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.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Paul Rudd still feels like an ‘imposter’ in Hollywood

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars. The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juli…

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars.

The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juliet, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Role Models, Ant-Man, and the most recent Avengers instalments.

Despite having a long and successful career, Rudd has admitted he still feels like he’s not as good as his colleagues.

“I still have that feeling – ‘I’m an imposter, I’m not as good as the people I’m working with,’ or I feel I just don’t have it,” he confessed to British actor Abubakar Salim as part of the BAFTA Breakthrough mentoring scheme, according to Yahoo!

However, Rudd explained that he feels more comfortable if he has written or produced the project, or if he is working with actors he’s collaborated with before.

“I feel like with that stuff it gets a little easier; if I’ve worked on the script it’s a little easier because I know it more and I’ve worked on it from the ground up so I think maybe I feel a little bit more comfortable,” the 51-year-old continued. “I’ve also been lucky too to work with some of the same people and, if I work with people I’ve worked with more than once and we are all on the same page, those experiences I think I probably feel a little less stressed.”

The Captain America: Civil War star will next be seen in cinemas in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The feature was originally meant to be released in July but will now come out in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Kumail Nanjiani passed up minor Marvel roles to fulfil superhero dreams

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Heal…

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.

The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Health magazine that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow comedy actors Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, who have carved out successful Marvel careers.

After he was passed over for a part in Marvel’s TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kumail was determined not to be cast in nerdy sidekick roles, so decided to wait until a bigger part came his way.

“It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of a Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero,'” he explained.

The Big Sick star appears alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden in Eternals, and his character is part of a group of cosmic-powered beings who are sworn to protect Earth.

Kumail’s superhero character Kingo disguises his powers by becoming a successful Bollywood star, and he confessed that he based his performance on Bruce Willis’ iconic role as wry police officer John McClane from 1988’s Die Hard, which is one of his favourite films.

“That movie’s life-or-death, and Eternals is life-or-death, too. I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it feel like you’re making fun of the whole thing?'” he explained.

Eternals will hit cinemas in November.

© Cover Media

Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man 3

Peyton Reed has officially signed up to direct the third Ant-Man movie.The filmmaker helmed the first and second instalments of Marvel franchise, and according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, is now set to once again re-team with Paul Rudd, who p…

Peyton Reed has officially signed up to direct the third Ant-Man movie.

The filmmaker helmed the first and second instalments of Marvel franchise, and according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, is now set to once again re-team with Paul Rudd, who plays the titular superhero.

The 55-year-old was brought in to replace Edgar Wright on 2015’s Ant-Man, after the Brit left the project following creative differences.

Ant-Man 3 will join the other movies planned for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including sequels to Black Panther, Doctor Strange and the fourth instalment of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor saga.

Sources told the outlet that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder will shoot before Ant-Man 3.

The first Ant-Man grossed more than $519 million (£401 million) worldwide back in 2015, with last year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp raking in more than $622 million (£481 million).

As well as Rudd returning as Scott Lang and his tiny alter-ego, Evangeline Lilly is expected to be back as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, with the cast also including Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian and Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris.

Production is expected to start at the end of next year, with a possible release date of 2022. Marvel boss Kevin Feige is serving as producer on the project.

It will be Rudd’s fifth venture out as Ant-Man, having had two standalone films and appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and this year’s blockbuster, Avengers: Endgame.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Alicia Silverstone approves of K-Swiss’ Clueless-inspired sneakers

Alicia Silverstone approves of K-Swiss’ new range of sneakers inspired by her movie, Clueless.Bosses at the American brand sent fans of the 1995 teen romcom – that also starred Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd and Stacey Dash – into a frenzy earlier in May w…

Alicia Silverstone approves of K-Swiss’ new range of sneakers inspired by her movie, Clueless.

Bosses at the American brand sent fans of the 1995 teen romcom – that also starred Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd and Stacey Dash – into a frenzy earlier in May when they dropped two pairs of athletic shoes influenced by the movie.

One pair is a white sneaker with a plaid lining and the word “Clueless” on the sole of the shoe, while the second has a yellow plaid upper with a white outsole. Both retail for $80 (£63) and are available for purchase on the K-Swiss website.

And now longtime vegan and animal rights/environmental activist Alicia, who played spoiled fashionista high school student Cher Horowitz, has weighed in with her thoughts on the shoes.

“@KSWISS Cher digs this look but wishes it was #CrueltyFree and made without leather,” she shared on Twitter, alongside a campaign video for the collection shared by K-Swiss.

The brand quickly responded to the 42-year-old star’s critique and revealed that the sneakers were in fact cruelty-free.

“We are thrilled that Cher digs the look! We completely agree with you, the plaid shoe is 100 per cent cruelty-free, and this year we have new materials partners for our first four conscious, recycled, cruelty-free shoes. Every company MUST make this transition, and it’s our top priority,” they wrote.

Alicia, who is raising her eight-year-old son Bear Blu as a vegan, previously credited the plant-based diet with keeping her looking younger and healthier.

“It’s no accident that everyone says to me all the time that I still look like I did in Clueless. I see the difference if I eat a certain way for a day, so I choose to make more than one meal be that great meal,” she commented.

© Cover Media

Jeremy Renner thanks Paul Rudd for making tough Avengers press tour fun

Jeremy Renner has pal Paul Rudd to thank for making the Avengers: Endgame press tour a fun experience, because he kept coming up with hilarious ruses when reporters asked too many questions. The cast of the blockbuster was sworn to secrecy about the m…

Jeremy Renner has pal Paul Rudd to thank for making the Avengers: Endgame press tour a fun experience, because he kept coming up with hilarious ruses when reporters asked too many questions.

The cast of the blockbuster was sworn to secrecy about the movie’s plot and so when journalists started prying for spoilers, Rudd stepped in to change the subject with humour and made up film projects.

He even had posters mocked up, featuring himself and Renner, advertising a fictitious film, The 50 Year Old Virgins.

“I got to do a lot of press with Paul Rudd… and I think I have a six-pack (abs) because of laughing with him,” Renner tells Good Morning America. “He’s one of the funniest people I know. We made up the movie 50 Year Old Virgins, so we’d talk about that movie.

“We are always texting each other how much we love each other and how much fun we had on this (press tour), because the press can be really kind of daunting, especially with a movie you can’t speak about… We just had a good laugh.”

The pair met on the set of the last Avengers movie, 2018’s Infinity War, and became instant friends: “We went on vacation; we were playing ping-pong,” Jeremy adds.

Meanwhile, the actor, who plays sharp-shooting archer Hawkeye in the Avengers films, has hooked his six-year-old daughter on the bow and arrow arts, but she has no idea dad is a big screen superhero.

“She’s seen me in costume on set and she does have a bow and arrow but she has no idea (I’m Hawkeye)…,” Renner reveals, explaining she has never seen an Avengers film. “I actually teach her archery… but I don’t know what she thinks about me. She doesn’t know I’m an actor.

“But I’m on my daughter’s pyjamas. Winning!”

© Cover Media

Paul Rudd: ‘Avengers: Endgame was like working on Friends’

Paul Rudd found working on Avengers: Endgame to be similar to his time on Friends. The actor, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, previously starred in the popular U.S. sitcom as Mike Hannigan, starting from season nine in 2002. At th…

Paul Rudd found working on Avengers: Endgame to be similar to his time on Friends.

The actor, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, previously starred in the popular U.S. sitcom as Mike Hannigan, starting from season nine in 2002.

At the time, Rudd found it to be a big deal to join Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, who had already been working together for years, and he has now shared that he had a comparable experience on the set of the upcoming superhero feature.

“It’s the one experience I could say felt a little similar, where I kind of join this group… even though I used ‘join’ in quotes – it was like, I get to act in scenes with some iconic characters and actors in the Avengers and it felt a little bit like that, where I came onto Friends, and it was season nine,” he told Entertainment Tonight, adding of his time on Friends. “It was certainly massive for me. I had never been a part of anything that had that kind of viewership. Everybody was very nice, but I never could quite get over the fact that I was sitting in Central Perk, and I just really didn’t want to get in the way.

“I knew no one was tuning in for Mike Hannigan, so I was like, ‘Oh wow, I’m just going to sit back and kind of observe and enjoy this ride.'”

And while he’s a relative newbie on the set of the Avengers films, Rudd was excited to be starring alongside long-time superheroes Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., and fellow Marvel newcomer, Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson.

“Brie is so, so cool. Not just her character, but (how) she is kind of handling the situation. (She) kind of stepped into everything pretty easily, I think,” the 50-year-old gushed.

Avengers: Endgame begins hitting cinemas around the world from 24 April (19).

© Cover Media