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‘Ghostbusters 3′ is happening with ‘Bridesmaids’ director, female leads

- October 8th, 2014

Who you gonna call? Well, it’s certainly not going to be Bill Murray.

On Wednesday, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) confirmed via Twitter that Ghostbusters 3 was happening.

Along with the confirmation, he also announced he would be co-writing the film with his former Heat writer, Katie Dippold.

It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call.

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014

One of the more dramatic announcements he managed to squeeze within the 140 character limit was that the film’s leads, originally played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, would be played by female actors.

The decision to go with Feig as a director for the reboot along with a female cast was reported as a rumour by The Hollywood Reporter back in August.

During the Toronto International Film Festival this year, Bill Murray spoke briefly to the Toronto Star about the upcoming Ghostbusters film and suggested a few actors he’d love to see fill the roles.

“Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny – God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cerdellini (Mad Men) a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there,” Murray told the Toronto Star.

At this time, there isn’t any more information on when the film is scheduled to start filming, nor has any actor been attached to the project.

Considering who’s involved so far, though, don’t be surprised to hear some Bridesmaids stars names surface from the Rolodex in upcoming months.

Watch: Bill Murray covers Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From the Storm’

- October 6th, 2014

Bill Murray is a man of many talents, so is it’s no surprise that he can channel Bob Dylan. A clip from Murray’s upcoming film St Vincent, shows the camo shorts-wearing actor chiming along with Dylan’s Shelter From the Storm while puffing on a cigarette and listening to a retro Walkman.

It’s a classic look, really.

This isn’t the first time Murray has sang onscreen, he did a version of Roxy Music’s More Than This in 2001′s Lost in Translation.

In St. Vincent, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, Murray plays a curmudgeon who becomes a babysitter of sorts to a young boy after he falls on hard times. The film also stars Melissa Mccarthy and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

St Vincent opens in Toronto on Oct. 17, before expanding across the country Oct. 24.

Sister’s polio battle inspired Bill Murray

- September 11th, 2012

So, as far as red carpets go, Bill Murray fans can’t compete with the raucousness of Kristen Stewart, Selana Gomez, Johnny Depp and Will Smith diehards.

The atmosphere at Roy Thomson hall was tepid when the 61-year-old funnyman showed up to promote Hyde Park On Hudson last night. Other than a few fanboys who kept chanting, ‘It just doesn’t matter’ (Murray’s signature line from Meatballs), it was easily the tamest red carpet at TIFF so far.

It might have had something to do with the, er, other red carpet, To The Wonder, with Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko, making noise at the nearby Princess of Wales Theatre, but Murray’s co-stars heaped praise on both the actor and director, Roger Michell.

“(Michell) has great command of narration and he’s fantastic,” actress Laura Linney told reporters. “And Bill,” she continued, smiling, “is Bill Murray. It was so much fun to watch him tackle his character and rise to the challenge of playing this figure.”

“Bill was wonderful,” actress Olivia Williams said, radiating in red.

Hyde Park On Hudson  probes the relationship between the polio-suffering Franklin Roosevelt (Murray) and his mistress (and distant cousin) Margaret Suckley (Linney) during a visit to his country estate by the King and Queen of England right before the start of WWII.

For his part, Murray told reporters he drew on a real-life inspiration to play the part of FDR.

“I have a sister who has polio,” Murray said. “She’s battled it her whole life. So her stoicism is really something I carried with me into playing FDR. After wearing the brace for two days, I called her and said, ‘I had no idea.’ I thought I had some idea, but the pain and constant discomfort told me so much more about my sister. Because of the way she was, she didn’t talk about it that much. And that informed me a bit into what FDR must have gone through. There’s an expression, ‘Can you walk in another man’s Moccasins?’ Well, walking in another man’s braces is a whole other challenge.”

Hyde Park On Hudson screens again Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 p.m., Winter Garden Theatre. The film hits theatres this December.

 

 

 

 

Dan Aykroyd ‘sad’ Bill Murray won’t be in ‘Ghostbusters 3′

- August 2nd, 2012

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If you’re one of the people still holding out hope for a third instalment in the Ghostbusters series, Dan Aykroyd has some good news and bad news for you.

The good news is Ghostbusters 3 is happening. The bad news is Bill Murray will not be returning.

In an interview with UK’s Metro Newspaper, Aykroyd says the film’s storyline is getting an overhaul and will shoot within a year sans Murray.

“We’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation,” Aykroyd says. “We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans…. We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”

As for the franchise proceeding without one of its bigger stars, Aykroyd will miss Murray, but thinks audiences will still embrace the film.

“It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on.”

Following Ghostbusters 2 in 1989, the sci-fi comedy has lived on in comics, an animated show and a 2009 video game co-written by Aykroyd.