Bill Murray will be reprising his role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, 31 years after he first played the wisecracking scientist.
Jason Reitman – the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman – will be directing the forthcoming sequel, which also stars Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd.
Now, after much speculation, it has finally been confirmed that 69-year-old Murray is now once again set ot play Dr Peter Venkman, after making the character famous in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
Murray told Vanity Fair in a behind-the-scenes interview: “The script is good. 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 actor’s co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will also return as Dr Ray Stanz and Winston Zeddemore, respectively.
Harold Ramis, who played Dr Egon Spengler, died in 2014.
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Sony Pictures is in early development of a reboot of the “Anaconda” franchise, hiring “Divergent” writer Evan Daugherty to write the project.
The studio has not set up the project with a producer, director or actors.
Sony released the original “Anaconda” in 1997 as a horror thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz and Owen Wilson. Directed by Luis Llosa, the plot centered on Lopez’ character heading a documentary film crew looking for a long-lost tribe along the Amazon River, only to see the expedition taken over by a nefarious snake hunter, played by Voight, leading to several horrific encounters with a massive green serpent.
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Channing Tatum is attached to headline and produce Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
Tatum will produce with his company, Free Association, along with partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Tripp Vinson and Chris Bender are also attached to produce. There are no other attachments at this time and the studio will be looking to find a director. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.
“Bob the Musical” centers on a regular guy whose worst nightmare comes to life after he receives a blow to the head and wakes up to finds that he’s trapped in a musical. The project initially was set in 2004 and is one of the longest projects in development at Disney this century. Tom Cruise previously circled the project.
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THE KEEP (1983) MICHAEL MANN’S CULT CLASSIC FINALLY COMES TO DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
They were all drawn to The Keep—the soldiers who brought death, the father and his daughter fighting for life, the people who have always feared it, and the one man who knows its secret. Tonight, they will all face its evil. A one-of-a-kind gothic thriller, The Keep combines elements of horror, romance and the supernatural, in a World War II setting. Available on DVD January 22nd at JB Hi-Fi
Solve the Mystery on Digital on February 7 and on
4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, & DVD on February 25 from Lionsgate®
4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®
SANTA MONICA, CA (January 22, 2020) – Rian Johnson’s Academy Award®-nominated (Best Original Screenplay) and Golden Globe®-nominated (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy [Ana de Armas], Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy [Daniel Craig]) whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast exposes its secrets when Knives Out arrives on Digital February 7 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 25 from Lionsgate and MRC Film.
Written, produced, and directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper), and produced by Ram Bergman (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper) and Johnson through T-Street, the film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ at 97% (as of 1/21/20) and has received awards from AFI, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Philadelphia Film Festival, The Hollywood Critics Association, Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomatoes Awards, and more. Knives Out stars Daniel Craig (James Bond franchise, Logan Lucky, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Chris Evans (The Avengers franchise, Captain America, Gifted), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049, War Dogs, Knock Knock), Golden Globe® winner Jamie Lee Curtis (1990, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “Anything But Love”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (2008, Actor in a Supporting Role, Revolutionary Road), Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Don Johnson (1986, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, “Miami Vice”; 1985, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “Miami Vice”), Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Toni Collette (1999, Actress in a Supporting Role, The Sixth Sense; 2010, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “United States of Tara”), LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Get Out, TV’s “Atlanta”), Golden Globe® nominee Katherine Langford (2018, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, “13 Reasons Why”), Jaeden Martell (It, It: Chapter 2, St. Vincent, The Book of Henry), and Oscar®, Tony Award®, and Emmy® winner Christopher Plummer (2011, Actor in a Supporting Role, Beginners; 1974, Actor (Musical), Cyrano; 1997, Actor (Play), Barrymore; 1977, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, “The Moneychangers NBC World Premiere The Big Event”; 1994, Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, “Madeline”). Adored by audiences and critics alike, Knives Out is full of mystery, suspense, humor, and incredible performances from a star-studded ensemble cast.
The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure—everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, and more.
Take home Knives Out and immerse yourself in the mystery with special features including audio commentary and in-theatre commentary by filmmaker Rian Johnson, two never-before-seen deleted scenes, the eight-part “Making a Murder” documentary, the “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” featurette, a Q&A with the director and cast, and so much more. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
The Knives Out 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
Adam Sandler gives “a mythologically great performance” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph) in a critically-acclaimed thriller when Uncut Gems arrives on Digital February 25 from A24 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and DVD March 10 from Lionsgate. Co-written and directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie (writers and directors of Good Time), the film played at both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and is Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes. Uncut Gems stars Golden Globe® nominee Adam Sandler (2003, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Punch-Drunk Love), LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (1981, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Ordinary People). Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the Uncut Gems Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
A charismatic jeweler (Adam Sandler) makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business and family, fending off adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Adam Sandler Murder Mystery, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
LaKeith Stanfield Knives Out, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, TV’s “Atlanta”
Kevin Garnett Retired NBA champion and winner of the NBA MVP award
Idina Menzel Frozen, Ralph Breaks the Internet, TV’s “Glee”
Eric Bogosian TV’s “Billions”, TV’s “The Get Down”, Rebel in the Rye
Judd Hirsch TV’s “Superior Donuts”, Independence Day, Ordinary People
Artie Lange interviewed former CBS Radio and Howard Stern Show executive Tim Sabean in episode 19. A lot of behind-the-scenes details were revealed on the episode.
Lange said when Stern announced he was leaving radio, CBS tried to screw him over by getting both him and Stern’s long-time produced Gary Dell’Abate to leave Stern and stay with the company. Sabean had to make the call to Lange with the offer because he still worked for the company at the time. And, Lange says the offer was a guaranteed $5 million per year for four years with Dell’Abate as the show’s producer. Lange declined the offer as did Dell’Abate. They all went to work with Howard at Sirius, including Sabean.
On the podcast, Sabean said he was working on getting Preston & Steve to replace Stern in New York but the company shot it down. Many will recall that Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth was hired to replace Stern. That turned out to be a huge bungle as Roth only lasted a few months. Sabean also didn’t hold back on his criticism for former CBS executives.
Sabean also said his relationship with Stern, which was very strong for years, did not end well. Sabean says he was going through a divorce, his dad was close to death, and when he went in to see Stern to ask for a leave of absence, Stern said, “Maybe we should just part company.” And that was the end of it.
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While one Hollywood reboot successfully restarted a film franchise at the weekend box office, moviegoers banished the other to pasture.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence' Bad Boys for Life — opening 17 years after the last installment in their franchise hit the big screen — zoomed to an estimated $68.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, including $59.2 million for the three days. The film's release marks the second-best showing ever for the holiday, and Sony's biggest R-rated opening.
The action comedy also wowed overseas, where it laughed to $37.3 million from 39 markets for a global debut of $107.3 million.
Bad Boys 3 continues the studio's winning streak following Jumanji: The Next Level and Oscar best-picture contenders Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Little Women. And there's already movement on Bad Boys 4.
One of the world's other major movie stars, Robert Downey Jr., didn't have such a good weekend as Universal's Dolittle wasn't so fortunate at the box office.
The big-budget pic, starring Downey in his first post-Iron Man role, is bombing in its U.S. debut with an estimated four-day debut of $30 million, including $22.5 million for the three days.
At this rate, the family movie could lose tens of millions for Universal unless it performs well internationally. So far overseas, Dolittle has earned $30.3 million from its first raft of territories for a projected global total of $57 million through Sunday, but it has yet to open in most major markets
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After years of complaints from fans, actor Hank Azari will no longer provide the voice of Apu on The Simpsons. For more than 30 seasons, the actor has provided the convenience store clerk with a character that plays into a number of Indian stereotypes, with fans taking issue with the character not only due to those stereotypes, but also with how this caricature has become so popular while so few other representations of South Asian exist in popular media. The actor didn't specify what the future would hold for the character and if someone else would voice him, but Azaria is stepping away from the role.
“All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something," Azaria confirmed to /Film.
Controversy has surrounded the character for years, with comedian and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu's documentary The Problem with Apu bringing the issue to the forefront of conversations surrounding the character. In recent years, the show's cast and crew have regularly been asked about how to handle the situation, though none have offered concrete answers.
“What they’re going to do with the character is their call,” Azaria pointed out. “It’s up to them and they haven’t sorted it out yet. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore.”
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Sony Pictures has launched early development of an untitled fourth “Bad Boys” movie with “Bad Boys for Life” screenwriter Chris Bremner returning to write the script.
Bremner teamed with Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan on “Bad Boys for Life,” which was easily outperforming expectations on its first day of release Friday with estimates in the $60 million to $70 million range for its North American opening. Sony’s sequel to 1995’s “Bad Boys” and 2003’s “Bad Boys II” reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as old-school cops taking down the leader of a Miami drug cartel, and carries a $90 million production budget.
“Bad Boys for Life,” from directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, has generated a mostly positive critical reception, with a 74% score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Bad Boys,” directed by Michael Bay, generated $141 million in worldwide box office on a $19 million budget. “Bad Boys II” was also directed by Bay,” and grossed $270 million worldwide.
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