Why Bill Murray Agreed To Join The Ghosbusters Remake

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bmGhostbusters fans around the world rejoiced earlier this month, when it was revealed Bill Murray will make a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.

Murray, who had long been resistant to the prospect of starring in a third Ghostbusters project, explained how the role came about — and what made him agree to it — over the weekend at a screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, in East Hampton, N.Y.

“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray told Vulture. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”

Murray said the addition of actresses like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to the film’s cast made him come around to the idea of a Ghostbusters return. “I like those girls a lot,” he added. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

Still, he gave the prospect a lot of thought — by his count, years worth.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” Murray said. “Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

Feig’s Ghostbusters, with Wiig, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, and Neil Casey, opens in theaters on July 15

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Quentin Tarantino Slams Hollywood Bigwigs

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qtQuentin Tarantino — whose upcoming Western is expected to be an Oscar contender — raised eyebrows when he bashed recent Oscar films, particularly dissing two-time winner Cate Blanchett.

“Half of these Cate Blanchett movies — they’re all just like these arty things,” the filmmaker groused in New York magazine.

Ironically, Tarantino’s anticipated “The Hateful Eight” might be up against Blanchett’s “Carol,” both distributed by Harvey Weinstein.

Tarantino also knocked Ben Affleck’s 2010 “The Town” because everybody in it “is beyond gorgeous . . . The town whore, Blake Lively, is absolutely gorgeous. Jeremy Renner is the least gorgeous . . . and he’s pretty [bleeping] good-looking.”

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Phil Spector Files To Overturn His Murder Conviction

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psOne month after Phil Spector’s attempt to have his second-degree murder conviction overturned was denied, RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained documents that show the killer has filed another appeal on outlandish claims that he has been screwed over by the legal system!

In 2009, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life after he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting of then-girlfriend Lana Clarkson.

But in one last attempt at freedom, on August 12, Spector filed another appeal with the court to overturn the dismissal of his petition, saying that the judge in his original murder trial “did numerous inappropriate things which caused him a denial of his due process.”

Spector claimed that the experts that examined the evidence stated that Clarkson’s injuries were self-inflicted. He also alleged that a videotape that was shown during the re-trial showed the judge making comments to the jury about the expert witness.

Aside from saying that it “was absurd and should not have been allowed,” Spector added that the actions of the judge basically made him a witness for the prosecution.

He is therefore demanding that the Appeal Court overturn the order dismissing his petition and also dismiss his murder conviction.

A similar attempt by Spector to overturn the conviction failed before.

In 2012, Spector filed a petition with the Federal Court saying that his constitutional rights were violated after the prosecution allowed the use of a trial judge’s comments on an expert’s testimony. He sought to have the court overturn the murder conviction altogether.

Then earlier this year, the 74-year-old music producer’s legal team asked the court to speed up the appeal process. The documents said that “Mr. Spector is in frail health with an assortment of serious maladies. Any consideration the Court can provide in expediting its decision in this matter will be deeply appreciated.’”

A decision was swift: As Radar reported, on July 11, the federal court judge decided to dismiss the petition, claiming that Spector’s trial judge did not do anything wrong in the courtroom. The decision explained that there was nothing wrong with the prosecution being allowed to use the judge’s comments on an expert’s testimony, because the judge was simply explaining to the jury what the expert had said on the stand.

The order also said that Spector failed to provide a legitimate reason as to why his conviction should be overturned, and threw out the petition to overturn it

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Wes Craven Passes Away At 76

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scHe wrote and directed the first ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ film, helmed the first four ‘Scream’ movies and guided Meryl Steep to an Oscar nom for ‘Music of the Heart.’

Wes Craven, the famed maestro of horror known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.

Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he moved permanently three years ago before returning to L.A. for work and health reasons.

Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street from living next to a cemetery on a street of that name in the suburbs of Cleveland. The five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89 and drew big crowds.

Similarly, Craven’s Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-’em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre and frequently referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. A rape-revenge movie, it appalled some viewers but generated big box office. Next came another film he wrote and helmed, The Hills Have Eyes (1977).

Craven re-invented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he wrote and directed.

He conceived and co-wrote Elm Street III as well, and then after not being involved with other sequels, deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated for best feature at the 1995 Spirit Awards.

His own Nightmare players, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon, portrayed themselves in that film.

In 1996, Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream. The film grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997).

Between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed Music of the Heart (1999), earning Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for best actress in the inspirational drama about a teacher in Harlem.

“We had a very difficult time getting an audience into a theater on my name,” he said in an interview with writer-director Mick Garris in October. “In fact, we moved toward downplaying my name a lot on Music of the Heart. The more famous you are for making kinds of outrageous scary films, the crossover audience will say, ‘I don’t think so.’”

Also in 1999, in the midst of directing, he completed his first novel, The Fountain Society, published by Simon & Shuster.

Craven again pushed the genre boundaries with the 2005 psychological thriller Red Eye, starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox. And in 2006, he wrote and directed a romantic comedy homage to Oscar Wilde featuring Emily Mortimer and Rufus Sewell as a segment in the French ensemble production Paris Je T’aime.

Craven then produced remakes of The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009).

His most recent written and directed film, My Soul to Take (2010), marked his first collaboration with Labunka, who also produced Scream 4.

Craven directed several other thrillers and horror movies during his career, including Swamp Thing (1982), Deadly Friend (1986) and The People Under the Stairs (1991).

Craven had recently signed an overall television deal with Universal Cable Productions and had a number of projects in development, including The People Under the Stairs with Syfy Networks, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy/UCP, and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment.

He also was executive producing the new Scream series for MTV. The season finale of the series will pay tribute to the writer/director, an MTV spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Craven had recently written and was to direct the Thou Shalt Not Kill segment for The Weinstein Co.’s Ten Commandments miniseries for WGN America. And he is listed as an executive producer of The Girl in the Photographs, a horror thriller directed by his protege, Nick Simon, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

Wesley Earl Craven was born Aug. 2, 1939 in Cleveland. His father died when he was 5. Raised in a strict Baptist household, he graduated from Wheaton College with degrees in English and psychology, then earned a master’s in philosophy and writing from Johns Hopkins.

He briefly taught English at Westminster College and was a humanities professor at Clarkson College, where he served as a disc jockey for the campus radio station.

Craven had an eye for discovering talent. While casting A Nightmare on Elm Street, he discovered Johnny Depp. He cast Sharon Stone in her first starring role, for Deadly Blessing, and he gave Bruce Willis his first featured role in an episode of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.

He wed Labunka in 2004, his third marriage. Survivors also include his sister Carol, son Jonathan, daughter Jessica, grandchildren Miles, Max and Myra-Jean and stepdaughter Nina.

Craven was a nature lover and committed bird conservationist, serving as a longtime member of the Audubon California Board of Directors. He penned a monthly column, “Wes Craven’s The Birds,” for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

“I come from a blue-collar family, and I’m just glad for the work,” Craven said in his chat with Garris. “I think it is an extraordinary opportunity and gift to be able to make films in general, and to have done it for almost 40 years now is remarkable.

“If I have to do the rest of the films in the [horror] genre, no problem. If I’m going to be a caged bird, I’ll sing the best song I can.

“I can see that I give my audience something. I can see it in their eyes, and they say thank you a lot. You realize you are doing something that means something to people. So shut up and get back to work.”

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Bill Maher Slams Donald Trump

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bmBill Maher is taking Donald Trump more seriously these days. While continuing to use the Republican front-runner as an ever-ready punchline, the HBO host seemed more angry than bemused during last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher when talking about the increasingly amped-up anti-immigration rhetoric used by Trump and some of his supporters. Maher was particularly outraged by the recent dust-up between Trump and Jorge Ramos, news anchor for the Spanish-language Univision.

“The racism out of the Trump camp is getting kind of nasty,” Maher said. Earlier in the week, Trump ejected Ramos from a rally after the anchor attempted to ask a question, with Trump saying, “Go back to Univision.” In video that quickly went viral, an aggressive Trump supporter approached the ejected Ramos in a hallway outside the conference hall saying “Get out of my country.”

“These are not-that-coded code words,” Maher said. He also cited a recent Trump rally in Alabama at which a Trump supporter, as quoted in The New York Times, said he hoped Trump would “make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill.’”

Trump has a $500 million dollar lawsuit against Univision for dropping the Miss USA pageant. That’s a…Turning to guest panelist Dana Rohrabacher, Republican congressman from California, Maher said, “If that was my party, I’d feel a little ashamed.” Rohrabacher agreed in condemning the comments, but added that Trump “is wrong in several of his solutions but he’s right in addressing the issue.”

Maher also lambasted CNN’s extensive Trump coverage, including a televised “55-minute brag-a-thon” during which Trump accused China of stealing American jobs. “That’s the way Hitler used to talk about the Jews,” Maher said, adding that China “didn’t steal anything – we gave them our jobs because rich people like (Trump) sent them overseas.” Maher used an obscenity rather than the candidate’s name.

An earlier segment of the program, featuring a one-on-one interview with Republican candidate Rick Santorum, didn’t produce as many sparks as might have been expected – largely because Maher didn’t give the smiling conservative much elbow room. The most contentious moment came on the subject of climate change, with Maher pointing out that, unlike the climate change skeptic (and Catholic) Santorum, Pope Francis has “made made a very strong statement in support of my position, not yours.”

“I’m an atheist and I like the Pope better than you,” Maher sniped. “He’s the vicar of Christ – shouldn’t you have the humility to say ‘If the Pope thinks climate change is a problem, maybe I should?’ He’s not just another guy.”

When Maher pressed Santorum about what he’d do if the Pope invoked infallibility to demand action on climate change, Santorum bristled. “He wouldn’t,” Santorum said. “He’d speak about the infallibility about protecting human life and abortion and the sanctity of marriage before he would dare walk into this other minefield.”

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Casting News: ‘Grinder’ Adds Christina Applegate

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christina-applegate“The Grinder” gets a girlfriend and an “SVU” alum is on the case in “Survivor’s Remorse” in today’s casting roundup …

Fox’s “The Grinder” may be down a showrunner, but that hasn’t stopped its casting announcements. Christina Applegate will guest star in an upcoming episode of the new comedy as an former high school flame of Rob Lowe’s Dean, the network announced Friday. Other upcoming guest stars include “Murder in the First’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui and “Married’s” Nat Faxon. “The Grinder” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher will also guest star on Fox, playing a love interest to a new leading man. Swisher will appear in an episode of John Stamos’ “Grandfathered,” EW reports. The “Astronaut Wives Club” actress will play Sloan, a cute and bubbly admissions officer at a prestigious preschool where Stamos’ Jimmy hopes to enroll his granddaughter, but he complicates the admissions prospect when he hooks up with Sloan.

Broadway and “Law & Order: SVU” star Tamara Tunie will play a district attorney out to make a point about domestic abuse in this week’s episode of “Survivor’s Remorse,” Variety has learned, where she ends up taking Cam (Jessie Usher) and M-Chuck (Erica Ash) by surprise. “Survivor’s Remorse” airs at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays on Starz.

 

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Adele’s New Album Is Coming

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adeleAdele’s follow-up record to her mega-selling album “21” may not be a myth, as we’ve come to believe.

Stock up on tissues and take all of November off, because Billboard has learned that the singer’s new album will be released sometime that month.

Very little is known about the album — except that her label claims there’s “no truth” to rumors it will be called “25.” Billboard previously reported that Danger Mouse has been working on it, while Max Martin, who is responsible for pretty much every number one pop song in the last 15 years, is said to have penned a song for the singer.

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Jerry Seinfeld: Lemonade Stand Halted By Cops

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Jerry_SeinfeldWhat’s the deal with Seinfeld’s lemonade stand? When life gives the Seinfeld kids lemons, they open an illegal roadside refreshment outpost. No zest fest for you!

This isn’t the first time the 61-year-old comedian – known for his unique brand of observational humor – has had a little Hampton hullabaloo, but the previous times were as his semi-fictional character. Reports CBS New York on Aug. 27: “And this drama didn’t have anything to do with awkward situations between George and his girlfriend, or Kramer inadvertently stealing lobsters from a professional trap. This was the real Jerry Seinfeld in 2015 and his wife, Jessica – in a dustup over a lemonade stand.”

Evidently, Jerry’s son Julian Kal – the Kal being the first name of Seinfeld’s father and also the name of Jerry’s idol Superman – was operating a lemonade stand with two of his buds out of an old VW bus. Evidently, such things are frowned upon in the uppity Hamptons, and a nosey neighbor (Newman?) called the cops over the illegally parked cars. That’s a shame.

No peddling on Hampton property, the cop evidently informed the Seinfelds. According to the East Hampton news source 27 East, Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said police, responding to a call about stopped traffic, “advised the Seinfeld family that village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property.”

Adds the Daily News.  “The famous family hosted the lemonade stand to raise money for Baby Buggy, a national non-profit company started by Seinfeld’s wife Jessica in 2001 that delivers items to families in need.” The organization – using the handle Love Recycled – has donated over 16 million items to families in need.

Pic of the week goes to Jerry’s wife Jessica, who snapped a photo of Jerry, their son and his two friends with their hands on their heads, arrest style. The cop is seen in the background. “Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled,” Jessica wrote for the caption on her Instagram photo. “Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!”

Jessica’s Instagram followers had some fun with the incident. Of course, there were a handful of the hackneyed doughnut stand remarks (You realize she’s married to a comedian, yes? Step it up!), and at least one person had to wonder what the cops would have done had it been a group of black boys.

One wrote: “What can you do, you live in a seedy town, from the wrong side of the tracks. Lemons are a gateway fruit to bigger and badder things like vegetables.” Another said: “Well, what kind of lesson are we sending when this kind of thing happens? ‘Hey kids, it’s good to help people and all, but don’t even think about doing so without permission from your local government busy-bodies.’

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Inside John Stamos’ Feud With The Olsen Twins Over ‘Fuller House’

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jsProduction is fully underway for the remake of the ’90s hit classic sitcom Full House and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that there is some major drama going down – and the show hasn’t even started airing yet!

According to an on-set source for the Netflix series, appropriately titled Fuller House, John Stamos may have to bite the bullet when it comes to the two people he loathes the most – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen!

“John is starting to worry right now about the future of the show because production is not going as well as everyone had hoped it would,” the insider says, adding, “It is just starting to feel hokey.”

“It just does not have the same appeal that the original show had and they are struggling to find story lines that are interesting,” the source adds.

As Radar previously reported, the Olsen twins, who both played the role of Michelle Tanner on the original show, had refused to take part in the remake as they felt it was not in their best interests.

But now, because the production is facing dilemmas, the source tells Radar, “John and the rest of the cast are going to do what they were so against doing and approach the Olsen twins again with another offer.”

And it looks like their offer might be accepted.

“Mary Kate and Ashley had a change of heart about a month ago because of the backlash that they got from fans and now they are considering taking part after all.”

For the twins, “it is not about the money,” says a source. “It is about their image.”

“Although a few of the cast members can’t really stand them, right now everyone is more concerned with the show than their own personal feelings about Mary Kate and Ashley.”

The original sitcom, starring Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, was about a young father that enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three young children after the sudden death of his wife.

The remake of the show, which also will star Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron-Bure and Jodie Sweetin, will focus on the eldest daughter, Bure’s D.J. Tanner, and her life as a single mom.

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HBO’s ‘Wizard Of Lies’ Madoff Movie A Go

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MadoffWizard of Lies, HBO Films’ long-gestating Bernie Madoff movie, starring Robert De Niro as the disgraced financier, is going ahead with a lead cast and a director. Joining De Niro, who plays Madoff, are Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth Madoff, and Alessandro Nivola as Madoff’s older son Mark Madoff, who committed suicide. Barry Levinson, who directed the HBO Films movie about another controversial figure, You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian, is set to direct. He executive produces with Tribeca Prods’ De Niro and Jane Rosenthal as well as Berry Welsh. Jason Sosnoff is a co-executive producer.

Based on the book Wizard of Lies by Diana Henriques, with Truth and Consequences by Laurie Sandell as additional source material, Wizard of Lies is described as a look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family. 

The film had been in the works at HBO since 2011, when the network optioned Henriques’ book, attached De Niro to play Madoff and hired John Burnham Schwartz to write the script. Two years later, HBO brought in a new writer, Sam Baum, and acquired Sandell’s book. There has been a third writer taking a stab at the script since, with Sam Levinson credited  as a writer on the movie alongside Baum and Schwartz.

Pfeiffer and Nivola are repped by Management 360 and CAA. Nivola was recently nominated for a Tony for his performance in Elephant Man, he just wrapped the Nicolas Winding Refn movie The Neon Demon, and is producing and starring in the second season of HBO comedy Doll & Em. For Oscar nominee Pfeiffer, also repped by attorney Barry Hirsch, this marks the first TV gig in more than 30 years.

As HBO had been working on Wizard of Lies, ABC fasttracked Madoff, a miniseries slated to air next year, with Richard Dreyfuss  in the title role and Blythe Danner playing his wife, Ruth Madoff.

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