So far, Jonathan Levine has directed a coming-of-age movie, a zombie romance, a horror movie, a buddies night out film, a heartbreaking comedy, and now, an action-comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. With five features under his belt, the Snatched director has shown an interest and skill in making a variety of movies.
His newest film, which is written by Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters), is his biggest movie to date. Five features into his career and his priciest movie yet isn’t a comic book movie or a sequel – it’s an Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy. Levine has stuck to telling mostly original and heartfelt stories. The director told us about how his previous work, including his last comedy, informed Snatched.
Below, check out our Jonathan Levine interview.
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Director Paul Feig likes to shoot a lot of alternate jokes and takes. Because of that, the first cuts for his movies tend to be quite long. In the case of Ghostbusters, for example, the first cut his editor put together was over four hours long (which isn’t actually too outrageous of a runtime if Feig is talking about the assembly cut). Some of those deleted scenes will be restored back into the film, as Sony plans on releasing an extended cut of Ghostbusters later this year.
Below, find out more about the Ghostbusters deleted scenes.
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Paul Feig and Katie Dippold first met around seven years ago. Dippold was writing for Parks and Recreation at the time when Feig directed “Pawnee Zoo,” the episode in which Leslie Knope arranges a wedding between two male penguins. Years later, when Dippold was hoping Feig would direct a spec script she wrote, titled The Heat, the two met for lunch. That meeting helped lead them to where they are today.
Feig and Dippold have made their biggest film yet with Ghostbusters. The reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the team that’ll have to save New York City from the paranormal. At the press day, Dippold was kind enough to discuss with us how she and Feig put this new team together, the film’s cameos, working with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, and more.
Below, read our Katie Dippold interview.
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Movie science typically likes to play fast and loose with the facts. There’s nothing terribly wrong with that, and most movies get away with it, too. In the case of a film like Ghostbusters, how much can a filmmaker actually ground the science in reality? Few people will see this reboot to fact check, but director Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold may surprise some of those sticklers concerned about the depiction of physicists.
Below, Dippold tells us about the research that went into Ghostbusters.
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Director Paul Feig was disappointed that the cameos in Ghostbusters were spoiled. Photos taken by the paparazzi and leaks during the shoot told fans who to expect to see in the reboot, but there are possibly still a few surprises left. When we spoke to the film’s co-writer, Katie Dippold (The Heat), we asked her about one of those surprises and a certain cameo.
Below, read what she had to say about the Ghostbusters cameo and one lovely nod to the original film. Spoilers are ahead.
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Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ghostbusters was always going to have a tough hill to climb. Even before Paul Feig signed on, fans were skeptical about the very notion of another Ghostbusters movie. After he did, there were fans upset at the idea of female Ghostbusters and fans unhappy about getting a reboot instead of a sequel and fans still annoyed that a new Ghostbusters movie was happening at all. This project has been under intense scrutiny since before a single frame was shot, and the fuss and furor over it has only intensified as the release date approaches.
But the movie itself isn’t terribly concerned with all that. Feig’s Ghostbusters is more interested in carving out a new space than it is in retracing the steps of the original. While it may not reach “instant classic” status, it’s still an entertaining addition to the franchise, bursting with humor and personality that’s all its own. Read More »
When the first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot debuted a couple months ago, the opening moments confused some fans of the original franchise. While we heard that this new film from director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold was supposed to be a reboot with no narrative ties to the original franchise, the first few shots and the bumpers in between referenced the events of the first film that happened 30 years ago. This made some audiences wonder if there was some kind of link between the old and new movies after all, and they weren’t the only ones who were confused.
Melissa McCarthy recently appeared on a radio program to discuss the forthcoming summer release, and in their conversation, she expressed her own confusion from those opening shots in the trailer as well. Find out what she had to say about the Ghostbusters reboot after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Ghostbusters marketing campaign has offered plenty of footage of our new heroes bonding and bickering and dealing with paranormal phenomena. What we haven’t seen much of is the villain — the evil force behind the scenes who’s pulling all the strings and unleashing all these horrors. But today, we have comments from director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold that shed some light on this shadowy figure.
Meanwhile, if you’re still holding out hope that the new heroes will someday meet the old heroes, well, Feig says he’d like to see that too. While the upcoming Ghostbusters is a hard reboot — meaning it has no narrative connection to the original films — the filmmaker teased the possibility of a “multiverse” that could lead to a crossover someday. Read More »
The trailer for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters hit the web this morning, but I got a chance to attend a screening and question and answer session yesterday on the Sony studio lot. Ghostbusters fans from around the United States gathered (a couple dozen even flew in) to get a sneak peek at the new trailer and get a chance to meet the filmmakers behind the new film. You can watch the Ghostbusters trailer elsewhere on the site. In this post, I recap what we learned from the discussion that followed the trailer premiere with director Paul Feig, screenwriter Katie Dippold, and producer Ivan Reitman (who, yes, directed the original two films in the 1980s).
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Even though Trainwreck may not be Judd Apatow’s most successful film at the box office, currently sitting with $98 million domestic behind The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, his collaboration with Amy Schumer has an 86% at Rotten Tomatoes, which his second highest-rated film as director. That kind of reception for an R-rated comedy isn’t easy.
But Apatow had plenty of success on the big screen before now, and it’s Schumer who will benefit most from the success of this hilarious flick. She’s already marching onward and upward by getting her next movie together. Fox is working on an Amy Schumer vacation comedy that may team her up with 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Read More »