The Muppets 3

The Muppets 3I’m a big fan of The Muppets. I have been since I was very young. When The Muppets came out in theaters back in 2011, I had been highly anticipating its’ arrival for years. And I was not disappointed. I found myself enjoying every minute of the movie, and couldn’t wait to see it again. Even more than that, I couldn’t wait for more Muppets. I didn’t just want a sequel to this movie. I also found myself wanting more Muppet Show.

Muppets Most Wanted

And then in March of 2012, they announced that The Muppets would be getting a sequel. Muppets Most Wanted would be released two years later, in March 2014. It didn’t do as well at the box office as the last film, but that doesn’t really mean too much. The last film was really an anomaly in the history of the Muppets at the box office. Muppets Most Wanted is a good and goofy Muppet movie, not quite as good as The Muppets, but not off by much. I have the soundtrack in my car, and the songs get funnier with each listen. In fact, the movie was funnier the second time than it was the first time through. I was hoping that the magic and excitement of the first would repeat, but that wasn’t to be. Muppets Most Wanted has to be taken on its’ own terms, like all of the other films before it. It gave Walter a chance to show where he fits in with the rest of the gang.

As a friend of mine, Tom, put it so well: “MUPPET MOVIE & THE MUPPETS were about heart, GREAT MUPPET CAPER & MUPPETS MOST WANTED were about unfiltered wackiness, both things the Henson team have excelled at since 1969!”

Now that we’ve gotten companion movies (in a way) to The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, it’s time to get a companion movie to The Muppets Take Manhattan.

It’s time for The Muppets: Part 3.

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First Smart Set-Top Box to bring à la carte Cable TV wins

Cable TVRoku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, and Apple TV are all fighting for our attention as a device through which we consume our content. And they’re not all. Years ago, WebTV provided a glimpse into what the world would be like in the future. It paved the way for TiVo and ultimately lead the way to Slingbox, Western Digital’s WD TV, Netgear’s NeoTV and more.

Now the race is on to take over our living rooms. If you don’t have a game console like Wii UXbox or Playstation, other options for streaming Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video include Smart TVs, Smarter Blu-ray players and even your cable boxes.

Devices like Roku, Amazon FireTV and Apple TV come in at up to $99, while Google’s Chromecast will run you a mere $35 (and I’ve seen sales around $25-30). All of these devices go a long way toward getting people to cut the cable TV entirely, by providing streaming for all of the shows that people want.

But there’s a problem, and I think the first set-top box to solve it will change the future.

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Watch the ‘Girl Meets World’ Trailer

Girl Meets World cast photoBoy Meets World is one of the best TV shows ever created. Seven seasons of quality television and the world was never really ready to say goodbye to the cast. Here we are, mere months away from a direct sequel to the show. In Girl Meets World, we are reunited with Cory and Topanga, who are now parents to two children: a girl, who is the title character and this series’ Cory Matthews, and a boy.

I’m as ready for this new show after seeing the trailer, as I was when I first heard they were doing the show in the fall of 2012. In fact, I think I’ve viewed all of Boy Meets World twice since learning about the new show.

Pictured here is the cast, which includes the family in the middle, along with a very awkward teen boy in blue who is hopefully a like-able character, as well as someone else that looks like a proto-typical Disney Channel character on the other side.  In addition to Ben Savage (Cory) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga) in the back, the photo features Peyton Meyer (friend, Lucas Friar), August Maturo (Matthews son, Auggie), Rowan Blanchard (Matthews daughter, Riley), Sabrina Carpenter (friend, Maya Hart) and Corey Fogelmanis (friend, Farkle Minkus).

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Release Dates and Characters for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS

Super Smash Bros. Wii UI’m a big fan of the Super Smash Bros. series of games, having started out with the Nintendo 64 version of the game. This year, for the first time ever, they’re bringing Smash Bros. to mobile, with a release on the Nintendo 3DS in addition to the Wii U version.

And from the looks of things, this could be the best edition yet. They’re releasing the same game onto both of their platforms, within the same year. There will be differences in graphics, with the Wii U one obviously being next generation graphics. Both will also feature online play, but not cross console (probably because of some technical limitations in allowing that).

The one thing that I’ll miss from the Wii version of the game is the Subspace Emissary. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a huge game that you played through to unlock many of the characters in the game. I had a great time playing it, and will miss it this time around.

When can we get the game?

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is coming in Winter 2014 (I’m guessing November or early December).
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is coming on October 3, 2014.

I’ll update with exact release dates when I know them. Feel free to bookmark this entry and check back.

What characters are in the new Super Smash Bros. games?

Zero Suit Samus

We’ll start with the veterans:

Ivan Reitman on Ghostbusters 3, Bill Murray’s involvement, 3D and more

Ivan Reitman and Bill MurrayIvan Reitman has been a great source of knowledge about Ghostbusters 3. In one story he addresses all of the rumors that surrounded Bill Murray’s involvement in the third film.

“There were a lot of stories about how he read the script and it wasn’t up to his standards” the director said. “I think he may have read 15 to 20 pages.”

Reitman went on to talk about a dinner they had at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years ago.

“[The dinner] started at about 10:30 and ended at 4 a.m. We closed down the restaurant. And he just said, ‘Look, I’m not interested in doing these movies anymore. I like doing these small parts. I don’t want to feel the weight and the burden of all that.’ And I understood it. And it came from a good place in his heart.” (via)

This doesn’t entirely rule out a cameo for Murray, as Dr. Peter Venkman, though. According to the interview, the first script they had for the movie focused on Peter Venkman pretty heavily, and after Murray expressed his wishes not to carry the third film in the franchise, they brought Etan Cohen on board to re-write the script to focus more on new people than the original team.

Reitman also addressed something that’s been kind of another elephant in the room, after Bill Murray: will the film be in 3D? According to Reitman, it could be, and that’s not all. “Certainly there’s been a lot of talk about doing Ghostbusters 3 in 3D as well, and I don’t think we’ll call it Ghostbusters 3 either,” he said.

With the possibility of a new title for the film, what do you think it’s going to be called? Personally, I think this is the right direction, as the goal is to kick off a new film series, while also closing the door on the original team, kind of like the new Star Wars appears to be doing.

It’s also confirmed that this is not a reboot: “It’s not a reboot,” he said. “It just lives in a world where the first two movies did occur and those characters were there and at least some of them will be in this film, but it’s really a different story.” (via)

There may or may not be female Ghostbusters this time around, which I’m sure will only be decided once casting is underway. It’s also going to use CGI, which isn’t surprising. They did so with Ghostbusters II as well, though the first film just used traditional effects.

It’s good to finally have some more solid information about the third Ghostbusters film.

‘Everything is Awesome’ as Lego Movie directors might film ‘Ghostbusters 3′

Lego GhostbustersBefore I saw The LEGO Movie, I would have thought this was the worst idea that I’ve heard for Ghostbusters 3. According to a tweet from Nikki Finke, who seems to get a lot of factual scoops sent to her, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller may be circling the director’s chair on the third film. I’ve not seen their work on 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street doesn’t look like a movie that I would enjoy, based only on footage from the trailer. I’m sure that some people will enjoy it, but the content is not something that I care to see.

However, the script isn’t up to them. It’s been written by Etan Cohen and Dan Aykroyd (as far as I know, that’s the latest script), and will be produced by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd with a goal of capturing the feel of the original films. So there’s hope that it won’t go over-the-top in the way that the 21 Jump Street films appear to have gone.

 

And don’t forget, LEGO has a Ghostbusters set coming this year.

“Packs on!” Dan Aykroyd confirms Ghostbusters 3; will produce with Reitman

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Ghostbusters 3 is coming, and he’s going to be producing with Ivan Reitman. No word on if he’ll also be in it, but I think it’s safe to assume that he will be.  Here’s hoping that Ernie Hudson also gets the call to return as Winston Zeddemore in the third film.  And what he says of it, makes me very pleased. That’s exactly what I want: a Ghostbusters 3 that Harold Ramis would be proud of. Bring it on, Dan!

 

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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