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There’s going to be an all-female ‘Ghostbusters’!

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Guys, it’s time to get excited. If there’s anything better than a Ghostbusters sequel, it’s a brand spankin’ new, all female Ghostbusters with an ALL-FEMALE cast. And this is not just any cast, it’s with some of the funniest ladies in the biz right now.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and Sony is now negotiating with Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Negotiations are ongoing, but the quartet are expected to sign on as the specter-seeking, poltergeist-punishing, phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.

Uh, YES PLEASE. Admittedly, I’m not much of a fan of Leslie Jones – I don’t find her funny in the least from her work on Saturday Night Live – but this seems like it’d be perfect for her. As for the other three, all I have to say is “YESSSSSS!” This seriously needs to happen.

What do you think of the casting and the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters? Would you watch it?

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Jamie Dornan knows ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a bit misogynistic

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Jamie Dornan freaks my beans (and not in the nether regions, as many seem to experience). After watching him for two seasons in The Fall, I can’t look at him and think anything other than “freak alert” – which is I suppose why he’s a perfect fit for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades.

Speaking of his role in the Twilight-fanfic-cum (ahem)-housewife-erotica, Jamie knows why some people aren’t all that fond of the story and find it kind of sexist, but he still wants to set the record straight (via Elle UK):

“The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

Well, I’m sure he did lots of research and knows what he’s talking about. Ahem.

Fifty Shades of Grey comes out on Valentine’s Day – will you be watching it?

Also, because I’m kind and generous, I’m tucking a naked picture of Jamie Dornan’s ass behind the cut. WHY IS IT SO PERT AND ROUND? That is a lady’s ass if ever I saw one. But uh… Happy New Year!

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“The Interview” Came Out On Christmas Day — How Did It Do?

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James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s clusterf-ck of a film, The Interview, was released in theaters after all, on Christmas Day. So how did it do? The answer is, really well and not too well, at the same time. How is that possible? Well, it made $1 million in one day, which is good, but considering how much was spent on it, it’s also bad. I’ll let this Vox article do the rest of the talking:

The Interview made just over $1 million at the box office Thursday, for a per-screen average of $3,142 from its 331 theaters. Assuming normal box office erosion, it will likely make it to $3 million in traditional ticket sales by the end of Christmas weekend.

At first blush, that number seems pretty good. Making $1 million in a single day, on so few screens, is definitely an accomplishment. And the per-screen average isn’t bad either. The film finished 15th in overall sales on the day, but it finishes seventh in per-screen average, with three of the films coming in ahead of it — Selma, American Sniper, and the Indian import PK — playing on fewer screens. (Releasing a film to a handful of theaters first, to build excitement and hopefully reap high box office from just those theaters, is a time-honored strategy for Oscar contenders like Selma and American Sniper.)

You also have to consider that Sony has simultaneously released the film to Video On Demand, where it has been among the top sellers for YouTube and Google Play. Of course, we don’t get traditional box office figures for those sellers, just as we rarely get hard numbers for DVD sales. So we can’t know if The Interview has sold 1 million downloads or one dozen.

[...] The question, then, is if the $1 million number is good or disappointing. The film cost $44 million to make, and no matter how good the VOD numbers are, it seems highly unlikely to make back its budget (to say nothing of marketing). Sony will still take a substantial write-off on the film.

It’s a pretty interesting article, so if you want to read the whole thing, go right ahead. I won’t stop you. Consider it my Christmas gift to you. You’re welcome.

So anyway, who here saw The Interview this Christmas? What did you think? I think it looks terrible, and not in a fun, ironic way. Like I think it looks genuinely terrible. But I’m still open, considering you can stream it online. That means I don’t have to put on pants, which is great, because f-ck pants. F-ck pants forever.

Thoughts? Not on my pants, on the film.

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‘The Interview’ won’t be released, after all

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Well, it’s finally happened. We ‘Muricans have let the terrorists win! After the Sony hackers – a group which calls themselves the Guardians of Peace – threatened to go 9/11 on every theatre who went ahead with showing the stupid Seth Rogen and James Franco “comedy” (it’s all relative, guys) The Interview, Sony has decided to scrap the film’s scheduled Christmas Day release altogether.

Here’s Sony’s full statement on the matter:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

In a way, I guess I sorta understand why they made this decision. The individual theatres were pulling out of showing the movie, so frankly they didn’t have much choice. They can still make a ton of money by releasing it VOD or whatever – after all, nothing makes people more interested in something than not being able to have it.

Then again, it’s all getting a bit ridiculous. Since when did we bow to bullshit threats like that? Steve Carell’s apparently had a similar movie scheduled to come out and that’s been cancelled now, too, and he called it a really sad day for creative expression, and I kind of agree. Franco and Rogen have even pulled out of all remaining press for the movie because I guess they’re shitting their pants about being assassinated or whatever. I don’t know, I just think this whole thing is fascinating, and a bit of a mess.

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Tim Burton confirms ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel (and Winona Ryder will be in it!)

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If Hump Day’s got ya down, here’s something that’ll cheer you right up again: Tim Burton has confirmed that there will indeed be a Beetlejuice sequel coming our way soon, AND that our beloved Winona Ryder will be in it!

From MTV News:

“Oh yeah,” Burton said, when MTV News asked if he’d be directing the sequel. And his response to the question of whether or not Winona Ryder would be returning?

“Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah,” he said. “Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

Hear that? That’s the sound of nine “yeahs.” So if “yeahs” were Beetlejuices, we’d have three at this point. We’re still waiting on the one, but Burton did say that working with Ryder on a recent video for The Killers helped influence his decision to return to the ghostly franchise.

“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great,” Burton said. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

Awesome! I wasn’t a Beetlejuice fan and I don’t really like Tim Burton, but I can see the draw on this one. Let’s hope it holds up as a decent sequel.

Will you go and see Beetlejuice 2?

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The Sony hackers really hate Seth Rogen and James Franco

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Seth Rogen and James Franco have that disastrous “comedy”, The Interview, coming out on Christmas Day, but it’s already created enemies worldwide. Namely in North Korea and with a group known as the Guardians of Peace, who actually have threatened to reenact 9/11 for real if they dared hold the premiere or if anyone went to the theatre to see it.

From Variety:

The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.

The attackers also released the promised “Christmas gift” of files. The contents of the files are unknown but it’s called “Michael Lynton,” who is the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

Huh. This warning was enough to put the wind up someone in power, though, because they’ve gone ahead and canceled the New York premiere (the LA one went off without a hitch last week).

I know North Korea is a serious diplomatic and humanitarian crisis by all accounts, but if we’re going to get real/bring some levity to the situation, what grown ass adults care about being teased in a comedy movie made by two stoners? Methinks people need to take themselves far less seriously. Come on, now!

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Pan’

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You can’t beat Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard – he looks insane and I love it. Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily is a bit of a weird casting choice, but I’ll take it. Garrett Hedlund as Hook, well… whatever. Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m a sucker for special effects and kids’ stories, so I’ll watch this (i.e. torrent it when it’s out – I would never pay for this) even if it’s shit, which it probably will be. This is the movie Cara Delevingne is making her acting debut in, keep in mind.

Also, it’s kinda bizarre that they’re painting Peter Pan to be some wonderful hero – in the actual story, he was a sadistic freak who needed some serious therapy and locking up, most likely, but I guess this can be called “a twists” on the original?

Anyhow, here we go…

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