Jason Reitman promises Ghostbusters: Afterlife treat for drive-in audiences

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is…

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.

The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is in store for audiences this weekend.

“If you can find a drive-in… There’s a fun little surprise before the movie. Please be safe! Bring your flight suits and a mask!” Reitman wrote, alongside an image of the Ectomobile in front of a drive-in movie screen.

The original 1984 movie, starring Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd, is being shown at outdoor cinemas across the U.S. for the Independence Day weekend.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was originally due to be released in cinemas on 4 July, but was postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until March next year.

Fans have speculated that the surprise in store is a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or footage from the highly-anticipated movie, which stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard.

Reitman, who is the son of the franchise’s original director, Ivan Reitman, also persuaded the original Ghostbusters stars to reprise their roles for the sci-fi action flick.

Murray recently opened up about returning to the much-loved franchise without the late Harold Ramis, who died in 2014, and Rick Moranis, who has retired from acting.

“They’re greatly missed for so many reasons. They were so much a part of the creation of it and the fun of it,” he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive iconic Ghostbusters car

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.In the upcoming sequel, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace …

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.

In the upcoming sequel, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a family who relocate to a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind. The trailer features Wolfhard finding the Ghostbusters’ old car and turning it on before driving it around town and through a field.

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he got used to the idea of driving the iconic car, the 17-year-old admitted he wasn’t allowed to drive the vehicle as he has failed his written test twice.

“I really didn’t. Part of the reason was because I wasn’t allowed to drive it,” he laughed. “But, I was in the driver’s seat, ‘driving,’ and there’s a sequence in the trailer where I’m ripping through this wheat field. There were a few sequences where I got to press the brake pedal, but it was mind-blowing just to be in it.

“They put a Corvette engine inside it so it could be more powerful. I’d ask our first AD (assistant director) and executive producer, Jason Blumenfeld, if I could just start it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So, I’d start it up, and it would go, ‘Vroom!’ It would just shoot on, and I’d turn it right back off afterwards.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife serves as a direct sequel to the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up and features appearances from old favourites such as Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver. It was originally due to be released in July but is now expected to hit cinemas in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Finn Wolfhard ‘flattered’ to be part of Ghostbusters legacy

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a fam…

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.

In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a family who relocate to a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind.

In an interview with NME, the 17-year-old shared that he was thrilled to be involved in the franchise.

“When I was really young, my parents were really big fans of the original movies, so I grew up watching them,” he said. “Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis – all of those were big, big people in our house. So getting to be a part of that legacy now is very flattering.”

Many of the stars of the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel will be making an appearance in Afterlife, with Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson confirmed as well as Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver. They join a cast which also includes Paul Rudd, Tracy Letts, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Wolfhard believes his new movie will satisfy fans of the original as well as the younger generation who are completely new to the franchise.

“Older Ghostbusters fans will find it’s a really, really faithful approach to the series,” he explained. “While young people, if not everyone, will find that, first and foremost, Ghostbusters is about family and the relationships that these people have made. It’s also really funny, so I’m really excited for people to see it.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is still slated to hit cinemas in July.

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Bill Murray confirmed to return as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hud…

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in the upcoming sequel.

And in an interview with Vanity Fair on the set of Jason Reitman’s movie, Murray revealed he agreed to return after reading the script last summer.

“The script is good,” Murray explained. “It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”

The late Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters films, passed away in 2014, and Murray touchingly acknowledged his loss as he reunited with his former co-stars.

“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” the 69-year-old said. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Reitman, who is the eldest child of Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up, insisted to Vanity Fair that each actor will have a “meaningful role”, and explained the latest outing was a touching tribute to his father.

“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” he shared. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which also stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace and features appearances from original stars Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, will be in cinemas from 10 July.

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Paul Rudd to star in new Ghostbusters movie

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbu…

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.

The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbusters headquarters in New York.

Noting he “loved” the original movies, Paul went on to explain that he was thrilled to be cast in the star-studded project by director Jason Reitman.

“When I heard that Jason Reitman was going to be doing a new version in the fall… my agent called (him) and said, ‘Hey Jason, we hear there’s a part of a young, semi-young strapping man, that needs to be cast, who you gonna call?'” the 50-year-old stated, referring to the famous line from the movie. “When I heard they were going to call me, well as you can imagine, I nearly slimed myself. I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters. In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”

The clip was captioned, “Look who accepted the call. #GB20.”

The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, and child actress Mckenna Grace have also been attached to parts in the movie, while original castmembers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver may make appearances too.

The Juno moviemaker is directing and co-writing the next instalment of the Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his father Ivan Reitman.

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is due to begin filming soon, with the script co-written by Gil Kenan.

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Richard Dreyfuss: ‘Bill Murray was a drunken bully on What About Bob? set’

Richard Dreyfuss has claimed Bill Murray was a “drunken bully” on the set of their movie What About Bob?The pair co-starred in the 1991 movie, which told the story of psychiatrist Leo Marvin, played by Dreyfuss, who takes on a new patient, Murray’s Bob…

Richard Dreyfuss has claimed Bill Murray was a “drunken bully” on the set of their movie What About Bob?

The pair co-starred in the 1991 movie, which told the story of psychiatrist Leo Marvin, played by Dreyfuss, who takes on a new patient, Murray’s Bob, and tries to help him with his neediness and phobias.

Recalling one of the most worrying points of his career during a video interview with Yahoo!, Dreyfuss said: “I didn’t talk about it for years. Bill just got drunk at dinner. He was an Irish drunken bully.”

The 71-year-old added that, when he and Murray had returned from dinner, the comedian asked him to read a script tweak he found amusing.

“He put his face next to me, nose to nose. He screamed, at the top of his lungs, ‘Everyone hates you. You are tolerated’,” Dreyfuss recalled.

The Ghostbusters star then allegedly tried to make things physical by throwing a glass ashtray at his co-star’s face.

“There was no time to react because he leaned back and took a modern, glass blown ashtray and threw it at my face (from just a few feet away),” Dreyfuss continued. “It weighed about three quarters of a pound and he missed me. He tried to hit me, I got up and left.”

Murray has yet to respond to Dreyfuss’ allegations.

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Selena Gomez: ‘Shooting The Dead Don’t Die was the most fun’

Selena Gomez had “the most fun” while filming her new movie The Dead Don’t Die.The star opened up about the experience at the Jim Jarmusch-directed movie’s New York premiere on Monday night, and told Extra TV the whole situation couldn’t have been bett…

Selena Gomez had “the most fun” while filming her new movie The Dead Don’t Die.

The star opened up about the experience at the Jim Jarmusch-directed movie’s New York premiere on Monday night, and told Extra TV the whole situation couldn’t have been better.

“I think it was the most fun for me, to be honest. It was such a blast!” she gushed. “Everyone that worked on this movie was such a respected actor – and director as well. It was so nice to see everyone let loose… Bill Murray would sing slow jams in the make-up trailer. You couldn’t ask for a better situation.”

The 26-year-old went on to admit she tries to maintain a positive atmosphere while on set, adding: “It’s not a lot of hard work (to be kind). Why would anyone want to be in a place and feel bad?

“I want to go to work and make sure everyone’s happy.”

While the star enthused over her work in the film industry, she also revealed she’s putting the finishing touches on new music, which fans can expect to drop soon.

“I can say that it’s done… I just have to do my own little things with it,” Selena shared. “I’m excited! I’m more relieved.”

The Dead Don’t Die also stars Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, and Danny Glover, and hits cinemas from 13 June.

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Chloe Sevigny: ‘Hollywood still feels pretty old-fashioned’

Chloe Sevigny says it’s “very hard” to accept that women filmmakers are still in the minority in Hollywood. The actress, who stars in the upcoming Jim Jarmusch zombie horror The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, opened up about her…

Chloe Sevigny says it’s “very hard” to accept that women filmmakers are still in the minority in Hollywood.

The actress, who stars in the upcoming Jim Jarmusch zombie horror The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, opened up about her frustration that the gender balance is still unequal.

In an interview with Deadline, the 44-year-old said she was more “at ease” being around – and working with – women, as she feels objectified by men.

“We’re talking about it, we’re more vocal about it, but it still feels pretty old-fashioned,” Sevigny explained. “Especially when you walk on set. I was making The Act in Savannah and there are female filmmakers and producers, and a lot of women involved, but I still walked on set and I was the only woman in the room and there were like 40 men around me.

“And you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, right. Where are all the ladies?’ And that’s very hard.”

She also admitted she felt comfortable on the set of The Dead Don’t Die, especially when she was playing the part of a zombie, because she wasn’t sexualised.

“Doing Jim Jarmusch’s movie, the day when I was a zombie was the most comfortable day for me because I was like, ‘None of these men are going to be sexualizing me or looking at me in that way.’ And I don’t know if that’s more telling about who I am or how I see things, but that was the best day,” she confessed.

And Sevigny will always be eager to sign up for any future female-driven films, as she’s far more interested in women than men.

“I think I’m more interested in telling stories about women because I understand women. I mean, I like boys, I like sleeping with boys and flirting with them. But I’m more interested in hanging out with girls and talking to girls,” she shared.

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Tilda Swinton treats Cannes Film Festival like a family reunion

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion. The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, whi…

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion.

The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, which premiered in Cannes earlier this month.

And Swinton was excited to return to the festival, which she dubbed a “school vacation”, as it meant reuniting with old co-stars and friends who she’s known for so long she now regards them as family.

“There are many ways of coming to Cannes, sometimes you’re trying to sell a film, sometimes you’re trying to get a film made, you might be here on a jury or bringing a film. But coming at any time and for any reason is a sort of fiesta-come-school vacation,” she explained to Deadline.

“This year to be with this particular family of filmmakers – Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray, who I’ve known very well on many different films – is like a family reunion.”

Swinton has appeared alongside Murray in no less than seven movies, including 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom and their latest endeavour, The Dead Don’t Die.

The Oscar-winning actress plays an eccentric zombie-killer in Jarmusch’s comic horror, and confessed she would say yes to any project the director suggested because she adores working with him.

“I would probably say yes to anything that Jim proposed because I really love him and his work, so even if he said let’s do a film about a sofa I would probably say, ‘Yes let’s do it’.

“It’s always a great group with Jim because people with any kind of intelligence are drawn to working with him,” she said of her co-stars, including Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Luka Sabbat.

“It was essentially a summer vacation. We had a great summer in upstate New York, going around a series of little towns to create our own version of a little town, seen in the film.”

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Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie to open Cannes

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France. The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick…

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick off the annual movie spectacular on 14 May.

The film focuses on the residents of peaceful Centerville, who find themselves having to battle an army of the undead.

The movie, which Jarmusch also wrote, will be among the competition at this year’s festival.

The filmmaker has been a regular at Cannes for years, screening films like Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Dead Man at the event.

Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will front this year’s (19) festival jury, becoming the first Mexican to take the role.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu previously said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury.

“Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as jury president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The official selection line-up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled next week 18 April. It is expected to include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory, and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as the British rock star.

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