HOLLYWOOD – Jason Statham to play Phil Collins in a new biopic.
The British hard man, martial artist and multi-linguist (Cockney and Merican) Jason Statham is not only lined up to play Indiana Jones in a forthcoming adventure (for more on that CLICK HERE) but has just landed the role of prog-rock drummer turned soulster Phil Collins in the biopic Think Twice.
The long-awaited biopic, directed by Harold Ramis, will chart the rise and rise of the drummer of Genesis. It will follow his solo career that brought us such hits as ‘In the Air Tonight’ and ‘Sussudio’. The film will also explore Collins’ movie career, best remembered for Buster. Collins said that he was delighted to be the subject of a film although, he remarked, ‘it isn’t as if my life has really been so extraordinary.’
Director Ramis agreed:
It isn’t like we have much to go on from an interest point of view. So we’re just going to make up some shit. We’re going to have Phil foiling an attempt to assassinate the Queen. Oh, and – during the recording of ‘Invisible Touch’ -he’ll have to restart his own heart a couple of times using a car battery. That was Jason’s suggestion.
Asked about the role he is to play, Statham looked nonplussed.
I’m not really sure about it, but my agent says it would be good to get out of this action rut and go for an Oscar like Whacky Phoenix did with Walk the Line. As for the music Phil has made, most of it has been absolute gash and the rest carries the stench of mediocrity. Especially that voice. Jesus Christ. It makes me want to vomit.
Given his star’s antipathy, why did Ramis cast Jason Statham in the role?
The hair. Or the lack thereof. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaa haaaaa haaaaa haaaaa haaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Cough. Cough.
Think Twice opens sometime in 2022.
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If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters.
Everybody loves Ghostbusters.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones starred in the iconic 2016 supernatural comedy, packed with thrills and chills. But did you know that the movie is actually a ‘remake’?
No? Don’t sweat it nobody does.
Released in 1984, the original Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as three paranormal investigators. They enter the private sector as ‘ghostbusters’ and Sigourney Weaver is a client who finds herself possessed by an ancient deity.
Although the special effects are very dated and the acting doesn’t stand comparison, the film does has a certain 80s charm. This is mostly due to Rick Moranis, an actor who bestrode the decade like a comic colossus. And then mysteriously disappeared to dedicate his life to being Canadian full-time.
Nowadays, it is very difficult to watch without making comparisons with the later definitive version, but the caper has more than a curiosity value. It is worth rediscovering as a ‘hidden gem’.
HOLLYWOOD – A bunch of men who are furious at the all female remake of beloved mediochre comedy Ghostbusters have started weeping, it was revealed today.
As the day draws close that will see the release of the Ghostbusters remake starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, men very angry have started to go to the bathroom to have little cries.
Ted Nungent told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
It’s not fair. They ruin everything, with their dresses and periods. It’ll probably end up being like some kind of tea party. I know that if I catch myself having a few sniffles it isn’t my fault. So sometimes I just go somewhere quiet all by myself and bawl my eyes out.
Stephen Baldwin was also furious, but frustrated as to where he put his anger his voice broke into a tremulous whisper and he blinked away the streaming tears:
Ghostbusters for most men of my generation was our Vietnam. And to remake it with ovaries and vulvas and useful nipples… it’s like you’re spitting on the memory of all those men who died making Ghostbusters and Ghsotbusters 2.
Dan Aykroyd, who starred in the original film, said that he sympathized with the reactions of some men.
I’ve seen the movie and I know it is really good, but I understand how meaningful Ghostbusters is to many men and anyway we all need to cry. I remember when we made Dragnet – I cried all year. I was dehydrated I cried so much.
Ghostbusters will be released in July.
HOLLYWOOD – Fashion model turned actress Andie MacDowell has been wowing audiences for decades with her beautiful looks and capacity to talk and walk and wear clothes.
But what are our favorite FIVE films? Well, it’s been a tough choice but here goes.
1. Groundhog Day: Although many people remember Bill Murray’s amazing performance, the brilliantly inventive script and the late Harold Ramis’ inspired molding of the whole, Andie MacDowell is also in it.
2. Groundhog Day: Although many people remember Bill Murray’s amazing performance, the brilliantly inventive scripts and the late Harold Ramis’ inspired molding of the whole, Andie MacDowell is also in it.
3. Groundhog Day: Although many people remember Bill Murray’s amazing performance, the brilliantly inventive scripts and the late Harold Ramis’ inspired molding of the whole, Andie MacDowell is also in it.
4. Groundhog Day: Although many people remember Bill Murray’s amazing performance, the brilliantly inventive scripts and the late Harold Ramis’ inspired molding of the whole, Andie MacDowell is also in it.
5. Groundhog Day: Although many people remember Bill Murray’s amazing performance, the brilliantly inventive scripts and the late Harold Ramis’ inspired molding of the whole, Andie MacDowell is also in it.
For more FACTS and top Fives CLICK HERE.
HOLLYWOOD – Undoubtedly the hit comedy of 2009 was Year One starring Michael Cera and Jack Black and directed by Dr. Egon Spengler himself (as he prefers to be known, Harold Ramis.
Given the critical and commercial success – unprecedented in the world of comedy – a sequel seemed like a no-brainer, but the sequel – Year Two – has been stuck in pre-production for two years now (ironically, but not funnily) and looks like going nowhere fast, much to the chagrin of laughter lovers everywhere.
Jack Black spoke to German magazine, Swinehund earlier this week:
When something is a massive success, and I mean a phenomenal success, the way Year One was, there is obviously the urge to immediately repeat it but there is also the contrary-wise caution that every responsible artist must apply in order not to ruin what has already been created. If you look at my ‘ouvre‘ you will see I am very careful not to sully the beauty of – say – Gulliver’s Travels, by making a wholly unnecessary Gulliver’s Travels 2.
Michael Cera is also adamant about not wishing to go over old ground:
As an actor I want to push myself. Every project has to be completely different. Look, I started playing a drippy nerdy looking boy in Arrested Development. What kind of asshole would I be if I was still basically playing that character? It would be as unthinkable as remaking Arrested Development.
However, hope is not lost. Both Cera and Black have turned up at big Hollywood parties dressed as their Year One characters Zed and Oh. Harold Ramis is known to be keen to return, telling close friend Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I’d be keen to return.’ More positive news comes from David Mamet who admitted to having already written the first draft of the sequel. ‘Jack and Michael are hard taskmasters but I’m sure once they’ve seen where I’ve taken the characters, they will be keen to jump on board,’ Mamet told Studio Exec.
Year Two might be out in 2015.
HOLLYWOOD – Sad news out of Hollywood today, Bill Murray – famous for Stripes and Caddyshack – died at 5:04 PM on August 10th, 1992.
Director Harold Ramis, speaking on behalf of the Murray estate, made the announcement today outside of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. According to Ramis, Murray died shortly after shooting ended on Groundhog Day when – after a few drinks – Murray grabbed the visiting Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog and the animal viciously attacked him.
“Bill just laid there bleeding,” said Ramis, choking up. “He says to me ‘it can’t end like this, don’t let anyone know I was killed by a cuddly little animal.’ So we kept it quiet.” To continue the late actor’s career, Ramis turned to psychic and author Milton Angland, famous for his “End of the World” guest spot on The World of Psychics. Angland was able to contact the deceased actor at Ramis’s home, mainly in his bathroom.
“He used to scream at me while I was on the toilet,” Harold said.
Capturing the actor on film was a greater challenge. The search for film stock ended up in Germany, after a tip from Sylvester Stallone’s agent. Inventor Henry Assenfurter created a nitrate parachromatic film stock. The stock is very expensive, which explains why its so hard for producers to get Bill Murray in their films. Ramis told reporters he was breaking his silence now in order to put an end to “this Ghostbusters 3 nonsense.”
The delay on the third entry to the Ghostbusters franchise has now been explained. However, although Murray’s participation now seems to be out of the question, Dan Aykroyd insisted there still was hope. “Come on, people,” said an inebriated Aykyroyd. “He’s a ghost ghost buster. It’s perfect!”