‘Bad Teacher’ Review – Diaz Deserves Better

There’s probably a good movie to be made from what Bad Teacher‘s working with, but sadly, this is not that movie. On paper, I love the idea of Cameron Diaz playing a hilariously, irredeemably selfish teacher who’s mean to her students, with a supporting cast of seasoned comedians to back her up. In practice, despite some genuinely funny gags performed by talented, funny people, Bad Teacher never manages to rise past mediocrity.

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When we last left the long and arduous development-hell known as Ghostbusters III, everything hinged on the shoulders of one man: Bill Murray. A script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was reportedly sent to Dr. Peter Venkman himself a few months ago and Sony will only move ahead with the movie if Murray signs off on it.

The latest update is that there is no update. Murray supposedly hasn’t even read the thing yet. But two men with knowledge of the film have recently spoken out about the situation. Producer Joe Medjuck attended a screening of Ghostbusters at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last week and co-writer Eisenberg spoke at his alma mater Connecticut College. Each offered their thoughts on the current state of the film.

Hit the jump to read their quotes about Murray, developing the script, watch a video of the Q&A and see the full fan-made poster glimpsed above that was created by “Gh0stbuster.” Read More »

“Are you just another AFC (‘average frustrated chump’) trying to meet an HB (‘hot babe’)? How would you like to ‘full-close’ with a Penthouse Pet of the Year? The answers, my friend, are in Neil Strauss’ entertaining book The Game.” So begins, the Amazon.com description of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss. A day after it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. might star in another adaptation of a Strauss book, Emergency, news breaks that Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, writers on The Office, are polishing a screenplay of The Game. If Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s names sound familiar, it’s because they wrote (or are writing, who knows) Ghostbusters 3. As previously announced, The Game will be directed by Ari Sandel. We’ve got more on the project after the jump. 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 »

Ivan Reitman On Board For Ghostbusters 3

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BloodyDisgusting has confirmed that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman is 100% attached to Ghostbusters 3. He hasn’t decided yet if he wants to direct the project, but is definitely on board to produce. This shouldn’t come as much of a shock as almost everyone associated with the first two films are also on board for a third film if it goes into production.

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Even before a third Ghostbusters film was officially announced, I heard rumors that Year One/The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were working on a script and that they were writing a role for Year One star Michael Cera. While the details of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s role in the project turned out to be true, and quickly spread around the world, nothing has ever been said about Cera’s possible involvement.

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Interest in Ghostbusting is at fever pitch, and the imminent launch of the original Ghostbusters film on Blu-Ray and the tie-in videogames must have something to do with it. All the same, genuine interest in the franchise is as high as any time in the last 20 years, at least, and stories revolving around the upcoming third installment are piling up thick and fast. After the break, a few bullet points that should bring you up to speed and, most excitingly, a look at what appears to be the first dialogue exchange from the next movie to become public knowledge. I’ll also toss in a fantastic rumour I’ve been hearing, but haven’t been able (yet) to substantiate. What fun would leaving it out be, though?

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Jake Kasdan to Direct Bad Teacher

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The Hollywood Reporter are reporting (from Hollywood, no less) that Jake Kasdan has signed on to direct Bad Teacher. The screenplay charted on the 2008 Blacklist and was penned by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who also wrote the imminent Year One and are at work on the pending draft of Ghostbusters 3.

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The Hero Complex caught up with Dan Aykroyd, who provided a couple updates on Ghostbusters 3.  Aykroyd says that Ivan Reitman is “too busy as a mega-producer” to helm the film, and that his second choice would be Ghostbusters co-star and Groundhog Day/Analyize This director Harold Ramis.

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Harold Ramis Talks Ghostbusters 3

Cool Stuff: Ghostbusters-like Mini Vac T-Shirt

MTV was able to get Harold Ramis to talk about the next Ghostbusters movie, which is currently in the development/scripting stage with The Office/Year One scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky working on the script. Ramis has yet to receive a first draft in hand but claims that he has been consulting with the screenwriting duo, along with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman (who helmed the original film).

The biggest bit of news is that Ramis confirmed that all of the original Ghostbusters will return for the third film if it does happen, and that includes Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman).

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