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RIP: Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day Fame
Many know Harold Ramis from Ghostbusters where he played Dr. Egon Spengler, but Ramis was also one of the driving forces behind Animal House, not to mention he also directed Caddyshack, Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. So we've been considerably saddened this week by the news that Ramis passed away at the age of 69.
Video Game Aliens Attack the World, Can Adam Sandler Save Us?
There’s quite a few video game movies currently in the works right now, but this one sounds like a pretty interesting concept. A group of aliens attack the world, and their assaults are staged like video games. It’s up to several gamers to defeat them and save the world from certain doom.
David Fincher May Direct the Biopic on Steve Jobs
The rights to the life of Steve Jobs were snapped up by Sony right after he passed away, but it certainly didn’t stop another Jobs biopic, which starred Ashton Kutcher, from being rushed into production. While that version didn’t do well, Aaron Sorkin wrote a script for the Sony version, and now David Fincher may be directing.
Marvel Netflix Series to Film in New York
Not only is Marvel setting up its phase three movies, which will reportedly include Doctor Strange and Avengers 3, but it also has a series of more obscure characters set up to debut on Netflix in 2015, including Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Production will soon be rolling in New York.
Benedict Cumberbatch Gets His Smaug On
One would think it would be hard to play a dragon. Whether you’re in a costume, or doing it via motion capture, it’s gotta be hard not to feel completely silly. Still, Benedict Cumberbatch did a very good job in The Desolation of Smaug, especially considering he was a talking dragon as well.
Will Transformers 4 Be a Darker Installment?
There’s a new Transformers coming to town this summer, Age of Extinction, but anyone who’s a fan of the series should know what to expect, especially with Michael Bay directing. But will the next installment be a darker one that’s not exactly for kids?
Veronica Mars and Heroes About to Return
Last year, Veronica Mars was resurrected via crowdfunding, and it broke the record for the most money raised on Kickstarter to make a movie, a whopping $5.7 million. Mars creator Rob Thomas showed great fiscal responsibility with the money, making the Mars movie on a tight budget and schedule, and it will also be available on VOD.
Doctor Strange Movie Is Apparently Coming Together
There’s a lot going on in the Marvel universe right now. The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer has gathered pretty strong buzz among fans, and apparently a title that’s been heavily rumored for Marvel’s phase three of movies is now apparently coming together: Doctor Strange.
Should People Stop Filming Concerts With Their Phones?
Back when you wanted to tape a concert, you usually had to sneak in a bulky VHS camera, or a tape recorder, and the quality could be very dodgy at best. It was in the days before music was free everywhere and people didn’t pay for it. Today it’s surprising to realize that so many people are capturing concerts with their phones, and we see more glowing phones out there in concerts than cigarette lighters.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Finally Returns
It’s been in development for nearly twenty years, but Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin will finally be back as the Man From U.N.C.L.E. returns, this time on the big screen, next January.
Critics Say Pompeii's the Pits
We shouldn’t be surprised that the critics aren’t nuts about Pompeii. Director Paul W.S. Anderson has never been a critics darling, and many are amazed his Resident Evil movies still keep getting made.
The Warriors Has a Birthday
Released in 1979, The Warriors didn’t have a long theatrical life, but it’s become a beloved cult film from video and cable. It’s hard to believe it’s 35 years old, but it’s now celebrating that anniversary.
Hugh Jackman Talks Wolverine
Hugh Jackman came out of nowhere to land the role of a lifetime in X-Men, and it was a wonderful star is born moment when he exploded on the screen. No one in America had heard of him before, but there was no doubt he was the right person to play Wolverine. (The character was originally going to be played by Dougray Scott, the villain in Mission: Impossible 2, but he had to back out when that shoot went way over schedule.)
Is Marvel Taking a Risk With Guardians of the Galaxy?
So the teaser commercial for Guardians of the Galaxy was finally aired on TV, and it all went by so fast, it hard to figure out what to make of it. Guardians is not one of the better known Marvel titles, but it’s a superhero team, and we’re willing to bet dollars to donuts that’s why it got launched in the first place, especially after the success of the Avengers.
Tarantino Script Leak War Continues
Several weeks ago, the screenplay for the next Quentin Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight, leaked, and he shut down the project in disgust. He also filed a lawsuit against the site Gawker for posting a link to the script.
Vanilla Ice Resurrected Before the Ninja Turtles Reboot
For those who remember having to suffer through Vanilla Ice when he was on top of the world, it was indeed a very traumatic time in pop culture history. We’ve tried to forget it and black it out of our memories as much as we could, but like a lot of trauma, it sometimes comes back to us in bits and flashes from time to time.
Fantastic Four, Terminator: Genesis, Gotham Casting News
Right now, there’s a number of major genre properties that are finalizing their casting. Star Wars, of course, is the big daddy, but there’s no official word on that one just yet. There is, however, finally official news on Terminator: Genesis, The Fantastic Four, and the TV show Gotham.
JK Rowling Will Return With the Silkworm
After the incredible success of Harry Potter, JK Rowling could write practically anything and command huge money for it. But every artist wants to be recognized for new work, and not ride on the laurels of their past, at least not if they can help it.
Amazon Launches Its New Series of Series
We’ve reported on TGD that Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files, is back with a new show, The After, and Amazon’s got him. They’re launching the pilot, and hopefully a full series will soon grow from it if it catches on with audiences.
The Original Godzilla is Headed Back to Theaters
One of the most anticipated movies coming this summer is the reboot of Godzilla. As we reported here on TGD, the new Godzilla was the most watched trailer on YouTube, with over four million fans checked it out, and we really hope this new Godzilla will finally get it right.