Anyone who knows me will know that Ghostbusters 2 left me scarred as a child. The evil mulleted Vigo haunted my dreams for at least six months, and convinced me that the cinema was merely a portal to a world filled with ghosts, evil and Bill Murray. But try as I might, I could not help but love that movie.
Now twenty years on, Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore are back in a new spectre-smashing, gung-ho ghoulish epic. Rather than take centre stage (after one too many hip operations), Harold Ramis has revealed that Ghostbusters 3 will feature a new cast of young actors, to carry the proton pack into the 21st century. I’m hoping for a cast of Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd and Chris Rock.
Bring on 2011…
With Barack Obama’s appointment to the White House, many assumed that his Messiah-lite publicity trail would ensure great change arriving on America’s shores. The sick would be healed, Oprah would be exiled and prejudice, ignorance and stupidity would be obliterated by the sheer presence of Obama’s brain-hug of a smile.
No-one’s told US distributors that.
Jim Carrey and Ewan MCGregor’s latest gay comedy I Love You Phillip Morris is currently in danger of being pushed back into the closet, thanks to a lack of American distributor interest.
While it’s already secured deals in the UK and Europe, our Yankee friends are being a little more squeamish about picking it up due to an ‘explicit gay sex scene’ between the stars.
The movie is based on the real life story of Steven Marshall (Carrey) who turns his back on his 2.4 children, 9-5 life for a life as a con artist. He’s soon jailed and swiftly falls in love with his cellmate (McGregor).
Filmmakers are now re-cutting the movie for US distribution companies in the hope that they’ll secure a theatrical release.
We don’t know about you, but we reckon being forced to watch I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is far more offensive and upsetting than I Love You Phillip Morris could ever be.
Check out the trailer below….
RELIGULOUS: On general release from Friday 3rd April 2009
Watching Religulous feels uncannily like the moment where you’re just told a hilarious joke that makes you fall about laughing with your mates, until the teller’s face drops and he breaks the beautiful comic spell with a remark about its serious connotations, causing all of your guffawing to peter out awkwardly into faux coughs and throat clearing as things suddenly get a bit serious.
A blend of two words, ‘religious’ and ‘ridiculous’ make up political comedian Bill Maher and Larry Charles’ new documentary film. It aims to point out the serious flaws in the logic of Vulcans? Not quite. Click here to read more…
IN THE LOOP: On general release from Friday 17th April 2009
Armando Iannucci has been one of the most influential figures in comedy for the last 20 years, uniting such brilliant comedians as Chris Morris, Stewart Lee and Steve Coogan and producing the crème de la comedy-licious crème of satire in the notoriously Daily Mail-hating TV programmes ‘The Day Today’ and ‘The Thick Of It’.
His directorial debut is a satirical tour de force, hilariously funny, bitingly critical and one of the best films of the year so far.
In The Loop builds on the backstabbing and incompetence expounded in the BBC’s Eastenders? Probably not. Click here to find out…
Whilst all James Corden can do is blub into his belly pouch, a real British comedian is going from strength to strength in Hollywood - OntheBox’s hero, Simon Pegg. Well I say strength to strength, what I really mean is from the mighty Star Trek re-make to….errr….Ice Age 3?!
In the third film in the series, Pegg plays an eye-patch wearing, hybrid Pirate-weasel called Buck, who seeks vengeance against Rudy the dinosaur for causing his partial blindness.
Fingers crossed Pegg’s Yanky-doodle accent will have improved since his phoney attempts in Big Nothing. David Schwimmer you ain’t, big guy.
Well strip me naked and truss me up a wide variety of handcuffs, the next biopic extraordinaire will pay homage to greatest magician that ever lived – Harry Houdini.
The heroic performer who escaped from prison cells, straight jackets, the odd milk can and even unearthed himself after being buried alive has a legacy that, even today, remains shrouded in mystery. The popular misconception is that Houdini died in the attempt of a Chinese Water Torture Cell trick, when in fact it was a ruptured appendix that eventually saw Harry pop his clogs, with distinctly less flair than he displayed in life.
Based on the extensively researched biography by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero”, Summit Entertainment hope to create an epic adventure that reflects Houdini’s dark past. But who will play the curly haired conjurer? Following his well-earned Oscar credentials this year, my money’s on Sean Penn.
The king of contortion, Jim Carrey, is reuniting with the Farrelly brothers, along with Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, in a modern day version paying tribute to those captains of catastrophe, The Three Stooges.
Following his performances in Farrelly flicks Dumb and Dumber and Me, Myself and Irene, Carrey is lined up to play Curly in the eagerly anticipated re-make. He has even committed to gaining some serious weight for the role, in order to recreate Curly Howard’s rotund form, so there are sure to be some real belly laughs.
My only worry is the prospect of Benicio Del Toro attempting comedy, he plays a great Latino action man but how will he fare when his weapons are gags instead of guns? We shall have until next year to find out.
Godzilla vs King Kong. Batman vs Spiderman. Sooty vs Sweep (I’m still lobbying for Sue).
So, with Monsters Vs Aliens touching down in cinemas this week, we at OTB decided to rifle through some of the funniest, weirdest and most iconic fictional fight-offs to ever grace film screens….
The early 21st century saw an onslaught of front-mullet, J-Horror creations squirming their way into the psyche of many a Westerner, and had left America’s greatest Horror icons in serious danger of becoming nothing more than wacky, tacky merchandise generators.
So what better way to re-establish their pant-filling credentials than a classic, geek-abating team-up? Click here for more…
Robert Pattinson. Just his name has the ability to cause an epic swoon outbreak, and I don’t mean just among pre-teens. Lucky for us, the ghoulish sex object looks to be expanding his cinematic portfolio.
Pattinson is rumoured to be joining the cast of Memoirs, (essentially Twilight sans vampires) an epic drama that is sure to be full of fangless love and tragedy. So we won’t have to wait long for our next pasty boy fix. With filming set to begin on Eclipse, the next in the Stephenie Meyer series, Pattinson will be all over our screens next year. I for one cannot wait.
Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of what in his mind were still Don’s boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough’s belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United.
The Damned United is released in the UK on the 27th of March 2009.