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 »

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‘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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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]

After the break, Cary Elwes works with Ivan Reitman and John Cusack kills people. Read More »

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 »

Olivia Thirlby

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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