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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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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It has been a while since we’ve gotten a real Ghostbusters 3 update. Last we heard, Office / Year One scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg had turned in a script, Ivan Reitman will return to direct, but Bill Murray is the sole holdout (initially telling the producers that he would only be part of the film if they killed him off. The screenwriters did just that, and had his character in the film as a ghost, but Murray appears to be completely uninterested in the sequel), while Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd claim the film will be in theaters for either Christmas 2011 or 2012. We also know that the story apparently begins as the paranormal researchers “reopen” their ghost removal service after it has been closed for years, and the the film will introduce a new generation of Ghostbusters, who will be trained/mentored by the original crew.
Back in December 2008, Sigourney Weaver suggested that her character Dana Barrett’s baby Oscar should be one of the new Ghostbusters in the in development Ghostbusters 3. At the time, I thought that the addition of Dana’s offspring (and Peter’s potential step-son?) would be an interesting way to tie together the new team with the old. Now we have learned that the plans actually call for Oscar to suit up as one of the new Ghostbusters, but there is a bit of canon-bending with the storyline.
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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David, Peter, Devindra, and Adam debate the evils of Brett Ratner, praise Rick Moranis, and imagine a third Batman film starring Clock King and Calendar Man.
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All of the original Ghostbusters cast members are lending their voice talents to the upcoming video game release, with the exception of one. Can you guess who the one holdout is?
Bill Murray? Guess again.
Dan Aykroyd? The dude just appeared in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, so clearly he’ll do anything…
The answer is… Rick Moranis?!
According to m&c, Moranis retired after he “made so much money off of Honey I Shrunk The Kids”. Other than some voice work on a couple Disney films, Moranis hasn’t appeared in a wide big screen release since 1996’s Big Bully. Moranis portrayed Sigourney Weaver’s Manhattan neighbor Louis Tully in the original film and 1989 sequel. Apparently this news broke last month, but I just heard about it now and thought it was interesting enough to share.
Sierra Producer Ben Borth and Terminal Reality Development Director Brendan Goss have confirmed Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Annie Potts and William Atherton, who played the cranky city inspector. Now I understand Moranis wants to spend his time with his family, and he’s not in need of cash. I mean, he did provide the voice for a character in the 2006’s direct-to-dvd animated film Brother Bear 2. But is it too much to ask for a few hours in a recording studio to satisfy the fans of the movie franchise that made his career?