As a fictionally famous scientist once said, more as a warning than a promise, “Life finds a way.” The same or similar idea applies to Disney-Pixar and the relentless desire and/or drive to leave no piece of intellectual property, even one as beloved by multiple generations as the Toy Story series, unexploited, regardless of the risks involved. The potential billion-dollar upside was simply too much for any profit-oriented movie studio to pass up. At least that’s what the average cynic would say, especially given the toyetic nature of the Toy Story series and a third, presumably final chapter, Toy Story 3, that seemed to end the series on the highest of high notes. Luckily, any fears or concerns about a potentially disappointing fourth entry don’t apply to Toy Story 4, an unreserved, unqualified triumph of story, character, and animation. It’s an all-ages appeal with more than simple, surface-deep pleasures but a film that will join the Pixar pantheon as both a series and a studio best. (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?
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of seeing ‘Ghostbusters’ stuff in the news. It’s always Dan Aykroyd being batshit crazy, Ernie Hudson totally resisting change or Bill Murray trying to distance himself from any future GB projects. But once in awhile something Ghostbusters-related crosses my desk and it’s a real treat. For example, Entertainment Weekly managed to call up the former cast and have them don familiar apparel for a special reunion issue. It’s cool to see the old crew together actually having a good time. Of course, there’s one very important member missing, but he’s somewhere in the great blue yonder studying the paranormal up close and personal. Now that’s what I call professionalism! Hit the jump for EW’s Ghostbusters-themed cover and reunion pic. (more…)