A few months back, we got word that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. Bill Murray even weighed in on it. Now, however, we've got official word that the movie is really happening and, what's more we've got our Ghostbusters. And they are exactly the Ghostbusters we need. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon are exactly who you're gonna call from now on, and that's about as solid a lineup as you're likely to get. Kristen Wiig you definitely know, and you probably know McCarthy too. McKinnon and Jones will be new to people who haven't been keeping up with SNL recently, but they've both stood out in a newly dynamite cast—McKinnon, especially, is positively bursting with white hot comedic timing. Variety has confirmed that negotiations are just about finished and then, it's on ... Discuss
Look, this is barely surprising. At this point, it seems weird that Chris Pratt isn't just going to star in every movie. Who would complain? But he seems like a particularly good fit for Indiana Jones, seeing as he channeled such a Harrison Ford vibe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, talks are still early (and we'e heard rumors like this before), so this whole thing is far from certain, but Deadline is confidently reporting that talks are definitely happening and filming could start after Pratt wraps his work on Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Just don't call him junior ... Discuss
Here's the first trailer for Josh Trank's long gestating, somewhat controversialFantastic Four reboot, starring Miles Teller (Whiplash), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott!) as the titular team of science nerds who get super powers. The first franchise went belly up back in 2007 (before the first Iron Man movie revitalized Marvel's movie fortunes) and it definitely looks like Trank is taking his film in a very different, much grittier direction than that early iteration. Will it be any good? We'll know on August 7 ... Discuss
What is Mortdecai? Yes, we know Johnny Depp IS Mortdecai. The movie's unavoidable marketing campaign has made that breathlessly clear. But is there any reason we should care? Is Mortdecai a person with whom we are supposed to be familiar? According to Wikipedia, Mortdecai is the subject of a series of caper novels written in the '70s. Is this common knowledge? Did the makers of Mortdecai think it was common knowledge? Did they think there was a legion of Mortecai fans eagerly awaiting the film adaptation of their favorite book? If so, they were sorely mistaken.
The weekend was not kind to Johnny Depp or his new movie, which pulled in only $4.1 million. That's a lot of money to people like us, but in Hollywood terms, it's "disastrous." Particularly when American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's Iraq war film, is spinning heads everywhere by pulling in some truly crazy numbers. After just its second weekend in wide release, it's already the second highest-grossing war movie of all time behind Saving Private Ryan, and it's closing in fast. The lesson here: People do like war movies. They do not like Johnny Depp's dumb mustache ... Discuss
Disney's ongoing mission to update all its classics for today's teens scored a major coup today by snagging Emma "Hermione" Watson as the lead for its upcoming live action Beauty & the Beast remake (which will feature songs from the 1991 animated original!). Bill Condon, who helmed a couple of the Twilight entries, will direct the movie, and that's about all we know right now, but what else do you need to know? Watson herself broke the news over Facebook, saying:
“I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six-year-old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.
Wait. Watson can sing too? Is there anything she can't do? Besides go into the West Wing? ... Discuss