Wednesday, May 20, 2009

*We dig beneath the fluff to give you the stuff*

So all those rumors about Ghostbusters 3 arriving in 2011 were all true? Dan Aykroyd recently talked Geoff Boucher at Hero Complex and really spilled the beans this time. "Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists — Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson." Sounds like it's really happening with everyone on board. And as for whether it'll shoot soon, Aykroyd is hopeful, very hopeful. "I think we're going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter." And that's not the only thing he reveals about Ghostbusters 3.

Aykroyd does confirm that they haven't chosen a director yet. He wants Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies, to return, but he's "too busy as a mega-producer" these days. His second choice is Harold Ramis, who directed Year One this year - "he has a lot of things going on, but it would be wonderful to see him do it." No mention of Judd Apatow? Or would Apatow even be interested? Everything is still on the edge, and Aykroyd even admits that "at any second everything could blow up" and the whole project could go down the tubes again. But that's Hollywood for you, nothing is ever official these days.

Lastly, Aykroyd talked a bit about the concept and casting. Aykroyd said he's hoping for a five-member "new generation" team with several female members. "I'd like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let's revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let's pass it on to a new generation." Wait, female members? How about some names, right? Aykroyd specifically mentions two names - Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku. "I think they're amazing," he said. "And I'm excited about the whole idea of getting this done." So how about that? Ghostbusters 3 starring Milano and Dushku? You in?

Chace Crawford Replaces Zac Efron in Footloose Musical

Late last year it was announced that High School Musical heartthrob (rolls eyes) Zac Efron would star in Paramount's big screen Footloose musical. But then in March, he dropped out, saying that he didn't want to do yet another musical so soon. So who did they find to replace him? Variety has confirmed Chace Crawford will take the lead instead. He's from the hit show "Gossip Girl" and should have been cast as Jasper in Twilight, but that's neither here nor there. Chase has only starred in The Haunting of Molly Hartley so far, but is also part of Joel Schumacher's upcoming film Twelve. Shooting is scheduled to start in March of next year. Paramount is developing this as a "more mature, edgy version" of Footloose than the original, and will draw on the older fans of "Gossip Girl" more than the tween Efron fans. (aren't they pretty much the same? lol hmm...) High School Musical Kenny Ortega is directing this updated Footloose.

Personally I am still really annoyed at the whole idea of remaking such a classic. But on the other hand, if they're going to proceed anyway (even though they shouldn't), I am extremely pleased to see Efron drop out and Crawford take the lead - not to say he will make the movie better, it just won't be as horrible.

Watch the first trailer for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes:

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a mystical nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Sherlock Holmes (which will also be the trailer for Terminator Salvation tomorrow) is directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, and RocknRolla. The screenplay was co-written by Guy Ritchie, Mike Johnson, and Anthony Peckham and is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle's characters that were first introduced in 1887. Warner Brothers is bringing Sherlock Holmes to theaters on Christmas Day.

I will say at first I was a bit leery to hear Ritchie was directing this film, but after seeing the trailer I dismissed those thoughts. This movie looks amazing! It has tons of action, not to mention wit, charm and humor. I'm truly excited now!


Groverfam said...

Your writing continues to wow me! I think chace and zac could be brothers but totally understand why zac dropped out- although he may wish he hadn't if it is good. I can't wait til christmas who doesn't want to see robert jr! hello!!

Colleen said...

But seriously, as much as Zach blows, Chace just really blows a little less. All this is is a lesser of 2 evils. Still not going to make the movie any better.

Go shawty! said...

The 1st Ghost Busters was good the second was awful. They should pack up shop and let it go.
You can't force a dead horse to drink.... wait, I lost my train of thought. :-(

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