Since last week was mildly depressing, today we’re going to focus on the funny. After the break I have a lovely mashup video that brings together Super Mario and Ghostbusters — I can’t believe that hasn’t been done already — a Christopher Walkenthrough of BioShock Infinite, and a super secret video. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. READ MORE
Trying to make ghost busting sexy is like trying to cram more chocolate into into a chocolate chip chocolate muffin: nice idea but overkill and unnecessary. The new team goes on its first case this issue in Central Park. Our lady-centric Busters fight their way into relevance and some ghosts as well in The New Ghostbusters #2. READ MORE
Bill Murray doesn’t have an obligation to the fans to star in Ghostbusters 3, let alone any movie. In fact, many Bloody readers have sounded off that they don’t even want to see the sequel. But alas, Sony and Columbia Pictures continue to tweak their proton packs for a third battle with the undead in New York.
The project, which has been in development for several years now, would bring Ivan Reitman back behind the camera, with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson returning to bust some ghosts (and pass along the torch), alongside Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver (depending on what source you believe; and take into consideration the years of development could cause players to get cold feet).
And thanks to the team’s failed attempts dedication to bring Bill Murray back into the fold as Dr. Peter Venkman, the project has been in development hell for the better part of a decade. What’s interesting though is the roundabout news that, once again, Sony is looking to do Ghostbusters 3 as an animated film, a source exclusively reveals to Bloody Disgusting. This was the original plan back in 2007, which eventually resulted in the incredible 2009 video game.
Whether you blame Murray for stringing everyone along and not giving a flat “no” (though it seems he has done this several times), or you point your finger at Aykroyd and Reitman for agreeing accepting that string – it seems the damage to the project might be permanent. In the end, it looks like they may go with “Plan Z,” which would entail animating the feature and bringing the cast in for a few days of voice work. If I were a gambling man, I’d say Murray couldn’t turn down a massive paycheck for one day of work. (Cameron Diaz earned $3 million for Shrek, $10 million for Shrek 2, and a disturbing $30 million for Shrek The Third.) READ MORE
Horror Comedies are by far the most difficult horror sub-genre to execute. They’re also the most likely to fail commercially. While they’re one of my favorite sub genres and I wish there were more of them, when you combine those factors it’s a miracle there aren’t even less.
And many of them are quite great! So much so that I had to strip all numbers and rankings out of this list. While I certainly like some more than others, when you get down to stuff like Gremlins and An American Werewolf In London you’re dealing with grade A classics to which assigning a number would be an insult.
Also, please note that while I love The Cabin In The Woods and Scream, I don’t consider them “comedies.” They’re both intentionally funny, but I feel like their laughs exist to provoke a very specific conversation about horror tropes, which is its own thing.
So, in no particular order, head inside for my Top 10 Horror Comedies! READ MORE
A major delight this week is Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters. It comes with a witty brand of horror comedy. This issue will certainly give fans of the “Ghostbusters” and “Mars Attacks” franchises something sweet this week. READ MORE
This is from someone who kind of liked Scream 4… I don’t need a Scream 5. Back in November I wrote up a small piece talking about how incredulous Wes Craven seemed that there would even be sufficient demand for a fifth movie. That was when Craven wrote on Twitter, “No news on ‘Scream 5′ yet. You guys really want another one?”
It just seems like there’s no momentum on the project. The other day Collider asked Neve Campbell what she thought about the film’s chances and she answered, “We’ll see. I’m not sure they’re going to make it, to be honest. If that were to come up again and they were to approach me, I’d have a chat with them about it.” This is a polite way of saying she thinks this movie is in no way a priority for Dimension right now, and she’s probably right.
I think this is starting to teeter into Ghostbusters 3 territory, where a core group of people who loved the first installments of a franchise are clamoring for a new one. Of course there are some differences here (it’s been 2 years since Scream 4, not 20). But I feel like both franchises have, for different reasons, been irretrievably sucked into the vortex of diminishing returns. Too many people need Scream 5 to be too many different things. A reboot? A straight sequel? Do they kill the original cast? Do they make it found footage? There are almost too many options and with this many cooks in the kitchen it’s impossible to come up with a unifying take. Remember how Scream 4 didn’t really focus on an angle? It would just bring up a new thesis, drop it and then pick up another one? It would take a miracle to keep Scream 5 from exacerbating that issue.
For Gallery 1988‘s October exhibition “Please Post Bills”, dedicated to comedic legend Bill Murray, and their previous “The 3G Show”, artist Jude Buffum delivered a pair of epic Ghostbusters art pices that take you back to the 80′s.
In Ghostbusters, the artist always wondered what would have gone down had ghost buster Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) answered “Yes!” to Gozer’s inquiry “Are you a god?” Would he have averted Stay-Puft peril?
“Ugly Little Spud” depicts the scene when Murray’s character, Peter Venkman, comes face to face with his first Class 5 Free-Roaming Vapor, better known as Slimer.
Lastly, comes an incredible Gremlins piece entitled “Last Call” which shares a digital look at the bar sequence from Joe Dante’s 1984 classic. READ MORE
With the old Ghostbusters lost somewhere in another dimension, IDW is ushering in a new team of supernatural ghost catchers with a brand new ongoing comic book series this February. The new series will pick up right where the last series left off, written by “Ghostbusters” veteran Erik Burnham, with Dan Schoening on art duties.The series is set to explore a world without the Ghostbusters and those crazy enough to fill their shoes. Issue #1 is set for release in February 2013 in comic shops everywhere. Check out all the details after the break. READ MORE
As we travel farther and farther away from childhood, it’s often nice to bask in the nostalgic glow of old items, even if we were never lucky enough to actually own any. Reliving childhood insecurities could even be considered a form of time travel, really.
I’m going to stop now, before I kill myself.
Check out these long lost horror products. They don’t make them like this anymore. Mostly because parents have gotten so lame. Wait a minute… we’re the parents now aren’t we? That’s it. I’m killing myself. READ MORE
As teased last week, IDW has sent out official details on the Mars Attacks event at IDW Publishing. The vicious Martians with a plan for vengeance will be invading almost all of the IDW ongoing titles including “Popeye”, “Chew”, “Transformers”, “GI Joe”, “Ghostbusters”, “KISS”, and others. The event begins on January 2nd, 2013. For full details, cover art, and a list of all books involved, hit the jump. READ MORE
I haven’t hid my appreciation of Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” at all. Hell, I love that damn song! And you know what other song I love, one that I grew up with? I’m guessing you already know since you read the headline: the Ghostbusters theme! So when I saw a video that mashed up that song with the Ghostbusters theme, I knew I just had to share it with all of you! Check out the magic below! READ MORE
While Bill Murray repeatedly slimes the idea of Ghostbusters 3, Columbia Pictures, along with director Ivan Reitman, and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, continue to push forward with the misadventures of Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Raymond Stantz, Dr. Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddmore.
While we’ve watched everyone involved trade verbal blows, and then deny them, something interesting terrifying has been brewing under the streets of New York City.
In a recent interview with Collider, Reitman was asked about the sequel. His response sent me into a state of shock: “I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.”
Unfortunately, reporter Christina Radish didn’t follow up with the shocking statement. It’s as if it went completely unheard. If I were in that position, they’d be checking to see if I were okay after having fallen off my chair.
Etan Cohen, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky had been working on various screenplays that would introduce a new generation of Ghostbusters (lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar).
I’d like you to meet MrSolidSnake745, a YouTube user who makes music. With floppy drives. It’s incredible.
While most of his work are interpretations of videogame themes, he did create one for the Ghostbusters theme, and another for “This is Halloween” (inside) off the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. Enjoy the cheese!
Ah, Ghostbusters 3. I’m sure you’ll be terrible. That’s not some snarky online reflexive writing – I love to love things – but it looks like this project is just creatively circling the drain and that it’s sole reason for existing will be the cash. Fairly soon we might actually have a third film, which means the balance in the universe will have shifted. We’ll have one great Ghostbusters and two bad ones. And now one thing’s for sure – Bill Murray Won’t Be In It. We all knew that was coming, but here it really is. Once Dan Aykroyd admits to this, that means the last person on earth who was holding out hope has finally given in.
Last month, on the heels of this report, Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen was been tapped to rewrite the sequel for the studio. He was supposed to be rewriting the draft that “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired to write in Setember 2008.
Except now it appears he’s been writing a draft, on Dan Aykroyd’s marching orders, without Murray’s character Peter Venkman. When Metro asked Aykroyd if Murray would be in the film he replied, “No, I can tell you he won’t be involved..” He continued, “It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”
The plan remains to have the old Ghostbusters pass the torch to a new bunch of rapscallions. Excited? *Oh and I would hope Peter Venkman isn’t in the script. How sad would it be if they got someone else to play him?
After over a year of jabbing by Bill Murray (who apparently shredded one of the scripts and mailed it to the producers), and watching Dan Aykroyd talk around the issue, something official has been announced regarding Columbia Pictures’ long gestured Ghostbusters 3.
On the heels of this report, Variety reveals that Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen has been tapped to rewrite the sequel for the studio.
“The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in Setember 2008 to revive the blockbuster franchise that started in 1984 with Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters. At the time, the supernatural action-comedy was Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever, until it was beaten by Men in Black and then Spider-Man.
Third installment is expected to find original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters. It begins when a ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits. We previously reported that the new ‘Busters will be lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar. Who knows what Cohen will do to the existing screenplay.
Cohen previously wrote Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder and Mike Judge’s Idiocracy. He’s also attached to make his directorial debut with Paramount’s horror-comedy Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, which follows three high school Boy Scouts who must use their skills to save their small town from a vicious zombie outbreak.
Bill Murray will probably never reunite with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson for Ghostbusters 3. Yet he occasionally will dole out some kind of info and dangle the carrot a little bit. Does he like f*cking with Dan Aykroyd that much? Maybe. In the below interview with David Letterman he seems to be considering the prospect when he says, “we’ll try again.” But, honestly, I just don’t think it’s in the cards.
Columbia Pictures hopes to tell the story of a ragtag group of paranormal researchers whom reopen their notorious ghost removal service, with a new generation of Ghostbusters brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits. We previously reported that the new ‘Busters will be lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar. Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver have both been closely connected to the project.
I personally hope Ghostbusters 3 never happens. I love the first movie but, at this point, a third is something we only think we want. When we finally get it (if ever), we’ll hate it. I think Murray is being smart about this one, his trepidations are well founded.
By now, hopefully you know my feelings on the Tupac hologram that “performed” at Coachella this year. But that hasn’t changed the Internet and its ability to turn practically anything into a meme. Well, now they’ve taken Tupac and placed him in front of what could very well be his greatest adversaries. Who might they be you ask? You’ll have to look below for the sheer horror! READ MORE
The idea of studios re-releasing major franchise films isn’t a new one, and while it comes off as a grab for another fistful of cash, it’s still awesome for the fans who weren’t lucky enough to see them upon initial release. While we were sitting in theaters experiencing both Ghost Busters and Jurassic Park, plenty of parents were popping out babies, all of which are now of the right age to experience both films for the first time.
According to Empire, Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park is headed back into UK cinemas on September 23. Hopefully a US release soon follows in conjunction with the new Blu-ray set. Check out a trailer below.
Also, Digital Spy is reporting that Ghostbusters will return to cinemas next month as well. The ’80s spirit-hunting classic is to open in cinemas worldwide this Halloween as an all-new digitally-restored release. The fact they use the wording “cinemas” eludes to also another UK release. Lucky bastards! Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver starred in the sci-fi comedy, which was directed by Ivan Reitman. Ghostbusters grossed $290 million on its original theatrical release in 1984 and spawned a sequel in 1989. READ MORE
I know that a lot of you have been very anxious to see the first issue in the latest “GHOSTBUSTERS” monthly series, and if you are any sort of diehard fan, I can’t blame you. The odds of us seeing another film in the series are akin to the Cleveland Browns ever winning a SuperBowl. I get it. So just because we love you (and would prefer it if you didn’t interrupt the new episode of “COMMUNITY” with your bridge diving public suicide wearing a StayPuft Marshmellowman costume.) we got you this 6 page preview of the first ish. Read on for the skinny…
While 99% of my time is spent finding and reporting horror news, occasionally I’ll come across something genre related that I can’t wait to share with you dear readers. (Or sometimes what I find isn’t really “news worthy,” but cool nonetheless.) Such the case with these little nuggets of awesome. (All four of these news bites feature video or images, so you’ll be checking inside for the goods.)
The coolest thing I came across this week is an “H.R. Giger/Alien” wedding cake from Jet City Cakes in Kirkland, WA. It’s bursting with delightfulness! Though, when looking at it, I just can’t help but think of the dancing alien in Spaceballs…
Here’s a segue for yah: Speaking of Alien, something incredibly stupid, but going viral, is footage from a horror fan who filmed his cat watching the Alien franchise. The video’s creator describes the cat as “enjoying” the films, but this cat looks freaked the f*ck out.
The boys over at Figure reports that Diamond Select Toys has announced the upcoming release of two new Ghostbusters statues. The first is 100 feet of angry marshmallow shrunk down to a more manageable collectible size of 7-inches. The “Ghostbusters Stay-Puft Statue” will include a light-up feature to add a pleasing glow to your collection at night. Look it this July priced at SRP of $69.99. Joining “Stay-Puft” in October will be a 7″ “Statue of Liberty.” This iconic symbol of freedom and “Ghostbusters II” ghoul-stomping vehicle also lights-up and will retail for a SRP of $69.99. But seriously, who wants to remember that? “Higher and highhhhhherrrrr.”
Another fun news brief are a slew of new never-before-seen photos from Scream 4, which come courtesy of Scream-Trilogy. They declare the images as “stunning”, I’d say they’re more intriguing (especially the pic of Sidney in the wake of a bloody massacre).
We’ve all seen plenty of fan art, whether it’s at conventions or even on the B-D forums. I’ve seen all sorts of stuff that ranges from terrible to great, but you got to give it up for fans who put their own spin on their favorite characters just because they love them so damn much.
Italian graphic artist Fabrizio Fioretti got put in the spotlight earlier today when /Film shared a few of his Ghostbuster pieces, which have the cartoony appearance of recent DreamWorks Animation titles like How To Train Your Dragon (and maybe it resembles the character renders seen in the Wii version of the Ghostbuster game released a few years back, too). Fioretti claims he made them “no particular reason” and he’s just a huge fan.
The Venkman portrait can be seen beyond the break. Check out the rest of the Ghostbusters and more of Fioretti’s work on his website. READ MORE
With the possibility of the third “GHOSTBUSTERS” film still being akin to a Big Foot sighting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean while riding Puff The Magic Dragon, I am just waiting for the day that fans of the classic franchise start a communal suicide pact. (Hey, I have seen “SUICIDE CLUB” and been to Cons. The signals are there.) Heck, for awhile it was looking like the possibility of fans even getting a consistent comic series was next to impossible, but never fear “GHOSTBUSTERS” fans, because today IDW Publishing has announced that they will be launching an all new MONTHLY series for the franchise beginning in September! No, your eyes do not deceive you, so put down that .45 and make the jump to check out a handful of variant covers. Read on for the skinny…
It is rare (if ever) that myself and fellow Graphic Content contributor Johnny_Trouble are both left speechless, and even rarer still that we are both speechless at the same time. But then again it is also rare that a clothing range incorporates “STREET SHARKS”, “SLEEPAWAY CAMP”, “FRIDAY THE 13TH”, “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”, “GHOSTBUSTERS”, “SHORT CIRCUIT”, and MORE into one line. However, Kyle Crawford and Electric Zombie.com have done just that with the clothing masterminds’ all new range which includes tees, bags, flip-flops, bags, and everything in between. Below you can get just a taste of the new range that is available today.
It has been a wild ride with IDW Publishing on their insanely epic crossover event better known as “INFESTATION”, but as of today the series will officially be coming to and end with the release of the second iss as the worlds of all of the companies biggest franchises collide. Of course, that being said, you can find a 6 page preview beyond the break, because we are just that awesome. Oh, and by the way “BRITT”, the “BLACK CAT” called, and she would now like her costume back. Read on for the skinny…