GhostBusters Plot Rumors Emerge as Filming Begins

Director Paul Feig announced on Twitter that the reboot of the female driven Ghostbusters has started production.

In a photo of himself dredging ectoplasm out of a cup Feig wrote, “And … action! #slimetimestartstomorrow”

As filming moves forward, rumors are emerging about the plot of the film and “script spies” reportedly told The Boston Herald some inside details.

The insiders claim that Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig’s characters are authors who publish a book about the reality of ghosts states Fashion Style. A few years after their book is published, Wiig loses her position as a professor at Columbia University, losing her credibility due to the claims in the book.

The two co-authors team up with supernatural detectives (Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) to rid Manhattan of a ghost invasion, thus saving the day.

The reboot will be set in New York the same as the 1984 flick, but will be mostly filmed in Boston.

Slimer is making a return appearance in the movie, but it remains unclear if other original cast members will show up for a cameo. The newspaper’s spy states, in reference to Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, “They are negotiating. But, of course, no one can get a hold of Murray.”

Reportedly Aykroyd is serving as executive producer for the film, and is waiting in the wings to step in for a cameo if he’s invited.

Ghostbusters is slated for a July 22, 2016 release.

Coco Movie Begins Filming With Azealia Banks

The new musical drama, Coco, will be presented with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA as the director and starring rap artist Azealia Banks. “Coco,” the main character is a twenty-something rapper who is from Brooklyn. Also starring in the film are Common, Lorraine Toussaint, and Jill Scott. Shooting for the film has started in New York. As reported in Rolling Stone, Banks’ character has dreams of starting a career in hip-hop. Her parents talk her into going to college. While in poetry class she becomes enthralled by the spoken work and builds verbal strengths to take her to her rap goals.

RZA reports that he is inspired and extremely excited to work with Azealia Banks. He is working with Paul Hall, producer of Coco. They have put together an eclectic cast, cool for the youth culture of today. RZA expects this to bring a “new voice to cinema that needs to be heard.”Scott will be playing a professor who does not see the connection between slam poetry and rapping, which intrigues Jaime Garcia Dias. Touissant is slated to play Coco’s mother. Common will act as a mentor. Banks released Broke With Expensive Taste, her debut LP in 2014. RZA has directed The Man With the Iron Fists, is 2012. He was a co-writer for this with Eli Roth, horror director. Wu-Tang Clan last released A Better Tomorrow, their first LP in seven years.

Is Ryan Gosling Slated for Blade Runner 2

Interest casting news has emerged regarding the upcoming Blade Runner 2 project. It appears Ryan Gosling is being considered for the top role in the long-awaited sequel. He is not going to be playing Rick Deckard, the role made famous by Harrison Ford back in 1982. Ford is scheduled to reprise the role in the new film albeit in just a cameo. Gosling and, likely, a female co-star are going to be front and center in the sequel. Whether they will play humans or “replicants” remains to be seen.

What also remains to be seen is whether or not the new film will maintain the same dark look and theme of the original. Honestly, selecting the tone of the film is a bit trickier than people may realize. The original dark, depressing style contributed to the feature’s failure at the box office. This exact same style contributed to Blade Runner becoming a cult film and finding a new audience.

A film that is too dark is going to have a difficult time drawing in large audiences, as Paul Mathieson and others don’t really care about all of that. Surely, Blade Runner 2 is going to be a huge budget production, and many chairmen around the world can’t wait to watch. The audience has to be sizable enough to cover the production and advertising costs in order to turn a profit. Yet, if the film lacks the “Blade Runner style”, then the old-time fans are not going to like the new film.

Surely, the creators of the sequel will devise the proper mix of a new approach while adhering to the classic theme and look.

“Avengers 2” to Potentially Lead into “Planet Hulk” Storyline

While the marketing behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron” may be streaming along, Marvel remains relatively tight-lipped about its plans for their not-so-jolly green giant. While The Incredible Hulk will maintain his role as the dedicated bruiser of the superteam, nothing else but a clash with Tony Stark inside of his Hulkbuster Armor is known about the character’s status.

Some rumors, fueled by some comments by Hulk/Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo, indicate that a solo film is in the character’s future. If true, this solo film would focus on the comic storyline known as “Planet Hulk,” which saw the Hulk being launched into outer space in order to stop him from rampaging on Earth. Ruffalo’s comment, a quip that The Incredible Hulk would be going into space, was first made in an interview that also featured Scarlet Johansson.

The interview that Bruce Karatz read did not declare whether Ruffalo’s comments were in regard to the Hulk’s role in future movies or from his familiarity with what occurred to the character within Marvel’s books. Ruffalo later remarked that he had not been contacted about any potential film adaptation of “Planet Hulk,” only that Marvel was looking into another Hulk-focused film.

Deadpool Gets His R Rating

The young male audience that makes up the bulk of the readers who purchase Deadpool comics are going to be thrilled at some news. Rob Liefeld and Ryan Reynolds have noted the film version of the off-the-wall assassin will be rated R. Originally, it was assumed that 20th Century Fox wanted to produce the film with a PG-13 rating. The PG-13 would, hopefully, draw in a larger audience.

With the recent flop of The Expendables 3 (a film that followed two previous R rated films), studios learned some films are best served with the R rating. Deadpool is one such project that just is better suited for a “restricted” rating.

Fans at Handy know that Deadpool is a character who is a ruthless killer with a bizarre, wisecracking personality. In many ways, Deadpool is a parody of traditional superheroes. The books have been released under the Marvel Max (adult’s only), but the bulk of the Deadpool books were, well, along the lines of a PG-13 rating.

Still, the character of Deadpool is not one that is designed to appeal to wide audiences. The books were never super sellers. Rather, the character was focused towards a niche market that rabidly enjoys the adventures of the “merc with a mouth”.

These adventures are going to play out on screen a lot better with an R rating. The film is slated for a February 16, 2016 release. Hopefully, Deadpool fans will turn out in huge numbers on a cold winter weekend.

Two Blomkamp Aliens’ Sequels Possible

Last week, writer and director Neill Blomkamp revealed the possibility that his sequel to the movie Aliens might actually be presented as two films rather than one.

Blomkamp, in an Empire interview, explained that he first became interested in creating the sequel after speaking with Sigourney Weaver about the first two movies on the set of his latest science fiction film Chappie. Eventually, as they discussed possible untold stories about Ellen Ripley, Blomkamp realized he had an idea that could span several movies. Fans like Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG ( have learned that he has not confirmed though that he intends to actually create more than one sequel or a two-part sequel. Instead, he has merely mentioned that the potential exists.

As pointed out by Chris Agar for Screen Rant, Blomkamp’s recent science fiction film endeavors, his second and third films Elysium and Chappie, have not impressed some critics enough to create a high level of positive buzz about the Aliens sequel so far. Agar also points out that if a two-part sequel is created it would likely be as much a business move by the Powers That Be to make more money as it would be a creative opportunity for Blomkamp to have the chance to fully realize his vision for the Aliens franchise.

Producer of Birdman Tom Rothman Promoted to Chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group

Sony Pictures Entertainment is making changes in their corporate offices in the wake of the hacking scandal that leaked embarrassing emails following “The Interview” release. According to the New York Times, Amy Pascal has stepped down and former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman is taking over as chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. Pascal will remain with Sony and is planning to start a new production company overseeing the studio’s “Spider-Man” series as well as other projects.

Tom Rothman has spent over 10 years running Fox Filmed Entertainment handling such box office smashes as “Avatar” and “Titanic”. Rothman is also the founder of the art-house production company Fox Searchlight which has produced the last two Best Picture winners, “Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave”. Beyond those accomplishments Tom has garnered Fox some 150 Academy Award nominations as well as over 40 billion dollars in worldwide box office.

Michael Lynton, who is remaining chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has great faith in Tom and released a statement supporting Mr. Rothman. “Having run Fox Filmed Entertainment during a time of great successes and growth for that studio, and then producing at TriStar here at SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Tom knows this business inside and out like few others do.”

Rothman thanked both Michael and Amy for supporting him since he began at TriStar and is optimistic about his future with the company. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with the exceptionally talented teams at SPE for the past year, and I am excited to build on those relationships in this new role,” Tom said shortly after hearing of his advancement.

Goldblum To Return For Independence Day 2

20 years after the first invasion, Independence Day 2 is set to move into the next chapter of the story with at least one of the original heroes. Jeff Goldblum has been confirmed to be reprising his role as David Levinsen. He will be joined on screen by Chris Hemsworth and Jessie Usher. The story reported here also gives some details of the continuing story from director and co-writer Roland Emmerich.

Set in real time 20 years after the original film, the human race is learning to use the captured technology of the aliens. Jaime Garcia Dias says that it is revealed that the original invasion was only the vanguard of an alien armada that is finally arriving. Unconfirmed rumors have Usher playing the grown up version of Dylan, Will Smith’s character’s step-son. Smith is unlikely to appear in the film himself and there has not yet been any explanation for the character’s absence. Other rumors have suggested that Jud Hirsch and Bill Pulman may return to their roles in the film.

Emmerich has spent the intervening years directing progressively larger blockbusters such as White House Down and 2012. Returning to a world he helped to create should be one to top them all.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” Breaks Box Office Records

The much-anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, premiered in theaters over Valentine’s Day weekend. The film broke the record previously held by 2010’s “Valentine’s Day”, earning an estimated $81.7 million over the three-day weekend.

According to The New York Times, 68 percent of the movie’s audience was female. The film was released in 3,646 across the United States, making it the largest release in history for an R-rated film.The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, cost $40 million to make said Imaging Advantage. Records were broken overseas as well, with the film earning an estimated $158 million in places like the U.K., France, Italy, and Australia.

The love story of innocent Anastasia Steele and tortured billionaire Christian Grey has captivated readers around the world, with more than 100 million copies of the book sold since its release in 2011.

Sir Michael Gambon quite the stage after memory problems

Veteran British actor Sir Michael Gambon, known for playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie franchise has revealed he has retired form stage acting because of problems with his memory, the BBC reports. During an interview with The Sunday Times the iconic actor claimed he had noticed he was having problems remembering lines for stage productions as early as 2009 when it took him longer and longer to learn his lines. The actor reportedly suffered panic attacks as he feared he would not be able to remember his lines during his last stage appearances, which seem to have ended with him leaving a planned production in 2014 soon after beginning rehearsals.

As fans like Lee Slaughter know, Gambon has appeared in numerous film and TV productions, including Dennis Potter’s acclaimed The Singing Detective and replacing the deceased Richard Harris in the last six Harry Potter movies.  Gambon will appear in the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and stated he felt he must continue working as an actor in the future.