Dan Aykroyd Has Seen The New Ghostbusters, And You Might Be Surprised By His Comments!

 

Another story about the new Ghostbusters movie? Yeah, yeah…we know you’re probably getting tired of hearing about it. You have listened to the haters and you have listened to the defenders. The only thing we can do now is wait until the film is released July 15, 2016.

But before we officially enter “wait” mode, we should probably let you know how Dan Aykroyd reacted to the movie. The original Ghostbuster was treated to an early screening of the all-female reboot, and he had some pretty positive things to say about it on his Facebook page.

In fact, he claims this new version has more laughs than the original films…

“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”

Of course, no one expected him to slam the movie. He has a cameo in the film, so it’s not like he’s going to tell everyone they shouldn’t watch it.

However, it’s a little interesting to see just how positive he was. He could have just said, “Great film. Lots of laughs. If you loved the original, you’ll love this one,” and that would have been enough. But no, he said it has more laughs and more scares.

He’s putting himself out there. Let’s hope the rest of the world agrees with him.

Bill Murray Will Make Special Appearance In ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

It didn’t look like it was going to happen. Bill Murray has been against appearing in a third Ghostbusters film for a long time, mainly because the second film wasn’t as successful as the first. He was afraid the trend would continue.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 64-year-old actor has agreed to make a special appearance in the new reboot being directed by Paul Feig. The actor was spotted in Boston, MA, heading to the set of the film. No one knows how big or small his role will be.

Will he return as his original character? We don’t know. We do know that Dan Aykroyd will also make a special appearance in the film, which isn’t surprising considering he has been trying to get another Ghostbusters movie made for years now.

It’ll be interesting to see how Murray and Aykroyd fit in with this hard reboot. My guess? They’ll only appear on screen for a few seconds. Just enough time for the audience to get excited.

As mentioned above, Paul Feig will be directing. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Chris Hemsworth and Cecily Strong star in the movie. It’s currently scheduled for a July 15, 2016 release.

Emma Stone Explains Why She Passed On The ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot certainly has some impressive stars. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and even the wonderful Cecily Strong. That’s an all-star cast right there.

However, there is one talented player missing from the lineup. Everyone wanted Emma Stone to star in this reboot, including the original Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Sony showed a lot of interest in the 26-year-old actress, but Stone turned down the role.

And during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Stone explained why she passed on the project…

“The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”

Sounds like she is trying to avoid hurting some feelings, right? She can’t just come out and say, “The script was terrible. I didn’t want my name attached to this film.”

Of course, there is a chance she is telling the truth. Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd spoke to Spinoff Online recently and he seemed to enjoy the script…

“The new one’s going to be big! The interplay, and with each of them, their individual voices are so well defined. They’re just such different characters, and there’s a friction. There’s a dynamic there. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but it’s going to be big, big!”

We’ll see how things play out. I just don’t see why Stone would have passed (hey-o!) if she truly enjoyed the script. The time is always right to play a major role in a successful franchise.

Movie Review: Get on Up (2014)) – An Excellent Portrayal of a man who Really can’t be Replicated.

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I’m a fan of director Tate Taylor, as well as of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So when I learned that Taylor was directing an epic based on the musician’s life, I was excited. Luckily, I can say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown in Get on Up and gives us a complete, unflinching look inside the career and the amazing life story of James Brown. It takes us from his impoverished childhood, all the way to his rise to fame as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Boseman is supported by some amazing actors in this epic, including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

What usually bothers me about movies based on musicians’ lives is that rarely can a director strike the right balance. Either they portray the musician as a monster, or they sugarcoat them until they are as squeaky clean as Justin Bieber’s image used to be.

This movie strikes the right balance between the two. It starts off with James Brown exploding into one of his well known fits of ego and anger, but slowly the real character of Brown starts to unravel. The story is told by frequent flashbacks, mixed with a bit of linear story-telling.

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I think the timeline is really what makes this movie brilliant. Moments of huge success in Brown’s life are immediately compared to scenes of baseness and horror. You don’t just see the things Brown did wrong. You start to understand what made him the way he was.

Get on Up is a movie based on contrast, and is aptly named. You might see Brown fail on occasional, but he always returns to triumph.

I don’t know how realistic any of this was or if they stuck to the true story of James Brown’s life, but they seem to have captured him as a character. If there was one thing James Brown was, it was intense, and this is an intense movie. Taylor was the ideal person to direct this movie, as he seems to enjoy playing with contrasts and this movie is all contrast.

Of course, the movie doesn’t skimp on the music and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy many of Brown’s most iconic songs.

I was extremely impressed with Boseman, who seemed to have the majority of the icon’s moves and mannerisms down. Though he didn’t have Brown’s frantic energy, I doubt anyone could replicate that. All in all, he created an excellent portrayal of a man who really can’t be replicated.

Sometimes the back and forth can get a bit confusing, but I think the back and forth was a necessary part of the movie. Watching this story in a linear format might make it difficult to stay with, as Brown really had a harsh upbringing and viewed all at once, that might be a bit of a downer.

This was yet another excellent film by Tate Taylor and the best I’ve seen Boseman since his stint as Jackie Robinson in 42. If you’re interested in the life of the legend James Brown, then this movie is absolutely worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

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Movie Review: Tammy (2014)

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As a fan of Melissa McCarthy, I was really looking forward to this movie. McCarthy has some serious screen presence and she’s always good for a laugh. So did Tammy live up to the hype?

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having possibly the worst day of her life. She totaled her car, got fired from her job at a greasy burger joint, and just found out her husband was cheating on her. She decides that it’s time to get out of town. The only problem is she has no car and no money. Enter grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon), a heavy drinking, hard partying woman who is just dying to see Niagara Falls. Think Thelma and Louise, only way more fun and way less depressing.

While Tammy is sitting at number 2 in the box office, it’s also getting panned by critics. I will say I found the film enjoyable and laugh out loud in more than a few places, but I also think the critics had some good points.

Tammy is a pretty obvious attempt to cash in on the Melissa McCarthy fan base. I’m part of that fan base, simply because it’s nice to see a funny woman who doesn’t rely on relationship and period jokes. McCarthy has that slapstick ability and innocent naïveté that I haven’t seen since Chris Farley and I’m pretty sure I could love her antics for years to come.

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That being said, the star studded cast in this movie was utterly wasted. While Susan Sarandon held her own, and showed a surprising capacity for comic timing, the rest of the actors in this film were just plain wasted. Why hire Kathy Bates and Dan Aykroyd if you’re not going to use them?

The place where the film falls flat is with its dramatic moments. I’ve never seen McCarthy as a dramatic actress, with the exception of Pretty Ugly People, and this film is too slapstick to try and cram in some dramatic moments. I really wish they’d just let it be what it was, a road trip comedy, instead of interjecting some kind of lesson.

On the upside, this movie does show that McCarthy has a lot of range and that she can play more than comic relief. Hopefully, this role will open the field for more leading roles for her.

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Tammy is kind of a hit and a miss. One minute you’re laughing out loud, the next you’re yawning. The laughs come too far apart, and the drama misses the mark entirely. But it’s still about 10 times more watchable than most comedies out there, if only for Melissa McCarthy.

I found Tammy mildly disappointing. The best parts of the movie were already shown in the trailer. In addition, if you’re going to put Susan Sarandon in a road trip movie, everyone will expect at least one Thelma & Louise joke, so you might as well do it.

Tammy was a middle of the road effort that was raised slightly thanks to the power of the female leads. It’s still worth the watch, though it wasn’t as good as it could have been.   You can watch the official trailer below:

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New James Brown Biopic “Get on Up”, Releases new Trailer and Movie Poster

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This movie is packing a lot of star power. The lead of James Brown is played by Chadwick Boseman who we’ve seen as Jackie Robinson in “42” and recently in “Draft Day”. Boseman is talented and there is no doubt that he can pull of the role as the Godfather of soul.

What will make or break this movie is the story lines. There are several in James Brown’s life so how many they focus on and which ones to highlight will be the question. The screenplay was written by Jez Butterworth and Steven Baigelman who have no recent mainstream blockbusters to their credit so if this does well it will be a huge win for the duo.   However the film will be directed by “The Help’s” Tate Taylor who we know can direct black actors.

If Tate Taylor is not enough Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd will be bringing up the rear in an all star supporting cast. Combining that cast with a soundtrack full of James Brown classics will at least get some asses in the theaters this summer. The film is due to be released on August 1st.

Watch the Official Trailer and get see the movie poster below.

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