"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy." Dan Aykroyd is a big fan of the cast of the new Ghostbusters movie, led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Director Paul Feig has teased fans with his latest Ghostbusters casting coup, hinting that Melissa Mccarthy and Kristen Wiig will star in the highly-anticipated revamp. The Bridesmaids filmmaker took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (27Jan15) and simply posted a photo collage of his leading ladies and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, with no caption explaining the tweet.
The mysterious post came shortly after news suggesting the quartet is in final negotiations for the all-female remake of the sci-fi classic.
McCarthy has long been rumoured to be a frontrunner for the film, and this will mark her fourth collaboration with Feig, who directed her in The Heat, upcoming movie Spy, and Bridesmaids.
Meanwhile, McKinnon has been a Saturday Night Live regular since 2012 and she was nominated for an Emmy Award last year (14), while Jones joined the SNL cast in 2014 and recently appeared in comedian Chris Rock's film Top Five.
Feig has reteamed with The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold for the Ghostbusters project, which Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, will produce.
The movie is expected to start shooting this summer (15), with original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd slated to return.
U.S. TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin has died, aged 88. Franklin passed away on Saturday (24Jan15) at a hospice in New York City after a battle with prostate cancer.
He was a regular fixture on late-night radio and TV shows in the Big Apple and is credited with inventing the talk show format.
Franklin is believed to have interviewed 300,000 guests in 21,445 shows from 1950 to 1993, and he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's longest-running talk show programme.
During his career, he interviewed the likes of Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Woody Allen and Bruce Springsteen, giving many of them early exposure before their careers kicked off.
Franklin also played himself in the films Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose and Ghostbusters.
Late actor/director Harold Ramis is set to be honoured with a posthumous award from the Writers Guild of America in honour of his achievements in screenwriting. The Ghostbusters star died in February (14), and almost one year later, officials at the Writers Guild of America West will fete him with their Laurel Award.
Announcing the honour on Tuesday (13Jan15), WGA West Vice President Howard A. Rodman says, "Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and SCTV through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters, Ramis' voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.
"His unrealized projects - an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman - leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled. And then there's Groundhog Day, one of modern cinema's few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute, emotionally sustaining, philosophically insightful and funny as hell. We could watch it again and again and forever."
Ramis' widow Erica Mann Ramis and her family will be on hand to accept the prize at the WGA Awards on 14 February (15).
Past recipients of the Laurel Award include screenwriters David Mamet, Lawrence Kasdan, Tom Stoppard and Paul Mazursky.
"I'm available to audition. I've had run-ins with ghosts - even if I haven't I'm gonna say I have." Actress Melissa Mccarthy would love to star in director Paul Feig's upcoming all-female reboot of classic comedy Ghostbusters. The Emmy winner has previously worked with Feig in Bridesmaids, The Heat, and new film Spy.
"I have had a meeting, but who knows? They have to look at the script when it's finished. I would even do that without the money truck. I'd do that for free. I probably shouldn't say that." Actress Rebel Wilson confirms she's in the running for a role in the new Ghostbusters movie.
Actor Mordecai Lawner, who portrayed Woody Allen's father in Annie Hall, has died. The 86 year old passed away from heart failure at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Thanksgiving Day (27Nov14).
He also appeared in Ghostbusters II and won acclaim as Stanley in George C. Scott's Broadway production of Death of a Salesman.
A revered thespian, Lawner often shared the stage with his wife Eugenia Thornton, who died in 2005. He also taught drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you're an animal person and a movie person, then you're in luck! Adorable puppies and kittens have been recreating your favorite movies in the best way possible thanks to Pet Collective, a site that is all about entertainment featuring pets. We gathered 10 of the best movie recreations just for you. Prepare yourself to say "awwww" more than you have ever done before!
1. Gone Girl
"Did you let your wife out of the front door?"
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"My whiskers can't leave you alone."
3. Guardians of The Galaxy
"My mom gave me this mixtape, it's pawwsome!"
4. Home Alone
"I made my family...disappear!"
"He's not an elf, he's a real person."
6. The Notebook
"Let's be birds!"
"But we're cats..."
7. The Lion King
"The circle of life!"
8. The Lego Movie
"Everything is awesome!"
9. Toy Story
"You are a toy! You are a child's play thing!"
"Don't think about anything unless you die."
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Actor Bill Murray helped to make a fan's dream come true by visiting with him while shooting his new film St. Vincent. The Ghostbusters star was filming the movie in Brooklyn, New York last year (13) when fan Thomas Cerone, who is an aspiring actor with Down syndrome, heard the actor would be in his neighbourhood.
Cerone and his family headed to the set to see if they could catch a glimpse of the 64 year old, and they were ecstatic when Murray took time out of his schedule to visit with Cerone, who has appeared on TV show Law & Order: SVU.
Cerone's brother Anthony tells the New York Daily News, "Thomas wanted to see Bill in action, if he could get close enough.
"Needless to say, not only did he get to meet Mr. Murray - Bill took time out to spend with him."
During the visit, Murray let Cerone sit in the director's chair and pose for a picture alongside the car that the actor drove in the film. He also offered Cerone advice about acting.
Cerone's mother Sue adds,"(Murray) was really great. We stayed for two hours, then he had to get back to the film..."
She continues, "Tom is loving it. He had a moment he'll never forget."
Actress Melissa Mccarthy has dismissed recent reports suggesting she has signed on to star in the upcoming all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. The Emmy-winning actress is considered a frontrunner in the highly-anticipated remake of the sci-fi classic, because the film will be directed by Paul Feig, who helmed both her films Bridesmaids and The Heat.
However, during an appearance on comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' U.S. talk show on Monday (20Oct14), McCarthy dodged the TV presenter's questions about joining the Ghostbusters cast, and kept repeating, "I'm not in, I'm not in!"
If McCarthy is considered for a role in the reboot, she has a big advocate in her corner - her St. Vincent co-star Bill Murray, who starred in the original films.
He said, "Melissa (McCarthy) would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny... I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot, and Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there."
Gillian Anderson and Lena Dunham have also expressed an interest in appearing in the film.
An animated series (not based on the Columbia Pictures feature film of the same title) which follows the adventures of a ghostbusting crew all over the world, throughout the whole universe and back and forth in time.