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‘Ghostbusters II’ At 25, And 10 Other Sequels That Stalled & Killed Their Franchises

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 11, 2014 3:45 PM
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30 years ago last week, “Ghostbusters” hit our screens. It was an anniversary feted by many, (ourselves included, check out our nostalgia trip back to summer 1984), with articles, celebrations, appreciations, oral histories and even the announcement of a forthcoming theatrical re-release all timed to capitalize on the film’s now-classic status. By contrast, the 25th anniversary of “Ghostbusters II,” which happens this week, comes upon us largely unheralded, with perhaps just a far-off slow clap and an internet tumbleweed or two to mark the occasion. Safe to say the sequel is not quite as beloved as the original.

30 Years Later: Ranking The Movies Of Summer 1984

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 5, 2014 3:36 PM
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Ranked: Movies Of 1984
Friday, June 8th, 1984 was quite a day. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New South Wales, Australia; an F5 tornado struck the town of Barnevald, Wisconsin, USA, destroying 90% of it; President Ronald Reagan attended a summit in London; the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals; TV gameshow “Press Your Luck” paid out the biggest ever jackpot (to that point) of $110,000 to one Michael Larson who had figured out how to beat the system; and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was poised to knock Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” off the Billboard Charts number one spot. Oh, and modern classics “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins” were both released.

Review: 'Draft Day' With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner And Denis Leary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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Draft Day
There have been countless movies made about football, but there has never been a movie made about the NFL Draft–that magical day when sports franchises from around the country vie for the hottest college players in an intense, all-day affair that combines the showmanship of a Vegas show (complete with costumed players walking onto a brightly lit stage) and the number-crunching intensity of a last minute tax audit. Thankfully, the new Ivan Reitman movie “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner as a high strung general manager of the Cleveland Browns, repositions this mixture of pageantry politicking as a thrilling analytic free-for-all; it’s “Moneyball” as directed like an episode of “24.”

'Ghostbusters 3' Now Aiming To Shoot Early 2015, Ivan Reitman Won't Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 10:02 AM
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We've been here before. At one time rumored for a May 2011 start and then summer 2013, the long developing "Ghostbusters 3" has had a lot of plans that have yet to come to fruition. So, you might be well advised to take this next update with a grain of salt.

'Ghostbusters 3' Still Moving Ahead Following Death Of Harold Ramis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 6:18 PM
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t's barely been 24 hours since Harold Ramis sadly passed away, but Hollywood business doesn't wait, and that means Sony is trying to figure out what to do with their forever-developing "Ghostbusters 3." The project (which has been haunted by Dan Aykroyd continually talking about the movies) is still being worked on, but seems a long way away from anything resembling a green light. And with Ramis passing, some tweaks will obviously have to be made.

Lionsgate Circling Black List Topper 'Draft Day' With Ivan Reitman & Kevin Costner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 5:23 PM
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What a difference a day makes, or at least winning an award. Last year, a football movie called "Draft Day" started building steam with Ivan Reitman to direct and Kevin Costner to star, but it all seemingly fell apart when Paramount put the project in turnaround in October. But they likely wound up regretting that decision a little bit when two months later, the script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman wound up on top of the Black List. And with the holiday crush over, studio execs are back at work and Lionsgate may want to take this to the end zone.

'Ghostbusters 3' Delayed Again, Decision On Whether Film Can Move Forward Won't Arrive Until March 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 31, 2012 4:55 PM
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So much for shooting next summer, a timetable that was recently unveiled. "Ghostbusters 3" has been delayed yet again, and a decision on whether the film will go forward or not won't be reached until March of 2013, which means the earliest the film could shoot is next fall.

Ivan Reitman Says 'Ghostbusters' Should Be Remade & 'Twins' Sequel Is Nothing More Than A Press Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 24, 2012 6:23 PM
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“We have a way of doing it,” director Ivan Reitman insisted in January 2011 about a compelling way to make a third "Ghostbusters" film. “I wasn’t going to do it until we found out [what that way was], and it is a generational story, actually – it’s effectively a generational story and it’s very well written. We’ll see if it actually gets made. It’s a scary thing to think about for me, because I’m fucking with my past, but at the same time, I don’t just want to chicken out on the challenge. But it’s a great story and great characters.”

Comic-Con: Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms He's Teaming With Ivan Reitman For 'Twins' Sequel & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 13, 2012 12:17 PM
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As those of you with an internet connection and any interest in film, television, video games, or any geek property will know, Comic-Con is in full swing over in San Diego. While there’s been much talk of the lack of studio presence at this year’s Con, there are certainly some big announcements being made – for better or worse.

Ivan Reitman Gets Ready For 'Draft Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 12:41 PM
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Question: has Ivan Reitman made a good movie since the '90s? While "Kindergarten Cop" is a guilty pleasure, it's fair to say that since "Dave" (which has its fans, we guess) Reitman has pretty much delivered one mediocrity after another with "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" marking a particular low, and last year's "No Strings Attached" not being much better. In fact, one could say he's never really been that great of a director, with "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes" (probably still the two movies he's best known for) arguably succeeding because of the talent in front of the camera, not necessarily behind. All this is to say that Reitman is going to be making another movie.

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