Ghostbusters. Spaceballs. Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Rick Moranis is a superstar comedic actor with lots of hits to his name, but for the last 20 years Moranis has focused more on life than career, taking an indefinite “hiatus” from Hollywood to focus on his children after his wife died from breast cancer. He’s stayed active by recording a couple of comedy albums, and doing a couple of voiceovers, and although he’s woe to admit it, Moranis has more or less retired from the business. But things change. And this summer, Moranis will be returning to his signature role to lend an old friend a little help. (more…)
Rick Moranis. He was one of the great sidekicks of all time, capitalizing on his SCTV days (which concluded with his very own beer guzzling adventure, Strange Brew, in 1983) to appear in Ghostbusters  as everybody’s favorite nasally nerd, Louis Tully. The very same year, he played the smarmy manager and boyfriend of Ellen Aim (a sultry Diane Lane) in Walter Hill’s oft overlooked classic, Streets of Fire . The 80s were something of a legendary run for Moranis, as he worked with Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), Harold Ramis (Club Paradise) and even starred in his own Frank Oz-helmed musical (Little Shop of Horrors).
Then, in 1996, he just disappeared. (more…)
Another big cameo has just been announced by Ghostbusters director Paul Feig. He decided to go ahead and announce Sigourney Weaver‘s cameo to beat the “leakers” to the punch. While Feig has said that he regrets these cameos being leaked and would rather have them be surprises for Ghostbuster fans, apparently he’s tired of the leaks and wanted to beat them at their own game. (more…)
Welcome to the first installment in our revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. To kick off this nerdy canonical carousal, we bring you the ultimate rock & roll fever dream, Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire (1984)…
“Another Time. Another Place…”
This is the title card that opens Streets of Fire, Walter Hill’s absolutely bonkers “Rock & Roll Fable”. Blending the aesthetics of ’50s greaser gang films with the neon lit synths of ’80s arena rock, Hill creates a world that feels like a mirrored alternate dimension of our own. Streets of Fire is a teenager’s fever dream after taking acid and listening to too much Meat Loaf; our burly hero (Michael Paré) seeking his estranged, hair-tossing goddess of a lady love (Diane Lane), only to have her snatched away by a leathery lizard in patent leather overalls (Willem Dafoe) for the sole enjoyment of his nightmarish rulers of the city. Reality completely takes a backseat to aura-building, as Hill yet again confirms that pragmatism in filmmaking is truly overrated.
Rick Moranis, the Canadian actor, 80s comedy legend and SCTV alum best known to nerddom as Louis Tully of Ghostbusters, Dark Helmet of Spaceballs, and Seymour Krelbourne of Little Shop of Horrors hasn’t been seen in a film since 1996, but he’s hardly retired.
He does VO work, performs as a musician, and is raising two children as a single father.
Recently, Heeb Magazine interviewed Moranis regarding his latest album: My Mother’s Brisket. Among other things, Moranis revealed that he was once very close to making Spaceballs 3 (that’s right….THREE), and he was approached regarding a new Ghostbusters film several years ago:
(“BA” is Brian Abrams of Heeb)
BA:Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
RM: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
BA: In terms of just getting enough money?
RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.
BA: Have you been approached about it?
RM: I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way.
BA: When the Internet says you’re retired?
RM: I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
BA: He needs that confirmation, so he can go back to people and make his deal.
RM: Yeah. That’s called “producing.” I got this, and I got this. Gimme some money.
Okay, Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II, is the goddamn funniest idea for a sequel title I’ve ever heard. Too bad it didn’t get off the ground…Wonder what the issue between him and Mel Brooks was.
As for the “news” regarding Ghostbusters 3, the most famous sequel never made, Moranis doesn’t seem to know anything the rest of us don’t already know. Apparently, someone connected to Dan Aykroyd is now aware that Rick Moranis has not retired…so there’s that.
Anyway, forget Ghostbusters 3: I want….no, NEED to see Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II!
It look’s like we’re one step closer to hearing the Ecto-1 squeel around New York city once again. Maybe. Probably not.
Sources close to the Ghostbusters 3 project have been talking and word is that Columbia Pictures is circling Aziz Ansari for a role in the long overdue third picture. A very funny individual and co-star of 30 Seconds or Less is a perfect selection to add to the ghost busting team, but this is only internal talk, meaning don`t start spilling your ectoplasmic residue with joy all over the computer.
If Columbia does decide to follow through, and Aziz accepts, then he`ll join Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver who are all supposedly confirmed for reprises. Ivan Reitman will also return to (eventually) direct, but it all hinges on Bill Murray who is rumored to be holding up the progress.
“A ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits.”
Having a comedic mind like Aziz`s is something the studio heads need to get on before it`s too late. It might be a few more weeks, months, or years before we hear anything else. So don`t cross the streams just yet.
Via: Bloody Disgusting
The buisness about Ghostbusters 3 has been going on for a long time, and it was even thought to be dead just one month ago, after Bill Murray all but said it was over (for that story, please read what I wrote here).
But yet, while Ghostbusters fans everywhere were ready to hang up their proton packs, hope has just sprung up like mood slime in the New York subway system.
According to BloodyDisgusting, the film will focus around Dana Barret‘s son, Oscar, who is actually the illegitimate love-child of the one and only Peter Venkman! Now, for anyone who has seen the movies, this is not all that surprising.What is surprising is that Oscar will be 21, and that he will be the leader of the new crew of Ghostbusters.
The new motley crew will be mentored by the old crew (Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson), and Sigourney Weaver will be returning as Dana.
Also, there is a another piece of news, which will excited any fan of the series. It is rumored that Rick Moranis (who played Vince Tulley, Dana’s annoying accountant neighbor), will be coming out of retirement for the movie.
Take it with a grain of salt, but it is still listed on IMDB.com as coming out in 2012. So, you never know, right?