Michael Jackson Estate Begins to Shop Biopic

Briefly: The Michael Jackson estate is finally starting to test the waters for a biopic about the King of Pop. Estate executor John Branca has approached Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock of the Montecito Picture Company about financing and producing a Jackson film. It’s way to early to say what the film might look like — the deal to develop the thing isn’t even finished, so there is certainly no writer or director on board. It is possible that Reitman could direct if the deal goes through, but that’s too early to call now, too.

Variety says the film “would only cover certain periods of the late singer’s life,” and your guess is as good as mine as to which periods will be included. Presumably any biopic licensed by the estate would have full access to Jackson’s music. Would this be a true musical, or the sort of music-infused biography that has been more familiar in recent years? (Think Ray and Walk the Line.) I’d expect the latter.

VOTD: Uncut Ghostbusters Commercial

If you’ve seen Ghostbusters — and I’m betting it’s a safe assumption that just about all of you have — you’ll probably recall the scene where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) first learns of the Ghostbusters. She’s in her apartment putting away her groceries when she notices a television commercial for the paranormal extermination service, founded by parapsychologists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Unfortunately, the scene cuts between Dana’s television and her reactions to the ad, so we don’t get to see exactly what she sees.

Happily, the Internet is here to help. After the jump, watch the uncut Ghostbusters commercial. It’s not a totally perfect match for the commercial playing in Dana’s apartment — there’s a second or two missing at the very start, and it doesn’t have the phone number splashed across the bottom — but it does have Egon acting delightfully extra-awkward right at the very end.

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A week ago, we told you that the original Ghostbusters would be back in theaters soon for a limited release. Now we’ve got the details: Sony will put the movie on screens through the month of October, but only on Thursdays, starting October 13. So you might get a chance to see Ivan Reitman‘s original and still truly entertaining film on October 13, October 20 and October 27. Read More »

‘Ghostbusters’ to Get Theatrical Rerelease

As we look forward to the most anticipated movies of the fall season, one very exciting release has unexpectedly popped up. The official Ghostbusters Facebook page has just announced that the sci-fi comedy classic is set to return to theaters this October for a rerelease. Read on after the jump.

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Ghostbusters 3 is not a film I’m particularly keen to see made, but at this point I really want it to happen just so people can stop asking Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray about whether or not it is going to happen. No one likes to talk about the project like Aykroyd likes to talk about it, and when the big question was put to him this week — is it happening? — he says yes, and suggests that it’ll happen with or without Bill Murray. And he’d like to see one of the Criminal Minds cast members suit up to battle the supernatural. 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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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 »

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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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