Ivan Reitman to Produce, not Direct, Ghostbusters 3; Filming in Late 2014/Early 2015

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanWith everything that has been going on with the script for Ghostbusters 3, it’s no wonder that people didn’t think it would ever actually happen. I’ve never doubted that it would be produced at some point, and have been waiting for it since Ghostbusters 2. While we don’t really have word of an official green-light from Sony, it seems as though that may have already happened.

Deadline.com has an exclusive interview with Ivan Reitman in which he talks about working with Harold Ramis, work on the scripts for Ghostbusters 3 over the years, and plans for the film. First, he addressed things from internet speculation, to Bill Murray’s involvement.

“There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters. I’ve been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who’s writing, what they’re writing, who’s in it, who we will use, and who’s directing. We’d decided not to comment up till now, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters.

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Why isn’t Batman: Arkham Knight coming to Wii U?

Batman: Arkham KnightThis week, a new Batman game in the very successful Arkham Asylum game series was announced. I haven’t seen the trailer myself, but from what I understand about the game, it includes a Batmobile that you can control for the first time in the series. This is what Rocksteady is calling “The Epic Conclusion to the Arkham Trilogy.” I have Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360 and got Arkham City for Xbox 360, followed by the superior Armored Edition for Wii U. And I purchased Arkham Origins, also for Wii U, and thought that it was a suitable prequel to the series that included great new game mechanics. I have been looking forward to announcements of DLC gameplay for that game, until recently when I learned that the next sequel in the series would be announced soon. And then it happened, and the first headline I saw mentioned that it wasn’t coming to Wii U. Instead, it’s only going to be released for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Is it power related, or is it money related? And I’m not talking about revenue. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Ghostbusters 3′ moving Forward, Script to be Reworked

Ghostbusters 3I know that it is a little bit too soon to be talking about this, but I’m sure that the story was released because of all of the questions surrounding the topic.  Earlier this year, a whole bunch of new Ghostbusters toys were announced, including Lego Ghostbusters.  I also was having conversations with my wife about something that might be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  It’s the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year, and I thought there was a possibility that Sony would announce that, officially, Ghostbusters 3 would begin filming, potentially this fall.

Well, not it seems that prediction may not be too far from the truth, as Sony has announced that Ghostbusters 3 is still on track.  The script needs to be re-worked a little bit, as Ramis was due for a cameo in the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is scheduled to meet with Sony production brass in the coming days to assess how to move forward on the project, which is in active development, according to sources. Ramis, Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who starred together in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, were poised to appear briefly in the third outing to set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers.

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Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Ivan Reitman pay respects to Harold Ramis

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanThe other members of the Ghostbusters, and the director of the first two films (and potentially the third) pay their respects to actor Harold Ramis. For those that don’t know, Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  He returned to the character, lending his voice to Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and was due to cameo in a scene as Egon in Ghostbusters 3.  Ramis passed away on February 24, and I wanted to share what the others had to say about Ramis.

Ivan Reitman, director: “The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis. He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way … Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother.”

Dan Aykroyd (Raymond Stantz): “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”

Bill Murray (Peter Venkman): “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, MeatballsStripesCaddyshackGhostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore): “Harold was the glue. There wouldn’t a ‘Ghostbusters’ without Harold Ramis. Harold Pulled it together. And I know I probably wouldn’t be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at that time in my career. He taught me a lot, not overtly by trying to teach me, just watching him work and how he dealt with things. He will be missed.”

A Tribute to a Ghostbuster: R.I.P. Harold Ramis

R.I.P. Harold RamisIt’s hard for me to put into words what it’s like to lose a member of the family. I think it’s hard for all of us. Last year, I lost three grandparents: my grandma, and my wife’s grandpa, and her grandma from the other side of her family.

Today we lost another person that I find myself having a difficult time coming to terms with.  Harold Ramis.  He played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  And for most of my childhood, he was part of my family.  While others had heroes in Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, my heroes weren’t really superheroes, but they could do heroic things.  They were brave when no one else would be.  They sought to understand what no one else would dare to even try to understand.  They were the Ghostbusters.

In a pair of movies, and a couple of animated series, the Ghostbusters were a big part of my life, and still are. I’m always as ready as I ever have been for Ghostbusters 3, and hopeful that it still sees the light of day. I anticipate that the script they have will need some re-writes, potentially major ones, too.  I can see it being a fitting tribute to the one that made it all possible, in memory of Harold Ramis.

I never got to meet him, but it still feels like I’ve lost a member of the family.  But he will live on.  He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters films, as they are passed down from generation to generation.  He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters stories that are still being written, in comic book form and potentially beyond.  This, to me, is part of his legacy.  A gift to many of us that have loved his work, who he has never met before.  It makes life just that much more fun, and I will miss him in whatever future adventures are created. He’s left this world for the next, and I hope to one day meet him there. But until that day comes, here’s to one of the Ghostbusters.

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Egon and Janine in Ghostbusters

‘Heroes’ Reborn on NBC in Summer 2015

Heroes RebornThat’s right, the long awaited follow up to Tim Kring’s tv series Heroes is actually going to happen.  Heroes aired on NBC from 2006-2010, and featured a very large cast of characters with a variety of super powers.  The show’s quality went downhill in the second and third seasons, but the fourth season saw some very interesting characters join the cast.  It seemed they’d run out of ideas for Claire, and that storyline tooks some rather odd turns, and is probably my least favorite for her in the whole series.  One of my favorite new characters was Emma, a woman who also happens to be deaf.  She begins to see music and sound in color, which has the potential to become a powerful weapon.

But that’s enough about the past.  If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about.  Where the series ends, however, is what makes me excited about where the mini-series will begin.  I’m guessing it’ll pick up five years later, in real-time, from the end of the series.

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The Wonder Years is coming to DVD with all music intact!

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Finally, after years of waiting, hoping, and beginning to think it was never going to happen, The Wonder Years is coming to DVD.  We wrote about it for one of our articles, explaining the difficulty in releasing The Wonder Years, and were hoping that they’d also consider releasing it on Blu-ray.  It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, even though the discs are more durable, can hold a higher capacity of episodes, and take up less room on our shelves.  But who knows?  Perhaps between now and the release date, they’ll also announce a Blu-ray release.  Now that it’s officially going to be released, we can hope for that, too, right?

Here’s the press release:

In 2014, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life – the premiere marketer of classic TV on DVD – will release THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES to the home entertainment marketplace. The most requested TV series never to be released on DVD, which ran on ABC from 1988-1993, garnered multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, and was named byTV Guideas one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s” will make its very long-awaited debut in the second half of 2014. To best serve the numerous fans of the program, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has launched WonderYearsDVDs.com, the official site for all updates, exclusive content and pre-orders.

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Thoughts on Man of Steel 2 (aka Batman vs. Superman)

Batman vs. Superman (Man of Steel 2)If you know me, you know my reaction to this already: wait and see. I absolutely LOVED Man of Steel, and am hoping that Man of Steel 2 is another great Superman film. Including Batman in the film only scares me as much as I want another Man of Steel and not a half Supes/half Bats movie. I want Clark at the Daily Planet, I want Superman doing more super things like in Man of Steel and I want more Smallville and Ma Kent.

That said, with Affleck, my first instinct was to think negatively about it… but then I thought, no. I won’t give in to even my own negative thoughts about what it could be. Usually, in these situations, my own imagination will tend to take things way out of proportion, and only when I see it will I understand if it does or doesn’t make me happy. I feel the same way about Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman.

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