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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Jason Reitman teases Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July thi…

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July this year.

However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which forced the temporary closure of cinema chains around the world, the movie’s release has been postponed until March 2021.

Discussing the delay during Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart series with stars of the original Ghostbusters flick, Reitman revealed that not only is he still hard at work on post-production for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but is developing a follow-up movie.

“I can’t tell you anything, but we are working on another instalment,” he teased.

And the filmmaker, son of director Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two Ghostbusters movies, confessed that the delayed release could be beneficial for the movie as he’s had more time for the editing process.

“We have a little bit more time, and look, as a director, I’ve never had this opportunity to actually take a pause and breathe and look at the movie again,” Reitman explained. “I’ve been spending my days editing Ghostbusters, so that’s where I’ve been.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will also see original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles.

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Paul Feig to direct The School for Good and Evil movie adaptation

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil. The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a…

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil.

The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a seven-part book series.

“I’m truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books to life. I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince,” Feig said in a statement.

In the book series, the School for Good and Evil is where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. It follows Sophie, who knows she’ll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White, while her best friend Agatha seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. However, the girls soon find their fortunes reversed – Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil and Agatha into the School for Good.

The Last Christmas filmmaker will direct from a script written by David Magee and Laura Solon, and he’ll also produce the project alongside the author, as well as Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, and Laura Fischer, among others.

“To have one of your favourite directors adapt your book into a film for Netflix is an honour and a dream. Paul Feig is a brilliant filmmaker and a master of tone – a perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School of Good and Evil. I have no doubt that he will make a true fairy tale classic,” the author added.

The seventh and final book in the series, The School of Good and Evil: One True King, will be released on 2 June.

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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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Rick Moranis to return to big screen for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and g…

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.

The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and goes on an adventure to bring them back to regular size.

The movie spawned two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid in 1992, and the straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! back in 1997.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Moranis has been confirmed to return to the franchise. In Disney’s new film, simply called Shrunk, Josh Gad will play Szalinski’s son – with the flick to follow the character’s attempts to be a successful scientist like his father.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnston is returning to helm the sequel, with Todd Rosenberg writing the script.

Gad took to Instagram to share his excitement over Moranis’s casting and claimed he had been keeping the news quiet for “quite a while”.

“To say it is a dream come true to once again see Rick Moranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade. But to say, I get an up seat view of him returning to play one of his most iconic roles is the understatement of the Century. It’s Shrinking time. Welcome back hero! #Shrunk,” he wrote.

The Canadian comedian shot to fame in 1984 when he played Louis Tulley in Ghostbusters, and went on to star in Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II, and The Flintstones.

Moranis semi-retired in 1997 to focus on his family after his wife passed away, but voiced characters in Disney’s Brother Bear movies and animated sitcom Bob & Doug. He also had a cameo in U.S. sitcom The Goldbergs in 2018.

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Eddie Murphy regrets turning down Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Eddie Murphy feels “like an idiot” for turning down the lead role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.The 58-year-old actor and comedian opened up about turning down the role of private detective Eddie Valiant in the 1988 comedy film, which was directed by Robe…

Eddie Murphy feels “like an idiot” for turning down the lead role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

The 58-year-old actor and comedian opened up about turning down the role of private detective Eddie Valiant in the 1988 comedy film, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Murphy told host Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on The Tonight Show it was the only part he has ever turned down during his Hollywood career, and added, “Now, every time I see it, I feel like an idiot.”

The late Bob Hoskins went on to play Eddie in the groundbreaking movie, which fused live-action with animation and raked in more than $329 million (£254 million) at the worldwide box office from a budget of around $50 million (£39 million).

Murphy also revealed he turned down the role because the pitch didn’t sound very appealing.

“I was going to be the Bob Hoskins dude. And I was like, ‘What? Animation and people? That sounds like bulls**t to me,'” he laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, he also made the revelation that he had to miss out on starring in Ghostbusters because he was tied up filming Beverly Hills Cop.

Dan Aykroyd previously confirmed that he wrote the 1984 comedy with him, Murphy and the late John Belushi in mind as the original line-up for the ghost-busting gang, however, the Coming to America star was unable to commit.

“Yes, but I did Beverly Hills Cop,” Murphy explained. “It wasn’t like I turned it down inasmuch as I wasn’t available because I was doing this other movie.”

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Dan Aykroyd confirms role in upcoming Ghostbusters sequel

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be relea…

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.

Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be released next year, and now Aykroyd has thrilled fans by confirming the news he is set to bring back beloved character Ray Stantz.

“I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,” Aykroyd said in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “(Original Ghostbusters director) Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.”

The instalment also features Carrie Coon, Captain Marvel star Mckenna Grace, Stranger Things cast member Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd.

Aykroyd and fellow original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson all had cameos in Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of the comedy, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Back in February, Reitman seemingly criticised the female-led reboot by commenting that his follow-up to the 1984 original will “hand the movie back to fans”.

“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies,” the filmmaker said during an episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. “This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters… I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

However, he later took to Twitter to clarify his comments, and said he had “nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen”.

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Paul Feig to write and direct monster movie Dark Army

Paul Feig is to write and direct a new monster movie for Universal.The Bridesmaids director is stepping away from his comedy roots to create Dark Army, a monster movie which is based on his own original idea and will reportedly feature original charact…

Paul Feig is to write and direct a new monster movie for Universal.

The Bridesmaids director is stepping away from his comedy roots to create Dark Army, a monster movie which is based on his own original idea and will reportedly feature original characters as well as ones from Universal Classic Monsters library, according to editors at Deadline. The plot is currently unknown, as well as its connection to other monster films.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual monster stories that have less connection between films.

“Instead of prescribing a mandated updating of these monster stories and making them all part of a larger scheme, the studio loosened these restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers who were inspired to create their own unique stories,” a representative for Universal said to Variety.

Feig will also produce Dark Army under his Universal-based Feigco Productions banner alongside Laura Fischer.

He joins Saw and Insidious creator Leigh Whannell, who is currently directing a remake of The Invisible Man for Blumhouse Productions. The film, which stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Elisabeth Moss, is set to hit cinemas in February.

Feig, who has directed the likes of Spy, The Heat and the Ghostbusters reboot, is gearing up to release his next movie Last Christmas later this year. The romantic comedy features the songs of George Michael and Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in the lead roles.

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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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Leslie Jones teamed with Christian Siriano after other designers made her feel ‘big’

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood. Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the pr…

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood.

Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the premiere of her movie Ghostbusters.

“Maybe because I’m tall, maybe I’m not the regular size – which is not that big,” she told Variety in a new interview. “I’m (a) 10, 12. I guess it’s big for a Hollywood size, but I’m a normal-sized woman.

“I always knew I liked clothes. I just didn’t know how to translate that as far as dressing myself.”

Days before the Ghostbusters premiere, the Saturday Night Live writer and comedian took to social media to voice her disappointment, before she headed out to the mall to look at dresses at U.S. department store, Macy’s.

“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything,” she posted at the time.

The tweet blew up, and she was then contacted by Siriano, and together, they created her dream dress – a red, off-the-shoulder floor length gown, with a thigh-high slit – inspired by the 1976 film Sparkle.

For her first Emmy nomination in 2017, she collaborated again with Siriano on a daring black sequinned dress.

“That was just me wanting to have something really dramatic and see-through, because I had been working out, so I wanted to show off my body,” the star explained.

And for her second Emmy nod a year later, Jones loosened up with a pastel-coloured iridescent trouser suit designed, once again, by the Project Runway winner.

“I didn’t have any pockets, so I had my speech in my bra,” she recalled. “And I remember that I was so hot, and I was sweating, so the ink went onto my breast. When I took it off, I had ‘God’ on one breast and ‘Lorne’ (Michaels, Saturday Night Live creator) on the other one!”

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