Moviegoers of a certain age and temperament will never see Silly String, the Wham-O product turned forgettable fad almost five decades ago, the same way again after Brian “Son of Jim” Henson’s (The Muppet Christmas Carol) R-rated, puppet-themed comedy, The Happytime Murders, hits an all-too-early, literal climax involving two super-enthusiastic, randy puppets engaged in sexual congress of an entirely unexpected kind. It blows past the boundaries of good taste (whatever that is) into seriously demented, shock, and awe territory. It’s subversive with a small “s,” probably worthy of applause and appreciation, but it’s also laugh out loud, “slide to the floor out of your recliner” hilarious. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill on a bike with no brakes from there, the gags become less frequent and novel, the jokes take on repetitive staleness, and the characters, human and puppet alike, go through the motions of a tired, overused neo-noir/buddy cop plot. (more…)
Ever since the upcoming female-led Ghostbusters reboot was announced, it was met with open hostility. Whether it’s nostalgia for the original and the rejection of a reboot, or the outright sexism against an all-female cast, there is a significant group not excited for the upcoming film. The first trailer was one of the most disliked Youtube videos ever made after all. While some (including original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd) are telling fans to give it a shot, many are not feeling the new movie… and the writers and actors of the new film know it. So they decided to do something about the endless internet comments.
Did you know today was Ghostbusters Day? Can’t blame you if you say you didn’t. Today, June 8th, marks the 32-year anniversary of the premiere of Ivan Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters.’ In the original 1984 film, the Ecto-1 was a transformation of an old ambulance into the tricked-out transport for the spirit specialists. In Paul Feig‘s reboot, which debuts in almost 5 weeks, wanted to honor the classic vehicle but did a little upgrade. For the upcoming film starring Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the director opted for an upgrade… a Cadillac hearse. A newly released featurette video shows the story of this iconic car and what to expect in the film. (more…)
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… and mass hysteria is headed your way as the casts from the 1984 original and the 2016 reboot Ghostbusters will appear on stage together on Jimmy Kimmel Live to celebrate Ghostbusters Day on June 8th. “The Internet is gonna blow up, blow up real good,” as Big Jim McBob (Joe Flaherty) and Billy SOl Hurok (John Candy) would say on SCTV’s Farm Film Celebrity Blow–Up. It’s the 32nd anniversary of the release of the first film. Which cast members will be on stage when the two streams cross?
A project that has been roundly criticised basically since the point of conception, the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters seems doomed to fail before it has even begun. A full thirty years after the succcess of the original, the marketing team behind it are trying to present is as fresh take on the beloved story. It has a cast of popular actors at the forefront, but that hasn’t been enough to save it so far. Still months away from release, it popularity rating on IMDB is already gutter low. (more…)
The internet was created to be an open forum of ideas and opinions. The problem is that not all of those opinions are going to be positive, or even fair. As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic and no-one understands this better than the cast and crew of the upcoming remake of Ghostbusters starring Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. (more…)
It’s the moment of truth. After months of promo art, hints from interviews, spy set pics, and other tips, we finally get to see the new Ghostbusters in action. Paul Feig‘s remake of the 1984 classic has gotten more than its fair share of scrutiny thanks to the director’s bold decision to cast four female comedians in the roles of New York City’s professional paranormal investigators and eliminators, but today we get our first hint if whether or not the gamble is going to pay off. But while the trailer isn’t laugh out loud funny, it does show a lot of promise as both its own unique entity, and as homage to the Ivan Reitman original. (more…)
Following up on this week’s plethora of sneak previews, comes one more. We’ve heard a lot about Ghostbusters, the upcoming rebooting of the 1984 classic, mostly because of all that controversy about recasting the film as a showcase for four funny ladies rather than endorsing the return of the original characters. In the midst of all that debate though, we’ve forgotten one vital piece of plot information: just who is going to be the villain for these new Ghostbusters? Who is going to be their Gozer, or Vigo if you will? Well, so far as hints go, we’ve got a pretty good one about the new ghost bad guys. (Yes, “guys.”) (more…)
This week brought us a much anticipated sneek peak of the new all-female band of ghostbusters appearing in the upcoming film of the same name. They look fierce, capable and ready to put those sleek and updated proton packs to good use. The girls are part of the trend of female-driven action flicks that has been (finally) sweeping Hollywood. So who are these new ghostbusters? Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig. We know this, yes, but until now, we didn’t know much else. Director Paul Feig has just released some tidbits about each of his leading ladies, in time with some up close and personal posters that showcase a little of each ghostbuster’s individual personality. (more…)
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for teasers, trailers and reveals for some of the very big movies coming out in 2016, but there has been one that’s been conspicuous by its absence. Or it would have been if we hadn’t been inundated with the goodness of Star Trek, Independence Day, and all things Star Wars. Yes, Paul Feig‘s contentious reboot of Ghostbusters has been missing from the mix, and though we aren’t here today with footage, we have something new just the same. An early Christmas present as the funny ladies who form the new quartet of paranormal investigators and eliminators, stand ready to believe you. (more…)