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Ivan Reitman Might Be 'Big In China'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 10:06 AM
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Well "Ghostbusters 3" is still up in the air since everyone is waiting on Bill Murray to stop crashing karaoke parties and getting into fights at football games and read the script already, but Ivan Reitman perhaps sees the writing on the wall and has another project he might direct.

Review: 'No Strings Attached' Has Plenty Of Strings Attached

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2011 4:07 AM
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It's fair to say that the state of the modern romantic-comedy is a dismal one. In the era of "Leap Year," "The Ugly Truth" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic" -- where the heroes and heroines behave in a way unrecognizable to actual human beings, the plots are interchangable and contrived, and the comedy, and indeed the romance, are nowhere to be found -- it's tempting to give the merely average likes of "Definitely Maybe" or "(500) Days of Summer" a pass, simply for having likable characters or a few interesting scenes.

'Ghostbusters 3' Reportedly Budgeted At $150 Mil; Sony Won't Make Film Without Bill Murray

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2011 4:58 AM
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You need to hear that Bill Murray is the hold-out on the long-gestating "Ghostbusters 3" project like you need a hole in the head. While a script was just delivered to the elusive star -- who has no agent or PR person -- the actor has been badmouthing the idea of a third 'Ghostbusters' film for what feels like longer than a year now. He's got his reasons and the biggest question probably is: Why a "Ghostbusters" film now, twenty one years after the fairly mediocre "Ghostbusters II" (which did $126 million less in box-office receipts than the original)?

Ivan Reitman Says Online Rumors About 'Ghostbusters 3' Are Wrong; Bill Murray Hasn't Read The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 3:37 AM
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Says This One May Be The Best One Of The Series; Has Parts For All The Original Characters Plus New Ones"There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film." So says director Ivan Reitman who answered some questions about the long gestating sequel, "Ghostbusters 3," while doing press rounds for the forthcoming fuck friends comedy "No Strings Attached."

Watch: Red-Band Trailer For Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman Sex-Com 'No Strings Attached'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2011 2:17 AM
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"No Strings Attached," we have officially given up on you. This writer's been banging the drum for Liz Meriwether's script "Fuckbuddies" for some time now, and despite a retitling, to "No Strings Attached," the presence of fallen comedy legend Ivan Reitman in the director's chair and Ashton Kutcher in the male lead, the cast looked promising: Natalie Portman was starring, and normally reliable names like Kevin Kline, Jake Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Ophelia Lovibond and Olivia Thirlby were all involved.

Watch: First Trailer For Natalie Portman & Ashton Kutcher Rom-Com 'No Strings Attached'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 5, 2010 1:19 AM
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Ever since we read Liz Meriwether's Black Listed script (originally titled "Fuckbuddies") for the Ivan Reitman-helmed romantic-comedy "No Strings Attached," we've been cautiously looking forward to the film. Sure, Reitman raised some eyebrows, having not made a film even vaguely worth a damn since "Dave," and we weren't exactly over-enamored by the casting of Ashton Kutcher, but the rest of the cast, toplined by Natalie Portman, were promising, and, more importantly, Meriwether's script was genuinely funny, with a distinctive voice (although it should be said, it has a love-it-or-hate-it reputation around town) -- so much so, we named her as one of our five screenwriters on the rise.

Natalie Portman Gets Some Carrots From Ashton Kutcher In First Image From 'No Strings Attached'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2010 7:08 AM
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The first image has arrived for the upcoming comedy "No Strings Attached," and how weird it is that the most visually arresting thing in it is a bunch of carrots?

Rumor: 'Ghostbusters III' Getting A May 2011 Start Date?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2010 2:45 AM
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Update: We missed this last month, but the very funny site FilmDrunk reported that the script was not being rewritten, that Stupnisky and Eisenberg's script has been met with approval all around, and that the only holdout right now is (surprise) Bill Murray. Should he decide to bite the bullet, production will happen next year with a December 2012 release planned. But yeah, like we said, May 2011 seems tentative at this point.

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