wrong.

It seems like Paramount is following suit, and has released their own red band trailer. This is one of those red band trailers which is out to prove the movie isn’t just a cookie cutter comedy and is a filthy r-rated movie. So in other words, how many cuts of swears, nudity and sex can you fit into three minutes (not that that’s a bad thing…). Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Paramount Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Ghostbusters/Meatballs director Ivan Reitman‘s new comedy No Strings Attached. The movie follows a lonely doctor (played by Cary Elwes) who gets lucky with a pretty co-worker (played by Natalie Portman) in a “comedy about the complications of friends with benefits.”

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.

The film costars Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Thirlby, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Lake Bell, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and the next breakout comedy actor (in my opinion) Jake Johnson. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Briefly: The headline is really all there is to the rumor, as Production Weekly has said via tweet that the outlet hears Sony “is planning to put Ivan Reitman‘s “Ghostbusters 3” into production in May 2011.” If accurate, this would represent the end of a couple years of speculation about the film.

As far as we know, Ghostbusters 3 would still be based upon a script by The Office and Year One writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, perhaps with rewrites from Dan Aykroyd. Ivan Reitman would reportedly direct the returning crew of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver, though until cameras are actually rolling I wouldn’t take any of that as set in stone.

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There’s a report that Ivan Reitman is producing an adaptation of a yet to be published young adult novel by Andrea Seigel. OK, it’s not Ghostbusters news, but there aren’t enough good family films out there, so I’ll give Reitman’s project some ink, on the off chance that it turns out to be a solid story.  Better Off Ted and Futurama writer Justin Adler is scripting. Read details on the book after the break. Read More »

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